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Freebie Friday: Merry Gift-mas Printable to Help You Organize Your Christmas Giving

Happy Friday! It's been a long week here on my end and I am thrilled that it's finally the weekend. How are you? What have you been up to?

Today's blog post features a little printable I drafted up this week as I put together my final shopping list for Christmas gifts that I am giving to my friends, family, and others.


As you can see from the pictures below, I started using my organizing printable right away. It's the perfect way to stay organized as we get down to crunch time.


There are a few more additions, as well as my charitable giving, but these are the first few that came to mind. I covered up some of my ideas with a tree so that if any of them read my blog they won't be spoiled! haha.

To download your FREE Merry Gift-mas Printable Click Here!


Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth

Freebie Friday: Free Printable Illustrated Christmas Gift Tags (In Red)

It's just a few more weeks until Christmas, and that means it's time to start wrapping our Christmas gifts for our friends and families!

Today I'm sharing another free Christmas printable exclusively for friends of the blog. I drew these Christmas gift tags while I was dreaming of the holidays last fall and edited them on Illustrator so that they would be a nice Christmas-y shade of red.


To download your FREE Christmas Gift Tags, click here.

I'm not sure how much I'll be posting on the blog until Christmas. I have some personal things I'm working through as well as preparing for a big test for a class I'm taking at work. So if I don't talk to you beforehand, I hope you have a very lovely Christmas!

Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth
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Freebie Friday: Printable Fill-In-The-Blank Letter to Santa PDF

Remember how much fun you had filling in Mad Libs when you were a kid? I know that they were one of my favorites! Haha. Well, today I was thinking about how fun it would be to fill out a letter to Santa as an adult, so I designed this printable for Christmas fans of all ages to fill out and "send" to Santa Claus.

To download you free fill-in-the-blank Santa Letter CLICK HERE!

To download you free fill-in-the-blank Santa Letter CLICK HERE!

Print out this letter and have you children, friends, and family members fill them out.  If anything, it will give you some insight on what to get them for Christmas. Hehe.

Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth
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Working on a New Zine for the New Year

Happy Monday! I guess. Haha. Nobody is really a fan of Mondays, right?

But that's ok. Rather than dwell on it, I'd like to tell you a little bit about my new zine that will be releasing next month, just in time for the new year.


Here's an excerpt from the introduction:

Hi there! My name is Marian and this is my zine about How To Have Your Best Year Yet.  My main goal since graduating from college in 2014 has been to create an inspiring and independent life for myself. To be able to provide for myself. To create a support system filled with family, friends, super coworkers, and a significant other. To buy my own house, where I intend to have an office just for zine making, writing, and creating.

But as we all know, that’s a mighty tall order.  Have I achieved all of those things? No. Have I achieved some of them? Sure! But these are the kinds of goals that can’t be achieved right off the bat.  They take time, energy, and dedication.

Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it?

Maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t.  But that’s why I’m releasing this zine in December. The opinions and tips that I share in this zine are meant to help you throughout the year so that you can start small before accomplishing it all.

Remember that.

Start small before accomplishing it all!

That's the introduction. Hoping to share the table of contents later this week.


Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth
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Holiday Gift Guide for the List Maker in Your Life

List making is a frequent activity for many people, both for pleasure and for fun!  There are less exciting lists, like grocery lists and to-do lists.  And then there are fun lists like "favorite movies" and "favorite quotes from books" just to give a few examples.

Check out this fun gift guide for the list makers in your life.


These books and supplies give ideas for lists to keep as well as inspiration to create more lists!


#8 is my absolutely favorite writing pens for writing in my journal and my bullet journal.

Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth
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A Weekend of Mailing, Organizing, & Relaxing

Happy Sunday, friends. I'm writing this post after getting home from the gym. I've been having a little bit of a lazy weekend so I told myself I had to go to the gym right after I woke up! Haha.

Let's see... I'm not sure where to start.  I guess at the beginning! This weekend has been very uneventful and eventful at the same time.  Let's start with Friday.

1. I finished my Gratitude Mini Zine for a Swap

This mini zine was created for a Swap on Swap-bot.com.  We were challenged to create a Mini Zine about the things that we are grateful for.  If you'd like to read my zine, there are color copies available in my shop.

2. Organizing my Room

I've been living with my parents while I continue to pay off my student loans and save for my own house, and on Saturday they pointed out that I have accumulated quite a bit of stuff since graduating from college. Which is very true. So I spent a majority of my Saturday cleaning and organizing my bedroom.  It feels good to have an organized space again for sure!  Plus I watched It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia while I did my cleaning because my boyfriend has been urging me to keep watching.  I'm glad I did because it's hilarious, but also because they are taking it down from Netflix on December 9th! Gotta watch as much as I can while I have the chance.

3. Mailing Etsy Orders as well as Swaps

My etsy shop has been doing well as of lately! On Saturday morning I worked on packaging and shipping orders to my customers.  I also mailed out the mini zines that I made for the Gratitude mini zine swap.  I can't wait to see what my swap partners send me in return! :)

Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth
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A Day in Philadelphia & Philly Zine Fest!

Hello friends! On Sunday November 13, 2017 I took the train to Philadelphia to go to the Philly Zine Fest! Plus my brother lives in South Philly so he took the subway to Center City and we hung out and got to catch up.


Such a great day! Brendan was doing laundry in the morning so I walked around and explored! I found my way to a lot of interesting places like city hall (where I watched them set up an ice skating rink) and Reading Terminal Market (where I had a delicious hot dog and pierogies for lunch).

Then I went to Barnes & Noble and picked up some magazines. I had my computer with me too so I went to the cafe for a drink and worked on blog content and organized my Evernote notebooks and tags.

After that, Brendan and I met outside city hall and took the subway to West Philly where we attended Philly Zine Fest. It was fun and I picked up a couple of neat zines (pictured above).  It was crowded and we were overwhelved so after a lap or two around the room, we left and grabbed some incredibly early dinner at Bobby's Burger Palace.

Overall, a very fun day! We also shopped at Trader Joe's (Don't judge... there are absolutely none in my area!) and then Brendan walked me back to the train station and I waited for my train.

Have you ever been to a zine fest?

Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth
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