Shop Closing Up to 60% OFF Sale!!

With mixed emotions, I have decided to close-up shop after three exciting and productive years of running Brown Ink Paper Goods. I will always be an unabashed, full-fledged paper addict, but my energy is better directed to other places at this time.

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Before I do, ’tis the time to take full advantage of our MEGA SALE going on right now with prices ranging from 40-60% OFF! No code necessary, prices are as marked.

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But stay with me folks…the Brown Ink blog will continue to move ahead sharing stories and ideas for making room for handwriting in all of our lives!

    Just Send It

    Last summer, while away on a family vacation, I received a difficult phone call from my dear friend, Ron. He had recently been diagnosed with leukemia. My first reaction, aside from “OH SHIT, you can’t leave this world!”, was how soon can I mail a card to him back home. Unfortunately, I had some practice writing  get well cards over the past few years to friends and family. But as I saw through my mother’s partner, David, who received letters while battling melanoma, handwritten letters make a difference. They really do.

    Since our small beach town in Oregon only carried a small selection of encouragement cards and were not totally my style, I decided to roll with the situation and buy the most sappy, Deep Thoughts by Jack Handeyesque cards I could find. It became our theme to send Ron extremely  syrupy, footprints-in-the-sand kind of greeting cards (he’s still talking to me so something must have worked!).

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    Thankfully, more greeting card designers are creating cards which simply state how we feel, the Queen Bee these days being Emily McDowell. Her booth at the National Stationery Show is always packed with buyers and it’s easy to see why. Emily’s empathy cards speak the truth in a humorous yet thoughtful way!

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    After her experience (and triumph!) with cancer as well as connecting with people who have lost loved ones, Emily understands first-hand what it’s like to be on the other side.  The emotional impact of the experience was her inspiration to create cards she would have liked to receive while she was ill.

    Indeed, it’s a fine balance, how direct are you with those you feel empathy towards? This quote from Dr.Brene Brown sums it up well, “Empathy is a choice and it’s a venerable choice because in order to connect with you I have to connect with something in myself that knows that feeling. Rarely, if ever, does an empathic response begin with at least...we are trying to put the silver lining around it.” And what are these words to use if not found in the perfect card?

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    TOO SEXY from Patterson Paper

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    Throat Punch Cancer from Black Lab Studio

    Years ago an article in the NY Times made it a bit more clear as far as the Do’s and Don’ts of communication to those ill. Words which are direct and have feeling appear the most powerful. “I’m sorry you have to go through this.” “I hate to see you suffer.” “You meant a lot to me.” These statement plus keeping it light with a little juicy gossip, (a Hollywood star scandal, the school Principal’s dating life, etc.), can be the key in getting through the next round of chemo.

    This is what I believe to be true. Show up, be real, be encouraging. Look for online support if the what’s and how’s don’t come naturally to you (my good friend recently kicked off Cancer Doula blog after losing her best friend to breast cancer and was unable to find support which spoke to her!). Do not hold back mailing a card if you don’t have the perfect words or perfect card. Your loved one will be overjoyed knowing you are with them in mind and spirit – And they are not alone.

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      From homemade cards to lavish letterpress with elegant chocolates (which we have in stock!) the options are endless when it comes to Valentine’s Day greetings!

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      Check out our selection of sweet cards in the holiday selection! We’ve even added a new line which errs on the sentimental side, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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      We are a bit in love with these new, Pillow Talk cards from Brown Parcel Press and guess what? We’ve done the work for you by adding the unmatchable, honey bonbons from local chocolatier Mademoiselle Miel! Truly one of my favorite combinations!

      Still plenty of time to order from Brown Ink for the Sweetheart Holiday. Guaranteed delivery by February 13th if you order by the 10th! lovelovelove xoxoxo

        Hello From the Other Side

        Hello. It’s me. I’m in Minnesota grooving to Adele as often as possible, attempting to stay healthy this Winter, and feeling my way into 2016. For better or worse, my functional internet took a vacation over the holidays which meant more time for family, reading, writing, watching, and baking. Most importantly, it allowed for an unintentional, fresh outlook of the new year to fall gracefully on my lap…well, actually it arrived via journal writing but more on that later!

        Before I get back to my writing, some highlights from 2015 and new ideas to share with you all…

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        Nicole Franzen from La Buena Vida captures the details of her travels beautifully, especially the written words from her recent time in Miami.

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        Inspired by this Brooklyn letterer, looking to travel through her words: 26 Letters 26,000 miles.

        I’ve watched this piece of history multiple times. Joe is my hero.

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        For all you Pacific Northwesters, this A New Beginning in Script Writing workshop looks divine at the creative, community space Field Trip in Portland.

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        Are you entering into 2016 with one word or a thought in mind? I’m inspired by the suggestions from The Chalkboard on ways to express this theme during the new year (maybe you’ll find your words at Goldpress where words are highly valued!).

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        If you did not get around to reflecting on 2015, there’s still time. Mother Mag created a thoughtful list of questions to ask yourself as the new calendar year begins. A simple gift to yourself.

        Finally, If you need an excuse to get off the screens, phones and all social media, I’ve got it: another Mercury Retrograde has taken over the next three weeks. Just be sure to check out the Brown Ink Holiday Sale before you’re completely off the grid! Off to create my word for 2016.