Life Lately #16: Fun Days Off

Anyone else feeling a little bewildered that it’s May already?! I’ve had a pretty hectic calendar these last couple of months, so I thought I’d share an update on what I’ve been up to. In between all the biz stuff I’ve managed to have a few fun days off.

At the end of April I joined the In Colourful Company folk on a colour walk around Brighton. We discovered some great murals and colourful buildings, enjoyed the pier and stopped at the C:\ Side Quest gaming cafe to hang out afterwards. I love Brighton (even if it was so cold with the seaside wind!) and seeing all my favourite creative pals was great. Especially as a few of them were wearing pins and necklaces from the shop!


Top photos credit: HAH

Over the May bank holiday weekend, I had the pleasure of celebrating Jo’s hen do with a camping break in Burton-on-Trent. Now, I’m not one for camping usually, but we had the best time and the weather was really on our side. We had camping picnics and embraced the theme of “Jo’s Llama Llama Duck Do” with lots of decorations and a Llama pinata filled with mini cheese. We had pub lunches, went stand up paddle boarding and took Llama’s for a walk. What a dream weekend!! It was amazing to see Jo’s happy face all weekend and we had THE BEST time at the wedding yesterday – it was truly magical!

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Jo-and-Will-WeddingI’ve also been enjoying the sunshine in Cambridge now Spring has finally sprung. This week I had a day off with my fellow creative business friend Fuz who visited Cambridge with her little boy. I took them out on the river, we ate tasty food from the market (so much choice there these days!) and enjoyed treats from Jack’s Gelato.

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So it has been a fun couple of months! I’m still working on new collections, the website behind the scenes. Make sure you’re signed up to the newsletter to be the first to hear all the business news ūüôā




The Royal Wedding Top Picks With Amazon Handmade

It’s almost time for the Royal Wedding! I love how involved us Brits get in celebrating and embracing the Royal Family. This week I’ve been hearing about schools throwing parties, neighbourhoods organising street parties and I’ve seen bunting aplenty being displayed already! In Cambridge there is a house which always goes completely all out for any Royal occasion, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they do this time! It’s definitely been something cheerful to think about instead of Brexit and sad news across the world.

So in celebration of Harry and Meghan, I’ve teamed up with Amazon Handmade to share the launch of their new wedding section!

It’s filled with tons of sellers sharing their wares for planning a wedding or gift ideas for the happy couple. Keep reading for my top picks and to hear my favourite parts of being a wedding guest.Royal-Wedding-Amazon-Handmade-Gift-IdeasAfter looking at the Amazon Handmade shop, I’ve been thinking about essential items for a wedding, whether you’re a guest or the bride and groom. One thing I love for all celebrations is confetti! You can’t beat those photos when everyone joins in – there is something about throwing confetti that just makes everyone smile!

An inventive save the date always gets me more excited about weddings. Whilst Harry and Meghan have to make formal announcements via the Palace, I love items that remind you on more than one occasion like these pencil save the dates or fridge magnets. Mind you, you can’t get away from reminders about the Royal Wedding once the media know in the UK! I can’t imagine how that must feel to have so many people publicly excited about your special day.
Amazon-Handmade-Wedding-FindsWe’ve been to a lot of weddings where the couple ask for honeymoon donations as they have already been living together a while and have no need for domestic items. As well as an experience, I also like gifting a sentimental keepsake to mark their special day, such as a colourful personalised wedding print or one of my Scrabble frames.

I have attended weddings with traditional cake, donuts, cheese wheels and cupcakes – anything goes these days! The cutting of the cake is supposed to symbolise the bride and groom’s union. However, many years ago, the cake was originally intended to be distributed among the guests by only the bride because consuming the cake would ensure fertility. A fun wedding fact for you there! Whatever the cake may be, it always looks good with some floral decorations and a cake topper.

Em&Daniel-Scrabble-Wedding-FrameAfter watching the Royal Wedding this Saturday, I will be enjoying the wedding of Jo and Will in the afternoon – who definitely announced it before the Royal couple! I know that they have planned lots of handmade touches for their festival style wedding, so I’m really looking forward to celebrating their special day and seeing all the detail they have worked hard at. I’ll be wearing a polka dot dress, probably subconsciously inspired by my confetti obsession!¬†Handmade-Wedding-Gifts-PrintAre you going to be watching the Royal Wedding? Or perhaps you’re also attending a wedding this weekend? I’d love to hear your top wedding picks and finds too!



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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¬†



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 here.¬†Zip-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.

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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