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 fiverr.com. 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.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Incoming Mail

Here's a peek at some of the incoming mail that has arrived recently. Aren't they lovely and creative? It's such a joy to get mail, and is an especially gleeful moment to have it be so creative!




And here's a piece of outgoing mail using my new 'old' stamps.
What's in your mailbox? You can show me on Twitter or Facebook #mymailbox.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Crossover Notebook Winner

Janel G is the winner of the Crossover Notebook from Roaring Spring Paper Products! An email was sent to you requesting your mailing address. You can send that to me at Jackie (at) LettersandJournals (dot) com. Or just reply to the email you received.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who entered!!! Thank you for being a fan of Letters & Journals!

We'll have more notebook giveaways from Roaring Springs so be on the lookout!