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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!

    Summertime and the Writin’ is Easy

    If you’re a parent like me, goals for Summertime are big in vision yet small in nature. Right about this time of year our kids look forward to writing a Summer List on our pantry white-board with wishes for the season such as bike around all three, Minneapolis city-lakes, canoe to visit Minne the Lake Creature, sell popsicles at the local South Beach, pick berries, and lots more…most involving ice cream. We check off the items as Summer moves ahead, providing the kids some say on how they’re spending their Summer Break.

    In addition to the kids’ list, I have my own Summer Wish List stirring with this theme: How to subtly slide handwriting into our family’s day-day life. No surprise here, right? Here are some ideas and resources I’ve found which will support this vision, starting with…

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    My Nature Book from All for the Boys. This book is perfect for kids to have control over their experience by taking photos, researching plants and animals, and writing in their own book!

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    Be a thoughtful pen-pal and write multiple letters to friends at camp. As I have mentioned before, nothing beats a letter from a friend or family member while being away from home!

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    Kraft Journal = Perfect set up for Summer Journal Writing!

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    Travel Journals aren’t just for out of state trips. Create a Summer Journal for all the explorations in your Stay-Vacation with space for movie ticket stubs, dried flowers, thread from friendship bracelet making…anything that fills your Summer with joy.

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    For rainy Summer days, grab this DIY Mini Card-Making Kit to have on hand. Get your creative on and create memorable cards to mail to friends this Summer! (or simply use cereal boxes!)

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    Create a Summer short story or fairytale journal shared within the family, each taking turns as the story progresses over the days and weeks. By the time Autumn arrives you might have your own family novel! (Check out the new Journals in the Brown Ink store to store your tale.)

    To my pleasant surprise, on the first day of Summer Break I found my boys writing their own newspaper, The Brown Times, on the kitchen island the other day…no prompting whatsoever. Did they continue to write the last few days, well…not so much. But at least it’s a start!

    Bottom line, it’s a tricky balance this time of year, allowing for lazy, youthful moments which free our minds and bring creativity to our days, yet finding structure with activities and creating or documenting memories. So good luck with all of this folks. I’m write there with you!

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      As I was recovering from pneumonia, working on new Mother’s Day cards from Brown Ink, and cleaning the yard – only to have it dump inches of snow once again – this past month, exciting happenings were hitting the web this month of March…

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      One of my favorite boutique stationer designers, Suann Song, is making headway with her recent Kickstarter Appointed, a gorgeous collection of tools to inspire the writer within you. Suann has raised well beyond her initial pledge yet the incentives for becoming a backer are too difficult to pass up, so much so that I recently became a backer (only a few more days before it closes!)  Look for this handsome collection to be a part of the Brown Ink Paper Goods boutique this coming Fall!

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      Talk about handsome, Autopoint, a 1918 company known for their All-American, fail-proof construction, has just come out with these timeless, mechanical pencils found on Best Made.

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      Being “old school” has its beauty, literally, in this lovely story used in the Hermes SS15 catalogue seen on Keep it Chic, where keeping a diary has become chic once again. Thanks for keeping it old-school with your hardcover agenda, Preston Davis.

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      One of the greatest artists of the 20th Century, the work of artist Martin Ramirez has been honored by the U.S.Postal Service by the new Forever Stamps. His work is stellar as he combines his personal take on the landscapes of life in Mexico with American culture.

      Back again, the inspiring folks from Egg Press and Hello!Lucky are challenging us all to write one letter, each day in the month of April with their Write_On campaign. Seem daunting? It may help to hear this group is kindly mailing out free Writing Kits to anyone up for the challenge. This year, I am fully onboard. As they mention in the video, both the act of writing and receiving a letter can bring a welcome change in your own life as well as others’. There are more reasons to write than you might imagine. Right on, #write_on — A worthy challenge.

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       Happy Spring. Happy April. Happy Writing.

        Signed, Stamped, Delivered

        If memory serves me right, after closing on our first home together 13 years ago I drove straight from the realtor’s office to a local stationery shop to place an order for an address stamp. Oh yes, I was that excited to own a personalized address stamp. Custom stamps make an impression. They provide a little hint of your personality, lend a hand with Holiday cards, and also shows You Mean Business as a letter writer.

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        Over time, though, I fell for the old school stamp with the traditional quality-cut red rubber, oil-rubbed maple hardwood body, and tumble painted red handle, allowing the sender to select their own ink color depending on the letter. Fawsnberg’s custom stamps checks off all these boxes. This sister team, based in upper state New York, design their stamps with a classic yet fresh approach using the local amish to mill their wood.  And fortunately for all of us, several custom stamps were recently added to the Brown Ink Paper Goods shop!

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        What a thoughtful gift for a friend’s new home office, Thank You’s or Save the Dates for the bride and groom, house warming gift, or simply for sending holiday and everyday cards. It’s also the perfect time to gift a college student heading off to school or a recent graduate settling into their new home. Custom stamps also arrive in a gorgeous gift box.

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        Put a bit of love into your letter with a custom stamp. It honors both you and the correspondence.

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          This Summer has become one of exploration. I’ve allowed myself to take some time away from my blog, Pinterest and the digital world by placing energy in new areas. From a painting series, pottery 101, piano lessons (a first since 9th grade), long bike rides around the city, and finding a new overseas Pen Pal, my mind and body are embracing the change in the current pace.

          However, my enthusiasm for all the gorgeous, new products which hit our store last week is impossible to contain! Make sure to check out the main Shop page for a glimpse of fresh paper goods as well a handful of new Designers. A few of my new favorites for now…

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          Seaweed Hello Set from Ferme a Papier

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          Dahlia Gift Tags from Modern Lore

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          Kraft Market List from Sugar Paper

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          Thank You Mix Set from Read Between the Lines

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          Eagle Letter Pouch from Izola

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          Mushrooms Set from Gilah Press

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          Kitchen Wall Calendar from Ilee Papergoods

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          Polka Dot Notebook from Sugar Paper

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          Neon Tags & Twine Box from Knot & Bow

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          Here’s to celebrating the season…lemonade stands, evening bike rides, dips in the lake, journal writing on the porch in your PJs, sand in toes, cherry red cheeks and dirty knees. Throw in a postcard from the Grand Canyon and you got yourself a good, old memorable Summer.