Discovering New Stationery at Top Drawer #1: PaperBoy London

Last week I've met up with Emma and went to my second Top Drawer, which is a trade show that showcases a variety of brands: from homeware to fashion, gifts, and of course stationery and greeting cards!

In the paper section there were dozens of exhibitors, some I was familiar with, and some I just had the pleasure of stumbling upon on on that day. Because I know so many of you love discovering new brands of stationery just as much as I do, I thought I'd share some of my favourites in a small series of blog posts. Today, I'd like to introduce you to: Paperboy London

Paperboy's stand immediately caught my attention, not only because of the eye-popping palette of his products, but also because I'm a big fan of street art, and his collection definitely seemed to had taken inspiration from it.

As we approached the stand, Paperboy's founder and creative director, Matt, gladly talked us through the creative process and inspiration behind his first four collections: the NYC collection (black & white one) inspired by walking the streets of New York City at night, and incorporating taxtures and contrasts offered by the city skyline; the Time Square collection (neon one) bold and eye-catching just like the place it was named after. On some of the cards he incorporated googly eyes, which is a brilliant touch if you ask me! The Marfa collection (pastel one) which I'm told was named after a very small Texan city, refects its quirks and crative side.

And lastly, the one that might be my personal favourite: the Bushwick collection inspired by the colorful street art and murals found in this neighbourhood in Brooklyn.

What do you think of Paperboy London? β™₯
Ζ’. xx

See more of Parerboy London online: Instagram | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Stationery Spotlight: Katie Leamon

I'm an hardcore fan of small businesses, even more so when they have an inspirational story behind them.

Katie Leamon's cards & stationery are now stocked in lots of stores across the UK (and internationally), but it all began in a cosy studio space Katie took up with her brother Tom back in 2010. Despite the huge success, however, her products are still curated and unique in a way you can only get when the designer is involved in every step of the production (and I mean that quite literally since some the cards are even hand printed in house!).

Back in September, with the creative contributions of her brother, Katie launched the KIN Collection, a collaboration that brings together Katie's signature typography and pastel hues, and Tom's bold brushstrokes.

The combination of the two make amazing cards, wrapping papers, and sketchbooks.

I particularly love the contrast between the vibrant, eccentric envelopes and the delicate, golden foiled cards β™₯ Gorgeous!

My favourite bit from the collection, however, must be the notebooks. It was love at first sight because - just look at that cover and the black edges - what's not to love!? But what's even better, it's that inside you get an even amount of lined, grid and blank pages.

Katie's brand is right up there with all the small businesses that inspire me, and I'm sure you'll see more of it around here.

Have you ever heard of it? & do you have a fave cards and stationery brand? You know I'm always looking for suggestions ;)

Ζ’. x

Beautiful Cards for a Good Cause

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen a few cards by jotpaperco in my feed before. I love all of their cards, but even more than that, I love how they created their brand from the ground up and are now able to design and create their products in their very own studio and have them stocked in lots of cool shops all around London.

They're a huge inspiration of mine, and when they came up with this project, I just had to share it with you all.

Dan and Becks have brought out two cards with a new design called Arlo's Snowflake, in dedication to baby Arlo, their nephew, who sadly passed away just a few days after being born.

Not only the cards are beautiful as all of their other cards, but they also help a wonderful cause which is raising money towards the new NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) that is being built at the L&D hospital to provide better care and treatment for lots of premature and ill babies.

I know this is quite different from what I usually post here, but I'm sure lots of you will be buying Christmas cards soon, so maybe please consider getting one or two of these and help support this charity in memory of Arlo.

You can find more info on the cards + charity here, as well as links to get the cards.

Thank you so much for reading β™₯

Ζ’. x

This post is not sponsored in any way, on the contrary, I made a small contribution to the cause myself, as it's something that really touched my heart. Even if you don't need cards, or can't donate to the charity but still feel like it'd be worth contribuiting to, please consider sharing this with someone who might be interested in doing so β™₯

// photo credits: Β© jot

Introducing My New Collection of Notebooks

I'm so excited to finally release into the wild Etsy world, a new little product I've been had in the works for a while now: notebooks!
Personally, I'm someone who's constatly buying notebooks, as I like to keep many at a time - each for a different purpose - so it was only natural that it would have come a day when I'd finally design my own.

I wanted to keep the design quite simple but still have it to be eye catching, so I went for a colour block kind of style. Of course, me being me, I had to include flowers in the mix - bacause as you may know, I'm an hardcore flower fan!

The notebooks are available individually or in a set, and come in three different colours: cherry red, blue, and gold, and they all feature different flower designs.

I would love to hear what you think of them! β™₯
If you'd like to have a closer look, they're now up in my Etsy shop.

Ζ’. xx
P.S. Any notebook order before the end of the month will receive a cheeky freebie ☺

Stationery Spotlight: Chase and Wonder

A few days back I received this lovely bundle of goodies from a UK based shop called Chase and Wonder.
You know how much I love discovering new stationery brands, and this one was a wonderful surprise especially because it's quite different from the ones I usually gravitate towards.

They stock quite a few ranges of designs, but all the cards have a very distinctive style - whether it's punny glittery cards, or neon-colored, fancy animal ones.

Something really inspiring about Chase and Wonder, is that they use mostly traditional techniques (such as screen printing, one of my latest obsessions) to make their goodies, which, in my opinion, adds so much value to their products, and makes you really appreciate not only the design but also the care and effort that went into it.

The also stock lovely giftware, like this vintage print purse, and monogram pin badge cards! How clever is that? All the letters are equally beautiful and carefully designed, and if you're anything like me, you will probably want one or two for yourself.

If you have a look at their website, let me know which one is your fave design! Mine is probably all the animal ones ☺
Ζ’. x

PS: just so you know, I had no obligations whatsoever to post about this - I honestly love their products, and thought it would be a shame not to share them with you all!

End-of-Summer Sale in my Etsy Shop

Summer is coming to an end, and I don't know about you, but I'm so ready for the sweater weather to hit again! However, this summer was pretty eventful and enjoyable, so to celebrate, I'm having a 3x2 sale in my Etsy shop

You can get a free card when you buy 2 (or multiple of) cards, all you need to do is add a note to your order telling me which extra card you’d like, or I will happily pick one at random for you!
The offer also extends to sticker sheets and postcards, so why don't you have a look and see if anything interests you? ☺

Much love,
Ζ’. x

Paper Home Bloggers' Party at Quill London

Last week I was very lucky to be invited to a blogger party/workshop to celebrate the launch of Esther Thorpe's book "Paper Home", all about origami. The event was held at Quill London, a gorgeous little stationery shop (to die for!).

For the workshop part of the evening, Esther herself showed us how to make the beautiful origami on the front cover of her book, which is very appropriately called 'party diamond'.

I must admit that origami isn't really my area of expertise - the only one I'm able to make is the boat, which I reckon is one of the most basic ones - so the diamond looked quite intimidating at first. Luckily tho, in her book Esther provides very clear instructions and step-by-step pictures, and trust me, if I managed to make three almost perfect party diamonds, she did a pretty great job at explaining how to do it!

The variety of origami projects in the book is pretty broad: from dainty little stars to giant lampshades, but they all have one thing in common, which is making your home more colourful and unique. 

After the event, we even got a goodie bag with some more origami paper inside, so I'll most definitely be trying a few more of those (and I'll make sure to let you know how it goes!).

Have you ever tried origami? What's your favourite design?

Ζ’. x

// PS. A big thank you to Frida at Pavilion Books for inviting me to the event β™₯

New In: Sticker Sheets for Mail & Planner Lovers

If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen that last week I've updated my etsy shop with a brand new product: sticker sheets!

My hand-drawn and hand-cut stickers have been quite successful, but after I've moved to London I had to say goodbye to my printer, so I cannot make them anymore. To make my life easier, I decided to try this new medium. 

So far I've brought out three designs: "assorted mail" which was my most popular set (but this one is new and improved with 6 new stickers), "happy mail" that features three little post-snails and two rather cheerful post women, and lastly, the "lover series" which is complementary to my postcard series.

What do you think of this new product? You know I'm always eager to hear your feedback & critique, so please don't be shy! β˜Ί

Ζ’. x