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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”

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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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The Harry Potter Tag

Today I’m back with another blog tag.  This time, instead of focusing on Christmas, we’re moving to something I really love – and I’m craving to watch/read again: Harry Potter.   I definitely need a film marathon soon, I think.  In the meantime, I wanted to start by saying thank you to Meggan, over at Between the Pages for tagging me.  It’s perfect for today – where I brought even more Harry Potter merchandise.  I mean, there was an adorable mug in the store that I just had to have.  It was super cute.

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Handmade Holiday Cards featuring Hobbycraft

Last week, I made some simple Christmas cards using stamps from USA.  Since those stamps are currently out of stock, I wanted to show you how this technique can easily be replicated with any stamps!  Today, I’m using stamps from Hobbycraft.  Every year, Hobbycraft have a range of Christmas stamps.  They tend to start sales on their Christmas stock around this time so definitely worth having a look if you’re interested.  Like I said, these cards are really easy to replicate with whatever stamps you already own.  (Alternatively, you may be able to find free downloads online that you can print off and do something similar with!).

As it’s a simple technique, it’s easy to do quite a few cards in one go.  It does take a bit of time, however.  So I recommend doing it whilst watching TV.  It’s a great time to put on a Christmas film and get a bit crafty after all!  This is definitely one you could do at home with the kids too, if you’re a parent or need a babysitting task.

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My Christmas Planner

Earlier in Blogmas, I spoke about ways to get organised.  One idea was to make your own planner this Christmas, which is what I decided to do.  I added some pages to my planner, inspired from the Mrs Brimble’s Jingle and Mingle craft afternoon.  I thought I would share a few of those pages with you now, as I haven’t before!  It’s definitely still a work-in-progress.  There’s a few things I want to add, which I’ll add as I go along.  However, let’s show you what’s in there right now.  I haven’t included photos of every page, as I want to keep some things hidden (for example gift ideas!).  But it gives you the general gist of what it currently looks like!

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