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The Pen and Paper, Cardiff

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I started drafting out this post whilst I was in Cardiff, last week.  I was sitting on a bench in the middle of the street… The sun shining brightly and the wind in my hair (which had to be tied up so I could actually see what I was typing).  Looking up, I could see stores lining up both sides of the street.  The lampposts adorned with the Welsh flag hanging off them and lots of beautiful flowers hanging in the air.  Royal Arcade based in CardiffTo my right was the street I had just came out of.  A small side street known as “Royal Arcade”.  In fact, it has now been marked in my memory as a place to revisit if I have the chance to go back.

Cardiff is a beautiful city with lovely architecture everywhere you look.  It’s interesting to see a mix of the new and the old in a city – and I think that’s particularly noticeable here.  There’s quite a few little alleyways with shops in them.  Really sweet places like the Royal Arcade or others like the Morgan Quarter…  Each housing different businesses.

These are just a few of the things that have stood out about the city, things that I’ve started to fall in love with in my short stay there.  However, as a stationery addict, the real reason for this post does boil down to the small alleyway I mentioned at the start. In the Royal Arcade, there’s a large and beautiful stationery store that I’ve always wanted to visit.  In fact, I’ve stalked them on Twitter for at least a year now but only last week did I have the opportunity to actually see it in person.  This retailer is The Pen and Paper. Continue reading “The Pen and Paper, Cardiff”

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London Stationery Show

The London Stationery Show is a trade show that takes place every year during National Stationery Week.  It is also now one of my favourite events.  I’ve heard about the event before but never got to experience it myself.  This year, however, I went to the show for the first time as a member of the press.  And honestly?  It was amazing!  The event itself was over a month ago but I still grin just thinking about it!  In fact, I am still working my way through all of the ideas it gave me for my blog so watch this space, there’s definitely a lot more posts to come.

I love stationery – obviously – but I honestly did wonder if I needed to spend two whole days at the show.  I foolishly thought I would cover everything I wanted to see in a day, maybe even less.  However, it pleases me to say that I was wrong – very wrong.  Even the full two days wasn’t enough!  There was so much to see or do, it was brilliant.  As it’s a trade show, it’s not open to the public so I thought I would share a little today with you.

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Business Series – Spotlight Stationery

Spotlight Stationery Subscription BoxToday’s feature is a business that I’ve been following quite avidly on social media, called Spotlight Stationery.  They produce these incredibly well curated stationery subscription boxes, each featuring a range of gorgeous products.  I really love that they work with young illustrators, giving them the opportunity to be promoted and they source their products from a range of companies.  In fact, I’ve found out about several new products or brands simply by visiting their website.  Spotlight Stationery also stocks other products, such as notebook covers.  What I really like, however, is their gift sets.  All of them have been curated with a lot of thought and love.  With their luxurious feel, they would make an amazing gift for any special occasion!

One of the masterminds behind Spotlight Stationery is a lady whose passion for stationery is easily noticeable.  Mary was also a judge for the 2017 Stationery Awards, which speaks volumes for her credibility in the profession!  So without further ado, let’s jump into this Q&A with Mary herself.
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* Papio Press: Tiger Notebooks

Notebooks are probably one of the things that I have too many of…  Nonetheless, I’m always looking for more.  There’s a huge variety of ways that you could use notebooks so they end up being the easiest thing to hoard.  I go through notebooks fairly often, I think.  I like to have one in my bag all the time for on the go notes and then others for specific projects.  So when I came across Papio Paper notebooks, I sort of fell in love.  It was sort of love at first sight, to be honest.  The minute I saw how gorgeous the cover designs were, I was floored.  Today’s review is based on the Papio Press Tiger notebooks.

Papio Press have a huge variety of notebooks designs.  These illustrations are done by the husband and wife team that run the company, which I think is pretty amazing.  It’s one of those small businesses where you know that you’re supporting people’s dreams and livelihoods – and not just funding a corporate giant.  Each illustration is absolutely gorgeous.  I genuinely did struggle to pick just one favourite… So I just gave up!  Perhaps a top ten of those I equally love would be more realistic.

Papio Press Notebook - Tigers

Luckily I didn’t have to make that choice for this review as I was kindly sent a pair to review by Pocket Notebooks, who sent the tigers pack.  These tiger illustrations are stunning. I absolutely love the detail in the designs, and the vivid colours.  A black background really makes these colours jump out at you.

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Launch Giveaway #4 – Fountain Pen Friday

Launch Giveaway #4 status: Closed.

For the final giveaway for National Stationery Week, I thought it would be perfect to tie it in with Fountain Pen Friday.  I absolutely love fountain pens.  There’s something satisfying about writing with a fountain pen and ink.  I’m pretty sure it makes my handwriting a lot nicer than other pens too.  However, not everyone is a fountain pen user.  So for Fountain Pen Friday, I wanted to do a giveaway that was open to everyone but also tied in with the pens I love.  As a result, I’ve chosen to add the “J Herbin Rollerball pen” to the bundle.  This pen has a rollerball nib but uses fountain pen ink.  It’s a great combination, allowing you to experience the variety of colours and fun of writing in ink whilst using a nib that most people are familiar with.  Be sure to check out the other two giveaways running over here.

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Launch Giveaway #3 – World Stationery Day

Launch Giveaway #3 status: Closed.

As National Stationery Week continued on, I find myself falling more in love with the industry – if that’s even possible.  Being a stationery addict is incredibly fun.  Unfortunately, it also meant I was so busy that I didn’t manage to get this post up in time.  In honour of World Stationery Day, which was on Wednesday, I wanted to giveaway this second stationery bundle.  You can find the other giveaways for National Stationery Week over here.

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Launch Giveaway #2 – Pen and Pencil Day

Launch Giveaway #2 status: Closed.

In true better late than never style, I thought it was about time I did the other three giveaways I promised in honour of launching a new domain.  The first one is a planner bundle, that you can find here.  Whilst these next three will be small stationery bundles, each slightly different.  In honour of National Stationery Week, which starts today, these giveaways will take place over the course of the week.  In addition to this, I will be active on social media and be sharing lots of other exciting news.  You can find links to the other #NatStatWeek posts and giveaways over here.  So without further ado, let’s jump into the first giveaway.

 

Launch Giveaway #2 Prize - Stationery Bundle
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National Stationery Week 2017

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.

#NatStatWeek Seven Days of Stationery

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Write_On Campaign 2017

Writing letters is making a definite comeback in society.  As technology advances, the art of letterwriting seems to wither away.  It’s understandable in a way – social media has made it easier than ever to contact someone, anywhere in the world.  It’s a lot faster.  But there’s some advantages to writing that cannot be achieved in other methods of written communication.  And there’s a few of us that don’t want to see it wither away.  That few of us that seem to be growing in strength and numbers.  With several months, weeks and days dedicated to writing, letters are becoming popular again – and for good reasons!

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.

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* Say Nice Things: Crystal A5 Journal

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.

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