Inkity Blinkity Launches After Mom Gets Inspiration from The Today Show

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The Today Show episode featuring the Martin family and their special graduation gift they presented their daughter was a heartwarming story for sure, but for Kandi Sigona, it turned out to be much more.

I liked the idea of having contributors add their fingerprints to signify the real-life fingerprints they were leaving on him that would last forever.

Kandi Sigona got inspiration for Inkity Blinkity Fingerprint Journals after watching Natalie Morales interview a family about a touching graduation gift they had recently given their daughter. On July 9, 2012, Sigona watched the Martin family share on the Today Show how they filled the pages of the popular Dr. Seuss “Oh the Places You’ll Go” book with notes from every one of their daughter’s teachers since she was five years old. The couple surprised their daughter with the priceless book when she graduated from high school.

“Having three young kids just getting in school, I loved this story,” said Sigona. “I couldn’t wait to buy the books and get these precious gifts started for my kids. I decided that a blank-page journal would be better for capturing and preserving hand-written notes. I wasn’t happy with any of the journal options I was finding for this project, so I decided to create my own.”

A year later, Sigona had developed the first Fingerprint Journal for her son. “I liked the idea of having contributors add their fingerprints to signify the real-life fingerprints they were leaving on him that would last forever,” stated Sigona. After sharing the idea with family and friends, she decided to develop a kit and start a business. In November 2013, Inkity Blinkity was launched and the company started selling its Fingerprint Journal kits online. The kit includes everything parents and contributors need to get started: a 48-page journal with chapters from Pre-K to 12th grade, two ink pads, a box of finger wipes, and a smear-free pen. The kit is designed to protect the journal and slide easily under a bed or shelf for discreet storage (a tip Sigona got from watching the Martin’s story).

The Journal cover reads: “Many Hands Along the Way, Have Shaped the One You Are Today, Their Fingerprints Have Been Left Inside, To Help You Remember And Capture Your Ride." Contributors include teachers, coaches, grandparents, friends, and anyone who leaves a special mark on your child along the way.

“I spent almost 20 years in the technology industry and always dreamed about starting my own business,” Sigona said. “I just never imagined it would be a non-tech product like this inspired by catching a segment on the Today Show. I’ve really enjoyed developing a warm, non-digital, personal-touch product though. It’s a rarity these days,” she added. The company is planning additional product launches this year, including a wedding Fingerprints Journal and a new line of DreamKeeper pillows that will encourage girls from an early age to write down their dreams, hold them closely, and most importantly, to follow them. “Following a dream – that’s what the Inkity Blinkity journey is all about for me,” Sigona said.

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