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delicious! my new addiction...

delicious! my new addiction…

I have to hand it to you: last week’s post about washi tape elicited some great responses! From super recommendations about online shopping (thanks cappuccinoandartjournal!) to incredible storage solutions (Sally W – you’re a genius!), Red Letter Day readers had magnificent things to say about washi!

there's just -something- about rolls of tape in rows...

there’s just -something- about rolls of tape in rows…

This time around, I’m going to share some of my favorite “stationery hacks” with you. But first: another way to store your rolls ‘o tape:

like a necklace, but oh-so-different!

like a necklace, but oh-so-different!

I buy extra-long boot laces at my local shoe repair place, then string my rolls of tape onto the laces. It’s a little trick I learned when working on film sets; pretend each roll of tape is a bit of popcorn, and you’re making a giant popcorn string! I clip the two ends together of the boot laces together, using one of those gigantic binder clips that we all know and love.

in action!

in action!

This particular “washi bandolero” is hanging off my roll-around cart in the studio – but you could also drape off a doorknob, the back of a chair, a cup hook on the wall – the point is that an entire BOATLOAD of tape is easily transportable, whether that means over to the other side of a table or across town for a class!

stack of mail? rubber stamp? washi tape? which do I look at first?

stack of mail? rubber stamp? washi tape? which do I look at first?

Now that you’ve got some starting points for organization, how about some fun and simple stationery DIY’s?

these items will be washi-fied, in the following videos!

these items will be washi-fied, in the following videos!

I have no doubt that there are plenty of other blogs that have run down groovy things to  construct with your tape (perhaps you’ll share your faves in the comments?) However, the videos below show-n-tell some of the things that I like to do with my tapes, mostly along the lines of customizing stationery implements and letter writing tools. Let’s take a look! :

Interested in a second helping? There’s three additional stationery hacks shown here:

And with that, I’ll sign off! May your week be filled with lots of postal love (and perhaps a new roll of tape!)

–JH

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he knows if you've been bad or good...oh wait! wrong guy.

he knows if you've been bad or good...oh wait! wrong guy.

Psst: I have something I have to tell you.

Something Extremely Important.

Something which cannot wait.

Christmas is exactly one week away.

my apartment. no wait! wrong place.

my apartment. oh wait! wrong place.

That’s right: one week. Seven short, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-days. And if you’re even the teeniest bit like me (and I think that you might be), you still have a couple of folks left on your Christmas list to shop for. That’s if you’ve started shopping at all.

make sure you've filled out all the correct forms!

make sure you've filled out all the correct forms!

So: I’m going to help you out a bit. I’ve rustled up a handful of “make at the last minute but it looks like you spent weeks in the studio” ideas, gift possibilities for friends who are equally obsessed with the post office. Who knows? Maybe you’ll have time to make an extra gift or two — for yourself!

adorable, no?

adorable, no?

1): Andria over at the blog  “Drawing Near” sent the loveliest email last week, letting me know about her Airmail Jotters — perfect little notebooks if you need a stocking stuffer for someone. Fast and easy to make, these notebooks are cute as a button with their airmail covers! Head on over and check out her easy-to-follow tutorial…

2): the blog “Carolyn’s Homework” had this amazing goodie (among others):

now imagine what a dozen would look like, lined up in a row...

now imagine what a dozen would look like, lined up in a row...

c'est magnifique!

c'est magnifique!

and I think that cutie little jar would be perfect for a Christmas gift! Why not fill a canning  jar with rolled up envelopes, letter paper, one of those Pilot disposable fountain pens from Japan, and a sheet of postage? Top the whole thing off with a fancy, airmail envelope lid and you have the perfect gift for a niece or BFF.

would I even set a coffee mug on these coasters? It's hard to tell...

would I even set a coffee mug on these coasters? It's hard to tell...

3): the Letter Writer’s Alliance shared this Design Sponge/postage coasters link last year, and I immediately swooned. Postage stamp-inspired coasters – what’s not to love? I mean honestly. These are a little more time consuming than the two projects mentioned above, but isn’t your favorite co-worker worth it? The one who stayed w-a-a-y late and helped you wrap up that most recent (hellish) project? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

With that, I wish everyone a merry everything! It’s back to the studio for me; all those half finished gifts are calling out, and I’ve got a deadline, just like the rest of you!
–JH

santa's workshop is so...organized.

santa's workshop is so...organized.

 

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Meri Brin has something that she wants to tell you. It has to do with ink and paper and keeping secrets. Operating under the moniker “Fixed Orifice Press”, Meri’s prints and journals are inspired by pattern and texture — multiple layers of silkscreen or letterpress pile themselves on top of each other, while linoleum cuts take center stage in glorious, contrasting color. Red Letter Day got a chance to catch up with the always-entertaining Miss Brin, and hear a bit more about her process.



“Fast Loves on Fancy” — 2010

letterpress and silkscreen broadside

JH: In 2-3 sentences, describe your work and/or press.

MB: Fixed Orifice Press is work that I make separate from my “fine art” or “graphic design” work – it’s a place for handmade journals, notebooks, postcards, broadsides, t-shirts…items that are more accessible and user-friendly, with a lower price-point than my etchings or silkscreen prints. I started FOP when making blank notebooks to sell – I didn’t want it being “Meri Brin’s Notebooks” or anything like that.

JH: If someone were interested in seeing your fine art prints, where would they go, web-wise?

MB: My portfolio of artwork and design is at www.meribrin.com

JH: Tell the RLD readers a bit about your influences & the kinds of things that inspire you.

MB: FOP is big on nature-based patterns, delicate details, and bits of fun. Ice cream cones, airplanes, lined paper, and of course dogs! A mix of old and new. A little bit of an edge, especially with the colors red and purple, drips and darkness. A dog that is part mechanical makes us look backwards and forwards at the same times. Things to slip in your pocket that no one else would have. The way paper looks when it’s been in the sun a little too much. Animals really speak to me, both in FOP and in my more personal artwork — I love to juxtapose them with other objects as well.

one of Meri’s handcrafted journals, available via Etsy…


JH: I love those two phrases: “Things to slip in your pocket that no one else would have. The way paper looks when it’s been in the sun a little too much.” They really embody the whole philosophy and look of your work…

You incorporate a variety of printmaking techniques (as well as letterpress) into your work. Do you have a favorite printmaking medium/technique you like to work with?

MB: Silkscreen is perfect for cranking out notebook covers, as well as being able to print more than one color in a short amount of time. I have been embracing more letterpress lately, which I would love to continue, but it takes a little more planning.

JH: Do you consider your work to be art? Or craft? Or a mixture of both?

MB: I feel like it is more craft, and I like that because it’s different from the work I do as “fine art”. This is a little more down and dirty, a little more DIY. I want to make things that people want to have in their pockets or send to other people for fun. I want my work to be accessible — instead of buying an etching for $300, maybe you buy a set of postcards or a notebook for $7 — but either way I want the imagery that I have created to make you smile or give you a sense of enjoyment when looking at it or using it every day.


“The Remedy on Divergent Methods” — 2008

letterpress, silkscreen, handbound artists’ book in an edition of 7


JH: Anything else we should know?

MB: I love to make stuff, and I just want to put it out there into the world for others to enjoy. There’s nothing better than getting a gift in the mail! And we heart Red Letter Day.

JH: Aww shucks. We love you right back.

For further information, feel free to visit the Fixed Orifice website

or Meri Brin’s “infinite noise” Etsy shop

–JH

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