I hope you’ve all enjoyed National Stationery Week 2014 as much as I have! I found SO many amazing blogs, shops and paper enthusiasts and feel grateful I’m not the only stationery geek out there.
After having a big rant to a friend that I’d seen so many people mis-spelling stationery (STATIONARY?!!!) we joked that the week would take on a whole new meaning with people standing completely still for a week. Anyway….
Here’s a round up of my favourite finds this week, enjoy!
Today’s post is a little DIY and giveaway to continue my National Stationery Week celebrations! Ever wanted to know how to make your own notebooks or journals?
I’ve teamed up with some of my favourite designer-makers (Harriet, Stacie and Rachel) to share some notebook DIYs and you will be able to win the notebooks we make by entering the giveaway below! If you don’t win, you can make your own using the tutorials. Be sure to share them if you do!
To make my hand stitched bicycle notebook, you will need:
A4 Kraft Card Stock
A4 White Paper
Needle and Thread
Washi Tape or Stamps to decorate
Craft Knife or Scissors
Take 1 sheet of kraft card stock and fold in half using your bone folder to score the centre. If you don’t have a bone folder, you can use a letter opener to press along the fold.
Repeat with 8 x sheets of A4 white paper. These will be your notebook pages.
Place your folded paper inside the kraft card stock, which will be your notebook cover. Secure in place will bulldog clips, so the paper doesn’t move.
Make holes with your needle along the centre fold of the white pages, all the way through to the card cover. This can be a little tough, so you could also use an awl to start the holes off. It also helps to have a cutting mat underneath.
Using 3 strands of embroidery thread, stitch through your pre-made holes using a back stitch. Be sure to go through your cover card as well as all the pages. Knot each end of the thread to secure the stitching.
Collate supplies to decorate the notebook! I used a bicycle stamp and some spotted washi tape after being inspired by the fab Oh Squirrel stationery.
Once you have finished decorating your cover, you may wish to trim the pages to ensure they are in line with the cover.
And there you have your finished handmade notebook and you’ve picked up some simple book binding skills!
Fancy winning the bicycle notebook or one from these amazing makers? Just fill out the widget below (or on any of the other blogs) to be in with a chance! There will be 4 winners, each winning one of the handmade notebooks.
And please check out the fab DIYs by Harriet, Stacie and Rachel!
I discovered Oh Squirrel at Renegade (best craft fair ever) when their quirky gift tags and cheeky stationery caught my eye.
The stationery ranges are all handmade and offer fun cards and notebooks, right through to wedding stationery and hen party sashes and pin badges. AND they have just launched a super spangly new website showing their jolly stationery designs so do check it out here!
I’m a big fan of the polka dots, stripes and fabric touches on the cards and notebooks.
Oh Squirrel have kindly agreed to share some goodies with you in a giveaway, to celebrate National Stationery Week!
You can be in with a chance of winning a pack of handmade stationery at a value of over £25 featuring items similar to these!
If you fancy doing a bit of shopping before the giveaway winner is drawn, you can get 15% off orders over £5 for the whole of April in the Oh Squirrel Etsy store. Just add the coupon code HELLOAPRIL at the checkout.
Guys! It’s National Stationery Week here in the UK which runs from 31 March – 6 April. This means you are all in for some serious treats as I’ll be posting more frequently than usual to bring you giveaways, inspiration and to share my favourites with you.
This time last year I interviewed the fab duo behind Vivid Please. You can also take a look at when Vivid Please interviewed me on their blog! Then in November, I was lucky enough to meet them at Renegade. I’ve been a long time fan of their quirky illustrated stationery and prints, so just had to share them with you today.
Vicky and David have kindly agreed to give away the goodies below to one lucky Claireabellemakes reader! There are plenty of options to enter on the widget below. I actually own the craft blogs notebook and I love it.
This giveaway is open worldwide and closes on 14 April. The winner will be drawn at random and contacted shortly after.
Make sure you check out the Vivid Please Etsy store as they are also offering an exclusive coupon code to you lovely lot! Use DOODLEPOP for 10% off until 6 April. (Orders will be posted out after 3 April).
More giveaways coming this week! Don’t you just love National Stationery Week? Use the hashtag #NSW14 to search for more paper goodness this week.
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