Filofax Inspiration #6

It’s time for the 6th post in the Filofax Inspiration series! This month I’ve been enjoying the content of some fellow planner nerds online and want to share them with you. As always, please share any recommendations or links in the comments below.

The lovely Happy Scrappie Instagram feed is so inspiring for Filo geeks! With over 10K followers there is a reason for checking out Sam’s beautiful planner pics.

You can also visit the Happy Scrappie store online to get your planner deco fix.

My next recommendation is a Filofax YouTuber named Alexis who goes by the name of Miss Trenchcoat, Alexis shares planner tips and stationery finds, as well as lifestyle tips and tech advice.

A wonderful stationery store I recently discovered was Fox and Star who also have a store on Etsy. Of course I got some washi tapes. I’ve been looking for the map one ever since I went to Vancouver a couple of years back.



And my final inspiration is another Instagram find – The Idea Owl. Donna sells the cutest kawaii stationery and decor for your planner as well as tons of snail mail goodies. You can start a package and comment on any thing you would like added. Watch this space for a haul post soon!




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FiloFax Inspiration #2

It is time for the second post in the FiloFax Inspiration series! This month I have been gathering inspiration from blogs and stationery shops to share with you. All images are by the blogs or shops listed. Enjoy!


FiloFaxlove print by Cuppaju


Every day printable FiloFax planner by Miss Tiina


FiloFax maintenance tips by Strange Charmed


Cute Valentines FiloFax layouts by Frances Marquez-Otero


Printable monthly planners by What She Hearts


Stickers and tape all by Ma Jolie Papeterie

(Website in French, but thanks Elise for the tip here!)

You can also find tons of Filofax items on Amazon as well as in Paperchase and WH Smith stores in the UK.

Have you blogged about your FiloFax? Do share your links in the comments below.



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Stationery and Correspondence

Today I want to share with you some of my stationery and correspondence supplies.

I need some time to catch up on my letter writing, so I have an excuse to use all these lovely supplies. As much as I love email, Twitter and all that jazz, you can’t beat sending and receiving letters.

Paperchase writing set

Writing Set – Paperchase

Stamps and Ink Pad Set

Stamp & Ink set – gift / Post mark stamp – Hobbycraft

Diplomat Fountain Pen

Diplomat Fountain Pen – The Pen Company

Fountain Pen from Pen Company

I love the gold nib and how the flower detail from the lid is repeated on it! I think a fountain pen is a must for writing letters and this one is just right for me; lightweight but sleek.

Canadian Handcarved Letter Opener

Hand carved letter opener – gift

Bakers Twine and Washi Tape

Bakers Twine – Jo and Flo on Etsy /  Washi tape –

I’ll be sending out some #PostCircle letters this week and a couple of packages to Canada with some handmade gifts and lots of Bicycle Bracelet orders!

Which item here is your favourite?


Disclosure: The Pen Company sent me the fountain pen to review. All opinions are my own.

I Love Post

Postcard blanks - set of 50 - 4x6 soft white


These past two weeks have been epic for post. It’s no secret that I love receiving a parcel or letter and I’ve recently learnt that I’m not alone in this love of post. I’m not quite sure why, but ever since I received my Canadian penpal in Brownies 22 years ago, it’s become a bit of an obsession. I’ve even gone so far as to change all my bills to e-billing, so I only ever receive awesome post. My penpal and I still write to this day (and skype too!) and she is now my oldest friend. I was even maid of honour at her wedding 🙂 It’s amazing what a 7 year old’s letter and some coins from your home country taped to a card can lead to.

Anyway, I digress. The whole point of this post is to share with you my great week of post. I appreciate this might not be as exciting for some of you, but stick with me if you’re a craft fan or just nosey!

This stationery set comes from one of my favourite stationery sellers Fawn & Flora (why are all the best things Canadian?!). It’s perfect for me as it has both sewing machines & bicycles on. Of course I had to order washi tapes too.

Fawn & Flora Stationery

Next came Everything Oz. I can’t tell you how much I love this whimsical craft/baking book. I may have to do a separate post on it. Thanks to Alison from Art of Crafts for selecting me in the giveaway! I never win anything (unsuccessful at every bingo game I’ve ever played) so this was an amazing post item.

Everything Oz

Then mid-week my postman obeyed my secret-hiding-place-for-parcels note and I excitedly opened my Crafty Creatives Box 1! I blogged about it here – it was a fantastic surprise box of crafty delights.

Crafty Creatives Box 1

Some of you will know I am preparing for the opening of my Etsy shop and boy have I had fun exploring packaging options! These two stamps from Norajane on Etsy are going to feature I’m sure. Thanks to Suki from The Owl Club for recommending them!

Bicycle & Button Stamps

Later in the week I won another giveaway (yay) for this great card from Leanne at Ello Designs. I was already a regular customer, so was dead chuffed to receive it. I know exactly who I am going to send it to.

Ello Design Card

Then, this big stash of yarn was left in my secret-parcel-hiding-place, but I can’t tell you what it is for just yet. Let’s just say it’s for a fun project featuring 10 other bloggers and I’m working on it this weekend. More to follow!!

Home Crafts Yarn

After a crappy day on Friday, I came home to a marvellous package from fellow blogger Caroline. I’d recently sent her a test of my Etsy products and some crafty treats and she kindly returned the favour with this fab collection of fabric squares, ribbon, soap and beads. How cute is the card? Thanks Caroline!

Please do have a look at Caroline’s blog here. She has some fab DIY projects and fashion posts and was recently the guest blogger for Look Magazine.

Burkatron Gifts

I also received supplies for my Etsy shop items (eee!) and a mint green H&M skirt which I ordered ages ago and completed forgot about. The sun has finally arrived here in Cambridge, so I may twirl about in it this weekend if my milk bottle legs are up to it.

I Love Post.

What have you received in the post lately? Do share!

claireabelle x

3 Washi Tape DIYs

3 Washi Tape DIYs

Washi tape is a must have craft item in my opinion. Even if you don’t indulge in papercraft, scrapbooking or card making, it’s a useful and pretty way to wrap packages or decorate a letter. Some of you may know already that I’m a massive stationery geek and not afraid to admit it.

So what is Washi Tape? Washi tape originates from Japan and is usually handmade from natural fibres such as bark, bamboo, rice, hemp and wheat. Usually it is made from the bark of the mulberry shrub. Wa means Japanese and shi means paper.

There are several types of washi and masking tape, with many craft stores stocking coloured and patterned tapes made from different materials.

I promised you a DIY here didn’t I? Here are some ways you can make your own tapes – not strictly ‘washi’, but hopefully fun.

For the first washi style tape I gathered together my favourite papers. The one on the right is Cath Kidston wrapping 🙂

Paper assortment: claireabellemakes

For all three of these DIYs, you will need double-sided tape and a craft knife.

  • Cut a strip of tissue paper – this will give a translucent effect like washi paper, but you can also use craft papers as shown above.
  • Cut a strip of sticky tape at your desired length and place onto the tissue paper.

Tissue paper & tape: claireabellemakes

  • Use the craft knife and a ruler to score down the side of the sticky tape on both sides.

Tissue paper:claireabellemakes

  • I then cut little chevrons at the end of the tape, but you can cut straight, diagonal or with pinking shears, it’s up to you!

Arrow ends: claireabellemakes

  • Then peel the backing of the double-sided tape and apply to whatever you wish to embelish. Simple as that!

DIY tape number two uses lace trim. Of course this is not strictly washi tape, but it produces a really pretty result.

Lace Trim: claireabellemakes

  • Use the same principle as the tissue paper DIY above, applying lace tape (or fabric) to the sticky tape.
  • As my lace has a scalloped edge, I used fabric scissors rather than a craft knife to trim the edges.

Lace tape washi: claireabellemakes

  • Peel the backing off the tape and you are done. I love this one as it gives a textured look.
In my opinion, every crafter needs glitter. This DIY tape is the messiest of all, but produces really fun results.

Glitter: claireabellemakes

  • Find the item you wish to apply your tape to first
  • Cut the tape into the desire size, peel one side off the sticky tape and place on your item. In my case, this was a gift tag
  • Then peel the other backing off the tape and you will be left with the clear tape on your item
  • Sprinkle your glitter on – liberally
  • Tap the excess glitter off

Glitter tape washi: claireabellemakes

Glitter tape washi: claireabellemakes

Here are my simple DIY tapes finished! I stamped lettering on the tissue paper one, which worked really well. You could even do this with fabric if you used versacraft ink or similar.

3 Washi Tape DIYs: claireabellemakes

I used my finished DIY tapes and washi collection to decorate some items including one of my notebooks (also covered in the Cath Kidston wrapping) and clothes pegs.

Washi tape Notebook & Pegs: claireabellemakes

Some of you may have seen this one before in my previous posts, but I also used a floral tape to decorate my kitchen chalkboard. What do you think?

Washi Tape Chalkboard: claireabellemakes

I’d love to hear your ideas of how to use washi tapes!

Claire x