STAMPtember 2018

It’s September. September, first, to be more precise. This can only mean one thing: it’s STAMPtember! One thing I absolutely adore doing is creating handmade cards using stamps – and Simon Says Stamp has been a huge inspiration to that passion. Sadly, I have not crafted as much as I would like in the past year. However, every time I feel the urge to do something, I always seem to reach for a stamp and some watercolour paper. It is definitely my go to craft! So I wanted to tell you a little about STAMPtember, in case you haven’t heard of it. Hopefully it will inspire you to give the art of papercrafting a go!

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The National Stationery Week Bundle

Today is a super special day for me. I am currently standing in the London Stationery Show. It’s an amazing event that takes place annually. The show itself is organised by a fantastic team of stationery geeks, so it’s always a great day for a stationery blogger such as myself. Unfortunately, it’s a trade show – which means it’s not open to the general public. I’m honoured to be able to say that I was selected by the team to cover this fantastic event.

But fear not, there’s a way for everyone to get involved in today’s National Stationery Week theme! Jump online and check out #StationeryTheWorldOver on social media. Share pictures of stationery stores all over the world.

I’ll be sharing some thoughts from the London Stationery Show next week so watch out for that if you’re interested. However, today, I wanted to quickly share some fantastic products that I received from the team that organised this event. These products were generously sent by the sponsors of National Stationery Week. I’m incredibly humbled by the fact that I was one of the chosen bloggers to receive this bundle and wanted to share what was in it with you.

The National Stationery Week Bundle

The bundle contains:

  • An A5 journal from Nuco’s Spectrum range
  • A couple of Staedtler’s pigment liners
  • A T-Rex style highlighter from Mustard
  • An A4 storage folder from Santoro
  • A clipboard planner and pen from Santoro
  • A pencil case from Santoro
  • One of the Spectrum Noir metallic markers from Crafter’s Companion
  • A ballpoint pen and pouch from Cross
  • And it all came in a box from G.F. Smith, who included the colour of the year envelope and information.

I can’t wait to use all of these products in more depth. Throughout the week, I’ll drop pictures of them in use once I get around to testing them. I have already started using a few products, however, which I’m super excited about. Those metallic markers, for example, jumped out at me. Although my lettering is not the best, I felt compelled to try them out. As a result, I ended up creating the ‘National Stationery Week’ sign above. The colours are so beautiful in real life. The camera fails to capture it’s beauty, in my opinion. I love Crafter’s Companion and have a number of their products. However, I haven’t had the chance to try out some of their newer ones so receiving this really made my day. There’s a few other products that I really want to try out!

Once I get a chance, I’ll test out all of the products and share my favourites with you. If there’s anything you would like to see in more depth, let me know and I’ll whip up a review for you.

Until next time, why don’t you check out my Twitter or Instagram page? I’ll be sharing pictures and thoughts on there throughout the day – and the rest of the week – from the show and the week itself.

National Stationery Week 2018

For various reasons that I won’t bore you with now, I had to take a hiatus from the blog and writing. Today, I’m back with a quick post to share something I love dearly. It is, perhaps, my favourite week in the entire year. Probably even more so than Christmas. Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to enjoy seven days of stationery. Yes, that’s right, seven whole days. Because tomorrow, National Stationery Week starts. Or NatStatWeek, for short.

If you haven’t heard of it already, NatStatWeek celebrates all things stationery. It’s a whole week dedicated to everything from a blank of piece of paper to ink splatters all over the page. A week that encourages people to write things by hand – because writing matters. It’s a topic I’ve spoken a lot about already so I won’t go into details about that now.

What I did, however, want to share with you was what you should look forward to this year. As usual, there is a daily theme. Each theme is sponsored and supported by a different company. I’m super thrilled to be able to say that I was selected by the team to blog about this fantastic week.

This year’s themes are:

Monday 23rd – Make A Note   [#makeanote by NUCO]
Tuesday 24th – Pen and Pencil   [#penandpencil by STAEDTLER]
Wednesday 25th – Stationery the World over   [#stationerytheworldover by LONDON STATIONERY SHOW]
Thursday 26th – Work Happy   [#workhappy by MUSTARD]
Friday 27th – A Place for Everything   [#aplaceforeverything by SANTORO]
Saturday 28th – Get Crafty   [#getcrafty by CRAFTER’S COMPANION]
Sunday 29th – Signature Saturday   [#signaturesaturday by CROSS]

There’s a few days that I’m rather excited for. Well, I’m excited for all of them but perhaps more so for some! Do any of them stand out for you?

Personally, I just can’t wait to follow the hashtags through social media on each day and see what comes up!

For the Love of Stationery…

If you’re a fan of stationery then make sure you get involved. I highly suggest keeping an eye out for discount codes and giveaways too – there’s always some around. Your favourite stationery stores may be getting involved too.

Throughout the week, be sure to watch the main hashtags too. #NatStatWeek and #WritingMatters are the two to keep your eye on.

Let me leave you with this, the aims of National Stationery Week – as quoted directly from their website:

To get stationery lovers talking about and sharing details of their stationery and what they use it for, plus the products, brands and retailers they like and can recommend

To promote the importance of hand writing and encourage people to keep writing

And to get more people spelling stationery with an “E”!

That last one is definitely my favourite. Remember, it’s “E” for Envelope!

That’s all from me for today. I’ll see you tomorrow. Follow me on Twitter or Instagram to what I get up to! I took a hiatus from those two, as well but I’ll be back tomorrow with things to share there too.

To find out more about the week, visit nationalstationeryweek.com or follow them on social media.

Goals for 2018

Hello and welcome to the long over due post – my goals for 2018.  I know it’s already past mid-Feb and therefore we’re already over a month behind but this is actually my first post this year.  I decided to take some time out of blogging and focus on my health.  The hiatus was a little longer than I anticipated but it’s definitely been required.  However, without further ado, I wanted to jump in and start blogging again.  There’s so many exciting things that I’ve wanted to share with you.  I really missed blogging, so hopefully I can start sharing these great things with you again.

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Writing Matters

Writing matters.  No matter how old you are, writing is a skill that matters.  It’s also a skill that seems to be less and less used on a daily basis by more and more people.  Technology advances and thus, things are becoming more digital.  And sadly, less analogue.  Now don’t get me wrong, I do love technology and the digital age.  However, writing is incredibly important.  I wanted to send a moment today to share a bit about that.

I feel like as technology advances, we stop using analogue ways.  So many people have never sent a letter in their lives.  Work colleagues scramble to find scrap paper to write on, as everything is done by email.  I feel like more university students are bringing laptops or iPads into classes – over pens and paper.  A lot of students revise with typed notes.  I’m not saying you should handwrite everything, no.  Typing notes is definitely a lot faster in class.  However, I think people should incorporate more writing into their daily habits.

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Printable Christmas Cards

Meeting someone for Christmas and you’ve forgotten to get them a Christmas card?  If you’re in a last minute rush and can’t get to the shops, why not print one off?  If you have a colour printer and some card at home then this is probably the easiest way to get Christmas Cards instantly.  These Printable Christmas Cards are really cost effective too.  You can purchase your favourite designs and then print off as many as you want!  So you can continue to use it in future years too!

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Christmas Sale at kikki.K

One of my favourite planner companies in the UK is kikki.K.  It has opened up several stores around the UK, with a few in London.  I visited one of the London ones yesterday and was blown away by their current range.  I planned to only get one thing and ended up with a bit more than that.  However, it must have taken me over an hour to decide what I actually wanted to buy.  Because I wanted everything. 

They currently have 50% off on selected styles too.  I thought I’d take a moment today to share a few of my favourite items from this sale range.  If I had the money, I would buy all of these.  I am very tempted to go back and pick up a few more items for myself or for friends.  As a little treat to myself, however, I decided to get one of these yesterday.  (And a few other things outside of the sale section but since I love a bargain, lets focus on that stuff today). Continue reading “Christmas Sale at kikki.K”

100 Truths

The lovely Zoe (better known as “Han Zolo”) nominated me to take part in today’s post.  It’s the 100 truths tag!  I haven’t seen one this long – or detailed – so I thought I’d give it a go!  It’s basically 100 questions about… well your entire life.  Be sure to check out Zoe’s post, which you can find here.  Since this will take a while, let’s just skip the introductions and get straight into it.

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Handmade cards featuring Manuscript

Yesterday I mentioned how I’ve been bitten by the calligraphy bug and pointed out a few of my favourite gifts for people.  If you didn’t read it, you can check it out here.  I didn’t mention one product, however, that I’ve really started to enjoy using and I wanted to talk a little about that today.  It’s the Manuscript Italic & Poster Set.  I challenged myself to try and make some handmade cards featuring Manuscript calligraphy products and this one jumped out at me.  It’s so perfect – and I’m really excited about today’s post.

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Luxury Writing Gifts

If you’ve been around the Aumsome blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of writing.  I encourage it in so many situations.  From handwriting your notes to writing letters.  Thanks to Manuscript, who organised the first ever World Calligraphy Day earlier this year, I’ve been bitten by the calligraphy and lettering bug too.  Calligraphy is a skill that requires a lot of practice.  It requires a lot of patience too.  While patience isn’t a virtue I have, I actually do love calligraphy.  I also want to improve my general handwriting.  So just handwriting everything I can helps!  Whether it’s in my planner or the letters I occasionally write.

Today I wanted to share a few products that I’ve been testing out (detailed reviews for all of them coming in the new year).  These are products that I think would make luxury writing gifts, as they make the whole writing experience more of a luxury.  They would make really great gifts for anyone who likes to write letters or practice their calligraphy.

Since I’m quite new to the whole calligraphy thing myself, I think a lot of these would be great for someone just starting out too.  So if you – or anyone you know – wants to look into a new skill, definitely check these out and see if you fancy giving it a go.

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