Archive for April, 2012

It’s May 1st and that means all our NEW! Products are available for you to purchase, and get started on those projects for Dad (or Mom), Spring or any occasion where a gift is warranted.

 The end of the school year is coming too, so Teacher Appreciation gifts are a great idea too!

Be sure you check out our NEW! Products <—HERE!

We have released:

3 NEW! Pretty Packaging Templates

NEW! Pretty Impressions Stamp Sets

5 NEW! Pretty Printable Digital Paper Collections

NEW! Pretty Pieces Cut Files

Check out our
NEW! Dad’s Day
Perfect Package Collection!

Please view our Gallery for project samples, and alternative ways to use all our amazing coordinating products!

You may also want to check out our blog for weekly challenges, and even more amazing ideas.

Today we have an amazing group post using our NEW! Products

As you may have come to know my company focuses on the “complete package”. We work hard to offer coordinating products that are easily interchanable with previously released products. We really enjoy being able to share the ideas and versatility each product holds.

That being said here is WHO you should visit today for some amazing projects:

  • Farida Rone
  • Linda Hammerton
  • Lisa Kind
  • Lori Kalus
  • Treasured:

  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Lori Hairston
  • Mara Campbell
  • Blue Collar

  • Kimberly Morrow
  • Pattie Goldman
  • Tangii Crain
  •   I am quite excited about sharing this next template with you! I have a LOVE for flowers, anything girly…..and just in time for Mother’s Day too!

    Here is the Bloomin Wonderful samples I made:

    I wanted to do three colors, in different designs.

    This is the top view, which really made each one fo these unique 😀

    Who wouldn’t be in awe of these? You’ll be shocked at how quickly they go together too!

    Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

    Completed Project Size:

    5 1/2 Inches Tall

                                                               3 Inches Round                                                          

     Well as it is named, this package is Bloomin’ with some wonderful possibilities! Designed to allow you to have a flower topped cylindrical shaped box, this lends itself to a plethora or possibilities just waiting to bloom into a reality. This is a far better option to the real life flower bouquet that will just die in a few days. A great package for Spring, Birthday’s, Thinking of You, Get Well, With Sympathy, or Just Because.

    You will want to check out many of our amazing Pretty Pieces Cut Files, as we have many that can really add to your design possibilities!

     Purple Posie

    My favorite color….I was inspired by the digital paper :Fresh Cut Expressions © Collection 1 ! It is a favorite of mine these days 😀

    I created my tag using the Round Off © 34 Images – Digital set, with my sentiment from the Spring is Here © 31 Images – Digital. It was cut out using the Fine Finish © Cut File.

    I used the butterfly from the Bloom Builders © cut file to add to the design. I just cut and sponged on some color. Butterflies are my favorite image in the world and I cannot get enough butterfly images/products!

    I decided to package up a “scent-staional” gift-White Citrus Body Spray! I love having these gifts on hand for those last minute gifts I need in a pinch. They are great for friends, family, and teachers! Anyone who likes to smell good 😀 Even teen/tweens who can be a nightmare to give stuff to! LOL!

    Next up…Honey Blossom

    This design is the epitomy of quick and SIMPLE! When time is tight and you need to whip something spectacular up, then this is for you!

    I made this from a yellow cardstock, and simply added the little honey bee from the Bee-Loved © set.

    Of couse I had to package up some natural honey soap in here too, which really complimented my simple packaging.

    My focus was on the flower, as that really is the WOW factor here 😀

    It was so easy to make too. In addition to the flower that comes with this template I used the stunning Rolled Bloom Daisy © in the center, and I used my Copic Air Brush system to spray on some additional color! So pretty!

    Now we move onto the pretty pink petal sample…

    This one was the most “detailed”. I think sharing with you various samples from super simple to more detailed really shows you how you can dress this up or down but still have a huge impact!

    I used the striped tree pattern paper from the Color Infusion © collection along the bottom, trimmed with pearls and the Border Builders Open Scallop © cut file.

    My tag was designed using a combination of images. The tag itself is from the Round Up © set. It was cut using the coordinating Round Up Tag ©. The sentiment, bird image and grass come from the Spring is Here © set! How fun that was, combining these images together!!

    For the top I used my Copic markers to color my petals, and add some dimension. I then cut the smaller flower layers (included in the template) and curled and sponege them. Add a acrylic button for the center! Done!

    This packaged up some SWEET Godiva Truffles 😀 YUM!

    So many possibilities.

    Perfect for so many occasions too 😀

    Pretty Packaging Templates:

    Bloomin Wonderful

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set:

    Spring is Here, Round Off, Round Up, Bee-Loved

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper:

    Fresh Cut Collection 1, Color Infusion

    Pretty Pieces Cut File:

    Fine Finish, Round Up Tag, Bloom Builders, Rolled Bloom Daisy

    Well we aren’t done sharing yet! We have several more days of ideas to get your Spring projects going!

    See you tomorrow!

  • Lauren Meader (me)
  • We have some more peek projects for you today!

    Everything you see today will be made available for purchase tomorrow, May 1st on our website My Time Made Easy ™ LLC!

    Make sure you visit the following team members for some amazing projects using another NEW! Template called Treasured:

  • Kimberly Morrow
  • Lisa Kind
  • Lori Kalus
  • Pattie Goldman
  • Tangii Crain
  • Now it’s time to share my sample with you!

    I made this for my son Noah 😀 He is 9 and loves putting his “treasures” in boxes, and hiding them in his room where no one will find them.

    Note: My sample is altered to be wider than the initial template. This template was designed to allow you to quickly and easily extend the length. Simply cut the top and bottom panels to be longer and you are good to go!


    Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

    Completed Project Size:

    6 1/4 Inches Tall

    4 X 4 Inches Wide

    This Pretty Package is a real treasure with all the versatility it can offer! With this template you can create a plethora of gifts for all ages.

    I made my box into a treasure chest by creating it in a Kraft cardstock, then cutting strips in a darker Kraft cardstock, that I had printed the woodgrain pattern from the Custom Construction Materials © paper!

    It looks amazing and realistic all the way around 😀 I really love how this turned out.

    My ONLY regret was not having enough brads to make this llok more authentic. I didn’t have enough to complete the box and time was ticking. Remeber I will have just had surgery and needed to get stuff done ahead of time. Oh well! I don’t think Noah will care!

    The top I chose to use the “build your own” sailboat image from the NEW! set called Seas the Day. I added the customized sentiment “For my amazing Son” to the flag from the Seas the Day Sentiments set.

    Now what to put inside…..

    Here I found some super cute Pirate designed Easter Eggs, so I filled them with various “treasures” and put them in here. How cute huh? This would make a great gift box or an excellent party favor, or table centerpiece!!

     The top and bottom panels of this are easily alterable so you can create a longer version of this box with ease, as I did in my sample today.

    The package also comes complete with the lock, hinge and handle pieces to really make this simple box one to treasure for much time to come.

    Use this package to create a treasure chest (long or stout), a stunning gift box, a mail box, tackle box, lunch box, robot box, jukebox, owl/other animal….wherever your creativity takes you!

    Now how about a feminine version?

    Now this is the original sample for the Treasured Template, complete with all the bells ans whistles this template comes with, such as the pretty base, handles, hinges and lock details!

    I used the stunning paper from Regal Round Up © for my box design.

    The top features flowers from the Bloom Builders © cut file. I just resized each smaller version to 75%.

    The flowers really added that something special to the top and my tag, which was made using the Fine Finish ©set and cut using the Fine Finish © cut file.

    Here I have packaged a large candle and stand!

    I love how the paper matches my candle holder 😀

    This template just hinges open…..

    and my candle/stand fits perfectly-with room to spare!

    The dome top allows you to package up a variety of sizable items too. You can put much taller gifts in here as well 😀 I love that!

    See-this can be both masculine AND feminine 😀

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates:


    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set:

    Seas the Day & Seas the Day Sentiments, Fine Finish

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper:

    Custom Construction Materials, Regal Round Up

    Pretty Pieces Cut File:

    Fine Finish, Bloom Builders

    Tomorrow is THE day, so I hope you will come back to see our amazing NEW products, which we will feature in a blog hop/group post!

    See you then!

    Welcome back everyone!

    As May approaches I get excited because it’s my birthday month! Yes, I said month! LOL! Since I was a little girl I always felt the month of May was all mine 😀 I celebrate all month long. It helps that Mother’s Day is in there too! LOL!

    We have a release JAM PACKED with some amazing and MASCLINE items this month! All the NEW! items previewed in any of our projects will be made available for purchase May 1st!

     So if you have a special guy in your life, be it your own father, grandfather, boyfriend, husband and even your son you will want to stay tuned! Even if you struggle with masculine gifts this release will sure inspire you to give it a try. Let’s also not forget our line of Pretty Packaging is quite versatile for anyone, all year round!

    I’ve had a lot going on in my family/personal life, one being a very major surgery for myself.  I miss having the time and energy to share everything here on my blog but time has NOT been on my side in the last 2 or 3 years! That being said I did what I could to get ahead and really didn’t get to do all I wanted for this release, but having the amazing team that I do, they will be able to fill in the “gaps” for me when they share their amazing samples!!

    Today the team and I are sharing a FUN sample using a NEW! Pretty Packaging Template called Blue Collar!

    Sadly my sample was done long before we completed all our amazing NEW! Pretty Impressions images or paper, so my sample uses older products. Certainly NOT a bad thing!

    Blue Collar

    Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

    Completed Project Size:

    7 1/2 Inches Wide

    5 3/4 Inches Tall

    2 Inches Deep

    Whether you have a blue collar, white collar or t-shirt wearing kind of guy, this shirt shaped box make the perfect “present”-ation for a gift for that special guy in your life.


    This box can present a variety of guy-themed gifts from snacks, to actual t-shirts whatever you put in here to sure to prove you had him in mind! Simply round the edges of the pointed collar and you have a sweet feminine shirt!

    Here I packed up a gift card for my hubby to Chipotle!

    Now he can treat himself to lunch at work. He is very cheap and won’t buy himself lunch, ever! He will eat cold spaghetti-o’s if there are no leftovers to take to work (which seems to be happening more often now that our 9 year old son eats like a grown man, since he is a growing boy!), leaving me feeling bad. Now I don’t have to! I keep buying him gift cards to food places 😀 Always a great gift.

    This box can also fit standard A2 sized cards ( 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 with envelopes).

    Template comes with additional shirt layer with pointed collar.

    A rounded collar and sleeve layer for a t-shirt look

    A neck tie and pocket (not used in my sample today)

    Whichever collar you choose this is definitely going to make someone feel special!

    My sample here came together in like 20 minutes total! I kid you not 😀 It is easy peasy.

     I used Kraft cardstock as the box base. My shirt layer was made using the Argyle pattern from the Cool Cooking © collection. I did some faux stitching in my collar and sleeves. For my inner “tag” I used the “X” for X*TRAORDINARY from the Monograms Defined © set. You could use someones initials or any of our NEW! Pretty Impressions Images for your gift!

    You may want to check out our guy themed sets such as: Dad’s Day to Relax, A Vintage Day for Dad, For Dad, and many others!

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates:

    Blue Collar

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set:

    Monograms Defined

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper:

    Cool Cooking

    Once again, thank you for checking in to see what’s to come! You will not want to miss our on what our Design Team has come up with too!

    We have more previews at our May 1st Release tomorrow!!

    See you then

    April: A Year in Review

    Apr 3, 2012 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    Today is generally a favorite time of month for our customers as we share our “Year in Review” projects. This is when we all take older products and create NEW! ideas for you all to get inspired and enjoy. I love this part of the release because you all get fresh ideas for our older products, therefor maximizing the use of everything you may already have, or maybe never noticed. I personally enjoy getting to go back and put ideas I may have previously had, but not the time to implement during a particular release.

    So what will you find from the team? Check each one our for something new, with something old!

  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Farida Rone
  • Kimberly Morrow
  • Linda Hammerton
  • Lisa Kind
  • Lori Hairston
  • Lori Kalus
  • Mara Campbell
  • Pattie Goldman
  • Tangii Crain
  • So today I want to share a fairly recent template called Round and Round ©, made something new with it, just in time for Spring!

    Pretty Purple Chick

    Isn’t this little bird adorable? I had long wanted to use this in coordination with the Cute Lil Chick © Cut File to create a cute lil birdie box! I think that the Bouncing Bunny © would be *uber* cute too! I just cut, colored and layered the pieces, using my markers for some accent to the head feathers, and wings. It was SUPER quick and easy, so a great one to mass produce for family, friends, student, or teachers!

     I chose to make my box for a purple cardstock, and used the Darling Dots © collection for the birds tummy. I tied a floral ribbon around it, because I fell in love with the pattern on it, as it was very Spring to me, and I have a felt flower clothes pin on the wing, for a fun detail 😀 I have filled this with Reese Peanut Butter Chocolate Eggs (the mini foil wrapped ones). I didn’t have then during my photo shoot, but this will be great for my niece.

    Check out the feet! SO cute! I just adhered them to the box top before layering on the top cover. It helps her to “sit” without rocking one way or the other!!

    What a sweet “peep” just in time for Easter! Change out the colors and you could have a BlueJay or Cardinal! Use your imagination and you can make any little round creature you want!!

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates:

    Round and Round

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper:

    Darling Dots

    Pretty Pieces Cut File:

    Cute Lil Chick

    Once again that you so very much for visiting us all today! Don’t forget to check out our Gallery and our Blog!! We offer lots of weekly challenges and you can find so many amazing ideas in the gallery for each product we have released!

    See you next time!

    “Com-pleat” Packaging!

    Apr 2, 2012 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    Welcome back!

    I hope you are having a great Spring so far!! Feels so good to get creative again. I really enjoy this time of month when I make the time to share my creations and ideas for making your own gifts easy and affordable. More importantly personal and FUN!

    I have really enjoyed creating project for this release, and we aren’t finished yet! We are still sharing the latest product samples using our April Release Products!

    So make sure you visit the following design team members:

  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Lori Hairston
  • Lori Kalus
  • Mara Campbell
  • Pattie Goldman
  • Tangii Crain
  • So I thought I would share another variation of how you can utilize the templates that come in the Com-pleatly © template! I love that you get 2 very fun and functional boxes with the template. The way they come together gives you a professional looking box in minutes.

    So here is some use with *just* the boxes!

    Tea Time

    Tea-this is a favorite beverage amongst many. What better way to let other share the love and let someone else try some of your favorites or invite someone over to share some tea, and friendly chatter?! I packaged up some tea bags (these fit in either the top or bottom box :D) in the smaller box and plan on sending a few cards in the larger box (I ran out of time due to family circumstances :C). 

    I love the NEW! Tapestry Trends © paper collection! Not only is it bright and cheery, but it coordinated with my tea sampler perfectly! I used the stripe pattern on the box bottom, then the floral pattern for the box top. It made the gift process quick and easy! Look how simply pretty these boxes look all done up!! I did very little work!

    Once I tied the two boxes together I finished it off with my pretty flower blossom that I made using the Rolled Bloom – Scalloped ©.

    The Teapot images comes from the On Display 1 © 27 Images. I stamped the pot in not quite navy ink, and used markers to color my flowers to match my paper, cut it out, then tied it onto my bow. Easy peasy-DONE!

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates:

    Com-pleatly (used large & small box template)

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set:

    On Display 1

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper:

    Tapestry Trends

    Pretty Pieces Cut File:

    Rolled Bloom Scalloped

    Well that is all for me today! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting us know what you think of our products 😀

     Be sure to come back tomorrow because we will have our monthly Year in Review Post that you will NOT want to miss 😀

    Planting Seed of Love

    Apr 1, 2012 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Time Made Easy

    I hope you are all enjoying the April Release and all the amazing samples from the talented design team we have!

    We’ve releases a plethora of products this month that is sure to make your creativity bloom!

    For more ideas please be sure you visit the following team members for more inspiring ideas:

  • Farida Rone
  • Kimberly Morrow
  • Linda Hammerton
  • Lisa Kind
  • Mara Campbell
  • I have many gardening lovers in my family: my 7 year old daughter, my mom, my mother in law, Jason’s grandmother, and some of the kids teachers, to name a few, so I love contributing to their joy by giving them a few floral additions to add to their garden’s and hopefully think of us when they see them in bloom.

    I am always packaging up these simple seed packets so they look so much more special, and know they are given from the heart.

    This year I decided to use the NEW! Card Cover-Up © for my packaging 😀

    I packaged up 6 different seed packets in here.

    As I said previously, this amazing package isn’t just for cards! You can use it with the fancy topper at the top, OR as I used it here, at the bottom!

    The tie up my flowers I HAD to add the watering can image, all done up to coordinate, from the Tending The Garden © 50 Images. I curved my sentiment “Planted With Love” to curve along the label I stamped and colored. It worked out great with the notch being at the top so my plastic bag could easily fit through the top!

    I really wanted to use the NEW! Bloom Builders © (Large Petal Daisy) to match the flowers that I am gifting, and I used the Rolled Bloom Modern © for the center because it looked a lot like my seed packets. It was so quick and easy to create this flower! I really am loving these new cut files, and have used them in many future projects to come!

    I went with a older favorite paper collection….Gardening Greats © Candied Apple Jack! I love it!!

    An important detail is layering the inside of the box to coordinate. When the gift is removed the box looks pretty! It can now be reused for seedling info or for someone to re-gift, and THAT is always a great thing!

    I think these would make cute appreciation gifts for a greenhouse to giveaway on Mother’s Day. It’s an  inexpensive way to market themselves by adding their plastic business cards inside each package. What mother doesn’t enjoy flowers? When planted the flowers can be enjoyed year-after-year, and the greenhouse’s business card will be a nice reminder to the customer where they can go to get all their seedlings for summer planting.

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates:

    Card Cover-Up

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set:

    Tending the Garden

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper:

    Gardening Greats

    Pretty Pieces Cut File:

    Bloom Builders. Rolled Blooms Modern

    Now, we aren’t done yet, so please return tomorrow for more ideas and inspiration!

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