Giveaway status: Currently open! [Closes on 9th May at 12AM]
Giveaway status: Currently open! [Closes on 9th May at 12AM]
The week we’ve all been waiting for is now upon us (or at least, the week all of us stationery addicts have been waiting for!). Stationery addicts and users across the country are coming together. All to celebrate one thing: their love of stationery.
Due to personal reasons, I sadly won’t be able to get involved with the activities this week as much as I would have liked. Last year, I shared a post daily. You can find these posts by clicking here. I planned to do the same until unexpected personal reasons cropped up. However, I still want to do something. My first launch giveaway is currently underway, where the winner will get a planner bundle. This week, I will be holding three additional giveaways and will be updating this post as I go along. So check back here daily for the update! Where possible, I will also be around on Twitter – so please drop me a tweet to chat! For now, let’s jump right in.
In February, we saw InCoWriMo, which stands for International Correspondence Writing Month (run by the organisers of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month). But that’s just the beginning. The start of April marked the start of the Write_On challenge. This challenge encourages you to write 30 letters in 30 days but since we’re already started, you could aim to write 12 – one of each of the remaining days. At the very least, aim to write one!
I particularly like that National Stationery Week, here in the UK, also falls in this month. Two major campaigns to get people writing more. I found out about the challenge last year, where I shared over 30 letters you could write, in case you didn’t know who to send them to. This year, I thought I would take a moment to share over 30 reasons why you should write in the first place.
Small independent stationery companies have always been close to my heart. No matter what the industry is, supporting small businesses is important. Not only are you helping people achieve their dreams but you may also find a new favourite company to shop from. Often, the best part about finding small businesses is discovering the unique products that they offer. These products may even be better than the ones offered by the well known brands. Today, I’m thrilled to be able to share a look into one of the products from a small company called Say Nice Things.
Say Nice Things offers journals and notebooks in beautiful covers. Today’s review looks at the Crystal A5 Journal*, which has a gorgeous cover in an array of pastel colours.
With less than a month to go, I wanted to talk about something very special to me (and to this blog): National Stationery Week (#NatStatWeek). On the last week of April, head over to social media to see everyone talking about the campaign. #NatStatWeek trended on Twitter several times last year. It’s a good excuse to find any old bits of stationery you haven’t used in a while or take out your favourite products (or even go shopping for more goodies!).
I’m looking forward to it already, it’s something that has never ceased to amaze me. In 2015, I first came across #NatStatWeek and it inspired me to start this very blog. In 2016, I beat my own expectations by posting daily during the week. Every year, there’s a theme for each day of the week – the 7 days of stationery.
There are some great themes this year. A few of them were carried over from previous years but there’s a couple of new ones. I’m particularly fond of Tuesday’s #GetCrafty as that’s something I’m always saying I’ll do more of. I never seem to have the time to do all of the craft that I say I’m going to do, however. Whether you’re a stationery user or an addict, get involved throughout the week. Not only is it incredibly fun but it’s also provides you with lots of opportunities. You’ll find some brilliant new items, meet fellow stationery addicts or even win prizes. A few of my giveaways will be running during that week too.
The Stationery Blogger of the Year – an award decided by you – will be announced during #NatStatWeek. You can vote for your favourite stationery blogger on the website, once they’ve shortlisted the nominees. I’m really excited about this award as it’s a good opportunity to find some new bloggers that I may not know about already. If you’re a stationery blogger yourself, I would recommend you check their website out to find out more about the award.
There is also a London Stationery Show, for companies to source new products or for stationery brands to promote their latest products. It’s a two day event, with tons of brands. I’m honoured to announce that I will be attending the event this year, so watch this space as I’m sure I’ll have a lot of blogging to do after the event. If you are attending, let me know so I can make sure I visit you!
Like most stationery addicts, I will also be active on social media throughout the week, so please come say hi. My Twitter is the best place to catch me during the week but I’ll also be posting pictures or doing live stories on Instagram.
Pop over to the #NatStatWeek website to find out more.
Will you be doing anything special for National Stationery Week 2017?
Leave a comment and let me know. I always enjoy talking to fellow stationery addicts.
Giveaway status: Currently open! [Closes on 1st May at 12AM]
Without much ado, I’m pleased to launch the first giveaway in honour of the new blog domain. Today, the prize is a Planner Bundle I put together for you, with some products that I absolutely love. The bundle is a great way to get into planning, if you’re new to the whole thing but can be used by those with tons of planners too! I’m a massive planner addict myself and know that having just one planner is not enough. So whether you’re a Planner Newbie or an Addict, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to enter the competition. For now, let’s go through the items in the bundle so you know what you could win!
To be in for the chance to win, fill out the entry form at the end of the blog post.
Today’s business feature is one that’s very close to my heart. I have known about Pocket Notebooks since it was first founded by Tony & Dan and have had the pleasure of reviewing one of the Calepino notebooks from the store previously. They recently sold the company to a fellow Stationery addict, Stuart and I’m so pleased to see that the company’s legacy continues! When it comes to customer service, this company has always been on the top of the game and it just seems to get better and better at it. When it comes to stationery and businesses, Stuart really knows his stuff so I can’t wait to kick into this Q&A to see what tips and tricks he can offer us.
So, without further ado, it is my pleasure to be able to feature Stuart, the new owner of Pocket Notebooks, today.
Continue reading “Business Series: Pocket Notebooks”
I cannot contain my excitement right now. Going self-hosted is something I have wanted to do since I first started blogging. In fact, I even brought this URL almost a year ago. However, the original web host I used caused me endless problems and I struggled to see my dream turn into reality. So I’m incredibly please to say that this right here is the very first blog post to go live on my brand spanking new domain: www.aumsome.co.uk. And with a new domain you also need a new layout and design, right? Let me know what you think of the new look!
I think it’s only apt that I start with a massive shoutout to thank a company that I don’t think I could have done this without – JollyLeaf. They are an amazing UK based web hosting company that’s incredibly affordable and just outright awesome! Frank from JollyLeaf replied to all of my long emails – which were full of stupid questions – with a lot of patience. He made the entire progress to move from wordpress to a self-hosted domain easy, without making me feel stupid at all. I was so fed up with my old host that I almost gave up with the whole thing but he helped make the transition a whole lot nicer and easier. And most importantly, he helped make it happen – which is not something I thought would happen a few months ago. So I cannot recommend them enough if you are thinking about going self-hosted, they are amazing.
But they aren’t the only ones who’ve supported me in this journey. I also cannot thank all of you enough. To each and every single person who has supported me in my blogging journey – from everyone who silently reads the posts to the amazing commenters to those who I talk to on social media to businesses I’ve had the pleasure of working with to once strangers who’ve become friends… All of you make me love what I do – and I can’t even begin to try and convey how excited I am. My fingers are literally trembling with excitement as they hit the keyboard right now… Thank you, for being you.
To thank all of you properly, I am super excited to announce that I’ll be holding several giveaways throughout the month. All of the giveaways will be stationery or planning related but I won’t tell you too much about them right now, as I am currently finalising them. I am hoping there will be at least four different prizes to win – which is four chances to win! And each prize will be a little stationery or planner “bundle” to get you started and allow you to use your prize straight away. A few of the prizes have been donated by some amazing people or businesses – which just emphasises how much support I get and I’m grateful for every single bit of it. That’s all I’ll say about that right now but watch this space. Be sure to sign up to the newsletter so I can let you know when the giveaways are open as they won’t be open for long!
My email account is up and running once more too. Drop me an email to email@example.com – I would love to hear from you, even if it’s just to chat! I would love to know what you think about the new layout of the blog. If you have any suggestions for the layout or find any old links, please let me know! I’ll also be happy to hear any suggestions you have for prizes for the giveaways, I am currently on the look out for more!
Welcome to the third and final part of the Valentine’s Day Series. If you haven’t found a present yet, well… time is definitely running out! But don’t fear – for Reema is here! Wow, that was pretty cheesy, wasn’t it? Moving swiftly on, there’s only a few days till Valentine’s so this last post will contain a whole bunch of ideas that I’ve titled as “miscellaneous” stationery as they don’t quite fall under any one category. There’s still plenty of time to do these ideas because even if you do a “simple” version of them, they could still be really thoughtful and sweet. So without further ado, let’s jump right into the first one.
The second part to the Valentine’s Day Stationery Series is a little bit more time consuming or creative than the first but the results are so worth it. You don’t have to create a beautiful scrapbook, like the photograph below. Honestly, it doesn’t need to be a work of art and I will list some easier ways to achieve the same effect but it gives you the option to be as creative as you’d like with this!
Instead of scrapbooking, let’s focus on memory books or journalling. I really love these sorts of books. One of the best presents I got from my friends was back in school. They all got together to create a book for me, writing messages and adding photos in it. Everytime I look through it, I recall all of the amazing moments and memories with them from school – some of them are things that had happened when we first met and I had forgotten all about them by this point!
For example, one friend wrote about a time that we were messing around and she was trying to push me into a spider web so I was resisting (as I hated spiders and it was also just gross!). However, her purse fell on the ground whilst we were wrestling and a boy tried to run off with it. I immediately stopped wrestling her and stopped the kid. It was a natural reaction – one that I didn’t think anything of. But she wrote that it was that moment that she knew I was a good friend – one that would defend her friends and fight for them, even if they were trying to do something, by her own admission, kind of mean (like push me into a web). That moment impacted her in a way I never knew about until I read what she wrote on this book, years after the event. Sometimes, you never realise who you’ve impacted or how you’ve had affected them – and sometimes the ones that have left lasting marks on you will never realise either, unless you tell them.