Mom Calling Cards :: Printables

I love the idea of a calling card. Obviously in my professional life I hand out business cards, but calling cards just seem so much more personal and old-fashioned. I created these mom calling cards in anticipation of my own little man arriving soon and the inevitable play dates that will follow.

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I made the file a fillable pdf, which means you can customize these free printable calling cards. You only need to enter your information on the upper-most lefthand card, and your info will automatically fill-in on the other cards when you hit ‘tab.’ I included two lines for your name, in case you have a longer name. If you have a short name like me, using the top line is optional.

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Since these cards are not baby- or kid-themed, you could also use these cards as your own personal calling card. Instead of using the second line to list your kid’s name, you could list your website or blog.

Click here to download pdf

How to Print and Cut the Labels

What you’ll need:

Option 1:

  • Printer
  • I designed these cards to fit the Avery Business Cards 8371 template. If you don’t want to cut out your cards, you can simply buy this paper at any office supply store.

Option 2:

  • Printer
  • Paper (I recommend card stock)
  • Paper cutter – the rotary paper trimmers that are popular with crafters work best, but you can also use a t-square and razor blade. Scissors make it tricky to get a perfect square.

Start measuring and cutting from the top left corner.

  1. Print out on single page, front and back.
  2. When looking at the front of the printout, margins are as follows: top 0.75″, bottom 0.75″, left 0.5″, right 0.5″. Remove margins to begin cutting individual cards.
  3. Each card is 2″W x 3.5″L.

NOTE – these are offered for your personal use only. You cannot reproduce for profit or present as an original design.

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Sailor’s Garter Yoke Cardi

I recently cast off on the very cute Garter Yoke Cardi. This is the second cardigan I’ve made for my little man, due in 5 weeks (!).

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This was my first project using the i-cord bindoff and I love it! I was hesitant to try it because the instructions included with this pattern were very confusing to me. I found some great videos online that showed me how to do the i-cord bindoff, and I modified the pattern a little bit to make it easier for me. My first i-cord band came out very tight and caused the button band to warp, so I ripped it out and tried again. The second time I used a larger needle and did one additional repeat of the unattached i-cord, and the results were much better!

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Some of my mods:

  • To shape the sleeves, I decreased with k2tog every one inch (3 times total).
  • For the i-cord button band, I knit to 3/4” per instructions. Then I marked where I wanted the button holes to be on, knit on the WS and cast off 2 stitches for each button hole. Then on the RS, I did the i-cord bindoff using a needle one size larger, making 3 unattached repeats for the button holes. I’m very happy with how it turned out!

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Pattern: Garter Yoke Baby Cardi by Jennifer Hoel
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Denim and Natural Heather
Buttons: Joann’s Fabrics
My Ravelry project:  Sailor’s Garter Yoke Cardi

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Why I’m Sick of Shopping

Last night while my husband and I were sitting together on the couch, I told him that I’m tired of shopping. He was justifiably skeptical and told me so, but I assured him that I was completely serious. More to the point, I’m sick of replacing cheaply made clothes that wear out before I am tired of wearing them.

This all started earlier in the day when I was consignment shopping. Spring is slowly arriving this year, and I’ve been looking around for a pair of leather slip-ons to replace a pair that is too torn on the toes to been seen in the office again. I realized my current pair of shoes has a synthetic lining, which means the leather upper can tear away from the lining, so I’m looking for a shoe with leather upper and leather lining.

While browsing the racks, I came across a great looking pair that was leather on the inside and outside, and I was excited when I saw the brand was Saks 5th Avenue and the cost was $25! I’ve never purchased shoes from this store before, but Saks has a reputation for high-end clothing, so I assumed their brand of shoes would be on par with this reputation. At first glance, the shoes looked promising, but then I took a peek inside the shoes to get a better look at the insoles. I wanted to see how well the shoes were put together, so I gave a slight tug to lift up the insole, and I was surprised when the insole started to lift up with ease and reveal a layer of yellow foam and glue. I realize insoles are designed to come out so they can be replaced, but this seemed too easy and I wasn’t excited by the look of the foam. I could only imagine what the foam would do on a hot summer day. So I put the shoes back on the rack, bummed that a pair of shoes from a high-end retailer were shoddily built.

Later that night while I was talking with my husband, I told him about the shoes. He told me they were probably worth $25, which on the surface I agree with. But then it’s $25 here and another $30 in a few months when I have to replace them, then another $30 when I have to replace those cheap replacements. Pretty soon I’ve spent the same amount of money replacing cheap shoes that I could have spent on one really nice pair of shoes that will last years instead of months.

A perfect example of this is a pair of LL Bean slippers that my husband inherited from his grandfather. These slippers are 20+ years old, but they still look great! None of the seams have come undone, the leather soles are free from holes, and the lining is still intact.

I, on the other hand, have to buy slippers at Target once a year because I wear holes through the soles, the heels always crumple up and won’t stay on my feet, and the lining looses its fluffiness. If I would just spend $90 on a pair of LL Bean slippers, I could stop spending $15 a year at Target for cheap slippers.

Now, I want to take a moment to say that I do not have a limitless clothes budget. Buying more expensive clothes (and shoes, handbags, etc.) will definitely mean that I will buy less items, less often (a lot less). But if it means that an item will last years versus months, then I’m willing to do it.

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Grey and Blue Baby Sophisticate

I just finished my second Baby Sophisticate cardigan. I made the first cardigan as a gift for a friend, and I liked it so much I decided to make one for my little man (due in 10 weeks).

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You can read my project notes from the first cardigan here.

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A note about the yarns. Both colors for this cardigan are Lion Brand Wool-Ease. Working with the grey color was easy and I liked it, but for some reason the blue was a pain. I kept sticking my needles in-between the plys and I just wasn’t as happy with how it stitched up. Shame because I love the color.

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Pattern: Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Gray Heather and Indigo
My Ravelry project: Grey and Blue Baby Sophisticate