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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.

Write On

If my last post, 30 Day Challenge, did not place a little fire in your belly, this post might be the one. Thanks to The Paper Chronicles recent blog post, I learned about the latest writing challenge from the collaborating minds of hello! Lucky and egg press. In celebration of April’s National Letter Writing Month (let me hear a CHEER!) these two groups are kicking off both a give-away and a letter writing campaign called WRITE_ON. Their passion for letter writing to continue to connect friends and loved ones is one I admire!

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The group’s mission is for each individual to write a letter for everyday in April. And if you sign up soon, this special WRITE ON Letter Writing Kit which contains 4 letterpress printed cards, 2 from each printer, can be yours! Their hope is “to see an ever-increasing web of connectedness and good feelings” and they invite everyone to share their letter writing adventures online at #WRITE_ON. For more information head to the egg press site.

Initially it may sound overwhelming, however, you can make this a simple activity while you wait for the snow to melt. On your more hectic days, write down and mail a postcard of one thoughtful word or sentence to a friend. Or take 10 minutes to write that follow up from last weeks meeting, or write a letter to Congress on a stance you support. For me, I’m going for it, both 30 days of journaling and writing. In the end, my handwriting will have hopefully improve, moments will be captured, and hearts will be touched.

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.

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.

Wendy’s Wednesday Picks

I’m alive and well, fellow readers!! Aside from a quick trip over to Paris with Mr. Brown (more on this next post) life has been jam-packed as we make the final tweaks to the Brown Ink Paper Goods online boutique, opening soon. My time to blog these days has been spotty, but eventually this will change. For now, I’ll be highlighting my favorite topics every Wednesday to keep you up to speed on interesting points in the writing world!

First off, check out the new blog from the founding editor of Stationery Trends, Sarah Schwartz, called The Paper Chronicles. For a paper lover like myself, this blog is fabulous for introducing new lines and connecting with those who appreciate the handwritten note. Congrats Sarah!

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Speaking of new businesses, these letterpress business cards from The Beauty of Letterpress are out-of-sight. Crazy about this one, numbered and perforated. So original.

My in-laws, Sally and Jim, just returned a few weeks ago from a month long trip to Alaska. Sally, a big fan of handwriting, sent numerous postcards to our family. We loved hearing about their adventures through writing and pictures of wildlife they came across.

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To celebrate its first birthday, Olive Box has come out with a stationery box filled with beautiful greeting cards for every occasion. Perfect for a gift or to have on hand!

Card-olivebox-bigFor you local folks, it’s the 20th Anniversary of Lunalux, my favorite letterpress printing and stationery store in the Twin Cities. To comemmorate the anniversary, they created a beautifully letterpressed party invitation, printed it on a unique lead and wood type, and added lined envelopes to boot.

lunalux.two-oh!.invitation1Make sure to stop by next Saturday on Customer Appreciation Day with 20% off products.

Speaking of local, temps have only begun to drop in Minneapolis, yet soon enough the Holiday season will arrive. Just our luck, the 2013 USPS set is larger than ever, with 8 holidays stamps. Check out the history of each one. Here are a few of my favs…

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Global Forever: Evergreen Wreath

Gingerbread Houses 

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Finally, a word from my son Oliver. The other day he needed a little alone time in his room and, with no direction from his parents, returned downstairs with this note in hand.

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Translation: Bea I am sorry I spit on your head. Priceless.