National Stationery Week #PenAndPencil

Today’s National Stationery Week post is a look at my favourite pens and pencils. In addition, I wanted to share with you that the NatStatWeek folks have teamed up with Staedtler to run a competition to win a big stationery bundle so be sure to check that out too!

So I couldn’t have a pen and pencil post without mentioning my latest pencils in the shop. I want to create even more positive slogan pencils – so do let me know if there are any phrases or colours you’d like to see. Make-Some-Fun-Plans-PencilMake-Some-Fun-Plans-PencilsSome pencils you don’t want to miss are these monochrome beauties from indie planner company Hello Day . The gold tips make them super luxurious and they come with a chic sleeve too.

Also from the Hello Day collections is this gold hexagon pen. I can’t resist metallic pens – they just feel super special! I’ve also been informed that Hello Day will be releasing Academic planners for pre-orders very soon! Don’t worry I’ll be sure to give you a full review 🙂  Next up is the Uni Ball Signo Gel Rollerball Pens in the Angelic Pastel Colours. These guys are gel pens, but they have a kind of paint like finish. This makes the colours super pigmented (see the rainbow in the background below!).Rainbow-Pastel-Gel-Pens Uni-Ball-Pastel-Gel-pens The Posca Paint Pens are a great craft pen for so many surfaces! They use a water-basked pigment ink to write on metal, glass, plastic, stone, fabric, you name it. I made this decorated pen pot using mine and I love to use them on our meal planning chalkboards at home.  DIY-Decorated-Pen-PotsAnother favourite shop for metallic luxury pens is kikki.K. Their pens are often refillable too and they release new collections each season. I love going in store to kikki.K because everything they sell looks so pretty up close! Mixed-Metallic-Pens-kikki.KFor lettering and colouring, I love using the Paper Mate Flair pens – their colour selections are just awesome! I keep mine in this multi layer pen storage case which zips up and stores TONS of pens. It even fits the Tombow Dual Brush pens which are favourites of mine too.
Pen-Case-For-Papermate-FlairsSo there you have it, all my faves in one place! I’d love to hear if you have any recommendations for me to try – I can’t be done in adding to my pen collection right?! Custom-Slogan-Pencil-Orders-ClaireabellemakesI’ll be back tomorrow with a peek at some indie stationery finds from around the world!

My recommended stationery event: London Stationery Show



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National Stationery Week #MakeANote

It’s National Stationery Week here in the UK! This week is the perfect chance for me to share all my favourite paper goods with you and to geek out. There will be a post every day of the week so stay tuned! I’ll also be sharing links to events, shops and suppliers that you wont want to miss.

Today’s #makeanote prompt for National Stationery Week is a chance for us to share our notebooks with you. I’m now two years into Bullet Journaling in the Leuchtturm 1917 Notebooks and I have found it to be a perfect and inexpensive way to stay organised and creative all at once.


Biscuit stickers by Nikki McWilliams

Here are a few of my favourite Bullet Journal Spreads!


March-Bullet-Journal-SpreadI don’t just use my notebook for Bullet Journal weekly spreads. I also plan out product ideas and use it as a sketch book. Here’s my design process for the planner pin collection I released in 2017. Available in my shop here.

I am a big fan of the pastel coloured Tombow Dual Brush pens, but I’ve also been eyeing up my pal Nikki’s new stationery supply shop on Etsy for more items! It just opened, but I’m told there will be lots more goodies added in the near future. Definitely one to add to your favourites! Travel journal spreads are something I’d love to do more of. We still need to plan a holiday this year- we’re after a sunny break I think so do send your suggestions for places to go! There are a few Bullet Journal videos on my YouTube channel where I also shared my experience with using these stencils and my favourite Muji Gel Pens

I just started a new Bullet Journal notebook this month and I love this future log spread and the rainbow colour scheme I created! G and I use a shared Google calendar to keep up to date with future plans, but I love having this to flick back to each month too.


Thanks for letting me share my Bullet Journal notebook today! You can follow along with National Stationery Week by searching the #NatStatWeek tag on social media and take a look at #MakeANote to see how everyone is using their notebooks today!

I’m also going to be recommending an event at the end of each daily blog post, so keep reading until the end each day to find out more.

My recommended stationery event: London Calligraphy at kikki.K St Pancras, London



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Claireabellemakes is 6! {Giveaway}

It’s time for a giveaway! I’m not quite sure where the years have gone, but Claireabellemakes has just passed 6 years in business and I wanted to celebrate with you! To enter, just head on over to my latest Instagram video here and follow the steps there. I have 6 mystery prizes on offer that have all been carefully selected from the shop.Claireabellemakes-Studio-PegboardIf you don’t use Instagram, drop me an email here and say you’d like to be entered. Winners will be drawn at random on Wednesday 18 April.

Seeing as I’ve just launched the confetti and sprinkles collection, I thought I’d have some confetti fun of my own to celebrate 🙂

Thanks for all your support whether you’ve been following since day one or you’ve just found the blog and shop. Good luck in the giveaway!



New in Store: Confetti and Sprinkles Collection

I’m super excited to share my new collection with you today – it’s all about confetti and sprinkles!Confetti & Sprinkles Collection ClaireabellemakesThese versions of the popular glitter heart pins are available in 7 new colours. I absolutely LOVE them and I’ve been so thrilled with all your orders since launching on social media! Snap one up here.Glitter-Heart-Pins-in-progress-Close-UpThe rainbow sprinkles pin has been the most popular so far – it seems everyone wants a bit of colourful sparkle and I can’t blame them with all this dreary weather we’ve been having!Rainbow-Glitter-Heart-PinI’m also working on some new necklace versions, so watch this space or keep an eye on the shop and newsletter for updates!
Confetti Collection Glitter Heart Pins ClaireabellemakesThis collection is perfect for those of you who like to bring a party feel to every day life. I think confetti is for every day use so why not wear it too?!
Gold-Glitter-Heart-Pin-Confetti-ClaireabellemakesI hope you love the new sparkle guys! Let me know if there are any more colours you would like to see, I’ll never get tired of glitter!



Life Lately: #15 What Have I Been Working On

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any updates here…… *Blows dust off keyboard* but I’m happy to be back today to share a little of what I have been working on.

February and March are typically quieter months for sales, so I have been spending time working on stuff behind the scenes such as planning a new website and designing new product collections. I’d love to know if there is anything you’re interested in seeing on the new site as it will have a shop built in and lots of new features!


New Glitter Heart pin colours coming soon!

In March I was also super excited to work with Lucky Dip Club again to create a surprise stationery set for their subscribers. It was so much fun testing the waters with this new product idea and it seemed to go down well. I have a few of these limited edition sets available in my Etsy shop if you would like to snap one up. They will be back in different designs in the future, so watch this space for more stationery!

Fun Plans Stationery Set Lucky Dip Club Claireabellemakes

I am thrilled to be working with a few new stockists this month, both in the UK and internationally. Tania’s Teahouse in Dubai is one that I am dying to visit – it’s the most beautiful place which opened on 8 April! They are stocking my TEA necklaces which I am so pleased about and I’m following along on their Instagram and dreaming of visiting one day. If you are a shop interested in stocking my work or you know somewhere that would fit my designs, just get in touch!


Image credit: Grazia Middle East

I have also been working on uploading my designs to the Thortful website and app via my shopfront here. The selection of cards available on Thortful is really fantastic and they support independent illustrators and designers by printing and shipping cards directly to the customer.


On a personal note, I’ve been struggling with migraines a lot lately and had a constant fortnight of pain at one point which was very frustrating and draining. A lot of people ask me what I have tried or whether doctors can do anything more and to be honest I’ve exhausted most options! I currently use a neuro-modulation device called Cefaly on a daily basis which I love as an alternative to preventative medications.

The Migraine Relief Diet

In April I began a very strict elimination diet to determine if any foods or drinks have been acting as triggers. So far it has been a huge amount of work – thank goodness for my Bullet Journal for planning! I am cooking every meal from scratch and avoiding so many things such as gluten, most dairy, processed food, sugar and a huge list of random ingredients (no avocados, garlic or tomatoes which I am finding hard!). Hopefully I will see some results after a couple of months of using this book. If you are ever interested in hearing more about my health journey do let me know and perhaps I’ll write a separate post.

So that’s my updates for now! Even though it’s been hard to be working at a slower pace, I’m prioritising my health for a little while and that feels good right now. I hope to have more news on the website and new collections very soon!



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