Chinese New Year is coming soon (February 8th), and this year we’re welcoming the year of Monkey.
If you’re not familiar with Chinese horoscope, there are 12 animals in the horoscope, and each animal gets to rule once every 12 years. So for those of you who were born in 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 or 2004, you were born in the year of monkey. People born in the year of monkey are known to be smart and intelligent, especially when it comes to career and wealth. As you may have known, it’s a special year for me because my first baby is going to be born in the year of monkey!
During Chinese New Year, it is customary for married couples to give red packets, or hong baos to younger and unmarried family members, especially children. The red packets should contain some cash,but it doesn’t matter how much you’re willing to give. Traditionally, the colour of the packet/envelope has to be red, because red is a symbol of good luck, fortune, health and wealth in Chinese tradition (yes, we’re all about the money! haha). In this modern day, there are more “red” packets in all kinds of colours and design.
Other than during Chinese New Year, red packets are also given as, or instead of, wedding presents, baby gifts or moving house gifts.
As you know, I love putting an untraditional spin on holiday traditions. I have created Year of Monkey Printable Red Packets in my favourite colours, light blue, light grey and yellow. They also comes with cheeky monkey faces stickers.
Download the Year of Monkey Red Packets and stickers template, and open using Adobe Reader (free download). Print pages 1-3 on your normal A4 size (21 x 29.7 cm or 8 x 11″) print & copy paper, or photo paper that is no thicker than 140 gsm. Page 4 with the monkey faces stickers should be printed on sticker paper, or you can use the same paper as the first 3 pages and stick using double sided tape.
Cut the packet templates according to their shapes, and fold along the separation lines. Stick double sided tapes on part with “Adhere Here”. Use the cheeky monkey faces to seal the packet openings, and slip some inside together with cash for a little surprise!
Happy Chinese New Year! You can also download past years printable red packets:
The first Saturday in February is known as Ice Cream for Breakfast day. Not that I’m condoning unhealthy sugary dessert for breakfast every day, but these printable ice cream kit could be a nice morning surprise for the family once in a while. I also find that the history behind Ice Cream for Breakfast day is pretty interesting. In the U.S, Ice Cream for Breakfast day should fall on a very cold, possibly snowy, day. For those of us who live in the Pacific or Asian region, having frozen dessert for breakfast might feel just right! And if you’re trying to cut down on calories and sugar, there are so many fruit sorbet or nana ice cream recipes on the internet that you can make, instead of their creamy counterpart.
You can download the Ice and Shine Ice Cream Kit Printable template, which includes: We are Having Ice Cream card (if you’re not having it for breakfast, you can cut of the ‘for breakfast’ part), ice cream tub label, ice cream cup wrappers, and ice cream topper rounds.
Print both pages of the Ice Cream Kit template on A4 paper stock (21 x 29.7 cm or 8 x 11″) with medium thickness (140-180 gsm), and cut along their shapes.
Ice and Shine!
Happy February everyone! I hope 2016 has been treating you well so far.
Other than Valentines Day, February is also the month when we celebrate Chinese New Year. This is the year of Monkey, therefore I’ve illustrated an image of “Maneki Monkey” for this month’s freebies.
If you’re not familiar with Maneki Neko, or Beckoning Cat, it’s a popular symbol for Chinese & Japanese, and they are believed to bring in fortunes. You might have seen them on the cashier table of some Chinese or Japanese restaurants!
I thought it might be cute to create a Beckoning Monkey instead.
If you are not a BFF Freebie member yet, you can still sign up now and you will get a confirmation email with download links to all the freebies for this month and previous ones as well.
Just like the previous freebies, you will be able to download these styles and sizes: desktop (with or without calendar), retina desktop (with or without calendar), iPhone (without calendar), iPhone 6 & 6+ (without calendar), iPad (without calendar), and also printable planner monthly organiser for A5, Personal and Pocket filofaxes (Large, Medium & Small for Kikki K planners).
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All you need to do (and this is open to everyone, including you) is to join our BFF club here and you will receive a welcome message with a link to download our instant freebies as well as current and previous months’ freebies. You will then receive monthly freebies for your desktop, gadgets and planners just like what you’ve seen in this post before the end of each month. I will also throw in a few freebie surprises every now and then, so you will get a lot more freebies from Design is Yay if you join the BFF club!
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Whether you’re celebrating Valentines or Galentines, these cute printable heart & arrow cards are going to make the day of your loved ones. Unlike the usual greeting cards, these cards don’t open to reveal your message, but you can write your message on the arrows. All you need is a few meaningful words to show someone that you care!
Since my baby bump is getting bigger day by day, I now have less possibilities in taking photographs. Even though I have no problem taking styled photos or flatlays of my printables using a tripod, but step-by-step photos are a bit tricky. I’ve decided to create step-by-step graphics instead! I hope they’re as clear as the photographs.
Materials: Colour printer, Adobe Reader (Free Download), 2x A4 (8×11″ or 29.7 x 21 cm) card stock with medium thickness (around 180-230 gsm), scissors, x-acto knife, ruler, double sided tape, 3D foam tape (optional), pen (optional)
Step 1: Download the Heart & Arrow Printable Valentines Card template and print onto 2x A4 card stock using colour printer
Step 2: Cut according to the heart cards, little hearts and arrows shapes. Remove the two small rectangles on the heart cards using x-acto knife
Step 3: Fold in the centre as well as the little white rectangle of the heart cards. Stick the little white rectangle inside or outside of the back of the heart card so that the card doesn’t open
Step 4: Insert the arrow with the message line (or write your own Valentines message) into the small rectangle cut out at the back of the heart card, through the other small rectangle cut out at the front
Step 5: Using double sided tape or glue, stick the arrow point at the end of the message line to lock the arrow
Step 6: Place a 3D foam tape at the centre of the heart card, and stick the little hearts with recipient’s name on it. If you don’t have a 3D foam tape, you can use glue or double sided tape, but it won’t have the 3D effect.
If you like this Heart & Arrow Printable Valentines Card, you should also check out Valentine’s Day Printable Animal Card
Aussie day “long weekend” is ahead of us (if you also take leave on Monday the 25th that is), and I’m sure a lot of you are getting your barbecues ready for the day. After the mini pie boxes I’ve shared earlier this week, I thought I should do something for your drinks. Since we’re on the peak of summer heat at the moment, these Aussie Day printable koala & kangaroo drink stirs in fun summer colours will be a fun addition for your party. I also think that the kids would really love them!
You may also use these printables for anything that you want, scrapbooking, planners, garlands, party decorations or gift tags… the options are endless!
All you need to do is download the Printable Koala and Kangaroo drink stir template, open using Adobe Reader (Free Download), and print ontoA4 (8×11″ or 29.7 x 21 cm) card stock with medium thickness (around 180-230 gsm)
I love fun & colourful multi function printable such as these, and there are more of them on Design is Yay:
When I think about meat pies, I remember my uni days. Those were the days when I had meat pies and/or sausage rolls most days for lunch. They’re cheap, delicious with ketchup, and easy to make (just pop them in microwave or oven and you’re done).
In lieu of Australia Day on January 26th, I thought I should make a tribute to my favourite Australian snack, the mini meat pies. With these cute printable mini pies boxes that I’ve designed for you, you can turn such a simple snack into fun party favor.
If you’re not in Australia, you can always use these boxes for mini quiches or tarts!
Materials: Colour printer, Adobe Reader (Free Download), 3x A4 (8×11″ or 29.7 x 21 cm) card stock with medium thickness (around 180-230 gsm), scissors, x-acto knife, ruler, double sided tape, sticky tape, mini pies
Step 1: Download the Mini Pies Boxes template and print onto 3x A4 card stock using colour printer. Don’t forget to choose borderless A4 stock option, or fit to page (but this will make the box smaller, and might not fit the pies)
Step 2: Cut according to the boxes shapes
Step 3: Using rules & the back of x-acto knide, score the dotted lines on the template
Step 4: Fold the scored lines just like pictures 2 & 3
Step 5: Stick double sided tape on the little flap at the end of the rectangles, and put together with the other end
Step 6: Fold the little flaps on the bottom and top of the box
Step 7: Close in the bottom part of the hexagon box. You may secure the flaps using sticky tapes from inside of the box
Fill with mini pies and close the top of the mini pies box. Happy Australia Day!