We hope you all had a fantastic weekend filled with family, friends, and food! Now we’re at that odd juncture of holidays and work where no one is quite focused on the daily grind — instead we’re all in a stupor from the sugarplums, massive plates of food, and holiday sweets. But it’s worth it!
Anyway, we know this is the last-minute panic for all those who haven’t bought a 2012 datebook yet. But if you’re an EPC fan, don’t worry – we’re here to help! We’re giving away 2 Limited Edition Moleskine Pocket Daily Planners – 1 Pac-Man datebook and 1 Peanuts datebook! [So we'll have two winners.]
The 2012 Moleskine Peanuts Pocket Daily Planner is a limited edition planner commemorating the well-known syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz. With a new page per day layout, (and the black hard cover debossed in white with your favorite cartoon character) the 2012 Peanuts Pocket Daily Planner provides planning from Jan 2012 to Dec 2012.
For the millions of Pac-Man fans, Moleskine released a limited edition 2012 Pocket Daily Planner. The exclusive debossed cover commemorates the vibrant yellow 80′s cultural icon famed for being the hungriest video game hero of all time. Inside is a new page for each day to keep track of all your notes and appointments in 2012.
Both the Peanuts and the Pac-Man Diary / Planners are pocket-sized: 3.5 x 5.5 inches. Like the Moleskine Classic Journals, Moleskine Planners have a sewn binding, acid-free paper, rounded edges, black elastic closure, cloth ribbon placeholder, and a rear expandable inner pocket.
- For 1 entry, comment on this post with which datebook you’d rather win.
- Don’t forget to include a valid email address when you comment.
- For a 2nd entry, head on over to our Facebook page and post about the giveaway on our Wall.
- Include the shortlink in your post http://wp.me/p1PnL4-fw and tell us which datebook you want to win.
- This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents.
- You have until midnight on Thursday 12/29 to enter. Winners will be announced Friday 12/30! Good luck!
Christmas proves to be challenging for me most years. I don’t enjoy shopping, but I want to give personal and meaningful gifts, especially to my family. I’m a firm believer in organized living, with a little crazy chaos, so planners with my own personal added twists allow me to share myself with my family and give gifts that last all year long.
- Pre-date a planner. My elderly father struggles to remember dates so a pre-dated planner that he can keep open on his kitchen counter reminds him of important family days. Since most of my family doesn’t live near my father, he likes to mail cards. A strategically placed note the week before someone’s birthday allows him time to purchase and mail a card, using the addresses I’ve included in the planner. Then a notation on the special day serves to remind him to make a call, if he’d like. My sisters also appreciate the time I spend filling in important dates in their organizers which saves them significant time and energy.
- Something to look forward to. Like so many other people, my husband enjoys concerts, plays and other special events. As well as pre-dating his planner, I note the details for date nights that I have planned throughout the year. Many tickets may be purchased in advanced, often online, so it’s not difficult to paperclip tickets in the day planner on the appropriate day. You could do this with sporting events, airline tickets, hotel reservations or any other diversions for the coming year. If you can’t afford to purchase tickets ahead of time, you can note the event and purchase the tickets later. You can even surprise the one you love by adding to the day planner as the year progresses.
- Sentiments mean so much. My daughter thrives on positive messages. She likes to know that she is loved and thought of regularly. Giving her a planner with sweet notes written on different dates throughout means the world to her and provides thoughtful reminders of her specialness. I also include favorite sayings, quotes or verses to encourage her. Using a variety of notes from family and friends turns the planner into a touchstone as she is away from home at college. A gift card to the bookstore or ice cream shop never hurts either!
- Other unique touches. An ordinary planner can become an amazing gift with a few little additions. A treasured photo secured to the front inside cover and random photos throughout the planner brings smiles 365 days a year. If your recipient enjoys humor, consider adding jokes or comics at different places during the year. An orange and red leaf tucked into the first day of autumn or a child’s school valentine slipped into February can offer sweet surprises to a practical gift.
As with any present, the personal touches added to a day planner can take it beyond conventional and straight to irreplaceable. Imagine one gift that can be adapted to many people in your life and continues giving throughout the year! It’s a perfect gift.
Meet the Writer: Beth Hempton is a freelance writer and educator residing on Johns Island in South Carolina. She writes about education, health, food and lifestyle topics for websites, blogs, e-zines and print magazines. Having worn many writing hats from authoring curriculum to newspaper journalism, she views writing as a life skill and as an art form.
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3 –> Ink/Pen/Pencil Review Round-up:
Papermate Inkjoy Ballpoint Pen Review by StationeryReview.com.
Pilot B2P 0.7mm Retractable Gel Ink Pen by GourmetPens.com.
Review: Stainless Steel Sharpie Pen Fine by GourmetPens.com.
J. Herbin Diabolo Menthe Ink Review by PenInkCillin.com.
Schrade Tactical Fountain / Ballpoint Pen by Multi Pen Dimensions.
Kaweco Sport Fountain Pen by Good Pens.
4 –> An interesting find by Ana at The Well-Appointed Desk: “USB converter Underwood … This vintage typewriter has been modified to work as a USB keyboard for Mac, PC or iPad.” See it here.
In other typewriter news, Dana at SaveSnailMail.com made a great steal of a Royal KMM Typewriter for only $3 (they normally run close to $2K)! Check it out here. We look forward to hearing all about Dana’s adventures with it
5 –> We love all these great images of washi tape used in holiday wrappings from The Sweetest Occasion. Have any holiday-inspired craft projects with washi tape you’d like to share? Put it in the comments!
6 –> A couple Rhodia notepad reviews: One from Life Imitates Doodles on the No. 16 dotPad and the other from Gourmet Pens on the No. 11 Squared. Speaking of Rhodia, they just posted up on RhodiaDrive.com asking if people are interested in doing a 2012 Journal Swap using large dot grid Webnotebooks. See their full post here, but it should be quite obvious that they received quite a lot of positive feedback!
And if you’re a Rhodia fan, check our blog all next week when we’ll be giving away a Rhodia Notepad each day! See our post on it for more details. Have a fab weekend!
Thanksgiving is over (and your belly is probably still full from the feast!), and November is almost gone with its crisp autumn breezes and crackly, colorful leaves. If you haven’t started planning for the major gift-giving holidays, now is a good time to start, plus it will make those busy days and long lists much easier to handle.
Paper is one of the best gifts to get anyone. It can be practical or luxurious, simple or fancy. With some thought, it can also be tailored to fit anyone’s wishes.
The Big Event
Do you know someone who has a big event coming up in the next few months? Perhaps they are getting married, expecting a baby, or graduating college? If so, paper is the perfect gift.
Why not put together a special package? Start with a set of boxed note cards and a set of thank you cards. Blank notes allow your family or friends to send out everything from event announcements to address changes. The set of thank you cards are a perfect follow up for any gifts given for these life-changing events.
Buying Tip: When ordering note cards or stationery, keep in mind the weight of the paper (found in the product description). Written in “gsm,” (grams per square meter), the heavier-weight papers will be higher quality, more durable, and have less risk of ink bleed-through. While sheets of paper may be as low as 80 gsm, cards will frequently be greater than 200 gsm.
A Happy New Year
The beginning of a new year is always exciting. Everyone makes big plans for what they want to accomplish. Help them achieve their goals by getting them just the right datebook. Pocket planners slip into a purse or a briefcase, while large planners provide plenty of room for notes, comments, and much more.
Suggestions: If you know someone who doodles, often with pens, you might choose a Rhodia datebook with Clairefontaine paper because it will hold up under those constant scribbles and heavier inks. On the other hand, if you know someone who prefers to take notes or draw with pencils, a thinner paper Moleskine would be the perfect choice.
Buying Tip: Of course, another terrific way to help people keep track of time and obligations is by getting them just the right calendar. Yep, we’re thinking of none other than Cavallini’s lines of wall and desk calendars.
Journal the Year
One way to help others (and yourself) start off 2012 is by keeping a journal. It’s a simple solution to many people’s New Year’s resolutions: just by keeping an informal daily or weekly journal, you will keep track of your goals much more efficiently.
Suggestions: Moleskine has a line perfectly geared for people’s passions, aptly titled the Passions Books. These include specially organized journals for those who love everything from cooking, reading, traveling, and gardening, to drinking wine, watching movies, and listening to music. Each journal is unique and sure to please the people on your list.
You might know someone who likes something more unique—and more environmentally friendly. This is a broad category and can include products that are made with tree-free paper, recycled paper, or alternative fibers, as well as products that come from companies with sustainable and eco-friendly manufacturing processes.
Suggestions: For the adventurous, why not grab them a set of Valley Eco Pulp Stationery and choose between sets made of bamboo, banana trunks, coconuts, mango leaves or pineapple husks fiber. For the sweet, Mudlark has an eco line of boxed note cards with designs to match every personality.
The holidays are a chance to not only show someone you care but also to show that you know them well enough—and care enough—to find a gift that’s right for them. Paper can be a fabulous choice for many of the names on your list, and paper products are easy to buy in order to avoid that last minute panic.
Quick Tips for Making the Paper Gift Extra Special:
Add a sheet of first-class Forever stamps.
Slide in an address book with family and friends already listed in it.
Take an extra step and provide personalized address labels.
What quick tips can you share?
Meet the Writer: Tamra Orr is a full time writer and has written more than 300 books for readers of all ages. She is also mom to four and writes an average of 50 letters or more a month.
Featured gift items from above …
This is the last weekend we’ll have free shipping on orders over $30, so don’t miss out! We’ll also have a special coupon for Cyber Monday so stay tuned …
Warm wishes from all of us at European Paper Co. for a lovely Thanksgiving Day with friends & family!
Instead of Friday Blogger Tuck-ins this week, here are several links for y’all when you get moments of rest and relaxation over the next couple days. Enjoy!
1 –> Azizah (aka @GourmetPens) has been rolling out pen reviews in quick succession.
Review: Pilot G2 07.mm Retractable Gel Ink Pen Navy Blue
Review: Uni-ball Vision Exact 0.7mm Fine Blue
Review: Pilot Dr. Grip Pure White Dual Layer Grip Ballpoint Pen – 0.7 mm
**You have got to read the second one, if only for this line: “That’s right folks. Right there in public, in the store, I fell inappropriately in love with this pen, so it went home with me that afternoon.”
2 –> Courtesy of 365 Letters, we read about another letter writing project called “The World Needs More Love Letters.” Write a love letter, leave it where it can be found, and brighten someone’s day! Per their website: “Love letter writers document the letter writing and dropping through photographs, blog posts, and social media.” You can also check them out of Twitter @MoreLoveLetters.
3 –> Stephanie on Rhodia Drive did a call out for pics of their dotPads in use – check out the post here and send your pictures in to be featured on their blog! Also, a special congrats to Stephanie (@BiffyBeans) on her new art space!