Like many of you, I am charmed by paper. I like the way it looks, smells, and feels. I'm charmed by ink as well. I'm a sucker for a good font, lovely handwriting, and everything from an intricate engraving to a lowly doodle. When you put paper and ink together you certainly end up with something that is (usually) more than the sum of its parts. For most of us, the pinnacle of this mash-up is the book (cue the spotlight and heavenly chorus). That amazing flesh and blood/paper and ink bundle of joy that will never be replaced by a circuit board and screen.
But books aren't the only printed matter than make me a little weak in the knees. Although many are cutting back their Christmas card habit, I am going the other direction. I love getting them (the newsier the better) so I figured I needed to give some to get some. (And how odd that in this day and age it took the annual Christmas card to find out that a casual friend who lives just miles from me is moving with his family to Thailand.)
|The start of this year's collection. That would be Amanda being Merry and Bright.|
When I was in high school, I fell in love for the first time--with a college boy. We met the summer before my Senior year of high school as he was getting ready to spend his Junior year of college abroad in Madrid. Not long after the school year started we began corresponding. Every day I would practically run home from school to see if there was one of those distinctive airmail envelopes waiting for me. Some weeks there would be multiple letters.
No relationship in the 1980s was complete without a mixed tape.
|The 'liner notes' from a mixed tape he made for me in college.|
We were still long distance, I was in Minneapolis, he was in Madison.
|I'm a total sucker for Moleskine notebooks. But with my poor handwriting and lack of artistic talent, I buy them and they sit empty. I recently gave a few of them away to Stefan at ArchitectDesign because I know that he will find a good use for them.|
|And what book blogger worth their salt can think of Moleskine without thinking Matt at A Guy's Moleskine Notebook?|
|I've had better luck with this little lovelies filled with graph paper. Good for lists and for sketching out my dream kitchen.|
I'm not sure I would like the book, but I really want to own it.
|I'm also a sucker for nice thank you notes. At least I use these.|