Friday, 26 May 2017

Planner Friday - May

I've really been looking forward to this month's Planner Friday because I love the bullet journal layout I created!  The full post is now up over on the Trendy Twine blog.

Hello!  Welcome to Planner Friday!  I am Amanda from She's Eclectic and I'm here on the Trendy Twine blog once a month to share my planner ideas with you.

This month I used some Annie's Paper Boutique stamps to create a bullet journal layout about the things I love.  It was fun to sit and think about all of my favourite things and then getting them down on the page.

Things I love

I found lots of bullet journal inspiration on Pinterest and got some nice ideas for different kinds of banners and borders. Then I combined those with my APB stamps and doodled everything else.

Annie's Paper Boutique products used:
used but not pictured:

You can read the rest of my post here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Write A Letter Day!

Oh no, I feel so sad!  It is the last day of National Stationery Week and now we'll have to wait another year before it comes around again!  Let's make the most of Write A Letter Day, pick up your pens, find your nicest paper and send a note to someone and put a smile on their face when it arrives through their letterbox next week!

Posting the card

I sent myself a postcard on Wednesday (World Stationery Day) because Royal Mail were using a special postmark on letters sent during National Stationery Week and I wanted to have a memento I could punch and pop in my planner.  I also did it for today's post as I was going to show you the mark on my card for Write A Letter Day.

National Stationery Week postmark**

It arrived back at my house the next day BUT it didn't have the #writingmatters postmark!  I don't know if it was because I had sent a postcard and not a letter but I just got the standard Royal Mail mark.  I haven't had any mail this week that wasn't franked so I don't have anything with the special postmark on it to show you.

My postcard

I am going to hop onto Twitter now and join in with the last of the #NatStatWeek fun!  Don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't already.

Thanks for stopping by!

** This image is not my own, it was taken from Small Man Media's Facebook page.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Signature Saturday - Sheaffer 100 rollerball pen review

Ok, so today is Signature Saturday and what do you need to write your signature?  A really nice pen!  Sheaffer are an official sponsor of National Stationery Week and I was given a couple of their Sheaffer 100 pens to use so today I am going to show you this beautiful rollerball one. 

Sheaffer 100 rollerball pen

The barrel of the pen is a stylish translucent red and coordinates nicely with the brushed chrome cap and nickle trim.  It is timeless and sophisticated and would look right at home in a briefcase, on a desk or in a handbag.  The pen comes in a luxury gift box making it a perfect present for any stationery fan.

In the gift box

Sheaffer have a long standing reputation for producing classic and timeless designs with the finest finishes and high quality inks.  In 1924 they introduced the White Dot to symbolise quality and excellence and today it is on every pen they produce making them instantly recognisable.  

Brushed chrome cap with the Sheaffer White Dot

I tested this pen out on Monday as part of my post for Pen and Pencil day and said that the rollerball ink skipped a little but once I had used it for a while longer it started to flow more freely and now it writes beautifully.  I love how pigmented the black ink is too, it really stands out against the white paper.

Black rollerball ink

Do you own a Sheaffer pen or have a favourite pen for signing your name?

I will be back tomorrow for the last day of National Stationery Week, how has it gone by so quickly?

*Disclaimer - This product given to me free of charge by Small Man Media for the purpose of National Stationery Week.  I was not paid to write this post and as always all opinions are honest and my own.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Fountain Pen Friday - Lamy LX and Diamine ink

I just love Fountain Pen Friday!  Having rediscovered my love of fountain pens a few years back it is so nice to have a special day of National Stationery Week dedicated to them.  I thought today would be perfect to share my newest addition with you, a pen I had lusted after since the day it was announced, the beautiful rose gold Lamy LX!

Lamy LX in rose gold

The LX range was designed by Wolfgang Fabian and produced as part of Lamy's 50th anniversary celebrations.  It is available in four different colours, Gold, Rose Gold, Palladium (white) and Ruthenium (grey).  

LX is pronounced 'luxe' and my rose gold is certainly a luxurious pen with a refined finish. It's made from the same lightweight and durable aluminium as Lamy's popular Al-Star pen (which I also own and reviewed a while ago) but it is anodised in rose gold and comes with it's own matching rubber-cushioned aluminium case. 

Matching pen and case

The chrome elements are plated in rose gold to match the barrel colour and adds a real touch of class to the pen.

Rose gold plated pen clip
More rose gold plate

The nib is a little different too.  It is black PVD-coated steel which goes nicely with the transparent black, ergonomic, plastic grip area.

 Black nib and grip area

The LX takes a standard T10 Lamy ink cartridge or the Z28 converter if you like to use bottled ink.  I filled mine with Diamine Shimmertastic in Golden Sands as I couldn't find a rose gold ink to match the pen.  I used Golden Sands to write on the page in the photo above, I think the two go well together.

Diamine Shimmertastic inks come in a variety colours and have tiny shimmer particles in either silver or gold.  Golden Sands is an amber coloured ink with gold sparkles and is simply stunning to use!  It is quite hard to capture in a photograph just how sparkly it is so I got out my macro lens to show you.

Diamine Shimmertastic Golden Sands under a macro lens

Do you have a favourite fountain pen and ink combination? I'd love to know!

P.S how lovely is my new rose gold Saffiano Filofax?  I needed it, it matched my pen!  I will have to write a post about it soon and show you how I have set it up!

See you again tomorrow for Signature Saturday!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Thank You Thursday - National Stationery Week giveaway!

National Stationery Week has been amazing so far and I have been really enjoying it!  It has gotten me even more excited about my love of stationery and I am back into my blogging rhythm again.  On Tuesday I published my 400th blog post and as today is #ThankYouThursday I wanted to do a little giveaway for all you lovely readers!

Giveaway prize

You could win the following:

To enter all you have to do is tell me what you are thankful for today!  I will number all entries and use to pick a winner.  You can get extra entries on InstagramFacebook and Twitter too!

The rules:

  • Leave me a comment telling me what you are thankful for today.
  • You get one extra entry for each action you complete on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Maximum of four entries per person.
  • There is only one prize.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • This giveaway is open worldwide.
  • People under age 18 need to have parental permission to enter.
  • This giveaway ends on the 4th May 2017 at 12pm UK time.  Entries after this time will not be counted.
  • The winner will be announce on the 5th May here on this blog post and on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
  • The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected.

Enjoy the rest of National Stationery Week!  I will be back tomorrow for Fountain Pen Friday!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

World Stationery Day - oh the possibilities!

Happy World Stationery Day!  Are you doing anything special today to celebrate?  I have been thinking this morning about why I have a serious stationery addiction and I have come to the following conclusion, it is because a single piece of paper and a pen can change the world.

Happy World Stationery Day!

You might think I am waxing lyrical but I'm not.  Nearly every great speech started off with an idea, a piece of paper and a pen and the desire to create a change.  I can't imagine a poet sitting at a typewriter or computer to get their thoughts on a page, I picture them with a dogeared notebook and a pencil.  Great pieces of art, love songs and stories have began with paper and something to make a mark on it!  

Each new sheet of paper has oh so many possibilities, all you need to do is grab a pen or pencil and start writing or drawing and make your mark.  Each new page is the chance to start again, a clean slate to do something different, to create something, to inspire yourself or someone else, to create some kind of change and I really think that is something pretty amazing!

If you make a mistake you can cross it out, rub it out, scribble over it, cover it in correction tape or with a post-it note or you can just screw up the paper and start again on a new piece.  There is always a way to fix your error!    

Plans and inspiration

So, you might be wondering why I have so much stationery if it only takes a pen and paper to change the world.  Well my answer to that is I just love it!  I love having pens with different inks, in different colours, that write differently on the page.  I like to have lots of notebooks with different papers in them, I like to have paper that is good for drawing on, paper for watercolours and paper that can handle fountain pen ink.  I like to have colouring pencils and drawing pencils so I create something from a blank page.  Stationery is the starting point to my creativity and it inspires me more than a blank computer screen ever could! 

If there was ever a time for you to pick up a pen or pencil and make your own mark it just has to be on World Stationery Day!  Write a letter, send a card or draw a picture and enjoy the feel of the pen or pencil in your hand as you create something from nothing!  As William Wordsworth said

"Fill your paper with the
breathings of your

I hope to see you again for Thank You Thursday!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Get Crafty

The second day of National Stationery Week is Get Crafty so I have spent some time this morning making a little keepsake pocket to go inside my Travellers Notebook!

Get crafty

I like to have lots of pockets and storage spaces in my TN to hold tickets, photos and other bits of memorabilia and it is really easy to add your own.  I used a pink envelope, a Project Life card, some washi tape and stickers to make mine.

I glued the card onto the back of the envelope and then decorated it with the stickers and washi tape.  Then I glued the front of the envelope to the inside of the front cover of my notebook and once it was dry I popped it back into my TN.

Pretty pocket in my TN

It has brightened up the inside of my notebook and given me more room to add journalling tags, washi tape samples and notes etc.

Have you done anything crafty today?

Thanks for stopping by!