Inkdrops ACE Box, April 2014

I’ve mentioned Inkdrops before on my personal blog, MagicKittenBlogs*, but I’ve just received my new ACE Box for April, and I had to share it with you…

In case you don’t know, Inkdrops is a website offering a through-the-post stationery subscription service, similar to the huge variety of beauty, food and knickknack subscriptions now available. As far as I know, though, this is the only one of its kind. Anastasia and Carla select beautiful cards, notelets, postcards, stickers, sticky notes, pens and pencils from all over the world and create monthly ACE Boxes, as well as themed boxes that you can buy as a one-off. You can find out more about them here, and take a look at their shop here. I first subscribed to Inkdrops’ ACE Box in August last year and I’ve never been disappointed yet!

Here’s this month’s special delivery:

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Five lovely treats this month – a set of Korean gift tags, following the trend of featuring European travel destinations, a great nautical postcard, two very spring-like greetings cards, one with rabbits, one with a violet, and a brilliant sticky-note/memo set, made by Oohlala, also a Korean company.

Korean stationery, at the moment, is the new Japan when it comes to cute, quirky stationery with clever twists and designs. It’s a little less cutesy than the Japanese kawaii trend, with more emphasis on designs based on animals and European capitals like Paris, Vienna and London, or fun retro ideas like this camper van sticky note set. Believe me, I’ve got plenty of Korean stationery coming your way. There are many online UK-based shops offering a variety of brands – Inkdrops ACE Boxes often feature them – but is a Korean site with an easy-to-navigate English-language website if you want to research further. Prices are very reasonable, including shipping costs. I’ve just checked and they do feature more Oohlala products!

I’m so pleased with April’s ACE Box. As always, there are some beautiful things here to help me keep in touch with friends and keep track of all my ideas on quirky sticky notes.

What’s your favourite product from this month’s ACE Box? Do you subscribe to another stationery box? Let me know!


#GetBritainWriting, with National Stationery Week

I’m sure you can’t have missed the fact that it’s National Stationery Week this week, and it’s inspired me to do something a bit different; I’ve been writing handwritten letters and cards to people as part of the campaign Get Britain Writing.

Example of handwriting with gold pen

We all love receiving things that aren’t bills or junk mail through the post but how often do we actually send something to someone else? It’s so exciting getting a card or letter, more than a text, email or tweet – who is it from? What news do they have? Plus, of course, there’s all the beautiful letter-writing stationery out there. I think I certainly take for granted that I’m able to send a quick text or Facebook message to my friends but actually, because it’s so easy, I don’t do it as much as I should. There’s something about the extra effort needed to write a letter – choosing the paper, adding a funny sticker or two – or sending a card or postcard with a great design, that makes it more fun to do and more special to receive.

Next, I have a trip to the post office with some nicely full envelopes and then I’ll be waiting eagerly to see who replies! I really hope they write back…

Who will you write to, this National Stationery Week? What news is better shared on paper compared to pixels?

It’s National Stationery Week – and I’m a #stationeryaddict

Did you know that today marks the start of National Stationery Week? It’s organised by the London Stationery Show and all the big UK stationery names – Paperchase, Ryman, Sainsbury’s, the Post Office, Wilkinson’s, Poundland and John Lewis and more – are supporting it. What’s really great, though, is that it marks the culmination of the year-long campaign, Get Britain Writing, encouraging everyone to write letters, send cards or postcards to each other.

NSW 2014 Logo with sponsors - Get Britain writing

Organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan said: “With the nation sending millions of emails and even more texts every single day, receiving a handwritten note is becoming a rare treat, and one that many young people in the UK are yet to experience! Penning a letter is as good for the sender as it is for the recipient, lifting spirits and inspiring creativity as we take more time out of our day to savour and enjoy communication with friends and loved ones.
“Technology is fantastic and the ability to get in touch quickly and instantly is allowing us to engage with one another more than ever before. But the power of the written word cannot be overestimated and we hope that more people will reopen these channels of communication during National Stationery Week”.

Personally, I love receiving a handwritten letter or card, and I love writing them too. The only problem I find is remembering to write one… So, this week I’m going to start using the lovely stationery I have to send cards to people I might not have caught up with for a little, to say hello, ask how they are, let them know I’m thinking about them and maybe even see if they’ll write back too.

Will you join in with Get Britain Writing? Who could you send a card or letter to this week?

Find out more about National Stationery Week at their website,