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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.

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.

Stationery Nirvana Part 1

I’ve been in a stationery fog this past week (being 34 weeks pregnant with insomnia probably doesn’t help. Ha!). It all started with last weekend’s National Stationery Show.  It’s this annual, mega-stationery trade show in NYC where all the hot-shot stores and designers, large and small, display their current paper products. My heart starts to beat faster when I imagine walking the aisles, scouring all the creative displays, letterpress cards, colorful notepads, etc. (As a side note, I have dreams of one day opening a brown ink paper store so you all can have direct access to the most unique, beautiful material around!).

For the past few weeks, I’ve been drooling over the many blogs featuring the hundreds of vendors, my favorite being Oh So Beautiful Paper with a 12-part series of the show.  Thought I’d share a few lines that caught my eye…

Studio Olivine from Portland, OR

Fat Bunny Press from San Francisco

 

Dear Hancock from LA

 

Banquet Atelier & Workshop from Vancouver

Sesame Letterpress from Brooklyn

Seedhouse from Philadelphia

Fine Day Press from Brooklyn

And Printerette Press from St.Paul. Speaking of local…

Since I was unable to attend the show this year, my other option was to create my own adventure. I decided to throw the boys in the minivan and take an afternoon trip to Mara-Mi in Stillwater, MN. Just to give you some background, I first noticed Mara-Mi at Target a few months ago. Their bold print and fantastic prices made it an easy purchase.

I soon realized this was the same stationery company my father had been raving about located right in his little old downtown. Of course it doesn’t hurt they sell tasty Izzy’s ice cream right there in the store just to help you get your happy feet on.

The store is not only filled with Mara-Mi lines (my favorite was the Bazaar Collection, see below), but they also sell Russell & Hazel, Moleskin, and more. I promise it’s worth a trip out east for you Twin Citians.

And just when you thought my week of paper madness ended in Stillwater, another local go-to stationery source, Lunalux, is back to their old tricks with tomorrow’s Stationery Saturday. With Father’s Day around the corner, they have dads in mind and are using a collection of lead dingbats including purple Jolly Roger, red griffin, green tree or blue pan.

If you can’t catch tomorrow’s run, head back to Lunalux for their Letterpress Lock-In, a part of the Northern Spark event June 9th-10th. And please report back to brown ink all about the overnight letterpress creations! Now off to dream of paper clouds.

Fresh Designs Deserve Attention

If you are looking for an excuse to write or in the market for some new stationery, you must check out these selections of card stock, all with an easy-go-breezy feeling. Having these notes on hand (at home, work, glove compartment, gym locker) will make the thank you’s, I miss you’s, and sorry for my hot temper expressions, that much easier to get down on paper.

Succulents are one of my favorite plants and these cards from Shop Pink Moon gets me dreaming of potting plants in the warmer months to come. Fresh & simple.

This one from Ship & Shape screams summer camp, which is on the minds of many these days. I can’t help but love the letterpress print on cotton paper using hand mixed colors.

Being almost mid-April, why not get on the ball with the ‘End of the Year’ Teachers Gifts? This monogram card set from C Wonder will make any teacher forget about the hamster incident or what Lucy screamed to Wally on the playground. At least it can’t hurt.

Good news! Minneapolis has reached a new level in the interior design world with the arrival of the Jonathan Adler store right here in little old Uptown. I just happened to be walking by on opening day and, aside from enjoying the warm welcome with cupcakes-in-hand and all, I couldn’t help but grab these retro, prepster Thank You cards for future salutes. Both masculine and feminine.

My friend Therese introduced me to these beautifully handmade cards created by a local company, The Saffron Moon. The stationery is made in India but sold at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and online. To quote them directly, “We love the beauty of hand made paper products and feel that when given it creates a bond that is a gesture that something beautiful and unique was given from one to another.” Bingo.

With Earth Day just a few weeks away, thought we’d get a sneak preview of the “green” cards available these days. These Solar-Flare Raspberry cards from Kate Blair Designs are made on 100% recycled white card stock. Great to have on hand for any need.

This inspiring 1960’s style card from Flint Lock Design is made on recycled paper placed in a biodegradable sleeve. Get your green on folks!!! And if these don’t work, grab some magazines and create your own collage of images and designs on used paper. Honestly, whatever you place a stamp on and drop in the mail will be appreciated by the recipient. It’s that easy.

Happy spring, happy green.