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Ever walked past somewhere so many times whilst thinking ‘That looks like a cool place, I need to pop in soon…’ but never actually getting around to it? Me too. But last weekend I said enough is enough and opened the door of Libreria, a super cool but cosy book shop just off Brick Lane in East London. I will hold my hands up and admit that I definitely don’t read as much as I...

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It’s that time of year again – time for celebration, excitement and all because… it’s my Birthday month, obvs! Ok, I always harp on about my feelings on Christmas, but incase you needed reminding… as a Boxing Day baby, it’s not my favourite time of year. HOWEVER, I think I’m getting soft in my ‘old’ age as it would appear that my heart has slightly thawed and I just might have enjoyed something Christmas related this...

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Last week it was a time to celebrate fluffy pens, cute bull dog clips and notebooks of all shapes and sizes; National Stationery Week 2016. I wasn’t even aware that this was a thing until I happened to see it mentioned on twitter at the beginning of April, but nether the less I was obviously going to be on board! So naturally I headed to the only place to party when it comes to stationery; Paperchase....

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Last year I was really excited to attend a blogger workshop at Paperchase – you might remember my food themed Christmas tree? Yum! Anyway, I was lucky enough to be invited to another blogger evening for a preview of the new organisation ranges, some creativity (of course) and catching up with some of my fave bloggers including Tessa from All Things Stationery and Lauren from Britton Loves. From practical (folders, lamps and pens) to pretty...

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Exactly one year ago today I shared my Goody Goody Gift Swap experience – well it’s that time again! After a successful gift swap in 2014, I was excited to take part again because it’s just great fun. If you don’t know what I’m talking about… Goody Goody Gift Swap is an international swap which happens around Christmas time. You are paired up with a swap mate, given a bit of information about each other and then...

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Last week I was so thrilled to be invited to the Bloggers event at Paperchase. It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of everything creative/stationery, so I was really excited to get a sneak peek of the new collections. Walking into the room full of new products, I was happy to see some familiar faces (Uli of Found Some Paper) and some new ones (Tessa from All Things Stationery). The Paperchase design team were...

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There’s nothing quite like flicking through a fashion magazine on a Sunday morning; Instagrammable fashion, Pinterest worthy scenery and the feeling of paper between your fingers. But there’s more to those glossy fashion magazine pages than meets the eye: Photo shoots costing thousands of pounds, hours in planning and production, and then there’s the retouching afterwards too! What do you do with magazines after you’ve read them? Do they just collect dust in your room?...

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Working in a design studio, you see all kinds of things arrive; paper, wood flooring, metals, tiles and more. When a parcel from All Colour Envelopes arrived in the studio, I didn’t expect it to cause such a stir. I’m used to Graphic Designers geeking out about stationery, but everyone was so excited by the shiny, glittery and bright colours. This is one for all of you stationery nerds out there… Ahhh – how much do...

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At the beginning of April I was invited to the screening of Made You Look, a film about creativity in the digital age. You’re probably thinking ‘A creative film? This sounds like a couple of interviews just sewn together? I’ve seen it all before…’ I had a feeling that this was going to be different. With interviews from creatives such as Fred Deakin, Anthony Burrill, Kate Moross, Hattie Stewart and Jon Burgerman, I had high hopes for...

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After attending in 2013 & 2014, 2015 was to be my third year at the graphic arts festival, Pick Me Up. In the past I’ve been at the weekend which means it’s massively busy but this year I booked a ticket for the opening day’s evening with Sophie, Kev and Paul (Sophie’s colleagues from Premm design). So, to get in the Pick Me Up spirit, I picked Sophie up… it just had to be done! Each year the...

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For my Birthday back in December, Sara bought me these cool alphabet stamps and golden ink, and yes, I’ve only just got around to using them. I figured that the perfect way to show them off to you guys was by placing them within my beautiful Kaleido HAY trays, which Jack surprised me with on my Birthday – ALL OF THE BIRTHDAY GIFTS! (Beady eyes will also notice the amazing copper wire N from Oliver Bonas which was also...

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So it’s the morning of Christmas eve and I don’t know about you, but I can finally relax and enjoy the holidays because all of my Christmas shopping is complete: the food, the presents. Presents. Who doesn’t love presents? They can be thoughtful or funny, but either way it’s just nice to give and receive a little something. Jo from work was telling me about a gift swap that she had taken part in last...

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So I braved Black Friday, bought the presents and wrapped them all in handmade paper… I think I’m doing pretty well considering it’s still only the first week of December! But still, operation get into the festive spirit continues and so when Emmi challenged me to be creative with some of their CAFFÈ LATTE cups I saw it as the perfect opportunity to take it up a notch. With Christmas songs playing in the background, there...

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With Christmas drawing closer, the pressure of buying that ‘perfect’ gift is on. As I mentioned, I’m not really into Christmas (although I’ve been feeling a lot more festive compared to previous years) but as a Graphic Designer one thing I do like looking at and thinking about is the detailing. The wrapping paper, ribbons, tags, cards – all the things that make boxes look pretty! So when Hobbycraft asked me if I wanted to...

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After work this evening Jo & I popped into Conway Hall in Holborn for the Small Publishers Fair. Barrie and Philippa (our tutors from Lincoln Uni) a.k.a The Caseroom Press had a stall with some of their lovely work and of course, we wanted to show our support: ‘To thine own self be true.’ – a lovely little message looking over the hall! The retro style hall was packed with stalls and people discussing books...

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020