Creating Christmas Cards with Design Bundles

I know, I know, it’s not December yet. But if you make your cards by hand, you need to start before then. It takes me months to create enough Christmas cards in time to send by the last posting dates. Not anymore though – not with the Christmas Craft Bundle from Design Bundles. They kindly sent me the The Christmas Craft Bundle to play with and I am already in love.

Ideally, you require a papercutting machine of some sort but quite a few of their designs can be used without one, in all honesty. I used the Silhouette Cameo to create the papercuts in this blog post. 

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Field Notes National Parks series

My collection of brand new, unused notebooks was growing a lot faster than I was using them and storage quickly became an issue. So when my Field Notes subscription came to an end, I did not renew it. At least, that was until I saw the summer limited edition notebooks: The Field Notes National Parks series. 

Field Notes National Park Series

As you may already know, Field Notes release a set of limited edition notebooks every quarter – available to purchase on its own or through an annual subscription. They are dropping their 44th quarterly release (the fall release) on Tuesday, 1st October, which I’m really excited to find out about. But this post is about their 43rd release because I absolutely adore it. I have from the moment it dropped and now that it’s finally in my hands, I had to shout out about it. 

There is a soft spot in my heart for Field Notes. They put so much effort, thought and love into their products. It’s the finer details that make the notebook what it is for me. Everything from the outside of the book to the inside pages, from the cover to the details on the back. Each and every product is crafted with so much love. Even if I dislike the cover of that quarterly, there is always something to appreciate in them. But this time, I cannot fault it at all.  Continue reading “Field Notes National Parks series”

Diamine Inkvent Calendar 2019

Diamine Inkvent Calendar 2019I’m normally not the sort of person who buys an advent calendar. Hell, I usually don’t even think about buying stuff for Christmas until late November. However, Diamine might be changing me. Their advent calendar (or “Inkvent Calendar”, as they’ve named it) honestly just blows me away. It is brilliant. I have seen quite a few stationery advent calendars over the years but none have tempted me as much as this one. I mean, it’s September and I’m seriously considering hitting that ‘pre-order’ button. The biggest issue I foresee with the Inkvent Calendar is if I’ll be able to resist opening it all before December or not!

Appropriately named, the calendar features little bottles of inks – rather than the usual chocolate. Diamine ink is a staple product in the stationery world. The majority of my ink collection features this brand because they have brilliant colour choices and it’s good quality ink. The Inkvent Calendar features 24 small ink bottles to give you a good range of colours to sample from. That’s 24 different colours to play around with. You get 7ml of ink in each of these bottles. There’s also a 25th bottle, for Christmas Day itself, which is larger and holds up to 30 ml. Diamine describe the product as a ‘treasure trove of 25 inks’ and I couldn’t agree more.

The inks are all housed in a beautiful blue package, with a lovely design on it. There’s absolutely no spoilers on the package itself to tell you what’s inside – other than the fact that it will contain bottles of ink (which you should have been able to guess by the name, to be fair) – so you can rest assured that it will be a surprise. Part of the fun, after all, is in the surprise for some people.

All of the inks are new too. They consist of “standard”, “sheening” or “shimmer” – or a combination of “sheening” and “shimmer”! That’s all the hint I am going to give you. Diamine has released the names of each of these inks – which, of course, all have a festive twist to them. So if you’re curious, you can find out at any of the retailers listed below. I have excluded them from this post, just to avoid giving people too many spoilers – in case you wish to be surprised.

The Inkvent Calendar is available to purchase at a number of retailers. Here’s a couple from the UK that I’ve found so far:

1. The Writing Desk – 10% off until 20th September. [Code: INKVENT_10]  – Full Price £66 with free UK shipping

2. Cult Pens – Full Price £67 with free international shipping*, I believe.

I actually caved before I finished writing this blog post and have pre-ordered mine from The Writing Desk, taking advantage of the discount that they offer. However, I am totally going to have to give mine to someone to hold until the end of November or I might actually just cave and open all the doors as soon as I get…

* Cult Pens is currently trialing Free International Shipping when you spend more than £50 and the items weigh less than 2KG. I believe this might be eligible but you will have to double check on the website before ordering.

Wherever you get it from, let me know if you get it. I would love to hear about everything you do with your new bottles of ink. I know I cant wait to start playing with my collection.

Celebrating Calligraphy – Featuring the Pen Museum

In the 19th Century, Birmingham was the centre of the world’s pen trade. Here, in an area called Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, various writing utensils were created. An upgraded pen nib was created that could be mass produced in a manner that allowed them to be made efficiently and sold cheaply. These were sold worldwide, allowing many more people to write. The Birmingham Pen Trade not only boosted the economy but also provided people with writing instruments for cheaper – which boosted education and literacy for all. The irony of that, however, is that the history of this pen trade is not taught very widely in school. And so, in 2001, the Pen Museum was opened in one of the former pen factories.

On World Calligraphy Day, I had the absolute pleasure of spending the whole day at the museum. It only seemed appropriate to visit such an important location on this day. The Pen Museum has three spaces. The first contains the history of the museum and the pens, a beautiful display of nibs and a great little shop. The second has more nibs that a stationery shop. They walk you through the manufacturing process here and you can even make your own nib to see how it’s done! The last space is where they set up several little workshops. I wanted to take a moment to share some of the things that happened on the day at the museum. Continue reading “Celebrating Calligraphy – Featuring the Pen Museum”

World Calligraphy Day 2019

WCD LogoThe past few months have been a bit of struggle. A lot of trying to find my feet in the world and getting back to where I want to be. In order to improve my physical wellbeing, I started to focus a bit more on my health. Attempting to eat a little healthier, take the stairs more or walk a bit. But my physical health is also very intertwined with my mental health. To look after the latter, self-care became a priority. For me, this was finding a way to relax as well as express myself. Self-care means something different to everyone, unique to people’s hobbies and interests. For me, stationery is one of the biggest ways for me to look after mental wellbeing. After all, I did list the top Stationery Self-Care methods I recommend, which I still use to this day. And so, World Calligraphy Day could not have come at a more appropriate time. And I am super excited to be involved with it. Continue reading “World Calligraphy Day 2019”