Saturday, 31 January 2015

Hard Work Notebook

We aren't shy in admitting that we have a bit of a problem when it comes to notebooks. I currently have a cupboard full of them, all waiting to be written in and I know that Nickie is the same.

My biggest problem is that despite my book love, I'm actually really stuck in my ways when it comes to putting pen to paper. My hardcore, addiction means that I can't leave TK Maxx without a new notebook to add to my collection, especially at sale time.

Then I discovered the Kickstarter project for the Hard Work Book. I paid my money and duly forgot about it. If you like to invest in these fab crowd funded projects, you really do have to let go because it can be months, many months before the product is produced.

Hard Work Notebook

Just after christmas my Hard Work Book arrived. What can I say? I was blown away. 

This A5 Hard Work Book is a robust hardback notebook with an easy to use isometric and golden ration print guide on the 256 internal pages. A flexible fabric covered spine allows you to open the book flat on any page.
The 20mm thick paper is made from stone, making it waterproof and suitable to use with marker pens.

Hard Work Book Pages

Hard Work Book layout

I really do think that this is the ultimate Bullet Journaling notebook, the only problem that I have is that it's so awesome that I can't bring myself to write in it!

The Hard Work Book is available from Hundred Million for just £9. Every Stationery Lover needs this in their life.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Macarons Anyone?

Perfect for rubbing out and also for photo styling, the Macarons Erasers from Smiggle are a great buy. They are the perfect accompaniment to my limited edition Ladurée Pâtisserie Sonny Angel doll.

Macarons Eraser Box

Macarons Eraser Box £4 from Smiggle

Ladurée Pâtisserie Sonny Angel  £12.50 from Bird Kids

Friday, 23 January 2015

National Handwriting Day

23rd January is National Handwriting Day and we are celebrating the scrawl and the scroll. Handwriting features prominently in history with letter writing between people of importance, signatures on declarations and important documents, notes sent secretly between star-crossed lovers and classic books written originally in longhand before being sent to print. 

As Stationery Lovers, we are huge fans of handwriting. We say that handwriting is a form of art as it is individual to the person who produces it.  On a computer, you are using a font that thousands of other people are using at the same time yet your handwriting is completely unique. 

We want to know if you still write regularly? Do you just scribble notes as reminders or do you set aside a period time each day to write in a journal? Does one of your friends have handwriting that you adore to look at?

Whilst you are pondering on that, look at this glorious wallpaper we found on the Graham & Brown website. It's called 'Dreams Come True' and doesn't it make you want to sit in that chair and trace over the loops and swirls with your finger?

Dreams Come True - Script Wallpaper from Graham & Brown
Photo Credit : Graham & Brown

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

What's So Wonderful About Washi?

Washi Tape - numbers and letters

Washi tape is the stationery and craft accessory you never knew you needed.  Until now! 

Washi tape is of Japanese origin, made from fibres from trees and shrubs but also from bamboo and rice which gives it a paper-like feel.  It is sticky (think: post-it notes) but repositionable and is mainly used for scrapbooking, smash books and to decorate pages of diaries and notebooks, 

However... if you browse the craft boards on Pinterest you will find so many more ways in which to use washi tape including gift wrapping, mobile phone decoration and plenty of ways in which to use it around the house, e.g. wire labelling.  There are hundreds more ideas out there - just search 'washi tape ideas' on Pinterest and be sucked into the vortex. 

washi tape - green

We went on a washi tape journey of discovery in 2014. Washi tape isn't expensive, especially if you know where to look (Etsy and Amazon are our favourite haunts) and there is so much choice; every colour under the rainbow and every pattern imaginable. Did you know that you can watch YouTube video after video after video of people decorating their Filofax or notebook pages?  

We'd love to know what your best washi tape buys have been and what you have done with your washi tape. Feel free to share in the comments, on our Facebook page or tweet us a picture.
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