#PaperHaul Featured: Jodie Goolding

Ah, #PaperHaul, I love you. I love how, after a month where I’ve been a bit unsure about a box, the following month you produce a box that is so me it’s like you read my mind. March’s box really did pull a rabbit out of a, er, box sufficiently sized to fit through a standard UK letterbox.

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If you read my #PaperHaul reviews regularly, you’ll know I’m a sucker for the animal boxes more than any other (but I’d like to put in my semi-regular request for a dinosaur themed box…) This month’s didn’t disappoint. What I like about it is that it’s on the right side of cute to not be too twee. Plus, the positive message is one I can really get behind. The notecards above are a perfect encapsulation of the overall feel of the box.

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The postcards remind me of adult colouring books- and actually, it might be nice if you sent them to a friend who could colour them in. But that’s up to you- I’m not your boss or anything.

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I am a worrier of the highest order. I am currently worrying about something that hasn’t even happened yet and is only a possible problem. It’s definitely a skill. Wouldn’t it be nice if you sent this card to your worrisome friend?

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The washi tape is another strong one this month. Most recently utilised on a child’s birthday present. (My hairdresser was amazed when she saw my washi tape bowl and couldn’t get over how many rolls I had. I like to think she was impressed.)

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I love these larger-than-usual stickers! I’ve stuck them onto my writing case. I’d definitely like bigger stickers to be a thing sometimes, although I do also like the smaller stickers for decorating letters etc.

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Finally, the notebook. It’s cute and I already have someone in mind for it.

Overall, a good box this month! I understand that every box won’t be to my taste, but I must say that I’ve found stashing the cards etc has been quite useful, as I always have something on hand, stationery-wise. I’d definitely say that #PaperHaul has made me seem 68% more organised when it comes to birthdays and other occasions.

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Disclaimer: I get my box at a discounted rate, but my reviews are honest and reflect my own opinions.

 

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#PaperHaul Featured: Dorkface

Hello! Welcome to another #PaperHaul review! Let’s start, shall we?

This month’s theme is HAIR.

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I’m aware of Jemma of Dorkface’s work, as I frequently see it dotted about my Twitter timeline; I knew I’d be seeing something bright and fun when I delved into the box.

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Aesthetically, it’s the complete opposite of last month’s more traditional box; this is illustration for the blogger generation. I like the brash, positive message and think that this box would be perfect for a teenage girl.

20160221_105522 This is this month’s card and the girl in the illustration reminds me of Amy Pond from Doctor Who. I like this card, but I do find it harder to give cards with faces on away… it can be tricky working out who to give/send them to. I still have the ginger afro man card from ages ago with no idea who will get that! It might just be me, though.

20160221_105550 Gift tags instead of stickers this month; the middle one looks like a young Tori Amos just took a selfie with her webcam…

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20160221_105531 The mini-cards are full of attitude (they feel a bit like illustrated Instagram pictures! They’re very zeitgeist-y.)

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The cover of this month’s notebook is fun- I like the contrast of Young Tori and the more androgynous character (who’s a bit Miley crossed with Annie Lennox, perhaps?)

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Although the rest of the box isn’t really grabbing me (I’m not its target audience and I’m OK with that), I do LOVE this washi tape and think it’s perhaps my favourite washi of any box ever. I’d like to see more interesting patterns and ideas on the tapes and this is perfect.

Overall, I think that this box will be popular and almost makes me wish that I knew a teenage girl who would appreciate it- but it’s fun and bright, which is what stationery should be.

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Disclaimer: I get my box at a discounted rate, but my reviews are honest and reflect my own opinions.

 

#PaperHaul Featured: Becca M Designs

Q: Why is everyone super happy when the mushroom’s in the pub?

A: Because he’s a funghi!

(I currently have a three year old going through a ‘dad joke’ phase. I’m not apologising.)

Anyway, welcome to January’s #PaperHaul review! This month, the illustrations are courtesy of Becca M Designs and have more than a whiff of Beatrix Potter crossed with William Morris (with a side order of Arthur Rackham.) And, as my bad joke hints, there’s a few mushrooms around.

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These are the cards. Now, I’m more of a fan of the creature illustrations in this box (and no, the mouse isn’t drunk, my photography was just rubbish), but these cards are pretty. I’ve recently been accepted as a ‘letter friend’ for the older people’s charity Silver Line, in which I’ll be writing letters to someone who may not have much contact with the outside world. These cards will be lovely for introducing myself in the early days.

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Despite the fact that snails were the BANE OF MY LIFE last year in the garden, and that I’m not a huge fan of frogs (well, when they’ve been traipsed into my house via the cat, I’m not), I love these stickers. I would re-purchase these if I could. 20160128_124659

Sorry for the MASSIVE PICTURE of washi tape, but I wanted to be clear when I explained why I wasn’t a fan of this month’s tape selection. I’m a fan of the bolder, brighter tapes. This one feels very delicate and it’s quite hard to see the pattern. On the other hand, I reckon lots of people will love it for its delicacy and hint of faded lace charm; YMMV.

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The piece de resistance of this month’s box, though, is the notebook. The illustrations on the cover-inside and out- are so intricate and wonderfully detailed. Instead of lines, the pages have spots on them; perfect for field notes out in the wild, or for sketching interesting flora.

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I can say that, from initially not being sure what I thought of this box (other than ‘mushrooms?’), I’ve fallen in absolute love with it; the British flora and fauna will make my letters abroad pretty special.

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Disclaimer: I get my box at a discounted rate, but my reviews are honest and reflect my own opinions.

 

 

#PaperHaul Featured: Eleanor Carter

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Things I love:

  1. Foxes
  2. Bright colours
  3. My house
  4. Cups of tea
  5. Stationery

The latest #PaperHaul box- a collaboration with Eleanor Carter– is right up my street. If last month’s box tapped into my childhood, this one definitely represents all the things about life that make me happy as a grown up. It’s a coziness that is especially welcome in the cold, dark, dreary days of January.

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Apologies for the terrible photography here- but aren’t those stickers super-cute? The washi tape has little caravans on it! Very sweet (although caravans remind me of the time I got badly sunburnt in Bridlington- I probably wouldn’t have minded so much if it had been as pretty a caravan as this one.) The fox is clearly the star this month.

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The notebook is cute and I’ve got it earmarked for a friend who is cycling mad and also mentioned that she could do with somewhere to write knitting notes (they’re just the right side for a craft bag!) The Home Sweet Home card will end up being framed and placed somewhere to welcome guests and the bath card will probably end up being sent to someone who’s under the weather.

I love this and, a few months in, I’m loving the Featured series. It’s fun seeing an artist showcased and being able to look at their website (and buy stuff directly from them if it’s available!)

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Disclaimer: I get my box at a discounted rate, but my reviews are honest and reflect my own opinions.

 

 

#PaperHaul Featured: Helz-Illustrates

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November’s #PaperHaul box couldn’t contrast more with last month’s if it tried. To go from 40s Film Noir to 80s Lisa Frank-inspired design is bonkers, but it’s one of the reasons I love getting my monthly stationery fix. As a kid who grew up in the late 80s/early 90s, this batch of paper goodies is giving me a serious nostalgia fix.

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The cards this month are BRILLIANT. I have already given the big ‘You’re Fabulous’ card to one of my friends for her birthday. She works too hard and is a lovely person- when you’re stressed, it’s a good thing to be reminded of your fabulosity. I’ve sent the rainbow card to a friend who’s readjusting to life back in Germany after an amazing few months working on a scientific study of whales in Iceland. I figured a cute card might cheer her up. The rest of these cards will be saved for future moments of unexpected cheer.

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Can I just say how much I LOVE the monthly addition of the notebook? I mean, I’m firmly of the opinion that you can’t have too many notebooks. I did give this one to my fabulous-yet-stressed friend though. I thought the design would make her smile and how can you not be cheered up by a cute unicorn on your Notebook Of Important To Do Lists? The little card reminds me a bit of Jem (the old 80s cartoon, not the recent disastrous film.)

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The sticky bits have yet to be deployed- but never fear, they will be! The stickers are bigger than the usual #PaperHaul offering, but I like it.

Now please excuse me while I go and watch old episodes of Rainbow Brite on YouTube. x

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Disclaimer: I get my box at a discounted rate, but my reviews are honest and reflect my own opinions.

 

 

 

#PaperHaul: Featured- Rory J. Murphy

It was a stormy grey day when this month’s #PaperHaul landed in my mailbox. I tried to resist it, but as any stationery lover knows, these little boxes are as hard to resist as a dame in a silk dress. What would the box yield to closer inspection, I wondered?

Oh, Ava Gardner, I love you.

Oh, Ava Gardner, I love you.

And then I had it. It was a collaboration between #PaperHaul and Rory J. Murphy. I knew then that all hope was lost; that I was drawn in to something beyond my control. You see, this box held something inspired by a weakness of mine- a love of film noir, of broads and dames, detectives and bad guys; of Bogey and Bacall.

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Let’s examine the evidence, shall we?

ITEM 1: The Whole Shebang

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Here you can see all the evidence together, clear as day. Paints a pretty picture, don’t it? It’s Film Noir with a bit of Frank Miller (but without the violence.)

Item 2: The Notebook

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Every detective needs a book to keep a note of hoodlums, dames need a book to keep track of conquests. I just need a book to keep track of boring things like budgets and how many rows I’ve knitted. Whatever, I’m channelling my inner crimefighter with this.

Item 2: The Calling Cards

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Everyone has a vice. What’s yours? Liquor? Lipstick? A pistol? Your calling card is here, my friend, in the form of these mini-cards.

Item 3: The Main Event

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Film noir needs its femme fatale and this one appears to be influenced by Rita Hayworth in Gilda. Is that a stocking brandished sexily or… with murder in mind? Only you and the recipient can decide.

Item 4: The Mugshots

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That bobby pin shows that a woman’s been in the interrogating room… has she been up to NO GOOD?

You’ll never get anywhere in this town if you’re not good with faces, kid. Helpfully, you can stick these wherever you like. And the cards are cool; the top one reminds me of Ava Gardner and the bottom one, of course, has more than an air of Bogey and Bacall.

Item 5: The Tape

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Tape’s important. It seals crime scenes and holds your anatomy in its place when needed. This tape will declare your love of the hard stuff AND stick paper together. What more could you want?

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Disclaimer: I get my box at a discounted rate, but my reviews are honest and reflect my own opinions.

#Paperhaul Featured: Eilidh Bruce

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September’s edition of #PaperHaul is the first in an exciting new line called ‘Featured’; unlike previous boxes, which have been united by a theme, these boxes are also the work of a single artist. Eilidh Bruce is this month’s featured artist and her theme is all about fun, fruity cats:

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Above is the card and two postcards (the meow card is already on my Wall Of Awesome, because of course it is!) I like the new rounded corners and the design is cute and fun.

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These badges have been sent as a little present for a friend’s daughter- she’s ten and I figured the cute, kitschy illustrations would be perfect for her backpack!

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I’ve already used the stickers up on letters and D’s party invitations. He’s been very taken with them.

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I like to call this design ‘Batcat’, but maybe I’ve been watching too much Gotham. Anyway, a certain small person has become very taken with this washi tape and I had to wrestle it off him before he unspooled the whole bloody thing.

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This month sees a nice little extra addition- a notebook- which is a nice little touch. I have so many notebooks, but I always have room for just. one. more. This one is a nice size for my knitting bag!

You can register for #PaperHaul here.

Disclaimer: I get my box at a discounted rate, but my reviews are honest and reflect my own opinions.