If you are already familiar with the unique Dutch magazine Flow, then you’ll know you’re in for a treat. It’s hard to describe this book, except to say that it is living, breathing inspiration. Part essay and think piece, part action item and resource guide, full of activities, illustrations and more, it’s perfect to flip through, pore over, interact with, and make into your own beautiful, thoughtful creations.
Take time to breathe. Take time to create. Take time to reflect, take time to let go. A book that’s unique in the way it mixes reading and doing, A Book That Takes Its Time is like a mindfulness retreat between two covers.
Created in partnership with Flow, the groundbreaking international magazine that celebrates creativity, beautiful illustration, a love of paper, and life’s little pleasures, A Book That Takes Its Time mixes articles, inspiring quotes, and what the editors call “goodies”—bound-in cards, mini-journals, stickers, posters, blank papers for collaging, and more—giving it a distinctly handcrafted, collectible feeling.
Read about the benefits of not multitasking, then turn to “The Joy of One Thing at a Time Notebook” tucked into the pages. After a short piece on the power of slowing down, fill in the designed notecards for a Beautiful Moments jar. Make a personal timeline. Learn the art of hand-lettering. Dig into your Beginner’s Mind. Embrace the art of quitting. Take the writing cure. And always smile. Move slowly and with intention through A Book That Takes Its Time, and discover that sweet place where life can be both thoughtful and playful.
About the Author
Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst are the cofounders and creative directors of Flow magazine, a popular international publication packed with paper goodies and beautiful illustrations that celebrates creativity, imperfection, and life's little pleasures. They both live outside Amsterdam.
“A Book That Takes Its Time… wooed me with its smart design and abundance of what the editors call “goodies” that make it a paper product-lover’s interactive feast. This is way more than a book: It’s loaded with pullouts like stickers, postcards and more.” — Book Page, a Top Pick for Lifestyle