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Premium Planners with Blue Sky

Ampersand Design Studio

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We have something special to announce today!!! An ultra-premium, limited-edition planner collection with Blue Sky!

Long before we began our partnership with Blue Sky, we were planner-girls. The two of us have always had a strong appreciation for a nicely organized and well-designed planner, so when we began to partner with Blue Sky years ago, it felt as if it was meant to be. The idea that we get to apply our artwork in these premium quality materials, like pebbled vegan leather, screen-printed fabric, and high gloss ink, to planners that let people express their own personal style on a daily basis is a bit of a dream come true! We couldn't be more thrilled to share this latest, and dare we say, greatest, planner collection with you!! Find it exclusively at BlueSky.com

#blueskyplanners #ampersandforbluesky

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Blue Sky’s Premium Planner is designed to simplify your life. Each section replaces the need for a separate planner, using their All-In-One planning system to solve the problem of juggling multiple organizing tools. It has a section for monthly and weekly planning that includes a weekly to-do list, goal setting, and note taking, plus a notebook section, contacts pages, and a pocket for storage. The Premium Planner aims to streamline your busy professional and personal plans, helping you meet your goals along the way. 

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Ampersand for Mixbook!

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Our latest collaboration is with Mixbook and we couldn't be more excited to tell you guys about it! We've always loved sharing and documenting our adventures, but have never been big into scrapbooking because, well honestly we just couldn't seem to find the time to make it happen. Mixbook is this super easy way to get pictures off of our devices so we can enjoy them in a photo book customized with our own personal touch! We love that each piece of art and hand lettering in this Mixbook design is created by hand - by us, for you! We're super excited to be able to give you guys a way to document your own moments!! Before we tell you more about our first book...we also wanted to share a coupon code for $25 off any new customer orders. Just use the code: AMP25 (expires 10/1/18).

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Our very first book with Mixbook is all about vacation!! We created new art and tons of hand lettering and icons with all the vacation-y things in mind--there's beach babes and rosé and and sunshine and best friends and....well you get the picture! 

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so we hope you love it and create your own vacation book with all these one of a kind pieces and please show us if you do! It would be our favorite thing to see your photos in this vacation book!!!!! Here's the link: Vacation Book! 

one more thing...we're doing an instagram giveaway with Mixbook starting Monday 8/20/18, so check out @ampersandstudio on insta for the details!

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Give us all the planners!

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We have seriously got you covered for all of your planner needs and dreams for academic year 18-19! We partnered with Blue Sky again on THREE different collections in about every format and size you could hope for! Desk pad, wall calendar, big planner, small planner, lots of notes, little notes, hard back, soft back... you choose!  Blue Sky produces the best quality agendas and calendars, so we cannot wait for you guys to get your hands on these.

The Splatter Ombre and Gold Brushstrokes collections seen here are available at Staples.

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If you like something a little more colorful, the Abstract and Mosaic collections can be found at Walgreens. We are seriously in love with the This Week Planning Pad! A fresh start every week feels so good! 

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Lastly, the Dot Flower, Color Block, Fresh Floral and Crackle collections are available at Walmart. We think we've officially got every town covered with our Ampersand planners now! :) The simpler stated Blush and Deep Blue planners below can also be found there. We love a good solid, but don't worry, we gave you a great hit of color and pattern on the inside! 

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Happy planning! We know you're going to rock this year! 

Beautiful photos by Sarah Sweeney

The first Ampersand Design Studio store!

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Well, it happened...WE OPENED A SHOP!!!!
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Our very first brick and mortar space inside the new Made in KC Marketplace is here, and we are SO excited to be able to say those words!!! We can’t wait for you to come by and see it!!! We have lots of super soft t-shirts, tote bags, planners & calendars, serving platters, glassware, art prints and a brand new greeting card line!!!!!!!!!!! We've lost our minds designing things but it's all feeling very worth it as we load things into OUR SHOP!!!!

Before we go too much further, we really want to thank all of the people that helped make this happen, cause you know we couldn't have pulled this off on our own!!

We are so lucky to work with the most amazing team at Made in Kansas City. Keith, Thomas & Tyler are the masterminds behind Made in KC. They can do. it. all. And we mean ALL. So when they approached us with their latest idea to open a Marketplace on the Country Club Plaza (a must visit spot in KC!), we were flattered and we knew if anyone could pull this off, they could!!! THANK YOU, guys for asking us to be a part of this brilliant concept!! A major thanks, as well, to the whole team at MIKC! Ariel, the manager of the marketplace has been an amazing resource, and we think you'll find when you visit, that everyone who works at the store is incredibly helpful and friendly.

As we started getting our minds around a physical store, we started planning our retail display, product line and inventory lists, and we quickly realized what a huge undertaking this would be. We couldn't dream of making this happen without our studio manager, Kate Edwards, who is a literal super woman!! In fact, we talked to her and made sure she was on board before we even said yes to this endeavor because we were that sure that we couldn't make it happen on our own. Kate, THANK YOU, for keeping us on track, helping us with all communication and coming up with ways to streamline the process and always make it seem like anything is possible!! We are so grateful for you!!! Not to mention those spreadsheets that you know we'd mess up if we were left to our own devices.

We also called in Morgan's dad, Craig Shaw of Shaw Hofstra + Associates as our architect to bring the vision into reality. He spent countless hours drawing plans, offering advice and meeting with us to figure out the best way to construct the space. His expertise was priceless since we had no experience constructing a retail environment! Thank you!

We partnered with Nick of Skookum Supply Co. to build the plywood shelves, tables and modular pegboard wall of our dreams! We added tables, greeting card shelves, a gift wrap display rack to his agenda, and we have a feeling we aren't done bothering him yet! He was very patient with our evolving ideas! 

Once again, we worked with See More signs for our neon and decals. We always recommend them for signage; they're the best!

Huge thanks go out to our husbands, Dan & Zack, for always supporting our crazy dreams and then physically helping us build them...this time by means of our all white lacquer floor installation! These two really don't bat an eye when we pitch these types of projects to them, often on short notice. Then, they give up relaxing evenings to do tiring manual labor. For this particular project, we even roped in Morgan's dad and cousin, Devin, for the flooring as well. Thanks, guys!

So it truly takes a village. THANK YOU to all of you for your support!!! And speaking of support, thanks to everyone who has taken a trip to see the shop in person! All of your kind words about it, purchases and photos in the space make our day! We are so grateful for every Ampersand fan cheering us along in this journey! Thank you all!

The shop inside the Made in KC Marketplace is now up and running and Made in KC called this their most ambitious project to date! This project is a true celebration of the talent, artistry, and innovation of our growing community in Kansas City. Inside the 8,000 square foot all-local Marketplace you'll find new unique products, unexpected flavors, and endless inspiration. The Marketplace houses dozens of brands in a variety of formats. There are permanent mini-shops as well as seasonal displays that will rotate throughout the year. And it also includes, drumroll please.... the very first Made in KC Bar! In the back of the Marketplace, you can taste many of Kansas City's local beers and wines. A cocktail menu will be added soon as well as flights of whiskey, gin, wine, and beer. And of course, what's the maker scene without Kansas City Roasted Coffee? The second Made in KC Cafe is located right at the entrance so you can sip on a signature Café Au Oui (a cereal milk latte, for the uninitiated), cold brew, or latte while you shop! 

 

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In addition to our own brand products, this is also a place where, for the first time, we can offer some of our licensed products that we have designed in partnership with other companies...like these wunderkin bows, lulujo swaddles, and coming soon, kaleido bags.

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We hope you stop by and when you do, make sure to visit and say hello to all of our friends: Sew KC, Family Tree Nursery, Christopher Elbow Chocolates, Bell Boy Apparel, Made Urban Apparel, Boh Buh KC, Kansas City Canning Co., Emily Bordner, 1KC, Wonderboy Apparel, Flint and Field, Sandlot Goods, Farmdog Studios, Ice Cream Bae and

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This Saturday, we'll be celebrating the GRAND OPENING with a maker party! Come and say hi to us and the many other makers of your favorite local good!!!

306 W. 47th St., Kansas City MO 64112

11 am - 3 pm

One more thing, if you don't already, find Made in KC, us and our other Marketplace friends on instagram to follow along: @madeinkc_, @ampersandstudio @family_tree_nursery @christopherelbowchocolates @sewkc@bellboyapparel @madeurbanapparel @bohbuhkc @kansascitycanningco @emily.bordner @1kcshop @wonderboyapparel @flintandfield @sandlotgoods @farmdogstudios @icecreambaekc @aixoisbistro


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