current notebook set up

at all times i have too many notebooks on my desk.

i was a typical paper person since childhood. back to school meant picking out new notebooks and folders. in college i had notebooks for every course filled with lots of notes and mindless doodling (mostly from physics class – those classes were the worst for me). in my first job after college there was always a notebook on my desk to write down voice mail messages and things to do. i was right next to the office manger and made sure she ordered the correct notebooks. right now, i have lots of sample notebooks and planners around that i get to use everyday. here are the 5 that are currently sitting on my desk.

square notebookthis is the notebook i use the most. most mornings i will write down my to do list in here. i like the small page size so i don’t keep filling up the space with things to do. plus, it’s nice to start on a new sheet everyday. i don’t bullet journal – seems like there are way too many steps/rules/back and forth for me. i like a nice simple list of what needs to get done.
keeping track of big projects in a notebook
large project notebook
– the national stationery show is coming up and again this year i will have a booth (#2062 if you’re going to be there). this large notebook is keeping things (kind of) together. the combination of the dot grid and lined pages work great for project planning. on the dot grid pages i have calendars drawn out, booth sketches and charts. the lined pages have lots of lists, to dos and ideas scribbled. to keep track of the pages i refer to the most i have post it notes and folded stickers marking the pages. i use these clear folders to keep together all of the extra papers i need.
travel notebook – these notebooks are everywhere. this is the current on one my desk. there are random lists, recipes, sketches of new products or a desk i want to build. there are also a crazy amount of pages that have the same word written over and over. i use the words to create new products or other items. i keep writing the same word over and over again until i get what i am looking for. the dot grid pages keep things consistent and make it easy to digitalize the words without a lot of editing.
weekly planner to record memories
2016 weekly planner
– i’ve always a liked the idea of keeping a journal or diary to look at years later, but it’s just not my thing. this year i decided to use one of the weekly planners and just make a note of somethings i might want to remember later. about once a week i will fill in a couple of things that stick with me. it’s usually not much – maybe what i cooked when people came over or where i went on a walk with my sister. on the left side, i will sometimes clip a little drawing from one of my nieces or write some interesting fact i found out i want to remember – like when i figured out all of the names my grandma had. there are weeks missed, but in the end i am hoping to have a nice little recap of little memories for 2016.
monthly planner – here’s where i write down any appointments i have and when bills are due. easy.

there are so many uses for planners and notebooks. i would love to hear what you do with yours (or see – tag lettercdesign on instagram!)


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since 2008 i have been designing pattern calendars. it took a few years, but i now have a process of how they are designed. here’s a little look behind the design.

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in the back of my mind i am always thinking about patterns. when i start to work on the calendars i go through notebooks and planners to see what i have been randomly drawing, as well as take a look through my photos on my phone. once i see what i have, i make lots lists of all pattern options. there are a few themes i like to show up each year – ocean/nautical, trees, snow, florals, lines and loops – so i make sure to include them.

once i have an idea what i am looking for. i paint, sketch and digitally draw the pattern elements. then everything is scanned in, cleaned up and turned into repeats.

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after the patterns are created i start to work on color. i will fill up my screen with lots of little blocks of color choices, then narrow it down to about 15 colors. patterns and color options are printed up. then the blocks of paper are mix and matched until i get something i like.

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it’s been awhile since i did a little round up of what’s been going on here. here is the start of my 2015.

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took a quick trip up to the white mountains in new hampshire.

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planning ahead for 2015. (little side note – that evergreen leaf pattern was inspired by a trip i took to the white mountains last year.)

2015_cardsmaking little gifts for friends and family. i’m kind of sad that i only have one more year of drawing valentine cards … all my nieces and nephews are getting too old.

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hanging out with with my niece who is creating an inspiration board for me.

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working on new products.

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enjoying the winter weather. it’s a good thing it’s my favorite season – this year there has been a lot of winter going on in connecticut.

 


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it took me some time, but i finally decided on my 2015 calendars and planners.

1. patterned wall calendars – i’ll be using one of these for both my house and my office. i usually use a kraft calendar in my office, but i’m going a little crazy and adding color this year.
2. kraft monthly planner – this planner is how i keep track of when bills are due. it’s a good size to clip in the one bill i actually have to pay by check – plus the lines on the side help me keep track of what i owe.
3. weekly planner sheets – the weekly planner is what i use daily and this was the option i kept changing my mind on. it was between these sheets and the kraft weekly planner. i plan in general and not daily, so each week i make a list on the lined pages of what i want to get done – adding things as the come up. on the weekly part i will write down any hard deadlines, appointments, meetings and birthdays. since i use the lined pages more than the weekly pages i put the holes on the opposite side than the sheets were designed for. using a mini binder works better for me than the already spiral bound planner because i like the flexibility of adding in more sheets on really busy weeks.
4. stick any where calendars and mini calendars – this year i am going a different route than i have in the past couple of years for planning for big projects. i’m testing out a new size spiral notebook that has lined pages on one side and the dot grid on the other side. with this i’m going to be using the fill in the date sticker calendars. this gives me the flexibility to use a notebook for each major project.

hope your off to a great start with your 2015 planning.


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stop by the the letter C design studio next week for a holiday pop-up shop.

75 commerce way, south windsor, connecticut
saturday, december 6 ~ 10:00 to 6:00
sunday, december 7 ~ 10:00 to 5:00

you can get great gifts like notecards, notebooks, pencils and stickers. lots of the items make fun stocking suffers. there will also be gift tags, tiny cards and gift bags that will make it easy for you to add cheer to your wrapping and packages.

not only can you get our goodies, but Olga Bobbi and Company will be there with all natural handmade soap and skin care.

we’ll have holiday treats, drinks and give you 15% off your purchase.

can’t make it to the event? you can still save 15% off at www.shoplettercdesign.com and www.shopolgabobbi.com with the coupon code POPUPSHOP. code is valid now until december 7, 2014.


here’s what has been happing around here:
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filling orders for customers and stores.

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a snow pile + a tray = parking lot sledding.

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spending lots of time at the foil stamper.

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went up north for a couple of days for a workcation – turns out i’m easily distracted by snow and mountains.

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in between orders and snow lots of planning and creating is going on for the national stationery show this may (booth 2267 if your going to be there)


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the last few months have been all about calendars, planners, notebooks and more calendars …around-here_1-14_5
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i snuck away for a couple of days to portsmouth, new hampshire with my sister and her family.around-here_1-14_4
a little bit of christmas cheer came to the studio. instead of an advent calendar i did 12 days of gifts with my nieces and nephew (although i still owe them 3 days).around-here_1-14_6
at home i did a little kitchen organizing and now want go out and buy tons of stuff to put in glass jars.


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this week i hung up a christmas tree in my office to add a little cheer while i work. i also though i would send a little cheer your way.festivenotes
save 25% off your order and receive a gift – a wrapped box or two of notecards. use the code NOTES at checkout (valid until december 14).

also, please note the following dates to make sure you receive your order before christmas.holidayshipping

 

 


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spending lots of time by the pool with these guys since school is out.

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making lots of products and packaging up orders.

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especially the petite heart pencils and mini pencils. one of the top sellers.

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packaging up some gifts.

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celebrating the little ones birthday with cupcakes and ice-cream cake made by me and her sister. made air head letters (one of her favorite candies) nerds for sprinkles.