Blogmas Day 12

Handmade Christmas Gift Guide (Under £30)

I’m a huge fan of shopping small, independent or handmade.  Christmas is no exception.  I do shop from big retailers or brands, don’t get me wrong.  But I make the conscious effort to try and shop small and support these small handmade businesses.  Rather than lining the pockets of already rich people, you actually help support small businesses to grow and help people achieve their dreams.  So I thought I would dedicate a meaningful Christmas Gift Guide to this cause.  Here’s a list of a few of my top choices for a Handmade Christmas Gift guide this year – all of which are under £30.  What better place to shop handmade than Etsy?

I’ve browsed through Etsy stores and found 10 products that stood out to me.  These were chosen because they are all meaningful to me in some way.  I love using stationery in a positive way in my life.  Writing letters to loved ones, journaling (which is a good for my mental health and self-care routine), crafting or just being inspired by beautiful artwork or motivational quotes.  I decided to choose products that range in value but all of them are under £30 each, as it’s just a little better for the budget at this time.  I will be sharing more expensive items in another post later.  So I think you should be able to find something for any stationery lover!

Whether it’s the main gift or a stocking filler, there’s things for everyone.  Be sure to also check out the individual stores, as they all have tons of other great products.  Since these are handmade products, most will be made in limited quantities or made to order so be sure to order early and check the individual shop’s policies to make sure they’ll arrive by Christmas. Continue reading “Handmade Christmas Gift Guide (Under £30)”

Blogmas Day 12

100 Ideas for Blogmas

As I mentioned yesterday, I plan to do Blogmas this year! It might be an alien concept to you if you haven’t heard that term before.  Simply put, Blogmas challenges you to do a daily blog post during the month of December.  There’s variations of the challenge with people doing 12, 24, 25 or 31 posts in the month.  Whilst some people stick to Christmas themed posts only, others include non-Christmas posts.  So there’s plenty of different ways to “do Blogmas”.  It’s all about what works best for you.  Either way, it all kicks off from today – the 1st of December!

Now, a lot of people plan this months in advance and have it all scheduled well before November even started.  I’m not like these people so I imagine that this challenge will be a big struggle for me to keep up with.  However, I thought I’d give it a go and see what happens!

100 Ideas for Blogmas

To help me, I came up with a list of 100 blog posts that I could write during this challenge.  Of course, mine are themed to stationery, crafts and planning.  However, I came up with a few ideas that weren’t suitable for my blog.  I wanted to share those with you too, in case they were of use to you instead!  I’ve broken them down into a few different categories just to make it easier to read.  Don’t feel limited to just one though!  As a big fan of Christmas, I wanted to focus these ideas on the holiday.  I think most people struggle with coming up with good festive blog posts they could write, especially if they plan to do 31 of them.  So I hope this will help those people!  Without further ado, let’s see the list…

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Blogmas Day 12

Blogmas and what is it?

It’s the 30th November and the midnight is drawing closer…  Everywhere across the country, if you listen – real carefully – you may be able to hear the sound of people typing.  Frantically.  Coffee being drunk, keyboards being bashed, notes being written…  Or maybe you don’t.  I can hear the sound of my keyboard being bashed but that’s about it.  But either way, as midnight draws closer, two things are happening.

First, it will be the end of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), for those of you who did take part.  Writers attempt to take on a mammoth task of writing 50,000 words in the month of November.  And secondly, it will be the start of Blogmas (and Vlogmas).  This is a challenge that bloggers (and vloggers) take up in December.  When you’re me, you stupidly attempt (and probably fail) both of these.  Now I have no idea what my word count is for NaNoWriMo – I’m very worried about even checking.  I’ll do that later.  For now, however, I wanted to talk a little about Blogmas.

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Blogmas Day 12

Stationery Cyber Monday Sales!

I wasn’t planning on doing this as I’ve seen far too many black friday themed posts.  However, I ended up doing some retail therapy and I’ve seen a few sales this past weekend that are brilliant and definitely worth shouting about.  I’ve already spent quite a bit of money but I still want more!  So here’s a few of my favourite Stationery Cyber Monday Sales.  If you’re into stationery, crafts or planning, you’ll want to check these out.

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Blogmas Day 12

The Versatile Blogger Award

I normally don’t do tags like this but they look fun so I thought I’d give it a go!  Thank you to Respirare for nominating me.  I love the idea of this as it gives you a little bit more of an insight into the blogger.

So, let’s go with 7 facts about me.  Now you already know that I love stationery and crafting so I figured I’d talk a bit about some of my other likes – or dislikes!  Hope this gives you a little bit of an insight into my life and the what I do outside of blogging – enjoy!  Let me know if you can relate to any of these facts. Continue reading “The Versatile Blogger Award”

Blogmas Day 12

Busy B Diary 2018

Busy B Diary 2018, Page Markers and PensIt’s never too early to plan ahead and pick out what stationery you could use in advance.  As it’s November, it’s a great time to start looking around for your 2018 diary.  I’m super excited to say that I think I’ve found the perfect one for me to carry on the go!  The Busy B Diary 2018 range has been released!  More than that, however, they are functional and oh so clever!

I am even more excited today because this is actually the first product I have received as a new Brand Ambassador for Busy B!  I am thrilled with this role as this is a company I adore.  I’ve previously featured some of their products on the blog, such as their fantastic Birthday Card Book or Address Book.  Honestly, I think I’m in love with all of their products so this is a perfect role for me.

Today we are looking at the Busy B Busy Life Diary from the “Contemporary” collection.  They also have a Busy Life diary from the “Pretty” collection, which features a lovely floral pattern.  Both of them are the same on the inside but have a different appearance. Continue reading “Busy B Diary 2018”

Blogmas Day 12

Goals for the rest of 2017

The last few months, in particular, have been pretty hard…  Though, in all honesty, I could easily say it’s been over a year (almost two) of difficulties.  Things that have made life challenging, for the lack of a better word.  Some of you may know about a few of the things I’ve gone through.  I imagine most people don’t.  However, this post isn’t about all of the negative things that have happened in life.  It’s about moving on – and more importantly, moving forward.  I feel like I’ve been stuck in the same place, perhaps even going backwards, in this time.  And that’s not okay.

Don’t get me wrong, there have been plenty of good moments in that time.  It’s just the bad ones are ones I never imagined could or would happen.  Recently, things have been getting better.  A lot better.  The hope that I had lost is starting to return.  The fear that I’ve been harboring is starting to fade.  It’s almost like the fire inside of me has been ignited again.  It’s not completely better, that’s for sure, but I have a lot more hope these days that things will turn out okay.  A lot of this is thanks to someone close to me.  Someone who made me realise how much I had neglected my self-care routine.  The Stationery Self-care challenge I started in September was due to him.

So, to help me get back onto my feet, I wanted to set some goals for the next two months.  These are things I aim to achieve by 2018.  Being productive helps me to feel better.

Blog related goals:
  1. Blog more often – At least 12 posts in November & during Blogmas!  I love Christmas so Blogmas sounds like a lot of fun to me.  I already have tons of ideas for it.  However, due to the issue of time, I feel like I would struggle to keep up with it.  So, as a compromise, I’ve opted to attempt to do it but I won’t be harsh on myself if I struggle.  At the end of the day, my mental health is more important.
  2. Instagram regularly – Post 3 times a week.  I have so many draft images or pictures I’ve taken to Instagram but fail to post regularly.  I would love to reach 1000 followers before the end of the year so posting regularly is definitely the first step to doing that.  If you want to help, please check out my channel and follow me!  (Incentive: I actually post discount codes there sometimes, which don’t make it to my blog or Twitter!)
  3. 2018 Project – There’s a challenge I want to set myself in 2018, so preparing for it before then will be key.  The project is a bit of a secret at the moment but it’s been hinted at a few times.  So you may be able to guess it but let’s see how it turns out!
  4. Twitter Chats – I love Twitter chats but often fail to make time for them… So this goal will be to try and participate in at least one chat a fortnight.  I know that’s not a lot but that’s one more than I’m doing every fortnight right now, no?
Sort of related goals….
  1. Christmas Cards – Make Christmas Cards to send out to friends & family!  I love handmade cards so I want to try and make more this year, enough to send them to everyone.  Perhaps include a letter with them!
  2. Stationery Self-Care – Incorporate self-care into each week and make time to have fun.  I’ll be sharing some of these things on my Instagram or Twitter, using #StationerySelfCare, please do join me if you wish to!  Find out more here.
  3. Set up 2018 Planners – Being a “planner girl” means I have so many planners.  I want to make sure that I set up the ones I plan to use in 2018 now.  This way I’m ready to start the year.
  4. New Year Resolutions – I love setting resolutions but struggle to keep them up.  This year, I want to decide on the resolutions in advance and prepare for them.  Some of them, for example, exercising regularly are ones I could start now.  Hopefully, this will help me to form a habit that will last into January and longer.  This could be art journaling!

So there you have it!  Eight goals that I hope to work on in the next two months to help make me more productive in 2018.  These goals will, hopefully, help my mental health too – especially the ones that require me to get a bit creative.

Do you have any goals for the next two months?  I would love to hear what you’re planning to do and how you get on with them!  We can keep each other accountable!

Blogmas Day 12

Halloween Stationery

We’re halfway through October, which can only mean one thing – it’s almost time for Halloween.  Dressing up as a child was a lot of fun.  We would go “trick or treat”-ing and ended up with buckets of sweets…  All of the kids on the street dressed up in “scary” outfits.  My go to Halloween costumes as a child was always a ghost or a witch.  Let’s be fair, both of them were very easy to do.  The ghost requires a white bed sheet and come cut out holes.  Whilst the witch could be done with a witch’s hat, a bin liner (with some holes) and a broomstick.  I definitely didn’t spend too much time or effort on dressing up but it was still a lot of fun.

Sadly, children don’t seem to celebrate the day anymore in my area.  But even adults need a little bit of the Halloween spirit in their lives.  So I thought I would share a few bits and bobs of Halloween stationery that I’m loving this year!  Personally, I’m a big fan of supporting small businesses – especially handmade and crafty ones.  So I scoured Etsy for a few things that stood out to me.

Now stickers are probably my favourite thing to stock up on.  I have far too many but still always want some more!  They are great to use in journals, memory keeping, planners, cardmaking or scrapbooking to list a few.  So I thought they would be the perfect place to start.  Here’s a few Halloween themed stickers that jumped out at me (pun intended)! Continue reading “Halloween Stationery”

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Stationery Self-Care

Self-care is a topic that I preach all the time. It’s so important for your wellbeing to make time for yourself. However, I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve neglected my own self-care in the past few months. I have spent most of my time wallowing in self-pity, for sure, at the problems I was going through. My self-care game has been pretty lacking. In all honesty, I actually only noticed this because a friend made me promise him to look after myself when he’s not around. And on reflection, I realised that he may be onto something… So, in order to keep this promise, I’ve decided to make the rest of September the time where I try to reinforce the habit. And stationery makes me happy… Thus, Stationery Self-Care!

Since stationery makes me happy (I’m an addict, okay?!), a lot of my self-care ideas actually revolve around it. There’s plenty of ideas that don’t involve stationery but… eh! I thought it might be nice to create a list of stationery related self-care ideas that I can practice in the next few weeks. I figured, if I list them all now then I can use it as inspiration on the lethargic days. Since this is a long term game, I’ll definitely be putting non-stationery self-care on the list afterwards too. For now, this is a fun way to get started!

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Blogmas Day 12

Stationery Sales: Back to School Offers

I can’t believe it’s September already, it’s come around so fast.  This time of the year marks the new academic year.  I’m glad I’m no longer in education but there was always one thing that was good about this time: back to school sales!  Though, in reality, even if you’re not going back into education that shouldn’t stop you from grabbing a bargain or two.  So without further ado, I wanted to share some back to education sales that I would recommend you look at!

WH Smith

This is perhaps one of my favourite sales at the moment.  There’s so many products on sale.  Their back to school section has categories!  Each category has a bunch of items in it, so there’s plenty of choice.  In fact, you’re probably spoilt for choice.  I know I certainly can’t pick just 1-2 products to feature because I want so many of them.  What I love is that this sale caters for everyone.  Whether you have a child returning to school or you’re studying at university, there’s something you will need here.  There’s a range of books or revision guides for various years.  There’s art supplies or calculators or USB devices.  I’m not studying and there’s tons of things that I want.

I’m currently eyeing up the art supplies, to be honest as there’s a few that might need restocking in my cupboards.  There’s also a number of fountain pens on sale that I’m so tempted to grab up!

Head on over to WH Smith’s website to see their sale!

Ryman

There’s a “better than half price” offer on some stationery essentials this year.  You can pick everything from a notepad to highlighters.  Sadly, there isn’t a lot in this range but they do have sales on other products throughout the website too.  So it’s definitely worth having a look to see if there’s any essentials you need refilling on.  My personal favourite choice is the Staedtlet Triplus Colour & Fineliner pack.  You get 10 of the “Colour” pens with fibre tip nibs and 10 “Fineliner” pens.  Same colours but different nibs.  I have the full packs of both the Fibre Tip Pens and the Fineliners, which offers 20 colours in each range.  However, I love that this pack offers you the basic range of colours in both sets for a great price!  If you’re unlikely to use all 20 colours in each set, this one gives you 10 of each, which I like.  Having both sets of nibs definitely came in handy when I was making notes during my school years.  Coloured notes were much easier to read!

Without further ado, check out Ryman’s website to visit their sale section.

Paperchase

Paperchase opted for a slightly different tactic.  They chose to go for a 3 for 2 sale on various school essentials.  Now you have to do a little bit of maths to figure out which is the best value for money.  However, if you’re planning to restock on a few items, this could work out better for you!  There’s a lot of basic items that could be useful – from pens to plastic wallets.  I quite liked their Black Plastic Multi List Book, which has several different lists, a clipboard style holder and sticky tabs.  You can use it to help you get organised or make notes!

Check out the Paperchase website to see more!

P.S. If you’re local to the Paperchase flagship store in London, check out the sale aisles.  It’s fantastic.  I always manage to pick up some goodies there!

London Graphics Centre

If you’re into arts, crafts or anything design related – whether it’s for your degree or for fun – the London Graphics Centre has you covered.  I love this store, it’s pretty much like my dream workshop.  This store has everything from basic notepads to technical design equipment.  It’s perfect for the beginner, through to graduation.

I highly recommend you check the website out (or visit them in person!) and see if there’s anything you might need.  The sale section isn’t huge but there’s a number of items that you can easily find here, which might be a bit harder to find elsewhere.  You can also get 15% off if you’re a student so definitely take advantage of that deal, nonetheless!

Moving to university?  Living with housemates?  Have you got your House Rules?

The House Rules by Francesca LeungIf you’re moving to university for the first time, you have new housemates or you need to establish some new “house rules”, check this brilliant book out.  I absolutely love this book, which features everything about house chores to how you like your coffee.  It’s full of great content, as well as creative illustrations.  You can pick up a copy on Amazon, as well as a few stores around the country.  Have a look on amazon to “look inside” the book and get an idea about – or let me know if you want to see a proper review of it.

The best part about getting the above book is that you help get one of my friends recognised.  The author is a friend of mine and she’s absolutely brilliant.  She’s worked so hard on this and it’s a great achievement.  I love my copy so please help out a new author and pick up your copy too!


Are there any stationery sales you’ve seen that need to be featured?  Comment below  and let me know!  I know I definitely need to take advantage of these back to school sales!