Monday, 26 January 2015

Office Crush #24

Source - Design Sponge

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Stationery Trends - The Next Big Thing?


Something pretty exciting happened a few months ago - i was asked if i would write about my thoughts on the next big thing in stationery for the rather beautiful Stationery Trends Magazine and their Winter 2015 Trends Issue!  Now giddy-jumping-around-the-house excitement aside, i was also felt incredibly privileged to be asked as the magazine really is everything i love about stationery and paper, from the beautiful designs that can be found on every single page to discovering new designers and stationery stores - this issue i came across the incredible Ferme à Papier, i highly recommend you take a browse!

Here's a snippet from the Blog Log with my thoughts on the next big thing...

If you want to read more from the magazine but can't get your hands on a printed copy, you can access their digital editions too!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Office Crush #23

Thursday, 15 January 2015



Thank you so much for all your kind words and sharing in the excitement of the news that i recently got engaged and have begun the process of planning the most expensive day of my life..i'm kidding, of course it will also be the most special! :)
I'm very fortunate to have a great group of friends and i've known several of them pretty much my entire life, which is just amazing because they probably know me better than i know myself! It also made choosing my bridesmaids both really easy and yet really hard at the same time - as we're having a relatively small gathering for the ceremony i wasn't too sure it was appropriate to have half the guests walk up the aisle! I decided to keep to 4, which i think is quite a nice, even number and i'm actually so excited to dress them all up. Remember in that episode of Friends where Rachel was a bridesmaid at Barry and Mindy's wedding? ;)

I actually really wanted to share with you something i came across whilst looking at save the date inspiration recently - cards to surprise your friends with to ask them to be your bridesmaid. It's so thoughtful, and something they can keep forever.
Perhaps not to everyone's taste as you personally may find it easier to just ask, but having popped this question 4 times in the last few months, i found it pretty nerve-wracking so is definitely something worth considering if you've got this very important question to ask too!

Finally, i could not resist sharing this puzzle from Lou Brown Designs's just amazing!!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Paperchase, you're just my type!


Well we've sprung from one occasion to the other already - it's officially one month to go until the day you either count down the days to or hate with an almighty passion. I will admit that this year i'm fully in the counting down the days camp, however this is also partly because we're planning a little winter sun holiday around this time too!

I've also decided to kickstart this whole new-year-new-organised-me thing this week by making sure i get my Valentine's Day card picked out for my rather lovely husband-to-be (even just typing that...butterflies!!). I'm not a fan of the overly-romantic, mushy cards so i tend to always purchase something with a little added humour. In fact, every year i find myself spending at least an hour stood in front of the card display in Paperchase giggling away to myself at their superb romantic puns and having seen some of their new range this year, i can assure you, it's only getting better...

banana valentines card

brie mine

nuts about you

love you shed loads

wool valentines card

You're Grate
All cards available from Paperchase

Monday, 12 January 2015

Office Crush #22

Credit - Homedit

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

2015 Diaries


So if you're anything like me, you are desperate to finally have that year where you're going to be super organised, never miss a birthday, find that perfect balance between work-life and home-life, go on all those adventures you spend hours day-dreaming about, see all those friends you wish you saw more and do this all with the help of a beautiful diary that you complete meticulously (and creatively!) and carry with you at all times...

Sound familiar?

Well this year really could be the year for us...really, it could! I think all we need is the perfect planner to keep us motivated and on track. So today i've picked out some of the favourites i've come across so far to give us that kick start...

All diaries available online - Frankie Diary from Frankie Press, A5 Sweet Weekly Diary from Kikki K, Livework Minimal Planner in Coral from Fox and Star, Geo Plait Flexi Linen Diary from Paperchase and Floral design diary from BHS

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

I'm Getting Married Next Year!!


A little personal post from me today as i reallly wanted to share with you something very exciting that is on the horizon...

Six days into the new year and i think i've already bored my friends senseless with the "i'm getting married next year!!" texts, calls, facebook posts etc etc. So welcome to your turn!

I haven't spoken too much about getting engaged or wedding planning on Paper Crush yet (that's the key word...yet!) - we actually got engaged last summer in our home in true romantic fashion with fairy lights, white roses and candles and so far have set the date, booked the venue (so exciting!!!!), asked my beautiful sister and friends to be my bridesmaids and he's got himself a best man, a couple of groomsmen and some ushers. With 14 months to go it's feeling fairly on track!

Next stop for us...Save the Dates! Look out in the coming weeks for some of my inspiration as it's pretty much my mission for January.
For now, i'll leave you with this beautiful save the date from Norma & Dorothy - i love the idea of gift tags for save the dates!!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Thank You Notes


It's that time of year again when we start sending the blanket 'thank you' Facebook posts, thanking all those people we've ever met for a lovely Christmas and such thoughtful gifts. We feel spoilt, we feel thankful and we want to share both of these feelings with the wider world.
Now whilst i have nothing against a modern 'quickie' thank can't quite beat a handwritten thank you card. The Simple Things published a blog post over the weekend giving advice on how to write the perfect thank you letter - so now you've got the composition ready to go, i've selected my top picks of the perfect thank you notes as a little extra inspiration:

Thanks a million card via Nancy and Betty Studio, Good Egg card via Katie Leamon, Kraft cards via Paperchase, Heart card via Show Pony, Thank you Thank you card via Cardboard Cities, Colour block card via Rifle Paper Co

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Paper Crush: The Class of 2014

Happy New Year!

If i look back on my journey with Paper Crush in 2014 i'm pretty proud of how much i've been able to put into the blog in its first year. I wrote my first post in February where i told you i was a full-blown stationery addict and then spent the rest of the year sharing with you some of my favourite stationery items, shops and designers.
So today it seems fitting to look back on some of those stationery items that really made my year.

I present to you, the class of 2014....

Anthropologie pencils
My Pencil Day post for National Stationery Week last March saw me feature one of my favourite products of the year - these pencils from Anthropologie!

pastel notecards
From my Hello Spring Pastels post, these Abigail Warner notelets just have the most beautiful photography! 
watercolour notebook
 I still adore the feathered print on this Nikki Strange notebook for my Watercolour Notebook feature

pocket travel journal
I was lucky enough to do a giveaway with Fox & Star on this rather beautiful pocket travel journal this year - i almost didn't want to send it away! 

yellow pencil case
Well we had a rather lovely Summer this year and yellow really was a favourite colour crush of mine. Pencil case from Pamplemouss. 

rifle leopard notebook
Another favourite mini trend of mine over the Summer was the jungle theme in fashion and stationery and of course Rifle Paper Co pulled it off in fabulous fashion!

louise wright designs
 I was so excited when Louise Wright agreed to be my Paper Crush in July and even more ecstatic when she offered my readers another giveaway!

andy singleton
 I've looked at this photo at least a thousand times this year and every single time i sit in amazement. Andy Singleton, i bow down to you!

fruity lucky dip club
 I think it's safe to say there's one lady who has had a rather successful 2014 and i wish Leona over at Lucky Dip Club another fabulous year in 2015 too!

stay awesome
 I was so excited when the lovely people at Great.Ly let me open my own boutique (gift tags from A Sensible Habit) - it's been such a lovely experience so far and i cannot wait to see what's coming for 2015!

hello katie leamon
 I got to say hello to a lot of pretty awesome people these year and i became a little obsessed with the designs over at Katie Leamon! 
 noel washi tape
Another addition to my Great.Ly store this year - this Noel tape by Rosa & Clara Designs is just too cute and perfect for festive mail too!

elf christmas cards
One of my favourite posts to pull together this year was my Christmas Card Gift Guide (photo featuring Gold Lion cards) - thank you again to everyone who was involved! Look out for more features in 2015 :)