Monday, 31 March 2014

NSW Day 1: Pencil Day

Did you know this week is National Stationery Week? For anyone else who has a bit of an addiction to stationery, this is a week to make sure is pencilled in your diaries!

The theme of the week is to 'Get Britain Writing' and celebrate going back to putting pen to paper whether it's writing a letter, using a notebook instead of a tablet, sending a card to a loved one or practising handwriting with your children.

There are competitions across Twitter through blogs, retailers and brands so make sure you check out @NatStatWeek or any of the event hashtags #NSW14 #lovestationery #stationeryaddict #GetBritianWriting

There's also a celebration of the 7 Days of Stationery which i'll be joining in with on the Paper Crush blog and today is Day 1...

Day 1: Pencil Day

Now one product instantly jumps to my mind when i try to decide which are my favourite pencils - the Banderole pencils from Anthropologie - they're bright, great value (£8 for 12!) and most importantly really just very fun! They certainly make me want to pick them up and start writing!

As i've mentioned i'm a huge fan of writing letters and send & receive snail mail from all around the world so the next time i'm in London i'll be heading straight to Anthropologie for these!

Do you have any favourite pencils?


Sunday, 30 March 2014

Hello Spring Pastels!

This weekend is predicted to be the warmest so far this year and I for one have enjoyed spending a lazy Saturday pinning to my hearts content on a bench in our courtyard. It's what my parents would call 'a lovely little sun trap'.
Feeling very much caught up in the Spring spirit, i found myself becoming a little obsessed with pastels, which it's far to say are a bit of a seasonal staple for this time of year!

Now i mentioned on my twitter recently that i'd been pleasantly surprised by Tesco's new SS14 ranges and their Sherbet Crush lifestyle shots, styled by none other than interior super-stylist Selina Lake, have just added to this surprise...i must buy those mugs!

Tesco SS14 home

So feeling super inspired, I decided to have a bit of a Spring-clean and begin planning an overhaul of my stationery cupboard to incorporate some of these pretty pastels - and here's some of my favourite finds...

pastel notebooks

eco friendly pencils

pastel paper straws

pastel bakers twine

Faber-Castell Ambition Ballpoint Pen Lilac
pastel metallic bunting

pastel stationery

moleskine pastel notebooks

pastel geometric envelopes

All products available on the world wide web: Pastel notebooks via Dille & Kamille, eco pencils via Moxie Makery, straws via Pocket Carnival, bakers twine via Paper and Present, Faber-Castell ambition pen via Cult Pens, paper garland via The Paper Jar, notelets via Abigail Warner, Moleskine notebooks via Selfridges, envelopes via  (thank you Paper Obsessed for helping me track down this source!)

All additional recommendations welcome! I'd love to hear some of your favourite finds of the Spring season so far!


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Colour Crush: Mint

According to Company magazine "if our Spring wardrobe hasn't got a bit of Hemlock in to team with some Radiant Orchid, well quite frankly its door just isn't worth opening". Hemlock being this rather lovely shade of mint, popular for weddings and tea parties: 

It's definitely one of my favourites this season as it reminds me of what's to come with Spring and on the rare couple of hours we've seen the sunshine over the past few weeks, this colour has just felt really fresh and inspiring. 
(It also helps that i've discovered peppermint tea...which, by the way, is just delicious!)

Below are just some of the inspiration i've been pinning on Pinterest and some great paper goods, which i think show just how beautiful it can look - i'm especially loving when it's combined with metallics!

perfect mint party

mint and metallic notebook

mint envelope

mint paper straws

mint washi tape

mint heart cake toppers

mint metallic notebooks

heart paper garland

All products available via Etsy: Idea notebooks from Scout and Honour, Straws from The Simply Chic Shop, Envelopes from SquishnChips, Washi tape from Bahana Splits Boutique, Heart toppers from Paper Trail by Laura, Paper garland by Penny Lane Studio

What do you think? I'm pretty sure mint is a bit of a love or hate colour!


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Project Paper Crush #1


If you happen to follow Paper Crush on Twitter (@mypapercrush), you may know that i've got a very exciting little project that i'm busy working on in the background...drum roll please...Project Paper Crush!

So...what does that mean?

As a subscriber to a rather lovely monthly beauty subscription, i know the joy of receiving a box of samples on my desk each month that i get to unwrap like a mini-Christmas! A combination of both well-known and more niche brands, all hand-picked to create a little box of floral smelling, skin softening, hair strengthening, lip shining beauty treats.
A few months back though, whilst admiring my loot, i thought how great it would be if this was a little box of paper goods - little notebooks, greetings cards, sticky notes, craft ideas, beautiful papers, envelopes, push pins, notecards, pencils etc...the list could be endless (but all stationery/paper products)!

A lot of research and i couldn't find anything like this in the UK, especially not ones supporting handmade, independent brands & designers and sharing beautiful paper products in this way. As a rather huge fan of stores like Etsy and Not on the High Street, i know there's a whole world of paper products out there, which i regularly buy into and i'd like to help showcase them!

Oohh..sounds fancy!

Whilst i'm busy pulling together mood boards of packaging concepts, making lists of all the great people i'd like to work with and crunching postage costs into my calculator, i could really use some help finding out for certain if this could work - that's where i need you! can i help?

Personally, i think this could be amazing...however i would like to see if this is something that you'd like to see too - so if you can spare 5 minutes to complete a short survey, i would be super appreciative!
There is also a rather nice prize for one lucky person as i'll be giving you a chance to win a selection of the beautiful Dear Lizzie Polka Dot Party papercraft range (prize draw closes Sunday 30th March 2014) - five other lucky people will win some sweets because well...who doesn't love sweets!?

Please click on the little Paper Crush heart below to access the survey - and thank you in advance for your feedback!!

Paper Crush Logo

If you want to find out more about Project Paper Crush, how you can get involved or if you have any thoughts/tips/tricks i'm a sponge for feedback and knowledge so please do email me.