As you know, I’m a big fan of sending and receiving snail mail.
Handwritten letters and pretty packages in the post brighten up the usually dull offerings of bank statements, utility bills and junk mail.
One item of post guaranteed to make me smile is my monthly Spotlight Stationery subscription box.
I’m on to my third box now and I have been introduced to many wonderful creative businesses I may not have heard of otherwise.
April’s Theme: Flora and Fauna
Each box has a theme and last month’s was Flora and Fauna, featuring stationery inspired by nature.
This included a Creature Candy notebook, Longtree notebook and card, Rossi pencils and a Zebra pen.
Lizzie Barker created Creature Candy to raise awareness of Britain’s declining and protected wildlife species and raise funds for conservation charities.
She donates 10 per cent of the sale price of every product sold to six different British wildlife charities and her notebooks are printed on sustainably sourced paper.
The Red Squirrel illustration on the front of the notebook I received is extremely cute.
Lonetree was founded in 2011 by sisters Emma Bensalem and Sara Hall, who take their design inspiration from everyday objects.
The notebook featured in the box is from their geometrics in nature range and I love the look and feel of the gold hot foil print against the navy blue cover.
The card design is a white silhouette of wildflowers against my favourite colour – green.
The Rossi pencils are wrapped in Italian paper decorated with a peacock feather pattern.
The Italian stationery company is based in Florence – one of my favourite cities – and I’ll be looking out for more of its paper goods when I return to the country on holiday this summer!
The Zebra pen is a pocket-sized ballpoint that expands and includes a stylus for smartphone or tablet use.
A collection of postcards featuring the work of young illustrators is also included in the box.
WIN! A Textures subscription box.
I’ve certainly amassed an impressive collection of stationery over the last three months – and you can never have enough notebooks, right?
If you’d like to indulge your passion for stationery and try a subscription box for yourself, then you’re in luck, as I have one to give away!
Spotlight Stationery has very kindly offered one of its Textures boxes as a prize to one of my lovely Creative Calligraphy supporters.
It features a collection of stationery with added tactile appeal – a Paper-Oh Ondulo A5 cahier notebook, a Paper-Oh Circulo A5 cahier notebook, a Zebra Z-Grip Flight pen with red ink, a Faber-Castell Grip 2001 pencil, three C6 string and washer envelopes and four exclusive illustrated postcards.
All you have to do to submit an entry is use the Rafflecopter form below.
In the meantime, you can check out previous boxes and buy them as a one-off, or subscribe to future boxes, via the Spotlight Stationery website here.