This week we celebrate all things stationery with a whole week devoted to the art of all things desk-worthy. Today itself is actually National Stationery Day, win win! As you know I design stationery and am an all round lover of all things pretty in this arena and all that to say I know I’m not alone at all because so many of you obsess over new stationery to the point where it’s hard to actually use it and ruin it’s beautiful shiny, newness.
Exciting new things have landed in my shop! If you follow me on Instagram you may have already been seeing peeks of the new product I’ve been designing and recently had back from print. I always love escaping the screen and general to do lists and setting aside a few creative days to get my inks and paints out and go crazy with the brushes & usually my clothes as a bi product. Weirdly I come up with a lot of my ideas when I’m swimming on Wednesday mornings which makes me think I should be expensing that activity! Normally I fill my work space with a forest’s worth of paper (don’t panic, I recycle) and then come back a day later to cut through the clutter and pick out the best bits that could be turned into something great! There’s a mixture of illustrations and brush lettering with some fun and quirky sentiments which I hope you lovely people will enjoy.
Well friends it’s my birthday today and the final year of my twenties (sob sob). Knowing this fact is a massive improvement on a few months ago when I whole heartedly told someone I was 26. Oh dear, what a shock to realise that wasn’t the case when I did the maths! Anyone else struggle with keeping up with how old you are??
Anyway today isn’t going to be super flashy. For starters I’ll be out the house before 9am to set up for church but it’s pretty tip top to be spending the day with church family to be honest, along with my parents who’ll be coming up for lunch. With all the Blogtacular, workshops and Venice trip (did I mention I’m headed there for work eeek) craziness I’ve had to postpone full on celebrations to next Friday but In the spirit of celebrating another year closer to 30 and another year wiser as they say, I’ve decided to treat you all to a mega giveaway of goodies! You can win ALL of the above (worth over £100) in one fell swoop, perfect for all you paper & stationery lovers out there…I know you’re out there. I’ve picked out all my faves from the shop for you to get your hands on, simply by entering at the end of this post. There are some compulsory ways to enter along with some optional extras for bonus entries.
Well, my new website is finally here, after so many months of back and forth and pestering my web designer husband to keep cracking on in any spare minute he had. Building a new website is like being led down a rabbit warren. Changing one thing means you realise you need to change something else which in turn sets you onto something else. I feel like I’ve been pregnant with this site for all these months! At least now I finally have my pretty bundle of joy eh? Apologies to any of you that visited my site when it was down last week. We had some issues but they’re all sorted now, phew!
Hello!! I’m back from my little break and ready to crack on with some fun content for the new year! I don’t know about you but there’s something about the start of the year that sets me into full speed Spring cleaning mode! The appropriate season for the name never inspires quite the same amount of enthusiasm for the task as the transition between December and January. I felt like our flat was bulging at the seams before Christmas with any hint of order having been lost a couple of months prior. When I’m busy I get sloppy with organisation around the house and items that make there way into the home are shoved somewhere random to be dealt with later, ‘later’ being a fictional concept akin to unicorns and mermaids. Working from home adds to the amount we have to store with stock, postage tube rolls, papers, camera equipment, large background boards, endless props for styling etc etc. I think the big tell tale that something needed to be done was when I realised we’d spent 2 months carting a metre by a metre box full of tube rolls between our bedroom and the living room depending on when we had guests and when we needed to sleep. That along with my everyday technique of finding an outfit involving the release of my jumbled pile of creased clothes from the shelf into an enormous mountain on the floor (The ‘not so’ Lovely Drawer).
I feel like a huge hypocrite wheeling out gift guides when I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping yet! On the other hand it has to be done so why hide. I’ve been mulling over some ideas for three different categories but perhaps I might just happen to fall into all three. Fancy that! I hope they provide some inspiration for your shopping adventures and seeing as it’s all online it’s also fuss free. I used to love the action of going out to Christmas shop. It seemed to make me feel more festive and in the spirit of things but now I can’t think of anything I’d rather not be doing at this time of year. The same with shopping all year round really. I’m definitely an online kind of girl. Enjoy…
Today I’d like to introduce you to Maker Monthly, a concept that definitely ticks all my boxes! If you love stationery as much as I do (and I know lots of you do) then you’ll probably get a little heart flutter to learn about these monthly subscription boxes, filled with premium notebooks, art supplies and creative curiosities delivered straight to your door. It’s the best post you’re likely to receive and with a different selection each month it will keep you on your toes waiting for the next paper party to drop through your letterbox.
Things have gotten a little bit messy around here! Today I’m sending out my appreciation for all things paint splattered. I just love this simple technique that’s so spontaneous that’s so spontaneous and full of life. I even created my own DIY so I could roll up my sleeves and embrace the novelty of flying paint. Here’s a selection of ideas to either buy or DIY. I have to say if you’re a bit intimidated by following a DIY tutorial then this is a great way to start. There’s no intricate painting or tricky technique just go wild like a kid at nursery.
Whether you want to try your hand at creating your own or you’d rather something gorgeous sent straight to your door, go ahead and enjoy!
Happy Friday people! I can see your tired out eyes lighting up as you leave work and travel home for the long weekend and even though I only need to travel from my table to the kitchen this evening I share the tiredness and excitement! To make things all the more sweeter I’ve illustrated some jolly free desktop wallpapers for August (just). I’ve been very aware that September is fast approaching and it made me think of all the fun of new term stationery. You know the drill, that feeling of satisfaction when you arrived on the first day back to school with your sparkling new pencil case, untouched pencils and perhaps even the latest gel pens to grace the shelves of WHsmith. I still haven’t grown out of that and I know many of you are total stationery magpies too.
So come join the stationery party and download your free desktop wallpapers right here! As I said last time, please do use #somethingforyourscreen if you post any of my monthly wallpapers on Instagram. It was such fun seeing you guys get on board with the brush lettered sayings from last month. Have a lovely weekend!
It’s time for another DIY and this one really is easy! I know there are lots of stationery nerds out there, just like me. You love checking out all the different coloured pencils and stocking up on an amount of notebooks that even a writer couldn’t get through. But they’re so pretty, right?! This little DIY is for you. Marble, yes please and copper, yes please. Two big trends we’ve all been loving packaged nicely into one book and some matching geometric paper clips.
Be warned you may well get the urge to cover everything in sticky marble and copper paper. Try your best to resist. I know it’s tough.
I’ve shared some of my current crushes over at Urban Flip Flops blog run by the lovely Rebecca. If you want to indulge your feminine side and gather some wedding inspiration then take a trip over to her pretty space. She asked me to shared some things I’m loving right now and among them are these beautiful planners from Julia Krostreva.
All photos curtesy of the talented Holly Booth
This post is a little overdue having attended this fabulous event over 2 weeks ago but nevertheless here it is. I’ve used Holly Booth’s official photographs from the day as with all the chit chat meeting new people in between the talks I barely had an opportunity to grab a drink let alone take photos. For those of you that don’t know what Paper Fest is, it’s an event focused on inspiring those in or interested in the paper and stationery industry. The whole thing was organised and styled by The Paper Girls, Abigail Warner and Lucy Ledger. Those lovely ladies have poured a lot of time and energy into helping people start up their stationery businesses and learn about the industry.
It was pretty amazing to be around so many people doing a similar thing to myself and to discuss the things that often other people find mind numbing. I mean who doesn’t want to talk about card stock and CMYK colour ways right? The event was styled to perfection from the moment you entered the doors of One Marylebone, which wasn’t surprising considering who was organising it. It’s fair to say it was a girly affair with sugar pinks, bright whites and pistachios greens every where you turned. Definitely my cup of tea! Oooo and all the treats…pink lemonade on arrival, customised cakes and biscuit pops and a lunch of perfectly formed miniature morsels, not forgetting the jam packed goody bags we skipped home with.
One of the most exciting parts of the day was of course Anna Bond’s interview (swoon) about how Rifle Paper Co came to be the global success it is today. She was just as sweet as I imagined and it was so interesting to hear the story of how the business grew with her and her husband working side by side as business partners. She said that in the early days they just said yes to everything they thought would benefit the business whether they were pushed for time or didn’t even really know how to do it. She also emphasised that steady growth is healthy growth. Growing too slow or even too fast could kill a business.
The main things I took from the day….
1) It’s ok to let things develop organically. So much advice seems to come in the form of ‘you need to know exactly where you want your business to be in 5 years time otherwise it will never happen.’ So many of the speakers said that things developed very organically. They were proactive but often new things came along and their course changed slightly. You need to be prepared to change and grow and adapt. ‘Don’t plan more than 6 months out. Be ok with change’, Anna Bond.
2) ‘Be your products biggest fan. If you don’t who else will’, Miranda Dickenson. Which sounds a bit cheesy but is really true. All of us creative lot so often get shy about singing and dancing about the things we make, or even showing people at all. We don’t want to appear arrogant or receive rejection when it’s something close to our heart but it aint’ going to become a business if we hide it away in a box and just drop it in to conversations every now and again. I’ve always found this very hard. If you don’t love what you’re creating then people are less likely to buy into it. When I see people who are pumped about their products the hype is a kind of infectious and suddenly I want a piece of the action.
3) Use your Instagram feed to the max! Not only is it an instant and visually powerful way of showing potential customers how you’re developing your products and receiving interest and feedback but all the editors in the panel (Rock My Wedding, Betty Magazine and Mollie Makes) section of the day said they use it as a quick way to discover new talent or interesting products or services to feature. With so many emails pouring into their inbox every minute Instagram is a much quicker place to keep up with new things alongside all the email sifting. Having to pay attention to my Instagram account is something I’m happy to hear as you can probably tell I enjoy it just a little bit. Thanks so much to Abigail and Lucy for putting on such a great event!