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XOXOXO Take #1

Valentine’s Day is top dog, head honcho when it comes to writing and sharing cards. For me, the true essence of the day is for one to express their love in any form of writing…create a hand-made, eye-popping elaborate, magazine-size card, buy a shiny, single love note at the corner store, or simply cut a solo heart out of red construction paper. You really can’t go wrong however you acknowledge your loved ones. And although it’s about the written words of love, why stop there when the options are endless for Valentine’s Day correspondence!

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My favorite design I’ve seen this season is from Georgia-based Brown Parcel Press. Inspired by the sweet Valentine’s handed out as a grade schooler, the founder, Megan, created this unique Pillow Talk Valentine’s Card Set so one can easily tie a chocolate, caramel or flower on top of the gorgeous letterpress card. So clever yet so traditional.

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Imogen + Willie are all about the sense of touch with this one from People I’ve Loved.

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Quill & Fox puts the romance right back into the 14th with this Made For Each Other card.

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Assortments are perfect to touch everyone in your life – Leave it to Rifle Paper Co.

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And don’t forget to check out Brown Ink’s line up of XOXO goods!

Thousands of DIY Valentine projects are floating on the internet but only a few are pulling my heart strings this season…

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We all know Martha makes everything look simple, however, this accordion Love Note is completely doable thanks to a few templates, colorful paper and supplies you can find at home!

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These Paper Airplane Valentines from No Biggie are perfect for getting kids involved.

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Print off one of these cleverly sweet Conversation Heart Envelopes from this heart of mine and fill with all the sweet things your sidekick adores!

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Or create something literally sweet with these Flavored Sugar Valentines…complete with recipes and classic, printable tags from talented Amy Christie via Design Mom.

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Finally, it’s time to treat yourself to a surprise each month with an Olive Box full of hand-picked paper & lifestyle products starting with this Valentine’s Day themed card box! Perfect timing.

More Valentine’s ideas later this weekend! There is never enough love to share with others!! xoxo

Boogie Nights

It snowed last night in my hometown and the world has become a quieter place. Perfect timing I’d say. After all the energy we put into the holidays, a bit of slowing down is much needed, at least in our house. I’m not suggesting we don’t give end-of-the-year celebrations their due, but perhaps we’ll end 2014 with a reflective, thoughtful spirit.

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If you’re gathering folks on the 31st, these DIY written hearts from Oh So Beautiful Paper may inspire a few New Year’s intentions or at least ignite conversation among guests.

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I love a good house cleanse and these smudge sticks will do the trick. Write a note to your guests, welcoming 2015 as they may clear out any negative energy from the past year. Thanks for the idea, Of-a-Kind ladies.

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These inspirational New Year’s Eve Confetti Fortune Pockets from Design Sponge are gorgeous and a completely playful DIY idea, a perfect party favor to kick off the new year.

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If you’re looking to pick up party decor for New Year’s, head to Red Stamp for all your paper needs (And fabulous digital invites since it’s a bit late for paper. Shhh, I didn’t they say that!).

Although I love a good party, I welcome a clean slate even more – (Wow, you’d think I was a bit of a bore, although my husband will remind me I’ve gone out dancing twice into the wee hours just in the past week! I know, every so often I’m crazy like that.).

The new year brings a clean calendar, it provides one a moment to breathe, take note, and forces a certain reflection of how we are walking through life. Now having two kids in grade school, bringing family into a conversation about resolutions is appealing. The always inspiring Gabrielle Blair from Design Mom created an idea on how to involve your children during this time of reflection.

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Her family keeps a journal which they open around the New Year, where they include their daydreams and goals, providing a simple format to see where they have grown over the past year. I may give it a try myself…at the moment our children are floating somewhere between the sledding hills, Christmas gifts and multiple holiday-break-movie-nights. Although they may not fully understand the idea of “becoming better people” through New Year’s resolutions, as Gabrielle suggests, perhaps the process of handwriting their intentions will reinforce the idea they actually have a bit of a say over their own direction in life.

Here’s to a beautiful 2015 – A year of more writing, reflection, and knowledge of oneself. As for me, I plan to include a few more boogie nights to keep me young! Cheers.

Cupid on the Prowl

So little time, so much love. A bit of cupid is in all of us even on the bleakest of winter days. The time to move is now my heart-shaped friends.

Looking for crafty ideas? Babble takes the cake (especially when coming from Design Mom, Gabrielle Blair) on creative ways to express your love on Valentine’s Day.  valentine-ideasSuch lovely things come from Yellow Owl Workshop especially for this holiday…

This You and Me card might not be the typical Hallmark Valentine’s card but it really, really like it.

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Make your own homemade radical card with the Love You stamp set.

If you’d like your Valentines to take a different form, the Correspondence Kit from Artware Editions allows you to thread your expressions first by pencil then needle and thread.

Say your sweetheart lives in another town. Why not mail them a Moleskin Message Pocket Postal Notebook filled with nothing but kisses from yours truly.

If you would like to try your hand in calligraphy, the Love Letter Kit from terrain is a beautiful alternative from the expected Valentine’s day card.

 

Paper Source always comes up with delightful, fresh ideas each Valentine’s season.

This year our boys will be scribbling out thoughtful words (that’s the plan anyway) on these Owl Valentine Cards.

RAD BAG // 2013 Valentine Edition

Rad and Hungry is kind of like an international office supply store with loads of cool supplies not found at the local OfficeMax. Surprise your office mate with this limited-edition Valentine’s Day Rad Bag filled with office supplies in red, pink, white and gold from countries around the globe.

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And pick up one of their kitchy cupid cards while you’re at it! (Psss…they’re free if you spend $40)

Once your card is written why not place it in an Everyday Leather Envelope Wallet from Mark and Graham. Not only will your card be sealed in a lovely presentation but your sweetheart’s future correspondence will be always protected. Personalize it with a scripted letter to make her all the more unique.

If all you have time for this year is a construction paper heart, (fold in half, cut one half of a heart, ta da), so be it. Writing this card will require a few moments of slowing down and expressing a crafted thought or two. This will be a gift in itself.

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I’m a true believer that it’s never too late to send a card and in the midst of Hannukah and with Christmas two weeks away you still have plenty of time to fill up the mailbox down on the corner. So here’s a few of our favorites…

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This handmade, one-of-a-kind Mitten card from Gold Teeth Brooklyn brings out the childish wonder in everyone.

These simple words say it all. I love the gold foil on bright white paper selected by sugar-paper.

 

As a child Over the River and Through the Woods was sung numerous times on our way headed east towards Manitowoc, WI for the holidays. This card pulls a heart string. It’s good to see this song holds meaning to Campbell Raw Press as well.  You can even have this one personalized.

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These chartreuse snowflake cards from Wild Ink Press have great texture but keep the simplicity.

Holiday Cookie Cards - Set of 8Adore this Holiday Cookie Chart card, especially at a rate of 8 for $16! Cheers Ann Shen

Shanna Murray has created these beautiful cards with a design hand-adhered creating a lovely raised texture. A piece of art really!

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We here in Minnesota were just delieverd 12 inches of the white stuff. Loving it. Although my Uncle in Ely is wishing for more with only 2 inches on his lawn. This one’s for you Will-Bill, created by a letterpress machine and wood type from one of my new favorite’s, Old Faithful Shop.

The Red Berry stationery from Red Bird Ink is a classic twist on the traditional holiday card.

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Thanks to In-vita Paper Studio this image of the holiday tree on top of a snazzy yellow bug will send your friends smiling.Letterpress Holiday Card Box Set - Ho Ho Ho

Love the emphasis on the final letterpress HO from Type A Press.

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Local Old Tom Foolery brings the humor many of us need this time of year with their holiday cards.

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They also share the same wit while creating cards for Hanukkah.

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For those DIY folks, frolic has created a wonderful way to use the greenery in your own home with these mini holiday wreath cards.

And if you have it in you, design your own block print cards. The writers at Design Mom say all you need is a trip to your local art supply store and a willing participant, no artistic skill necessary!

Whatever you do this season send out a handwritten card reminding those to take in the  wonderment that can be found even in the darkest and coldest of nights.