Saturday, August 18

The Planner Book Stylish Projects to Creatively Organize and Commemorate the Day to Day Jean Sagendorph and Dawn DeVries Sokol St. Martin's Griffin

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In life, I found myself loving so many things that I can create. In addition to this, there is one thing I've always wanted to learn how to do, and that is to add additional style to my everyday organizer and journal. I've heard so much about this but never had any idea on how too. I'm sure I'm not alone with this. We all have so many notepads, calendars, journals, or an organizer of some sort that we use daily to mark important details and write down future and daily chores or plans. So why not get creative and make that daily organizer or book of plans look even better! 

That is why I am so happy to share with you a wonderful book that is unlike any other. The book, The Planner Book by Jean Sagendorph and Dawn DeVries Sokol is a great way to get anyone organizing and planning like an artist. Also, this book not only helps you be creative with that planner or book you write in daily, but you learn how to get a bit more crafty with additional accessories you can use for yourself and the organizer. There are so many ideas inside this book that can't be found with other books on journaling. In addition, these projects take everyday objects that may be simple enough to find or buy cheap and repurpose them into something brilliant!

When I first took a glance at this book, I got super excited about everything you can make and the directions, which are so simple to follow. I think it was the projects which had me thrilled start working on a few this weekend. Especially like the perfect traveler notebook cover I can sew and some of those interesting bookmarks, like the monkey's fist. Honestly, the monkey fist was something I really wanted to learn to make and now I know how too, all thanks to this book! Additionally, this project is easy to follow and create, just like every other project inside. Even if you aren't a crafter, these projects and journal designing can be simple enough to understand and even build upon with your own fun ideas.
Another project that caught my attention is the steps to make my own stamps. There isn't anything better than saving money and making my own real stamp to use on so many other crafts and paper creations. Also, for someone who never ever seen this done before, it just makes me even more excited to try myself! additionally, these projects are all from contributors who are supplying there own crafty ideas for us to try and make. There is also a separate page which includes a page of the contributor, a short bio, and a few interviewed questions asked and answered by each one, in each part of the book. 
Finally, I really would say for all types of crafty purposes, this book can come in handy. It allows one to create some unique designs and products from things we use daily, and add our own personalized style and touch to each one. Plus, you learn so much more DIY and ways to be crafty that you don't get with many other crafting books. I feel this has made looking at my notes and journals a whole lot better!

About The Authors:
JEAN SAGENDORPH is a twenty-year veteran of the entertainment industry. At United Media she managed the firm’s publishing, interactive, film, and music interests and her clients included Food Network, Peanuts, Dilbert, Fancy Nancy, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Rainbow Brite, hoops & yoyo, Dirty Dancing, Iron Chef, Iron Chef America, History Channel, Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, The Elf on the Shelf, and more. Jean capitalized on her expertise within the publishing and entertainment industries when she launched Mansion Street Literary Management, a boutique literary agency.

Jean is the author of Starry Night, Hold Me Tight (RunningPress) and co-author of Icebox Cakes (Chronicle Books). Jean has also been known to paint and create mixed media pieces; her work is sold through Cake Gallery in Bennington, VT.

DAWN DEVRIES SOKOL is the author and designer of numerous books on doodling and art journaling, including Doodle Zen (Abrams, 2016), A World of Artist Journal Pages (Abrams, 2015), Year of the Doodle (Abrams, 2015), The Doodle Circle (Abrams, 2013), and Art Doodle Love (Abrams, 2013). She has also illustrated and written a series of board books (Pet Palooza™, GibbsSmith) for children.

Sokol teaches her methods and techniques through her blog and other online venues. Her artwork has been shown in galleries from Tempe, AZ, to Tokyo, Japan. She has been published in numerous mixed-media magazines and art books. In her Tempe studio—a mess of inks, paints, papers, and journals—she creates in hopes of inspiring others to find their creative voice.

Book Information:

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (August 7, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250176859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250176851
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
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Friday, August 17

Binary Code - Creating a Game out of everything You Do! Decoding and Discovering the Computer Language

Have you ever felt that everything you do is close to the games you love to play? Yesterday night, I was working on binary codes and noticed that maybe learning about this isn't that bad or hard. Honestly, it's like my favorite games that you have to decode, and can be quite fun to see if others can figure out after done writing up a binary code, a computer language.

So with all the 0's and 1's, you can make quite a cool code for someone to solve ☺

010110010110111101110101 00100000 

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Wednesday, August 15

500 Words You Should Know by Caroline Taggart

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There are many different ways to learn new words and sometimes the easiest way is to take it right from a book. That is why I was super excited to have a new reference book that has so many words, which aren't heard very commonly. This book could actually improve one's vocab and make you even sound a bit more intelligent, something I've always felt is true when you know how to use words properly.

The book I have enjoyed so much for a great vocab resource is called 500 Words You Should Know by Caroline Taggart. This book is packed with so many of those words you hear said and try to use them yourself, but get nervous it might not fit the right context of the sentence. Therefore, when it comes to being unsure, I avoid that word and using something simpler. However, with a great resource that can explain the word, like this book and how to use it and pronounce it, can be really helpful! That is why I am so happy to learn about these 500 words, as they all are useful and can add a little bit more to the way  I write and speak.
The order of the book is like a dictionary, alphabetically ordered and each term is defined. However, there are separate sections to give you an idea where you may use them most often, For example, there is a section like Terms of Endearment, Respect, and Admiration. One of the terms inside this section would be dulcet, meaning sweet-sounding. Another is palatable, which refers to fine tasting food. Of course, there are so many more and few other sections to search for new terms to use.

In addition, you will go through the book not learning just about what the definition of the word is, but an example of how to pronounce it, as some don't sound the way they are seen. Of course, there are plenty of examples using the word to give the reader a clearer idea of how you can be used. Making it even easier to get an idea of where it's appropriate and when not to use the word. 

I definitely love how they created this book, it's very well put together and uses some words that I've heard and yet couldn't seem to find the right time to use them, but now I know when!
Finally, with this book, it seems possible to use a whole new vocab of words when I need them. It's a great resource and so very nicely created, that I can easily find a word and learn more about it without searching anyplace else.

About The Author:
Caroline Taggart worked in publishing as an editor of popular nonfiction for 30 years. She is the author of I Used to Know That, which became a Sunday Times bestseller and the co-author of more books which include My Grammar and I (or should that be "me"?). She has appeared frequently on television and on national and regional radio in the UK, talking about language, grammar and Pythagoras's theorem. Her website is and you can follow her on Twitter @citaggart.

Book Information:
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Reprint edition (August 15, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0228101069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0228101062
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches

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