Calligraphy practice sheet to help you write "best wishes"

Simply click here, to download your calligraphy practice sheet to help you write “best wishes”. Save it to your computer and print as many copies you need to help you practice!! The best part is, you can use a brush pen or a dip pen and nib to practice with!

If you missed my other practice sheets that I created for you, have a look at this post here.

Oh, and check out the free Christmas Gift Tags that I shared a little while ago!! They’ll help add style and will make a statement with your gift wrapping this year!!

Lastly, if you are curious about learning calligraphy or brush lettering with me, then check out these new online classes that I just created! They are at a low, introductory price for the next little while, so enjoy the savings while it lasts!

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Free Printable Christmas gift tags

I wanted to please everyone with these free printable Christmas gift tags and hopefully you’ll find them easy to use wether you prefer wrapping paper or gift bags!!

I wanted to create a really special free printable for my loyal readers and followers as a way for me to help make this season a bit easier and enjoyable for you! So I created theses…

Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags

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new free printable - daily notes!

A few weeks ago I posted a question on social media. lid facebook fan page.jpg

It took me forever and a day to switch my filofax calendar system to 100% digital.  While I found it was handy to have everything stored into my little iPhone, I missed writing and doodling, and brainstorming like I did with pen and paper.  I do really love my iDevices, I have a few dozen apps that I can't live without and I always say "I use my iPhone as a tool more than a phone".  

But....  and it's a big but

I'm a pen and paper kinda girl.  I recently switched back to a paper calendar and bought this lovely moleskin (right of my laptop).  It reminds me of one of my sketch books.  I love the way it feels in my hands.  I love flipping through the pages and booking in special dates, goals and reminders with my pen of choice.

life i design free printableThere's nothing quite like pen and paper and as much as I love technology, there will never be anything to replace the feel, the experience and the emotional connection you make when you write your thoughts down on a piece of paper.


I've designed this new free printable for you to use to jot down your daily notes, your goals, your thoughts, your doodles and even your grocery list!

today I will free printableand what's a free printable without a lovely quote 

life i design free printable notes"Today I will do more of what makes me happy!"

To download and print a stack of these daily notes, click here, right click and save to your computer.  I recommend printing them on card stock or heavier paper - they just feel better - and jot away!

Please do me a favour.  If you love these notes as much as I do, share them with your friends!

That would make me happy today.

Enjoy planning your day!




Free printable 2014 Goals and Dreams Worksheets that you just can't say no to!!!

In the month of December, I usually spend time going over the events of the past year. I celebrate any accomplishments - big or small, I ponder over what I've learned from any failures, and I plan and dream about what I'd like to see happen in my life in the new year.  In every aspect of my life. I set goals.  I dream.  I learn.  I grow.  I plan how to live a life that i design. "One's philosophy is not the best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility." - Eleanor Roosevelt

...we shape our lives and we shape ourselves...

Love that line best.

Soooooo, I want to invite you to get down to some reflection and goal setting with me.  What I've designed are a few beautiful planning pages for you to use to help you look at your current year and figure out what you'd like to see happen in 2014!  To set goals.  To dream.  And to look at the big picture as we shape our lives and ourselves!

2014 Goal Setting

Now, before I get too deep in to this post, here's a disclaimer - I'm not a life coach.  I'm not a personal development guru.  I'm just a focused, hard working girl. I've learned a lot in the last 40+ years and have a thing or two share.  What I do know for certain, is that everyone is different.  Some people can handle more.  Some people need to take baby steps.  What I'm going to share with you is that you should read what I have to offer, and customize it to best suit you, your personality, your life.

My best advice to you, is to play with your plans and ideas.  Get creative about how you want your life to change.  And to do it in ways that push you out of your comfort zone a little.  That's where great change happens.

Let's get started.

Here are the 6 categories {and ideas} that I reflect upon when I set my goals:

1.  Health & Fitness - I look at how I can make improvements in my diet, my exercise routine, my fitness level, how much I am resting, what can I do to improve my energy levels, etc.

2. Family & Relationships - how we as a family unit are doing, where we need to spend more time, how do we need to spend our time together.  What friendships feed me, what business relationships do I want to grow, what I enjoy most when I am with others, etc.

3. Money & Career - what is my financial goal for the year, my income, how much am I spending, saving, investing, where my business is going, what I enjoyed about it, what I can improve and grow upon, what classes can I take, programs can I enroll in, etc.

4. Spirituality & Personal Development - what feeds my inner-spirit, what makes me feel joy from the inside out, what books can I read, what my intuition is telling me to focus on, what makes me ask more questions about my authentic self, and what can I do to share my personal journey, etc.

5. Travel & Experiences - where do I want to travel to, what vacations did I enjoy this past year, where do I want to go on my own, with my family, what fun experiences did we have and what can we do more of in the upcoming year, etc.

6. Overall Lifestyle - how do I want to spend my days, what freedoms, allowances, & experiences do I want to see more of, how to do I want to feel, where do I see myself in 3-5 years - the big picture.

I use these categories to list a few things I'd like to see happen.  I make notes, I scribble out ones that don't have a lasting impression on me and I narrow it down.  I then try to chunk these notes which are now goals, into smaller pieces and focus on one goal per category.  Which I then write on my New Year Goals - 2014 sheet.

Goal sheet 2014Next step, I spend a few minutes thinking about what I'd love to see happen in my life, my family's life and this is where I give myself permission to play and dream! I write what my ideal day looks like, my ideal vacation, my ideal experience and how I want to feel, on the 2014 Dream List sheet.  I play and get really creative here.  This is where you realize a little more about who you are and what really feeds your soul.  Remember, this is your personal list, you don't have to share it with anyone.  Be open and honest with yourself here.

Dream list 2014

The 3-5 Year, Big Plans sheet is where you will again, get creative and play with how you want to your life to look in the next 3-5 years.  This is where you can look back and really see the fruits of your labour.  Where you'll notice marked changes in your life.  This is something most people don't do and I encourage you to do more of.

Big plan 3-5 year plan

Here's a tip:  Look BACK at the last 3-5 years and think about all of the things you've experiences, places you've visited, things you've accomplished, and people you've met.  Get excited about them.  Just think about the amazing possibilities of what you can do over the next 3-5 years and all of the even more amazing things that life has to offer you!!


If goal setting is too hard, just pick one thing.  One important thing to you, but make a decision to take a small step each and every day.  When I read the book The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson who says "make the daily choices that will lead you to the success you desire", I realized what I was doing wrong.  Reading it was a game changer for me.  I realized that it was the small daily efforts that shifted areas in my life which then propelled me towards my bigger goals.  I was an all or nothing kind of girl. Now I do a little bit each day and have really seen some huge change in the last few years living this way. If you haven't read the book, that should go on the top of your list in the 4th category, Spirituality & Personal Development.

For your own personal 2014 Goals and Dreams Worksheets, download the PDFs here and here.  

goal setting worksheets 2014

Print as many copies of these worksheet as you want and may I recommend using good quality paper.  Your plans are important, why not treat them with importance!?

Write your lists.  Make your plans.  Re-write them. Perfect them. Just do them and then put them away for a little while.  Take them out a few weeks later and see if they are still important to you.  Think about how passionate you are about them.  Do they still have the same meaning to you?  Do you feel the same emotions?  If you answered yes, yes, yes!  Then your next step is to work a little bit each day, take inspired action and make 2014 an amazing year and live a life that YOU design!!!

Let me know what you think and if these worksheets help you!

Before you go!!! Don't forget to enter in l.i.d.'s 1st anniversary giveaway as it's a way for me to celebrate all the small steps I took leading me to celebrate my first anniversary!!!  One lucky name will be drawn and the winner will be announced on 12-12-13 at 12:00pm!

Life I design anniversary giveaway

 Good luck and happy planning!!

Nicki xo



Free Printable - my secret weapon for meal planning!

Summer break is over, school has begun and now we are faced with the daily challenge of what to pack the kid's lunch boxes with and what to make for dinner before we race off to hockey, soccer, and music class!!

This free printable is my secret weapon for meal planning that will help you with all of that!!!

fall lunch and dinner menu

In the past I've used different tools to help with having the family involved with planning meals like this one here. I found that I was the one always writing in what to pack for lunches and didn't feel like I had the input from the family.

See I have a philosophy that I stick to about food and meals.  I grew up loving food but not enjoying the meals that my mom prepared for me.  I guess even back then I had a sophisticated palate and knew what I liked and didn't like.  I'm a foodie and love to cook - but hate to do dishes (it's always been an "ik" thing for me)  My kids are foodies too.  They love trying new dishes, and definitely have their preference for meals.  So at meal time around here, there are always a few sides to choose from, a vegetarian option as well as a meat, and it is often that I have all burners going on the stove!  

The one thing that makes all that work and prep worth it, is watching my family enjoy their meals, and talk about how much they love what they are eating with such a healthy and excited attitude about food.

Sooooo, to help me with the task of packing lunches that last in their bags all morning long and that still taste good.  Or to help with dinners that aren't too repetitive and are still interesting, I designed these two printables that can be found on our fridge and can be updated by every member of our family.  

lunch & dinner menu printable{I even had fun with testing out my new prisma pencils and drew a few quick illustrations for the printables.  After all, if you are going to hang something up in your home, it may as well be attractive!!}

With these babies hanging on the fridge, the family can now help plan the meals for the week which takes a huge load off of me.  But most importantly, they can now help too!! The kids are more eager to help pack their lunch bags and are actively looking to help with dinner prep!  Oh, and I left the weekend out because I think that sometimes you just need to not plan, and go with the flow! Weekends are best for doing just that! Oh and always try and give yourself a break with picking a night for takeout!

That's when the cookbooks come out for new recipes to try and for us to salivate over!

lunch and dinner menu printableHere's what you need to do to get your FREE printables.

For the lunch printable, click on this PDF here

For the dinner printable, click on this PDF here.

Save them to your computer and print them out weekly to help you with your meal planning!

Do me a favour?!? Share this post with a friend and help them enjoy the meal planning and have their family involved too!!

Let me know how you make out!!


Free Printable - Weekly & Quarterly Calendar

If you're anything like me, I love technology!  App shopping is very addictive especially when they are built to make my everyday life easier, like automated shopping lists, to-do lists, budget lists etc.!

 BUUUUT, I am a pen and paper kinda girl!  Every Sunday, I sit down with a print-out one of my weekly schedules that I designed and make my list of things that I want to tackle and accomplish that week!

I am also a bit of a planner.  I like to have a {loose} idea of what I want to accomplish in my business & blog every quarter.

So I thought I'd share with you how I do that exactly with this ...

free printable - weekly & quarterly calendar


Use these printables that I designed, to help plan your family life, your blog content, or your business objectives, it's really up to you.  My thought is always, if you have to do something, why not make it stylish and inspire creativity!

IMG_7504I love this quote that a very special girl friend shared with me recently ...


"better than yesterday"

I added it as a subtle reminder to always remember that today your are better than yesterday!

To download these pages, simply click on the link below and save it to your computer and print as needed!


1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

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