Wednesday, June 1, 2011

All-purpose teeny tiny note kit

A few weeks ago, in the midst of a battle with my inner critic, I posted some printable doodles -- tiny spaces for writing upbeat reminders, quotes or notes to self whenever I need them.

In the comments section, Joan wrote in part, ". . . I am a stealth poster of self esteem notes in ladies rooms. I post them on the mirror and they say stuff like "I love your smile" etc. Makes me feel good every time I do it, and I walk out with a beautiful smile too."

I have not been able to get Joan's words out of my head.  Stealth poster of self esteem notes.  How sneakily wonderful is that?  It makes me smile whenever I think of it.

Jessi J. also wrote that her grandfather used to leave love notes in her lunch.  And all of that sweetness and stealthiness made me want to doodle something -- a space to write happy little notes to others . . . 

So today's offering is a bit of a companion piece to the notes to self.  It's an all-purpose tiny note kit for all of you stealth note posters and deliverers out there.

This one's going in my husband's computer case:

And wouldn't it be fun to leave a little quote or cheerful thought in a library book?

Here's a shot of the page, well most of it anyway.  There are two envelope options -- one with a little message on the front and one without -- and two notes sizes because the tiniest note doesn't leave a whole lot of room for extended commentary.  The larger note can be folded, then inserted into the envelope.

If you'd like a copy, you'll find it here.

Happy writing!  Oh, and if you have a sec, I'd love to know where you'll be leaving your note!

Edited to Add:  Almost forgot!  There's a new journal page in the works.  Should be ready early next week.  Tuesday probably.  Okay.  That's it for now.


  1. Thank you! I love to leave little notes in library books too...

  2. Have you heard of Operation Beautiful? It is about doing exactly this, leaving self-esteem lifting notes for others!

  3. I'll be sneaking one into my husbands pocket on his combats :)

  4. Hi Lisa, Emma, and K-Swizzie!

    Lisa - What fun! Thanks so much for stopping by to share.

    Emma - Thanks for the link. Can't wait to check it out!

    K-Swizzie - Love that idea! Hope he enjoys the surprise.

  5. My grandmother raised me, and no matter how I feel about her now, she did some nice things for me. One of them was leaving me little poems on the breakfast table (I would get up and ready for school pretty much on my own, at my own request, as from a relatively early age to this day, I don't appreciate company early in the morning) when I had a class test or exam that day. She'd decorate them with doodles of bunnies and flowers and stuff. Your post just brought those memories back up, and I think it'd be ace to use your generous gift to surprise my "weekend kids" with little love notes in their pockets when they go back home to their Mum and stepdad to find at any random time during the week. Can't be wrong to be loved by more than just one set of parents!

  6. Hi Lisbonlioness! I'm not a morning person either. :) There's just something about an unexpected, handwritten note, isn't there? So personal and such a lovely reminder of the connection between the sender and receiver. Thank you so much for sharing your memories.

  7. oh Christie this is absolutely, completely, totally FABULOUS!
    I love it!
    I think I'm going to tailor words for specific people who make my day (the always warm and kind receptionist at counselling center, the bus driver who always makes the transfers for a way longer time than he's supposed to - thereby saving people money, the server at the restaurant who always remembers my idiosyncrasies even if I haven't been there for 2 months etc :)

  8. I will be sending my note to a correspondence friend inside the letter. A tiny special something.

  9. Domestic ScribblesJune 2, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Not sure yet, but I'm curious, who was your first tiny note bestowed upon? ;-)

  10. Domestic ScribblesJune 2, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Besides your husband. ;-)

  11. Hi Liberty, Sandy and Scribbler!

    Liberty - Thanks so much! I love all of your plans for intended recipients -- all people who deserve recognition for jobs well done. Delighted to be a small part of it!

    Sandy - A letter inside a letter -- love it! Tiny somethings are such fun, aren't they?

    Scribbler - In a flurry of excitement, I wrote a bunch for library books, but I haven't worked up the courage yet to actually do it. One day soon I'll take a deep breath, find a secluded spot in the library and tuck in a few notes. How about you?

  12. So a friend of mine thought I would enjoy your blog and sent me today's post and it was perfect and brought back very cool memories of high school. A friend and I used to leave little notes in library books with simple instructions like "Place this note along with one of your own in the book that bares following Dewey Decimal Classification...) we would then go back every few days and see what was added it was so much fun.

  13. Hi Velvet Kitten! I love how you incorporated a feedback element into your notes. A little more like a treasure hunt that way!

  14. I love these adorable notes! We have "this is for you" Thursdays so I think that this Thursday, we'll leave some notes of appreciation around my daughter's school for the teachers & other staff to find. Thank you for sharing your lonely designs!

  15. Love these! I belong to the Paperback Swap club so I am going to put these in the books I send out. I included one of your book marks in one of them. Thank you so much.

  16. Hi Monique and Linda!

    Monique - Love that idea! I'd love to hear how it turns out.

    Linda - Love your plans too! So many fantastic ways to share.

    You all totally inspire me. Thanks so much!

  17. love, love, love these! My co-worker will be finding one on her desk in the morning! : )

  18. Hi Carolina! Lovely idea; what a nice way to start the day!

  19. I love this idea! Notes are always fun to find - I'm going to work up the nerve to leave some somewhere... washroom, library book, store shelf - something! Hmm... need to find good messages. :)

  20. Hi Laura! Working up the nerve -- that's me, too! Let me know how it works out, okay?

  21. Thank you so much for the little notes. They will be so much prettier than the post it notes I've been using. And such absorbing fun to color in all the little doodles. I had never thought of library books...genius. Any kindness we can send out into the world is worthwhile, and some of the other suggestions have been splendid.

  22. Christie,
    I love your blog and all of your journal pages and other things you create! Could you share how you make them (or point them to the post that does if I missed it)? Where do you get your great borders and fun lines?

  23. Hi Joan and Erin,

    Joan - I totally agree with you on the subject of kindness. Thanks so much for inspiring this post!

    Erin - Thanks so much for your comment and question! I think I may have mentioned it before, but I can't remember when or where. :) I design my pages and other stuff on Adobe Illustrator. I draw in all of the borders and lines myself using a pen tablet. I still have a great deal to learn in both respects, but I am enjoying it immensely!

  24. ok Christie!! I'm ready to go. The teeny tiny notes are printed and will be colored tonight. Then I'm going to leave them (and will photograph them) through the week. (in tandem with the project)

    I'll blog about it soon!


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