Archive of ‘link’ category

Digital Wallpaper from Think.Make.Share

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Hallmark has recently launched a blog that opens the door to the inner workings of the creative staff and have included little gems like this quote inspired by Fahrenheit 451. It was hand painted by lettering artist Lynn Guinta and there are two versions of the design available at Think.Make.Share.

(file under “plugging the firm”)

Link Love: Green with a Chance of Videos

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How could I resist beautiful green accessories (and matching nail polish) for my “someday” office rehab? I’l pass on the coil slicer though. Oh, home decor magazines! The strange things you tout in the name of fashion!

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Grass Green Accessories (via House Beautiful)

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Video: Ed Jelley’s time-lapse writing sample for the new J. Herbin Stormy Grey 1670.

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Link Love: Renegades with Pens

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The Link of the Week has to be the Letter Writers Alliance announcement of the upcoming Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago this weekend. I have attended this event in the past, in fact, I got my membership to the Letter Writers Alliance at the event. So it’ll be my 3-year anniversary as a card-carrying member! That’s reason to celebrate right there!

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Link Love: Includes a Visit to P.W. Akkerman

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Illustration by Wendy MacNaughton (via The Cramped)

Illustration by Wendy MacNaughton (via The Cramped)

Link Love: Inkapalooza & DC Pen Show

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There are a couple great posts this week about experiences at the DC Pen Show. They are informative if you are curious about attending a pen show in the future but also include references to new products or brands you may not have seen before. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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Link Love: Inky Overload or is it Overlords?

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A shoutout to Tina at Fueled by Clouds & Coffee for the tip. Tina creates gorgeous watercolor drawings with fountain pen ink. Definitely worth a peek!

And, in contrast to the recent “pens are dead” tirade,

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Link Love: Death by Digital (or not)

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It’s another week in which the pen must defend itself against the tide of digital futurism. It all started with the NYTimes article and was rebutted around the internet by digital AND pen enthusiasts in equal measure.

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(via The Cramped)

Link Love: Slow News Week

Link Love Link MascotDid you get a chance to listen to me blather on about indelible pencils last week on the Erasable podcast? If not, I hope you check it out. Let me know what you think.

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(via Lifehack)

(via Lifehack)


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Link Love: Deep in the Archives

Link Love Link MascotI was cleaning up bookmarks, read-it-laters and other bits of digital detritus today and found some great links I’m not sure I’ve ever shared before.

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The following are sites, shops or whole piles of curiosity I may or may not have mentioned in the past.

  • The Setup: Use This interviews with internet/tech celebs who share their hardware and software set-ups.
  • Bureau Direct A UK based online stationery and office supply retailer
  • Bound Custom journals
  • Poketo Their stationery section is a unique collection of goods. Well-curated.
  • MochiThings Lots of wonderful Japanese work- and office-related items like pouches, bags, camera accessories, and more!
  • Laughing Elephant Vintage inspired books, notebooks, greeting cards, postcards and more
  • Tattly Temporary tattoos for big kids and little one too. Great lettering, illustrations and just plain fun
  • Writers At Work Fabulous collection of writers in their work spaces (via The Cramped)

Now… back to our original scheduled Link Love already in progress.

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When you know its time to buy a new Blackwing Pearl (via @writingarsenal)

When you know its time to buy a new Blackwing Pearl (via @writingarsenal)

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Paper Pockets DIY

DIY Paper Pockets for your computer (via Instructables)

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Link Love: Text Messages

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This week’s Link of the Week has to be the handwritten text messages. The link was sent to me by my friend Chris P. and has me wondering if I should challenge myself to text or tweet all handwritten this week. Are you with me?

I Sent All My Text Messages in Calligraphy for a Week (via The Atlantic)

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And don’t forget:

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Link Love

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I know my Link Love lists look ridiculously long but this is pared down from the over 200 individual posts I read since the last Link Love. There’s a lot of chatter this week about how and why people are writing things down and a resurgence of interest in an assortment of budget tools. Picking one favorite article each week is a new tradition and this week had so many it was hard to pick just one. But anytime someone uses an SUV in their testing process is when you get bumped to the top of the list.

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(Video of calligraphy by Leigh Reyes)

Link Love: ALL THE THINGS

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Link Love: No Pithy Title Edition

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(via How About Orange)

Link Love: All Caught Up!

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It took an age but my RSS reader is officially at ZERO. Below is a mess of links stretching back almost a month. I’ve decided that the new “things that should not be named” (per The Pen Addict Podcast) are the Baron Fig Confidant notebook and Pelikan M2XX pens, but I’ve included a few reviews below anyway.

I think “cursive is dead” and “postage is SO expensive” are also comments-non-gratis.

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If I’m not including your blog in the Link Love, leave me a link in the comments and I’ll make sure to add you to my feed reader.

Cursive: Is it really that important?

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NPR recently did a report about the value of cursive in child’s brain development. By their best calculations, all fine motor skill activities are valuable to brain development, be it printing, cursive or keyboarding. But the best option is for kids to be doing all sorts of fine motor activities.

This story, however,  does not address the issue of legibility, speed of writing or not writing like a 6-year-old when you’re forty.

Opinions?

(via NPR.org)

Link Love: Instagrammatical & TWSBIs (made-up words!)

Image credits (clockwise from top left: Noyolajose, Mary Kate McDevitt, Tuesday Next [that's me!],  FPGeeks, Rad And Hungry, MyCoffeePot, Rad And Hungry,  Elltbr, and GouletPens)

Image credits (clockwise from top left: Noyolajose, Mary Kate McDevitt, Tuesday Next [that's me!], FPGeeks, Rad And Hungry, MyCoffeePot, Rad And Hungry, Elltbr, and GouletPens)

Yeah for awesome Instagram friends! If you’re not following the folks in the photo collage above, I highly recommend them for wonderful office accoutrement photo yummies.

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(via Creatively Curated)

Download the hi-rez file at  Creatively Curated

Link Love: The Good, The Bad & The Postal Rate Increase

Shades of Lime (via A Penchant For Paper)

Shades of Lime (via A Penchant For Paper)

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US Postal Rate Increases (illustration by Donovan Beeson via Letter Writers Alliance)

US Postal Rate Increases (illustration by Donovan Beeson via Letter Writers Alliance)

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Paper Mechanic Typewriter Calendar

Paper DIY Typewriter Calendar

When someone mentions “typewriter” and “calendar” in the same sentence, my ears prick right up. Add in a little paper mechanic magic and I am already writing the blog post in my head.

This darling little desktop calendar stands in its own 3D foldable typewriter. Just print out the pieces and assemble. Consider it as a great Tuesday morning office project. It is available for instant download for $4.99 via Sky Goodies on Etsy.

(tip via Teri of Fiberterian)

10 Ways to Declutter your Desk

Kinfolk editor Nathan Williams' desktop computer at home along the Oregon coast via Hear Black.

Kinfolk editor Nathan Williams’ desktop computer at home along the Oregon coast via Hear Black.

There are ten great (if sometimes obvious) tips for keeping a clear desk and a clear head over on Remodelista. Clean, sort, organize and manage your time are things we all need to be reminded about occasionally. I’m particularly fond of the advice to use Unroll.me to remove your name from slews of subscription emails and SelfControl to forcibly block sites from yourself for certain windows of time (hello, Pinterest!) for we of little self-control.

(via Remodelista)

News: Planner Camp

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Planner Camp is an online class, forum and resources to help you create your own planner to organize and plan your perfect year. Planner Camp starts on Monday and costs $49US. Some of the topics and features of the project include:

  • Three weeks of private posts, tips and video tutorials
  • Access to a private student Facebook Group
  • Pre-designed planner templates for you to customize into your perfect planner, fast!
  • Weekly video based lessons on customizing the planner templates using Adobe InDesign ®.
    Don’t have it? Don’t worry! Check the FAQ for details on the affordable month to month access option & 30 Day Free Trial.
  • Pre-designed templates that are customized to work with two tried & true binding systems: Filofax ® (A5 size) & M by Staples™ Arc Customizable Notebooks (Junior size).
  • Advice for printing at home or working with a professional printer, including strategies to minimize costs.
  • Unique design ideas to help you create a year built around your values & passions! From taking great care of yourself to accomplishing your goals, feeling fabulous, and having as much fun as you can dream up.
  • Weekly open office hours for one-on-one student questions, design support and troubleshooting.

(via Freckled Nest)

Link Love: The Deja Vu Edition

A lot of topics I’ve mentioned in the past, have made appearances on other blogs this week. I thought I’d start with those…

Note: In this section, the first link is my original post and the links in parentheses are the posts from other bloggers.

And now back to our regularly scheduled Link Love:

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Link Love: Holiday Mail and More

USPS Holiday Post Deadlines

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Neil Gaiman and his Lamy 2000

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Link Love: Miscellany Loves Company

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There were lots of hard-to-categorize bits of wonderfulness on the pen-blogospere this week including the epic link list from the Pen Addict Podcast Gift Guide Episode (#81) which is a link list onto itself.

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Pencil stylus by FiftyThree

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Pardon my repeated turns to digital recently. As computers, cell phones and tablet devices are as much a part of our working life as pens, paper and staplers, I feel its worthwhile to include references occasionally.

Link Love: All Penned Up

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