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Chain Letter REVIVAL

Printable Chain Letter Project

 

Now that Akula Kreative is up and running again, I finally had a chance to work on a printable. With this project, we can work together to BRING BACK THE CHAIN LETTER!!

First, let me explain why I like the idea of a chain letter. None of my good friends lives in the same city. From Africa to Australia, from East Coast to West, I’d need to win the lottery to be able to visit them on a regular basis. Now that Facebook has exploded, we’re duped into feeling like we’re still in touch, but “liking” a photo here and there isn’t quite as special as a letter in the mail. But let’s be realistic. As much as I’d looove to spend 2 hours (and $5 in postage) writing notes every day, keeping in touch “the old fashioned way” is hard work.

So, I thought of a Chain Letter. But not the crazy kind that guilt-trips you into participating (“You’ll die if you don’t pass it on!!!”). A fun, quick, Mad Libs version that allows you to update friends within just a few minutes. The best part is, you only have to send it one person. Sure, it might take a long time for it to get back to you, but that’s part of the fun.

Printable Chain Letter

Here’s how it works:

The letter is composed of 5 unique pages: a cover page, an instruction page, a map, an info page, and a back page.

STEP 1 :: Print one of each page, plus extra info pages (depending on how many people you want to involve).

STEP 2 :: Fill in details on the cover page, instructions page, map, and 1st info page.

STEP 3 :: Stuff into an envelope and mail to a friend!

Below is the cover page:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

If you’re the one starting the letter, you fill in the cover page yourself.

Next comes the instruction page:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

Again, if you’re the starter, you get to make up the rules.

If you want the letters to be sent to a specific group, add a note with names so people know…otherwise it might be fun to just see where it goes. I have a particular friend in mind who I think would love this as a little pick-me-up, so I added an optional section to line 4: “Mail all contents…with the hopes of eventually sending it to [ ].” This way, the second-to-last recipient knows where to send the letter. If the process works, being last is best because you get to read all of the previous answers.

Next comes the map:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

Mark your city with a dot, then eventually connect all the dots to see how far the letter traveled.

*UPDATE ::  A world map and North America map are now available! Please see the link at the bottom of the post to download it.

Next comes the info page:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

This page will need to be printed several times.

If you want to keep the group small, print 4…if you’re feeling adventurous, print 10. Print as many as you’d like. If you couldn’t already tell, this is the page each person will fill out. There are two things I love about this format: 1) You get to update your contact info and 2) You’ll have specific insight into your friends’ lives that you’ll be able to look back on and laugh at in years to come.

Eventually, I’d like to make a few versions of the info pages, so each year I can change it up…but we’ll see how this round goes first. If you have any requests for other versions designed for kids, pen pals, other countries, etc., tell us on Facebook or comment below.

Oh, last thing. If/when the letter returns to you, you can take photos or scan the contents and email them to everyone. In theory, I think it’s a great way to encourage everyone to keep in touch. You can even use social media to keep track of where the letter is.

I mean, come on…how fun would it be to open something like this in the mail??!!

To join in, you can download the printable files for free below!

Each page measures 4.25″ x 5.5″ – depending on the number of sheets you include and how thick your paper is, they’ll fit in an A2 envelope or larger.

To print on A4 Flat Cards:

PRINTABLE CHAIN LETTER | MULTI-PAGE PDF PRINTABLE WORLD MAP FOR CHAIN LETTER | SINGLE-PAGE PDF PRINTABLE NORTH AMERICA MAP FOR CHAIN LETTER | SINGLE-PAGE PDF

To print on 8.5″ x 11″ sheets:

PRINTABLE CHAIN LETTER | PDF 1 of 2 PRINTABLE CHAIN LETTER | PDF 2 of 2

We recommend using high quality paper and the “best photo” settings on your home printer.

If you use the 8.5″ x 11″ sheets, use the thin gray lines as guides for trimming. The first PDF includes the cover page, instruction page, map, and back page. You can print this PDF front and back or on two separate sheets. (Just be careful you have the paper set correctly if printing on the back.)

The second PDF includes 4 info sheets per page. Print as many as you need.

*Free for personal use only. These PDFs may not be copied, redistributed, or sold.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!

Good luck, have fun, and…

LONG LIVE SNAIL MAIL!

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Free Printable Set of Nautical Gift Tags

Free Printable Nautical Gift Tags // Pretty Peas Paperie

 

Finally getting around to posting another freebie! With this PDF you can print 8 gift tags per sheet (4 of each design). They’re the perfect finishing touch to a nautical-themed party gift!

DOWNLOAD THE *FREE PRINTABLE* HERE…

…Then print it on high quality matte paper, punch a hole, and thread your ribbon or twine. Enjoy!

*Free for personal use only. This PDF may not be copied, redistributed, or sold.

DIY Magnet Board for Your Travel Bucket List

DIY-Vacation-Board-1

My husband and I LOVE to travel. But, like everyone else, we have neither the funds nor the time to do it all at once. As a little “surprise” present one year, I made this board so we could keep track of “the places we need to see and the things we need to do.” It’s a customizable, moveable, travel bucket list that you can easily make at home. (If you have kids it would be a fun way for them to write down where they want to go.)

In this post, I’ll show you how to make it…

DIY-Vacation-Board-2

Supplies Needed:

supplies

  • a small dry erase board :: you can find these almost anywhere: office supply stores, craft stores, amazon.com, etc.
  • a dry erase pen :: you’ll need this to check boxes and add your info
  • Avery Inkjet Magnet Sheets :: available at office supply stores or online
  • an inkjet printer
  • scissors or a paper trimmer

Instructions ::

  1. Download the free printable template here: DIY Vacation Board
  2. Open the PDF, then print it on an 8.5″ x 11″ magnet sheet. Let dry for a few minutes to make sure the ink doesn’t smudge.
  3. Trim the pieces. I recommend: a) using a paper trimmer if you have one, and b) trimming the table in rows instead of cells. This will make things a lot easier.
  4. Arrange the pieces on the board, then write your info with the dry erase pen. (You can also make your own table in Microsoft Word if you prefer a more professional look. :)
  5. Optional :: I used the extra space on the magnet sheet to print out some vacation photos. If you don’t use them on the board, you’ll have extra magnets!

Since the sheet is magnetic, you can easily move rows around allowing you to prioritize or re-organize your list. (Our list, for instance, is organized by cost.)

Ta da! A fun, easy-to-make interactive travel board. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.

 

FREE Printable Christmas Gift Tags

free printable Christmas holiday gift tags

It’s been a while since we posted a freebie, so here you go :: 3 sets of printable Christmas gift tags!

free printable Christmas holiday gift tags

 

Supplies:

  • Color Printer
  • High quality matte photo paper or card stock (bright white)
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Twine, String, or Ribbon

Instructions:

  1. DOWNLOAD the PDF you want to use here:

  2. Print each sheet using your highest quality settings on matte photo paper or card stock.
  3. Finish by trimming and hole punching each tag, then fasten to your gift with twine or ribbon!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Love, Pretty Peas

DIY Wrap-Around Nautical Address Labels

DIY Nautical Wrap Around Address Labels

 

DIY Nautical Wrap Around Address Labels

 

These Custom DIY Nautical Wrap-Around Address Labels are now available in our Etsy Shop! The printable PDF of labels is customized with your return address. (We can also add your guest addresses for $0.40 each.)

For our FREE *blank* address label template (no return address or guest addresses), click on the link below:

Nautical Wrap-Around Labels

Please remember this is free for personal use only.

Instructions:

  1. After downloading the PDF, print it out on full sheet label paper. (Avery full-sheet labels work great – you can buy them at any office supply store. Our favorite label paper is Spectacle InkJet Crack and Peel from sheet-labels.com.) Each sheet will provide 3 wrap-around labels, each approx. 3.5″ x 6″.
  2. Cut out the labels with a paper trimmer, leaving a 1/4″ border around the blue pinstripe.
  3. Add your return address and guest address by hand. (May we suggest using a fun color like red?)
  4. Stick ’em on to your 5″ x 7″ photo mailers!

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DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

Welcome to our first DIY Project! (This was first posted in July 2011 on our sister blog at Akula Kreative – hence the smaller photos.)

DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

 

Here we are going to show you how to make your very own nautical-themed BABY SHOWER INVITATION. (We just made them for a very special friend, so now we get to share the know-how with you!)

Supplies (for 12 invitations):

  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 red card stock
  • 3 sheets of 8.5 x 11 white matte presentation paper
  • 3 sheets of 12 x 12 brown card stock (we used Bo Bunny Chocolate Stripe)
  • 6 pieces of 18 gauge floral cloth wire
  • 1 pack of Therm-O-Web 3d foam squares (or any permanent foam tape)
  • 1 roll of double-stick tape
  • 1 roll of red ribbon (we used Celebrate It ribbon from Michaels)
  • a 1.5″ scalloped circle paper punch (we used a Marvy Uchida)
  • a Xyron Create-a-Sticker (optional)
  • a hot glue gun
  • a pair of scissors
  • a pair of wire cutters (optional)
  • a paper trimmer (to make life easier)
  • a color printer
  • 1 white gel pen (we suggest a Uniball Signo – White Pigment Ink UM-153)
    OR Marcelle Script (if you plan on using the MS Word template)

Instructions:

1. First, download the templates by clicking on the links below. (These are free FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.)

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2. Print the sails and anchors on the 8.5 x 11 white presentation paper. Each sheet will provide 4 blue sails and 4 red anchors. Turn your paper over and print the blue dots on the back. We suggest printing photo-quality sheets to keep the color vibrant and the lines crisp.*

With your white gel pen, write the details of your baby shower or event.

NEW! Download the Microsoft Word template and customize your text by clicking on each text box. If you want to use the same script as the example, download Marcelle Script for free HERE and install it before you open the Word doc. Please note that we are providing this file as a courtesy and will not offer technical assistance with software, printing, font installation, etc. Microsoft Word is not design software, but we realize that most people have it and know how to edit this type of file.

Next, cut out each sail with scissors. Stay as close to the outer blue line as possible and be careful to leave a wide border around the anchors.

Using the scalloped circle punch, punch out the red anchors.

3. Cut appropriately-sized flags from the red sheet of card stock. (We didn’t give you a template for this one because we figured this one was pretty easy.)

4. Print the boat outlines on your 12 x 12 brown cardstock. Each sheet will provide 5 boats. Using a paper trimmer, make horizontal cuts to divide the sheet into 5 long strips. (Feel free to cut each out by hand, but this is a shortcut.) Then, fold each boat in half down the center of the strip. Keep the fold on the left-hand side. Trim the sides of the folded boat with scissors.

DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

5. Next, cut your floral wire. (Wire cutters make this easier, but you can use a good pair of scissors if you don’t have any.) Each piece of wire should be about 7.5″ long. The floral wire we used was long enough to get 2 “masts” out of each piece. While you’re at it, you can also cut your strips of ribbon. Each strip should be 6″ long.

DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

6. Now it’s time to glue your flag and sail to the floral wire. Before you do anything permanent, try lining everything up so you can get an idea of where you need to apply the glue. After your glue is HOT, apply a thin line at the top of the floral wire. Attach your red flag. Next, apply a second thin line of glue on the back of the sail, near the top. Do the same near the bottom of the sail. Place the paper sail on top of the wire and press down quickly to make sure it sticks!

DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

Optional: curl the top and bottom of the sail around the wire.

7. With your brown boat opened (so the side with the stripes is facing down), place the wire/sail/flag inside. Make sure everything is lined up properly. Keep the wire in place with 2 strips of double-stick tape. Add more tape around the edges of the boat.

DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

Close up the boat neatly so the edges line up.

8. There are several ways to stick the ribbon on, but our favorite method uses the Xyron Create-a-Sticker. (We used the 1.5″ mini version.) Hot glue and double-stick tape works, too. Using the Xyron, put two 6″ strips of ribbon through the machine. Peel and stick along the top edge of the boat. Trim the excess ribbon.

DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

9a. Apply one 0.5″ x 0.5″ foam square on the back of the punched-out anchor.

DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

9b. Stick it on the boat. Keep it straight-up or give it a tilt…whatever you prefer.

DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

And voila! A lovely, one-of-a-kind invite to wow your guests!

DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

MAILING:

We mailed these out this June using 5 x 7 photo mailers. (You can find these at Staples or any other office supply store.) Each mailer required $1.08 to mail within the U.S. (Double-check with your local post office before dropping them in a mailbox – chances are, postage rates have increased.) We also made custom wrap-around labels and business-card size inserts with the Guest of Honor’s registry info.

we hope you enjoyed this post!

We’d LOVE to see the invites you make. Send us pictures and we’ll post them on our Facebook page!

DIY Nautical “It’s a Boy” Hanging Sign

DIY nautical baby shower decor | it's a boy sign

 

This easy-to-make “It’s A Boy” sign makes a great addition to the DIY Sailboat/Nautical Baby Shower. Just download our templates, cut out the pieces, tape them together, and voila! A fun paper element to hang at your party!

Supplies (for 1 sign):

  • 1 sheet of  8.5 x 11″ white card stock
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ navy blue card stock
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ brown card stock
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ baby blue card stock (we used a textured one that reminded us of water)
  • 5 safety pins
  • 1 long strip of coordinating ribbon
  • a pair of scissors
  • 1 pack of Therm-O-Web 3d foam squares (or any permanent foam tape)
  • 1 glue stick
  • a standard single hole punch

Instructions:

  1. First, download the templates by clicking on the links below. (These are free FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.)
    Letters
    Sails
    Boat Hulls
    Anchors
  2. Print the letters on your red card stock, the sails on your navy card stock, the hulls on your brown card stock, and the anchors on the baby blue card stock. (There are two extra anchors in case you want to use them for something else.)
  3. Carefully cut out each piece.
  4. Glue the baby blue anchors onto the sheet of white card stock. Cut them out again, leaving a border of white around the blue.
  5. Lay out all of your pieces so you know how they’ll line up and fit together.
  6. Apply the foam squares to the letters – be careful to plan this out so everything lines up properly.
  7. Punch a hole in the top of each assembled piece. Leave enough room at the top so it isn’t flimsy, but not TOO much since you’re going to have to hang it with a safety pin.
  8. Put a safety pin through each hole, attach to your ribbon, and you’re done!

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DIY Nautical “Welcome Aboard” + “Happy Birthday” Mini Banner

Nautical Baby Shower Decor & Inspiration

A Simple, Sweet Mini Banner for Baby Showers and Nautical Themed Parties

Supplies (for 1 banner):

  • 3 sheets of 8.5 x 11 navy blue card stock (#5)
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 red card stock (#5)
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 white matte presentation paper (high quality matte photo paper)
  • a 1/8″ hole punch (#1)
  • a pair of scissors (we like the mini ones in #2)
  • a 1.5″ scalloped circle paper punch (we used a Marvy Uchida – as seen in #3)
  • 1 pack of Therm-O-Web 3d foam squares/circles (or any permanent foam tape – #4)
  • 1 roll of double-stick tape (#6)
  • at least 5 feet of jute, twine, string, or ribbon (we used a thin braided jute – #7)*
  • a color printer
  • a paper trimmer (optional)

Nautical Baby Shower Decor & Inspiration

Instructions:

Download the free printable template by clicking on the link below. (This is free FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.)

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  1. Print the letters and anchors on the 8.5 x 11 white presentation paper. (We included some extra letters and sailboat graphics because we hate wasting paper. If you want to make a mini “Thank You” banner to display near your party favors, just print extra sheets of the flags. The letters for THANK YOU! are included on the template.)
  2. Punch the letters and graphics out with the scalloped circle punch.
  3. Print the flags on your colored card stock. You’ll need 3 sheets of one color (we used navy) and 1 sheet of a second color (we used red). Feel free to mix it up with other colors or patterns!Keep in mind there are 6 flags per sheet. So, if you need 13 flags to cover the letters in WELCOME ABOARD (or HAPPY BIRTHDAY), you’ll need 3 sheets. You’ll have extra flags, so don’t freak out prematurely…These flags are double-sided, so if you want to save resources, you can make them single-sided, cut each flag in half, and print half as much.
  4. Cut out your flags using scissors or your paper trimmer.
  5. With your little flags folded in half, punch holes into the top left and right corners. If you have wide ribbon, use a bigger hole punch. Make sure your jute/twine (or whatever you’re using to string through the banner) fits through a 1/8″ hole!
  6. Now it’s time to attach the scalloped circles to the flags using the foam tape. We suggest laying the letters and graphics out in order first…just to make sure you spell everything correctly.
  7. We used a super cute braided jute* to coordinate with the sailing/nautical theme, which worked out great. The only tricky part was keeping the frilling ends under control when we were stringing the flags together.Tip: wrap some scotch tape around the tip of the twine as tightly as possible (like the end of a shoelace). This will make stringing MUCH easier.
  8. Once the flags are strung, you can put a small piece of double-stick tape on the inside of each of the flags to keep them flat. This is optional, of course.
  9. You’re done! Now you have an adorable hanging banner to add to your nautical decor! Easy PEAS-y!

Nautical Baby Shower Decor and Inspiration

Nautical Baby Shower Decor and Inspiration

Ideas for Displaying the Nautical Mini Banner

In the photo above, we didn’t have a wall behind the display table, so we improvised. In addition to making a hanging ribbon backdrop, we put together a little vase ensemble so we could hang the banner.

Supplies:

  • 2 small containers (we used small square glass vases/votives) – although mini buckets would be cute here!
  • white or light-colored sand
  • 2 small blocks of floral foam
  • 2 skewers (the kind for kabobs that you can get at the grocery store)
  • shells for decoration
  • painted nautical wood “ornaments” (we found these at Michaels in the wood supply section)

Nautical Baby Shower Decor and Inspiration

Basic Instructions:

First, we cut out blocks of floral foam to fit into the vases. We left about 1 mm of space between the foam block and the interior walls of the vase so we could pour the sand in and hide the foam. Then we stuck the skewers in. (The foam is key here. If you just stick the skewer in sand, it will not hold up.) Then we poured the sand in. Then we decorated with sea shells and wood pieces!

Make a third vase if you want to hold your banner up in the middle. We taped the center red flag to the ribbon backdrop.

 

We hope you enjoyed this DIY post! Good luck with your nautical themed party or baby shower!

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