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School Styling

Although we all tried to shut our eyes from the Back to School ads and catalogues which began to appear in mid-July, the time has come. And, although some kids can’t wait to try out their finely sharpened No. 2’s or open a crisp, clean notebook (mini iPads have not taken over all forms of note taking, right?), there are those young scholars who may need and appreciate a surprise hidden in their dusted off backpacks.

Yes, of course, there are the required paper goods assigned to each grade but why stop there? Instead, throw in a few other school supplies…just because you are a cool parent and your child worked their tush off practicing their writing skills over the Summer by journaling or writing letters from camp (or not). And, oh, you want to encourage handwriting as often as possible.

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Any student will feel cool having their very own Petite Pink Notebook for personal needs…a place to scribble down a locker code, a reminder of an after-school sports equipment, Homecoming Dance Committee meeting time, and the new teacher’s favorite baked good.

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I believe texting is a big No-No during class these days. Instead, why not encourage a little note writing with these letterpress Mini Note Pads? If my child was caught passing a handwritten note, I have to say I’d probably smile to know they were writing vs. texting! Sorry teachers.

For those high schooler or college bound kids…

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This Eagle Letter and Pencil Pouch actually makes you look hip. Proven fact.

yellowpencil_1024x1024The Mechanical Pens and Ballpoint Wood Pencils from Delfonics bring young, serious writers to another level…Might also grab the professor’s attention as well.

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Step aside Mead notebooks, make way for the show stopping Gold Polka Dot Notebook.

Before you zip up the lunch box, include a handwritten note to brighten up their day!

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These Library Cards would catch any kid’s attention inside an echoey cafeteria. My dear friend, a 4th grade teacher, is using the cards as name tags on school lockers.

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For the jokesters in the family, these printable Lunch Note Jokes from All for the Boys will keep the cafeteria scene light. The blank notes are perfect for your own jokes or sentiments.

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Pssst…my last suggestion; Be the only parent with a little Summer left in them and throw in a few Tattoo Sets in their backpack. Even children need reminders of the moments of freedom and playfulness you’d all like to hold onto for just a bit longer.

Free Shipping & Sneak Peek!

Before I launch my series of highlights from the National Stationery Show tomorrow, I wanted to share a few new Summer paper goods on the site and also mention…

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Especially for those folks behind on card and gift finding for Dad, now thru tomorrow use Code: POPS at check out to receive Free Shipping on orders in the U.S. only.

Here’s a little sneak peek of new goods on the site, some of which I found while in New York.

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 Fireworks from Gold Teeth Brooklyn

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 Summer lovin’ with Pineapples & Bananas and Fruit & Treat Tats from Hartland Brooklyn

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Just in time, the postcard set for the Summer camper or traveler, also from Hartland Brooklyn

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Fawn and Fauna Terrarium and Hidden Villa from Quill & Fox are fabulously green!

amaAnd soon to hit the site, the recently released Read Between The Lines! Stay put, more to come.

Gratitude

Most people don’t think of Thanksgiving as a card-sending holiday. I do. No one is expecting anything in the mail besides junk mail and loads of holiday catalogues. So why not wish a friend a peaceful Thanksgiving, (especially if you know they are hosting a bus load of relatives and friends), or send a simple reminder of your feelings of gratitude.

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I was tickled this week to open the mail to this sweet card from my friend Nellie. Wiley Valentine makes classic cards with a twist of humor in each one.

You can personalize your card with this Turkey Propaganda from Treat.

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Looking for a kid project? Stop at Paper Source or your local craft store to grab a pumpkin or turkey stamp and start making a mess your grandparents will love to receive!

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Or handmade greeting cards can be an extension of thumb painting and turned into beautiful greeting cards for Thanksgiving. 

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My friend Sarah over at The Paper Chronicles mentioned a card perfect for your vegetarian friend. Created for an original handcut collage, La Familila Green finds humor in the obvious.

Sarah also pointed out the number of cards received on Thanksgiving is a surprisingly large one…15 million. Wow.

 

My absolute favorite Thanksgiving card is one sold right here at Brown Ink Paper Goods, lucky you. Hartland Brooklyn’s So Thankful For You is fabulous to have on hand any time of year. Why not send a card on a day when a friend least expects a handwritten correspondence?

It’s good for everyone’s soul to share your gratitude.

Surprise

Who doesn’t love a good surprise? Indeed!! As you may have noticed, Brown Ink recently launched a new site with the addition of Paper Goods arriving this Fall. Nick and I have been enjoying the process of creating the new site and we’ve been fortunate to have a brilliant team of players around us. A big round of applause to Kate Arends from Wit & Delight who ran the Brand Developing, Eric Price from The Walker Art Center is the Graphic Designer, Scott Anderson at Room 34 is the Developer, and Louisa Podlich from Louisa Marion Photography who shot our images. Thanks to everyone for the talent, creative juices and energy surrounding Brown Ink!!

The Paper Goods store has been an idea swirling inside my brain for the past year. After last year’s National Stationery Show, many blogs featured stationery lines new to me. At the same time, I saw several small, one-man-band companies found only in a handful of boutiques or online. Which was when it dawned on me…Brown Ink needs to provide the opportunity for others to enjoy these lovely products too!! But alas, you must hold your excitement until the Fall when our e-commerce store will open.

We thought we’d give you a sneak preview of last week’s New York trip where I met dozens of charming paper lovers and suppliers!!

My dear friend Jean Glenn from Pomegranate Press and I about to inhale a sea of booths!!!

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It was a treat to meet St. Paul gal, Catherine Polacek from Printerette Press. Check out her fabulous note pads which debuted at the show.

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The stationery and prints at Banquet atelier & workshop were even more beautiful in person!!

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Bright colors and Aztec were strong themes at the show seen here at Anemone Letterpress

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The Yellow Owl Workshop booth was not to be missed with hand-painted, rainbows of color. I’m a bit crazy over their selection of stamps!

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One of my favorite new lines was Sideshow Press which used outdoor camping as their inspiration.

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If you’d like to experience even more from the Stationery Show, head to Oh So Beautiful Paper where Nole Garey and her team captured the event remarkably well (so much so, it was impossible to not use a few of her images!!). I promise to highlight a few more of my favorites from the show in the month ahead.

The day before the show I had the chance to meet two inspirational women creating paper treasures from their home studios in Brooklyn. Artist Jonna Twigg creates unbelievably gorgeous journals, both leather and fabric bound, for her Twigg’s Bindery line.

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And the poised Emily Johnson from hartland brooklyn left her career in the fashion industry to design stationery full time.

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I also had the chance to check out paper goods scattered throughout New York, one of my favorites being Greenwich Letterpress, where they sell their own line as well.

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Lastly, a thanks to you, readers, for staying with us on this journey!! Here’s to a summer of writing, wonder, and expectations of good things to come from Brown Ink.