You’ve got just the right book and now you need the perfect spot to get lost in the pages. Even though we tend to dive into the worlds within our books and forget where we are, the real-world place we start is an important part of the reading experience. We’ve included some of our favorite spots to get lost in- a local coffee shop, a room with amazing windows, a cluttered, lived-in home library, and more. What’s your favorite spot to tuck into a great book?

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Cluttered but oh so cozy, this home library is filled to the brim casual comfort.

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Art books galore are surrounded by warm wood and natural light filtering in from above.

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Tucking into a good book on vacation.

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Local coffee shop, a latte, and an inspirational read.

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Finding a little piece of magic to read in a local bookshop.


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Luckily no one here has to choose between windows and bookcases.

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When you’d rather read than do your chores around the house.

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When the front porch is calling your name.

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Enjoying a mystery on the crisp autumn morning.

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When your book perfectly matches your surroundings.

Get cozy, friends!
:: Kelsey, the 1canoe2 Queen of all things customer service ::

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These cozy nooks are brought to you by Wilder -- our new collection of paper goods for book lovers!

One of my favorite products that I've ever designed is this little wooden berry box. We've always shown it in use for our popular Perpetual Calendar, but it's incredibly useful for so many other tasks! Check them out:

1: Childrens' Craft Basket | If you're like me, having a little person around means constant opportunities for entertainment. My six-year-old is always up for a quick little project with some washi tape, stickers, and scissors. I found this great Martha Stewart glue pen that is so great because it's no mess at all, and easy to use.

2: Desktop Organizer | This box is the perfect desktop catch-all. It's just the right size!

3: Kitchen or Tabletop Corral | We often eat our meals around our kitchen island, so I store our salt and pepper shakers and coasters in the berry box. They fit just perfectly, and could also hold napkins.

4: Washi Tape Holder | Here's the perfect place to keep all your adorable washi tapes all in one place without them rolling all over. (And if you need help adding to your washi tape stash, check out our latest designs here!) 

5: Bathroom Countertop or Makeup Organizer | My bathroom vanity can be a chaotic place, but this berry basket holds my most-used items: glasses, mascara, lip gloss, and the essential bronzer brush.

6: Correspondence Central | Keep a few notes, your favorite pen, envelopes, checkbook, and stamps all in once place...where you'll actually use them! 

7: Greeting Card Organizer | Make some cute watercolor divider tabs, and keep your greeting card file fresh and ready to go for the next occasion.



8: Fat Quarter Stash | I have a bad habit of buying little stashes of fat quarters just because I love the way they look all stacked up. This box is the perfect display for your little treasures.

9: Thread Box at the Ready | Keep all your spools neat and handy by your sewing machine.

10: Charm Square Corral | It's the perfect size to keep your charm squares and mini charms too!

11: Paint Box | It's perfect for rummaging around, looking for just the right color.

Now that you have some ideas, it's time to share the best part -- it's 50% off on our site! We can't wait to see how you use it!

:: Beth, 1canoe2 Bosslady + Owner ::


I’ve been enamored with the Desktop Perpetual Calendar from the moment I first laid eyes on it.

Here’s how it works: Each page of the calendar is designated for a day of the year. These pages are organized by tabs for each month. The year is entered in the left-hand margin before the entries. Yesterday’s page is moved to the back of the set to cycle through. After a year of use, concurrent entries begin! Previous years’ entries will share the same page. *Cue nostalgic gasps and giggles.*

This is essentially a journal in a box. I love (read: hoard) paper and all things paper. And I love a good box or container just as much as the next gal (especially if it lends itself to hiding the aforementioned hoarded goods). I love that the humble space on the page for a line (or 2, or 3) for jotting down an entry seems less daunting than the traditional journal does sometimes. I love that it could become a keepsake one day. I love that it frees me to purge records and momentos that I would normally want to hold onto in fear of forgetting things like that trip to the zoo, or how much my son weighed at his 6 month check-up, or that time we got surprise snail mail from a dear friend.

At the time that I first met the ol’ PerpCal, I had already racked up quite a bit of mommy guilt. I had failed at keeping the journal I started when I was pregnant. And I had forgotten too many times to take the monthly photo with the cute numbered sticker documenting his growth and development so I stopped. I had barely recorded any of the poignant moments that were adding together and shaping me. I was fear-stricken that these precious (albeit sleep-deprivated) years would just become a blurry surreal blip in my memory but felt undermotivated to figure out where to start.



But, you best believe, I hoarded photos on my camera, doctor check-up print-outs, greeting cards, planners, and random thoughts mixed into years of notebooks. I’d always hoped that I would find the time to catch up. Two years later, I made time to dig and recap and compile.



My husband and I are focusing entries in this calendar to things pertinent to our son and parenting. (And as we begin the journey toward adoption, we will start another!) While the Desktop Perpetual Calendar is my go-to gift for new parents, there are so many other uses!

-New Parent Journal
Document growth of height and weight, developmental milestones, all the “firsts” funny sayings, and challenges. This could become a keepsake and is a great exercise in thoughtfulness in the day-to-day. It is especially wonderful to see the change from year to year.

-Gratitude Journal https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/tips_for_keeping_a_gratitude_journal
One thing you are thankful for that day. Try to avoid just go through motions. Use time in your daily grind (while driving, while doing dishes, or while showering for instance) to be mindful of your entry for a few moments.

-Prayer Journal
Record praises, confessions, thanksgiving, and requests. Also recording passages or writings or a quote that was particularly meaningful that day can serve to encourage you in the years to come. 

-Resolution Tracker
Track your progress with any resolutions you have made. Maybe you want to spend the year placing special focus on physical health so you may make entries about choosing a healthy lunch or that you took the stairs that day. You could make entries periodically with weight or endurance updates.

-Mental Health Journal
Choose a word daily to describe how you are feeling. Complete the exercise “I feel ____because________. The truth is_____.” Record a quote that was encouraging or helpful. Record any trends or triggers your are discovering in your life. Document appointments and things your counselor has asked you to consider. Document a healthy choice you made today.

-Daily Highlights
Keep it simple with entries that summarize the highlight or main focus of your day. “Yoga with Callie before work today.” “Visted Granny today; she’s feeling stronger.” “Tried the new burrito place today. Yum!” Don’t second-guess yourself about if it is important enough to record. Just do it. Your calendar will be a beautiful compilation of all the things!

-This Day In History
Just a simple internet search will give you some ideas of important events in the history of the world for that day. There’s something humbling about seeing each day as a day in the history of the world. This is the history of your world though, so don’t forget to enter dates like your grandparents’ wedding anniversary and the day your mom was born!



No matter what approach you choose, use a traditional journal to elaborate on any days you feel like it. Don’t feel too limited by the small entries but use the Perpetual Calendar as a starting place or rolodex of sorts. Consider denoting on the Perpetual Calendar page when there is a corresponding dated journal entry. This will lead you to the journal (if you happen to keep them) so you could connect them at a later date if that’s your thing. I’ve even noted on our Perpetual Calendar pages when there is a video related to my entry saved on my computer. (But as I’m typing this, I realize that probably sounds ridiculously detailed!)

Some tips:
- Use archival/acid free pens. There are tons of options! Look for one that also boasts waterproof and fade proof lines. I like to just keep the same pen in Berry Box so I’m not tempted to use the first one I find lying around. (I really like Pigma’s Micron 005 for this purpose. )

- Place your Perpetual Calendar in a place you’ll see it. You’re more likely to jot something down if it’s accessible and visible. An option out of direct sunlight will help with preservation, but the important part is to make it easy for yourself! (I keep mine on my computer desk.)
-Purchasing the Monthly Tabs and Pages without the Wooden Berry Box is an option if you already have a container or different storage idea.
-You can choose a set that includes all 4 colors or a set made of all the same color pages.    

The goal of the Perpetual Calendar, or really journaling of any kind, shouldn’t be to create an exhaustive record of your existence but to increase your joy, reflect on change, and encourage an overall disciplined rhythm for life. Even the smallest, daily entries add up and will prove to be a worthwhile investment of your energy.

Start right now. Who says the years have to be in order? Add memories as they surface but don’t get paralyzed by wanting to catch up. Don’t feel guilty about skipping days. Just start again. If you want, carve out time for a retreat for yourself so you can spend time compiling details and use the time to be intentional about reflecting.

:: Jaylyn, Inventory + Production Manager ::

How do you plan to use your Perpetual Calendar? Comment below to share your ideas with us! 


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We're so excited to finally announce that we've partnered with Mixbook to bring you an Adventure photobook!

You've probably heard of Mixbook, they help you create AMAZING scrapbooks for your memories all via their dead-simple online platform. It's seriously so easy. 

We've taken our signature 1canoe2 style and our love of the outdoors and created options and photo spreads that are just perfect to highlight your grand adventure or family vacation. The book matches our popular Creekside scrapbooking supplies and accessories, so you can even further embellish your photo book once you have it in hand!

We hope to be bringing you a few more styles as well, so go check out their site today!

:: 1canoe2 crew ::



Our little town has been abuzz with talk of today's total solar eclipse and it's finally almost here! Fulton is fortunate enough to be located in the very heart of the viewing path so the entire town is charged with a special note of excitement this morning. Hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to Missouri to catch a glimpse of the rare event, and local businesses have been scurrying to be ready. 

As for us, we've had our noses in our sketchbooks the past couple months as we get ready to launch our latest line of new products (which make their debut later this week)! It's been a busy couple of weeks, so we're definitely ready to relax and join in on the festivities.

Check out the list below for a few of our favorite eclipse articles and links to local events!

Solar eclipse 2017: Everything you need to know
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/total-solar-eclipse-2017-glasses-maps-streaming-and-more/

5 safe ways to view the eclipse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATz09bOeNP0

25 facts about the 2017 solar eclipse
http://www.astronomy.com/great-american-eclipse-2017/articles/2016/06/25-facts-about-the-2017-solar-eclipse

Eclipse to-do list
http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/20170816/eclipse-to-do-list

The best solar eclipse is a century

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/total-solar-eclipse-august-how-watch-science/


Is your Missouri city in the viewing path? Find out! 

http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/states/MO.htm

See the eclipse from anywhere in the US (TIME animation)
http://time.com/4882923/total-solar-eclipse-map-places-view/

NASA events, resources and broadcasts
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov

Animal behavior may change during the eclipse...read how!
http://abcnews.go.com/US/animal-behavior-change-total-solar-eclipse-darkens-skies/story?id=49233907

Unusual things that happen with a total solar eclipse
http://educateinspirechange.org/science-technology/uunusual-thinngs-happen-total-solar-eclipse/

LOCAL EVENTS
Fulton, Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

Have fun out there!!

:: 1canoe2 crew ::

1canoe2 pottery underglaze swatch board

I have a secret. It feels so indulgent and seemingly irresponsible that it's a little scary to talk about it here. Which is exactly why I think I should. I've been spending my late night hours with a mistress: clay ceramics and a pottery wheel.

1canoe2 pottery ceramics platters underglaze painting

I make art for a living. What was once a childhood/young-adult/working-adult dream has become a reality, and now time spent illustrating and painting colorful flowers and patterns is all part of a good day's work. I actually get paid to do art.

1canoe2 pottery underglaze swatches

What anyone who has made art for a living will tell you, though, is that sometimes turning your hobby into your source of income makes it a little less like fun and a lot more like work. That is to say: there's a lot riding on whatever comes out of my paintbrush to be GOOD and product worthy.

1canoe2 pottery wall decor with underglaze

Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful BEYOND description for my company and my livelihood. But what used to be my free-wheeling escape; the place I mentally ran to when I wanted to get something complicated out of my brain and heart and onto paper, that is now a mandatory function of my daily life. I have a team of people relying on my ability to be creative on demand.

1canoe2 pottery ceramics platters with underglaze painting

So while it's wonderful to be able to paint creations for 1canoe2, I still need that wild place where I'm creating JUST FOR THE JOY OF IT. Where there's no critique or sales goal.  And for me, that outlet has become ceramics.  In the pic below, you'll see a few of my finished pieces. Wall decorative tiles, ceramic platters, etc. I'm still painting, this time with underglaze on a slab of clay that I have to fire.

1canoe2 pottery for sale Berlin Bazaar

I'm just a beginner, but it is so so so much fun. For the time being, I'm not thinking of selling it, although I think it's just in my blood to lean in that direction. As I'm making different pieces, I think about the time that goes into them and how I could do them in production, and then I think WAIT! this is supposed to be fun. Maybe for me the fun is in the making of a business. I feel about ceramics the way I felt about letterpress when I first got into it: completely enthralled by the challenge of a new medium. Constant problems I needed to solve, and a craft to be honed are both like a siren song to me. Part of what makes the pottery project so exciting to me is that it's a physical creation made with my hands, and I can make things in production. It's in my blood, I think.

1canoe2 pottery ceramic succulent planter

It's my strongly held belief that creativity in any form keeps the ideas coming in the other forms. Painting informs ceramics. Ceramics generates new concepts for products. Maybe I just believe in the "juju" of creativity and the mysterious connections your brain makes that can result in the holy grail of creativity: truly new, original ideas.  (and if you want to catch the juju, please, please read this book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.)

 1canoe2 pottery underglaze swatches ceramic studio

So I'm giving myself time and permission to keep going with my secret creative project. Who knows? Maybe someday 1canoe2 will have our own line of dishes. That would be amazing. And when that day comes, I will have already done half the homework of intimately knowing shapes and forms and how the clay works. That's the work that takes time and cannot be knocked out on a deadline.

The beautiful thing here is that my secret project is now inspiring me to paint. Check out this sketchbook painting below. I'm just obsessed with these weird little paintings. Again, it's a no pressure situation. They're just small paintings in my sketchbook. But they are delightfully fun.

1canoe2 pottery painting illustration of succulent planter sketch studio

What is your secret creative yearning? I think we should all have one. We should all have that little daydream project that is all our own.

If you're interested in pottery, check out these really great ceramicists who have been inspiring to me:

Aron (our friend! and local ceramics hero) from Facture Goods

Michelle Luu Pottery 

Molly Hatch

Samantha Brown Ceramics

Heather Dahl

You can also see a lot more behind the scenes of our art process on Instagram!

 :: Beth, 1canoe2 Bosslady ::

Let's face it...we're all busy. Life is busy, work is busy, sometimes even dreams are busy! We need to save on time where we can. So today we're not going to work harder...we're going to work smarter. This method shows you how to draw repeating patterns by drawing and cutting a design that, once digitized, can be repeated seamlessly at any size. So let's get started!!

Supplies:
Paper
Pencil
Ruler
X-acto knife
Paint and paint brushes (optional)

1. Prepare your paper
Measure and mark the center of your paper both vertically and horizontally. Use your ruler and X-acto knife to cut the paper into four separate pieces. Keep track of which pieces fit together!

**Cutting with a ruler and X-acto knife is ideal because it gives perfectly straight, clean cuts. Scissors will work, just be extra careful to cut one straight line.



2. Number the pages
 
With the four cut pieces of paper laying in order, number the edges that lie next to each other so that each edge has a corresponding number.

**I reinforced the numbers below to help see them clearly in photos, but make sure to use a pencil for these markings. You'll erase or cover them up later.



Now switch the left and right sides and label those edges in the same manner.

Finally, swap the top and bottom pages and label the last four edges. Each edge should now have a number and corresponding number assigned. These will be super helpful when drawing your design. Even if you accidentally get the pages out of order, you'll easily be able to identify how to put them back together so your drawing aligns.



3. Start drawing!
The pattern can be anything from simple shapes to an intricate, solid floral. I'm currently working on our next scrapbook line, so I'm doing a scattering of fireflies.

Start in the middle and leave the outside edges blank for now. The trick here is to have at least parts of your design crossing the cut intersections. This will ensure that the final design looks like one seamless drawing instead of four distinct sections. 



4. Finish the edges
Once you have the middle portion done (you can always adjust it later), swap the left and right sides and the top and bottom portions so that the blank edges are now in the middle 



Now all you have to do is finish your drawing! If you find that something needs to be adjusted, swap the pages and draw/redraw as needed. Just make sure that the edges are always aligned with their corresponding number.



The base for your repeating pattern is done! Each outside edge lines up perfectly with the opposite outside edge.

5. Finishing touches
From here you can decide how you want the final pattern to look. You can leave it a simple line drawing (I recommend outlining the pattern with a fine-tip pen so the lines are crisp and defined once you scan) or color it in using markers, paints or pencils.

I used gouache paint to finish my pattern. Use the same technique for painting as you did drawing -- start in the middle and then swap all the pages so the painted portion is on the outside and you're left with the unpainted portion in the middle. While you're finishing the pattern, be sure to blend your painted edges into the previously painted border so there are no color differences or seams.

6. Digitize
Scan all four sections of your repeating pattern and open the scan in 
Photoshop. Delete the background, move the edges of the pattern to line up right next to each other (you may have to use the Clone tool to clean up the edges and erase any hint of a line), and save it as [Pattern]-Tile. This file is now the tile that will be repeated indefinitely to make any size pattern you'd like!



The four painted sections come together to create the pattern tile


Duplicate the tile several times to make a bigger repeating pattern


The final repeating pattern!

And you're done!! I hope you had fun with this tutorial...comment with any questions!

:: Haley, 1canoe2 Artist + Marketing Director ::

Creativity and organization: two words that aren't usually seen together! We are constantly trying to keep our artistic spirits active and engaged while still managing the rest of our lives, be it kids, work, or even just the daily to-do list. So, when we heard about bullet journaling, we knew we had to give it a shot.

Bullet journaling is the process of combining your planner and journal into one comprehensive life guide. Instead of having a planner, a notebook, and a journal, bullet journals take a more holistic approach, making this one journal a collective book of your to-do's, memories, and musings.

You can create your own code to signify your status on each task, so that rather than transferring each task to the next day, you soon start to be able to see where you're at just by glancing at the page. For example, if you want to show that you're halfway through a project, you can mark it with a half circle, or if you decide to delegate that project to someone else, you can mark it with a triangle. The code is completely up to you! For those of us who get so much satisfaction from crossing things off lists, this system lets you get a bit of that satisfaction every time you make a little progress here or there.

After learning all of this, we were already on board for this journaling venture, but then it got even better. We started creeping on some bullet journal fanatics via Instagram, saw some *insanely pretty* bullet journals and were immediately smitten. People bullet journal in so many ways! Some stick to no nonsense black and white, while others are covered in washi tape, stickers, colored pencil and doodles. We love the idea of incorporating art and imagination into our everyday tasks, and these bullet journals seemed to be hitting every mark.

So three of our incredible ladies on staff decided to start a two month trial period to test it out and see if these journals could actually handle the chaos of our busy lives.

KELSEY

Q: Before we started this project, did you already know what bullet journaling was all about?

A: A little bit. I knew that you would come up with your own code for taking notes and it would be your own interior way of demarking stuff so that you would be to figure out what you're doing to make it faster. It was mysterious but I knew that you could set your own thing. You didn't have to follow somebody else's example, which I like 'cause I'm a contrarian.

Q: Can you describe your bullet journaling process?

A: So I took it to be a do-do calendar more than anything else, and kind of a place to reflect as well. I have a lot of different jobs and do a lot of different things so it was nice to have one spot where I could keep track of everything as I thought of it. I would make one big list where I could just write everything down, and then I would break those onto separate pages with more detail or description.

Q: Do you have a favorite part of the process?

A: I really like lists and I've always enjoyed making lists so that part I enjoy. I like the notebook that I use because it's really thin and portable so I took it on vacation and I didn't feel like I was lugging around another journal.

Q: Do you have a least favorite part of the process?

A: I think if I continue to do this, I would commit to keeping everything in one notebook, and because this was kind of a trial to see how I would like it, I still had two notebooks, but in the future I would try to only use one. It wouldn't be as pretty though because it would just be lots and lots of notes.

Q: Do you usually keep a planner or a journal? If so, how would you say this differed from a traditional journaling experience?

A: I keep a "feelings" journal, which is one of those things like "do not open this. That is not okay." And then I also have my planner which keeps my calendar, and I'm still a paper person, so I like to keep it all on paper. I use my phone but hardly. And then I have a notebook of lists and that sort of thing, so I'm kind of over journal/planner-ed. But I enjoy that, and I'm okay having those things be separate a little bit, but the good thing about the bullet journal is that it kind of gets to all of those things, because it almost became a record of March and April for me. These are both really busy months for me, so it was kind of like "wow, I did a lot of stuff!" Or "these are all the things I have to think about in the next couple of weeks."

Q: Did you find bullet journaling to be a time saver or a creative outlet and why?

A: I'm a creative person in my life. I draw and paint and take photographs so the creative aspect of it, while fun, was for me almost taking away from my creative pursuits in what I need to get done, so I think I would use this as a time saver as opposed to a creative expression.

Q: Will you be continuing to bullet journal?

A: Yeah, I think I will, but I think it'll be more of the time saving. I'd like to work it into my planner. I have the 1canoe2 big spiral bound planner and I think I would prefer bullet journaling in there. Although it's not traditional in terms of a blank page where you can do whatever, I think within the confines of each day box, that would be really helpful for me. I think it'll synthesize all of my to-do's. I came up with my own code and I'm really excited about it. I've started to remember what it is and not have to flip back all the time!

 

LIZ

Q: Before we started this project, did you already know what bullet journaling was all about?

A: I did not.

Q: Can you describe your bullet journaling process?

A: For me, I had to take a look at the subject that I wanted to use the bullet journaling for and then spend some time breaking it down in terms of what would be helpful for me to track. From there, I made a list of those things and I thought about how I could display that visually in a way that kept my attention and be interesting to me, so that I would want to return to it and would be able to glance at it and know what's going on.

Q: Do you have a favorite part of the process?

A: Having to spend that time thinking about "okay, this is the thing that I want to track", and then coming up with a few different ways to display that visually. But also, spending some time looking at other people's bullet journals was really inspired, and it's always nice to spend some time looking at beautiful things.

Q: Do you have a least favorite part of the process?

A: If you mess up a part, you have to work around it. It's a lot of problem solving. If I didn't like the way something turned out, I wouldn't want to redo the whole page. If I had just started I might redo the whole page but if I'd gotten further along there's that "okay, how can we make this work." I think it was hard not to want it to look perfect, but the realty is, that's the nature of journaling. There are these moments where things just kind of happen, and you have to go with the flow with it because you can't control it too much.

Q: Do you usually keep a planner or a journal? If so, how would you say this differed from a traditional journaling experience?

A: I do both. I use a planner and I also do "big" journaling once a month, but then I also do a daily thing too, so I have all these different methods going on. It just combines both of those really nicely - a space to write down things that are more observations that you wouldn't put in your planner, but they're more task-oriented than what I would put in my journal, so it's a mix of those two things, which was really nice.

Q: Did you find bullet journaling to be a time saver or a creative outlet and why?

A: Creative outlet, for sure. It was worth it, for sure. I am always looking for ways to incorporate creativity into my day to day life, because that is where most of my life happens, so I think that if there are ways to make it a space for me to problem solve visually, or get to practice different drawing techniques, or lettering that I want to try, then I can combine that in a way that's also useful. I really struggle when doing creative things because I feel like it needs to be purposeful too, so I don't just create to create as much as I should, but this was a space where I could create with a purpose. I do the same thing with my grocery list. My husband, Jonathon, gives me a hard time because I'll rewrite our grocery list a thousand times because I'll try to doodle on that and try to make that aesthetically pleasing.

Q: Will you be continuing to bullet journal?

A: Yeah! I really liked it for a really specific part of my life. I used one page for our family and day to day life and I felt like that was too overwhelming for me to map out, but when I did the garden one, that felt really good, because that's something I track anyways, but to have that kind of method, I think I would return back to it and use it once a week or something like that to keep track of those things, rather than my whole life.


JAYLYN

 

Q: Before we started this project, did you already know what bullet journaling was all about?

A: Kind of, not really. I had to Google it.

Q: Can you describe your bullet journaling process?

A: First I started scrolling and seeing how other people used theirs, and appreciating how neat and tidy everyone appears to be, and aiming for that but knowing that was pretty unattainable for myself. I think I started with a little bit higher expectations than I should have for my own abilities! I think it was helpful to read a couple of prompts from other people about what they felt bullet journaling was about and it's purpose. It helped me decide on what pages I wanted to try to flesh out. I used some pages to help flesh it out but then I would just turn the page once I figured it out, so my bullet journal is full of drafts and then the real thing. I flipped through my existing journal to see if I could figure out a theme, or some lists that were already going, and go from there.

Q: Do you have a favorite part of the process?

A: I think once I said "okay, I have to stop obsessing over it looking perfect or being formatted exactly how I would dream it would be and just make it usable." Once I got there it was a little more freeing.

Q: Do you have a least favorite part of the process?

A: Feeling this expectation of this unattainable beauty and perfection that I appreciate but isn't attainable for me.

Q: Do you usually keep a planner or a journal? If so, how would you say this differed from a traditional journaling experience?

A: It's the difference between your actual lab notebook in physics class and your notes that you take in class. The lab notebook being where you write all the notes that you hold onto until you have time to organize them in an efficient way as you discern what's important.

Q: Did you find bullet journaling to be a time saver or a creative outlet and why?

A: Definitely not a time saver for me, but that might be because I was trying too hard at first. But I definitely enjoyed when I did sit down and take things out of my other journal or I would think "oh, this could be a bullet journal entry" when I was about to make a list or plan. That was fun to put it out in an organized way. I'm a list person already so I like to do that.

Q: Will you be continuing to bullet journal?

A: In the future, I think I'll incorporate some of those bullet journaling techniques into my regular journal when I come across a theme or a list or a collection, and flag the page or something so I can find it again and keep the list updated and going, but for me personally, I think it would be hard for me to maintain it. It's definitely more my personality to throw down my thoughts as I can and then as I need to go back to them and they are still useful, then I'll organize them. And also, it's hard to know in the moment what's important.


Give it a try and let us know how it goes!! If you don't know where to start, check out our collection of planners, notebooks and scrapbooking supplies to find all the supplies you need for your first bullet journal.

Have fun!
:: Claire the Intern ::


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The mailman. WHAT would we do without our mailman?!

Our “People Who Make the World Go Round” project would be incomplete without a big shout out to our favorite mailmen, Gary and Mason! The mail is very important to us – not only because we can use it to send greeting cards and thank you notes to all our favorite people (we are in the stationery business!), but also because we use it every day to send retail and wholesale orders to all of our customers. We literally would not be in business without the postal service, and Gary and Mason, and their diligence and faithfulness in picking up our packages every single day. And, man oh man, some days we have a mountain of packages. Especially during those busy times of year, like around the holidays. They always show up with a smile on their face and the willingness to bend over backward to help us out.

Thanks, guys! You make our world go round!

National Postal Worker Day is this Saturday (July 1st), giving us all the perfect opportunity for an act of kindness. Let's spread some love! Maybe you could do something a little special for your mailman, or your UPS delivery guy, or the nice lady that works at the post office. They will surely appreciate it, and we designed a free thank you card to make it super easy! Simply save the card to your computer, print and share!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD!

We can’t wait to see how you thank your mailman!

:: 1canoe2 Crew ::

Handwriting has been a passion of mine ever since I can remember. I never thought it would end up being such a large part of my career, but I am so glad that it is!

One of my favorite things about lettering is that it's something we all do almost every day. Writing has become second nature to so many of us that we don't even have to think about doing it. And each person's handwriting is as unique as they are. It seems to be a dying practice due to technology, but I'm so excited about the interest so many people have had in learning a more traditional script in our Brush Lettering class.

I have had so much fun teaching and sharing my love for lettering with so many awesome people. If you're interested in signing up for one of our upcoming classes, go to the "workshops" tab at the top of our website. We'd love to meet you!

:: Kate Z. ::

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