A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Paperchase‘s spring event for bloggers, which gave us a chance to look around the new collections it he flagship store, learn a couple of new crafts and catch up with/meet some other bloggers.
It looks like kraft and gold is having a bit of a moment (I love those gold skull pens), and then at the opposite end of the scale, there’s a whole lot of rainbow going on.
I was also interested to hear that they are aware that they need to cover a bit more of the male market as they have traditionally only held quite girly ranges so I was please to see a more some more neutral displays.
Next we had a brief introduction to Macramé, and we shown how to make some simple succulent holders, like these above. As you can see, the plant holders can also be used to display all your… plastic giraffes too… Obviously. I had seem these holders before and thought they looked pretty complicated but it’s really just making a series of knots – surely I can manage that? I’d like to give it a go soon, they’s make great presents.
And after a few snacks, we were introduced to the world of planners by Mrs Brimbles, who is a bit of an expert. This is a bit of a new world to me and one I’d never really thought about to be honest.
We were given this very cute polka dot paperchase planner as a base and then taught how to customise it.
The first way of doing this is by creating a ‘dashboard’, which we did by decorating and laminating thick paper/card. You may choose to add a photo into this, or a motivational message. I think the idea is to have something inspiring and personal when you open the planner, and it’s useful for putting sticky notes on too.
The other thing we made using the same paper and some washi tape was a little wallet – useful for keeping business cards, loyalty cards or receipt in.
It was an interesting world to step into briefly. I mean, I just know that I’m not a planner person (I prefer my Hobonichi at the moment), but perhaps some of you are? How have you personalised yours? I am all ears.
Thanks Paperchase for hosting me again! If you want to check out the Christmas event I went to, you can do so here.