Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Grace of Gratitude Journal" Giveaway

Letters & Journals is hosting a new giveaway with this beautifully illustrated, spiral bound journal. The Grace of Gratitude Journal has illustrations and quotes interspersed on its glossy, smooth writing pages.

Authored by Deborah Perdue, with illustrations by Tara Thele, the Grace of Gratitude is a lovely way to capture the words, doodles and illustrations of the things in your life that warm your heart.

Below is a view of the open book (excuse the dark shading around the edges as the view is from a Flip Book Demo which you can see here to view more pages).
The book has 140 pages, with 40 pages for journaling. However, I wouldn't be averse to journaling and doodling on the pages with quotes since there is so much white space.
Published by Applegate Valley Publishing, the journal sells for $14.95.

How can you win this awesome journal? Easy! Just send me a letter, notecard or postcard saying that you would like to win.  Please mention GRACE OF GRATITUDE JOURNAL somewhere on your mailed entry.

Letters & Journals
PO Box 120052
St Paul, MN 55112

All entries must be received by April 18, 2015. Please include your name, mailing address and email.

All entries will be numbered as they arrive and I will do a random number generator based on the number of entries on Sun April 19. Winner will be notified by email and announced on this blog, Facebook and Twitter the week of April 20.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Filofax, Tabs and Planners

I was on my weekly Pinterest visit today (twice a week/30 minutes) and as I kept pinning items with TABS in them, I realized that I love TABS! They appeal to some inner organizer in me and I think they're useful and appealing.
I love It All Etsy Shop
I didn't realize how many types there were, although I probably should have. They were everywhere- scrapbooking, organizers, planners, etc.
Looking to find a bunch of tabs on one page, I did a search for "filofax" and came up with this, which is just the top of the page! (see below)
Pinterest is a visual smorgasbord of images that are just like finding your favorite photos from magazines that you would (maybe still do) cut out and put on your bulletin board. But it gets even better because you can classify (tag) them and put them together by subject.

Here is a quick glance at a handful of my boards.
I have a lot of fun on pinterest and really love to see the creative ideas, wonderful crafts, breathtaking photos and amazingly inspired photos and images from all over.

One of the things I like to find are easy doodles, images to draw so that I can spruce up my journals, letters and envelopes. So I have a board called "Learning to Draw" with many illustrations that mostly look within my doable parameters, i.e., not too hard. But rather than taking time to practice drawing ones I have pinned, I just keep looking for more.
This is why I limit my time on Pinterest. It's just so darned addictive!

In a future blog, I will share some of what I have on my other boards- Mail, Envelopes, Journals and Office Supplies. Oh, the joy of it all!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Flow- A Paper Magazine

I recently discovered Flow Magazine, a magazine for paper lovers that originates from the Netherlands. The magazine is thick, printed on heavier paper stock and also has an assortment of goodies that can be taken out of the magazine. Paper, a gratitude journal and an envelope (ostensibly for an advertiser , but I will craft for what I need.)

Flow is more than just about paper. They highlight articles on happiness and simple pleasures, creativity, nostalgia. Some of their department headings include:

Live Mindfully
Inspiring Lives
Feel Connected

About half of the articles appealed to me (pens, Japanese papers, The Artist's Way workshop) while many others did not, but that's about the same as any magazine.

You can see a preview of parts of the magazine on the Flow website as well as on the free online magazine site Issuu.

How Flow began (from their website):
The best things happen when you dare to follow your heart. And that’s exactly what we did when we hatched this idea for a new Dutch magazine in an attic room several years ago. We dreamed of a magazine with which we could explore our love of paper. A magazine of unhurried time, all about doing things differently and making new choices. Small happiness, daily life and the beauty of not always managing to be perfect. That is how Flow began. Flow is all about positive psychology, mindfulness, creativity and the beauty of imperfection. We love illustrations and in each issue there is a gift made of our much-loved paper. We print the magazine itself on different types of paper.

A magazine on paper. I think I'm hooked! Unfortunately, at a cost of $22.50, I'm not sure I'll purchase each of the future ones. Maybe I'll sit in the coffee area of the local Barnes & Noble and peruse at my leisure. Sometimes that's good enough.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Putting Pen to Paper

My notebook of choice these days is a Clairefontaine wire notebook (8.25 x 11.75) which has colored pages, tabbed sections and graph paper. But my favorite feature of this confection of stationery delight is the easy flowing smoothness of my writing experience. I especially enjoy using the Uniball Jetstream, which has a generous flow of ink without smudging or bleeding.
Below is a photo of the Uniball Jetstream on top of my current To Do List. Usually, I prefer a fine point pen with a generous ink flow, but with this pen, I actually like the bold point. Who knew?

 There's an excellent review of the Uniball Jetstream if you're not familiar with it.

I found this notebook in St. Paul, MN at a gift shop and paper store called The Paper Patisserie. They have a small selection of pens and notebooks and note cards.

What's your experience with Clairefontaine?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Letter Writing and Avatars

Are any of you using avatars for your social networking? Recently I had two created for me. I'm fortunate to have the acquaintance of a children's book illustrator, Nina Crittenden, who doesn't normally do this type of thing, but she agreed to give it a shot.

Aren't these great? She incorporated some of my writing, and our two cats as well.  I just love the image she created!
You can check out Nina's illustrations here if you want to see more!
The other avatar I had done for $5 on a website called Have you heard of it?

According to Wikipedia:
Fiverr is a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, referred to as 'gigs' beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed, from which it gets its name. The site is primarily used by freelancers who use Fiverr to offer a variety of different services, and by customers to buy those services.

So I sent my photo and got this avatar within less than 24 hours. Not bad.
Now, I think I will copy these onto some stationery so that my plain paper will have some of my personality imprinted upon them. And then I must write a letter (like I need an excuse!).

What avatars are you using? Which one would you like to have? Next, I think I'll get one of me sitting at a desk writing a letter. I like that. A lot. You?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Stamps in Season

Have you received your Stamps in Season catalog from the USPS? I received mine a couple months ago. The first image below is a cover of the small newsletter/catalog.
I copied a few of the 12 pages to give you an idea of what it looks like inside.
The page below shows the contents of this mini catalog/newsletter.
It was great to get this in the mail and see the images and celebration getting of letters and cards in the mail. I am catching up with some overdue letter writing this weekend and expect to send out 5 letters, a birthday card and a couple postcards. Inspired!

How about you? What's in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Genesis 'Shades' Notebook Review & Giveaway

Roaring Springs Paper Products has a line of notebooks called "Shades" that comes in four pastel flavored colors; pink, purple, green and blue. They sent a pink one-subject notebook in the assortment they sent to Letters & Journals for review.

I used a bold Uni Jetstream ballpoint pen (black) to write in the notebook. Usually my preference is for a fine point pen, but with this one I love the steady, rich flow of the bold point.

Note the mindmap which I've been trying to incorporate more in my thoughts and note-taking. Do any of you use mindmaps?

I remember getting my first colored paper back in high school in the 1970s. What a treat! I had already discovered by then that I was a stationery connoisseur so finding something so new and different and pleasing to the eye was pure delight.

The pages are perforated and there is a dual pocket holder at the front of the notebook- bonus! Another feature about this product is that the paper is recycled and contains at least 30% post-consumer waste.
Roaring Springs is offering to send one of these notebooks to one lucky winner! Just leave a comment with a way to contact you (mailing address OR email address). If you're kind enough to spread this on Facebook or Twitter, just leave an additional comment with that mention and a link. Get one additional entry for each link (up to 3 total).

Winner will be selected after midnight Friday, June 6.