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


Win It: Minted Notebooks


Today Design Crush is pleased to have the exclusive on Minted’s new notebooks, beauties aren’t they? I’d honestly be happy to carry around any one of the designs to jot my notes. So many great designs that can be personalized and made your own. And to make your day just a little bit better, we’re giving away five of them!


To Enter:
1. In the comment section share which design is your favorite.
2. Leave a valid email address (only for notification purposes).
3. Do it all before Friday, November 11 at 12am EST.



PHOTOS: Stacy Newgent


I’ve been a fan of Smock for as long as I can recall, literally since I became acquainted with the wonderful world of progressive stationery. The Syracuse, NY based company prints on an army of 20 antique presses powered by wind energy and even offers luxury bamboo paper. They’re bent on being the greenest they can be and succeeding wildly at their endeavor.

Recently Smock joined forces with photographer Stacy Newgent to capture the look of some of their recently released everyday products (gorgeously printed boxes, gift wrap, greeting cards, notebooks, and more). I own a few of the small boxes and they’re some of my favorite things in my home studio. Bright, clean patterns are a constant theme throughout their entire line. I can’t get enough of it!



Clockwise from upper left: MUCU large blank notebook, Lisa Stickley classic pencils, russell + hazel yummy folder set, russell + hazel mini binder, Lisa Stickley classic day book, russell + hazel index notebook


I’m such a big nerd, every August I miss school so much! I always need to be learning something or tackling a new project to avoid feeling stagnant. But in all honesty my favorite part is shopping for new school supplies. I’d love to pick up the beauties above for the next big thing I’ve got up my sleeve!