Lesley Barnes' Post-it Notes!

Surface Pattern Design Guide and Work/Life 3 participant Lesley Barnes was asked by 3M, the makers of the famous Post-it note pad collection, to work on some designs for their Signature SERIES. Lesley's Lavish Elegance and Eclectic Chic collections are available for purchase here


a little something extra

We're celebrating Janine's birthday tomorrow with a gift for you: purchase a two-year subscription and receive a free everyday notebook set!

* Sale ends Sunday, April 20. Shipping costs not included with notebook offer.This offer cannot be applied retroactively. 



Catarina Vaz is a Lisbon-based designer who makes beautiful notebooks. She describes her company, Grafolita, as "a small universe where paper, ink and colour rule." 100% crafted by hand, Catarina's notebooks are letterpress-printed and bound one by one. 

"Grafolita is about one person who self teaches doing what she needs in order to do what she wants: Special handmade notebooks, through traditional techniques, that are reinterpreted and used in a new design approach, in the care for finishings and materials."

photos by Rui Abreu

photos by Rui Abreu

Polkka Jam cards and calendars


Here are some graphic and simple cards from Finland's Polkka Jam.

"Polkka Jam is the family company of Kristiina Haapalainen and Sami Vähä-Aho. Our studio is located in Kemiö, archipelago of Finland where we distribute Polkka Jam collection to dozens of boutiques across Finland and abroad. Our production is focused on the imagery that we design and create together. Our products bring beauty and joy to every day life. High-quality materials, domestic production and the timeless imagery of our designs help ensure our products stand the test of time. Our designs are inspired by nature and everyday life, and they embrace soft values. We are dedicated to our work and passionate about design and illustration."

Their shop also features some sweet totes, whimsical children's bedding and some pretty fabulous serving trays. I'm so tempted to start a collection of illustrated birch serving trays...


happy red fish


I've featured Hagar's work on the blog and in the pages of the magazine and I'm always intrigued by what she'll do next. Her latest explorations involve house plants and recurring triangle threaded motifs added to old house photographs.


Prints and originals are for sale in her shop. Details about a holiday sale are in her newsletter.

UPPERCASE everyday notebooks are here!

Everything looks so good together!

Everything looks so good together!

The pattern I designed for issue #19 is one of my favourites. It is inspired by Icelandic knitwear and mineral crystal shapes.

The pattern I designed for issue #19 is one of my favourites. It is inspired by Icelandic knitwear and mineral crystal shapes.

A set of two, warm colours.

A set of two, warm colours.

Each set comes with a black hex pencil.

Each set comes with a black hex pencil.

The notebooks are completed and look and feel wonderful! I was so excited I took these Instagram videos and shots as I opened up the packages. All the details came together so nicely, even the crystal clear bag that keeps everything secure is the perfect fit.

UPPERCASE everyday notebooks are available in our shop now! Just in time for holiday list-making and gift-giving.