We are such big fans of upcycling. Making what was old new again and most importantly keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill. We love going to vintage and thrift shops searching for that next craft book gem. About a year ago Mary happened upon Ex Libris Anonymous, the original makers of upcycled book journals, and was hooked. Details we love, each book is preserved in the state they find it in. Being careful to keep details intact such as library inserts pasted in place or small children’s doodles, forever capturing the book’s journey. They make great crafting journals, perfect for jotting down that next knit or crochet pattern. We love them for gift giving too. And while you can use what ever pen you have around to jot down those thoughts, Mary and I have highlighted our personal favs. It’s no joke that Mary has an addition to Sharpies. Remind us to show you her donkey Sharpie caddy, again not a joke. While I prefer novelty pens, fun shapes and colors. My latest addition… plastic quill pens. Talk about vintage inspiration, modern style!