Thursday, 24 July 2014

Lokta journal review

Hello!  Today I want to show you a gorgeous Lokta journal made by the Anglesey Paper Company.  "What is Lokta?" I hear you ask, well it is a kind of handmade paper that is environmentally friendly, ethically traded and chemical/acid free.  The paper is made from the bark of a plant that is stripped away and as the root system of the bush is not damaged it grows back making it 100% sustainable.  I think that's pretty cool! 

How my journal arrived

There was a great choice of covers available but I was drawn to the Batik Multi Square journal the most because it is so cheerful and I love the colours!  The design was created using wax lines applied to the Lokta paper which was then hand painted using natural dyes so each journal is different. 

The colours are stunning!

The journals have 80 unlined sheets of Lokta paper inside them and measure 9" x 6" which is slightly bigger than A5.  It feels really lightweight though so they are perfect for carrying around in your bag to use as a notebook or a journal.  This size costs £9.95 and shipping is £2.95 within the UK (international shipping is also available).  I received mine within 72 hours which is pretty impressive!  

Information about the journal

The journal comes with a little information sheet telling you more about the paper and how and where it is made which is a nice touch but there is an article on the website that goes into more detail and I found it really interesting.  I do like to learn new things!

Handmade Lokta paper

I really like the texture of the paper, it feels kind of rustic and shabby chic but it is still easy to write and draw on.  Knowing each sheet is handmade also makes it a bit luxurious too.

The pen test

As you can see I used ballpoint, gel and fountain pens to test the paper and there was no feathering or bleeding through to the other side.

My sketches

I wanted to see what the paper was like to draw on so I did some Jubly Umph based sketches.  They're not my greatest work but I'm quite rusty!  It felt good to pick up a pencil again so I think I will keep using this journal to practice my artwork and try and improve it.  It is just the right size for me.  I find too much blank space intimidating and then end up not drawing anything and if it is too small I'm not inspired enough. 

As well as the journals there are a whole range of Lokta products available from gift wrap to photo albums in lots of different designs and styles.  I was looking around the site and found this incredibly pretty table lamp which isn't made from the Lokta paper but it is still going on my wishlist!  

Thanks for reading!

*Disclaimer - this product was given to me free of charge for the purpose of this review.  I was not paid to write the post and as always all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Linky's super stationery box - August '14

It's here, it's here! Yes it is that time again, my Linky Stationery Box has arrived!  This is the August box which has already sold out but there are a few of the September boxes still available if you want to bag one for yourself.

Like last month's box (which you can read about here) it arrived in some pretty gift paper just like a present and inside my box was wrapped with lovely ribbon and festooned with gems and sequins.  I like the red, white and blue theme that is going on.  It seems very appropriate as it was Prince George's birthday yesterday.

Ok are you ready to see what is inside? Warning - this is pic heavy!

I love the polka dot tissue paper!

Goodies, treats, pompoms, feathers, confetti and sequins
it's so exciting!

Some cute postcards and sweets.
Yes I'm eating the popping
candy while I type this!

How adorable is the hedgehog rubber? The washi tape,
mini highlighter and paperclips are sweet too.

A little set of embellishments. 

I love the attention to detail on this envelope! Inside are
some notepapers, cards and stickers.

A pretty pastel dashboard and butterfly paper for
my Filofax with a matching pen.

Now for the wrapped up pieces!

I love this pink notebook, the floral design 
is very "in" right now.

I can't wait to use these stamps and the 
mini envelopes are so colourful 
and just my style!

The last item is this yellow pencil case
which will go perfectly with my
yellow Original Filofax.

Inside view of the case and the pencil crayons 
it came with.

Wow there was a lot of great things in here!  I'm finding it hard to pick a favourite but I do like to doodle and colour in my blog stats on my diary pages so the pencil crayons in the case are especially great for me.

The box costs £15 plus p&p and you can buy one at a time or pre order the following months boxes too.  Now as I said last time, each Linky box is different so what I got in mine is tailored to me.  If you would like to see the contents of some different boxes then you can see what Anna, AKA Mrs Brimbles, got in hers last month and this month too.  

I would love to know if you have brought a box and if you did what did you get in yours?

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 21 July 2014

My week #29

A little birdie told me the summer holidays have finally started!  Yay!  I just love this bird print washi tape and I have brought a new blue ink pad for my stamps so I went with a completely blue theme for this week.

My week in my Filofax #29

The to do tag I have popped on my rings is a list of posts I want to write but haven't got around to yet.  I am going to keep moving the list over each week until I have checked them all off.  I think it is a good way to keep on track of what I need to do and will inspire me to get them written and published.  I haven't listed them in a specific order, I will just tackle them as and when I can during the school holiday.  Hopefully they will all be checked off by the start of September.

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As you can see I am still using my Feeling Happy Planner Stamps to record how I am feeling each day.  I think they are really fun!  I spent most of the week feeling happy and excited for the school hols to start and my parcel from arrived with some products for me to review so overall it was a fab week.

Picture by Kawaii Studios

Ruth at Kawaii Studios has been busy making lots of super cute planner charms recently.  Her Etsy shop reopens again tomorrow (22nd July) so if you have been admiring my sweet cupcake charm and want to get one of your own pop over tomorrow and take a look.  Her products usually sell out pretty quickly so you will have to be fast if you want to get your hands on one!  

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

My week #28

I love coffee!

Ok, my secret is out... I love coffee!  Especially caramel or mocha flavour with cream on top, stick a green straw in it and I'm one happy, caffeinated, bunny!  When I saw these coffee stickers from Annie's Paper Boutique I just knew I had to buy them for a coffee themed week.

My week in my Filofax #28

I haven't moved back into my Willow Filofax again, I am still using my yellow Original.  The pink and green colours look a lot better against a pink interior so I popped the pages out of the Original and put them in the Willow just for these photos.  Is that cheating?  I guess I'm fussy when it comes to the pics I take.  

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I tried something new this week using a set of Feeling Happy planner stamps, I really like the idea of keeping track of my feelings but not writing a full diary/journal.  I wrote a bit more about them here for my Design Team post on Twine it up with Trendy Twine if you want to take a look.  

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I don't think I have shown you my Kawaii Paperie owl paper clip yet, I'm keeping it on the back pocket of my Willow because the colours match perfectly.  It is so cute and makes me smile!

Well I'm off to finish my iced coffee before all the cream melts! Thank you to everyone who asked about my toothache last week, it's all better now.

Thanks for reading and have a great week.

Friday, 11 July 2014

It's Planner Friday again over on Twine it up with Trendy Twine

My latest guest post is now live over on Twine it up with Trendy Twine, please pop over and take a look.

Hi! Can you believe it is Planner Friday again already? I can't, the month has flown by! 

I explained in my first post how I go about decorating my diary pages and what I put in them, in this post I want to show you my pages for this week and which Annie's Paper Boutique products I have used on them. 


How my week started out

Now for an English woman I have a pretty big coffee addiction! I mean I like tea, I really do but sometimes only coffee will make me happy so I dedicated this week to my love of that little bean. 

You can read the rest of my post here, I'd love you to come and say hi!

Monday, 7 July 2014

My week #27

Last week's pages were so bright and colourful I thought I would go for a more toned down, classic look this week.  I really like the gold and brown colours together.  

My week in my Filofax #27

It was my wedding anniversary last week, eleven years!  It feels like it was only a few weeks ago I was telling you about my tenth one.  We were supposed to go out and celebrate it over the weekend but I have been suffering with a bad toothache so we've postponed it for now.  Hopefully we can do something this weekend instead. 

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Sorry this is such a short post but I am just back from the dentist and still feeling a bit rough.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Monday, 30 June 2014

My week #26

I don't think I have said this before but these pages are my favourite week ever!  I was sent the stripy pastel washi tape by my friend Malini who writes Colours 'n' me and thought it was incredibly pretty.  It inspired me to do this colourful pastel week.  "And the giraffes?" I hear you ask, well I just think they are cute and I haven't used any of these stickers in a while.

My week in my Filofax #26

It is the last three weeks of the school year now so I am going to be busy until the summer holiday starts.  I have already pencilled in two sports days, a parents evening, a school trip and an exhibition for the next two weeks.  I am going to need a rest by the time they break up!

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I am still waiting for the products from to arrive, I think they may have been delayed by customs (boooo!) but I received my first Linky Stationery Box on Friday.  You can read about it here if you want to see what I got.  It was all very sweet and pretty.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!