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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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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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National Stationery Week 2017

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.

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#NatStatWeek Seven 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.

#NatStatWeek Stationery BloggerWhat else happens in the week?

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.

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National Stationery Week – Write a Letter Day

A few weeks ago I spoke about a letter writing challenge called Write On and if you read that, you’ll know how much I love receiving or writing letters!  So I’m absolutely thrilled that there’s a day dedicated specifically to this – because it’s just an amazing thing to do.  I’ve shared with you my love for writing letters, a list of ideas of who you could write to if you wanted to and even wrote a letter to you all…  However, the one thing that I haven’t shared yet is why I love letters.  I thought I’d take a moment to do that today.

Receiving a letter is far more special in my eyes than getting a text or email.  It’s so much more effort and feels all that much more thoughtful and considerate.  I love receiving letters in the post, they brighten up my day.  On the days that I’m sad or if I miss my friends, having a letter to read can really help – whereas a text or email doesn’t quite have the same impact.

You are Awesome CardEven now, I can think of many letters that I received that made me smile so much.  Just thinking about them has put a smile on my face, whilst I type this and has made me feel so relaxed.  It makes me feel loved, just remembering the kindness of my friends.  One wrote a letter to me that ended with “now stop smiling, your colleagues will think you’re mad”.  It made me so happy because I was grinning like an idiot the whole way through and seeing that showed me how well my friend knew me, it just made me laugh!  Another friend sent me a card that said “you are awesome” and she included this adorable little inflatable monkey with the card, that I keep on my desk as a reminder that hardwork and dedication can help me achieve my goals (as that’s what she had written in the card).  Whilst another friend surprises me with random letters asking me how I am, how my blog or job is going, if I’ve opened up my etsy store etc…  All of the things that she could ask me by text or phone but she thought she’d write to me and I love that.  It shows that no matter how far away you may be from your friends, they’ll always carry you with them in their heart.

So if you’ve taken nothing away from this week then take this message: write a letter to someone, tell them how thankful you are to know them, show them that you care – trust me, you’ll make them happy.  And they’ll remember it for a while.  Surprise someone – I still get told about the time I surprised a few friends with some cards when they needed it most.  That little gesture of thought and care is something they still talk affectionately about and appreciate.  Do it, you’ll be thankful later.

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National Stationery Week – Handmade Day

Foil Inspirational Flag StickersDay 6 of National Stationery Week is here and it’s all about handmade goodies!  I’m a huge fan of crafts and handmade goodies – in particular, I’m trying to dedicate more time to making cards to send to people.  As I get around to creating more, I’ll be sharing these creations with you – in particular on my Instagram channel, so follow that if you’re interested to see more.

However, for now, I wanted to give you a quick update on something that I’m really excited about.  I have mentioned this a few times in passing or hints but I thought it’s about time to make a quick announcement…  I’m working really hard on opening up an online shop!  I’m currently creating designs for the items I plan to stock and trialling them but it will be an Etsy Store for foiled goodies.  Foil Today MarkersStarting with stickers, I’ll go into various other planner accessories and soon cards too.  I have some designs ready for listing and am definitely working to get more up and ready.  The main delay right now is that I have had to send back some of the equipment I wanted to use to get it fixed and the company hasn’t done anything about it in weeks!!  Incredibly frustrating, yes, but it’s given me some more time to create some goodies and focus on my blog so it’s all good in the end right?

I would love to hear what you think of these samples and what you would like to see more of!  If you have any suggestions or ideas then please do let me know.  You can follow my instagram to see more sneak peeks as they are ready and some examples of them in use.  I really love creating these goodies so I am happy that I now get to share them with you.

Is there anything that you’ve handmade today?  I would love to see what you make!
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If you have a blog or instagram account, which you’ve been creating and adding things on then please do send the links my way!  I’m really excited to see what everyone has created or plans to create.  Thank you!

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National Stationery Week – Fountain Pen Friday ft. LAMY & Bureau Direct

Lamy Safari Dark Lilac Limited Edition 2016Today is Fountain Pen Friday – a day dedicated to bringing back (or out) the fountain pen, of course.  I absolutely love fountain pens, inks and in particular bottled inks.  I’ve been told I’m weird for this love of mine – often as people don’t expect someone my age to love stationery or fountain pens that much that I opt to write letters rather than send texts…  Nonetheless, I stand by my “weirdness” and honour it fully by saying that I still love my fountain pens, no matter what anyone says.  My range is rather small but it’s certainly growing as I treat myself to a new ink or pen every so often.  I’ve recently done an order that was full of new pens for me to try out and had to include a new fountain pen or two, of course!  I’ll be doing a proper review in time of the inks I have, as well as all of the new pens.  However, today I wanted to do a quick post talking about my initial thoughts of the brand new Special Edition LAMY Safari Dark Lilac fountain pen.

The LAMY Safari fountain pens are a very popular choice of pens – I have commonly seen that they are one of the first fountain pens people try.  They are great for beginners and are incredibly affordable, so I’m not surprised at all.  Personally, I was never convinced I had to have one… until I saw this.  It’s beautiful.  It instantly won my heart.  Not only is it a gorgeous colour (I do love a bit of purple – or rather, dark lilac – in my life), it is also beautifully detailed.  I absolutely love that the nib is black – perfectly matching the clip as well as the section on the inside (which is dark lilac but has a black ring on display).
Lamy Safari - Dark Lilac

 

More often than not, you find that at least one of the parts of the pen is a different colour but that’s not the case here today.  It’s a perfect combination of dark lilac and black.  I’ve fallen head over heels in love with this colour and just had to get my hands on it.  The pen has a shimmery matte effect too, which is hard to capture in photos but really looks beautiful in person.

I never thought I would say this but I think LAMY are really starting to win my heart with this one!  I might have to try out their pink fountain pen and the lime green that attracted me to finding out a bit more about the company too now – perhaps I’ve been missing out all of this time!  I’ll have to do a proper review once I get some new inks to test this beauty with and actually get to play with it a little more!

But for now, if you’re after this pen then I got mine from Bureau Direct – and they do matching inks too!  In fact, I regret not getting a set of the dark lilac cartridges to play with when I was ordering this…  I think I’ll have to revisit them soon and rectify that mistake!  I have commonly ordered fountain pens or inks from Bureau Direct so it actually seems quite fitting for me to mention them on a day dedicated to Fountain Pens!  But be careful, if you check out their blog (which I do highly recommend doing), you might end like me and just want to buy everything!  You’ve been warned, it’s seriously full of beautiful goodies at a really good price.

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National Stationery Week – Thank You Thursday

Today might be the most important day of the whole week – thank you thursday.  Often, we forget to say thank you to the people closest to us, the ones we take for granted or the ones we think should just know how grateful we are… But people don’t always know until you tell them.  So today is about taking a moment out of our busy lives and saying thank you to those that matter to you.  What are you doing for Thank You Thursday?  Why not write a letter or buy a thank you card to send to someone?  Even if you can’t send it today, make the effort to send it this week and I’m sure they’ll be thrilled to receive it.

Now I have said this in the past few weeks and will, most definitely, be saying it again in the next few as I relaunched my blog with your support and will hit my one year anniversary soon too…  But I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to you.  You are the reason I blog – because people like you stop by to read it.  I have learnt so much since starting Aumsome, new skills and knowledge that I’m so grateful to know now.  I never expected to be able to work with brands but I have.  I never expected to go to blogger events or planners meets (I didn’t even realise you could do that before) but I’ve loved each and every one of them.  I’ve found new passions and dreams that I had knew about or considered before I started blogging.

So without much further ado, here you go:

Thank you letter from me to you

Transcript (if you can’t read my handwriting or the image doesn’t load…)

To you – yes  you,

I’ve probably already said it but I wanted to take a moment to say it again – thank you. You’ve come to visit my blog, read my posts and supported me in more ways than you can possibly know.  More of you than I ever imagined have also shared, messaged me or commented on my posts.  When you comment or message to say that you’ve enjoyed my post, learnt something or felt inspired by it I feel all warm inside!  Your support truly means the world to me – you should see how happy I get everytime I get a notification of a comment or message from one of you!

So thank you – for just being you!

Love,

R x

I wish I could send you all a letter each but sadly, I don’t have the resources to be able to do that (and it will probably be very weird I asked for everyone’s postal address…).  So hopefully this will work – my letter to you all.  For the letter, I chose to write it on Molly & Rex paper from the ‘Create your own happiness’ paper pad.  I love Molly & Rex note pads and always write letters using it but can’t find it easily.  I get mine from Homesense or TK Maxx (which I believe is TJ Maxx, if you’re in the States) and swear by them so I would definitely recommend them.  If anyone wants a closer look at the notepads I have from them then please let me know and I’ll happily share some more pictures with you (or send you a letter, *wink wink*).

But for now, let me sign off and just end with a big thank you!  Happy Thank You Thursday everyone – please do spread the love and tell someone that you’re thankful to have them in your life too, thanks!