Category Archives: Handwriting

Bullet Journaling…it’s all that

I’m a list maker by nature so when my friend recently mentioned the hot trend of Bullet Journaling I was intrigued. Life for me consists of multiple lists and jotted ideas which aren’t necessarily located in the same location. Instead, they’re found beside my bed, on our office desk, in the bottom of my purse (where I could fit a small child) or in my head. I haven’t completely goofed on a major commitment, at least not yet, but the need for one common depot to house the lists in my life is apparent. Thankfully, from what I’ve begun to learn, the Bullet Journal is so much more than a simple notebook.

This modern day version of a Day-Timer, the Bullet Journal became all the rage a few years ago after thousands watched a YouTube video with interest and devotees have been gaining ever since. Call it a backlash to our digital age (where Moleskin has seen double the revenue in the past five years), this old-school organizational system is completely personal while being used for one’s to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, diary, or all of the above. Without going into the full details of the journal’s capabilities (the video is worth a watch!), Bullet Journaling works because of its unique flexibility and adaptability, holding thoughts, ideas, day dreams, goals and your schedule in one place.

When searching for #bulletjournal or cruising their Instagram account, you’ll find a plethora of ideas and examples of how people use a Bullet Journal. From artsy calendars and uber-gorgeous list making to exercise tracker or Rapid Logging. For me, I’m taking baby-steps broken down into three areas; the Future Log for an overall glance at the month ahead, the Daily Log for my week ahead (basically, my Things To Do Lists with task bullets I get to complete with a nice, solid X!) and Collections for larger projects in the making. If I decide to expand my needs in the journal, there is always room for more writing.

Honestly, there is no need to buy expensive supples if you are already content with your current notebook. The system created is truly the heart of the Bullet Journal. However, I do have to say I’m a fan of both the dot grid lines and the strength and beauty of the hardcover journals…the cheat sheet in the opening pages is also a nice reminder of how to organize each list.

Is this for everyone? Not necessarily. It does not fit in the back of trousers, it takes effort and, perhaps, a new organizational skill. But for me, it meets all my requirements by both writing items down, which forces my mind to process the information, as well as  creating order in my life. Whether you’re a list maker or not, give this a shot!  w

P.S. For you locals, Brown Ink Paper Goods cards is joining forces with other makers in Spring Market this Sunday (invite only, please email me for info) as well as a Mother’s Day Market next weekend! Come out and support your local makers!!

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    After a three month writing hiatus, it might seem cliche to focus on ways I’ve witnessed love through writing, but this is where I’ve been finding my heart, my jam, during the Winter days of wonder. These expressions or signs often jump in my face, knock me over with an inked blow, and I’m unable to ignore all the forms of heartfelt emotions seen thru writing.

    I find it in the note I leave my child on his desk complimenting him for some action or completed task, then receiving a written note in return on the other side of the paper sitting on my bedroom pillow. There is love.

    It’s in the postcards mailed to Senators voicing a passion or concern, a handwritten protest sign, or the words in Gloria Steinem’s handwritten speech. There is love.

    I see it in the written directions on a Post-it attached to a homemade lemon, ginger elixir made with care from a busy cousin. There is love.

    I’ve found it when my daughter asks to write down details of each day in her miniature wall calendar, then asking last night for a 5-Year-Journal like mine so there is space for more writing. There is love.

    It’s in a friend’s Orange Cake recipe I’ve been searching for while planning a celebration and then when I write down the ingredients on my grocery list, there is a whole lotta love…and a few oranges as well.

    In these written words I find not only love but wisdom, guidance, hope, individuality, freedom of expression and the value of each day we are given. Don’t overlook these bits of handwritten love scattered throughout your day. And while it’s on your mind, write someone an unexpected Valentine – It might be a Hallmark holiday but this one’s not to be missed. Happy Writing! xoxoxo, w

    P.S. If you live in the Twin Cities, be sure to check out the Brown Ink Paper Goods love notes now being sold at The Foundry and Room No. 3 while supplies last!

    P.P.S. If you are needing any advice on writing the perfect love letter, Sugar Paper has you covered!

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      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.

        Back to Business

        After dropping my youngest child off at her new school yesterday morning, (the last of the three start dates for our children), Summer had officially come to an end in my book. Even though the season flashed by in a blink, did it feel right? Oh yes. Were there tears? Plenty. But I’m a gal who craves routines, clear intervals, and all kinds of new beginnings.

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        (photo credit: Chip Longacre, my father, at the Canyonlands National Park in Utah taking a journal writing break with the smoke from CA and WA wild fires creating a heavy haze.)

        After an enjoyable and most needed pause from blogging over the past few months, I’m ready to connect with you all once again!  So let’s begin with a few of my recent favorites…

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        Kick off the season with one of Rad and Hungry’s top Picks for the Fall. The USA Booster Pack even includes vintage US postage stamps; three-color engraving from a single plate on a Giori Press makes these stamps beautifully textured and unique!

        There are currently twelve Master Penmen in the entire world and Jake Weidmann is the youngest. This guy not only has talent but also a passion for writing by hand. (My favorite quote: “If you don’t teach your child handwriting, the thoughts that they develop when they wish to communicate through a computer will vanish as soon as they touch the keyboard.”)

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        Was that just a pencil being Instagrammed from the hot, Manhattan CW Pencil Enterprise? The Guardian‘s Fashion Editor, Jess Cartner-Morley, believes fashion’s fetish for paper goods has surprisingly survived the rise of technology. (Cheers Tyler!)

        Why not be earth-conscious when sending your child off to school or adding to your office supplies with these Nature Made Eco Erasers created out of old scallop shells in Hokkaido, Japan from eco-friendly Grey Ray.

        QUOTE-joy-by-gina-sekelsky-studioMy lettergirl gal, Gina Sekelsky, is offering a free, printable quotes each day during the month of September!

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        Swooning over the Rifle Paper Co. Folk 2016 calendar, soon to be seen on Brown Ink Paper Goods!

        So here’s to fresh starts, sharpened No.2 Pencils, and slowing down. Yes, you heard me. Summer is a season for constant motion, road trips, too much sun, and late night gatherings. Let’s embrace these shorter days, quieter moments and getting back to business!

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          Last night while the Brown family ate dinner on the porch (roughly 7.5 minutes before the kids jetted off to play in the yard!), we began counting the weeks left in Summer. Yes, I’m aware this conversation was taking place way too early! But here’s the simple truth…Minnesotans have both the beauty and frustration of living with clear beginnings and endings to the four seasons. Summer is fast, fun, messy, full, exhausting and tremendously entertaining.

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          Which is why I’ve decided to take a temporary pause from blogging over the next two months and spend more time with my three young children, handwriting as much as possible, sharing the bounty of our garden and participating in the family circus. You’ll still hear from Brown Ink Paper Goods regarding a sale or two over the Summer (check out the latest discounts here!) and posting new products on Instagram, TwitterPinterest, and Facebook. Otherwise, I’ll rejoin you all in late August. Until then, put the phone down and let your closet, inner-youth take over whenever possible! Before I leave you, here are a few highlights from the past month worth checking out…

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          Cocorrina’s current obsession with brass office supplies from Kohezi!

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          The always creative USPS Stamps blog recently spotlighted two experts to help us style our cards as well as find the right words while corresponding!

          Enjoying the Lettres Grandes from Nowness, a film series of French actors reading letters such as correspondence by Van Gogh to his brother.

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          No one highlights the National Stationery Show quite like Nole from Oh So Beautiful Paper (I finally met the gal in person at the show this year and expressed my appreciation for her inspiring site!). Check out her favorites, 13 post series, from this year’s show!

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          The new NYC boutique, C.W. Pencil Enterprise, is a must-visit for all pencil enthusiasts headed to The Big Apple. Speaking of traveling…

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          Did you hear the latest? Boutique hotels are now offering letter-writing amenities in hotel rooms, one even has personalized stationery awaiting their guests!

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          Recently released More than Words: The Illustrated Love Letters, Thank-You Notes and Travelogues of Great Artists is one to add to your coffee table collection this Summer.

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          Make it a memorable Summer. Be daring, share what you love, and write when you can. xo