Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Write Stuff

I'm always looking for unusual writer junk, and on my last office supply run I made some neat little finds that I wanted to share.

I picked up this quartet to the left at BAM. Here are more details on each, clockwise starting at the little green journal:

One Word A Day Mini-Journal by Knock Knock -- This is a palm-size hardcover that gives you 365 opportunities to "choose any word to describe your day and write it down." Journaling doesn't get any simpler or more concise than that, and there's even enough room to write a few more words if you want to say more; $12.59 with my discount card.

Small Edgewise Journal by Orange Circle Studio -- this flocked turquoise little beauty of a journal has 144 white and soft pastel ruled pages, interesting edge tabbing plus an elastic ribbon to keep it closed. The binding allows it to lay flat as you write in it, and it's small enough to tuck in a purse or a large index card holder; $3.60 (on sale at 50% off.)

Origami Sticky Notes by Suck UK -- 100 sticky notes imprinted with picture diagrams so you can fold them into ten different origami critters. Office notes will never be the same; $3.59 with my discount card.

A Year of Fortunes (without the cookies) by Knock Knock -- I bought one of these little hardcovers during the holidays to give to a family friend; it contains 365 preforated, dated fortunes with wry sayings on one side and lucky numbers on the other; $14.85 with my discount card.

I also rummaged around the bargain bins at BAM and found two unusual journals:



You have to peek inside to see wwhy they're unusual:



The Tri-Coastal Script Journal offers widely-spaced ruled pages that give you about twice the writing room as a standard journal (perfect for scribes like me who don't have tiny handwriting); the Pepper Pot journal on the right with the starburst cover design has graph-ruled pages with color-striped edges. The fact that I got them for $4.50 and $6.73 (50% with an extra 10% off for my discount card) respectively was a nice bonus.

From BAM I went to Target to look for some notebooks and binders and see what they had on sale. They have a new line of "Sunwashed" office supplies under their own brand that I really liked with dreamy photo designs and lovely colors. When I'm working on a particular project I like to color-coordinate my writing stuff so I can find everything with a glance, so I picked up a binder ($4.99), legal pad/clipboard padfolio ($8.99), journal 3-pack ($5.99) and pencil box with pencils ($4.99):











I also found a lot of notebooks and journals marked down for clearance, and scored an 8" X 6" 80-page Mead notebook with those lovely dot-gridded pages instead of lines ($2.65) as well as a slightly smaller, 80 page Horizon groovy hues ruled notebook with a front pocket and an elastic closure ribbon ($1.98):





I got an additional 5% discount off everything for using my Target Visa at checkout. Target also had every 2013 pocket planner, desk blotter, wall blotter and so forth heavily discounted, and clearance prices on some nice smash book and scrapbooking supplies, so if you're in the market for any of those it maybe worth a trip to check them out.

13 comments:

  1. Fran K4:42 AM

    Now that's what I call a successful shopping trip. I love the colour co-ordinated books and pencils, so pretty.

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    1. I admit, I love to shop for writer junk. Sometimes I go to the office supply store even when I don't need anything, just to walk the aisles and soak up all that lovely paper/ink/bubble wrap ambience, ha.

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  2. Nice finds! I was shopping for my nephew's birthday present and discovered a local toy story that carries Chronicle journals yesterday. I had to remind myself who I was shopping for and that I am currently unemployed because I almost came home with three of them. Fortunately, I was a good auntie and bought my nephew a present and left all the journals behind, but I think I may have to celebrate getting a job (when I eventually do) by stocking up on journals. :)

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    1. You got me completely hooked on Chronicle, girl. I still look for them at every shop I visit with a journal section, too. You must have a will of iron to resist them and invest instead in a gift for the nephew. Does he know how lucky he is to have such a thoughtful auntie?

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    2. Believe me, if he was a little older, he may have gotten a journal for his birthday. If I had any source of income at the moment at all, I would have substantially added to my journal collection. I am heading back there the minute I get a job! Because nothing says celebration like an awesome new journal (or five)from Chronicle! :)

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  3. Okay, I like everything but I'm especially intrigued by the journal with the dot grid instead of lines because sometimes l like to stop and draw something in the middle of one of my journal entries.

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    1. I love dot-grid journals but so far I've only found them at Target. It might be that the manufacturer has an exclusive deal with the store.

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  4. I've never seen the dot grid. I like it! Gives me a chance to be more creative than just plain writing.

    And I have a couple of those origami sticky note pads. I love them. They're great for a five minute break during the day and I have a nice little collection of 'friends' in the corner of my desk.

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    1. I'm tempted to put the origami sticky notepad on my desk, too, but I think I'll just end up folding a thousand little critters instead of finishing my book...

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    2. They make a great little audience to bounce ideas off of though... ;o)

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    3. Don't tempt me! Ha.

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  5. Nice finds! I love journals, but I find that I don't use them as much as I should. They end up stuffed in drawers or in my closet in boxes. They do make awesome gifts though.

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    1. I think big journals can be a little intimidating -- all those blank pages! -- which is why I've been looking for littler/shorter types to report on. I love the word a day journal; that would be perfect for anyone, even my guy (who hates to write.)

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