Life Lived with Intention and Simplicity // Marcy Penner November 29 2017
I'm a simple girl living in a white farmhouse in the Canadian prairies with my husband and three kids. On any given day you can find me homeschooling our two youngest, tending to our yard/farm and home, and documenting our day. I'm deeply passionate about my home (including the people in it) and my life in the country. In being purposeful with my actions. About documenting everyday moments and nurturing creativity every day, even in small doses.
Simply put, it's all about living an intentional and simple life. It's a philosophy that rings true to me in life and on paper.
It's a full life but a good one.
Looking back, my childhood was always full of creativity! My great-grandfather was a toy maker, my grandmother a painter. I was surrounded by it. From candle-making and bookbinding to photography and scrapbooking, I've dabbled in many “crafts” while even turning some of them (like photography) into careers. My current creative efforts veer more into real life and the everyday. I've become obsessed with gardening and interior design and look forward to Spring when I can get my dream garden going. There's always a project in the works it seems.
I love white space when I'm creating and designing. Simple typography and design are timeless.
Sometimes just the act of picking up a pen and paper and scribbling for a bit is enough. Lately, I've been intrigued by old notebooks... those from Einstein, DaVinci and the likes. Scrawled writing and random ideas just jammed together with no concern over being written in the “right” notebook or being organized in a certain way.
It's the first thing I look at in the morning and the last thing at night. It's my place to plan, to document, to create... it's my everything.
It's tangible and real. It's a moment frozen in time.
Since high school, I've been the girl with the planner. Always the thick daily one. I'd write out my whole day, add stickers, journal... the whole thing. I'd have a planner for scheduling, a notebook for drawing, another for journaling and so on and so on. And then I discovered the Travelers Notebook. It looked just like my dad's old beat up leather wallet that I adored and thought told a million stories. I was sold right away. It didn't take long before I became obsessed with the simplicity of my notebook and realized that it could do it all. It's so customizable and adaptable! I think that's one of the reasons I love my Traveler's Notebook so much!
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Some crossword puzzles slipped under an elastic, a zipper insert (from BK/Soft Goods 1.61) when I want my notebook to double as my wallet.
I like to add my own tabs where I can and create my own folders. Currently, I have a homemade kraft folder around my monthly notebook and pieces of patterned paper around my two extra notebooks.
I use a thin sheet of plastic or vellum around my last notebook. Here I keep little bits of washi tape that I can peel off easily when I need some. It beats carrying around an entire roll (or two)!
I have grown to treasure the opportunity to take a look at real life and evaluate how my notebook can complement and enrich it.To craft a system that reflects me and my life right now. To slow down and to keep life and paper simple, intentional and real. And that's just the way it should be.
Where to find Marcy:
Studio Calico " Hello Forever / Goldenwood Co."
Big Picture Classes