Christmas at Busy B (+ 25% Discount)

I was kindly sent over an exclusive discount of 25% by Busy B to share with my readers.  As it’s a brand I adore, I pretty much want everything they sell.  I mean, I even checked out their wedding and baby ranges and I’m not getting married or having a baby any time soon!  Everything they sell is super cute and really functional – which I love.  I’ll definitely be raving about their products in more posts to come, if I’m honest.  However, today, I wanted to feature their Christmas range and show you some of the products you might want to get your hands on.  These are products that will help make Christmas a bit easier, more organised and a bit more special I think!  (If you’re here just for the discount code, scroll to the bottom!).  So let’s check out Christmas at Busy B.

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Getting Organised this Christmas

I can’t believe it’s December already, I definitely am not ready for Christmas… are you?  We’re only a few weeks away!  It’s prime time to get organised for Christmas – otherwise nothing will be done!  I’ve brought the odd thing or two, almost got all of the ideas for gifts sorted.  But if you’re like me, you may also be really behind with this year’s Christmas planning!  I did a bit of a search to find some products to inspire me to get organised.  More importantly, organised quickly – as there isn’t much time left.  I found a few products that I wanted to share today and came up with three different options for you to get into your Christmas planning.  Let me know if you find any of them useful too.

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Mrs Brimble’s Jingle and Mingle

I’ll be honest, my favourite kind of events to go to these days are – without a doubt – the stationery, planners and craft events.   They are amazing.  It’s a room (or several rooms) full of likeminded people who all just want to talk stationery or get crafty.  Everyone you meet is so generous and kind.  People swap their unused products with each other.  They share their washi or sticker collection.  I’ve met a lot of amazing people from these events.  The minute the event finishes, I already start looking forward to the next one.  Yesterday, I went to an event just like this – Jingle and Mingle.  It was a small casual style event, which makes it really relaxing and really good fun.

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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)”

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”

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”

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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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!

* Kaweco Perkeo Fountain pen: Bad Taste

Kaweco Perkeo Bad Taste

Kaweco is a brand that is very close to my heart, if I’m honest.  I have a few of their fountain pens and I love every single one of them.  In fact, I would love several more!  However, they recently came out with a brand new range called the Perkeo.  This range is quite a bit different to their typical style of pens.  So when Pocket Notebooks offered me the chance to review it, I naturally had to give it a test and see if it met my usual expectation from them.  Today, we’re looking at the Kaweco Perkeo “Bad Taste” fountain pen!

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World Calligraphy Day

World Calligraphy Day 2017
Calligraphy has definitely gained a lot more popularity in recent years – and it’s very much deserved. Scroll through social media, and you’ll find thousands of beautifully addressed letters, handmade cards or motivational quotes. Whether it’s simply to improve your day to day handwriting or to produce incredible typography, penmenship has become a trend that people strive to improve in. It’s growing in popularity daily. So, it’s great to hear that the very first World Calligraphy Day is being held today, on the 16th August 2017. This day has been founded by Manuscript Pen Company, who’ve been at the forefront of the pen manufacturing industry since 1856.

“We are thrilled to be making this announcement as the founders of this very special day. Calligraphy and hand lettering are at the heart of what we do here at Manuscript. In recent years, the art of beautiful writing has taken to new heights with the trends of Modern Calligraphy, Faux Calligraphy and Hand Lettering. These new trends have really taken off, encouraging everybody to try their hand at a whole variety of wonderful creative ventures.” Charles Stockbridge, Managing Director of Manuscript Pen Company Ltd.

Get involved

I’m a total beginner when it comes to calligraphy. I would love to be better at it.  However, a lack of practice thus far in life has prevented this from happening. My plan is to practice today so I can hopefully pick up a trick or two. There’s plenty of ways for you to get involved too and give it a go! Whether you’re a beginner or a world renowned calligrapher, there’s always a way to get involved.

If you’re based near Birmingham, there’s a fantastic event happening at the Pen Museum, hosted by Manuscript Pen Company who have brought together several amazing artists. It looks like it will be a great day full of free workshops.  So head on over – you could also get the kids involved too! Great activity for those on their school holidays.

Fear not if you can’t make it to Birmingham or find a local event. You can follow the hashtag #WorldCalligraphyDay and #ManuscriptWCD on social media to see what people get up to and share your own creations. I noticed a few sales this morning too, so be sure to check it out if you want to grab a bargain.

Do it at home!

I recently tried a few of the Manuscript products and found that they were quite easy to use for beginners. I’m not great at it yet but it’s definitely something I enjoyed creating. You can pick up the Beginners Calligraphy Set on their website today!  I used two of the nibs available in that kit in the photo below.

Manuscript Beginners Set
The Manuscript Pen Company have also kindly provided a practice template.  So you can print it off at home and still get involved. You can download this by clicking the image below.

Click to download WCD Template
Visit the Manuscript Pen Company to find out more. I’ll also be attending the event at the Pen Museum day so come say hi if you’re around! See you soon!