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5 Steps To Improve Your Handwriting

Poppin Signature Pink PensHappy Handwriting Day!

Today we celebrate annual Handwriting Day with tips on how to improve our handwriting!

Here is how I took my handwriting from elementary to artful in five simple steps:

1. Pens.

Beautiful handwriting starts with great pens. Do you have a favorite pen? If not, it's time to find a couple!

When I sit down to write in my journal or my planner, it's not without my favorite pens. Think of pens as your magic wand to better handwriting.

For colored pens, the Staedtler Triplus are second to none from the color range to the ink flow.

For a standard black ballpoint pen, the Poppin Signature Ballpoints are tops. Plus it's doesn't hurt that they come in colors sure to match your personal brand. Of course, I snagged Paper & Glam pink. ;)

Paper & Glam - Kate Spade Journal & Pen

2. Journal. 

The single greatest thing you can do to improve your handwriting is journal daily. Every morning I sit down with a hot cup of coffee, my favorite pens, a journal, and a devotional to write out what's on my heart. 

Find a journal that feels like a friend and tell it your secrets and prayers. Sometimes I simply hold a pen, pray, and wait in expectation for God's answer.

If my journal says hello, I got her here for 15% off!

As you develop the habit of journaling, you'll start to see patterns in your handwriting. Once patterns emerge, it's easy to focus on the words you wrote beautifully, pick out what worked about the way you wrote it, and replicate it over time. 

3. Size. 

Mind the size of your letters. It's far easier to create a uniform look with smaller letter sizing. To help with this, I recommend using a pen with a point no larger than .3 mm.

4. Slow down.

Take your time as you write. Invest the time to rewrite that grocery list. We've all got enough $1 Target post-its and two extra minutes.

Paper & Glam - Journal Collection

4. Be patient.

Improving my handwriting took six years and ten journals of committing the words in my head and the prayers of my heart to paper. My journals sit in my office telling the story of the last seven years (2014 & 2015 sit on my nightstand).

Paper & Glam - Life Is Art Quote - 5 Steps to Improve Your Handwriting

5. Remember life is art.

As you write, listen to the sound of the pen gently scratching the surface of the paper and remember your life is art. Whether you're writing a thank you note or a grocery list, our handwriting is an artform.

Next week, we will continue discussing how to improve our handwriting in a video!

Happy weekend,

Book Club Printables!

Paper & Glam Reading Schedule - FINAL

Are you reading along with the Paper & Glam Book Club in 2015?

If so, I created two reading schedule printables to keep us organized and accountable!

The first is a standard letter-sized PDF. The second is a planner-sized (6.5x8.5) JPG graphic. The files come together, so choose your favorite format or use both! Printables are available in The Glam Shop here

Wondering why there are three reading lists?

The first is our "official" reads that we went over earlier this week here. The second list are book-to-movie adaptions many of us are also reading, more on that here. Lastly, if you're in the mood for literature, we'll be lobbing off a classic once a quarter.

Whether you're reading along with us for a handful of books or the whole show, I hope this is another tool to keep us organized and excited for a year of reading together. 

Happy Reading,

P.S. We're 403 readers and counting, wow! I'm grateful for each of you.

The Paper & Glam Book Club 2015

Paper & Glam Book Club 2015

Today we discuss our monthly reads for 2015! 

Are you ready to turn some pages together this year? Let's talk titles. 

Paper & Glam Book Club - January - #Girlboss



Publication Date: May 6th, 2014

Page Count: 256

From the Publisher: Sophia Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she’d taken for the health insurance.

Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees. Sophia’s never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is winding as all hell and lined with naysayers.

#GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about how popular you were in high school or where you went to college (if you went to college). Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.  

Paper & Glam Book Club - February - Not That Kind of Girl 


Not That Kind of Girl

Publication Date: September 30th, 2014

Page Count: 265

From the Publisher: From the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO's Girls comes a hilarious, wise, and fiercely candid collection of personal essays that establishes Lena Dunham as one of the most original young talents writing today.

In Not that Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one's way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and, most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told.




Paper & Glam Book Club - March Yes Please  


Yes, Please 

Publication Date: October 28th, 2014

Page Count: 329

From the Publisher: In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book is full of words to live by.







Paper & Glam Book Club - April - The Woman I Wanted To Be 


The Woman I Wanted To Be 

Publication Date: October 28th, 2014

Page Count: 256

From the Publisher: One of the most influential, admired, and innovative women of our time: fashion designer, philanthropist, wife, mother, and grandmother, Diane von Furstenberg offers a book about becoming the woman she wanted to be.

Diane von Furstenberg started out with a suitcase full of jersey dresses and an idea of who she wanted to be—in her words, “the kind of woman who is independent and who doesn’t rely on a man to pay her bills.” She has since become that woman, establishing herself as a global brand and a major force in the fashion industry, all the while raising a family and maintaining “my children are my greatest creation.”

In The Woman I Wanted to Be, von Furstenberg reflects on her extraordinary life—from childhood in Brussels to her days as a young, jet-set princess, to creating the dress that came to symbolize independence and power for an entire generation of women. With remarkable honesty and wisdom, von Furstenberg mines the rich territory of what it means to be a woman. She opens up about her family and career, overcoming cancer, building a global brand, and devoting herself to empowering other women, writing, “I want every woman to know that she can be the woman she wants to be.”


Paper & Glam Book Club - March - I Am That Girl


I Am That Girl 

Publication Date: March 18th, 2014

Page Count: 240

From the Publisher: In a crazy, media distracted world the important questions often get lost like: What’s your passion? What’s your purpose? Who do you want to be? Alexis Jones has built a career listening to and helping girls around the world figure out those questions in order to inspire them to think for themselves, to speak their truth, to discover their purpose, and to dream HUGE! Alexis believes that you’re not broken nor do you need to be fixed. You already are that girl who creates magic wherever she goes, who lives fearlessly, who inspires those around her to dream bigger, and who will leave the world better, just for having been in it.
Stop listening to that voice inside your head that tells you you’re not good enough. Stop worrying that you don’t have the perfect body, perfect job, perfect relationship, or perfect anything for that matter. Stop letting other people draw boundaries and limits around your life. And start living the life that you truly want (now!), the one you didn’t think you had the courage to imagine, but the one that’s absolutely possible! Including stories from thirty incredible women, Alexis has compiled everything she’s learned into one complete guide to being That Girl, the best version of you.

Paper & Glam Book Club - June - Paper Towns 


Paper Towns

Publication Date: October 16th, 2008

Movie Release Date: June 19th, 2015

Page Count: 305

From the Publisher: From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars...

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues--and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.


Paper & Glam Book Club - March - The One & Only


The One & Only

Publication Date:  May 20th, 2014

Page Count: 432

From the Publisher: Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.
But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.
Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.   


Paper & Glam Book Club - August Big Little Lies


Big Little Lies

Publication Date: July 29th, 2014

Page Count: 460

From the Publisher:  Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads: 

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

Paper & Glam Book Club - September - Chanel BonfireSEPTEMBER

Chanel Bonfire 

Publication Date: June 8th, 2013

Page Count: 304

From the Publisher: In her stunning memoir, Wendy Lawless tells the often heartbreaking tale of her unconventional upbringing with an unstable alcoholic and suicidal mother—a real-life Holly Golightly turned Mommie Dearest—and the uncommon sense of resilience that allowed her to rise above it all.

Georgann Rea didn’t bake cookies or go to PTA meetings; she wore a mink coat and always had a lit Dunhill plugged into her cigarette holder. She’d slept with too many men and a few women, and she didn’t like dogs or chil­dren. Georgann possessed the icy beauty of a Hitchcock heroine with the cold heart to match.

From living at the Dakota in 1960s Manhattan to London’s swinging town houses and beyond, Wendy Lawless and her younger sister navigated day-to-day life as their unstable and fabulously neglectful mother, Georgann, chased her delusions, suffered dramatic breakdowns, and survived suicide attempts. With clear-eyed grace and flashing wit, Lawless portrays the highs and lows of her unhinged upbringing—and how she survived her mother’s endlessly destructive search for glamour and fulfillment—in “a searing memoir that reads like a novel.”


Paper & Glam Book Club - October - Grace: A Memoir


Grace: A Memoir 

Publication Date: November 20th, 2012

Page Count: 416

From the Publisher: Beautiful. Willful. Charming. Blunt. Grace Coddington’s extraordinary talent and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her an international icon. Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, she might have remained fashion’s best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned publicity-averse Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity. Grace’s palpable engagement with her work brought a rare insight into the passion that produces many of the magazine’s most memorable shoots.
With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than forty years, Grace now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far. Evoking the time when models had to tote their own bags and props to shoots, Grace describes her early career as a model, working with such world-class photographers as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, before she stepped behind the camera to become a fashion editor at British Vogue in the late 1960s. Here she began creating the fantasy “travelogues” that would become her trademark. In 1988 she joined American Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and imaginative fashion features, a sampling of which appear in this book, have become instant classics.
Delightfully underscored by Grace’s pen-and-ink illustrations, Grace will introduce readers to the colorful designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers, models, and celebrities with whom Grace has created her signature images. Grace reveals her private world with equal candor—the car accident that almost derailed her modeling career, her two marriages, the untimely death of her sister, Rosemary, her friendship with Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Liz Tilberis, and her thirty-year romance with Didier Malige. Finally, Grace describes her abiding relationship with Anna Wintour, and the evolving mastery by which she has come to define the height of fashion.


Paper & Glam Book Club - November - Bread & Wine


Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes

Publication Date: April 9th, 2013

Page Count: 224

From the Publisher: Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. Written by well-loved writer and blogger, Shauna Niequist, this is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir about our life around the table---the celebrations, traditions, and experiences that we share, and the ways God teaches and nourishes us as we nourish the people around us.




Paper & Glam Book Club - December - Inferno



Publication Date:  May 14th, 2013

Movie Release Date: December 25th, 2015

Page Count: 461

From the Publisher: In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci CodeAngels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

If you'd like to hear more on our 2015 booklist, there's a video up!

What do you think of our 2015 booklist? 

Paper & Glam Book Club Stickers

If you'd like some free printable stickers or Project Life cards for your planner or scrapbook, they are available here!

If you're wondering how to officially join the Paper & Glam Book Club, you can find us at our GoodReads home or the brand new Facebook group! Choose your favorite platform for connecting with our other readers, or participate in each. 

Starting in 2015, I'm excited to announce, we'll be discussing our monthly read live via Google Hangout the last Thursday of the month! For January's read, #Girlboss, we'll be chatting January 9th @ 6 PST/7 MST/9 EST.

Additionally, if you're a blogger, we'd love to share blog reviews the last week of the month on Facebook & GoodReads.

For further discussion of our 2015 line-up, hop on over to YouTube for the video, our GoodReads home, or the brand new Facebook group

Thank you so much for reading along with me! I am deeply grateful for the community of well-read women we are creating.