Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Messages for you, on your special day - a letter book by From you to me

Do you remember a little while back I reviewed the Dear Mum journal by From you to me?  Well Kerri contacted me recently and asked if I would like to take a look at their new book Messages for you, on your special day.  I had seen a little info about it on their Twitter account and liked the idea behind it so I said yes!

Messages for you, on your special day

Messages for you, on your special day is an ideal gift for someone who has a big event coming up like a special birthday, an engagement, wedding or anniversary, graduation or even the birth of a child.  Instead of pages the book contains 16 beautifully illustrated pocket envelopes with coordinating sheets of thick, luxurious notepaper. 

Illustrated envelope

The idea of the book is for you, your friends and family to write notes or letters using the paper supplied and then pop them into the envelopes and give the completed book to your very lucky recipient on their special day.

Pocket with matching notepaper

The pockets are big enough to hold photographs and memorabilia as well as the letters making it a great keepsake gift. 

Share your special memories in a letter

Can you imagine how lovely it would be to receive a book full of best wishes, memories and stories on your 50th birthday or wedding anniversary?  I think it would be pretty amazing!  

Personalise your book

To personalise your book there two sheets of stickers with a wide range of events to choose from.  The first sheet has birthdays on it:

  • 16th
  • 18th
  • 21st
  • 30th
  • 40th
  • 50th
  • 60th
  • 70th
  • 80th
  • 90th
  • 100th

The second sheet has lots of occasions:

  • Engagement
  • Hen Do
  • Wedding Day
  • Anniversary
  • Baby Shower
  • Christening 
  • Naming Day
  • Confirmation
  • Bat Mitzvah 
  • Graduation
  • Christmas

If you can't find the right sticker for your event then you can just leave the cover saying "On your special day".  

The book costs £20 and can be purchased here.  I really think it is a brilliant gift to give someone!  What do you think?

Friday, 20 May 2016

Planner Friday - May

Hello!  My latest Planner Friday post is now up on the Trendy Twine blog, please pop over and take a peek.

Can you believe Planner Friday has come around again already?  It feels like I was only just here with you sharing my ideas for pretty and practical planner pages and now I am back again!

My week before the ink

When I decorate my pages I usually leave myself plenty of space for my to do lists, reminders and notes, especially if I am not sure how busy my week is going to be.  If I have any blank spaces left once the week is part way through and I have a better idea of how much room I need, then I fill them in with either stamps, stickers or doodles.  


You can read the rest of my post here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

My week #16

After all of the National Stationery Week posts I wrote last week (eleven in seven days!) I've gotten a little behind with sharing my weekly pages with you so I'm going to try and catch up on them over the next few days starting today.

My week #16

My theme for week 16 was all based around these gorgeous stickers from Mrs Brimbles.  They are Anna's original artwork and they're so whimsical and girly, I just love them!  

Close up

Luckily I had a couple rolls of washi tape in my collection that matched the unicorn's beautiful pink and purple mane perfectly!  I really like how well they go together!  

Close up

Speaking of National Stationery Week, I still have some giveaways running here on the blog.  If you haven't entered yet please check out these posts:

Thank You Thursday - win Bic pens and an NU Notebook
Fountain Pen Friday - win a green Lamy Safari fountain pen
Hand Made Day - win a set of Staedtler TriplusFineliners
Write A Letter Day - win Staedtler rainbow pens

If you have already entered check here to see if you are a winner:

Pencil Day - win Staedtler pencils
Get Organised Day - win Dairy Diary

Good luck!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Waverley Scotland - Tartan Cloth Commonplace Notebook review

This is my last post for National Stationery Week, boooo!  Why can't it be National Stationery Month instead?  Who do I talk to about making this happen?  

Anyway, as I mentioned before I met Liz from Waverley on my visit to the Spring Fair.  She was there launching their latest product which was Tartan Cloth Commonplace Notebooks.  She explained to me that the books are made from genuine Kinloch Anderson Scotland tartan which happens to be the same company that holds Royal Warrents of Appointment as Tailors and Kiltmakers to the Royal Family!   

Waverley Scotland Tartan Cloth Commonplace Notebook

I also learnt a little history about Commonplace notebooks, they were scrapbooks for your ideas, facts, knowledge and thoughts and were used by famous thinkers and scientists of the Scottish Enlightenment like Robert Burns and John Playfair.  Waverley have made their books with this in mind and given you plain and lined paper to work with so you aren't restricted on how you use the notebook.  

Bookmark about Caledonia tartan & information booklet

Each book comes with a bookmark which tells you about the tartan used on the cover, mine is Caledonia and it is a universal tartan so anyone who is not associated with one of the clans can wear this one.  You also get a booklet which tells you about commonplace notebooks, information about Waverley, a clan map of Scotland and more about tartan and it's place in the world.  I found both of these really interesting to read and liked learning something new!

Matching elastic closure & stained edges

The notebooks have 176 pages made from acid-free 80 gsm cream paper with matching stained edges.  This paper is smooth and feels very nice to write on!  Towards the back of the book there are some perforated pages so if you needed to write a note or list you can do it on one of these sheets and easily remove it without leaving a mess behind.  I hate having to tear a page out of a notebook and leaving a raw edge sticking out so I love this idea!

Plain paper on the left & lined on the right

At the back of the notebook there is a slot for a business card or two and an expandable pocket for holding anything loose you want to keep in the book.  I usually pop receipts or a few sheets of post it notes in these kind of pockets, they are very handy!  There is also a ribbon page marker so you don't loose your place.

Card slot & expandable pocket

The notebooks come in a wide range of tartans so if you are Scottish or part Scottish you might be able to get a book in your family's tartan which is pretty cool!  If not you can go for Caledonia like me or Black Watch (green & blue) or Stewart Hunting (blue, green, red & yellow) tartans as they are all universal patterns.  

Waverley Scotland label on the reverse

I have to say I absolutely love this little notebook, it is the perfect size to carry in my bag and I think it looks very stylish.  I like having plain and lined paper to hand when I need it and the few perforated pages at the back are a great idea!

What do you think of this notebook?  Are you a fan of tartan?

*Disclaimer - I was given this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  As always all opinions are honest and my own.  I am not affiliated with Waverley Scotland.

Write A Letter Day - win Staedtler rainbow ballpoint pens! *Now closed & the winner announced in the comments*

So today's the day, it is the last day of National Stationery Week 2016.  That's it for another year now and I kind of feel a little sad, but it isn't over just yet because today is Write A Letter Day and I want you to pick up a pen and get writing!  Who haven't you spoken to in a while?  Who would love to receive a note from you in the mail?  Go and find your best paper and pens and make someone's day!  

My letter is on it's way

One of the main aims of National Stationery Week is to get people to enjoy writing again.  They have shared lots of posts over the week about why writing is important and why people feel passionately about it, you can read my thoughts on this here if you missed it on Wednesday.  

Ok, so on to my last giveaway of the week.... Olivia from Staedtler gave me this pack of rainbow ball pens to give to one of you today, aren't they colourful?

Staedtler rainbow ball pens

If you would like to win this set please tell me who you would like to write a letter to today, it can be anyone in history, alive or dead, famous or not, it's up to you.  Here are the rules:

  • Tell me who you would like to write a letter to today.
  • I will number the comments and use to pick a winner.
  • This giveaway is open internationally. 
  • The giveaway ends at 12pm UK time on the 10th May 2016.
  • I will announce the winner on this post on the 11th May 2016.
  • This is the only prize (for today) - there is no cash alternative. 
  • If the winner doesn't contact me within 72 hours of my announcing the winning entry, I will have to draw a new name.
  • If you are under 18 years of age please ask your parent's permission before entering the giveaway.
  • These pens are brand new and unused but I have taken them out of their packaging to photograph them.  The winner will receive the eight Staedlter ballpoint pens pictured in this post.

Good luck!

I'll be back later today with one last review for you so keep an eye out for that!