The elves have decked our shelves at the 1canoe2 Paperie!

We have a fun DIY project for you today! It's so easy to make a quick little sketchbook, that we thought you might want to see the step-by-step instructions, and make your own! We'll also show you how to do a little bullet journaling at the end, including how to make good use of some of our pretty stickers.

SUPPLIES:

  • Sketchbook paper pad (you need to trim six pages to 8"x6")
  • Scissors (an Xacto knife would be great if you have it)
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Embroidery needle (or another needle with a large eye)
  • Pretty paper for the cover (something you make yourself, or perhaps some of our sweet scrapbook pages)
  • This template for the cover

First, print and cut your template. With the cover upside down, trace around the template, and cut your cover out. For the fold marks, score the paper with the point of your scissors, or by holding an Xacto knife upside down and running along the edge of a ruler. Cut the small slit for the tab.

Take your 9"x6" sheets of sketchbook paper, and fold in half to create 4"x6" sheets. Crease as tightly as you can. You can use a pen, butter knife, or if you're really pro, a bone folder, to get a tight crease.

Stack all of these sheets together so they're nested.

Open up the book, and draw a little + in 3 places like shown above. Take your needle and poke through all three holes so that they're easy to get the needle through from either side.

Thread the needle with about 2 feet of embroidery floss and tie a knot about 6" from one end. Using your needle, poke through the middle + from the inside toward the outside.

 Poke in through the top hole from the outside to the inside. 

Poke through the middle hole from the inside to the outside again, then poke from the bottom hole to the inside. Poke through the middle hole to the outside.

Thread the needle under the previous thread, and tie a couple of knots this way.

Thread the need back through to the inside, and tie off with the end of the thread that is there. Trim all threads. 

Ta-DA! All done! Now it's time to decorate!

We have these INCREDIBLE sticker books coming out in our shop and also at Hobby Lobby! It has about 20 pages, and 1519 stickers! There are so many!  And we're part of a bigger program at Hobby Lobby with several other artists. You can collect all the sticker books and be set to make all kinds of cool projects.

If you follow "#stickerbook" on Instagram and Facebook, you'll be able to see so many cool projects from other makes. And don't forget to tag @1canoe2, and use the hashtag so other people can see your projects.

I have only a few rules for what size purse I carry: it has to be able to fit a book, my wallet & keys, and several small notebooks.

I bring notebooks for my kids to draw in wherever we go. That way we’re always able to keep busy if we’re waiting for a meal, for an appointment, or taking a quick break on a hike. They both have their own personal styles and do not like to share notebooks, so I have to make sure I have one for each of them at all times.

These are my current go to notebooks.


The size is perfect (I can fit them in my bag easily) and they each come with their own pencil, secured with tight fitting elastic so it doesn’t get lost.

The 9-year-old loves the gridded lines on the inside of hers because, as she said, she can use it as a science notebook as well as a sketchbook.


My 5-year-old couldn’t care less about the lines in his… he just wants to draw on everything. And because his notebook has lines on one side and is blank on the other, he gets the best of both worlds.

And don’t worry, I kept one for myself with blank pages, which I’m using when I have down time to work on some blind contours.

Little notebooks have long been the constant companion of writers, artists, scientists, and anyone with an observant eye or thoughtful mind - carry one yourself and see where it takes you.

:: Kelsey, the 1canoe2 Queen of all things customer service ::

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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.

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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 ::

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