A Fresh Start

You know that scene in You’ve Got Mail where Tom Hank’s character tells Meg Ryan’s that if he knew her address he would send her a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils? That’s exactly how the beginning of the school year makes me feel, even though I’m no longer a student and don’t have kids. There’s just something in the air that to me signifies a fresh start, maybe even more than New Year’s does. I still troll the school supplies section as soon as it hits the big box stores, but I hold myself to one purchase. Usually a new notebook.



ROW 1: Copper Foil and Grey Notebook // Flying Birds Notebook // Ombre Grid Notebooks x3    ROW 2: Foiled Grid Book // State Fair Journal    ROW 3: Yummy Composition Book // Japanese Grid Book // One Day Notebook




Recently I’ve been depending a lot more on notepads than notebooks (the horror!). It’s so easy to tear a page off and tuck it into my planner, which is what I rely on more than anything else to run my life and this site. I realize it’s technically just as easy to rip a page out of a notebook, but I hate doing that. It’s not a sound or action-averse thing, I just prefer to keep my notebooks full of their paper. (Yes, I realize how strange that sounds.) Here are 11 notepads that’ve caught my eye and are begging for my professional list-maker skills to fill their pages!



ROW 1: Don’t Forget – Quill & Fox // Flower To Do List (printable) – Julianna Swaney // Graphic Notepad – Rifle Paper Co.    ROW 2: Don’t Forget the Milk Notepad – 1canoe2 // Peach Bubble notes – Honizukle    ROW 3: Fox To Do List (printable) – Julianna Swaney // Park Book Club Notepad – Quill and Fox // Make Today Lovely Happy Jotter – Moglea    ROW 4: Things To Do – 55 Hi’s // Do Your Chores Watercolor Notepad – 1canoe2 // To Do Notepad – Pei Design



Happy Weekend

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01/ Nice Nosing You, a photo series that gets up close and personal with dog snouts!
02/ All Hail the King explores the different personas of Walter White.
03/ Check out these custom rolling pins that print across dough!
04/ Incredibly detailed macro photos of butterfly and moth wings.
05/ Beach trash found in New York Harbor is given a new life in Found in Nature.
06/ An NYC cyclist-inspired print made with seven different bike tires.
07/ Field Note’s Sherwood edition features covers made of American cherrywood!
08/ Mirror Culture uses 6,000 CDs and fishing line to reflect crazy light.
09/ Four posters inspired by Wes Anderson’s most popular films.
10/ What happens when you zap instant film with 15,000 volts?

This week on Design Crush:
Two illustrators, two cities, two coasts – loving Hello NY and Meanwhile in San Francisco.
Beauty tips and tricks on the cheap.
Crushing on Barbara Macfarlane‘s energetic city maps.
ferm Living’s spring collection is definitely channeling the season.
Dreamy mid-century pastel illustrations of homes from Chris Turnham.
Graphic home and office goods from Design Letters & Friends.
Retro-modern art featuring top musicians from Tuna Bora.
ALERT! Trending: Fiber Tapestry Art!
Collages that I’d like to turn into fabric from Kate Lewis.


Write It Down

The new year is in full swing, and I am planning for 2014 like a mad woman! List after list after list are all taking form in my notebook as plans and ideas are carefully laid. Sometimes things just don’t feel real until I’ve written them down, you know?


ROW 1: bRead Freshly Baked Notebook // Pendleton Notebook Collection // Dotted Gold Notebook    ROW 2: Green Circle Notebook // Large Horseshoes Notebook // Hand Screen-printed Notebook    ROW 3: Grafika by 1973 Notebook // Notebook 02 Kraft    ROW 4: Monotype Notebooks // LIVRO Notebook // Kraft Journal    ROW 5: Ruler Diary // Small Check 02 Notebook // Classic Notebooks



Gifting with Baba Souk

Sometimes you find that perfect shop – let’s call it the sweet spot – that not only fits your own taste and style, but where you can also find the perfect gift for just about everyone on your list. That’s Baba Souk. Full of color, pattern, and inspiration, all under the online roof of an indie boutique.

And they’re helping to make your holiday shopping that much easier by offering a 15% discount with the code designcrush through November 30th! (Thanks, Baba Souk. You’re definitely on Santa’s Nice List this year!)











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Take a Note


ROW 1: Sea Foam Strokes Journal // Large Notebook // Bloom Notebook Set    ROW 2: Notes Blue A6 Notebook // Small Notebook 1 // Letterpress Map Notebook    ROW 3: NOTES 04 // Multi Notebook    ROW 4: Strike Through Notebook // Lanvin Printed Notebook // WORD Notebook    ROW 5: Basic Fig. 1 Notebook // BRIKA Notebook Set 2 // Pulp Notebook    ROW 6: Dots Journal // Sailor Medium Spiral Notebook // Signature Duo Notebook






DODOcase and Mohawk Paper have teamed up to create a notebook that’s also a case for your iPhone. DODOnotes is rocking my world, because though I rely on my phone for a lot I still prefer paper for note taking. I never use the Notes app and instead carry bundles of lists, which can make for a big mess in my small purse. Looks like my problem is solved in a clean old-school-meets-modern way!






What Will You Make Today?

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Massimo Vignelli has five decades of award-winning book design under his belt, so it’s only natural that he would support Mohawk‘s What Will You Make Today? campaign by co-developing a limited edition journal. Any designer knows how integral the grid is to designing, and the 7 x 7″ journal includes 100 interior pages with 24 perfect rectangles on each as well as debossed front and back covers with the same design.

Vignelli’s grid explanation is fantastic,“The grid is an integral part of book design. It’s not something that you see. It’s just like underwear: you wear it, but it’s not to be exposed. The grid is the underwear of the book.”


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