Note Takin’


ROW 1: Postalco Wheel Printed Notebook // Creatures of Comfort Graffiti Memo Pad // Kate Spade Saturday Slim Notebook in Signature Zig Zag    ROW 2: Omoi Zakka Shop Mark’s Decorationery A5 Notebook // Season Paper Set of 3 Notebooks    ROW 3: Arminho Marbled Notebook // Arminho Lot 3 Shopping List Notepad // Jen Garrido Neon Notebook Trio


April DIYs




















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Top 40 Posts Of 2012

A few weeks ago I was taking a look through the past year in posts and decided to put together a Top 40 collection for 2012. I had hoped to spread it out over a few days and organize everything a bit, but a family death and extended stay in Pennsylvania over the holidays set me back and I had to lump it all together. Thank you so much for continuing to help make this site such an amazing part of my daily life – here’s to 2013!



15 Chances to Find Your Ultimate Mac + Cheese // Day to Dinner to Party // New Addition //
Berry Lemonade Vodka + Homemade Blackberry Vodka



B-B-B-Buffalo // Best Word Ever // Campfire Cologne // Celebrated



Coriumi // Popsicles + Poptails – Take 2 // Little Corners // Courtney Martin



Electrolux Design Lab // Mojito Madness // Top Knot // Fluffy Raspberry Mousse



You Can Do It: Create a Gallery Wall // What I Learned: Alt 2012 // HP Designer Matchup //
Luxe Liquors



You Can Do It: Golden Glass Bottles // I Like Notebooks And I Cannot Lie //
Mixtape 17: Where All Your Girls Are Pretty // Mobile Foodie Survival Kit



Mosantimetre Turkish Coffee Pots // Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats // Pete //
Paper Sculptures



Pumpkin Marshmallow Pie // Magnetic Wallpaper // Sigils of the Houses of Westeros //
Wall Tape



Song Map // Dream Thanksgiving // Paper Flowers // Tiffin Lunch Kit



Tobias Tovera // Urban Geodes // Mighty Summit 2012 // Camp Brand


Noteworthy Notebooks

Row 1: Antica Cartotecnica Notebook Set, Meridiano Notebooks, Breakfast Club Notebook  //  Row 2: Daily Notes, Draw Your Mind Journal, The Bureaucrats Notebooks  //  Row 3: Scrivblock Block, Lines Notebooks  //  Row 4: Geometry Set Jotters, Daydreams & Grocery Lists, MUCU Blank Note Small  //  Row 5: Native Summer Notebooks, Price Tag Jotter, Honey Journal


From Here to There

I’m off to Italy for Design Lab a week from today! International travel always feels way different than domestic to me. Of course there’s the extended time in the air and the time change to contend with. But for me it’s always a matter of what to do while in-flight. My usual go-tos are reading, writing, and attempting to catch a few Zs. There’s also the small matter of making sure all of my immediate necessities are within arms reach, I never pack anything I can’t go without for at least 12 hours after arrival (blame that on one too many lost bags). Throw in a tote to carry it all and we’re airborne!

Clockwise from top left: Sally Passport Holder from Lisa Stickley, Smith’s Rosebud Salve, F1 Go Clean Set, Holly GoNightly Sleep Mask, BAGGU Zipper Bag Set,  Scratch Travel Journal, Aztec Print Shopper Tote, Berry Tree Notebook from nollison


Back At It

I am in a constant state of missing school. I wasn’t a straight A student (more like an A-B 50/50 split), it’s the learning I miss. The bottomless well to draw from, especially in college where there were so many options from which to choose. I’m also a school and office supply junky, I doubt there’s ever been a kid (or adult) quite as enthusiastic when the big box stores roll out their masses of back-to-school inventory. Most years I limit myself to buying a fresh notebook or set of highlighters, just to satisfy the itch. But if I were to be a little more adult about it, I’d take this opportunity to freshen up my office space. Maybe with a few of these.


Clockwise from top left:
An illustrated Lined Paper Notepad for important notes and messages.
From the Desk Of cards to jot out quick thank yous.
Monthly Sticky Notes to keep my schedule in order.
Yellow highlighter ink because it’s more fun than a regular pen!
This backpack from Herschel Supply Company for Madewell because, well, I want one.

What are your favorite must-have supplies? 


Notebookaholics Unite

1/ Bright Notes from Sugar Paper
2/ Campo Marzio Notepads from Kate’s Paperie
3/ Constellation Notebooks from the Curiosity Shoppe
4/ Handmade Notebooks from Serena Olivieri
5/ DRAW Tribal Edition from ARMINHO
6/ Neon Red Notebook from Lou Lou & Company
7/ To Do from eat sleep cuddle
8/ Exercise Books (set of 5) from Ferse Verse


Happy Weekend

01/ Mapping the origins of NYC rappers.
02/ This compatibility quiz is AWESOME.
03/ Faces in strainers.
04/ A fun ombre embroidery sampler.
05/ Dogs In Cars, a photography book.
06/ Check out this show-stopping glass raindrops installation.
07/ Reel is some super fun bike storage.
08/ Crushing on this interchangeable stamp ring.
09/ I could really use one of these notebooks!
10/ Pretty DIY watercolor linens.


I Like Notebooks and I Cannot Lie

Geometry Notebooks


Ribbon Squirrel (via Oh Joy!)


Hankie Pocketbook (via bltd)


Cooking Recipes Notebook


Magma Sketchbooks (via simplesong)




Brownstone Journals (via papernstitch)



Can I get a do-over for December? I feel so far behind and am in total denial that we’re already half a month into the new year. Maybe one of these guys can give me a push in the right direction fro 2012.

Jessica Hische’s Today is the Day Pocket Planner


Letter C Design’s weekly planner


POKETO’s Tomorrow Planner


Postalco’s Pressed Cotton Calendar


Present&Correct’s Envelope Journal