Tuesday, January 29, 2013

For the Love of Notebooks #Giveaway #FortheLoveof


Before I get started...

Disclaimer: I received $20 from May Designs to make any book I wanted. I chose a planner with mod rose orchid mauve cover. Any opinions about the design, inside and out, and May Books are completely my own. 

So I am in love with my planner. Completely in love with it. It is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world! I first met May Books in August. Ok I didn't meet anyone but their adorable notebooks were in a gift bag I received. Fast forward to December and me thinking about what to get you all for Valentine's Day. Luckily for my May Books is AWESOME and totally agreed that you needed one (or several) of their notebooks in your life.

I love words and planning. And one of the side effects of this is that I love notebooks. Pretty notebooks, personalized notebooks. Notebooks that SCREAM DragynAlly. Thanks to May Designs I was able to create a notebook that was all of that. How romantic would it be to have someone make you your own personal notebook?

May Books has several cover designs to choose from. From the wacky and whimsical to the more sedate and everything in between. The sweetheart collection is out now in time for Valentine's Day! (A notebook covered in hearts from your sweetie? Awesome.) The only thing missing were more masculine options. Although I was able to create a notebook for my boyfriend that was "manly" enough. (Yes, I love May Books so much I am buying them as gifts. AND I have "buy a new May Books planner" written in my planner.)

Once you pick a cover that speaks to you then the personalization really begins. You can now add a monogram or name. As you can see in my pics my name is all over it! Don't want your name? That's cool too. You can either leave off that part OR you can name your book whatever you want. Let's say you want to remember what year you made a planner for, you can call the book 2013. Or let's say you create a wedding diary name it something romantic.

One of the best things about May Books are the many options you have for the inside pages of your book. I needed a 2013 planner so that's what I made. Need a "bump diary" to help you keep track of stuff during pregnancy? They have that. How about meal planner? They have that too. There are 12 different page options and all of them are there to help you organize your life. (Blank pages could be used for free form thinkers or drawings.)

May Books are the perfect size for your own the go notebook needs. 5"x 8" to be exact. You can throw it in your purse (backpack, whatever) and go. My planner has become such a part of my every day life I almost forgot it was the item I had to review!

May Designs (May Books) also keeps in mind the environment when they make their books. They use thread for binding. The covers are Green-e certified canvas. The books are not only gorgeous but they are eco friendly and durable. Don't believe me? I bent and twisted my new book just to prove it to myself and it held up! I was impressed.

Now you can win one of these fab books for yourself or someone in your life who loves words or organization or notebooks. Rules are in the rafflecopter. I wish you luck!

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The first thing I planned.

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41 comments:

  1. Thanks for this contest! I love notebooks, stationary, etc. Their designs are so cute too!

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  2. Loved the zen garden pink.. initial would be M... lines or polka dots on inside :)

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  3. i chose the chocolate wallpaper, with the nameplate in Espresso and put my name in handwriting "Nessa"

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  4. My perfect book would be the vintage bird-spa, with the octagon shape, and the fancy script in 'spa' to match and the 2013 Monthly Agenda: Months + Weeks (Jan to Dec) inside.

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  5. I would love to use one of their orchid damask designs for a journal. My planner is MASSIVE, but I don't have much room left over for notes.

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  6. Deb @ Focused on the MagicJanuary 29, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    What a great contest! I chose the "mod rose blue ocean" pattern because they could be sort of Hidden Mickey's for my blog planner.

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  7. I chose the Morroccan Lattice Green with the pink pink nameplate with the modern serif font, with blank pages inside! So cute

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  8. This would be so awesome to keep all our family recipes in. We cook as a family in our home.
    Product: book
    Design: Let's Bake Teal
    Monogram: Schindoe Recipes
    Style: Modern, Circle, Ocean
    Inside: Lines

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  9. I need this to organize my life!

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  10. I chose the hot pink, orange and orchid mustache theme with octagon plaque and modern serif lettering "Mama's Got Flair" for my blog. It's adorable. Inside is the 2013 Monthly Agenda: Months + Weeks. What a cool service!

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  11. I like the Damask Pink, Orange and Yellow. Nameplat, Handwriting, Hot Pink, Lynn, 2013 Monthly Agenda: Months + Weeks (Jan to Dec)

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  12. I like the boxwoods in Mauve!

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  13. These are amazing. Seriously, how nice is it to have something perfectly made for you.

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  14. ikat chevron ocean, Nameplate (blue), name in Handwriting and monogram color in Navy

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  15. My favorite is the Ahoy Matey Navy cover. I put the Fancy script monogram on a circle background and made it a teal cover. I'm always writing and go through notebooks like tissue. I would love having one of these!

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  16. zebra orchid, my daughter loves zebras. circle background with modern serif in mauve

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  17. This is the one I made with a Scalloped background that said Interpreter in Stella! It's super cute!!! http://www.maybooks.com/shop/books/create/reeds-ocean/

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  18. My fave is the purple, these are great!

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  19. teal houndstooth or mod-trelis-mauve, octagon, handwriting in expresso, 2013 Monthly Agenda: Months + Weeks (Jan to Dec)

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  20. vintage bird mauve with a K monogrammed on the front :)

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  21. Jennifer WotherspoonFebruary 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    I would choose
    Product: book
    Design: Wallpaper Chocolate
    Monogram: JWK
    Style: Fancy, Octagon, Espresso
    Inside: Calorie + Exercise Journal

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  22. I would choose the wallpaper chocolate, with Jessica and Dustin monogrammed on a teal nameplate shape, and have it be my wedding diary. :) This would be perfect,

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  23. http://www.maybooks.com/generate/preview/books/front/lets-bake-teal/?background=nameplate&color=teal&style=handwriting&text=Gary%20%26%20Sandy I designed this to be a cook book that my fiance and I will be putting our favorite recipes in that we like and prepare together!

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  24. heart attack melon with a D initial in vintage and gray. i would use the calendar with dots.

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  25. I'd choose the Rose Orchid with a Rose nameplate. The inside would be lined paper to use as a journal. Thanks for this giveaway.

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  26. I would choose the initial Z for the cover (my last name) and inside would be a weekly planner with time slots for each day as I am meticulous about appointment times.

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  27. -2013 Monthly Agenda: Months + Weeks (Jan to Dec)

    Monogram in Tangerine (natalie) in handwriting on octagon.Background is blooming gray and tangerine

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  28. Product: book
    Design: Wallpaper Orchid
    Monogram: MKD
    Style: Fancy, Nameplate, Navy
    Inside: Lines

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  29. I chose the moustache background with a pear nameplate with CLM on the front. I like the weekly planner pages
    http://www.maybooks.com/shop/books/create/moustaches-gray-black/

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  30. So I just started making mine :) it's cover is Mermaid teal, back round is Octagon with a Vintage A in Tangerine, & it would be Meal Planner because I love to cook/Bake :)

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  31. I would choose the mod rose blue ocean design for my cover. And I'd put my name on the front in green.

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  32. Product: book
    Design: Initial H
    Inside: Lines
    For my El Salvador journal

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  33. i would use the zen and thenpu the name Brenda on it and then the line inside

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  34. I'd get the Wallpaper orchids, I'd get the nameplate with Meg in fancy Script in the color fig, 2013 Monthly Agenda: Months + Weeks (Jan to Dec)

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  35. Blooming Light Blue & Tangerine, Circle Background Shape, Fig Handwriting Monogram with 2013 Weekly and Monthly Agenda. Thanks love these!!



    Desiree Dunbar
    desireedunbar@hotmail.com

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  36. ohhh.. I love the Vintage Bird Grey with a monogram. So pretty! I would hate to even use the notebook. :)

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  37. I would pick the Kappa Alpha Theta Chevron background, the Nameplate (teal) with "Serena" in Stella font and would include the 2013 Monthly Agenda: Months + Weeks (Jan to Dec)

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  38. I would do the Vintage Bird Mauve with a black name plate with Jess written in the handwriting font and the dot grid paper because I've never had a journal with dot grid pages!!! (and I've had a lot of journals...)

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  39. That was a lot of fun! I chose for the outside the Zen Garden in color Ocean with the nameplate in ocean as well script in initials and inside lines for a journal. It was a lot of choices but fun to do.

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  40. Okay, I like the pink Greek Key with a circle monogram in lime with lined pages! I would be in Pink & Green heaven!

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