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I thought I’d Penn you a letter.

I hope you’ll soon be Reading it. (Reading it. Reading, Pennsylvania? Tell me that someone gets my jokes.)
Here's this week's news from the shop. (If you want this and even more news, including discounts and freebies that I share only in my weekly emails, scurry over here and sign up so you're on the list for next week!)


I'm out of the shop: I’m traveling this week and orders will take a bit longer than usual, BUT I've been streamlining my workflow and it's moving faster than ever, meaning orders are heading out the door more speedily. I'll catch up quickly next week! 

New in the shop this week: Alabama, Alaska, Indiana, and New York (remember you can choose any state here). Plus….


Change up your notebook: Add an extra set of elastic to your order and switch strap colors whenever the fancy strikes.

Make your purchase count: The Heart For Africa traveler’s notebooks will be available throughout September and October, with sales helping to fund a November mission to Uganda.

What to put in your Traveler’s Notebook: I tried out a printable monthly calendar booklet this week and it’s so bright and energetic! 

Life in These United States: Pennsylvania

For the first time in about 15 years, I’m heading to the Keystone State this week! I’m excited to see some rural beauty and visit a place that has all four seasons (though I'm probably too early for fall foliage, boo). I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll have time to stop and pay respects at the Flight 93 National Memorial, since the conference I'm attending is only about 45 miles away. 

According to the US Mint, “The statue "Commonwealth," designed by New York sculptor Roland Hinton Perry, is a bronze-gilded 14' 6" high female form that has topped Pennsylvania's state capitol dome in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania since May 25, 1905. Her right arm extends in kindness and her left arm grasps a ribbon mace to symbolize justice. The image of the keystone honors the states nickname, "The Keystone State."  At a Jefferson Republican victory rally in October 1802, Pennsylvania was toasted as "the keystone in the federal union."  The modern persistence of this designation is justified in view of the key position of Pennsylvania in the economic, social, and political development of the United States.”

When I was in my mid-teens, we took a family trip with several stops in Pennsylvania. I remember enjoying visiting the  Hershey Museum, the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg, and Amish communities in Lancaster County.

If you’re in Philly, you can see where the United States was born, and then raise your fists just like Sly right next to the Rocky statue.  And don’t forget to head across the state to see Punxsutawney Phil and recite some lines from the MOST QUOTABLE MOVIE EVER. “What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today!”

How to Use Your Traveler’s Notebook

You know the feeling all too well. It’s 5pm and you know dinner’s not far off, but you simply can’t think of a thing to make. Heck, you can’t even remember how to cook. Anything. At all. Before you dial up for greasy takeout or eat yet another PBJ sandwich or bowl of cereal, check your handy list of meals you know everyone loves (and that you know how to whip together on short notice and without obscure ingredients). It’s a simple resource that will keep you from staring helplessly into the bowels of the fridge ever again.

To set yourself up for success here, simply write down all the meals that come to mind immediately and work with that list for a while, then capture even more by noting all of your dinners for a month. Post a sheet on the fridge or just write each evening’s meal on the calendar, and then at the end of the month fill in the gaps  on your Favorite Dinners list. Before long you’ll have a dozen handy ideas for those days when you just.... can’t.

Add more customization to your notebook

Having a hard time deciding which color elastic to choose, or you already know you love variety and will want to change it out later for another color? Now you can get a second (or third… or fourth…) set of elastic and have it ready to restring your notebook whenever you want!

You can also use extra elastic to add even more inserts to your notebook and make it SUPER stuffed and chunky. Measure out a length of elastic that is twice the height of your insert and tie the ends together securely. Place this loop of elastic in the middle of two inserts (1) so that their spines are touching (2). Now slide the new piggybacked set under one of your notebook straps (3) and voilà, you’ve added two inserts (4) in the place of one!

Here’s an important note: when you cut the elastic cord, hold the cut ends over a flame for just a second or so to melt the fibers together. Otherwise the fabric exterior will begin to ravel and make a mess, as well as not protecting the rubber interior and keeping it as sturdy as it should be.

Catch up with me online!

I’m starting to get the hang of Pinterest, and I’d love to see your boards, especially if you’re into notebooks, writing, words, typography, and books. Find me right here

Until I'm back home next week, travel light!


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