Archive for July, 2013

It’s August 1st and we are celebrating the end of Summer with a HUGE release of 10 NEW Pretty Packaging Templates!

Grab Bag

Happy Hallows

In a Cinch

Just Wrapped

Mix’er Up

Pencil You In

Pocket Change

Push Over

Slip One Over On Me

State Your Case

*Visit our website NOW to get yours*

See what the team made with a template (above) of their choice!

  • Lauren Meader
  • Dawn Barwick
  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Farida Rone
  • Jackie Randolph
  • Karien vab der Westhuizen
  • Kimberly Morrow
  • Lori Hairston
  • Lori Kalus
  • Mary Vogel
  • Pattie Goldman
  • Romaine Rancier
  • Tracy Holmes
  • Wendy McGaffey
  • More projects with each of these templates will be posted on the following days


    Aug 2nd Grab Bag

    Aug 3rd Happy Hallows

    Aug 4th In a Cinch

    Aug 5th Just Wrapped

    Aug 6th Mix’er Up

    Aug 7th Pencil You In

    Aug 8th Pocket Change

    Aug 9th Push Over

    Aug 10th Slip One Over On Me

    Aug 11th State Your Case

    Now onto a project that pampers…

    Today I am using the NEW Slip One Over On Me template.

    I love giving something simple and inexpensive just to say I am thinking of you, or sorry you had a bad day. I don’t think every gift has to cost part of an arm of a leg to be thoughtful OR appreciated! That is HOW I got into this business to begin with!

    My project using Slip One Over On Me today shows just that.

    This gift I have 2 packaging options

    a candle

    or a bath bomb!

    The paper I used for this project I made and never released.

    I used the sentiment from Take Time for Petal Perfection © which was printed onto the acetate I added to my window.


    As the name suggests, the lid SLIPS off

    Once the lid is off you have the pretty printed bath bomb.

    You can see the Pamper Yourself sentiments printed onto the window sheet.

    I LOVE doing that. It looks amazing and is very easy to do.

    This is the candle. Always a popular gift, and go great anywhere!

    Come back for more tomorrow as we begin a 10 day marathon of project highlights for each new Pretty Packaging Template we have released. I promise there will be NO shortage of ideas.

    As always, for MORE project ideas, visit our ever growing GALLERY!

    You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, and our creative boards on Pinterest!

    We LOVE to see YOUR projects made with ANYTHING from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC, so be sure yo share them with us whenever you can.


    Exciting NEWS!

    Jul 30, 2013 Author: mytime | Filed under: My Time Made Easy

    I have some amazing news to share!

    First we will be release 10 NEW Templates on August 1st-so stay tuned for that!


    I was contacted the other day and received an amazing opportunity to be considered by Walmart to have my products sold at & possibly in Walmart stores. I am undergoing review, and if I make it to the next round I will let you know! I was told I can share the info, so I am. God help me! Prayers welcomed, that my YEARS of hard work and dedication get me to the place I’ve longed to be 😀

    *Walmart is interested in hearing YOUR feedback*

    Please watch the video, share it, and if you have used our products and have anything to share, or a project to show,

    PLEASE leave a comment on our YouTube page!!!

    Here is a video about My Time Made Easy ™ LLC products


    Have you seen?

    Jul 11, 2013 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

    What the Pinspired Challenge Team has created with products from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC? 
    Check it out!!!

    IMPORTANT My Time Made Easy ™ LLC Update

    Jul 9, 2013 Author: mytime | Filed under: My Time Made Easy

    To celebrate the near end of the summer, and my 5 years of creating templates, we are having a WONDEROUS release of 10 templates all releasing August 1st!

    With that being said, as we await the release, it is with a very heavy heart that I inform you all that August will be our last “official-scheduled” monthly release.

    The store will NOT be closing down. It will still be up and running, and when I get the time or inspiration I’ll load something new.

    I will get back to crafting for the same reason I started it…For the LOVE of doing it, and the JOY it has brought to so many in my life.

    Never did I think my beginning words to the grand opening of my own business would also end up also being my ending words.

    This entire venture started with a simple goal: Sharing what I love with the world!!

    I began papercrafting in 2004, while pregnant with my third child. I needed something for “me”. Once I inked up that first stamp I fell in LOVE! It has gone from a hobby to a passion. I never would have thought after purchasing my ONE stamp, that it would lead me to where I am today! I felt like I found my niche in the world. I enjoyed being able to create my own cards to match my gifts, or the occasion I was giving them for. Better yet, everyone really enjoyed receiving them! I found a papercrafting community online, and began sharing my creations there. What a thrill to inspire and be inspired by others in the world who shared my passion. I introduced myself to the papercrafting community as “my time”. That is exactly what papercrafting was to me! Something that was all MINE! I wasn’t just a wife, a mom, a nurse, the maid, a cook, taxi driver….or any of the other “hats” I wore daily. It was something I did solely for myself. My sanity. In return, others did benefit, knowing I took the time to create something just for them. It also helped me get through tough days. An outlet of sorts.

    I quickly dove into trying my hand at creating gift boxes and bags to match my cards, and present my gifts in. I realized I could dress up the most inexpensive gifts with fancy packaging! A great resource for a one income family! If you think about it, it is the trick of the trade for the marketing industry when selling you their own products!

    Through sharing my passion I was fortunate to work for numerous, amazing stamp companies, where I would create cards and gift items using their images. I was in heaven. As time passed I continued sharing what I love with everyone online. One day my love for creating gift packaging was recognized by Papertrey Ink. This was a company I was creating for at the time. In October 2008 I was able to produce a line of printable templates through their company called My Timeless Templates ©.

    This was a true dream come true for me. Now all the boxes and items I created could be recreated, easily by others! 

    Over time, my dreams expanded and it was time move on, so I could pursue my ultimate dream! That dream was having my own store for all my template creations, with coordinating stamps and papers! I wanted to continue my passion for sharing what I love with the world, and make it easy and affordable, and you know what? I DID!! My Time Made Easy ™ LLC was opened, and started with great success.

    Just as I came to a crossroads then, I am at yet another today. My love for paper crafting turned business has been an amazing adventure, but it is far more involved than anyone could ever image. I no longer have the time to blog, craft for “fun” or do much of anything that doesn’t pertain to the business. Unlike many companies I run much of if myself with the help of my web designer, and the occasional stamp/paper designer.

    It is an amazing accomplishment to turn an opportunity into a full business, but that doesn’t come without a “cost”. The largest cost is time with family and the ability to truly get a day “off”. Then there are people in the industry continuously feeding off your innovations, people stealing your ideas, and undercutting you at every turn. While I would try to work harder, it just isn’t worth the sacrifices.

    Something I have loved and enjoyed for so long has turned into something I HAD to do. It has become a source of anxiety and stress. It has become heart breaking and upsetting, more than rewarding.

    I’m sure this won’t be shocking news. The last few months especially have been quite difficult for me. I am at a point where I have NO CHOICE but to let this go, even though I never really wanted to.

    While the decision of WHEN to end MTME monthly releases came suddenly, the actuality of it has not been that sudden. It has been something I have struggled with for some time. Talk about dream crushing. I love what I do and I believe in it, but there comes a time when you have to realize the dream is bigger than the reality, or no longer worth the scarifices.

    I really cannot tell you how much I have appreciated each of you through my years in business. Many of you have been with me so long in my journey. You are all amazingly talented, and wonderful people! Many of whom I never met, but have become “friends” with, and you’ve supported me along this journey.

    The journey isn’t ending, it is just turning down another path.

    I wouldn’t have had the joy of seeing such amazing works or art made with my templates/designs had I not taken this journey. I have gained and learned so much through the last 5 years, and done things I never thought I could do. I have gained knowledge, experience, and confidence. Most of all I have had interactions with amazing people I never would have otherwise. You’ve all touched my life in your own way and will be cherished by me for many years to come.

    There are no real words to describe everything I feel at a time like this but I hope you know how thankful I am to have had these opportunities, and to each of you for the time and talents you’ve shared with me while using my designs.

    I’m sure I am missing saying something, but I truly type this through tears as the reality of my situation comes to light. I wish I knew what to say, and how to end such a post. At the end of the day, as the saying goes “you have to know when to hold em’ and know when to fold em”. Sadly the time has come for me to fold em.

    All my thanks to all of my customers, whom I truly value your continued support. Your projects you share is what has driven me this far.

    A HUGE thank you to EVERYONE who has ever been part of the My Time Made Easy team! From the past to the present, and everyone in between.

    Thank you again to all whom allowed me to share my vision, and dream with the world!

    As I embark yet again on more life changes, difficult decisions, and attempting to make the right choices for all of it-these quotes speak to me today, and how I need to proceed with life and how it evolves…

    “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
    Delicious Ambiguity.” 
    ― Gilda Radner

    “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” 
    ― Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

    “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” 
    ― Dr. Seuss

    “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” 
    ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

    “After all, tomorrow is another day.” Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara Butler.

    So, with all that being said I hope you will please stay tuned for our August 1st Release.

    July:Year in Review

    Jul 1, 2013 Author: mytime | Filed under: My Time Made Easy

    It’s time for our monthly Year in Review post!

    This is when the design teams picks any of our older products and creates a NEW project for you to get MORE ideas for items you may already own, or may have yet to notice. There are always so many versatile uses for every template, images, cut files and paper, since the company focus is to show you how all our products can coordinate together, and give you many uses, this is usually a fan favorite.

    So WHO used WHAT?

    Click and see:


  • Lauren Meader
  • Dawn Barwick
  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Farida Rone
  • Karien vab der Westhuizen
  • Kimberly Morrow
  • Lisa Kind
  • Lori Hairston
  • Lori Kalus
  • Mary Vogel
  • Pattie Goldman
  • Romaine Rancier
  • Tracy Holmes
  • Wendy McGaffey
  • My project today is one I wanted to create for some time, but had yet to get to.

    I had a piece of the Bee Mine © patterned paper that I had previously printed, but yet to use.

    It really re-sparked my idea of creating a bee hive.

    While we DO have a Oh-Bee Hive! © template, when I was assembling the Egg-stra Special © template I thought it would make a super quick and cute Bee Hive as well.

    Isn’t this adorable?!! I was really happy with how it came out.

    I love the colors, and was thinking it would be the perfect packaging for something sweet.

    The scalloped bottom is from the Trendy Turtle ©!

    No need to resize either, because it is a PERFECT fit!

    The bow tied around it keeps the bottom attached to the “hive” top.

    I added an acrylic flower and of course a larger bee to the top.

    When I created my gift set and tags from my preview project on June 30th this month, I knew I could quickly change the colors on the Fine Finish © set, and add the sentiment ” Sweet as can bee” and the resized bee from the Bee-Loved ©set.

    This was so quick and simple.

    You can package up a plethora of gifts in here.

    A girl at work is having a baby boy and I thought the Burt’s Baby Bee products would be great in here!

    As always thank you for stopping by.

    I hope you have a fun, creative and safe Summer!

    See you next time.



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