Thursday, 5 May 2016

Get Organised Day - win a Dairy Diary *Now closed & winner announced in the comments*

The second day of National Stationery Week is Get Organised Day which is right up my street!  If you need something to help you get organised then a diary is a great place to start!

When I went to the Spring Fair I met Emily from Dairy Diary and we had a nice chat about National Stationery Week and her range of diaries and books, she very kindly gave me a couple of diaries to give away for today so let me tell you about them!


Dairy Diary

The Dairy Diary was first sold in 1982 by your friendly local milkman, since then the diary has become one of the UK's best selling home diaries having sold more than 30 million copies!  


Dairy Diary 2016

The diary comes with a handy set of stickers and a storage pocket to keep your bits and pieces safe.


Handy pocket & stickers

It has a week on two pages layout which incorporates a yummy recipe for you to try as well!  I have to admit I love reading recipe books so I like the idea of a weekly recipe to drool over!


A week on two pages layout

There are sections for:
  • Your details 
  • 2016 and 2017 overviews
  • Useful numbers 
  • Contacts 
  • Home budgeting
  • Calendar dates
  • Anniversaries
  • Height, weight and metric conversions
  • Information for cooks
  • Perfect your technique hints and tips
  • Notes
  • Recipe index 

Kitchen & Home Diary

The second diary Emily gave me is the Kitchen & Home Diary.  It is an A5 size diary which focuses on household ideas, hint and tips and cookery.   


Kitchen & Home diary 2016

This diary also has a storage pocket in the front and a coordinating ribbon page marker.

Notes pocket

If you have a green thumb or just fancy giving it a go there is a fab article on how to grow your own fruit.  From getting started to maintenance, there is lots of helpful information.

Grow your own fruit

It has the same layout as the Dairy Diary including the weekly recipe to tickle your fancy.

Weekly recipes

There are sections for:


  • Your details 
  • 2016 and 2017 overviews
  • Reminders
  • Useful numbers 
  • Contacts
  • Calendar dates
  • Height, weight and metric conversions
  • Information for cooks
  • Hints and tips
  • Grow your own fruit
  • Household tips
  • First aid kit
  • Thoughts and plans
  • Notes
  • Home budgeting
  • Birthday and anniversaries
  • Recipe index 

So, for this giveaway I want you to tell me which diary you would like to win.  I will number all the comments for each diary and use Random.org to select two winners.  Here are the rules:

  • Tell me which diary you would like to win.
  • Due to the weight of the diaries this giveaway is only open to UK residents, sorry!  (There will be more international giveaways this week I promise!).
  • The giveaway ends at 12pm UK time on the 5th May 2016.
  • I will announce the winner on this post on the 6th May 2016.
  • These are the only prizes (for today) - there is no cash alternative. 
  • If the winner/s do not contact me within 72 hours of my announcing them, I will have to pick a new winner/s.
  • If you are under 18 years of age please ask your parent's permission before entering the giveaway.

Good luck!



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!

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 random.org 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!


Saturday, 30 April 2016

Go Stationery - Shimmer Accents notebook review

National Stationery Week seems like the perfect time to review this gorgeous notebook I was given by Peter from Go Stationery!  It is their new A5 Shimmer Accents large polka notebook in cream and I think it is stunning!

I have a thing for gold and polka dots!

I met Peter at the Spring Fair and even though his stand was very, very busy he still spent some time with me talking about National Stationery Week, the London Stationery Show and my blog.  Afterwards he gave me this notebook to review which was lovely of him!

A5 Shimmer Accents notebook

The Shimmer range is available in a wide selection of colours including aqua, blush, copper, pearl, magenta and taupe and cost £9.50 each.  The notebooks are made from high quality, smooth cream paper and contain 192 pages.  The pages have a light dotted line in a pale grey colour which looks very classy.  The style of the lining means you can use the book for writing, diagrams or sketching as the lines are unobtrusive.  

Smooth cream paper lined in grey

The paper is a dream to write on with standard pens!  I also tested it with my fountain pen and while there was no feathering the ink did show through slightly on the other side.  This isn't a negative point though as it is the same with most standard notebooks, I am only mentioning it just in case any avid fountain pen users are reading this.  Ballpoint, rollerball and gel pens all work very well on the paper with no ghosting on the reverse side. 

The paper is lovely to write on

The notebooks come with a bow wrapped around them making them the perfect gift for any stationery addict or notebook fiend!  I, myself, am both!  It also helps them stand out when they are on display, these notebooks were one of the first things I spotted on Go Stationery's stand at the Spring Fair.  They are very eye catching!  

The perfect gift

Go Stationery have recently updated their website with the new 2016/17 ranges so if you fancy treating your self during National Stationery week why not pop over and see if anything takes your fancy?

I will be back tomorrow for the last day of #NatStatWeek, how has it gone by so quickly?


*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 was not paid to write this post and I am not affiliated with Go Stationery.


Hand Made Day - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner review & giveaway

Hello!  I was a little stumped over what to do for today's hand made theme so in the end I decided to talk about these Staedtler Triplus Fineliners because, well, I use them when I am colouring in (with my hand!) so whatever I do with them becomes hand made.  That works doesn't it?  Yes?  Ok, lets carry on then! 

Staedtler Triplus Fineliners

The Triplus Fineliners are brilliant for colouring in an adult colouring book because they have a 0.3mm tip.  This makes them perfect for small, intricate designs and patterns which can be difficult to fill in with a pencil crayon.  Also colouring with the fineliners gives you a much brighter look than when you use pencil crayons, the whole image jumps off the page because it is so vibrant!

Vibrant colours

Staedtler's fineliners have an ergonomic triangular shaped body so they are comfortable to use over a long period of time and it makes them easier to grip.  The case they come in also converts into a handy stand so you can get the pens out quickly and simply in one smooth move.

Triplus Fineliner pen test

The fineliners aren't just for colouring either, they make a nice writing pen too!  I love using coloured pens in my planner to make things stand out on the page and these do the job nicely!

The prize

If you would like to win this four pack of Triplus fineliners then tell me which birthday Staedtler UK is currently celebrating (hint, you can find the answer on their Facebook page).  Here are the rules:


  • Tell me which birthday Staedtler UK is currently celebrating.
  • I will number the comments with the correct answer and use random.org to pick a winner.
  • This giveaway is open internationally. 
  • The giveaway ends at 12pm UK time on the 9th May 2016.
  • I will announce the winner on this post on the 10th 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.

Good luck!


Friday, 29 April 2016

Fountain Pen Friday - Lamy Safari green fountain pen review and giveaway

When I saw one of the days of National Stationery Week was especially for fountain pens I contacted Lamy and asked if they would like to do something together for today.  Lisa emailed me back and offered me two green Lamy Safari fountain pens so I could review one and give the second away to one of you! 

Lamy Safari green fountain pen

When the pens arrived I was struck by how lovely the shade of green was, it really reminded me of the first shoots of colour you see in spring.  

Spring green

I tested the Safari in my notebook and found it to be just as good as my Lamy Al-Star which I have been using for the past two years.  The ink flows out of the nib beautifully, I just wish my handwriting could do it justice!

Ink level window and chrome-plated pocket clip

The pen's body is made from tough ABS plastic and it has a lovely glossy shine to it.  Like the Al-Star the Safari has the same triangular grip area and a window so you can see the ink level inside the pen without having to open it up.

Handwritten review

You can pick up a Safari fountain pen for around £14 which is a fantastic price!  The Safari is also available in a wide range of colours if green is not your thing, I have my heart set on the new dark lilac one and maybe the yellow and pink pens too!  You can never have too many fountain pens right?

Medium nib

So, as I said, Lisa gave me a second pen to give away today, she also threw in an extra box of blue ink cartridges so you will be able to use your Safari fountain pen for ages and ages before you need to buy more ink!

The prize

To enter this giveaway all you have to do is tell me what you write when you are trying out a pen!  I usually go with "hello" and my children's names.  Here are the rules:


  • Tell me what you write when testing a pen
  • I will number the comments and use random.org to pick a winner.
  • This giveaway is open internationally. 
  • The giveaway ends at 12pm UK time on the 8th May 2016.
  • I will announce the winner on this post on the 9th 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.

Good luck!