You may remember a couple of weeks ago i shared with you my new favourite subscription service from CardNest...this weekend i arrived home to another quirky envelope and the arrival of my July collection, which are once again beautifully illustrated by artists Greg Abbott, Carli Alexander and Leah Quinn!
This month as a special treat i'm also offering the chance for one lucky reader to win a 3 month subscription (worth up to £30!) - and the competition is open internationally - amazing right!
For your chance to be the lucky winner, all you need to do is enter via Rafflecopter below - there's plenty of ways to enter so good luck :)
This month, we've reached the '9 months to go' mark before the wedding and i never thought i'd be this type of bride-to-be, but i am starting to freak out a little! Everywhere i look online people who are getting married way, way after us (i'm talking 2017/2018 weddings!) seem to be a lot more organised than we are...
So far we've got the venue, the catering, the photographer and..this time next week i'll also have been fitted and placed the order for my dress. Am i really that behind?? Is there really that much to do?? Yikes!
We have also sent save the dates, which i know are not essentials but it's stationery so i'm sure nobody expected anything less from me! I had the help of a lovely designer who makes the most beautiful letter-press stationery but i know not everyone is so lucky so today i wanted to share with you some of my favourite Save the Dates i found whilst i was initially looking...
So one of the highlights of the stationery calendar was also one of the key things i missed whilst taking a short break from blogging...the National Stationery Show in New York! It definitely isn't just me that hears the words stationery and New York together in the same sentence and gets butterflies...
Having never been to the Big Apple i find it hard to really imagine myself there, but i've watched enough re-runs of Friends to be able to have some pretty awesome daydreams! I imagine leaving a cool aparthotel, stopping off for coffee at Central Perk and making my way to the Javits Centre to hunt down Katie Leamon's stand!
This show saw the debut of a new collection from Katie Leamon and if you haven't seen it yet, i think you're going to like it!
It's not a secret that i spend a little too much time browsing for the right card for all of my friend's and family's special occasions. Whilst it is of course the thought that counts, i'm not sure how much care and thought can truly go into those 80 facebook notifications that appear on your page on your birthday... More importantly isn't it just so much more exciting to get something in the post that isn't another bill - that my friends is your birthday gift from me!
It's this ethos that has recently connected me to CardNest - a subscription service bringing together beautifully designed cards for all snail mail fans.
Now you wouldn't be mistaken for being a little dubious, the stationery-subscription market is certainly booming and there's a lot of different beautifully-curated boxes available for you to pick from across the web.
However, as soon as i received some trial packs for review in my post box i knew something was a little different...
Gone are the brown boxes, which of course serve a purpose when you're shipping bulkier items but rather than just opting for a plain envelope - the great designs start with the envelope...An envelope that says "hi" and also politely asks you to please not bend it, now that's a friendly envelope if i ever saw one!
Not only do CardNest provide you with some inspiration for your month's card posting (who wouldn't want to celebrate National High Five Day?) but you can also opt in to receive some 1st class stamps to save you a trip to the shops. Convenient!
My favourite card in the above selection has got to be the birthday "whale of a time" card by Carolina Búzio- if you have some time i highly recommend a browse of her website, some really quite lovely illustrations. I'll be saving this card for a special birthday!
There so many exciting things happening in my friend's lives at the moment; engagements, graduations, job promotions so having a card on hand which congratulates them without the need for a lucky clover or a Me-to-You bear is perfect - so thank you and Nice One Finnán Barry!
Although i was sent these to packs for review purposes, i wouldn't rave about them if i didn't genuinely love them - CardNesthave certainly found a gap in the market for a simple, good quality (the card is 324gsm for any paper buffs like me!), well designed card service. Congrats guys!
Cardnest are also offering Paper Crush readers 50% off your first subscription box - just enterPAPERCRUSH50 at the checkout!
P.S. CardNest please set up a catch up service as this card was made for me! :)
Gosh it feels like forever since i was last sitting down in my little office-under-the-stairs with the headspace to update my blog. I'm pretty sure i'm among a large group of women who sometimes feel like they have the world on their shoulders trying to balance a career, a home, a wedding, a creative outlet..and that thing i'm told is called a social life! Any women, or men to be fair, who also have children in the mix too, i salute you!
Having spent the latter part of April and early May travelling with work, it's nice to finally be home and i really needed the last few weeks to get all of the above back in some sort of acceptable order! On the wedding front, this has included finding the dress!! If i'm ever having a bad day, i'll just use my lunch break to go try it on again...it just feels amazing to wear.
So a sneak preview of what's to come on Paper Crush this week...? Okay!
Whilst i was away having a little R&R, the National Stationery Show was in full swing - i'll be taking a look back at some of the highlights, which included a new launch from one of my favourite stationery designers -Katie Leamon
Oh and fancy a look into my new favourite subscription treat...Card Nest - i think you'll love it too!
And speaking of weddings, i've got lots more 'save the date' inspiration to share (image shown is from Norma Dorothy) and i suppose it'd be rude not to show you which ones we chose too!