Every now and again, I like to push myself and get out of my comfort zone. On Saturday, I travelled down to London to attend #StationerySocial2019, an event run by the most beautiful stationery company, Martha Brook. I have fallen in love with their range of stationery this year and as soon as I saw that they were holding an event with workshops and the chance to meet new people, I bought a ticket and couldn’t wait for the day to arrive.
Prior to the event, I had, by complete coincidence, met the founder Martha at the Christmas in July trade show and I got to see some of the new collection of foiled notebooks and the most exciting stationery advent calendar (news of which is being released next week, eek!) up close. It was all very beautiful stuff so I knew that #StationerySocial2019 would be brilliant.
Held in The Gallery of Beach Blanket Babylon in Shoreditch, the Martha Brook team and a range of incredibly talented small businesses transformed the room to a beautiful event space which was completely insta-worthy! With gorgeous floristry upon arrival, an amazing balloon backdrop, cute pastel coloured origami on the wall and an incredible floral cake and cupcakes, it was all put together brilliantly.
We were given a goody bag on arrival and asked to note down which workshops we wanted to take throughout the day. I was keen to join Rebecca aka Betty Etiquette for her ‘Lettering for Journals’ workshop who gave us tips and advice on how best to use the Tombow brush pens and how to decorate our brand new gifted notebook. I was actually a little afraid to dive straight into the notebook with the brush pen so held out as long as I could and got some practice in on a worksheet that Rebecca had given us. I spent half an hour using the pens and picking up tips and it was brilliant. I would absolutely love to take a longer workshop with Rebecca so will definitely be looking to do so in the future.
My next workshop was the ‘Envelope Addressing’ workshop which let us have free reign over a range of different sized envelopes. We were encouraged to use our own style of handwriting and mix it with others using the pens and it was great to have a play with the pens and address envelopes. I am definitely going to be writing more handwritten cards this year, it’s so old school but I know how exciting it is to get handwritten post so I’m going to make more of an effort this year.
After the second workshop, there was a panel discussion hosted by Martha Brook founder, Martha Keith and she had invited four incredible ladies to share their stories on the topic of ‘Full Time versus Side Hustle Living a Life You Love’. We heard from Steph Douglas (Don’t Buy Her Flowers), Geraldine Tan (Little Big Bell), Kay Suppamas (We Are Leafage) and Ellie Kime (The Wedding Enthusiast) about how they took the plunge into doing something they loved and how they make it work. Let me tell you, nothing has come easy for any of these ladies, they all work incredibly hard and it shows by their success. It was a really inspiring talk and has given me lots to think about for the future as I have turned my side hustle into my work-from-home Mum job whilst I raise my boys.
The final workshop was ‘Imaginative Gift Wrapping’ and it was a great hands on chance to wrap the gift box which was in our goody bag. I picked up some great ideas for gift wrapping and decided this Christmas, the gifts are going to be creatively wrapped.
There was plenty of time for bubbles and chat with women just like me who had braved the event on their own and were keen to learn a new skill or meet up with insta friends they had been following online. It was such a lovely day, everyone was really friendly and I’m so pleased I went. I even had my photograph taken in front of the balloons and awkwardly posed to prove I was there!
I’ve heard that there may be a Stationery Social in 2020 and I cannot wait. It’s an event I know some of my creative friends would love to go to and it would be a great chance to meet up, play with pens and learn something new.
Thank you to Martha and Edlyl and the rest of the Martha Brook team for an incredible day, I’ve come away feeling inspired to practice my brush lettering and get more creative! Go check out the beautiful stationery at www.marthabrook.com
Disclosure: I bought all my own tickets to the #StationarySocial2019 event, I’m just sharing this as it was a truly wonderful day and I’m proud I made myself go!