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Make Life Happen

It should be of no shock for my friends and readers to hear I am a proud, card-carrying, handwriting, weekly planner enthusiast, refusing to go to the dark side of digital scheduling (this year I’m using the gorgeous Appointed Weekly Binder Calendar). This is the only way I know how to live. Once a week, Nick (who also owns a hardcover weekly planner) and I walk through our calendars, coordinating the family’s schedule. For the most part, this process has worked beautifully.

Little did I know, our family was in need of an entirely separate calendar to involve everyone and work out any conflicts which always arise!  It all began with a class I took last Spring given by my friend Suzie Stegic, the professional organizer of Profound Change. The theme was setting up for a new season with many helpful ideas, one of which was creating a SUMMER CALENDAR for the family. I liked the sound of it instantly, my gut saying we needed it! Suzie suggested positioning it where everyone can see then adding birthdays, festivals, art fairs, hikes…anything your family wanted out of Summer. What a perfect way to honor their ideas as well as providing the power of a pen, something we continue anyway we can.

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By June the calendar was up in the pantry with lots of opportunities for kids to express their wishes in their own handwriting.  And just as importantly, the giant calendar provided a common space to combine Nick’s and my calendar and also to include soccer games, swim practices, adult commitments, etc., as well as flagging conflicts weeks ahead of time. I color-coded sports commitments, overly decorated holidays and birthdays, highlighted vacations with large caps…anything to help the family navigate each month.

When September approached, I was hooked on this process and have continued to use the large hall calendar this Fall. The kids can see which days they have sports or school commitments, when they’re scheduled to help cook a family dinner or find an open night for games or a movie. As Suzie says “That giant paper calendar makes intentions become reality. You can make a 5 year plan version! What do you want out of life??!! Put it out together in PAPER. Brain to hand, idea to physical, beautiful paper. Make life happen.”

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Regarding our paper choice, the russel+hazel Desktop Calendar Pad is the perfect size for our needs but others might like to personalize it by using family photos with a Social Print Studio’s Wall Calendar or use the Chalkboard Wall Calendar by SimpleShapes for a larger space and more writing.

This might sound burdensome or overwhelming but, I promise, this process can provide you with clarity of mind and an awareness of how to spend time with yourself or family all through written words.

 For you locals, Suzie’s classes are full right now but she’ll soon update her site with future options!!

    The Best of National Stationery Show 2014, Part 1

    Highlighting my trip to New York City for the National Stationery Show is not a simple task. With all the new trends and unexpected surprises to share, compiling it into one post is impossible. That said, I’ll share some of my favorite lines I spotted last month at the Javits Convention Center through a series of posts over the next few weeks. Enjoy!!

    Once again, Christine from Yellow Owl Workshop worked her magic and talent within this gorgeous display space (it took her and an assistant only 2 hours to hand paint the booth!)

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    Emily McDowell was the show-stopper this year. With her beautiful and thoughtful hand lettered paper goods, this booth was consistently well packed with attendees.

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    Pineapples were popping up everywhere this year, but Hartland Brooklyn was my favorite! Emily from Hartland Brooklyn freshened up her pink neon with a new South Pacific direction.

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    One line soon to join the Brown Ink Paper Goods boutique is Linda & Harriett out of Brooklyn, NY. We weren’t the only ones at the show crazy for the 2015 Painted Letterpress Calendars! In general, calendars appear to be the new rage, taking the place of the faithful recipe cards.

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    Another soon-to-debut line on Brown Ink is Ferme a Papier. With its Tahitian-Parisian inspired collection, these lovely bold colors kept drawing me back each day to visit with creator Cat Seto.

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    Wonderful to finally meet the sisters from Fawnsberg at the show! And excited to debut their classic wood handle calligraphy address stamp collection on Brown Ink later this summer.OSBP-NSS-2014-Fawnsberg-4

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    We’ll be back soon for more highlights from the show (And a big shout out to Oh So Beautiful Paper for partial photo credit). Until then, enjoy the games! #goworldcup #soccerheads

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      Peace & Snow

      Over the years, my Yearly Planners have become something of a journal, holding not only appointments but also lists of Things-To-Do, goals for a season, recipes to try, etc., with never enough room to keep what’s juggling in my head. So when I noticed the Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner on The Paper Chronicles my interest perked up.

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      Although I’m usually more of a black or blue covered russell&hazel Calendar gal, there is such thought and organization in this book I embraced the spirited, rainbow cover.  Last night as I began entering my 2014 appointments and unloading the Things-To-Do lists from my noggin’ into the well-designed, hard covered book, a peace rushed through me. This planner not only offers a calendar but opportunities to balance the rest of my life. Finally, a gal who understands the needs of life yet keeping true to the paper and pen.  And since the excitement over the planner has been so great, Emily is offering a discount on orders being shipped in 2014. Thanks fellow paper enthusiast!!

      For those of you who enjoy more of a wall calendar or other forms of looking at the year ahead, check out other styles of 2014 on paper…

      2014 Botanical Desk Calendar

      Rifle Paper Co.’s elegant Botanical Desk Calendar will look beautiful on any desk.

      2014 Letterpress Wall Calendar - Inspirational Quotes.

      The 2014 Letterpress Wall Calendar from Steel Petal Press features inspirational quotes.

      For the Pie Enthusiast, the watercolor and letterpress 2014 Pie Calendar from Printerette Press brings the feel of each season right back to baking in the kitchen.

      Smart Deck Pad 2014

      To see 2014 in one big picture, go for the oversized russell+hazel SmartDeck pad.

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      Or enjoy Leah Duncan’s Desert Poppies Wall Calendar and frame the top half after the year has ended! (bonus: Save 25% on your order using BOXINGDAY now thru midnight Friday)

      The classic Vamos Bicycle 2014 Calendar from Hammerpress can easily be posted on a bulletin board or placed between photos and kids’ art on the kitchen fridge.

      Moglea has created a colorful watercolor calendar for the year 2014.

      FRAMED 2014 Moon Calendar - LETTERPRESS PRINT in blue pine frame

      I’ve always loved the Margins Moon Calendar sold by Mille for those who live by solar forces!

      And as the snow continues to fall on another gorgeous Minnesota day, I think to myself, why would I want to head out to the crazy sales when I can simply shop online…?

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      So before your put away the ornaments and other seasonal decor, make sure to check out the Sale on Brown Ink Paper Goods with 25% off our Holiday Collection with checkout code: 25SNOW.  Come next November, you’ll smile at your fabulous holiday paper goods stored over the warmer months!

      And off I head to “Frozen” with my Disney-loving boys, a bit relaxed knowing my 2014 is looking more organized than before. Scribbles and rearranged dates will come, no doubt. But at least they will live in one spot. Bring it on New Year.