Ok, I have to confess something. I don’t have a smart phone. I’ve got an ancient flip phone – so old it doesn’t even have a camera in it. The darn thing is a workhorse though and works fine so I can’t justify upgrading. Maybe if I had a smart phone, I’d use it for my date book/to-do book . . . but maybe not. I tried using a Palm Pilot years ago for this and found that when it comes to this kind of thing, I honestly like an old fashioned paper date book best. And to be honest, if you use a digital date book, how can you stamp on it? (I do have my priorities!)
So every year, I walk into the nearest office supply store and look for a new date book. Last year’s had a full page for each day but I decided I wanted something a bit smaller this year so picked up this one that has two days per page. It wasn’t until I got it home that I noticed something weird about it. Look at the pages above. What are they missing? Days of the week! I’ve never had a date book that didn’t indicate days of the week and major holidays. The date pages simply have month and date. This one also has three pages of full year calendars at the back: a page for 2012, 2013 and 2014. That’s when I realized that they had printed this date book so that it could be used for any of these years, depending on when it was purchased.
At first I was a little annoyed, but then I thought about it and I do like the idea that by printing it so generically, it cuts down on waste because it could be potentially sold for much longer. So I didn’t take it back, but I needed to do some tweaking to make it useful to me. So I pulled out my favorite tools, my stamps. I picked a sun to indicate Sundays and a watch to indicate Wednesdays (the week being half over) and stamped them on the appropriate days in ink that is pale enough that I can write right over the stamped image if needed. Then I went in and stamped a balloon for various birthdays, a jack-o-lantern for Halloween, a heart for Valentines, etc. The result isn’t a beautiful keepsake kind of thing; it’s just a practical use for stamping.
Do you sometimes use stamps in similar ways? Maybe a stamp to mark birthdays or anniversaries on store-bought wall calendars? Or do you ever use stamps to color-code files or storage boxes/drawers? Sure, you can use a pen to write a label or print them up on your computer, but sometimes it is fun to use stamps as a colorful quick visual label.