[MailCall Monday] 7th August 2017

Notebook & Pen Swap

I received my swap parcel for the Notebook and Pen Swap hosted by Jessica over at The Paper Trail Diary.

I was partnered with Emma, from A Cornish Geek and we were tasked with selecting notebooks & pens based on each others preferences, packaging them up, and mailing them off; before the deadline of August 7th.

Emma stated a preference for hardbacked A5 or greater notebooks, containing plain paper pages, hopefully in pastel colouring, and preferably featuring a literary or motivational quote. 

This seemed like it should be a super easy request to fulfill but for some reason I really struggled! I tried all the usual suspects: Paperchase, WH Smith, The Works, TK Maxx, Tiger, various online small businesses who stock stationery, both Asda & Tesco’s large stationery & back to school ranges, amongst others but had little success. Eventually I realized I was going to have to cheat a little, and I hope she didn’t mind! 

Anyway, enough about that! Let’s get on with admiring the goodies that Emma selected for me, shall we?

Inside a big bubble mailer I found a fabulous A4 bright pink notebook emblazoned with MAKE THINGS HAPPEN in gold foiling, isn’t it marvellous?

The cute ribbon markers are incredibly useful for splitting sections or marking places, don’t you think?

Interestingly, she had similar thoughts on pens as I did (remember the pens I mentioned here recently? Well, this is the swap they were for) and these colourful ballpoints will be very well used!
Lastly, can I just draw attention to the delightful notecard?

How did she know that Dolly is my Spirit Animal?? 😂😂
I look forward to using those pens for writing many important notes, on the things that I am going to make happen, in my swish new notebook. 

Book Swap

July was Book Swap month in Jocelyn from The Reading Residence ‘s #BringBackPaper campaign.

I was paired with Kathryn, AKA BookwormAndTheatreMouse , and the challenge was to select and send each other a preloved fiction book. The only clues we received was the other’s least favourite genre, so we knew what to avoid. Kathryn admitted to not being much of a SciFi fan, so I skipped the bookshelf full of distant planets and robot overlords, then chose a copy of a thriller I enjoyed reading a few months back. I packaged it up with some tea and chocolate, because what’s the point of settling down with a new book without making yourself comfortable? and sent it off.

Meanwhile, the lovely Kathryn was doing exactly the same; so I came home from work one evening to find an interesting looking bubble envelope, emblazoned with the #BringBackPaper hashtag, waiting for me.

 

I received a copy of INDIGO DONUT by Patrice Lawrence, I haven’t read it and the blurb sounds intriguing.

In Bailey’s opinion, Indigo didn’t look like she needed a hero. One by one, she looked Mona, Saskia, Betti and Kay in the eye. Then she gave them the finger, slow motion. Headphones on again, she sauntered off towards the science wing. He’ll. That was … She was …

Indigo lives with her foster mum, Keely. When she meets Bailey at sixth form, serious sparks fly, but Indigo has a secret that could ruin everything between them before it’s even begun.

Bailey‘s blown away by Indigo; she’s so different to other girls. But when Bailey becomes the target of a homeless man who knows more about Indigo’s past than is normal, he is forced to make an impossible choice.

I’m looking forward to reading this as I enjoyed Orangeboy, the first novel by Patrice Lawrence. (I think everyone else enjoyed it too, since it won a Waterstones Book Prize and was shortlisted for many others.)

Important Paperwork

Midweek, I received written details of the amendment to my terms and conditions of employment. Basically, it’s just confirmation of my start date, job title, new location & pay grade.

I pick up my swanky new uniform when I start next Monday.

Some EXTRA Beauty

Birchbox’s discount code for July entitled users to an extra mystery box. Mine wasn’t delivered alongside my July box, but their customer service team were on the ball and soon sorted it out; and the courier dropped it off just as I was heading to work on Friday.

The EXTRA box I received was actually June’s Daytripping Birchbag; a delightful pastel zippered pouch; inspired by Brighton Beach and it’s chalk-coloured beach huts, sorbet ice-creams and dreamy watercolour sunsets.

 

Inside my lovely Birchbag I found:

  • A full-size MEECH AND MIA Brow Liner, in shade #21 (RRP £12.99)
  • A full-size 50ml tube of COWSHED Cow Pat moisturising hand cream (RRP £18)
  • A 50g sachet of SCRUB LOVE Invigorating Coffee Body Scrub
  • A set of ECOTOOLS Enhancing Eye Brushes (RRP £6.99)
  • And a dinky 2.5ml sample jar of BOBBI BROWN EXTRA Eye Repair Cream 

As I mentioned, I received this free of charge, but full price would have been £10 plus £2.95 p&p. Given that 3 items were full-size products worth a total of £27.98 AND it came in such a delightful & very useable bag, I think this one was a real bargain for anyone who received this June offering!

If you fancy trying Birchbox for yourself, you can save £5 off your first box by signing up via my referral link (Birchbox also credit my account with a small amount to spend in their online store)

Even MORE Beauty : August Birchbox

Given that Saturday morning was the third time in a week that the same delivery guy was met at the door by a frightful vision of unmadeupness, he is probably wondering why I buy all these Beauty Boxes….

This time he was bringing my August Birchbox; the choose-your-preference item this month was a Spectrum brush, in one of two colourways; as usual I ticked the ‘Surprise Me!’ box, so I’m eager to see which colour of brush I received and what else is enclosed.

You can see my full unboxing of August’s themed Birchbox here.
So, that was the contents of my mailbox this week, what about yours?

Until next time,

Hugs, Crafty xx

Papery Peep : July 2015

Today is the last Wednesday of the month, so that means it’s Papery Peep time, over at The Reading Residence (if, like me, you have a paper fetish; you should pop over for a nosy – Jocelyn is a lady who knows how to do paper right 😉 )

Anyway, back to Papery Peep…

What is it?

Papery Peep is a Linky Jocelyn runs every month to assist in fueling one another’s love of all things papery, by sharing your paper-based escapades.


So, without further ado; please feel free to have a peep at my paper…

New acquisitions!

A new TIGER store opened in town (2 doors down from Paperchase – I’m doomed!) so I’ve popped in there a few times for a rummage.

I think one of my favourite TIGER finds is their parcel tape. Bright, fun & funky prints; plus, at £1 for a 30m x 5cm roll, it's an absolute bargain!

I think one of my favourite TIGER finds is their parcel tape. Bright, fun & funky prints; plus, at £1 for a 30m x 5cm roll, it’s an absolute bargain!

No, I didn’t stop at tape. No, I didn’t bypass Paperchase. I am weak.

There were delightfully fishy goings-on in this month's Paperhaul

There were delightfully fishy goings-on in this month’s Paperhaul

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This month also brought some rather lovely #BringBackPaper Stationery Swap goodies from Hannah

My other papery shenanigans this month included:

Reading

Normally I devour books at an alarming rate but, looking back, this month has been pretty dire.

I raced through a few at the start of the month but I’ve been trudging through Requiem by Robyn Young for what seems like weeks. I don’t know why; it ticks a lot of the usual boxes:

  • Historical background
  • Political intrigue
  • Templars
  • A favourite era….

So I’m not sure why it’s such a struggle. Anyway, I feel that now I’m 3/4 way through, I need to finish it. It’s not that it’s a ‘bad’ book, otherwise I’d have ditched it a few hundred pages back. I guess I’ll finish it eventually!

Writing

There’s been quite a bit of writing this month!

Firstly, I’ve been making a concerted effort to make blogging a regular event, so there’s been a lot of jotting down ideas.

Then there was Postcrossing’s 10th Birthday and Summer Postcard Club, both of which involved the writing (& receiving!) of many postcards.

Creating

I’ve already shared some papery creations with you this month, through some crafty DIY posts:

I shared how to make cute little Happymail folders.

I shared how to make cute little Happymail folders.

If you missed that post, you can find it here.

I also shared 5 quick ways to use up some of our tape mountain

I also shared 5 quick ways to use up some of our tape mountain

You can see that post here.

There were a few other projects that I dabbled with, but they are either a WIP, or parts of swaps or gifts that haven’t been received yet; so they are under wraps for now!

One thing that I CAN share is my new planner:IMG_20150729_140918979

I’m a planner. I like to be organised. I list. I write lists of what lists I need to write. BUT I had never properly ‘joined’ The Planner community.

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Now, one thing I don’t get is the idea of spending £50-£100 a time on multiple glorified diary/notebook combos (if that’s your thing, great! Me, personally, I’d rather spend my money on other things…) So, think of this as a sort of anti-planner. I bought a cheap ass planner (around £6 or £7 including shipping from halfway around the world) and set about adding to it. The pages that WERE in it have been supplemented with bits of my old planner book that had seen better days, I’ve been adding bits and bobs and generally just having a play around.

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I’m eager to see how it evolves, but I’m super-impressed with it so far!

Anyway, that’s all for now; I need to catch the post office before it closes and there’s probably another visit to TIGER on the cards…bringbackpaper_zps23ee7e30

Thanks for stopping by! Xx


If you haven’t had your papery fill yet, remember there’s still time to enter my Stationery Giveaway!

#BringBackPaper July Stationery Swap

Yup, I managed to wheedle my way into yet another stationery swap ;-P This one was organised by the delightful Jocelyn, over at The Reading Residence , who hosts a papery themed swap every month as part of her  #BringBackPaper  campaign. Yep, she encourages us to play with paper, every month. She’s an awffy nice lady, is that Jocelyn ;-P Technically, this month was supposed to be something different (possibly something to do with Smash* books?) but as the previous stationery round in February was so well loved that she decided to repeat it. (I definitely enjoyed it! So much so, I participated twice 😀 )

Jocelyn makes it super easy to sign up for her swaps; you just pop her an email with your name, address & whether you are willing to post internationally; and she pairs you up with a fellow paper nerd swapper. The ‘rules’ for what to include seem pretty free and easy in these swaps (possibly so it remains fun!), so the gist of this one was “It’s really simple, package up a little bundle of stationery papery goodness for your partner and ensure that you get it sent by the end of July to them. Perhaps a few items from your own supplies, or if you’re running low, nip out and choose a few goodies. I’d suggest around £5’s worth in total.” Pretty straight forward, huh? You can of course read more about this particular swap here.

I soon set to work putting together a little bundle for my victim recipient….

I love this cat tissue paper. I salvaged it from the goody bags we got when a new TIGER store opened in town ;-)

I love this cat tissue paper.
I salvaged it from the goody bags we got when a new TIGER store opened in town 😉

I tried to include a good mix of items, so hopefully Hannah (my victim) finds some things she likes, and maybe even one or two she loves.

I included a few letter sets, stickers, a fun greetings card, a Hello Hitty eraser and a ridiculous gold pencil with a crown topper - everyone deserves to feel like a princess when they're writing their shopping list, right?

I included a few letter sets, stickers, a fun greetings card, a Hello Hitty eraser and a ridiculous gold pencil with a crown topper – everyone deserves to feel like a princess when they’re writing their shopping list, right?

I also included some self-mailers (❤ those things!),a few packs of sticky notes and some more stickers.

I also included some self-mailers (❤ those things!),a few packs of sticky notes and some more stickers.

My personal favourite thing has to be this cute little journal. I might have bought one for myself too ;-)

My personal favourite thing has to be this cute little journal.
I might have bought one for myself too 😉

Anyway, I packaged them all up and headed off to the postoffice. Imagine my delight when I got home to discover the Postie had already been and Hannah had already sent hers!

I fpund the cutest paper bag inside the envelope :-D

I found the cutest paper bag inside the envelope 😀

I received a fantastic parcel of goodies in return…. 

Look at all these goodies!

Look at all these goodies!

 

Look at the lovely tapes! And can you believe how cute those sticky notes are? Hannah also included a lovely stripy pencil, eraser and the cutest pen.

Did you notice the lovely tapes (you know about me & tapes, right?) And can you believe how cute those sticky notes are?

Hannah also included a lovely stripy pencil, eraser and the cutest pen.

I can't lie, my absolute favourite item was these gorgeous space print envelopes. I think they'll be one of those things where I can't bear to use the last one (or two, ya know, just in case something happens to my spare...)

I can’t lie, my absolute favourite item was these gorgeous space print envelopes.
I think they’ll be one of those things where I can’t bear to use the last one (or two, ya know, just in case something happens to my spare…)

Yep, another successful swap!!

If you are tempted, there’s still time to squeeze in on this swap, so long as you can send off before the end of the month. Go on! You know you want to..

Because everyone likes to share, the #BringBackPaper hash tag is used on Instagram or Twitter and Jocelyn also runs a monthly ‘Papery Peep’ linky on the last Wednesday of every month.

Have you received any exciting papery mail recently? Please share in the comments 😀

As always, thanks for popping by! x