My #The100DayProject, featuring Stationery Self-Care

#The100DayProject TitleI spoke about a few challenges that are occurring April recently. One of them is #The100DayProject. I wanted to talk about it in a bit more depth and share some ideas that I have had for this project with you. The 100 Day Project is an opportunity to be more creative. It challenges you to pick up any creative projects that you want to do and dedicate the next one hundred days to it.

The challenge officially started on the 2nd April this year. However, I am running a little behind and so, I am going to start it today, on the 13th April. You can definitely start it at any point though and just do a hundred days from whenever you start. I was trying to come up with ideas on what I should do. So I wanted to share what I came up with. If you have not started and want some ideas, hopefully this will inspire you.

If you’re already doing it, I would love to see your own challenge! Let me know what you’re doing. And mostly, good luck to everyone taking part!

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April Challenges & Events for any stationery lover

It’s April! Well it arrived about a week ago but… April is here and there’s just so much going on. This is one of my favourite months here on Aumsome. It’s like Christmas in the stationery world right now. There’s just so much going on and this amazing month is going to end with my favourite week: National Stationery Week! Even before that though, this month is full of so many great things that I thought I would kick it off with a very quick overview of some of the amazing challenges that are taking place this month.

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Newly released Royal Mail MARVEL Stamps

I’ve spoken quite a bit about sending letters and post. I have not, however, covered the stamp part of a post. Stamps are something that I adore looking at. It’s so interesting to see the different stamps that different countries have. I love receiving international post just to see what their stamps are like. However, the Royal Mail group have some incredible designs themselves. I honestly am contemplating collecting stamps more often. That was something I have not really done before but with the vast collections that I see these days that I adore, I kind of want to. I have a few sheets that I have saved but not really a huge collection of them.

Royal Mail Leonardo da Vinci Special Stamp Issue
Leonardo da Vinci stamps

As you may know, Royal Mail regularly release themed stamps. February’s theme was Leonardo da Vinci. It captured some really great moments and drawings of his. I love the writings and texts on the stamps, making them look a bit more vintage. However, March’s theme completely floored me. It vastly differs from February but it’s so great. If you haven’t already seen them… You can now order Marvel stamps! Yes, that’s right, Marvel. They were released yesterday and are now in stock to buy.

Royal Mail MARVEL Special Stamp Issue
MARVEL Character Stamps

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The Mental Health Benefits of Doing Art

Mental Health Benefits of Doing Art

I am super excited to share this fantastic guest post with you. Today, we have Kate from All The Trinkets talking about creating and the mental health benefits of doing art. Since it’s also National Craft Month, it only seemed right to talk a little about how being creative can have an amazing impact on your wellness. Who better to do it than this kickass female blogger on International Women’s Day?

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Goodbye February, Hello March – National Craft Month

Many years ago (well when I was a child), Craft and Hobby Association (now known as Association For Creative Industries or AFCI) made February the National Craft Month. This has been a big part of the craft industry in North America, I believe. And despite it not being very relevant to where I live, it’s something I really wanted to focus on this month.  

So Happy National Craft Month!

National Craft Month

For me, crafting is a really fun hobby. I could definitely spend more than just a single month talking about craft. I’m sure I’ll have more craft related posts later in the year for you. However, I did want to focus on it because I wanted to introduce more crafting to my life. Although I love arts and crafts, it’s also one of those things that I never seem to have time for. There’s always other things to do, for example, like blogging. Craft is a really good way to look after your mental wellbeing though and it’s something I’ve been trying to incorporate into my weekly plans. Every week, I try to dedicate a little bit of time to just crafting something – absolutely anything.

So in National Craft Month, I am going to ensure I stick to this plan and craft a little bit every week. The best thing about this hobby is that there are many different things you can craft. It’s not limited to just paper materials, for example. Craft includes needle work or knitting, upcycling furniture or heck, even brewing beer (it’s called Craft Beer, is it not?).

Essentially, craft is some sort of activity that involves making something by hand. These are a few of the things that I like. However, it would be great to hear what sorts of crafts you enjoy and if you are planning to do anything for it. If you’re curious, a lot of these ideas are also in my Stationery Self-Care post, which shows the different ways you can do self-care with your stationery addiction. Continue reading “Goodbye February, Hello March – National Craft Month”