Merry everything and a Happy always!

Baby, it’s cold outside! So to avoid all that, we’ve been very busy INSIDE working away for the final stretch of 2018. Calendars and holiday gifts are running rampant through our factory! It can’t be all work and no play, though. As you may have noticed, our JournalBooks team loves a good holiday celebration and Christmastime is no exception. Check out what we’ve been up to below!

Bells are ringin’ and angels are singin’ this holiday season! This year, we decided to participate in the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, where we adopted Angels (kids) and Silver Bells (senior citizens) in need to give them a Merry Christmas. Our staff went all out with bicycles, toys, and warm clothes galore!

Speaking of helping those in need, our Second Harvest Food and Fundraiser went off without a hitch. Thanks again to our wonderful staff, we were able to provide several barrels of food, as well as over 500 pounds of food worth of donated money to our hungry neighbors.

We are so fortunate to be able to participate in these types of programs and help those in need. It is the reason for the season, after all.

As much as we’ve enjoyed helping others, we also like presents…and food. Who doesn’t, right? The holidays are the perfect time to celebrate with both and enjoy the fruits of our efforts all year! We began our in-house celebrations by gathering for a delicious traditional holiday lunch, catered by Carolina Gourmet Catering. There’s nothing like turkey and mashed potatoes to get you feeling festive! (Seriously though, their mashed potatoes could turn any ol’ Scrooge into Santa Clause himself.)

We couldn’t go to our festivities in just any old outfits, so our entire staff received these very cute and incredibly soft t-shirts from our lovely leaders. Will we ever take them off? Stay tuned…

On top of all this, some of our staff also participated in Secret Santa. As it turns out, we are very sneaky. There may have been some not-so-subtle questioning (and light internet stalking) trying to decide the perfect gift for our work pals, but all’s well that ends well!

We hope everyone enjoys the holidays and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

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Giving Thanks to Our JB Team

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Unlike millions of turkeys (sorry, turkeys), we here at JournalBooks, have a lot to be thankful for this year.

For us, Thanksgiving is all about community. We are proud to have our products made right here in Charlotte, North Carolina and couldn’t do that without our amazing Production staff. One of the ways we show how grateful we are for these unsung heroes is with our Annual Thanksgiving Pot Luck. Our office staff whips up their favorite dishes for the production staff to enjoy as a thank you for all of their hard work. Not only is this tradition a tasty one, but it’s also exciting to experience how our team celebrates with different cultures and traditions coming together to create one big delicious meal.

In addition to our in-house celebration, we also like to show our gratitude in our community by helping our neighbors in need. This year, we are sponsoring a Food and Fund Drive for Second Harvest of Metrolina. The Food Bank serves over 700 non-profit partners including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and low-income day cares in order to help feed 527,000 people living in poverty in 19 North and South Carolina counties. If you’d like to help us contribute, you can donate online HERE

Fun Friday Photo Booth

Happy Thursday, everyone! This post is a bit of a #TBT (Throwback Thursday) — last Friday, we celebrated some of our amazing team with a pretty festive photo booth! And you know, we love a good photo booth around here.

These incredible folks are the ones who make each and every custom journal, notebook, and planner possible.

Thanks to all their efforts, we can confidently send out your orders, knowing they’ll look their very best. They are most certainly everyday heroes in our book, and a pretty fun bunch too!

Fun Friday Cupcakes

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Welcome back! We hope you all had a relaxing Labor Day weekend. Our team enjoyed our September Fun Friday last week, celebrating all our hard work this month in accomplishing our goals. We brought in a variety of delicious cupcakes from a local bakery, and finished off the week on the sweetest of notes. (The hardest part was choosing just one…)

Fun Friday Popsicles

I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket.
— Kellie Elmore

Happy Monday, everyone and welcome back! We were lucky enough to get a visit from a local popsicle vendor, King of Pops last week for our July Fun Friday. It was the perfect way to beat the heat on a sweltering summer day. Thankfully, their cart easily rolled inside, so no one had to break a sweat! Our favorite flavors? Strawberry Lemonade and Banana Pudding.

Fun Friday Cookout

“Engaging the hearts, minds, and hands of talent is the most sustainable source of competitive advantage.”
— Greg Harris, Quantum Workplace

While you’re settling back in this Monday, here’s a lighter post with some photos we took on our 10th Fun Friday last week! Thanks to the hard work of some dedicated JournalBooks employees, we celebrated the start of May with a classic cookout — complete with burgers, hotdogs, homemade strawberry shortcake, and plenty of laughing. (We also snuck in a birthday celebration for our fearless leader, Tim with a candle-lit shortcake and custom-printed card.) Happy Monday, everyone!