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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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Two weeks to go folks. And boys and girls, do we have a snappy Holiday List for you. Our team has searched far and wide to find the most unique holiday gifts around…so sit back and start shopping!

Kiddos

 The I-Wood Chalkboard Laptop from the Walker Shop is for the cool kids.

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And the Three Stars Colored Chalk from oeuf is a needed addition to the laptop!

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These photo journals from Pinhole Press may inspire a child’s story-writing one snowy day (FYI, a great deal going on over on their coupon page!)

And for the adults in your world…

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It will be a treat to correct mistakes with this gold foiled Kate Spade Eraser Set.

For the hand-lettering enthusiast with an itch for stellar calligraphy skills, look no further. This Calligraphy Starter Kit from Antiquaria will set the hand in motion the old-school way.

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A stationery subscription service, Nicely Noted delivers a curated collection of letterpress cards and stamps. Coming from someone who adores surprises, I think this is the best gift ever.

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Life moves too fast to remember everything. This 5 Year Memory Book from Mr. Boddington’s Studio can bring peace to one’s life and takes only a minute.

Bespoke Small Secret Photo Keepsake Box

Emboss a handwritten message or name onto the Bespoke Small Secret Photo Keepsake Box from Anya Hindmarch to make this elegant gift even more personal.

This nostalgic New England 2014 Letterpress Desk Calendar from press bound will dazzle the outdoors person and nature admirer in your life.

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One only hopes their mailbox is full so they can use the Birdie Letter Opener from Pigeonhole!

Ultra thick, striped bow stationery set

From one of my favorite designers, Besotted Brand has created a charming Striped Bow Stationery Set on extra thick white card stock including black or kraft paper envelopes. Love.

For the fashionista, this Quarterbound Notebook is made from crisp, mid blue denim. Smokin’.

Personalized letterpress stationery - Empire - Set of 25 cards & envelopes

Still time to order gorgeous personalized Letterpress Stationery from Pomegranate Press.

For the Travelers…

Gray Travel Notebook

The Gray Travel Notebook from Spartan even includes multiple interior pockets for souvenirs.


Kids will love using the Sideshow Press Kraft Journal (sold at Brown Ink) on next summer’s road trip.

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For a letter writer on the go, this Cartographer from Spring Finn & Co. has become my catch-all for stationery, pens, and stamps. Both sturdy and handsome, you can’t go wrong.

Stocking Stuffers

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Row House 14 has oodles of pencils, this one is for the stocking.

Designed by Shanna Murray for West Elm, we adore these charming coasters for the holidays!

Tickets Lists are perfect for the last minute notes or to make a coupon book for your mate!

Wrapping, Tags and More

Draw Together Christmas Set

Get your kiddos to help out with your gift tags like these included in the Draw Together Christmas Set from caravan. And if you don’t have a mantle to hang stockings, this set includes a fireplace as well. Check it out!  And no time waiting since it’s a download. Perfect for you folks headed out of town with no fireplace for Santa to make his appearance!

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Holiday Oval Gift Tag Set from Sesame Letterpress Shop can even be reused for ornaments.

This luxurious wrapping paper from Urbanic Paper Boutique has been stamped with gold foil.

Aren’t you thankful we knocked off half your list? Enjoy the giving season.

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PS. For you locals, Brown Ink will have goods at Mille tomorrow from 12-5. Also, head over to Lunalux tonight for a little After-Hours Printing Party as well as Stationery Saturday tomorrow…