Stationery A–Z: Weekly Planner Notepads

As much as I love using a yearly planner, I really need room to spread out and plan my weekly schedule. So to help manage that weekly schedule and make sure nothing falls through the cracks, I rely on weekly planner notepads. I love revealing a clean sheet at the end of the week, not to mention the flexibility of just ripping off the current sheet and starting fresh if my week takes a random turn. I use my weekly notepads to keep track of everything from everyday errands and school events to business appointments and household tasks. So today I’m sharing a dozen of my favorite weekly planner notepads with you!

Weekly Planner Notepads Round Up / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Love the floral illustrations on this version from Shannon Kirsten

2. …and the jungle vibes version from Idlewild Co.

3. The slim profile of this weekly notepad from One Canoe Two is perfect for keeping on your desk

4. This weekly planner from Poketo is a cross between a notepad and a sticky note – it’s one of my personal favorites!

5. Okay, so technically not a notepad, but this weekly jotter from Moglea was just too pretty to pass up. There are three different cover options with gold foil and hand painted elements!

6. This weekly notepad from Rifle Paper Co. looks like my actual desk

7. This gorgeous weekly notepad from Smitten on Paper is printed in rose gold foil!

8. Nothing like bright color and a happy pattern from Thimblepress to keep you motivated for the week

9. A modern geometric weekly planner notepad from Ferme à Papier

10. I love that this weekly notepad from the Sugar Paper for Target collection has a space on each page for general thoughts and brainstorming for the week.

11. Technically this notepad from In the Daylight is a daily planner, but you could write things down (and cross them off) as you go and just keep a running list for the week!

12. This shoulda, woulda, coulda notepad planner from Farewell Paperie makes me laugh – it speaks directly to the procrastinator inside me!

I put a few more weekly planners up in the Market List – you can find them here!

Behind the Stationery: Our Heiday

This installment of Behind the Stationery features a stationer who creates some of the most beautiful acrylic and gouache work I’ve seen. Patricia at Our Heiday is a talented artist who left the world of law to grow a stationery company in LA. This sister act has found great ways to break out responsibilities and grow the team. I’m so excited to have them here! Take it away, Patricia. –Megan

Behind the Stationery: Our Heiday / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hello, friends! Patricia here, founder and creative director at Our Heiday. We’re so excited to give you a little peek into what goes on behind the scenes at our studio in downtown Los Angeles. I started this company in June 2014 after leaving two years of law school at UCLA. A lifetime of reading contracts or writing legal briefs was not a commitment I was willing to make and so pivot I did! Our Heiday is named after my mom and her four sisters who fostered so much of my creativity growing up. I’m a self-taught artist who draws so much inspiration for my family’s endless repertoire of painting, graphic design, dance, and film. My sister and I were given drawing pads before we could even write properly and working with our hands was part of the daily.

Behind the Stationery: Our Heiday / Photo Credit: Lily Glass Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I spent about 9 months prior to starting Our Heiday refining the first release and because my mom had run a robust wholesale business my entire life, I knew that was the direction I wanted to take the company. When the website launched, I expected nothing more than to grow organically, one shop at a time, one order at a time. After months of running solo (read: living room was a warehouse, dining table a worktable, floors a packaging station), our “Ooh Those Baby Toes” card was picked up by Anthropologie in March 2015 and this gave me so much momentum heading into the National Stationery Show that year.

So much changed after May 2015 – we had an incredible experience debuting at NSS and after running the booth with me, my sister, Donna, also left her career in teaching to join Our Heiday full time. Working with family, let alone your best friend, has been the most amazing shift!

Behind the Stationery: Our Heiday / Photo Credit: Lily Glass Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We moved into a separate studio space (my husband is still singing praises) immediately after we returned from New York and hired two more employees so that I could focus solely on the creative side. These big moments have shaped so much of how efficient and effective we’re able to be day-to-day. Prior to having a team, I was shouldering all of the daily responsibilities of running a creative business and being able to delegate was one of the best things that happened after the show. Amber and Megan head up packaging and production, making sure that all of our orders are fulfilled quickly and carefully. Donna handles all of our operations, accounts, customer service, and communications so that no one slips through the cracks. We wouldn’t be here without our customers and it’s so important to us that every one of them feels invested in Our Heiday.

Behind the Stationery: Our Heiday / Photo Credit: Lily Glass Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Behind the Stationery: Our Heiday / Photo Credit: Lily Glass Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Behind the Stationery: Our Heiday / Photo Credit: Lily Glass Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Details, details, we love them. From the branding stamps on our shipping boxes to the labels on our wrapping paper, each element is meticulously thought through before we send our products.

Behind the Stationery: Our Heiday / Photo Credit: Lily Glass Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Behind the Stationery: Our Heiday / Photo Credit: Lily Glass Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Every week, we have a team meeting so that everyone is contributing to the conversations about new product releases, systems that need improving, projects with upcoming deadlines. Donna lives in New York currently and joins us remotely unless she’s in town visiting. This will change when she’s back in LA this August!

Behind the Stationery: Our Heiday / Photo Credit: Lily Glass Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Behind the Stationery: Our Heiday / Photo Credit: Lily Glass Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Behind the Stationery: Our Heiday / Photo Credit: Lily Glass Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Having a team means I can focus most of my time on creative and high level growth. I spend my days painting and lettering new work and making sure that we’re always coming back to the core vision of the company. I’m so grateful that my hands have been freed to do what they’re best at; it’s been the ultimate blessing. We currently offer cards, art prints, gift wrap, phone cases and table decor items, but my goal has always been to become a lifestyle brand, offering a wide-spanning range of products that elevate the everyday. We’ll be showcasing a new line of desk products full of fresh patterns and a calendar for 2017, which was so fun to put together. Sneak peek below!

Behind the Stationery: Our Heiday / Photo Credit: Lily Glass Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks so much for joining along today! You can shop all of our products including the newest release on our website at ourheiday.com and follow along with us on instagram, facebook, and twitter at @ourheiday.

Photos by Lily Glass.

If you’re interested in participating in the Behind the Stationery column, contact Megan at megan[at]ohsobeautifulpaper.com!

DIY Donuts About You Toppers

Ahh, donuts. The unsung hero of confectionery. Like the cute guy next door, they are down-to-earth, yummy, and familiar. I can’t say enough about how much I love donuts (although I wouldn’t say no to a box of chocolate truffles or macarons…) but enough about that, because this post is actually about the cute toppers you can put on top of them to give to that cute guy (or gal) in your life! – Erin from BerinMade Paper Goods

DIY Donuts About You Toppers / BerinMade for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Supplies

Some donuts (mini ones work best, but regular sized ones will work too)

Skewer sticks

White card stock

Black marker

Glitter

PVA Glue

Scissors (fringing scissors optional)

Pink tissue paper

Tape

DIY Donuts About You Toppers / BerinMade for Oh So Beautiful Paper

To make the heart donut toppers:

Step 1. Cut your skewer sticks to the desired length depending on the size of your donuts.

Step 2. At this point, you can do a topper that has the message on the front (like a sign) or a folded card for the cute little surprise element. To do the folded card version, draw rough horizontal lines with your black marker onto your white card stock. Draw a heart on the card, then fold it to cut out the heart-shaped card. Make sure that one side of the heart has the fold still intact. Write your message inside!

Step 3. Squeeze out a line of PVA glue on a scrap piece of paper, and run the edge of your heart through it. Pour out some glitter, and run the glue side of the heart on the glitter, so you get a line of glitter around the edge of your heart.

Step 4. Tape the back side of the heart card to the non-pointy edge of the skewer stick, leaving about 4cm (about 1.5″) on top for the tassel.

Step 5. To make the tassel, cut out a rectangular piece of tissue paper about 10 x 3cm (about 4″ x 1″). Fringe it about 2/3 of the way, then line the un-fringed edge with glue. Don’t overdo the glue as tissue paper is pretty thin and will get messy if there is too much!

Step 6. Wrap the tissue paper strip around the non-pointy edge of the stick, rolling and squeezing with your thumb and index finger as you go along. Let dry.

Step 7. Ta-daa!! Make multiples for a little party, or a single cute one for your valentine.

DIY Donuts About You Toppers / BerinMade for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Donuts About You Toppers / BerinMade for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Donuts About You Toppers / BerinMade for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Donuts About You Toppers / BerinMade for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credit: Julie Michaelsen

Modern Calligraphy Summit – Studio Sneak Peek!

Okay, raise your hand if you’re all signed up for the Modern Calligraphy Summit! I first shared the news about this fantastic online conference back in August (and again just before Thanksgiving), including all of the amazing participating instructors and lesson topics! If you haven’t yet had the chance to sign up for the Summit, I have good news! Registration re-opens this week, and it will be the last chance to enroll before the Summit takes place later this month.

Modern Calligraphy Summit Studio Sneak Peek Video Tours

As a special treat this week, the Modern Calligraphy Summit is offering the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see the creative studios where professional calligraphers work their magic! Three of the talented instructors will take you inside their offices for three gorgeous studio sneak peek video tours. You’ll see what it’s like to work from home as a professional calligrapher with studio sneak peeks from Feast Fine Art & Calligraphy, Anne Robin Calligraphy, and Laura Hooper Calligraphy. Sign up here to see the free video series!

Modern Calligraphy Summit Studio Sneak Peek Video Tours

And of course, the full Modern Calligraphy Summit will officially kick off later this month, with video lessons in modern calligraphy and brush lettering from nine amazing artists! From beginning calligraphy to flourishing, from envelope addressing to floral embellishments, it’s an incredible opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s best professionals, all from the comfort of your home.

Modern Calligraphy Summit Studio Sneak Peek Video Tours

Registration reopens this week – February 8-12 – and is the last chance to enroll before the Summit takes place online February 22 – March 5. You can sign up right here!