Tangible Stationery Notebooks*

Being an illustrator who works from home, I've certainly experienced the confined feeling of being trapped in one room for too long and the inspiration sometimes burns out. A great way to combat this is to take yourself to a coffee shop (yes yes everyone recommends this but seriously, try it!) and usually around once a week I take myself to my local and immerse myself in the smell of freshly ground coffee beans and if I'm lucky, a slice of vegan cake. Most of the time James and I go together but whether I'm alone or with my husband, I always take a notebook and a pen with me because I just know it's the best place for me to find some new ideas and scribble my thoughts down onto paper.

Although I doubt many of us could be without our smart phones these days and despite how organised they can be what with diaries, notes, reminders, emails and everything else imaginable all in one place, it's just not the same as pen on paper. I'm a stationery addict through and through so when Tangible Stationery got in touch and asked if I'd like to try out a couple of their notebooks*, you can imagine how giddy I was. I typically always carry a notebook with me and not just for writing things down. Like a typical creative, sometimes ideas come to me when I least expect it so having a notebook on me at all times is perfect for such moments and I can sketch out whatever I fancy, even if I'm stood in the middle of Primark.

One of the downsides to carrying a notebook all the time is the covers can get bent in your bag and this sort of thing annoys the hell out of me. I love for my notebooks to remain as clean looking and tidy as possible because it helps my brain feel productive and put together. Funny isn't it how our minds work! The Forbes range from Tangible Stationery have beautiful hard covers with a glorious smooth matte finish. You can also opt to have them personalised in gold or silver foil, or just a simple embossing. Either of the options looks so classy and I was chuffed to bits when I saw mine had been stamped with my name, the silver against the black looks so pretty and now I feel like a professional business woman ready to take on the world!

These books also come with a few options for the pages inside such as traditional lines, squares or even dots. I went for dots because it seemed to be the option that I had never tried before and I also thought it would be fun to try sketching with this different background.

The Matilda Myers notebook range are a little more fun looking and you know me, pastel colours are my ultimate weakness. My two favourites are without a doubt the pink and the blue, with gold foil detailing and again, gorgeous presentation with a good quality feel to them.

It's safe to say I feel so refreshed and motivated when I have a brand new notebook in my hands and I'm always scribbling things down whether it's ideas for blog posts, art materials I'd love to try, new quotes or ideas I see and feel inspired by when out and about or even good old shopping lists. If you're anything like me, you'll feel naked without a notebook in your bag and this set here are going to keep me busy for quite some time!

Thanks for reading,

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