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December 16, 2011

What I’m up to – Bound Custom Journals

A while back, I posted about a little side project I’d been working on and was raising Kickstarter money to try to get off the ground.  Well thanks in part to the generosity of you good-lookin’ OKGreatsters, we were able to raise the money we needed, and as of just a few weeks ago, Bound Custom Journals is a real live company.

I’m pretty damn proud.  From the beginning, Bound was something that first and foremost, we wanted.  When Joel (my biz partner) was going on a road trip a few years ago, he thought surely teh internetz would be surely able to create a custom journal with exactly the content he needed for the trip – calendars for planning, maps for marking sweet spots, blanks for sketching, lines for writing.  But unfortunately, it didn’t come through, so we set off to make it real.  Because we wanted one.  At the very least, we’d have our own journal.

But it turned out that a lot of other people wanted one too.  Kickstarter for us was just as much about validating what we thought was a good idea as it was about raising some capital to get things going.  It was a thrill – I don’t think email will ever be as fun as it was during those 50 days.

Fast forward through about 4 months of late nights of designing, coding, beer drinking, and a decent bit of profanity (mostly by my ridiculously talented brother, and Bound CTO, David, when deciphering shipping APIs), and we finally pushed our site live and caught our breath while we planned the next steps.  We enjoyed another beer, and then got back to work improving the site, adding content, and telling the world.

All this to say that I’m excited that Bound Custom Journals is live, and I think you should check us out.  Find us at boundforanything.com, or just click the link in the ‘Friends’ section in the right column.  And if you have any ideas for content, products, or just want to say hey, drop us a line or leave a comment.

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November 9, 2011

Etsy finds: Laptop cases

I just took the plunge and bought a new 15″ MacBook Pro. Though upgrading was long over due, it’s always scary to drop that much money on a computer. I’ve been surfing the web looking for a case for my new friend, and here are some cute options I found on Etsy:

(clockwise from top left)
1. OggoThings
2. JiuJiu
3. BluCase
4. BagyBag

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June 1, 2011

Freaker Love

You’ve got to love the enthusiasm & passion for these people trying to get their handmade bottle sleeve operation off the ground. I’m willing to bet 10 freakers that if you take the time to watch their video above, you’re guaranteed to donate something to their kickstarter campaign. If you don’t then you probably have ice in your veins. Which means you could probably use a torso sized freaker. Which I guess is another name for a sweater.

Freakers!

Thanks to the talented Talia Ledner for bringing this to our attention!

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February 5, 2010

you can afford it friday: aprons

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Along with my vintage table linens obsession, I also love aprons. I don’t think I’ve ever worn one in my life, but I have a few from my grandmothers and really, what could be cuter. So in case you do rock aprons, or just like to admire them from afar, here are some favorites under $40.

[1] block printed linen apron, $38 [3] reversible apron, $36 [2] 60′s apron, $23 [4] black & white, $38 [5] plaid apron, $8 [6] grey canvas, $40 [7] vintage mustard apron, $8 [8] green tomato apron/dishtowel, $18 [9] floral, $4.95

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January 29, 2010

you can afford it friday: office supplies

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Remember how much fun it was to go shopping for new school supplies every August? Office supply shopping is just as fun!

[1] braid notebook, $16 [2] vintage labels, $2.65 CAD [3] japanese masking tape, $27 [4] cube magnets, $8 [5] agate notebook, $13.50 [6] card case, $34 [7] 60′s staplers, £22 [8] address card file, $49 [9] ruler box, $3.50 CAD

Til next week! I love hearing your round-up ideas and favorite products. You Can Afford It Friday submissions can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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January 15, 2010

you can afford it friday: calendars

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The best thing about buying calendars in January is that a bunch of them are on sale! Luck you! Here are some of the best for 2010, not sold out yet.

[1] linen calendar from linea carta, $26 [2] illustrated calendar by flora douville, $16 [3] silkscreened calendar by never sleeping, $12 [4] letterpress calendar by studio on fire, $30 [5] illustrated red prairie press calendar, $15 [6] poster calendars by michael faber, $35 [7] illustrated canvas calendar by two brunettes, $16 [8] letterpress calendar by seesaw, $28 [9] 4 color screenprint poster calendar by delicous design league, $30

Til next week! As always with OK Great features, if you have a submission we’d love to hear about it. You Can Afford It Friday submissions or round-up ideas can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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January 8, 2010

you can afford it friday

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If you’re like me, you’re starting to feel a little guilty about the thank you cards you haven’t yet written for Christmas  gifts. Here are some cards from a few of my favorite stationery shops to get you going!

[1] curiosity shoppe, 8 for $13.50 [2] bloom by smock, 6 for $14, [3] bigwig & silver, 6 for $12 [4] hammerpress, 6 for $12 [5] jessicagm, 4 for $8 [6] linda & harriett, 6 for $14 [7] bailey doesn’t bark, 8 for $18 [8] night owl, 6 for $7, [9] set editions, $3

‘Til next week! As always with OK Great features, if you have a submission we’d love to hear about it. You Can Afford It Fridays submissions or round-up ideas can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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January 1, 2010

you can afford it friday

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Happy New Year!

As promised, I’m back with part 2 of the affordable book round-up. (check out part 1 here).

[1] Lotta Jansdotter Stencils (available for preorder), $25.95 [2] Twentieth-Century Pattern Design, $35 [3] Very Small Shops, $40 [4] The Graphic Eye: Photographs by Graphic Designers from Around the Globe, $35 [5] I Will Never Forget You: Frida Kahlo and Nickolas Muray, $24.95 [6] The Book of Stamps (photo by Julia Rothman), $23 [7] Playful Type, $39.95 [8] Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts: Woolly Embroidery, $14.95 [9] Naïve: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design, $50

‘Til next week! As always with OK Great features, if you have a submission we’d love to hear about it. You Can Afford It Fridays submissions or round-up ideas can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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December 18, 2009

You Can Afford It Friday

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One thing I always ask for for Christmas is books. I love to read, and although I stick to a good novel for my daily dose, I also like having some beautiful design & DIY books around for when the feeling strikes. In researching this post, I found a million books I’d love to add to my collection, so this will be Part 1 of the You Can Afford It Friday book round-up, and Part 2 will be up on January 1. (I’ll be taking next Friday off cause that’s Christmas… can you believe it?).

[1] The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Typography, $45 [2] The Printmaking Bible: The Complete Guide to Printing Materials and Techniques, $50 [3] Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators, and Creatives, $30 [4] Stencil 101 Decor: Customize Walls, Floors, and Furniture with Oversized Stencil Art, $24.95 [5] The Pattern Sourcebook: A Century of Surface Design, $35 [6] Postcard, $29.95 [7] Reprodepot Pattern Book: Flora and Reprodepot Pattern Book: Folk (225 Vintage Inspired Textile Designs), $24.95 each [8] 1000 Fonts: An Illustrated Guide to Finding the Right Typeface, $29.95 [9] Appliqué Your Way, $19.95

See you on the 1st! As always with OK Great features, if you have a submission we’d love to hear about it. You Can Afford It Fridays submissions or round-up ideas can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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