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Stationery Show London 2019

[Ad – sponsored. Thanks to my fab sponsors who provided me with the opportunity to attend this awesome event: Spotlight Stationery, Pango Productions, Staedtler, Oops a Daisy, Got2Jot, Stationery & Art and Executive Pens Direct]

Not only is National Stationery Week one of my favourite weeks of the year but Stationery Show London is one of my favourite events of the year. I went for the first time last year and this year I kicked the nerd-factor up a notch with two whole days of stationery.

Stationery Show London 2019

Stationery Show London 2019

I spent most of the first day checking out the stands and Trends Tour before dedicating my second day to talks and workshops. In case you missed my Stories last week, I thought I’d share a photo diary-esque post with links to my favourite brands. Grab a brew and biccie and take a look at the next 50+ photos!

Journals and planners

I loved Quadrille‘s journals stand. There’s a fantastic range and I’ve got my eye on the Cath Kidston Positivity Journal. The Scratch Journals look fun too.

Stationery Show London 2019 - Quadrille

There are so many guided journals available these days but what sets Kartotek’s apart is its founder’s background in psychology. I’d love to try the Goals journal.

Stationery Show London 2019 - Kartotek

Her designs are minimal yet productive. Check out these planners.

Stationery Show London 2019 - Kartotek

You can’t miss Leuchtturm 1917, with their colourful notebooks.

Stationery Show London 2019 - Leuchturm

I was so excited to see the new Change Journal, which is due for release later this summer. This is the only copy in the UK and it’s so top secret that I couldn’t even share a quick flip-through on Stories. I can tell you this though: it’s a beauty!

Stationery Show London - Leuchturm Change Journal

Portico Designs have loads of fun products with inspiring slogans.

Stationery Show London 2019 - Portico Designs

The Alice Scott collection is so trendy and I particularly love this goal digger folio.

Stationery Show London 2019 - Portico Designs

It was great to see the Rhodia Goalbooks in the wild after reviewing a copy myself (check it out here).

Stationery Show London 2019 - Rhodia

Otima has so many products to keep your organised. I need everything in the colourful Allegro collection.

Stationery Show London - Otima

Stationery Show London - Otima

Lettering

One of my goals for the year is to learn calligraphy/various hand lettering techniques. Something I really struggle with is the size of my letters so I was excited to come across the A L’aise stand. Suzie runs her own calligraphy workshops and sells practice sheets at various levels for calligraphy and brush lettering.

Stationery Show London 2019 - A-L'aise

Chatting to Christine from Royal Talens and Inkpot & Pen made me feel much more confident. She encouraged me to embrace the different sizes of my letters and work it into my own style. I also loved trying different pens while talking to her and need to get my mitts on some of this awesome watercolour paper for further artistic adventures.

Stationery Show London - Royal Talens

Stationery Show London - Royal Talens

Pens

Ahhh, Zebra! These midliners are all over the bujo Facebook groups and I’d love to give them a whirl. Plus I can’t stop thinking about these awesome pen holders!

Stationery Show London 2019 - Zebra

I loved working with Staedtler for National Stationery Week and it was great to meet the team at the Show.

Stationery Show London - Staedtler

How beautiful are the Kaweco Sport Pens? I never thought I’d like anything with Sport in the title! I can vouch for these nibs being super smooth and I’m so pleased to see that Under the Rowan Trees is now stocking them.

Stationery Show London - Kaweco

Stationery Show London - Kaweco

Familiar brands

I loved bumping into a few of my sponsors and previous collaborators at the show. It’s great to meet online friends in real life, especially in one place. I chatted with Mary and Rob from Spotlight Stationery, Jo from Oops a Daisy, Sarah from Got2Jot, Claire from Sherbet Lane and had a bit of a fangirl moment when I met Martha Brook.

You may remember that I’m a Glambassador for Go Stationery. You can still get 15% off across their site with my affiliate code GOGLAM11.

Stationery Show London 2019 - Go Stationery

Stationery Show London 2019 - Go Stationery

It was so great to see Bloom Your Message featured on the Trends stand and tour. They featured quite strongly on the sustainability table and I loved seeing people’s reactions to the products. You can check out my recent review here.

Stationery Show London 2019 - Bloom Your Message

Stationery Show London 2019 - Bloom Your Message

Stib also stood out on the Trends stand. Fellowship was probably my favourite trend as it aligns a lot with my own values, particularly regarding collaboration and community. It was great to talk about new products with Emily and find out what’s coming next. I reviewed a pack of their pencils recently – check it out here.

Stationery Show London 2019 - Stib

Stationery Show London 2019 - Stib

Being based in Cornwall, I don’t get to see a lot of kikki.K products in one place, so I was a little bit speechless when I came across their stand. I love the There She Is collection and I’ve got the Dream Life Book and Journal on the top of my wish list.

Stationery Show London - kikki.K

Stationery Show London - kikki.K

Stationery Show London - kikki.K

New brands to check out

Of course, there were plenty of brands that were new to me or who I’d recently come across and would love to work with. These particularly focus on trying to be more sustainable with my stationery purchases and also my love of children’s stationery.

VENT is working to ensure that children around the world have access to education.

Stationery Show London 2019 - Vent

Handy Spelling is here to help children get their heads around spelling, grammar and vocabulary.

Stationery Show London 2019 - Handy Spelling

Stationery Show London 2019 - Handy Spelling

Growing Greeting allows you to send a message – and greens!

Stationery Show London - Growing Greeting

Trends

The Trends Tour is always a highlight for me as I love finding out what to expect from the world of stationery in the coming months and years. Products will be becoming more and more sustainable, the colour blue will feature more strongly, art deco will make a comeback, Japanese culture will be more prominent ahead of the Olympics, and consumers will be making more considered purchases, focusing on ethics and longevity.

Stationery Show London - Trends Tour

Stationery Show London - Trends Tour

Stationery Show London - Trends Tour

Stationery Show London - Trends Tour

Stationery Show London - Trends Tour

Stationery Show London - Trends Tour

I won’t give away all of Scarlet Opus’ top secrets though!

Networking

I was excited to see the Stationery Matters Thirty Under 30 stand and to have the chance to meet with some of my fellow nominees and the wider team. Being selected for the second consecutive year certainly gave me an extra string to my bow when chatting to other attendees and I’m so grateful for the opportunities it has provided me with. I’m a bit disappointed to be too old to be listed again!

Stationery Show London - Thirty Under 30

Stationery Show London - Thirty Under 30

Massive thanks to Joanie for my new favourite t-shirt. It was a fun conversation starter and I love declaring my love for stationery with my clothing.

Workshops

Last year I really wanted to attend some workshops but it just wasn’t possible when I was travelling up and back in one day. It was top of my list of priorities this year and I managed to attend two.

Stationery Show London - Workshops

The first was blending ink with Chameleon. These products were brand new and, while I don’t think they’re for me, they’re so fun. The ink is in the pen and the nib, so you can blend and layer various colours. Check out my Stories for some videos, as photos don’t do these justice. What stumped me was figuring out how long it takes to work through each layer and I think I’m too anal to use these in practice.

Stationery Show London - Workshops

My second workshop was bullet journaling with Christine from Royal Talens and Inkpot & Pen. Beginners were talked through the main functions of a bullet journal and we tried a selection of pens. I never could resist a glitter pen.

Stationery Show London - Workshops

Stationery Show London - Workshops

Stationery Show London - Workshops

I took her earlier advice and tried some lettering but I’m crap at freestyling. Luckily Jo had shared some recent prompts on her Instagram so I had a crack at a couple of different styles.

Stationery Show London - Workshops

Freebies/gifted

What most people don’t know is that this is a trade show, primarily for buyers, designers and the press, meaning there’s nothing for your average stationery nerd to buy. But don’t worry, I didn’t come away empty handed.

Nu was one of the event sponsors, so every attendee received a notebook. The lovely ladies at Spectrum Noir gave me a few of their new pens to try, including metallic and the TriBlend. Look out for a review coming soon.

Stationery Show London - freebies/gifted

One of my favourite stands was Castelli’s, where I got my initials monogrammed on my very own notebook. I also received a new sketch book for taking part in the bullet journal workshop and Staedtler gave away highlighters on the Trends stand.

Stationery Show London - freebies/gifted

And that’s not all. I received pencils from the Handy Spelling and VENT stands, plus Staedtler gifted me some samples from their fineliner and comic ranges. I’ll be trying these out in my bujo, so expect some feedback soon.

Stationery Show London - freebies/gifted

And I think I now have enough envelopes for life, and a cute new coffee cup, thanks to Envelopes Ltd.

Stationery Show London - freebies/gifted

I already can’t wait for next year!

Is there anything you particularly like the look of?

8 thoughts on “Stationery Show London 2019”

  1. That looks awesome! I would love to go to a stationery show, maybe it’s something I should do for stationery week next year. Thank you for sharing your experience Emma ❤️xxx

  2. Wow, what an amazing event! So much cute stationery, I love it all! I would have been in absolutely heaven and probably wanted to buy everything there! Ha ha! I love the colourful goal digger folio, and those zebra pen holders are brilliant! Thanks for sharing your experience Emma, such an wonderful post! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  3. This place looks amazing and looks like my type of heaven! All the beautiful notebooks! I have the same goal as you this year and that’s to improve my calligraphy so might have to search for some of those templates.

  4. OMG, I think I just died and went to stationery heaven! My obsession for stationery just went into overdrive! Can I say I want it all? Seriously though it all looks so good, I honestly wouldn’t know where to look first. :D

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

  5. How fun does all this look?! I’m really hoping I’ll be in a position to go next year. As for Thirty Under 30… I’m well over that bracket, LOL.

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