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 http://www.fallindesign.com 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!

Kate’s Stationery of the Week #1

Hi all! Slightly later than planned, I’ve got a couple of pieces of stationery to share with you that I’m particularly pleased with this week…

If you like post-its, you’ll love these teeny tiny sticky notes:

i-Marker 'Paris' sticky notes

i-Marker ‘Paris’ sticky notes

It’s (almost, sort of) the skyline of Paris! They’re not the most practical but they’ll be great for bookmarks or finding my way back to various scribblings in various notebooks (and, like Simon, I have one or two…). I know they have other designs too – I’m going to keep an eye out for London and New York!

Then, there are these – totally kawaii! (Apologies for the shaky camera work!)

Iwako Doll and Lucky Cat Eraser Set

Iwako Doll and Lucky Cat Eraser Set

I really love the Japanese kawaii ‘cute’ trend – I’ve been a fan of Japanese culture since I discovered Haruki Murakami and Studio Ghibli, ten or twelve years ago. This is a really sweet little ‘puzzle eraser’ set, that’s partly a toy but also works as a rubber. I don’t know if you can see but this is number 17; I know number 1 is a funny little fast food set with a burger, fries and a milkshake among other things, but I particularly like the little animals. Could I ever bring myself to use these to rub something out? I’m not sure; I wouldn’t want to spoil them! I might have to get another set “for best”. Is that odd?

What stationery are you coveting at the moment? Simon and I would love to know! Tweet us your finds @WeScribbleIt or leave a comment… xx