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                    suburose notebooks

Hello dear readers!  If you haven’t checked out my other site, teensygreen, yet, now’s your chance!  my new friend subu and I are doing a notebook giveaway today through Wednesday at midnight!  Leave a comment under the post and I’ll be choosing a random winner.  Have fun and good luck!  And keep your eyes open for a PaperPusher giveaway tomorrow!!!

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                    Dragonfly Crafts notepadDragonfly Crafts notepadDragonfly Crafts notepad

I first heard of Craft Mafias when I purchased these awesome vintage fabric bags from mamadelic, one of the founders of the Miami Craft Mafia.  I guess they’ve moved a little north, because they’ve renamed themselves Hollywood Craft Mafia…wherever they are, they make excellent crafts worth checking out through their site or Etsy.  (If you live in Florida, they’ll pop up at one of the many, many, many fairs during the fall and winter as well).

This little notepad is from Dragonfly Crafts.  Made with index cards, the notepad has a side of blank pages and a side of lined pages, giving it sort of a sketch/list feeling.  And the vintage feeling will make you feel like the woman/mom/domestic goddess you’ve always dreamed you were…

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Get Crafty

                      subu rose notebooks

A really awesome blogger and bookmaker, subu, recently linked me to her site, and I couldn’t be more honored.  More than making these beautiful custom recycled notebooks, which you can find on Etsy, she’s part of a very unique and clever group located in cities all across the country – the not-so-elusive-but-very-intimidating-sounding “Craft Mafia”.  Specifically, subu is part of the Pittsburgh Craft Mafia

What are these crazy groups?  Craft Mafias are groups of crafty people who get together, craft together, and show off their craftiness at shows in their areas.  My first Craft Mafia encounter was on Etsy almost three years ago…but I digress.  I think this week I’ll devote my posts to Craft Mafias, what they stand for, and how they defend their turf (aside from with sewing needles and letterpress equipment!)

Anyway, today you can check out subu’s recycled, handmade notebooks.  The colorful books can be made completely customized -choose your color, with embellishments or text on them.  But the inside of the books are the coolest.  subu uses discarded printer paper as stock, so some pages have the print they came out of the printer with.  Now, I used to work in publishing, and I remember with horror how much paper we wasted from printer mishaps.  Makes me feel better to know some of it is being put to good use…

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I’ve been an Etsy fan for a long time…if you’ve never been on the site, beware, it’s a time sucker.  Etsy is an online community/store for artists, crafters, designers and generally incredibly creative people selling their visions.  I’ve bought jewelry on it, vintage fabric bags, hair clips for my daughters…it’s terribly addicting.  Anyway, lately I’ve set my sights on, you guessed it – paper.

This week I decided to look for notebooks and journals.  I have notebooks everywhere – by my bed, in my car, in my bag, the kitchen – anywhere I may need to jot something down.  I have journals as far back as junior high, pages and pages of copied music lyrics to express my feelings (I’m not much of a poet and hated my writing voice when I was a kid).  Now, I fill them with writing ideas, recipes, playdate info, my own spanish dictionary, love notes I stick in my girl’s backpacks…

Anyway, this week on my Sunday Etsy stroll, I found a lovely designer from Portland, Oregon called ‘Littleput Books’.  What first caught my eye were her recycled Scrabble board journals and tiles.  She can customize the front of the journal – eight letters across, five down, with one intersecting letter – I bought the “Love Life” one. 

Littleput Scrabble journal

Then, this beautiful journal caught my eye.  The koi fish has a vibrant cover, and this line of journals are for sketching as well.  The paper is a heavy linen stock, perfect for heavy pens or kohl.

 Littleput koi journal

And then I found these – Littleput’s custom accordion books, for weddings, party favors, birth announcements – she has a limitless array of papers to make these stunning little books. 

 Littleput wedding books

You can also check out Littleput’s blog.  And, she has jewelry, too!  Bonus!

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