Valentine Heart Bookmarks to Print and Color

Print Valentine Bookmarks for school. Free printable bookmarks for kids to color from Carla Schauer Designs.

Let’s hear it for love…of books!  There’s nothing better than curling up under a snuggly blanket with a nice thick book.  Of course, I love little books and somewhere-in-the-middle books too.  And even though e-readers are convenient, there’s just something about flipping through well-loved pages that makes my heart happy. I designed a printable bookmark to share with you, my fellow bookworms, filled with hearts to color.  Use your favorite … Continue reading →

Snarky Little Christmas Gift Tags

Free funny holiday gift tags from Carla Schauer Designs at carlaschauer.com

You’ve been decking the halls and fighting the crowds, plus the garland you shoved in the back of the crawl space last January is still missing. The wrapping paper is gone, and the kids are bonking each other with the empty tubes.  You need a laugh, and you need it now.  I’ve got you covered with these printable gift tags that say what you really want to.  Snark.  It’s what’s … Continue reading →

Find Engaging Gifts for Creative Tweens

Do you have a budding photographer or filmmaker?  An artist or crafter-in-training? If the tween in your life is creative, this is the perfect age to skip the “kiddie kits” and introduce higher quality creative supplies.   These are some of my favorite gifts for those kids who are ready for more grown-up ideas, but still young enough to enjoy the fun of playing with a new toy.   Engaging … Continue reading →

Make German Stars for Christmas

How to Make German Star Ornaments for Christmas | Carla Schauer Designs

I sipped my hot cocoa and watched their fingers fly, creasing and tucking the paper strips over and around and through, while the Christmas carols played and they chatted.  I was mystified at how the paper twisted and folded into shape, while my seven-year-old fingers snitched another strip of paper from the pile and bent it back and forth in a simple accordian fold.   By the time I was … Continue reading →

When Good Craft Supplies Go Bad

Can you fix broken craft supplies? | When good craft supplies go bad. carlaschauer.com

You’ve been waiting all day for that precious block of time that’s just for you.  It’s finally here, and with a sigh of relief you get out your new grown-up coloring book and your fancy markers and start your “me-time”.  Happily coloring along, you uncap your pretty robin’s egg marker and get a patch of barely-there blue.  What?  No, the blue can’t be dry.  Aargh, dried markers aren’t relaxing at … Continue reading →