Tuesday, 28 April 2015

National Stationery Week: Just a Card Campaign!

“If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought just a card we’d still be open.”

  This is the opening line on Artist and Designer Sarah Hamilton's website, Just a Card. 
It's more than a website though, it is a movement. I have only recently discovered the Just a Card Campaign and as it is National Stationery Week it seems like the perfect time to help to spread the word (or more importantly the cards!)

Sarah, who is a successful artist herself, started the campaign after reading the above line in a statement from a shop owner who had had to close their gallery. In the hope of saving other independent shops, makers and galleries from suffering the same fate, Sarah started Just a Card to remind people to buy handmade and from independent sources rather than the high street.

Now I hold me hands up and say that I don't always buy handmade and sometimes it's OK to grab a card from the shop that has been printed 1000 times before. However, as a card maker myself and a handmade enthusiast, I understand just how important each and every sale is. My handmade business is not my only means of work so for me it's nice to be able to share my handmade items but for some people this is their life. What if buying one more card from shops on Etsy and Not on the High Street meant that someone could stay at home doing what they love rather than having to get a well paid, yet soul destroying job? It may sound dramatic and you might think that one card won't help anything but it will! 

Here are a few of the AMAZING cards that can be found online! Wouldn't you rather receive a lovely card rather than a text where the only personality is a well placed emoticon?

It's important to support these makers and in the process you will brighten someones day and make them smile. Check out the Just a Card website and spread the word #justacard

From top left across 1. Freya Art  2. Shortbreak and Champagne 3. Oh Squirrel 4. Little Low 

Make sure you check out all of these amazing makers! These are just a few of my favourite so get buying and posting!

Monday, 27 April 2015

National Stationery Week: My Top Stationery Picks

If you didn't already know it's National Stationery Week and if you follow my blog or have taken a look at my social media accounts you will notice that I am a stationery addict. I remember as a child always being taught to look after your new pens and pencils and never to write in a notebook until you had something of value to write in it. I'm not ashamed to say that I have taken these lessons into my adult life and have a stack of beautiful notebooks that deserve more than my scribbly handwriting and erroneous spelling.

With that in mind, I am never far from the stationary section and am often stroking paper and cooing over the perfect notecard. I thought I would kick off the week by showing you some of the items I'm lusting after at the moment from online and highstreet stores!

1. Postcards from Penguin - Waterstones £11.34
I don't know why I love these boxes of postcards so much but I currently have 3 (One of them was bought for me so you can let me off!) This box holds 100 postcards of famous Penguin book covers  which I think would be good for any book or stationery lover. Out of the 3 boxes I have I have only ever sent one postcard only because I know the person would have appreciated it!

2. Mark's Tokyo camera Stick Notes - The Fox and Star £4.50
I came across the Fox and Star website when looking for some hard to get hold of washi tape and I instantly began browsing their stationery sections. They have tons of pretty notebooks and other stationery pretties that I could reference but I have never seen post its that look like this before. Gone are the days of plain yellow post its. This is a roll that you pull out from the camera like an old film. Novel and practical!

3.  Emma Bridgewater To Do Pad - Amazon £7.00
I think that stationery and organisation go hand in had so naturally I love these to do pads. They are the perfect desk/life accessorie and really help to plan your time and not forget about anything when you have a  busy week. What I liked about this one though is that you have a nice big space for general notes and jottings and then down the side you have a space for each day to put appointments and things to remember. So you can list and plan at the same time. Perfect.

4. Indigo Dreams Luxury journal - Paperchase £12.50
Remember what I said at the beginning of the post about stroking paper? Well a trip to Paperchase wouldn't be complete without feeling the notebooks. I'm aware this is making me sound really weird but I am going to have faith that there are other Paperphiles out there who understand this necessity. These are not ordinary notebooks. They are hand stitched, fabric, jewelled notebooks with the most beautiful covers. I narrowed it down to this one as I love tea and this one has a very British style but they are all lovely. I challenge you to go into Paperchase and not touch the notebooks, go on, I dare you!

5. Kraft mixed notecards - Paperchase £4.00
I couldn't compile a stationery list without some sort of card so I opted for this cute box of mixed cards from Paperchase (I'm aware I just mentioned them but not many retailers have their cards online!) I am pretty obsessed with brown card right now and these designs are playful and they made me think of spring.

6. Big Band Theory Pencils - Ohh Deer £3.75
My obsession with pencils with novelty writing on started back in summer when I found pencils with the Mean Girls quote' None for you Gretchen Weiners' on. I have held back until recently and I currently have some Blair Waldorf pencils on their way (oops!) and then I spotted these! I love The Big Bang Theory but more importantly Sheldon Cooper. Featuring the favourite quote ' BAZINGA!' and other nerdy genius, these would be a fun addition to my collection. 

7. Binder Clips - Ikea £2.00
 This is a bit of a random one but I just wanted to add it in here....am I the only one who didn't realise Ikea do ALOT of stationery? I'm currently a Teaching Assistant, soon to be training to be a teacher so I am looking at practical stationery in a different way. It doesn't need to be boring! The kids love it when I have novelty post its or cute paper clips and I'm getting known for it so why not carry on. These are super cute, come in a handy pot and are ridiculously cheap.

I'm going to be posting some more this week as part of National Stationery Week so look out for posts featuring handmade businesses and my own collection. Until then, happy paper hoarding!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Giveaway! Win a Custom Map Heart!

To celebrate 100 sales over on my Etsy shop I'm giving away a Custom map heart of a town or city of your choice! 

To enter via Facebook

1. Like my Facebook page, Sally Makes Art
2. Like and share the picture for the giveaway

To enter via Instagram 

  1. Follow me on Instagram
2. Like and share the picture for the giveaway. Use the hasthtag #sallymakesart100 so that I can see you've posted it.

One entry per person. Winner will be announced via Facebook, Instagram and here on my blog on 30.4.15.

Good luck!