New: Notepads!

☆ December 12, 2013


Printing my calendars on a press this year was so interesting – I’m going to photograph the entire process next year and share it here.  Printing on a press is a lot like rolling out dough – it’s a process done by hand with the help of a tool (rolling pin / printing press).  The middle is uniform, but the edges are imperfect.  Just as the edges of rolled-out dough might be irregular – a bit thinner or thicker, a bit jagged – so are the first and last prints done on a press.  And so extras are always made so these imperfect prints can be culled.

I was at my printer’s one day, after I’d picked up the calendars, and saw this stack of random prints from my calendars, and they explained this process.  I looked through the stack of loose prints, and saw that some of them were absolutely perfect – they were just extras, with not enough partners to make a full calendar – and it felt a shame to have them thrown away.  So I pulled out all the beautiful prints and asked my printer to turn them into notepads.

I love these!  I love them even more than the calendars.  They’re great toss-around doodle pads, perfect for kids, and I’ll be keeping one by my bed for midnight thoughts.  Since “upcycling” was my goal and the cover of each pad is an unused calendar page, it does have a month calendar grid printed on the back.  But who cares about the back of the cover of a notepad, especially when the front of the cover is so beautiful!

Perfect stocking stuffers, just $5 each ~ find ‘em in the Shop.
EDIT: And they’ve sold out! Wow, and thank you.


17 Responses to “New: Notepads!”

  1. Patr
    December 12th, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    Oh Shreve – you do so know how to draw me in…. Note pads and calendars are a real weakness. Please don’t start selling watches – I am watch poor! I just love wrist or pocket watches.

    Happy Thursday!

  2. mlaiuppa
    December 12th, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

    What a perfectly marvelous idea! It would be a shame to waste them and this is a perfect solution.

    What Patr said, only don’t start making them into shoes!

  3. Maggie
    December 12th, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

    Ah! Love!

  4. Torre
    December 12th, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

    Great idea! I’m always using notepads for something or other – order placed !

  5. Jackie Beck
    December 12th, 2013 @ 11:16 pm

    What a wonderful idea. Really like them

  6. Scotty
    December 13th, 2013 @ 12:02 am

    ohhh and they’ve got hinges. what beautiful hinges. back and forth back and forth. ohhhhh.

  7. Jamie Lyn Weaver
    December 13th, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    These I would order in a heartbeat. Not room in a studio for large calendars but note pads- you bet!

  8. Maddy
    December 13th, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    Dang! I totally would have grabbed a couple!

  9. Maranda
    December 14th, 2013 @ 12:31 am

    If you ever decide to make more or, you know, upcycle more, count me in! Notepads are my weakness.

  10. sybil
    December 14th, 2013 @ 6:46 pm



  11. Ron
    December 15th, 2013 @ 12:52 am

    I read a 2011 comment wondering about how a snake on a staff represented healing….

    In all probability, it isn’t a snake, but a filarial parasitic worm. In ancient times, as the worm burrowed through a patient’s skin, the “physician” would make a small cut just ahead of it’s path. As the worm started to come out, the worm would be wraped around a small, thin stick and slowly and carefully spun. Gradually, the worm would be removed.

    These healers/physicians advertised their services with a symbol similar to your EMT pin.

  12. tori
    December 16th, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    Darn! I can’t believe I missed that. I love notepads! Hopefully next year you’ll have a few extras again! :)

  13. Renee
    December 17th, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    I so love all the photos of your family-knowing your critter family is safe and happy when there are so many horrible things happening to other animals, pets and wild! And I love your connection with them and how we can see it in the photos! How very fortunate you are and I’m so envious! Not that I don’t love my own pets, but your life seems so soothing and satisfying.

  14. Nancy
    December 17th, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

    Aww…missed it! =(

  15. Patr
    December 19th, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    They arrived on Friday – and are BEAUTIFUL! I am almost tempted to not use them! but I am starting a new project at work that will be LONG hours and 16 weeks of torture – Charlie and the Family will put smiles on my face during this bleak project.

  16. Lylah
    December 21st, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Oh these are beautiful! I know making these was a surprise even to youraelf, but I hope someday you consider making these a more frequent item in your shop, like those lovely notecards. Everybody loves notebooks!

  17. penny in co
    December 24th, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    Sorry I missed out! Merry Christmas Shreve….

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