Monday, February 25, 2008

one of my monograms on a clear acrylic clipboard
Monogram Magic!

I have a friend, Writing on the Wall, who is a monogram magician. You name it she can find a way to monogram it and personalize it. She was a Pink Christmas sponsor for 2007 and is doing a Giveaway this week.

This year along with my word of the year I also picked a quote. I had her work her magic and make it into a removable non-sticky adhesive to put on my mirror so I could see it every day.
"if you aren't moving at a snail pace, you aren't moving at all"
I love seeing it in my bathroom every day! So she wants to give one away to someone too! but that is not all.
she also made my word of the year into a cool weather resident tag for my car! It will only come off when you want it off and does not leave any sticky residue.I absolutely love it. She wants to give you one of these too for you to put anywhere to remind yourself of your word of the year. (how cute would these be for all you SPT girls to order to put on your car!)

Then as if it could not get any better. She made a few Monogram Magic labels for me to put anywhere I wanted to. I put one on my Girls Camp notebook
I put this awesome big one on my Embroidery Machine cover. I so love how this works and am amazed at easy it was to put on. - but again can be removed any time I would need to removed it.
then I used one to make a cover for book I had spiral bound. I cut two pieces of plastic place mats (thanks Stacy for the awesome place mats) the size of the book for the front and back. took it to any Paper copier store (I used Staples) had the book bound with a clear plastic cover over the front. Then placed my monogram on top of the front place mat! Total for coil binding with tax $3.11. I love it, and guess what book it manual for Relief Society. You can take any book into Kinko's or Staples to get a coil binding put on it!

So if you would like to win the following:
  • your quote of the year
  • 3 removable tags of your word of the year
  • 2 removable tags with your custom made monogram
  • all in the color of your choice
Just leave a comment with one of your favorite quotes.
Lauralee will select the winner next Monday

Here are a few other ideas I think these would be great for.
Get a Happy Birthday set to decorate your friends car with for their birthday
or Just Married or Happy Graduation. No more yucky shoe polish!
Get one with your last name made for your mailbox
Great way to label diaper wipes containers or any plastic kids item
have a large monogram put on the glass of your shower door.
You could put a cute quote on the top of your washer or dryer.
Check out her site for even more fun and creative ideas.
She is a magician and can do anything you can think up!!

{don't forget to enter and tell your friends.}


SECPumpkin said...

This is one of my favorite quotes by Audrey Hepburn. It's just so inspiring! Thanks Kristi for also always inspiring me in blogging, creativity, and growing!
"for beautiful lips, speaks words of kindness

for lovely eyes, seek out the good in people

for a slim figure, share your food with the hungry

for beautiful hair, let a child run their hands through it

for poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone."

Liz said...

Kristi, I love what you did with your monograms, and if I had my own copy of Joseph Smith manual (our ward is out), I'd do the same thing. So stinkin' cute!

Here is a quote I recently found, which I really like, because I am really striving for peace within my home this year.

"He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Missy said...

Those monogram items are the coolest! I would love to win!

My favorite quote of the past few years is actually a bible verse.

Psalm 46:10
Be still and know that I am God.

When I start to get anxious and worried about whatever is going on in my life and my inability to control it, I recite this verse to myself and remember that if things aren't going according to my plan, that is okay - my plan isn't the plan that matters!

Dancin Queen said...

"Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better."

I am easily over whelmed. I like the reminder to take baby steps toward improvement.

Hilary said...

I love your idea for covering your RS manual!! Wow!

The quote I'm loving is:

Live in the moment and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.

Mindy said...

One of these years I want to make your beautiful easter egg tree- I love it and it's so pretty. Do you think it is two 3-year old proff? Speaking of a 3 year old, this morning Weston looked at my tummy and then immediately asked, "Mom, when is the other one coming out?"

Nikole said...

I read this quote this week, and since I share a birthday with George, it seemed appropriate!

"Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected."
- George Washington

I truly believe this. We can only be happy if we are living a moral life!

Julie P said...

Awesome give-away!

My favorite quote the past couple years has been "Rest and be Thankful". I need it to help me remember to SLOW DOWN and be grateful for what I already have!!

Stephenson Family said...

I LOVE the RS manual too - such a great idea!

This is kind of a long quote but lately it's the one that keeps coming to my mind, especially when my branch president told me in certain words that I needed to relax and not try to be perfect - just do the best I can and be happy with it.

“Rise to the great potential within you. I do not ask that you reach beyond your capacity. I hope you will not nag yourselves with thoughts of failure. I hope you will not try to set goals far beyond your capacity to achieve. I hope you will simply do what you can do in the best way you know how. If you do so, you will witness miracles come to pass.” - Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley

Erin said...

My favorite is "What would you attempt to accomplish if you knew you could not fail?"

My quote this year for myself is "No More Excuses".

My word for the year is: Shine

Somewhere over the years of being a new mother and wife I forgot that I have many talents and the ability to be an inspiration in many lives. This year I want to shine for my family, in my community and in my church callings.

I can no longer hide my light under a bushel!



Charity said...

Everyone has such dynamite quotes! My word for the year is EFFORT and my quote of the year is as follows....

About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age. ~Gloria Pitzer

It's hard sometimes for me to remember that indeed, everything that is worthwhile takes effort.

Thanks for the great idea about your RS book! I'm all over that....hope you don't mind...what do they say...mimicking is the best form of flattery?

Jill said...

All of these things are so fun and creative! The possibilities are limitless. Monogram everything!

Here's my quote:
"Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that."
--Michael Leunig

Farrah said...

I love what you did with your Joseph Smith manual . It is so cute, you have some great ideas!

Alisa said...

One of my fav quotes right now that we have been saying to our daughter, and just did a shout out for her yearbook is

"You don't sing because your happy, You are happy because you sing!"

And I love the cover for your RS manual. I am in Primary, and only half the time, do I remember to read the lesson from RS. I will have to copy this idea!

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JENNIFRO said...

I'm in. Word of the year...HARMONY
It sounds prettier to me than balance.


I can live for two months on a good compliment.
(Mark Twain)

Ain't that the truth!

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Brooke said...

This quote from Woodsworth would be so great to display somehow in my baby's room using this idea!

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!

Kara Jayne said...

My word for the year is GENTLE and I have been so suprised how it applies to all facets of life. The quote that I'd love to be able to see everyday is from Ghandi:

"In a GENTLE way, you can shake the world"

These products are so much fun. i"m so glad there are such creative, generous people in the world.

Team Hanni said...

Run for the finish line even if someone has made it there first.

I LOVE your blog.

Anita K. said...

I believe you should start saying to people when they ask if you are pregnant, "Why would you ask a question like that?" Ann Landers says it is best to answer a nosy (sp?) question with a question. Honestly, does the checker at Joann's really care? It is hard to believe that any woman doesn't know not to EVER ask that question!

My favorite quote is from a book I read this Fall in my bookclub, "....that as long as we are being remembered, we remain alive." from The Shadow of the Wind

Kim said...

I am off to target to find cute place mats ---then to kinkos! That is such a great idea!
I read on a blog that sis Parken once said " We can do hard things!" I need to remember that each day.

Mamma Letty said...

My favorite quote is:
"You must be the change you hope to see in the world" M. Gahndi.
I always try to remember that if there is any influence that I can truly have, it will be within my own home.
I like the monograms they are so creative. You have so many connections to so many great and creative people. Thanks for sharing.

Lene said...

I love Lauralee and her great ideas. I have ordered things from her before.
My quote is:
"Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are."
— Marianne Williamson
My word this year is Joy.

Andie said...

What a great giveaway! My favorite quote, and our family moto...

"If there is anything virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praisworth...we seek after these things."


Autumn said...

my favorite quote is

"for those who have fought for it, FREEDOM has a flavor the protected will never know"

I have no idea where it came from but it will hang in my house one of these days when I get around to redoing the kitchen. :)

Love the monograms! I had my RS manual spiral bound also but never thought about making a special cover for it. TOO COOL!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the mirror one- what a GREAT idea! This is a generous give-away!

My word is ADAPT and this is my favorite adapt quote right now:

"No two people will adapt in exactly the same way.
There are many factors which dictate exactly how you will adapt, and just because you have a few more aches and pains than someone else does not mean something is wrong with you."

Kath said...

My word for the year is "enrich" to remind me to enrich my family in every way: spiritually, mentally, physically. The quotes I have would take up a whole wall but I really love the simple definition: en·rich (ĕn-rĭch')
1. To make rich or richer.
2. To make fuller, more meaningful, or more rewarding:
3. To add nutrients to:
4. To add to the beauty or character of; adorn

Melissa said...

My favorite quote is "To be or not to be that is the question" by the quote master William Shakespeare. I love this quote because it is a great teaching tool. I often use it as a way to emphasize the importance of an education to my 8th students. When you choose "to be" you are choosing a path of knowledge and life learning. On the other hand, when you choose "not to be" you are choosing a dangerous path that could lead to many disappointments in your life.

Have a great day!

Elizabeth said...

What great items. How fun. My word for the year is Love and my quote is long.

"Life is a Series of opportunities to learn to love purely and to show that love by our actions- anytime, anywhere, under any circumstance. Each opportunity taken opens broader, deeper, and more challenging vistas, When anyone acts out of pure love to help others in a truly unselfish way, that love sets in motion eternal waves of beauty, goodness, and blessings that never end. “ ~Elder John H. Groberg

If I ordered one I would shorten it to:
"love sets in motion eternal waves of beauty"

That speaks to me so strongly right now.

Anonymous said...

Everyone has such great quotes. I am embarassed to admit that I don't even shoot as high as most of these... I am thinking of setting the bar a bit lower and being happy with "motion". Maybe momentum would be a better one...

We are about to have our 4th child who we know has Down Syndrome. Our 18 month old was just diagnosed with a brain tumor. Our 3 yr old is a normal 3 yr old (but that means a LOT of work and, well, motion) and our 7 year old has suddently realized that drama (as in being a "drama queen" is FUN--again normal, but with its own special brand of work). At the top of it all, my husband has left the religion that we share and I find myself more than ever needing the guidence that is not really a constant presence in our home.

I don't share these things because I feel sorry for myself (frankly, I am very, very blessed) but because sometimes it really is all I can do to not want to throw myself on the floor (like the three year old) and just cry and not move, ever again!!!! Wouldn't that be fun. I figure as long as I am moving, I am moving (either direction, some days) is good. At least it isn't stagnent. Some years are just like that. :-) Next year we will shoot for something more deep.

What reminds me of this is a quote that I hear a million years ago and has stuck in my brain

Some ships sail east
some ships sail west
with every wind that blows

But, it's the set of sail
and not the gale
that determines
where she goes...


You can choose to laugh or cry, they both take about the same amount of energy...


I am doing this annon b/c many people I know IRL read this....

Bay Area B

pinkjagxj said...

Like Missy, My favorite quote is also a bible verse. It is such an inspiration to me that I had it engraved on my daughter's headstone.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."
Proverbs 3:5

charlotte said...

Okay, so I realized my last comment, I forgot to post my 2008 word, so here goes again. My word for the year is "become." I want to be better, and be who God wants me to be. And this is a quote from one of my current favorite songs by Josh Kelley (I think it accurately sums up what I'm going for):

"You are not alone, you are what you believe. You are not alone, you're a part of everything."

I'm going to try and become what I believe, along the way coming to a realization and understanding of "being a part of everything."

Liz said...

One of my favorite quotes that I have on a piece of paper on my refrigerator is "the choices you make determine the life you live". I try to clear everything off of my fridge and can't bring myself to take that piece of paper down.
Kristi- I love the idea of having a "word" for the year. So at the beginning of January, I chose "meaning" as my word this year. I want to understand the meaning of everyday things that I might normally just pass by as well as the deeper meanings in life.

SKB Photography said...

How fun! Oh I want these soooo bad.
Thanks everyone for sharing your quotes.
I love
"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming." -Dory from Finding Nemo

Windy said...

I love your blog and this giveaway finally gave me the courage to comment.

Here's my quote for the year -
"Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured." - Gordon B. Hinckley

I struggle to find joy in life and am hoping that be focusing on this quote throughout the year, I can get better at recognizing the good in my life. I've been trying to figure out a way to put this quote on my living room wall so that I see it every day and remember my goal. If I don't win I'll have to see if Lauralee can make it for me. Thanks.

Here's my blog address if you're ever in the area :

P.S. I just got called yesterday as the YW president in my ward. I went to my first Stake Camp meeting last night and am feeling seriously overwhelmed. I assume you've got a Camp calling (since you put your cute monogram on your Camp Binder) - do you have any advice for me?

linda said...

Kristi...I've never left a comment with you before but what better time than now!

I personally like this one:

"The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people half-way." by Henry Boyle

patsy said...

This is the BEST giveaway ever!

I haven't introduced my word for this year on my blog yet.I was waiting for my new Lisa leanard necklace, now that I have it I need to blog about it. This will get me going for sure.
My word is CREATE & my quote is...
Some people pursue happiness, others CREATE it.
My goal this year is to CREATE the balance I have been working on & CREATE the life I am meant to live.

I also love- CREATE something new everyday. Even if it's just a good attitude or clean bathroom, I am working on CREating something new everyday.
I love this word.

Kristy said...

"Life is just like an old time rail journey ... delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."

This is my favorite quote by President Gordon B Hinckely. I found it a few weeks ago. I needed this to remind me to grateful for my ride.

carlo said...

how cool. i have seen her offering and thought about the many uses...

how nice that she is doing the contest.

my quote/manta is "progress is better than perfection" due to my perfectionist tendencies. my word is progress

the possibilities really are endless for her products.

The monkey bunch said...

One of my favorite quotes that I remember often and which makes me smile whenever I think I have been offended is by President Brigham Young: "he who is offended when no offense was intended is a fool. He who is offended when offense was intended is usually a fool." This goes with my goal of flexibility- the mind part- to give people the benefit of the doubt!

lisa (lost pezhead) said...

oh it would be so hard to settle one on....

"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." -C.S. Lewis

i love this scripture:

For I remember the word of God which saith by their works ye shall know them; for if their works be good, then they are good also.

Moroni 7:5

michelle said...

Great giveaway, Kristi -- I love the decal on your car! I can just see the "free" on the back of my van. And the giant monogram on your sewing machine case, just perfect. (It makes me wish I had a hard case instead of a soft carrier!)

I have so many favorite quotes, it is hard to choose one. And this one is LONG, so obviously not one to do in vinyl. But I love it so much:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
— Nelson Mandela

Elaine said...

Okay, so I have never commented on your blog before, but reading your blog has inspired me to choose a word of the year. My word is KIND. It is a simple thing, but it seems like in the rush of life and parenthood, I don't always do the extra things it takes to truly be kind. I grouch at my children to hurry up, to not fight, to do their homework, etc., and I find myself missing the everyday opportunities for kindness. The quote that goes with it "Kindness begins with me" is simple, yet powerful. We are each in charge of our own actions, and think of what a difference we could all make in the world if we incorporated more kindess, service and love into our lives.

Jinii said...

I love this quote by Dr Seuss "Today you are you, that is truer than true, there is no one alive that is youer than you." It just makes me happy and you realize how deep Dr Seuss really is.

Jennifer said...

Besides my Bible verses I have by my sink so I can read them each morning as I get ready for the day, I like the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt that says, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

I love that! I try to teach my girls that!!!

Poulsen Family said...

My word is persevere, and some days that is hard to do. So my quote is similar to yours in that it says, "By perseverance the snail reached the ark." Boy, I feel like a snail today, that's for sure.

Connie said...

My quote is a little different. My word of the year is PLACES. I know that it's a little different than most but each letter means something important. My quote is from Dr. Seuss's book Oh the places you'll go. It says
"You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!"
Dr. Seuss
This quote inspires me to keep climbing my own mountains and to always keep my goals in mind.

Anonymous said...

I have hesitated to pick out a specific word that I could use for the year, but it really did come to me last night that I am seeking to have PEACE in my life -- peace of mind, peace in my heart, peace in my relationships, peace on earth. The quote I want to keep with me is: "Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me." D&C 19:23

The Freemans said...

I would love to use your idea of the spiral bound manual for some upcoming birthdays in my family. However, I have not found any plastic placemats. Where can I pick those up? More especially, where can I find the one that you used. It is darling and I love it!

crystal said...

Even if I don't win, I'm going to make a big fat order! I love these fun things--esp the car sticker!

My word for the year is "MOMENTS," and here is the origin, which is a segment from Rob Thomas' song "Little Wonders."

"our lives are made
in these small hours
these little wonders,
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away,
but these small hours,
these small hours still remain."

I had been thinking of how a person's memory of their life is not comprised of one long, continuous timeline. We don't remember our lives like a movie, non-stop. We remember our lives in short bursts..."pieces" of our lives. And as a mother, I want my kids' short memory bursts--their MOMENTS--to be happy and wonderful. I want to take advantage of the opportunities that different MOMENTS present me. I want to teach rather than yell (haha--good luck to me!), I want to laugh and I want to be in the MOMENT with my kids.

Thanks for such a great contest, Kristi! I'm just going to cut & paste this comment on my blog to journal my word!

Amanda L. said...

This is such a fun post! You have used your monogram in so many creative ways I just love it! I chose a word for the year {learn}, but haven't thought of a quote to go with it. I'll have to look for something good. Can't wait to see her site.

Missy :o) said...

Hi! I learned so much last year in gospel doctrine class. I can finally go after so many years in primary, so I'm happy. Anyway, while studying 3John last fall, I came across 3John 1:4 and thought 'wow, he just said exactly what I feel'. I couldn't believe it! So, I painted it on my wall around a framed painting of Mary teaching the boy Jesus to pray. (I love that painting!) Anyway, if I chose a word for this year it would be "joy". My true joy comes in knowing that my kids have a testimony of the gospel and are living righteous lives. I would love for you to come up with some other creative way to display this favorite verse of mine. Thanks! P.S. I love Lauralee - she's the awesomest!

Jennie said...

This is the one that I love by.

"Women are like tea bags, they don't know how strong they are until they get into hot water."

Elenor Roosevelt

Cara said...

My word for the year is SIMPLIFY and my quote is: Our priorities determine what we seek in life. (Dallin H. Oaks)

It all came about because of the book I've been reading called Simplify-a guide for caring for the soul by Carolyn Rasmus. Such a great book for me right now.

She quotes "I have come to believe that to simplify our lives goes beyond mere management of outside interferences, such as interrupting phone calls and hectic schedules; it is far more than organizing closets or cleaning out unwanted or unused things that clutter our homes. To simplify is about enhancing our ability to focus on things that really matter, to deliberately choose our priorities, and to refuse to let unimportant things take over the things of real importance."

This is what I need this year!

Nikki said...

What a fun looking monogram. Love It!!

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

"Don't give up on what you REALLY want for what you want right now"

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

"I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.

I love quotes that inspire me to be a better person and get the most out of life.


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Heather said...

I posted this quote when you had your contest for our word--but I still love it.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small Does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, As children do. We were born to make manifest The glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; It's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.”--Marianne Williamson

for something different ( I saw someone else already posted this, but it is my offical quote), but since then I found this one and it is awesome too!

"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with grass stains on my shoes from mowing Sister Schenck's lawn. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor's children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived." -marjorie pay hinckley, wife of the prophet.

For simplicity's sake, what I would proable post would be:
"Do or do not, there is no try"--Master Yoda
We have used this for several years with my boys who love Star Wars!

Heather said...

forgot to post my word--Fearless!

up in bubbles said...

I am probably a bit late for this entry but I think this is a great idea. I love all the different quotes. I am trying to figure out how to display this quote in my house. I just love it.

"The best things in life, arn't things."

Helps remind me what is most important in my life. "Family"

Sharla said...

Love your blog-- and what a great giveaway!

My word of the year is "engage"-- taken from D&C 58:27 "...anxiously engaged in a good cause..."

Plus, Jean Luc Picard always said it. ;)

Anne said...

You only have three choices: Give up, Give in, or Give it your all!

Anonymous said...

My word for the year is "charity. So I have been trying to do something each day for someone else. My favorite quote that has to do with charity is "Selfless service is a wonderful antidote to the ills that flow from the worldwide epidemic of self-indulgence. Some grow bitter or anxious when it seems that not enough attention is being paid to them, when their lives would be so enriched if only they paid more attention to the needs of others."
-David S. Baxter

Kind of long, but I feel like we all suffer from self-indulgence and feeling like we aren't appreciated (which we are not) and this is a better remedy than wishing and waiting for acknowledgment from husband and children.

suzy said...

I love, love, love these monograms!!

My word for the year is "patience" and when I saw your word of the year on your car I thought mine would be an ironic word to have on your car.

I have two quotes that I think about to calm me down when I am feeling oh so impatient and about to scream.

"Our patience will achieve more than our force."
Edmund Burke


"A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains."
Dutch Proverb

Anjanette said...

My current favorite is, "Whatever you do, speak loudly. And, if necesary, use words."

Staci said...

Those are pretty cool. One of my favorite quotes is:

Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves.

Erin said...

I got a little post that said I won! Is this what you were refering to?

I never win ANYTHING, so I thought I better pinch myself and ask again.

Also, I just sent three presents Last Week. $2.15! Yippee, Graham Cracker Box, Oatmeal Box, and Hefty Bag Box. I got three phone calls about the great mail and it was fun to steal your idea for FUN mail. I love how thoughtful you are. I am trying to follow in your footsteps. So Fun!