Cards To Send In Lockdown: Etsy #StandWithSmall

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Warning – post contains swears!

Most of you will know I’m a big fan of snail mail. I’ve had the same penpal for 30 years now (Hi Michelle!) and writing letters and cards is something I’ll always cherish, especially when I miss people. Today I want to share some Etsy UK Stationery Finds with you today, as part of their #StandWithSmall campaign.

We’ve been in lockdown for almost 4 weeks in the UK and I’m so grateful for all our posties and delivery drivers keeping the mail moving! I’ve received my prescription, indie food deliveries and cards from friends and family which have lifted my spirits so much.

Here are a few of my favourite UK stationery designers on Etsy if you also want to support small businesses and find some cards to send in lockdown.

Oh Squirrel stock all handmade cards using Katie’s beautiful handwriting, floral designs and fun typography. Most designs have an eco-friendly focus too (bonus!), the cards are made using biodegradable glitter, pressed flowers and recycled board. The floral handmade cards are also a great way to celebrate a spring lockdown birthday and bring nature to someone.

Photography: Holly Booth Studio

You are Bloody Brilliant Glitter Card


Photography: Holly Booth Studio

Pressed Flower Happy Birthday Card

Daphne Rosa offers positive and playful home and paper goods with a newly launched collection of colour block cards. Kate has an amazing eye for colour combos and the hand lettered messages are just perfect for sending a pick me up during the tough days in lockdown.


Photography: Holly Booth Studio

Send Hope & Hugs Card

Photography: Holly Booth Studio

I Miss Your Face Card

Next up, is the bright, playful and inclusive designs of cheerful Canadian Angela Chick. Not only is Angela someone I seek out for chats and banter online, she’s a top notch greetings card designer for pretty much every occasion. I send her cards to pals on the regular and they never fail to make me smile.

This Really Sucks Card

When It's Raining Card

Clare Gray is another eco-friendly stationery designer and she’s local to Cambridge too! Her cards are printed with vegetable based inks, all recyclable and no plastic packaging either. I recently tried out some of Clare’s gift wrap too and it was so luxurious.

Virtual Hug Card

Calming Happy Vibes Card

When you just want to get to the point, Jenna’s latest design for her shop Pilfered is absolutely perfect. I’ve already sent this to the bestie and the guy I’m dating just to get my point across that lockdown is hard without seeing them! Jenna is also out there working on the frontline in healthcare and is an absolute legend.

I Really Fucking Miss You Card

I hope you enjoyed that stationery round up today – all UK based designers, all women and all working hard to keep their businesses going during this difficult time. Each of them are combining their post box drops on a daily exercise outing, or working with couriers for collections if they are self-isolating. It’s amazing to hear how so many small businesses have rapidly adapted to this crazy situation and to ensure they are keeping themselves and others safe.

Don’t forget to check out the #StandWithSmall tag on social media to see more Etsy finds and see the Etsy Editors Picks here.

Stay well x

The Nomad Factory Traveler’s Notebook Review

It’s time for another stationery review! Over the last year, I’ve seen traveler’s notebooks become a huge trend in the planner community. From classic leather midori notebooks, to handmade fabric TNs, there are so many to choose from.

Today I’m sharing a Traveler’s Notebook from new indie stationery brand The Nomad FactoryTN-Reviews-Gold-Paper-Clips These guys take their packaging seriously. It’s simple, eco and classic. The notebooks are handmade from full-grain leather which is sourced from Yorkshire.

Travellers Notebook review The-Nomad-Factory-Notebook-Packaging The accessories are right up my street – metallics and cute tins for all the clips!
Nomad-Factory-Notebook-Review Travellers Notebook review-The-Nomad-FactoryYou can click on my review video to hear my thoughts and to look at the strings in detail! I’d love to hear your thoughts and if you have ever tried a traveler’s notebook? I am going to be using mine for creative journaling and memory keeping. Let me know if you’d like to see my progress!

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The Nomad Factory gifted me these products. As always with reviews, all opinions are my own.

National Stationery Week #GetCrafty

It’s time to get crafty for National Stationery Week! Today I wanted to share some of my favourite stationery DIYs that have appeared here on the blog.

First up is 3 Simple DIYs for Uni-Ball Pens (giveaway closed).  BLOG- Uniball Pen DIYs and giveawayThis next DIY is one from the archives published in 2014. Can you guess what this DIY Metallic Desk Tidy is made from?DIY-Metallic-Desk-Tidy-By-ClaireabellemakesThis DIY Fabric Clipboard post was super popular when Burkatron guest posted for me. I’m also lusting over this typewriter!
DIY-Fabric-Clipboards-BurkatronFinally, I created a couple of planner DIYs for Sizzix when I was a contributor on their blog – firstly a Planner Dashboard idea….Make-Your-Own-Planner-Dashboard-Claireabellemakes…and then this DIY Planner Clip which I created a video for too.DIY-Planner Clip-Claireabellemakes-For-SizzixMy recommended stationery/craft event: CHSI Stitches 

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National Stationery Week #APlaceForEverything

In a perfect world, I would have a place for everything in the studio, but it’s definitely a work in progress for me! Today I’m sharing some storage ideas for National Stationery Week – hopefully they will be helpful to some of you.

As well as stationery and craft supplies, my studio is also full of stock for my shop. I needed a good solution for accessing everything easily, so I can pack orders and find supplies. I use this IKEA Mulig open shelving unit with added boxes and drawers.
Claireabellemakes-Studio-Stock-StorageThese plastic drawers from Amazon are really deep – perfect for stickers, tapes, punches, ink pads and stamps, clips and cutting tools. The bottom left drawer hols so many pens and pencils, it’s brilliant! I also use these ombre drawers on wheels for stock and over flow!

Shelving-Labels-UniBall-Pastel-Gel-PensPen pots, dishes and trays are also a must on my desk! I actually buy plain plant pots or jars and decorate them to suit my style.  DIY-Painted-PotsBy now you’ve probably guessed that I have A LOT of pens. So as well as the drawers and pots, I use this amazing zip up pen storage case.  I love it so much I filmed a full video review post for it hereZip-Up-Case-For-PensWashi tape. In 2017 I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t buy any new tapes because I had so much I wasn’t using! I lasted about 9 months. Before my collection was too big, I used these We R Memory Keepers Washi Dispensers. I actually have two of these for sale at the moment as I’ve moved to a new storage system (shown below). If you’re interested do send me a message!Washi-Tape-DispenserThe washi tape is now stored on my pegboard where I used two wooden dowels from the hardware store attached with hooks. This means I can now see all my tapes at once and they are getting used regularly.

Washi-Tape-Storage-IdeasCard storage is important for me as I sell them in my shop! I use this rack from HEMA which i spray painted pink. I’m not sure if it’s still available, but they have loads of cute storage options! Card-Collections-ClaireabellemakesI’d love to hear your stationery storage ideas!

My recommended stationery event: Watercolour Brush Lettering with Emma Block

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National Stationery Week #WorkHappy

For National Stationery Week today, we’re sharing our desk spaces for the #workhappy hashtag! You can find out more on the NatStatWeek website here – there’s a chance to win some goodies from Mustard if you can share yours.

Seeing as the rest of our home is neutral and mostly grey or monochrome, I decided to make my studio the most colourful place it could be! It keeps me inspired and happy when I’m working.

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Rainbow Light: TK Maxx

I try my hardest to keep the desk clear as I know it helps my work flow, but it’s a constant struggle! Anyone else a messy creative? ‘Tidy studio’ has been on my list for over a year now oops!

Having the pegboard has been brilliant though! It keeps everything I need regularly all tidy and accessible. The guys at The Workbench Shop built me a custom stand for it, which dismantles to take to craft markets too.
Claireabellemakes StudioTomorrow I’ll be sharing a few storage ideas from my studio, linking to helpful products that I use to keep my stationery goodies in order.

Are you a messy or tidy desk person? Where do you get creative in your home? I’d love to see your spaces!

My recommended stationery event: You Got Male: Card marking at The Paper Haven, Leeds. 

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