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    Connecting with Creative Minds: 877 Workshop Studio Visit

    Connecting with Creative Minds: 877 Workshop Studio Visit
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    One of the greatest gifts during our summer stay in Germany has been meeting and connecting with other creative minds. Getting to know Sylvia and Daniel of 877 Workshop was...

    We are now taking Traveler's Notebook 2019 Pre-Order

    We are now taking Traveler's Notebook 2019 Pre-Order
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    Each year, Traveler's Company delights us with a whimsical analogue theme for Traveler's Notebook collection! 2019 theme is all about music. You can find the 2019 Traveler's Notebook refills and more via...

    Traveling and Designing

    Traveling and Designing
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    We just launched new designs for BK original products. I am so excited to say that all these ideas came out based on our experiences during the summer months in...

    Up Close and Personal with Roterfaden

    Up Close and Personal with Roterfaden
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    I had the honor to visit Roterfaden headquarter in the city of Saarbrücken last week to meet Beate, the owner of Roterfaden and see a glimpse of behind the scene....

    MD 2019 Diary Here We Come!

    MD 2019 Diary Here We Come!
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    When I flip through the MD Diary, one attribute that comes to my mind is "Minimal".  When the world feels chaotic and full, I appreciate the quietness of this collection. When...

    We are taking Jibun Techo 2019 pre-order!

    We are taking Jibun Techo 2019 pre-order!
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    We are excited to share that we have launched Jibun Techo 2019 pre-order on our website! If you are interested in using Jibun Techo as a platform for your 2019 planner...

    Sharing an exciting news about Eunice (@thedailyroe)

    Sharing an exciting news about Eunice (@thedailyroe)
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    Greetings from Hamburg, Germany! Frido and I will continue to be working from Germany until the end of this month, but we have an exciting BK announcement to share with you!  ...

    Travel with Kids // Hamburg, Germany

    Travel with Kids // Hamburg, Germany
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    Hello from Hamburg, Germany! We have always traveled with our little ones through thick and thin. One thing we realized after trying out different travel itinerary type, planning (and then...

    Traveling with BK Sketch Notebook and Traveler's Notebook

    Traveling with BK Sketch Notebook and Traveler's Notebook
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    Since our family started traveling in mid-June, I have been carrying my Traveler's Notebook everywhere. It's my wallet and my journal all at the same time. And maybe because we...

    BK Official Instagram!

    BK Official Instagram!
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    For the longest time, I went back and forth between having or not having the BK official Instagram account. We are such a petite and personal brand and I felt...

    Stamping away with joy at Traveler's Factories!

    Stamping away with joy at Traveler's Factories!
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    Between our stay in Ishigaki Island and the final travel destination, Germany, we spent one night in Tokyo. We arrived in mid-afternoon, and we only had time until the next...

    Play & Breathe // Ishigaki Island, Japan

    Play & Breathe // Ishigaki Island, Japan
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    I believe every "travel" has its purpose and meaning to contribute to our family and life. More often we don't know what the purpose is meant to be until we...

    Traveling light through Japan

    Traveling light through Japan
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    Last week when we first arrived in Japan, we had an ambitious itinerary to stay at different accommodations 4 nights in a row with all kinds of public transportation in...

    Kira no Sato // Onsen visit in Izu

    Kira no Sato // Onsen visit in Izu
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    We made a detour trip to Izu Peninsula on our way back to Tokyo for one night stay at a traditional Onsen inn, Kira no Sato. It's a huge treat...

    Inspiration Lab with The Superior Labor [Truly Yours]

    Inspiration Lab with The Superior Labor [Truly Yours]
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    What a fun time we had with The Superior Labor team during the weekend of Inspiration Lab [Truly Yours]. This event had been in making since last November. Every element...

    The Happy Cheers from The Superior Labor Enthusiasts

    The Happy Cheers from The Superior Labor Enthusiasts
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    At the BK inspiration lab, an enthusiastic group of like-minded individuals came to meet The Superior Labor team and have their Traveler's Notebook personalized. Not only did participants create their...

    Shop Updates!

    Shop Updates!
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    Due to our upcoming Inspiration Lab with The Superior Labor, our shop (both online and brick & mortar) will be closed for a short while. Please know that our online shop...

    Metamorphosis: TSL Pen Holder Clip // New vs. 3 months

    Metamorphosis: TSL Pen Holder Clip // New vs. 3 months
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    Pen Holder Clip is really special to me and Frido since it's one of the ideas that came out from our meeting with the Superior Labor (July 2016!!). We went back...

    Bringing more LIFE into my Jibun Techo

    Bringing more LIFE into my Jibun Techo
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    The other day, my girls were painting at the dining table so I joined in with my Jibun Techo. One of my wish for this year on my analogue adventure...

    Our inventory room. Reinvented.

    Our inventory room. Reinvented.
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    January 3rd was a big milestone moment for our studio. We had the official furniture moving day for our inventory room! As we slowly have grown our collections we carry...

    Letters to your loved ones...

    Letters to your loved ones...
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    If you are wondering where to start your analogue adventure this year... I would love to share one place where we can all begin our journey from.  It's simple. Just open...

    Jibun Techo // Roterfaden A5 Slim x The Superior Labor Cover

    Jibun Techo // Roterfaden A5 Slim x The Superior Labor Cover
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    It has been a few months since we fully moved into Jibun Techo Biz 2018. Frido has been using the Jibun with A5 Slim Roterfaden (Light Brown) and I have...

    How I am making "Jibun Techo" work for me!

    How I am making "Jibun Techo"  work for me!
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    We started introducing Jibun Techo for 2018 this season and since it's a relatively new planner system, I get a lot of questions reg. how I am utilizing the notebook....

    Travel with Less

    Travel with Less
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    Good morning from our studio in Los Angeles. It's so nice to be back here. Settling in with our version of Los Angeles autumn weather.  I hope you are able...

    Travel & Store Closure Schedule for October

    Travel & Store Closure Schedule for October
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    Hello friends! I hope your fall is gliding smoothly. Our BK team will be visiting Japan once again in October (BK on the Road travel post here, here, here, here, and...

    Story behind the BK Travel: OKINAWA Stickers/Postcards

    Story behind the BK Travel: OKINAWA Stickers/Postcards
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    By now, you probably know that travel inspires Baum-kuchen immensely. It always has and it continues to bring so much to life. I still vividly remember the time when Frido...

    TSL 2-way Backpacker in action!

    TSL 2-way Backpacker in action!
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    We took the TSL 2-way Backpacker to the big adventure this summer. It's one thing to look pretty on the store display and curated product photoshoot but it's totally another...

    Hello from Baum-kuchen! - interview by "Entrepreneurial Voice" with Jan McCarthy

    Hello from Baum-kuchen! - interview by "Entrepreneurial Voice" with Jan McCarthy
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    Happy Sunday:) I am so excited to share that our Baum-kuchen story/interview was featured at "Entrepreneurial Voice" with Jan McCarthy which aired about a month ago. If you have a...

    BK on the Road: Okinawa with expansive adventures...

    BK on the Road: Okinawa with expansive adventures...
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    Whenever I come home from a trip, I am in awe of how much the act of traveling transforms us. Our recent Okinawa trip was no exception. When we picked...

    Adventure continues...

    Adventure continues...
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    I so believe that even when our exciting trip comes to an end, our experience lingers in life for a very long time.  Last few trips we have taken definitely...

    Meet our incredible BK Team!

    Meet our incredible BK Team!
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    At home, our family is learning about an evolution of the earth and our world right now... When we were reading this lovely book, The Story of Life: A First...

    Metamorphosis: MD Leather Cover // 6+ months

    Metamorphosis: MD Leather Cover // 6+ months
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    When I am using my MD leather cover everyday, I sometimes forget that the leather ages and wears in... similar to how we don't see how much our kids are...

    BK CLOSED // Tokyo Research trip!

    BK CLOSED // Tokyo Research trip!
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    We are incredibly excited to be heading out to Tokyo for our very first team research trip! We will be visiting stationery and lifestyle shop and studio in Tokyo, collecting...

    Why I write.

    Why I write.
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    I go through this process every year. Right around September... I start to dream and wonder about next year's analogue system. Which size works better? Which notebook? What format should...

    Visiting The Superior Labor... and having one of my dream come true

    Visiting The Superior Labor... and having one of my dream come true
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    Cheers to Inspiration Lab 005: Customize your Traveler's Notebook with 1.61 Soft Goods (6/18/16)

    Cheers to Inspiration Lab 005: Customize your Traveler's Notebook with 1.61 Soft Goods (6/18/16)
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    Analogue system: Simplified

    Analogue system: Simplified
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    It's hard to believe we have crossed 1/2 mark of the year! How is your analogue system going??? Is your system still holding up to your hopes and dreams you...

    Travel with Purpose // Angie Park

    Travel with Purpose // Angie Park
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    "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." ----

    We’ve always been on the move.

    Since we were hunters and gatherers in search of food.
    Since we began to build roads that allowed us to travel and caravan through continents.

    We moved and travelled for the purpose of trade, commerce and religious convictions that took people like Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo to foreign parts of the world to encounter new strange lands where they were confronted by people who spoke different languages and believed in other types of deities. Our movement spread stories, expanded minds and changed the way we view others and ourselves.

    - Angie Park

    **click the title to read more! 

    Love for Traveler's Notebook with Patrick Ng (5/19/16)

    Love for Traveler's Notebook with Patrick Ng (5/19/16)
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    May 19th was a very memorable day for us at Baum-kuchen! We had an amazing honor to host Traveler's Notebook meet-up with Patrick Ng. I had to pinch myself few times the day because it was really a dream come true to have such a passionate Traveler's Notebook community in Los Angeles to gather and listen to Patrick's point of view in analogue lifestyle, his role as a stationery buyer in Hong Kong, as well as stories behind Traveler's Notebook.

    **click the title to read more! 

    SAVE THE DATE // 1.61 Soft Goods Inspiration Lab // June 18th (Saturday)

    SAVE THE DATE // 1.61 Soft Goods Inspiration Lab // June 18th (Saturday)
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    We are thrilled to share that we are bringing new type of Inspiration Lab to our Baum-kuchen studio on June 18th (Saturday)! This gathering will be very special because we are featuring our favorite creative partners, Diana and Wes of 1.61 Soft Goods.

    For the past 2.5 years Baum-kuchen and 1.61 Soft Goods have worked on so many creative projects together from Essential leather insert for Traveler's Notebook, Origami Leather Basket (which was initially designed as BK in-store shopping basket) to soon to launch Baum-kuchen charm 2.0! We love their design aesthetics, craftsmanship and maker's lifestyle.

    On June 18th, Baum-kuchen community is invited to our BK studio/shop in Glassell Park to customize your Traveler's Notebook and refills (or any other notebooks of your choice:). You will be working with 1.61 Soft Goods using their beloved leather tools while browsing unique 1.61 Pop-up collection (some of which include artifacts that are exclusively sold through their website).

    This gathering will be RSVP only and free to attend so please stay tuned for an update.

    If you would like, please send us an email to karma@baum-kuchen.net so we can add your email address to our Inspiration Lab contact list!

    When we come across a fork in the road // Angie Park

    When we come across a fork in the road // Angie Park
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    "One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. "Which road do I take?" she asked. "Where do you want to go?" was his response. "I don't know," Alice answered. "Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter." - Lewis Carroll

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    As young adolescents, we grow up hearing…

    What do you want to do?

    Who do you want to be?

    What do you want to accomplish?

     

    We think that the answers to these questions will lead us towards a clear path and some sort of ‘final destination.’ But, as we grow older, and gain new understandings, you realize these answer are not set in stone, but it shifts, adapts, and changes with time. These questions continue to pop up again and again over the course of our lives (sometimes, in different formats), and it allows us to reflect and re-calibrate. Sometimes, we come across a fork in the road— a chance for us to make adjustments, and re-set our path. These opportunities require us to make decisions.

    - Angie Park

    *click the title to read more! A notebook and pen might be a helpful companion along with a cup of tea or coffee:) 

    Reflecting on Inspiration Lab 004: The Art of Fountain Pens (4/10/16)

    Reflecting on Inspiration Lab 004: The Art of Fountain Pens (4/10/16)
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    Few weekend ago, we hosted our 4th Inspiration Lab at Baum-kuchen. We love that we continue to explore different aspects of analogue lifestyle through these intimate gatherings. This time, we shared our love for all things fountain pens.

    **click the title to read more!

    Building an analogue habit / The 100 days of Meditation

    Building an analogue habit / The 100 days of Meditation
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    Few weeks ago, I reached the epic goal in the most beautifully anti-climatic way. I completed my "100 day" project. 

    I first came across the idea of #The100DayProject when I attended and spoke at the recent "The Beyond Inspiration" gathering. There, Sarah Ehlinger (check out her Instagram @verysarie) shared her story about The 100 Days Project she was just finishing and how it shifted her creative career. At the end of the gathering, I left the room promising myself that I would love to shift something in my life by challenging myself with The 100Day Project. 

    Knowing myself and everyday juggle we have at home and the studio, I knew that whatever I decided to tackle as a part of The 100Day Project needed to be simple and straight forward... Around the same time I started to practice morning meditation using Headspace app. So combining these two ideas came together somewhat natually.

    My objective for 100Day Project: 
    To write a thought, feeling, a word... that came to my mind during and/or after my meditation using pen and paper. 

    So the journey began on 11/8/2015. 

    **click the title to read more

    Let's "Mail it Forward"!

    Let's "Mail it Forward"!
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    As we dig deeper into what "love for analogue" means to us at Baum-kuchen, we are discovering that idea of sending a letter via snail mail really resonates with us. 

    I think it's truly magical... that we can drop off letters written with our personal hand writing at any given corner mail box and with amazing amount of trust and faith, they travel near and far... sometimes cross country. Sometimes it travels across sea which then gets passed onto the destination postal system until it is safely delivered.... How many hands the letter needs to be passed on to arrive to the destination. 
     
    I am thrilled that at Baum-kucheh we can share what inspires us at this moment - Mail it ForwardUniquely curated vintage postage stamp collection in Baum-kuchen style. 
    **Click the title to read more about Mail it Forward vintage postages stamps as well as Pen Pal etiquette tips by Eunice

    More Than Words // Angie Park

    More Than Words // Angie Park
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    Early February, I headed to Singapore for work. One of the things I wanted to investigate during my travels were the transformations that occur when we set aside time to write a letter to someone we love from afar.

    What changes in you?
    What changes in the relationship between you and the person who receives it?
    What makes this mode of communication so special?

    **read more from Angie by clicking the title

    Hello Fountain Pen!

    Hello Fountain Pen!
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    We are extremely excited that we get to continue sharing our love for analogue in many different layers. If you have seen our BK Instagram feed, you probably have noticed that I am pretty obsessed with my fountain pens including Lamy and Kaweco for everyday adventures. (their fountain pens coming soon to Baum-kuchen shop!) 

    There are still SO MUCH MORE for me to learn about fountain pens so I asked Eunice if she could give me some fountain pen tips from her perspectives. (and above image from the day when I learned that we should clean the pen every time we change our ink cartridge!)


    p.s who will be heading out to The Los Angeles International Pen Show this weekend?? I have heard so much about this event over many years and so thrilled to check it out in person for the first time:)

    **click the title to read more about fountain pen tips!

    Reflecting on Inspiration Lab 003: Mail more love (2/7/16)

    Reflecting on Inspiration Lab 003: Mail more love (2/7/16)
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    We had so much fun at Inspiration Lab on last Sunday. This time around, we focused on facilitating the Baum-kuchen experience of writing, crafting and sending a letter. I love working with Eunice. She sprinkled so much details in everything we prepared... from a special gift to each guest to letter crafting ingredient stations! ... And we had mini work stations for everything. Paper/envelope station, wax seal station, typewriter station, envelope making station... you name it!

    Once we launched the Lab, the whole room got very very quiet. Everyone was putting a lot of thoughts into what they were crafting... for someone special. The analogue energy in the space was incredible. Some guests finished the entire letter including the final touch with vintage postage and putting address labels and dropped off their letters into our BK mail box (aka vintage milk box from Japan). I so so appreciate everyone bringing such a positive energy into the group... making the time we spent so much more. Writing a letter is a very personal activity. I am hoping that mixing the private letter writing process that is so close to our heart and being at the communal table brought much creativity and inspiration to everyone who was present!

    We are hoping to facilitate and host more unique gatherings at Baum-kuchen in the future so please stay tuned! Send us an email (karma@baum-kuchen.net) if you are interested in putting your contact info on our Inspiration Lab list. You will be the first ones to receive the announcement via email. We then usually announce our studio events on our BK (email) love letter and Instagram

    Happy analogue adventure:) 

    Crossroads: Q&A with Erika Nishizato

    Crossroads: Q&A with Erika Nishizato
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    Two years ago, when I left New York City, my friend Erika Nishizato also embarked on a long journey across the world. She's a kindred spirit who loves to travel and wander the world as I do. Since then, our lives have drastically changed, in ways we couldn't have imagined. With that comes daunting unpredictability but also adventure and boldness as we continue to build our "new" lives. Here, a Q&A conversation with Erika from across the world. 
    xo,
    Angie

    Adaptation by Yuri Angela Chung

    Adaptation by Yuri Angela Chung
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    I'm a strong believer in the "Laws of Attraction" — sometimes, people magically enter your life in meaningful synchronicity.  Yuri and I grew up together in the suburbs of California, but it's only till recently that we re-connected, under such strange circumstances. Her courage, relentless dedication to her work and her gusto for life inspires me everyday. Yuri's story emboldens me and encourages me to evolve, adapt, and continue to become a more authentic version of myself. I hope she inspires the same to you— to shine brightly even during a storm. 

    xo,

    Angie

    **click the title to read more

    LOVE for Analogue / personal touch with wax seal

    LOVE for Analogue / personal touch with wax seal
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    We recently had a wax seal party at our studio! Well... it was Nerine and me learning about wax seal from Eunice and getting totally psyched about using wax seal on everything everywhere!

    Before I had this little session with Eunice, I felt pretty intimidated by the idea of wax seal so I was grateful that she broke things down in easy steps and showed us tons of different ways to use wax seal in today's analogue world!

    We are designing our Baum-kuchen original wax seal stamp for very very near future... and can't be thrilled more! For now.... I hope this visual story will get your creative juice going!

     

    **continue reading by clicking the title! 

     

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