Good morning everyone! I have new things to share, and a story.
I’ve always associated this time of year with going back to school – first as a student, then a teacher. And I’ve always associated back to school with fresh new supplies: crisp stacks of notecards, highlighters in my favorite shade of teal, and a brand new planner.
I don’t teach anymore (not in a traditional setting at least), but those memories are hard wired. I still love those stacks of notecards. I still hoard teal highlighters. And I still love a fresh new planner, seemingly empty yet full of possibilities.
Last year was the first year I designed a planner of my own. The idea was to make one that fit how a creative person thinks. One with thick, crisp paper and a beautiful glossy cover. In short, one that didn’t look like a spreadsheet.
I offered it for sale and got a glimpse of how other people used it. Some people used it to set priorities. Some used it to keep track of their creative projects. Some really liked the space to keep track of their accomplishments. And, I got great feedback for how to make it even better.
I updated it for 2023, added some fun new pages, included more space to brainstorm and dream, and gave it a shiny new cover. And then I took it to the same local company I hired to print them last year.
No surprise, the price had increased. The planner was bigger after all, and, well, everything’s just a little more expensive these days.
But then it dawned on me.
For the cost of a run of planners, I could invest in all the equipment I’d need to make them myself. So I did.
Which means now I can print and bind… anything.
So I have been. I’ve made recipe books, garden notebooks, gratitude journals, and guest books. I have a hundred other ideas on the horizon, and many I haven’t even thought of yet. And that doesn’t even count the endless custom options.
You can view the whole collection here. I made a few bundle discounts if you’d like more than one, but if you don’t see the combination you like, send me a message. They make great gifts for creative people of all stripes – bakers, gardeners, herbalists, artists, and travelers.