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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

We joined Brika and HMK! 04.09.2015

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered up with Brika! By featuring the work of authentic makers, artisans and designers, Brika has created a shopping experience that celebrates modern craft, storytelling and the belief that our lives are as beautiful as we wish to make them. Lucky for us, Brika just partnered up with our local HMK 1910 store, a unique concept by Hallmark Cards! If you know anything about us, you know we spent many years working side by side as gift wrap designers at Hallmark, so it will always have a special place in our heart! We’re excited to say, for all of our Kansas City friends, you can now find our prints, melamine platters, and stationery at the HMK 1910 store on The Country Club Plaza! We’re on the Brika display along with so many of our favorite designers and friends! SO COOL that HMK is working hard to introduce new makers to their consumers! Make sure you stop by!

{“hello brika” image via HMK 1910}

Thank you, KC Design Week! 04.07.2015

We just wanted to thank all of you for stopping by our Open Studio Night for Kansas City Design Week! We LOVE seeing our friends and meeting new friends!  The pop-up shop was a hit and if you see anything you still want, we want to share a promo code with you. Use BESTIE10 for 10% off  through April 4th! And….we have lots of super-fun photo booth pictures to share with you! Head over to our Facebook page to check them out!

We LOVE seeing our friends and meeting new friends! Thanks for  including us, Design Week! Hope you all keep in touch!

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#AmpersandforNod in the March 2015 catalog! 03.26.2015

All we have to say is WOW! Thank you, The Land of Nod for this beautiful full-page feature on our little company in the March 2015 catalog!! Working with Nod was one of our ultimate goals when we started Ampersand Design Studio so it’s safe to say, this was a very sweet surprise!!

Go Blog Social – Workshop 2015 03.10.2015

On February 22, 2015 we had the pleasure of being the keynote speakers at Go Blog Social Workshop!!! Go Blog Social is a designed to be your destination to learn how to grow your blog and social media knowledge, connect with businesses and get social with like-minded bloggers. The Workshop is held in Kansas City and offers a variety of hands-on, interactive courses in an intimate and creative learning environment. Basically, it’s like camp for all of us that love social media or those that are wanting to learn more about how best to use it for your goals! The entire day was filled with inspiring speakers and we were seriously flattered to be included in that mix! If you missed it,  we shared our entire story….where we have been and how we got to where we are today (like every crazy detail including some parking violation issues from back in the day)…and then we talked about how we use social media and then a bit about how we think about partnerships for our business! We really hope those that could attend left with some new ideas and inspiration to go after whatever it is they dream of it!!

Still cracking each other up after all these years!

Of course we couldn’t let everyone go without some very special Ampersand flair! Hope you are all wearing yours with pride!

And a HUGE thanks to the Go Blog Social team for planning, organizing and dreaming up such a perfect event! You guys rocked it!!!

We can’t forget to thank all of the amazing sponsors that helped make this event happen AND included super rad stuff in our swag bags!!

If you want to check out Go Blog Social, head to their site and make sure to check out #GBSworkshop, #GBS2015 #goblogsocial on social media!