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Get ready for summer with this canvas tote bag

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

We have teamed up with Kahala Mall once again to create the the perfect tote for all those fun-filled days … and it’s totes cute (wink-wink), and best of all it’s FREE as part of a promo with Kahala Mall.

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Printable Fall Place Card

Posted on November 13, 2017 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

We love holiday gatherings - the food, the drinks, the laughs, the drinks - it’s all so much fun! 

We also understand how busy everyone is during this time of year, but our downloadable Fall place cards are a fast way to spruce up your holiday table setting. 

You’ll be able to pump these out in no time, and then get back to the fun stuff, like the drinks and laughs. 

PS - Not hosting this year? These make for a thoughtful hostess gift. Just make them ahead of time and help your hostess prep the table. She’ll thank you for it!

Cheers!
the Nico Made team

Step 1-Cut

Step 2-Fold

Step 3-Write

Fall Place Card

Here’s your 5-step guide to a fresh Fall table setting: 

1) PRINT: our printable Fall place card (available here)

2) CUT: using scissors or paper cutter (many print shops have these available for your use)

3) FOLD: lengthwise

4) WRITE: since these are 2-sided we think it’s fun to write a name on one side, and a phrase or nickname on the other.

5) PLACE.

Ta-da!! Table setting on point. 

PSS- Yes, that is a Mickey Mouse band-aid that I'm sporting, and while I realize it makes for less than perfect images, I like to think it's the official "look" of crafty moms everywhere. XOXO!

Posted in design, DIY, Fall, free, freebie, graphic design, holiday, illustration, island style, living, make, printable, tropical decor

Nico Made and Kahala Mall collaborate again for Mother’s Day

Posted on May 03, 2017 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

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I was so honored when Kahala Mall approached me to collaborate with them for a second time on a special Mother’s Day tote bag. Kahala Mall is a special client to work with – they respect and understand the family-work-life balance, which can be very difficult to maintain as a mom-run small business owner.

I’m always juggling work and two lively toddler boys so I know the importance of a good “grab-and-go” tote. It needs to be sturdy, big enough to hold the “momsentials” like wipes, snacks, and water bottles, but not too big that it’s cumbersome to carry. I really think we hit the nail on the head with this tote, both in functionality and its “looks cute with everything-ness.”

These bags are limited editions, and are only available through Kahala Mall. So, how do you get your hands on one, you ask? It’s simple:
1) Shop at Kahala Mall during May 1 - May 14
2) SAVE your paper receipts because when you spend a combined total of $200 (and that includes all those purchases from Whole Foods) you get this bag for FREE. Yep, Free!
You can see all the promo details here.

This tote goes out to all the hard working mamas. You know who you are.

XOXO,
Nico Made

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Posted in aloha, canvas bag, custom, design, free, freebie, graphic design, illustration, island style, local design, Mother's Day, prints, textile design, tote bag

Easy DIY Valentine’s Day cards for kids

Posted on February 02, 2017 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

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Valentine's Day is coming up, and this will be the first time my boys will celebrate it at school. I’m really excited for them, because though it’s been a very long time since I’ve been a little kid, I vividly remember loving all the mini cards, origami hearts and trinkets that were exchanged.

Our preschool has a couple of guidelines. First - candy and sweets are out. I can totally get behind that because, I mean really, who wants a bunch of toddlers amped on sugar?? Not me. Second, they encourage keeping it homemade. Again, I'm down with that because I love getting a little crafty. But, if you are anything like 99.9% of the mamas out there, you have very little free time, plus if you have multiple kids, that means cards for multiple classrooms, teachers, assistants, etc., etc. Yeah, it’s a lot.

Whether you have to make a lot, or just a few, here is a super easy, super quick way to pump out a bunch of homemade Valentine's Day cards for your little ones. 

Here’s what you need:
• Our printable mini Valentine’s Day card
• Colored cardstock
• Scissors or paper cutter (I use this one which really saves on time. You can find it at most office supply stores)
• Double-sided tape
• Pen 

Here's what you'll do:
1) Print our mini cards using your desktop printer or local copy shop.
2) Trim the mini cards using scissors or paper trimmer.
3) Cut cardstock into 3" squares. I used Kraft paper, but use anything that fits your vibe.
4) Using double-sided tape, stick the mini card to your cardstock. (I got my toddlers to help with this part.)
5) Have your kiddo sign their name at the bottom. Boom, you are done. 

We hope you and your littles enjoy spreading love and joy this Valentine’s Day. We would love to see your creations - Tag your images with #nicomade and share, share, share. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

 

Posted in cards, crafts, design, diy, free, freebie, hearts, kids, kraft paper, make, printable, valentine's day

DIY gift wrap in 3 simple steps, plus free gift tag printable

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

DIY gift tags 1Ready to WOW your friends this holiday season? OK, let’s do it! Here’s your guide to make beautifully wrapped gifts in three simple steps that will have all your friends saying “Oh my gosh, that’s so cute!” And then you get to say, “Thanks, I made it.” with a lovely little smile on your face.DIY gift tag 2DIY gift tag 3

Here’s what you need to make the gift tags:
• Kraft cardstock (or heavy-weight paper of your choice)
• Our printable gift tags
• Scissors or paper cutter
• Hole punch (I used a 1/8” punch, but any will do)
• Baker's twine
• Tape
• Pen

Steps:
1) Print gift tags on the paper of your choice
2) Trim the tags using scissor or paper cutter
3) Address your tags and affix to the fabulous gift that you just wrapped (see tip below). You can either punch a hole at the top of your label and run twine through it, or just tape it to your gift.

Voila!

DIY gift tag 4And if you really want to channel your inner Martha Stewart, you can even trim the corners off the top of your tag. Wow, now we’re really getting crafty!

Wrapping Tip: Keep it simple. I keep white wrapping paper on hand because it works for all occasions. I like to use contrasting materials and colors, and I’m really into the kraft and white paper combo right now. Add a little P.O.C. (pop of color) with baker's twine, washi tape, or fresh seasonal sprigs from your local florist. So simple. So cute!

We’d love to see how you experiment with your own combinations. Comment below, or tag your creations with #nicomade on social media.

Happy wrapping!

 

Posted in bakers twine, crafts, diy, free, freebie, gift tag, gift wrap, holiday, illustration, kraft paper, living, make, printable, style, wrapping