Paper Mechanic Typewriter Calendar

Paper DIY Typewriter Calendar

When someone mentions “typewriter” and “calendar” in the same sentence, my ears prick right up. Add in a little paper mechanic magic and I am already writing the blog post in my head.

This darling little desktop calendar stands in its own 3D foldable typewriter. Just print out the pieces and assemble. Consider it as a great Tuesday morning office project. It is available for instant download for $4.99 via Sky Goodies on Etsy.

(tip via Teri of Fiberterian)

Link Love: Puns and Paper

Link Love

(Ironic artwork)


Pens and Ink:



Getting Ready for the New Year

Gold Foil Calendar on raspberry paper with easel stand $52. Refill only $38. Also available in Kraft with opaque white foil stamp. (via Sugar Paper)

Gold Foil Calendar on raspberry paper with easel stand $52. Refill only $38. Also available in Kraft with opaque white foil stamp. (via Sugar Paper)

I love the few, quiet days between Christmas and New Year’s. I use the time to potter around the house, tackling piles of papers, cleaning out my in-box (paper and digital), using Christmas cards to update addresses in my address book and other organizational projects. I try to write my thank you notes, catch up on correspondence, read books and catch up on movies. I really need a month but a week gets some of the projects checked off my list for the new year.

I love using the New Year as a chance to do things better. Lots of people talk about resolutions, but I think of them more as plans and goals. I often choose things that should be attainable in theory rather than things that are completely new habits or lifestyle.

So far, my personal goals are pretty humble:

  1. learn to cook more meals at home (besides frozen pizza)
  2. fix up my vintage bike (needs new rear wheel and tires)
  3. keep riding my bikes (4-5 times a week)
  4. keep writing lots of letters (and reply more quickly)
  5. match my GoodReads goal from 2013 (60 books)
  6. travel to SF for Ex Postal Facto
  7. more goodies in The Well-Appointed Desk shop

What are your goals for the New Year?

Link Love: The Gossip Edition

The Gossip:

  • There’s been some big news around The Pen Addict and a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter project under the name Nock Co.
  • There’s rumors that following the success of the RETRAKT, Karas Kustoms might be making something fountain pennish. You didn’t hear it from me.
  • Field Notes 18-month wall calendar is available and it won’t be long before the #20 in the Colors Editions will be announced. Find out more about Field Notes and its co-creator Jim Coudal on this week’s CMD+Space podcast.
My darling friend Sandi did this fabulous sketch and kindly included the pens she used -- the ever handy Sakura Pigma Microns

My darling friend Sandi did this fabulous sketch and kindly included the pens she used — the ever-handy Sakura Pigma Microns. 

Now back to our regularly scheduled program:

Vintage Typewriters Calendar for 2014

Typewriter Calendar

Looks like I’m getting a jump on preparations for 2014. My good pal Chuck from Craftboy sent me this awesome calendar filled with photos of some of the most iconic typewriters from the Kasbah Mod collection. Kasbah sells premium typewriters, often refurbished with vivid paint jobs but the typewriters in the calendar are all in their original hues.

Typewriter Calendar

Typewriter Calendar

The wall calendar features a dozen delicious typewriter images and lots of space to write birthdays and events. You can purchase a copy of this calendar online through for $14.99.

Typewriter Calendar

I had to check to see if I owned any of the typewriters featured in the calendar. While I covet many of them including the Olivetti Valentine, I do not own a single one featured in the calendar. The closest I have is a Hermes Rocket, the little cousin to the Hermes 3000.

Link Love: Best Of’s and More


End of Year Round-Ups:

Paper and Notebooks:

Pens, Pencils and Ink:

Time to Make Big Plans

weekly planner pad

Cachette lists this large blank planner pad as a kids product but I think the design is quite sophisticated — perfect for a desk or workspace with a nod to the Mad Men aesthetic. Its 21x30cm (approx. 8.25″x12″) so its not huge but large enough to fill in upcoming events, meetings or activities. There are 55 sheets so there is plenty of paper to use one page per week and still have a few extra sheets. I would probably use it as a desk pad and plan a month or so at a time using the vertical columns for each week. €11,50

(shout out to Kimberly for finding this product)

Link Love: Snow Day Edition

Pencil Lead Sculpture by Peter Trevelyan (via Present & Correct)

Pencil Lead Sculpture by Peter Trevelyan (via Present & Correct)

Pens and Pencils

Paper and Notebooks

Cartolina MailRoom

Screenshot from the Mailroom App from Cartolina

Digital: Apps for iOS

Other News:



I’ve had one of those days that makes this new calendar product just about the most perfect thing to share with you today. Its the Mehffirmations 365-day tearaway calendar. Everyday, you get a snarky or slightly demotivating statement. I can think of a few friends who would appreciate this. And for a mere $14.99, I might invest in a couple of them.

PS: Apologies for no posts earlier today but the ogres of the offices put the screws to me today. I promise to double-up today!

Vintage Perpetual Filp Calendar

I spotted this photo in my friend Jake‘s Instagram feed this week and I insisted that he share the photo with me so I could share it with you. It is one of those wonderful, vintage perpetual calendars — I have one that is a tourist keepsake that says “Florida” — but this flip calendar has a simple globe on midnight blue making it a rare treasure. Jake said he scored this at the monthly First Weekend sales in the West Bottoms here in KC at a place called Rag and Bone. He says he spotted several flip calendars at different places so I am definitely going to have to check it out in December. If you happen to be in Kansas City the first weekend of the month, the West Bottoms is becoming quite the antique/vintage/thrift mecca.

It’s 2013… almost — an exhaustive round-up of planners and calendars

Most calendar and planner manufacturers have already released their 2013 offerings so I thought I might whet your appetite for a new wall calendar, desk calendar or planner.

First from Taschen are a range of designs featuring art, architecture, illustration and more in many different sizes and configurations.

(From left to right: Pin-Ups by Elvgren Weekly tear-off calendar, 8.1 x 13.0 in., 108 pages, $ 19.99; London Diary with spiral binding and elastic ribbon, 6.9 x 8.7 in., 122 pages, $ 15.99; Illustration Now Diary with spiral binding, 6.9 x 8.7 in., 124 pages, $ 15.99; Hiroshige. Famous Views of Edo Wall calendar with spiral binding, 13.5 x 19.3 in., 28 pages, $ 24.99; Paris Wall calendar, 11.8 x 11.8 in., 24 pages, $ 13.99; Fashion Ads of the 20th Century 365 Day-by-Day Hardcover, 6.7 x 8.5 in., 736 pages, $ 29.99)

From Jenni Bick come the Paperblanks line of bound planners and diaries. Diaries are available in sizes from micro 2.5″x3.5″, 3.5″ x 5″, 3.5″ x 7″ slimline, 4″ x 5.5″, 5″ x 7″, 7″ x 9″, 8.25″ x 11.75″ — pretty much something for everyone in designs that are ornate and rich looking with prices that range from $8.95 for a micro to $29.95 for the Grande Week -on-two-pages.

(From left to right, top to bottom:  Grolier Week at a Time Planner, Grande Features, 8.25″ x 11.75″, 160 pages, $29.95 Burgundy Foiled Week at a Time Planner, Midi Horizontal Features 5″x 7″, 160 pages, $16.95; Black Moroccan Week at a Time Planner, Midi Horizontal Features 5″x 7″, 160 pages, $16.95; Karakusa Week at a Time Planner– Slim Features, 3.5″ x 7″, 160 pages $14.95)

Jenni Bick is also stocking my favorite Cavallini daily planner, as well as an assortment of the Cavallini vintage-inspired wall calendars.

We Are What We Do have also released their 2013 Action Diaries, available in 6 colors in the A6 size (that’s about 4″ x 6″ for the Americans) for £6.

There are also options available in an academic calendar year (starting with September and either including 12 or 18 months). Paper Source has a variety of simple academic wall, desk and pocket options.

(From left to right and top to bottom: Academic Booklet Calendar 6″ x 7 1/2″ $12.95, Academic Date Book 5.5″ x 8″ $33.95, Metallic Gray My Agenda Academic Planner, 9″ x 7″ $47.95, Academic Great Big Wall Calendar, 24 3/4″ x 19 1/4″, $29.95)

And last but certainly not least (or the only other options because I could have gone on for days with this post), is the classic and ever-present Moleskine. Moleskine also offers academic planners in a variety of configurations and sizes so you can get organized ASAP or you can choose your favorite 2013 planner now before they sell out. European Paper is currently having a sale on the Moleskine Academic planners, just so you know.

Previous reviews of:

Notice Life Business Stationery

Notice Life is an Australian-based office stationery company that has created a whole series of large-scale project planning and goal-mapping tools. They sent me a copy of their weekly planning pad, 2012-13 financial year wall calendar and a set of to-do sticky notes.

The financial calendar is designed to align with the Australian fiscal year but as it starts in July, its more than adequate to start those long term planning goals stateside. It clocks in at a whopping 33″ x 23.5″. The months are listed across the top with the days below in long columns. In a small team or office, it would even be great to use to track time-off, holidays and other activities that effect the whole team. It could even be used as a family activity calendar.

The planning pad is a substantial 11.75″ x 16.5″ with 65 heavyweight sheets glue padded on the left edge — more than enough for a whole year with a few extra for mistakes. Along the left side are spaces for tasks for Monday through Sunday, in the center is space for general to-dos, Best of Web and rewards and at the far right is a space for notes. I keep thinking it would make a great desk blotter for an individual or wall-mounted to track activities for a whole team. Since the paper seemed so sturdy, I reached straight for a Sharpie pen and a Le Pen and didn’t even get any show-through on the back. Later, I tested with a Sharpie marker and only got slight show-through on the reverse of the stock but no bleed-through. This is some quality paper!

The to-do stickies have been divided up into areas to list to-do, notes, the owner of the task and the finish date. Its A7-sized, about 2.75″ x 4.25″ and has 50 heavyweight paper sheets.

The whole line of Notice Life products are available through our esteemed sponsor, Notemaker. If you order any of these products, you can receive a 10% discount when you enter the code WELLAPPDESK at checkout.

If you would like to win this Notice Life office collection (the planning pad is less one sheet used to test pens), please leave a note in the comments.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Monday, August 27, 2012. All entries must be submitted at, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Tuesday. Winner will be select by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money.

DIY planner kit

If you have had trouble settling on the perfect planner, why not try droplet’s DIY planner kit.  For $10, you can download the PDF files for letter-size and half-sized templates and either 3-hole punch or bind the pages into a book. The PDF comes with monthly calendar pages, weekly pages, notes pages and a contacts page so that you can build just the sort of planner you need.

I owned the files at one point but in the security debacle of 2010, I lost the files along with everything else I had stored digitally. And just when I was getting itchy to make my own planner!

(via droplet on Etsy)

The agony of choosing just the right planner/agenda for the New Year tend to put my teeth on edge. Then, I stumbled across the Moleskine comparison tool. Oh, finally!

First, you select what you are looking for, be it planner or something else, and then refine your search based on your size preference, format preference and even if you like a hardcover or softcover. In the case of my search for a new agenda for 2012, I was able to quickly narrow down the options to just four options. Then I hopped over to the online big box store and found exactly what I wanted on sale. Done and done.

This clever planner is spiral bound with short pages interspersed to allow you to see your full month-at-a-glance calendar as well as the short page week-at-a-glance. Very simple solution to a problem that has plagued paper calendar users for years. $35 and available in five different color covers.

(via Laurel Denise)

Pinhole Press is a photo printing service that offers a few unique services that sets it apart from Shutterfly and the like. They offer an assortment of customized paper goods like planners, journals and note pads. Their typography is lovely and the layouts are simple and classic.

You can create your own weekly planner with an assortment of photos interspersed throughout the book starting at $29.99.

The photo note pads can have a photo of your choice printed on the cover or you can choose from an assortment of patterns and designs for the cover with prices starting at $12.99. Pinhole Press also offers three different journal options including a hardcover with lined pages, spiral and softcover with blank pages. Based on the paper descriptions, it sounds like they are using Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite with eggshell finish (I’m guessing about the Mohawk part but I’m pretty sure that what it is and that’s some nice paper stock!)

Pinhole Press also carries all the products that other photo services have such as holiday photo cards, calendars, framed products and even customizable stationery, all with their fine design sense. Pricing seems pretty competitive as well.

This simple, clean desk agenda is produced in small numbers each year and is highly coveted. It features week-at-a-glance on two pages in the front on warm white stock and a dozen different pre-printed grids in the sketchbook section which is printed on pale blue. It has a lay-flat design and coated cover in a sharp blue this year. It measures at 150x100mm (about 4×6”) €15.

(via Typotheque)