I think I have made it pretty clear (by blogging about it all the bloody time) that I quite like a bit of stationery. So when Bookblock got in touch with me to see if I would like to have a look at a few of the notebooks from their stationery collection, my answer was of course "YES!".
Bookblock as a company have been around for a while but they have previously only specialised in large custom orders. The company describes their mission as taking their discerning customers ideas and making them a reality. Looking at their extensive portfolio you can see they use every fancy stationery trick in the book to do just that. Recently they have released a few products which are available to buy just one of. The lovely team at Bookblock sent me 2 notebooks to look at, touch, sniff and ultimately blog about. I love both of them for quite different reasons...
Let's start with The Weskin. I am (now more than ever) the type of person with way more notebooks than they could ever possibly use and my new Weskin is definitely the classiest one of all. If you want to feel like a proper fancy business person regardless of what you are writing, this is the notebook for you. It doesn't matter if you are writing your first novel or scribbling down a shopping list, the linen cover, gold edges and double (that's right, double) ribbon will make anyone that sees you with a Weskin assume you are some sort of royal writing about fancy regal things.
This swish new notebook comes in navy, yellow and grey and, clearly, I opted for the grey one. As soon as you set eyes on a Weskin, it's clear that Bookblock have paid as much, if not more, attention to detail than usual when creating it. And once you open it, there's another little designer-surprise that perhaps only hardcore stationery addicts will truly appreciate - beautifully patterned endpapers. If that's the type of thing that thrills you, go visit the Bookblock shop now!
I'm not saying I am a super fancy person but the Weskin fits in perfectly with my current stationery collection. As soon as I got it I was pairing it (and of course, arranging it perfectly on a marble background, as you do) with other stylish bits and bobs. In case you were wondering, I got the pencil and ruler above from Ohh Deer and the bulldog clips and bird scissors from Tiger. As I said, I have many a notebook but this one feels like it should be saved for something special. Now I have this beauty and all my gold stationery assembled, I'm sure it is only a matter of time before inspiration strikes. One things for sure - it'll have to be a suitably classy project to justify such a grand piece of stationery.
You can buy the Weskin here.
What's even better than fancy stationery? Illustrated fancy stationery, that's what! For this reason, I was super excited to receive a notebook from Bookblock's Edtion's range too. Bookblock's Editions are created in collaboration with some of the best illustrators in the business. Contributing artists - who have included Marylou Faure, Martina Paukova and Ben The Illustrator - each design a collection of 4 notebooks. Each feature sections of lined, blank and dotted pages interspersed with a black and white illustration from each of the artists - perfect for colouring in whilst waiting for a lightbulb moment.
The Bookblock team have worked with an amazing rostre of talent to create the range of notebooks and each collection looks beautiful but I chose to go with a design by Maggie Chiang. I was already familiar with Maggie's work as I blogged about it a while ago and I love the sense of adventure her work has. In Maggies world, characters plunge to new watery depths and immerse themselves in wild foliage as they explore dark forests and rivers. These natural wonders are met not with fear but rather curiosity and an intrepid sense of adventure.
I had so much fun styling these photos and am looking forward to actually using them even more! Having a notebook featuring a character with such an bold sense of adventure will hopefully be contagious and motivate me to go out and find (perhaps slightly less extreme) adventures and document them in my shiny new book! Add in the variety of paper and inspiring artworks dotted throughout, and I'll be unstoppably creative.
You can shop the full range of Edition notebooks here.
So now, hopefully, you'll see why I love both my new Bookblock notebooks for different reasons. The Weskin will be perfect for when I have a brilliant (and hopefully suitable fancy) idea that needs written down and Maggie Chiang's Edtion will be ideal for when I am suffering from creative block as I can join dots and colour-in until I feel inspired. I am always on the look out for new stationery shops to add to my list and with such a flawless collection of both illustrated and classy notebooks, Bookblock are now officially one of my go-to brands when I feel the need to stock up.