[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.
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
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.
Her designs are minimal yet productive. Check out these planners.
You can’t miss Leuchtturm 1917, with their colourful notebooks.
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!
Portico Designs have loads of fun products with inspiring slogans.
It was great to see the Rhodia Goalbooks in the wild after reviewing a copy myself (check it out here).
Otima has so many products to keep your organised. I need everything in the colourful Allegro collection.
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.
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.
I loved working with Staedtler for National Stationery Week and it was great to meet the team at the Show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Handy Spelling is here to help children get their heads around spelling, grammar and vocabulary.
Growing Greeting allows you to send a message – and greens!
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.
I won’t give away all of Scarlet Opus’ top secrets though!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And I think I now have enough envelopes for life, and a cute new coffee cup, thanks to Envelopes Ltd.
I already can’t wait for next year!
Is there anything you particularly like the look of?