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My Life in a Binder

Last week I received an email from my friend Kristin stating the following…“I need to look at investing in a good daytime planner. I’m not tech-y and put all my appointments/reminders in my phone.  I’m old school – need to write it and look at it daily, hoping to NEVER lose it as it contains everything in my life!  I like a size to fit into a mid-size purse. In the past I’ve gotten one at Russel+Hazel and loved it but it was cloth and got too dirty. Thoughts? I’d love to hear if you’ve seen any at stationery markets, have through Brown Ink, etc.” 

Being an old-school daytime planner woman myself, I loved receiving this email! I’m also a  research fanatic when it comes to paper goods so this email sent me into mission mode. And perfect timing too as 2015 winds down and our hungry little fingers are scratching for planners for the coming year! Of course, I could go on and on about why I believe a paper day planner is the only go-to – But today I will simply stay on track and stick with the mission at hand.

First, I do use the russell+hazel day Mini SmartDate system which Kristin refers to…and it carries my life as well! Does it get a little dirty? A bit, but thankfully the Mini Solid Color Binder in gray hides most smudges and I actually enjoy the roughed-up look (plus the store sells brightly colored folders and tabs which freshen up the binder!). However, there are several day planners to select from in all different shapes and colors..

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The Paper Chronicles recently featured the 2016 Edition of Sugar Paper at Target and it’s stunning. These LA gals are Queens of classy perfection as you can see in their designs. Make sure you head to Target November 1st to load up on calendars and accessories for the new year!Target-2016-09Target-2016-04

On the other spectrum of fancy, rumor has it the Smythson 2016 Soho Agenda (specifically in bright yellow) is Sofia Coppola’s must-have for her 2016 planner needs!

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Emily Ley is a one woman, power house in the world of day planners.

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A few years ago I used an older version of her Simplified Planner which, although colorful and well constructed, was a monster to haul. Emily was smart with her revised Simplified Planner being a bit smaller yet keeping the best parts: spiral binding to lay binder flat, attention to detail, quality paper,and ample space to write. Bravo Lady!

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A similarly styled planner – and extremely affordable – can be found at Sarah Pinto.

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Crazy for the Purple Floral Year-Less Planner from Ferme a Papier! (pattern here on Brown Ink!)

2016 Birch Floral Everyday 17-Moth Planner is a beuaty!

The 17 month Birch Floral Everyday Planner from Rifle Paper is both beautiful and functional.

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And sometimes you just need to write out the happenings of each day one week at a time. The Rifle Floral Weekly Planner is perfect for this scenario.

Of course, there are those, like my mother-in-law, who find wall calendars the most convenient and enjoyable way to both view and organize the days and weeks ahead.  I do love a pretty wall calendar not only for the art but also to be reminded what day it is!

Whatever suits your needs it’s out there!! Bottom line, nothing beats crossing off, (with an actual pen), an appointment or date which you were hoping might pass or inking in a birthday, gathering or trip you can’t wait to take place! It’s our lives in one binder. Thanks for the reminder, Kristin, of why daily planners are here to stay.

Blossoms in Every Direction

As I prep for the National Stationery Show next weekend (follow me on Instagram to shadow my trip!) a few topics have been blossoming. Here’s a little highlight of my favorites these days…

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Already a huge fan of the gorgeous illustrations from Rifle Paper Co., this interview with Anna Bond, aka The Queen of Cards, found on the USPS Life in Letters blog is not to be missed.

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Fountain Greetings, the company that does the writing for you, now sells beautiful gifts with each card they write. Although it might be a bit of a cheat, at least someone is writing a card!

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As I have mentioned in past posts, written recipe cards and cookbooks hold a special place in my heart. This beautifully written article in the NY Times exemplifies the importance we may find with each card, doodle or smudge, connecting us with a moment in time.

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Now that National Handwriting month and the Write_On campaign has come to an end, don’t stop writing. Local letter girl, Gina Sekelsky, has found a way to inspire us to keep up the writing with this Love Your Letters Challenge!

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A little sneak peak of this week’s photo shoot for a collaboration with Lizzie Garrett Mettler from Tomboy Style which has recently become the unique The Reed boutique, blog and travel guide site. See more later in the month! Congrats Lizzie!

Lastly, for those of you still in need for a few ideas for Mom’s Day…

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…you can find lots of them at All for the Boys such as these crown printables, making all Moms feel like a Queens for the day! For you local folks, if you are still looking for Mother’s Day gifts…

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…come visit me and other local makers at this Saturday’s Makers Market at my favorite local boutique, Mille. And be sure to drop those letters in the mailbox today! No mom should be without a Mother’s Day card this Sunday. Enjoy the new blossoms!

 

Words from the Heart

Even for the Father who appears unsentimental, believe me, he will want to be reminded of the important role he plays in your life on Father’s Day. No need to sweat a grand gift; words in a card will fill his heart and be embraced like nothing else. And if you can’t find he right words, let the card speak for you.

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Best Dad

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Tweed Father’s Day

But, in case you’re in need of a few gift ideas…

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For the fisherman, Harbor Collection Set

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For the outdoorsman, the Pine Tree Set or Paddle Set

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Or a timeless Pencil Case with a Delfonics Wood Pencil is a beautiful pairing.

 A Father’s Day gift-from-the-heart can be as simple as an experience shared together. A baseball game, a road trip, a meal out, a visit to his childhood town, a gift card to his favorite pub, all moments to connect. And ones which can be packaged in a lovely card!

Lastly, if you are looking for more gifts ideas or want to pick up some cards this weekend, swing by Forage Modern Workshop & Parka this Saturday afternoon for my Pop-Up for Pops!

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I’ll also be selling paper goods for Summer needs such as journals, camp postcards, and summer-themed stationery. Embrace the words and the season!