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What We’re Loving: May Books’ Custom Notebooks

What We’re Loving: May Books’ Custom Notebooks

Gift your pals custom cookbooks and food diaries

It’s always nice to add a personalized touch when giving a gift. Think about it: it’s your best friend’s birthday and you’re gifting her a favorite classic movie, so why not pair it with popcorn or her favorite candy for the ultimate viewing experience to make the gift a little less run-of-the-mill?

When I got engaged, my bridesmaids gifted me personalized wine glasses that said "Bride" and "Groom" for an added custom bonus, which always goes a long way toward making the recipient feel special.

With that said, when May Books landed in our laps, we fell in love. The gift of a blank notebook is like handing someone a brush and a canvas — a simple thought, but one that can turn into so much more. A notebook, or any book really, is a great gift idea for people who enjoy jotting things down regularly — for practical purposes or just to let a few things off their chest.

May Books, maker of fashionable and eye-catching notebooks, brings the idea of customization to an ordinary object with the option to personalize the book.

Gift a new college student a monogrammed notebook or give a new bride a personalized cookbook. Use the books to stick to a budget by creating a grocery list book or watch what you eat with a food diary, or these notebooks would make great food journals, travel logs, or even beer-pairing notebooks — make them whatever you want, the sky is the limit.

To personalize, pair the idea with a pattern and a name, and voilà! A good-looking notebook is born.


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DIY Journals and Notebooks Help Stylishly Organize Your Thoughts

Whether you’re a student, a writer, an artist, or an extremely organized bullet journaler, finding the perfect notebook can be a challenge. Stand out from the crowd with this roundup of DIY journals and notebooks. These items also make great handmade gifts, so feel free to create a few extras for teachers, coworkers, friends, family, and other special people in your life.

Upcycled Book Journals

If the pretty patterns on vintage Reader’s Digest books suit your style, use them to create a beautiful new journal for recording all your special memories. Jennuine explains how to complete this project in about 15 minutes. (You’ll need to allow 30 minutes extra for drying time, plus overnight setting before the journal is ready to use.)

Painted Canvas Journal

If you have a blank canvas journal, personalize the cover with a custom watercolor painting. Brit + Co has instructions for three different designs you can make.

Handbound Leather Journal

You can’t go wrong with classic leather. This DIY journal makes a special treat for yourself or a good gift for the artist or writer in your life. Fill it with blank paper for doodling, lined paper for writing, or a combination of the two for maximum flexibility. Melissa Esplin has the tutorial on her blog.

Stitched Cover DIY Mini Journal

This tiny journal is the perfect size to keep in your purse. The hand stitched cover gives it a homespun charm. How Did You Make This? has the details.

Copper and Marble Journal

It’s hard to believe, but the secret to this amazing DIY journal is self adhesive vinyl! Learn more at Style Me Pretty.

Washi Tape Journal

Use strips of washi tape and a monogram to give a plain journal some pizzazz. Head over to Clean and Scentsible for the details.

Duct Tape Notebook

Duct tape comes in a wide range of fun patterns and its durability makes it perfect for notebooks that will be used often. Ribbons & Glue suggests pairing Hello Kitty duct tape with ribbon and letter stickers or die cut letters, but the possibilities with this technique are endless.

Paper Doily Notebook

Highlight an intricate cut paper doily by wrapping it around a blank journal. Add stickers and a coat of Mod Podge Hard Coat sealant to protect your work. Mod Podge Rocks explains.

Magazine Collage Pattern Journal

Personalize a plain journal with a geometric pattern made from magazine pages. Omiyage Blogs explains how to create your collage and provides several examples. When you’re done, seal your work with Mod Podge or clear contact paper.

Doodled Journal Covers

Highlight your artistic talents with a kraft cover journal adorned with Sharpie and gel pen doodles. Craft Whack shows you how to create three different designs.

Printable Boss Lady Notebooks

Make work fun with these funky retro “Boss Lady” printable notebook covers. Study DIY has links to the free printables, as well as instructions for how to use them to decorate your favorite spiral bound notebooks.

Printable Watercolor Notebooks

Can’t paint, but love the look of artsy watercolors? Then you’ll flip for the free printable from My Sister’s Suitcase. Use the beautiful and motivational designs to decorate inexpensive composition notebooks. Add washi tape to the binding for a decorative touch. If you want to make one as a gift, add letter stickers to personalize with the recipient’s name before sealing with Mod Podge.

Journal Cover from Fabric Scraps

Bloom and Blossom explains how to make a fabric cover for the journal of your choice. This project lets you use up tiny scraps of coordinating fabric. When your journal gets full, simply slip it out of the cover and add a new one.

Fabric Covered Notebook with Pen Holder

Isn’t it annoying when you have a great idea, but can’t find a pen? Keep yourself organized with this clever sewing project that lets you mix and match pretty fabrics. The Ribbon Retreat has the details.

No-Sew Fabric Covered Notebook

If you like the idea of a fabric covered notebook, but never learned how to sew, Going Reno suggests using spray adhesive to make your notebook cover. (If you’re worried about the fabric fraying, coat the edges with Fray Check sealant.)


These Royal Family Tell-All Books Break Down Every Major Scandal in House of Windsor History

Why are we so obsessed with the British royal family? Maybe it’s a toxic ex thing &mdash they are the ultimate One Who Got Away, colonially-speaking &mdash but I’m inclined to think it has more to do with what being a royal ultimately entails. When you’re a royal, your whole life is dictated by custom and tradition, from where you live to what you wear and who you marry. And anyone who watches enough reality TV knows that no one will go through life with those kinds of restrictions without serious drama. But those darn tight-lipped royals are intent on not letting the public see what goes on behind the mirage &mdash and that’s exactly where our favorite royal tell-all books come in.

At the heart of what makes all royal bios so compelling is the sense of pulling back the curtain and really getting to know the people carrying out these same traditions year in and year out. Only the people themselves vary, each rebelling against and taking up their royal duties in unique ways &mdash from Prince Charles’ shocking dalliance with Camilla Bowles, to Prince Harry and Prince William’s long-rumored feud, and, of course, the bombshell to the firm that was Meghan Markle.

At royal appearances, it’s all smiles and curtsies. And no one but these royal biographers, royal reporters, and other insiders are quite so invested in telling the story of who the royal family is as a real family &mdash brothers, in-laws, and a 94-year-old grandmother who has owned 30 corgis in her lifetime. That’s what we want to know more about &mdash and that’s exactly the kind of inside look these tell-all books give us.

Read on for all the best royal reads we’re loving right now.

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How to Make Your Own Copywork Pages

November 11, 2010 By Angela Mills · Disclosure: This Post May Contain Affiliate Links.

Did you know you can custom make your own copywork pages for free?

I’ve been using copywork to teach my second grader spelling, grammar, penmanship and more for a couple of years now. While I love the variety of copybooks available, this year I wanted something more specific so I decided to create my own.

First, download a free handwriting font from Dafont.com. On the site, you can find a great one called Penmanship Font. Just click the download button on the right-hand side of the screen and follow instructions to install it on your computer.

Once you’ve installed it, you should be able to use it in your word processing program. Note: When using this font, you can type ` (on my keyboard it is to the left of the 1 key) and it will leave a blank line like this:

Now you can choose your own quotes, scripture, or poems that you’d like to use for copywork! You can print them with accompanying blank lines, or keep a separate blank copy notebook like we do.

I love that I can tailor weekly copywork to our curriculum. I’ve done several scriptures we’ll be memorizing, poems we’ll study, passages from the Little House books we’re reading this year, and some famous president quotes. However, I think her favorite one will be this:

When Angela isn’t watching her kids slave away over their copywork books, she can be found writing about being a wife to rush home to, creating family times, and life as a homeschooling mom at Homegrown Mom.

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10 Trendy Tablecloths We&rsquore Loving Right Now

Tablecloths are cool again. That’s right, they’re not just for special occasions. Runners, table linens, and placemats can change the feel of a kitchen or dining space. Match your decor, buy a few in the same color to rotate between washes, or even choose a material to match the season (we like linen for the warmer months, just like clothes). Tablecloths shield your table from stains, scratches and rings, and we&aposve got you covered for the best options out there. See below for our picks to soften and spruce up your dining table.

Objective Linen Tablecloth, $150-$190 at food52.com

These hand-stitched linen tablecloths in muted, everyday colors are made with individually-dyed European yarn, creating a multi-toned piece that’ll look beautiful on any table. They’re also known to get softer with each machine wash cycle.

Provence Tablecloth, $40-$60 at williams-sonoma.com

Inspired by southern France, this floral tablecloth reminds us of fresh butter and lavender fields. It’s 100% cotton and finished with a clean, full hem.

La Mer Tablecloth, $149-$189 at potterybarn.com

With sea shells and fish masterfully printed on this 100% cotton tablecloth, you’ll be transported to the seaside. Throw this on your table for a summer party and your vibes will be set.

Parachute Washed Linen Tablecloth, $129 at parachutehome.com

The durable washed linen used to make these tablecloths works for both indoor and outdoor dining. Choose from jewel tones like plum and teal for rich pop of color.

Wayfair Basics Poplin Rectangular Tablecloth, $12-$22 at wayfair.com

Everyone needs a basic, low-priced tablecloth and this should be yours. Wayfair offers 40 colors and nine sizes, so you’ll find exactly what you need.

Parachute Chambray Fringe Tablecloth, $129 at parachutehome.com

Add some texture to your table with chambray fringe. The linen is casual, soft and can be dressed up or down.

Kitt Hemstitched Tablecloth, $54-$97 at wayfair.com

Neutrals are perfect for any occasion. The stunning hemstitch in this oblong tablecloth makes it ideal for a dinner party with friends.

Pinstripe Charcoal Linen Tablecloth, $120-$150 at surlatable.com

We love this thick linen, pinstripe tablecloth for daily meals. Each piece is hand-washed and pre-shrunk so it’ll drape casually and bring softness to your table.

Modern Stripe Fringe Tablecloth, $50-$70 at crateandbarrel.com

Stripes and fringe should make this 100% cotton tablecloth a top pick for your next potluck. The white and navy pattern is sleek, while the textured edge brings the fun.


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Why We Cook

With more than one hundred women restaurateurs, activists, food writers, professional chefs, and home cooks&mdashall of whom are changing the world of food. Featuring essays, profiles, recipes, and more, Why We Cook is curated and illustrated by author and artist Lindsay Gardner, whose visual storytelling gifts bring nuance and insight into their words and their work, revealing the power of food to nourish, uplift, inspire curiosity, and effect change.

&ldquoPrepare to be blown away by Lindsay Gardner&rsquos illustrations. Her gift as an artist is part of this fluid conversation about food with some of the most intriguing women, and you&rsquoll never want it to end. Why We Cook highlights our voices and varied perspectives in and out of the kitchen and empowers us to reclaim our place in it.&rdquo &mdashCarla Hall, chef, television personality, and author of Carla Hall&rsquos Soul Food

&ldquo Why We Cook is a wonderful, heartwarming antidote to these trying times, and a powerful testament to unity through food.&rdquo &mdashAnita Lo, chef and author of Solo and Cooking Without Borders

&ldquoThis book is a beautiful object, but it&rsquos also much more than that: an essay collection, a trove of recipes, a guidebook for how we might use food to fight for and further justice. The women in its pages remind us that it&rsquos in the kitchen, in the field, and around the table that we do our most vital work as human beings&mdashand that, now more than ever, we must.&rdquo &mdashMolly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life and The Fixed Stars

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​&ldquoProof that the act of cooking can indeed be an empowering, life-changing thing.&rdquo &mdash Well+Good 

&ldquoReaders will rejoice in this inspiring collection of writing and art about the beautiful, loving act of preparing a meal. . . . With Gardner&rsquos gorgeous watercolor illustrations, this book is a love letter to food and those who feed us.&rdquo &mdash Booklist , starred review

&ldquoA beautiful and thoughtful book, a buffet of approaches to the kitchen that show we&rsquore all in this together even though we&rsquore inevitably doing it a different way.&rdquo &mdash Salon.com

&ldquoThe range of voices shine a light on racial diversity in the culinary world in this visually evocative, comforting book. Easy to dive into at any point when seeking inspiration or a sense of community through food and cooking, this book is a good conversation starter.&rdquo  &mdashLibrary Journal

&ldquoPrepare to be blown away by Lindsay Gardner&rsquos illustrations. Her gift as an artist is part of this fluid conversation about food with some of the most intriguing women, and you&rsquoll never want it to end. Why We Cook highlights our voices and varied perspectives in and out of the kitchen and empowers us to reclaim our place in it.&rdquo &mdash Carla Hall , chef, television personality, and author of Carla Hall&rsquos Soul Food

&ldquo Why We Cook  is a wonderful, heartwarming antidote to these trying times, and a powerful testament to unity through food.&rdquo &mdash Anita Lo , chef and author of  Solo  and  Cooking Without Borders  

&ldquo This book is a beautiful object, but it&rsquos also much more than that: an essay collection, a trove of recipes, and a guidebook for how we might use food to fight for and further justice. The women in its pages remind us that it&rsquos in the kitchen, in the field, and around the table that we do our most vital work as human beings&mdashand that, now more than ever, we must.&rdquo &mdash Molly Wizenberg , author of  A Homemade Life  and  The Fixed Stars