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Monthly Archives: January 2016

  • Calligraphy Sets for Wedding Invitations

    Planning a wedding is notoriously hectic, with a million and one things to think about it can be a nightmare to keep track of everything.

    Making personalised wedding invitations yourself is a great way to avoid one of the stresses of planning weddings: worrying about whether the invites will be delivered in time and if they will be as you wanted.

    With our range of calligraphy sets and fine stationary you can stay in complete control and create a beautiful wedding invite that is designed exactly how you want with a unique personal touch.

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    We also have a stunning range of wax seals that could be used to seal the invitation by using a wax that matches your wedding colours for an even more personal approach, this works especially well if you are hand delivering your invites.

    By hand making your wedding invitations you can also personalise them further than you could if you bought them in bulk. You could add a personal message to your close family and friends, letting each of them know in your own way how much you want them to be at your big day.

    Our Original Crown Mill Paper is the ideal tool for writing on and there are plenty of haberdasheries around to buy ribbons, flowers and other accessories that you might need to achieve your desired design of wedding invitation.

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    Not only is this a great way to relieve stress, it is also a nice way for you and your partner to spend some time together and will give you time to discuss other important details that can so easily get overlooked.

  • Get Writing With InCoWriMo

    If you are a keen writer or pen enthusiast then you may have heard of National Journal Writing Month and even National Novel Writing Month but, have you come across InCoWriMo?

    International Correspondence Writing Month is basically what it says on the tin, a whole month of corresponding with people via letters, postcards, notes or cards and of course everything must be handwritten.

    Whether you send a note to a friend, grandparent or even a stranger, the aim is to send out some form of correspondence every day in February and since this year is a Leap Year that means 29 hand-written items of post should have been sent out by you at the end of February.

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    Think you can take on the challenge?

    The people at InCoWriMo have compiled a lovely list of correspondents that they are sure would love to receive your letters and you can check that out here. If you are struggling to think of enough people to fill up all 29 days then why not try browsing the comment sections on the InCoWriMo site? There are scores of people looking for people to send letters to and to receive letters from.

    You don't even have to post your letter, you can deliver it by hand or if it's for a stranger simply leave it at a cafe or on the bus as a pleasant surprise for whoever picks it up. Why not take inspiration from More Love Letters? The story behind this movement is refreshing as it recognises that everyone needs a little TLC sometimes and there are plenty of strangers in the world with plenty of love to share.

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    Last January there were 631 known participants of InCoWriMo so who knows what the number is now a year on, but let's hope it has grown and more people around the world are corresponding with each other. You can see where all of these participants are from on this selection of interactive maps.

    To recap, this month is all about getting back to the tradition of writing by hand and what a rewarding way to do so. Your letters could make someones day and you could even end up with a pen pal for life. The opportunities are endless and the InCoWriMo cause is definitely something everyone should get behind if they have a little time to spare each day. If you miss a day simply write an extra letter for that missed day and don't forget to plan your letter recipients so you aren't scrabbling about looking for addresses each day.

    So dig out your favourite pen and your best stationery and get writing this InCoWriMo!

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  • New Paper Mate pens added to the site!

    Great news for any Paper Mate lovers, we have just added some new products to our Paper Mate range and we are sure that there will be something to suit everyone.

    Papermate bannerThe first product we have to introduce is a retractable ballpoint version of the Paper Mate Inkjoy 100, a little twist on an already popular product. A classic looking Paper Mate pen these new Inkjoys have a transparent colour-tinted body and are available in many colours in this stylish multi-pack.

    We think these pens are perfect for writing and drawing as the 1.0mm nib is small enough for the most precise details. Their triangular shape also makes them comfortable for longer periods of use making them a practical, great value product.

    InkjoyIf pencils are more suited to you then fear not, we have just added some of Paper Mate’s mechanical pencils to the site! With no need for sharpening, these pencils are great for children who love colouring and their strong lead makes them an excellent product for at school and at home. With the same shape as the Inkjoy pens, these pencils are built for comfort and are a great tool for children learning to hold and use a pencil.

    Mechanical pencilsAnother new addition for you to browse is the Paper Mate range of Gel Silkwriters. We have single pens available in black, blue and red or a multi-pack of 4 fun colours – blue, orange, purple and pink. These pens write very smoothly because of their pigmented gel ink making them ideal for all kinds of tasks, whether you use them at school or work, for doodling or journaling.

    SilkwriterYour main problem with these pens will be trying to keep other people’s hands off them!

    Lastly we have the Paper Mate Replay Erasable Gel pens which allow you to write and then erase what you have just written right before your very eyes. An excellent choice if you love crosswords or puzzles, your mistakes will be a thing of the past when you can erase and rewrite with ease.

    Available in four bright, bold colours – pink, turquoise, orange and purple, they are great for adding a bit of colour and erasable magic into your life.

    Replay ErasablesWe also have a special offer running until the 30th November where with any Parker pen set purchase you receive a pack of Paper Mate Replay pens for FREE. Find out more about this offer on our Facebook.

    To browse our complete Paper Mate collection, simply click here.

  • National Handwriting Day and the Importance of Writing

    This January 23rd writing enthusiasts worldwide will be celebrating National Handwriting Day and appreciating the noble tool that is the pen.

    The decline of handwriting in the modern world of computers, phones and keyboards has not gone unnoticed with the average person not having written by hand for the past 41 days.

    An essential part of our daily lives whether it be scribbling down a shopping list, taking notes at a meeting or filling in a diary, our handwriting is as unique to us as our fingerprints whereas typing on a keyboard is a generic action that differs neither here nor there.

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    Although significantly less physical effort, a typed love letter or postcard can't emote the same feelings as a handwritten one as handwriting requires us to think more because we can't simply delete what we have written. The characteristics of handwriting can also differ greatly from one person to another meaning every letter is different, unique and special.

    Our handwriting can be divided into these varying characteristics:

    • Specific shape of letters, e.g. their roundness or sharpness
    • Regular or irregular spacing between letters
    • The slope of the letters
    • The rhythmic repetition of the elements or arrhythmia
    • The pressure to the paper
    • The average size of letters
    • The thickness of letters

    Handwriting also allows us to connect creatively and let our feelings and thoughts flow onto the page in our own special and individual fashion.

    National Handwriting Day encourages everyone to get out their pen and paper and spend a little time practicing their handwriting, this practice however doesn't have to be limited to just this one day. To inspire you we have gathered a few ideas to get you writing on National Handwriting Day and beyond.

    Find the perfect tool

    If you often find writing uncomfortable or laborious then you could simply be using the wrong pen. Start with the basics of choosing a ballpoint, rollerball or fountain pen and then try different barrel sizes to find a pen that fits perfectly in your grip and feels comfortable when you write.

    Cherrell Avery, who was calligrapher-in-residence at the V&A has some sound advice on choosing a pen and says “you need one with the right barrel thickness, the right speed of ink flow, and the right nib resistance on the paper. It’s a personal choice.”

    In Cherrell Avery's writing lesson with Jake Wallis Simons from The Telegraph, he finds that LAMY's Safari Fountain Pen is the perfect tool for him. You can shop LAMY Safari Pens on our site, just click here.

    Lamy SafariConsult a book

    Simply searching 'handwriting books' online brings up thousands of books and exercises to aid you in your handwriting practicing quest. This book by Rosemary Sassoon is an affordable £6.99 and has many positive reviews from people trying to improve their messy or illegible handwriting as it allows you to find the problem with your writing before correcting and improving it.

    handwritingWrite a letter to a friend or loved one

    Valentine's Day is soon approaching so for those celebrating with a partner this year, show your appreciation by writing them a letter listing all the things you love about them. If that isn't your style then try writing a letter to a distant friend or relative that you haven't spoken to in a while. A handwritten letter shows you are giving time and effort to find out how a person is so it is sure to be appreciated by the lucky recipient.

    Whatever you do this January 23rd, make sure to take a little time to focus on your handwriting because a lot of joy can come from the simple action of putting a pen to paper.

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