‘The Friday Flex’ is a weekly newsletter consisting of personal stationery and lifestyle news pieces. It primarily focuses my experiences with pen and paper krafts.
Table of Contents
- Instagram Highlights
- Incoming: Letter ‘J’ Seal & Bernzomatic Flex Stem Lighter
- Correspondence Tracker + DIY Address Book
- Write_On’s Letter Writing Event @ Coffee Bar, SF
- Post #100 Giveaway!
I. Instagram Highlights
#GoT6Countdown Day 1: Tyrion Lannister. I wanted to organize the Countdown generally from South to North, East to West because #winteriscoming. Naturally, we'll start with Tyrion in #Meereen and go to Bran Stark in the deep North. I love this quote because not only is it one of his first, it is such a good representation of everything we appreciate about Tyrion, our clever, misunderstood dwarf. So excited to see how he takes on Meereen in this coming season! #gameofthrones #gotseason6 #april24 #got #asoiaf #tyrionlannister #lannister #calligraphy #lettering #penmanship #handwriting #stationerylover
#GoT6Countdown Day 2: Dany's Dragons. If Daenerys's Dragons aren't the most exciting things, I don't know what is. I love that they're a constant presence in the back of your mind and not overdone. I really hope Rhaegal and Viserion escape the catacombs. I want to see them grow like Drogon… Please let Season 6 have some fiery badass-ery. #gameofthrones #gotseason6 #april24 #got #asoiaf #dragons #drogon #rhaegal #viserion #targaryen #fireandblood #calligraphy #lettering #penmanship #handwriting #stationerylover
#GoT6Countdown Day 5: Daenerys Targaryen I am so so SO GLAD that Daenerys is out of Meereen. She really needed some time to process all her decisions and really think about what she wants moving forward. And when better to do that then among the people she started her journey. I have no doubt she will conquer this challenge, but I have no idea whats going to come out on the other side and that's what makes Daenerys such an exciting character. #gameofthrones #gotseason6 #april24 #got #asoiaf #motherofdragons #queenofmeereen #breakerofchains #daenerys #targaryen #daenerystargaryen #fireandblood #calligraphy #lettering #penmanship #handwriting #stationerylover
II. Incoming: Letter ‘J’ Seal & Bernzomatic Flex Stem Lighter
Besides Game of Thrones, the theme of this week is correspondence. My beautiful, amazing friend gifted me a Letter ‘J’ Seal from an adorable shop in Berkeley, Castle in the Air. The seal is so pretty and classy (Thank you Fiona!) and I can’t wait to use it on my next letters
The second new thing in my stock is the Bernzomatic Flex Stem Lighter. This lighter was recommended by Brian Goulet for wax seals and I must say I am really impressed by how fast it melts wax. It only cost me about $4 at Home Depot and it is such a multi-purpose tool. I’ve only tested it out once, but the fact that my first ever seal looks perfect is a promising start.
III. Correspondence Tracker + DIY Address Book
As a true notebook addict, I simply had to assign a notebook to the job of tracking my correspondence. After much deliberation, I decided to use the A5 Tsubame Fools University Notebook that my friend Fiona gifted me. I chose it over the others because I wanted a high quality line ruled notebook without any embellishments. This Tsubame also has 200 pages, so I don’t need to worry about sectioning off the back 26 pages for an address book section. I will review the Tsubame after more use, but I can already tell you that it handles fine-nibbed fountain pens and felt tip pens without any bleedthrough or feathering.
My correspondence tracker will be organized into 2 sections: Incoming/Outgoing Correspondence Notes in the front and an address book in the back. To make the address section with tabs, I used a paper trimmer, a ruler, and some Daiso tab stickers. I cut off 3/8″ from the back 13 sheets and placed 13 tabs. The address book starts with A from the back, Asian-style. To make sure I don’t run out of space, I also added a line the middle. Although it took a bit of work, I like that I now have tabs that don’t stick out of the notebook and since its in the back, the front is kept clear for the correspondence notes. I can’t wait to fill this up!
IV. Write_On’s “Letter Writing Event” @ Coffee Bar, SF
Yesterday (Thursday April 7), I had the pleasure of attending the Letter Writing Event hosted by Write_On and The Dinner Party, a community of 20 to 30-year olds who’s suffered a significant loss. The event was at the Coffee Bar in San Francisco and it was simply spectacular. There were cool Write_On kits, food, free stationery and stamps, and a room full of beautiful, life-minded spirits. Since the SF Pen Show last August, I haven’t been to another stationery-focused event and I must say the Letter Writing Event exceeded my expectations. I really appreciated the feeling of community. They really outdid themselves. I will definitely be attending their April 28 event at Chronicle Books.
V.Reminder: Post #100 Giveaway!
Don’t forget to check out my Post#100 Giveaway!