Last week one of the most exciting events happened. The guys at London Graphic Centre invited a bunch of creative bloggers for an evening at the Covent Garden store. The reason this was so exciting was 1. a shop full of stationery etc and 2. all of my favourite bloggers in one room. When LGC said they wanted to do a bloggers event I made sure to tag all of the creative bloggers I knew because I saw it as the perfect excuse to hang out with all of my favourite people.
As a creative blogger event invites aren’t very common (compared to fashion/food bloggers) which means that sometimes I feel like I know people through following their blogs(stalker alert), when in reality I’ve never met them. This event was the perfect opportunity to bring everyone together from all corners of the UK and celebrate our creativity.
The guys at London Graphic Centre were super organised and had a fun evening planned for us, taking us behind the scenes of the shop floor. We met some members of the LGC team (and learnt that all staff members have a creative background and specialism to help offer advice in the shop, which I didn’t know) and also got a preview of the new LGC tote bag, designed by team member Alex Widdowson.
After hearing about what’s happening at LGC in the next few months (Student day, new products launches, Halloween & Christmas), we were all treated to a preview of the contents of the day goody bag (which I reveal at the bottom of this post – spoiler alert!). If you’re a creative student, here’s a date for your diary: get yourself down to LGC Covent Garden store on 6th October for 15% discount and a goody bag worth £50 with every purchase!
After more chat and discovering the contents of our goody bags, we headed back down to the shop floor for some creative activities including business card stamping, colouring in (v.trendy atm), screen printing and testing out some new pens (which are a secret for the moment!):
How many bloggers does it take to colour in a massive map of London? (answer: not enough time colouring, too much time talking & photographing, obvs!)
With the fun drawing to a close, the LGC team announced Sophie as the winner of the giveaway prize (a Freitag messenger bag worth £150), so expect a competition on her blog soon. But there was just enough time for a bit of shopping…
… spotted: Jodie & Laura admiring the Washi tape range, whilst Liz and Laura are on a mini photoshoot:
After a quick group shot, we headed to the pub to continue the creative chatting. As predicted, all of these people were just as amazing in person as on their blogs. I seriously didn’t want the night to end! Just being around other bloggers with so much in common was so inspiring and lovely. I wasn’t embarrassed to geek out about sketchbooks or get excited about taking photos of pens. Us creative bloggers are a rare species, but what we do is very special and not to be underestimated (which sometimes I feel we are)! It makes me a bit sad to think that maybe this is the only time we will all meet, but fingers crossed there will be more creative events for us to attend together. What a great evening! Be sure to follow all of these amazing #cbloggers :
Naomi (hellomynameisnaomi), Sherida (Sherida Daily), Sophie (Dreams and Colour Schemes), Amy (The Creative Outlook), Jodie (A Textile Perspective), Annie (Annie Pancake), Laura (Cardboard Cities), Liz (Liz Mosely), Ella (Illustrated Ella), June (June Sees), Emma (Emma Block), Uli (Found Some Paper), Laura (Hearts of Sand), Sophie (The Private Life of a Girl), Jack (Jack Spicer Adams), Harriet (Hello Harriet)
Oh, and let’s not forget the goody bags – who wants a nosey?
Some of the brands/things you can find inside: Promarker, Staedtler fineliners and pencils, a special LGC Derwent selection, and that’s just the pens! There’s also a Tombow precision eraser, Fabriano sketchbook (some of the best paper around) and washi tape too! All of this, and 15% off everything instore) can be yours if you get yourself down to #LGCStudentDay on 6th October – it’s the best excuse to treat yourself to new pens etc (not that you needed one!)
Thanks to all of the London Graphic Centre team – it was so lovely to meet & chat with you. Thanks for looking after us and see you in the shop soon… I’ve got my eye on a screen printing kit 😉