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Ampersand Calendars & Planners…going FAST! 08.27.2015

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September means back-to-school time, and for us that means getting our acts together! Who’s with us?! Well, you are in luck because we just received one last shipment of the SUPER FUN planners and calendars we designed for Blue Sky! There are sizes and styles for everyone. From wall calendars to small planners (great for popping in your purse) to larger planners (perfect for stashing in your backpack) — you are set!

Check out the full line right here and be sure to let us know how you like them with #AmpersandForBlueSky on Instagram and Twitter.

Happy Planning!

Freely Given Movement // Apparel that matters 08.20.2015

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Today we get to share a project with you that is so very near and dear to our hearts. We were introduced to the Freely Given Movement at the beginning of the year when our sweet friend, Allison Corrin, emailed, telling us of a dream she and her husband, Chris, shared to help people going through hardship. She shared with us the first story they had chosen to tell, the first family to support —The Van Sickle family. Allison had used her amazing photography talent to share their three-year-old daughter, Kit’s, story visually, and as we watched, the tears ran down our cheeks. We were so thankful to know of Kit’s story and couldn’t wait to share it anywhere possible, as is the goal of the project. The way they describe Freely Given is as “a social enterprise created to rally community behind families in crisis through the power of social media and the sale of uniquely designed apparel.” To say that we are honored to have had the opportunity to create the first shirt designs for their campaign is an understatement. Supporting a cause born of such caring and compassion truly makes our work worthwhile.

Meet three year-old Kit. Learn more about her story and how 90% of profits from the Go Kit Go collection will go towards providing for her in home care.

11834881_385544384972719_7044203082781918376_oIn Allison’s words after spending the day documenting Kit’s family: “They had met many others walking these days, months, years ahead of their story, but the journey was often the same. Children were around them daily, flesh failing yet spirit thriving, strength exemplified. They had also met those broken. Destroyed by disappointment, hope burnt out, souls empty.
Yet, Kit’s choice has been made from the beginning.
They’ll carry hope wherever they go, they won’t let go of faith.
And when they can’t, their people will carry them.”11879070_385542134972944_8179134863019045264_o“As unique as each of our stories are, we can find a unifying theme in the journey. We celebrate together in the peaks, in the joyful times, where we have received and are full. But then for many of us, unavoidable landslides occur along the way somewhere. We find ourselves caught up in hardships – stretched in every sense of the word. The valleys close in, the bottom of our financial capabilities reached, drained by medical expenses, a job suddenly gone, transportation finally on it’s last mile, a loved one lost, or perhaps it is everything that has come at us at once, and fast.

This is when unity must prevail. This is the time to come alongside, to build community, to hand-in-hand give freely to those traveling through a valley of their story.”

We hope that you take the time to watch Kit’s video and check out the shirts that you can get to help this amazing family! You guys….THIS is what it’s all about. We couldn’t be happier to use our talents to help support a business like this!! Check out the shirts below.

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Morgan is wearing: Gray Triangles (also in oatmeal) // Carrie is wearing: Gray Brush (also in oatmeal)

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#AmpersandforNod Fall 2015 08.12.2015

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Well we thought it was high time that we shared our latest designs for The Land of Nod!!! If you’ve gotten your Fall 2015 catalog, you might’ve seen some of these lovelies! We’ve got storage bins, a new set of alphabet letters (totally ordering our kids initials for their room), rugs, curtains, lamp shades and wall art!! yes, yes, yes—we hope you love it ALL!!!!! Have we mentioned how much we absolutely LOVE partnering with our friends at Nod!!?! Cause we do. A lot.

Scroll to the bottom of the post for all the direct links to each item!

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1// Wood Shop Letters, 2 // Crisscross Cube Bin (blue) // Crisscross Cube Bin (green) // Crisscross Cube Bin (yellow) // Crisscross Cube Bin (grey) // Crisscross Cube Bin (pink), 3 //Crisscross Floor Bin (yellow) // Crisscross Floor Bin (grey) , 4// Crystal Mosaic Rug (pink) // Crystal Mosaic Rug (mint) // Crystal Mosaic Rug (grey), 5 // Sketchpad Curtains, 6 // Printed Table Lamp Shade (Rainbow),  7// Printed Table Lamp Shade (Scribbles), 8 // Printed Table Lamp Shade (Gingham), 9 // La Pomme Poster Decal 

ANNOUNCING: Ampersand for HMK! 07.10.2015

We have some HUGE news to share today that has been so hard to keep to ourselves! Finally, we get to announce our gift collection for HMK!!!! HMK is a new Hallmark Cards experience with stores in Kansas City, Missouri, Denver, Colorado and Southlake, Texas. It’s a card, gift and accessory shop with a really unique product mix that brings together innovative tools and technologies with a fun and reimagined approach to shopping! Plus, they are highlighting makers in a unique way and have formed some really cool partnerships. We are just thrilled that we get to be one of them!!!

We’ve got two gift collections, one with crazy fun color…

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And another that is black, white and gold! So we’ve got your covered for whatever mood you’re in!

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This collaboration is especially fun for us because Hallmark Cards is where both of us got our first jobs right out of design school! So, as you might imagine, taking the leap to start our own company was a BIG (scary) decision and having our little company now partnering with HMK makes us feel like we have come full circle! So, for all of our Kansas City friends, please make sure you stop by the HMK 1910 store on the Country Club Plaza for all these fun goodies!

If you pick up anything, make sure to show us what you got! Tag @ampersandstudio on instagram and twitter and use #AmpersandforHMK!

Oh and PS…there’s even more to come soon!!!

 

Announcing: our new calendars & planners! 05.08.2015

It’s really SO hard for us to keep a secret. We’d like to think we are good at it, but it’s really complete torture and we’ve been sitting on this little secret for a while now. So we are pretty much wanting to shout from the rooftops that we have a brand new line of calendars and planners!!!!!!! Can you hear us squealing???!!!!

We know it’s ironic that if you look at our workspaces, you might think we are a bit of a mess (that’s putting it nicely). But when it comes down to it, both of us are absolutely OBSESSED with our paper planners and calendars and keep them psychotically organized. We really don’t go anywhere without a coffee in one hand and our planners tucked under our arms like a blankie. We’re very particular about the type of paper, the layout, the month vs week pages…really all of it. We have been using planners for a long time and have learned exactly what works and if it works for both of us, then we know it’s a win. So this new partnership with the super-awesome company, Blue Sky, is such an organization-lover’s dream!

Today we are sharing a little peek into the first round of calendars and planners sold at Staples! We partnered closely with the brilliant minds at Blue Sky to design the perfect planners that incorporated everything you need in a calendar but also infused a little hit of fun pattern and color (we couldn’t help ourselves)! There are various sizes of Weekly/Monthly planners, a Desk Pad and a Wall Calendar and they are all for the July 2015 – June 2016 Academic Year which means they are PERFECT to get started with very soon! We sure hope you guys love them!

Check out our first collection right at Staples HERE!

We will have a small group of these calendars and planners on our own etsy shop in the next week or two, but you’ll have to move fast!

 

 

 

  1. Vicky

    Hi! I’ve been waiting for your new version of your 10 1/2 x 8 Weekly/Monthly Appointment Book. Will it be available this year? Thank you!!

    May 28, 2015 11:09 pm
  2. ampersand

    Hi VIcky! Our whole collection is available right here: http://www.staples.com/calendar+ampersand/directory_calendar+ampersand?
    And more will be released in July!
    Thanks for your interest!!

    May 29, 2015 1:23 pm
  3. N&G

    G afternoon! When in july will you release the10 1/2 x 8 Weekly/Monthly Appointment Book??

    July 7, 2015 5:46 pm
  4. ampersand

    Hi Vicky, if you are looking for this one, it’s available on our etsy shop right now! https://www.etsy.com/listing/236359665/july-2015-june-2016-ampersand-for-blue?ref=shop_home_active_1

    July 8, 2015 2:26 am
  5. ampersand

    So sorry, that is the only size that we have available in that design, Vicky.

    July 8, 2015 7:32 pm