August 17, 2018


Artwork for I LOVE LISTS // shutterbean.com


  1. Nurturing adult friendships
  2. This is weird.
  3. The Food Hall is the New Food Truck
  4. Old photos from Coney Island for your daydreaming imagery.
  5. Another level of technology has been unlocked.
  6. Products with hidden messages
  7. I’d like to work my way through all of these books.
  8. This whole outfit organization excites me.
  9. Didn’t realize some of these things were that big.
  10. Have you heard about the Tip the Bill challenge?
  11. The most beautiful libraries I would love to get lost in.
  12. A diorama life for snails.
  13. The correct way to open a can with a can opener. Umm. Whoa.
  14. Some nail art to inspire.
  15. Girls have always done more chores.
  16. Facebook birthday fundraisers are making a lot of money
  17. Dealing with creative failure?
  18. For the David Lynch fans
  19. Remembering Aretha
  20. You should totally make this tomato & watermelon salad this weekend.
  21. Food museums are the new way to make a ton of money. 
  22. Birthday wishlist: a banner / this magical cardigan / anything for a leo
  23. Vacation reading: How to Break Up with Your Phone / You’re on an Airplane

August 15, 2018

Current Favorite Pens

Tracy from Shutterbean shares her current Favorite Pens! See what's in her pen case!


Cooper is entering 4th grade and that means he’s moving from using pencils solely to pens!  He’s so excited about that. Welcome to the club, Cooper!

Whenever I’m posting lettering work on my Instagram account @thehandwritingclub (be sure to follow!) I am asked what pen I’m using, so here it is all in one place. These are my Current Favorite Pens!  If I was to put together an ultimate pen case filled with all of my essentials, this is what it would have in it right now.  I’ve written about my favorite pens here and here before!

THESE ARE MY FAVORITE PENS. Follow me as I show you how/why I love them.

Tracy from Shutterbean shares her current Favorite Pens! See what's in her pen case!

This is my most used pen. It’s the pen I show everyone when they wonder how I write the way I do.

It takes a lot of finesse, but DANG IT’S GOOD.

Tracy from Shutterbean shares her current Favorite Pens! See what's in her pen case!


Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Black:

This pen is a hot commodity in my pen case. The problem is, I usually wear out the brush pen side before I get to the other side. So it feels wasteful at times. My rules for this pen are: NEVER LET A CHILD USE IT UNLESS I LOVE THEM. But seriously though. When you love the brush pen and someone ruins it, you’re not happy.

This is the pen I like to use in my bullet journal system:


August 13, 2018

Intentions for the Week:


Looking to get your head in the game? Tracy from Shutterbean makes a weekly TO DO LIST called her Intentions for the Week. Here's what this week looks like:

Happy Monday, friends!

This weekend we worked around the house. We went to a dinner party. We cleaned. We lounged. We watched The Great Outdoors. Remember that movie?

I made banana bread and Mediterranean Pasta Salad for my friends.  I’m on a bartering plan right now. My friend did a ton of artwork scanning for me and I am repaying her with homemade food.  We need more of this in our lives, don’t you think? You never know how you can help someone out unless you ask for help yourself!

My Everyday Life: Week 32 on Shutterbean.com

This is the last week have before school starts and my family is taking a break from life and heading up north to Tahoe. This will be our first holiday up in Tahoe without my Mom. It’s also going to be my first birthday without her presence. It’s going to be heavy for a bit, but I’m focusing on the good and building some good Intentions for the Week.

Intentions for the Week:

  • spend quality time with my family
  • do very little laundry
  • read a book
  • happy hour with cheeseboards + spirits
  • put my feet in a lake
  • have an ice cream cone at Dairy Queen
  • play board games with family
  • celebrate my birthday!
  • go into Reno, get my fortune at Circus Circus
  • send a few postcards
  • take pictures
  • spend time writing
  • spend time daydreaming
  • write down my Intentions for the School Year
  • be kind to myself as it’s my first birthday/Tahoe trip with my Mom
  • map out calendar for new bullet journal
  • go on a boat
  • put my feet in sand
  • put on a bathing suit and swim
  • have a coffee date with my dad
  • figure out if there’s anything left to do on my Summer Bucket List
  • get my steps in with my Fitbit
  • drink plenty of water (loving this water bottle rn)

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • laundry
  • have a date with my calendar
  • workout 3 times
  • take photos for etsy/edit/post
  • drop off donations at Salvation Army
  • send mail / trip to post office
  • make kombucha
  • bookkeeping
  • catch up on social media
  • work on new content for the blog
  • grocery shopping
  • favorite pens post- finish/post
  • work on a new recipe or two
  • get my steps in with my Fitbit
  • drink plenty of water (loving this water bottle rn)
  • library visit
  • playdate with Helen Jane
  • make an appointment for car
  • wash car (inside & out)
  • back to school shopping
  • break down cardboard outside
  • continue reading Slow Love
  • eat outside
  • play a board game with Cooper
  • go to bed earlier/focus on getting enough sleep

Mantra for the Week:

Every week, Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com types up her TO DO list with her Intentions for the Week post. Check out this week's post!


Sending You:

Have a great week! DO YOUR BEST!  And don’t forget to write down your own Intentions for the Week to hold you accountable!