Pre-release Aumsome Postcards – National Stationery Week Giveaways

With National Stationery Week sadly over, it’s about time to announce something special. Inspired by all of the stationery love out there, my own love of letters and a desire to spread a bit of joy in the world… I’m very pleased to announce that Aumsome the shop will be coming soon. I have designed my own selection of postcards to start selling. There are currently five designs but I plan to release new ones every month, to increase this. I am really pleased with the current selection, which I hope will be popular. These Aumsome Postcards are something that I have previously made for myself to give out and I love them. I am so pleased to be able to share them with you.

The shop will launch in a few weeks. However, the first batch of postcards arrives this week. For the third and final giveaway of National Stationery Week, I wanted to share with you a set of the postcards. The winner will be the first person to sample them! I cannot show you a picture right now – as they have not even arrived yet. However, this is one of the designs that was printed in a test.

Aumsome Postcard - Thank you for being you

The rest of the four are surprises. However, the winner will receive a bundle of postcards that they can send to their family and friends. As you know, I love writing letters. So I really hope this prize helps inspire you to write some too. As a thank you to all of you for your support, I’ve held three giveaways out of my own pocket…

The Three Giveaways:

As you may know, there are THREE giveaways that are currently open. All of them will end at the same time and can be entered the same way. The following prizes are up for grabs… Click the images or links for more information on each of the giveaways.

A Busy B Busy Life Notebook in A6 – Find out more here

Busy B Notebook

A Spotlight Stationery Subscription Box OR a £25 Gift Certificate from Stationery & Art – More Info here

Spotlight Stationery Box

Spotlight Stationery Box

A set of Aumsome Postcards – 5 different designs

Aumsome Postcards

How to enter all of the Giveaways:

For the chance to win any of the above prizes, all you have to do is comment on any post on this blog. This competition is open internationally. You may comment once on each blog post, each will count as an additional entry. I will randomly pick a winner from the comments I have received between May 2nd until the end of the competition.

The giveaway ends on 12th May 2019. The winners for all of the giveaways will be contacted on 13th May to claim their prize.

Oh and if you’re interested in finding out about the launch of my shop, be sure to follow me on Twitter or Instagram. There may also be an extra entry over on one of them.

#SendALetter – Writing Letters for Good

Today, we come to the end of National Stationery Week and what better way to end it than with my favourite theme: #SendALetter day. Writing letters is a way to spread joy, love and kindness. I have always said that we should write more letters. However, today, I want to focus on using letters in a way that benefits the society that we live in. Let’s write letters. Even if you don’t know who to write to, continue reading. There are so many people out there that could benefit from receiving a letter from you. Strangers, friends, family.  Donate a letter to help someone today.

You can write to anyone: a friend, a family member, a colleague… Anyone you know that could benefit from receiving a bit of love. Perhaps you have someone to thank. Do it through a handwritten letter. Maybe you just want someone to know that they are not alone. Write it down and remind them. If you’re not sure who to write to, here are my top three choices of organisations or sites that you can refer to. These all encourage you to write to someone who could really use a smile…

Let’s start with my top choice, From Me to You, which I have spoken about before. I absolutely love their mission and just had to share it with you today:

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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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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”