Yesterday, I was out having lunch and shopping with my mum when I made the compulsory visit to Paperchase. Paperchase has been my favourite high street shop for years and years and I didn’t realise but they are now fifty years old. Yesterday, to celebrate their birthday, they were handing out scratchcards in store to give customers a chance to win amazing prices. I was lucky enough to scratch off a 10% discount and I picked up this little bundle of colourful goodies. As much as I love all these, I thought it would be nice to do a little Paperchase giveaway over on Twitter.

The giveaway includes these fantastic postcards: You’re a star and You’re wonderful, kind and funny.

Also included are Unicorn and Heart stickers. Perfect for adding a splash of colour to your blogging photos!

For more awesome blogging props: 12 Flat Lay Props Every Blogger Needs. 

The star of the show is the Bloggers Journal. When I saw this in the shop I new I couldn’t leave without it. It’s a must-have for every blogger.

There are handy stats pages to keep track of your numbers.

Pages to brainstorm your blog sharing ideas.

Sections to help you build your followers. For more tips why not check out: 6 Ways To Use Social Media To Increase Blog Traffic and 10 Simple Ways To Grow Your Twitter.  

Monthly pages to organise and plan your blogging life. For more why not check out: 6 Easy Ways To Organise Your Blogging Life. 

Places to note down your dreams and goals. For inspiration check out: How To Set Realistic And Achievable Goals. 

You can keep all your ideas, plans and aspirations in one awesome book.

Every aspect of blogging is covered from organisation, ideas, stats, social media, goals and dreams. It’s the perfect planner for every blogger old and new! If you would like to enter my Paperchase giveaway on twitter for a chance to win the Bloggers Journal, postcard and sticker bundle all you have to do is:

  1. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @HELLOBEXA

  2. FOLLOW PAPERCHASE ON TWITTER @FROMPAPERCHASE

  3. RT MY PINNED TWEET 

That’s it! I will pick the winner at random on Friday 25th May 2018 at 6pm. Good luck to everyone who takes part!

Do you have a favourite blog planner? Are you a stationery addict like me?  Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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It’s been a while since I created anything in my scrapbook, so this weekend, whilst Shaun was watching the football, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to grab my scissors and start cutting. In February, I shared with you Create Your Own Inspirational Scrapbook and all the bits and pieces I used. It’s cool to see the difference between the two posts and which colours I am loving and what inspires me at the moment.

My cuttings are from In The Moment magazine and Project Calm. My two favourite magazines, they all full of positivity, creativity, inspiration and calm. I was feeling inspired by plants, tea, travel, yoga, art and food which is a pretty accurate summary of my life.

There are no rules to scrapbooking. Just cut and stick in whatever you are drawn to. I start with patterns and colours and layer things on top. It’s awesome to see the pages take shape and if you don’t like the look of something, simply find something to stick over it.

I have a box of random stickers which came in very handy for my afternoon of scrapbooking. Anything works when it comes to scrapbooking, I have used travel, quotes, tea and food stickers. 

I had some spare Polaroid photos from my Greece Travel Scrapbook and the Santorini pic was perfect for the summer theme I had going on.  I found a sticker to layer on top and ta-da!

You can have a theme or keep things completely random. Or just see what happens as you go along.

Doing something creative? Washi tape is never far away. A couple of strips of different washi tapes here and there add in that extra splash of colour. 

Here is my finished scrapbook page! The fun thing about scrapbooking is that you can let your creative side run wild. There are no mistakes in scrapbooking. It’s an enjoyable and relaxing way to spend a few hours on a lazy Saturday. Do you like scrapbooking? What are your favourite magazines? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

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If you follow the lovely Rebecca from Rebecca’s Reviews, you will know about her wonderful #ShopSmall series. It’s a fantastic idea which enables small businesses to get discovered and for you and me to find new and awesome places to shop. Well, it works! Last week, I was reading Rebecca’s review of the Brighton based company Evermade and saw they did a range of fun and funky pins. As soon as I saw the Only Fools And Horses pin it was in my basket quicker than I could say ‘lovely jubbly’. I then proceeded to go on a little pin spending spree around the internet and thought I’d share with you my finds.

For a full review on Evermade, you can read Rebecca’s fabulous post here. Whilst you are there, make sure you check out Rebecca’s series as there are always tons of discount codes and detailed reviews to encourage you to #ShopSmall.

Peckham Pin: Who doesn’t love a bit of Only Fools And Horses. Shaun and I always put on an old classic episode whenever we need a laugh, so when I saw this pin, I knew I needed it in my collection. The pin is cleverly illustrated by Jenni Sparks who enjoys incorporating a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour into her illustrations. Jenni has designed all of the pins in the Evermade range and if you are a pin fan like me, I encourage you to go check them out.

Brighton Pin: Whilst I was pin browsing, I couldn’t resist this pretty fantastic Brighton pin. Brighton is one of my most favourite places and I have blogged about my visits in Snapshots From Brighton In March and Brighton At Christmas. So I thought this was a brilliant souvenir to add to the collection.

The next stop on my virtual pin shopping spree found me at Tumble & Rose. This small biz is ran by a lady called Helen who lives in Winchester (which is actually pretty close to me!). Tumble & Rose is a collection of handmade jewellery, accessories, homeware and gifts. There is a cool selection of enamel pins available to buy in the Etsy Shop. Everything in this shop is so pretty and there is also a range of beautiful crystal jewelllery too!

Stripey Top Club Pin:Can I have a lifetime membership to this club please? Stripey tops are a firm favourite in my wardrobe, I absolutely love them. This pin is a must-have for any stripey top lover to pin with pride. If you like plants and cats, I also urge you to check out Tumble & Rose. You will not be disappointed.

The final stop on my spontaneous spending spree was at Sugar & Sloth. This shop is so bright and colourful, it’s awesome! It’s ran by Anita, an illustrator whose unique designs provide a humorous look at love, cats and motivation. There is a really fun and vibrant range of pins available, it was hard to choose!

Rainbow Llama Pin: The website caption says: This adorable rainbow llama pin is the perfect reminder to take a little time out for yourself, you deserve it! I love all it’s colorfulness and especially love the packaging it arrived in: please keep away from small children, wasps and early mornings – brilliant!

Hope you enjoyed looking at my new pin goodies from Evermade,Tumble & Rose and Sugar & Sloth. They are all great additions to my existing collection of Innabox pins and Old English Co. pins. Are you a pin collector? Which shops would you recommend for cool, cute and colourful pins? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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I saw this idea on Em’s blog the other day and really liked it. It got me thinking about my firsts and a quick internet search found me this list of questions, I’ve added a few of my own too. Let’s go!

Here is the ‘My First Time’ 30 Questions Tag.

First app you check when you wake up in the morning?

I always check my e-mails first (I actually have no idea why as nothing exciting ever arrives in the night). Then I check Twitter & Instagram and probably spend way too long on these apps before doing anything remotely productive with my day.

First broken bone?

First (and last, fingers crossed!) was my arm. I broke it at a family theme park when I was about 10. I was coming down a slide and crashed into another kid at the bottom and my arm took the impact. Ouch. I used tell the story that my mum never believed me and sent me to school for days before she eventually took me to the hospital, which apparently wasn’t even slightly true.

First foreign country you ever visited?

I went to Tenerife in 2000 with my mum & sister.

My first make-up item?

I was never really a make-up kinda girl so it was probably some freebie from J-17, Bliss or Sugar (please tell me someone else remembers these magazines?!)

My first ever tape or CD?

My first tape (oh I sound old now) was Thriller by Michael Jackson. My first CD was either Spice Girls or Peter Andre. Yay for the cheesiness!

My first car?

I had a little red Nissan Micra but it’s only purpose was Simba and Zazu’s private taxi for vet appointments. I much prefer walking places so my mum now owns that car.

My first Celebrity crush

Robbie Williams! I was obsessed! I had every single, album, video, magazine clipping, I even made a website for him and my room was covered with hundreds of Robbie posters. I was such a fan girl.

My first cooking experience?

The Girl Guides tried to teach us to make a bonfire and cook sausages but my friend & I ordered a Dominos instead. Our leader was less than impressed and we didn’t last very long in the guides.

My first ever boyfriend/girlfriend?

I was at school and he said I was ‘the fittest girl in Year 10’ which pretty much won me over. We lasted a few months before he cheated on me whilst I was on holiday in Disney Land. Oh the secondary school drama.

My first ever mobile phone?

One of those Nokia house bricks which was only useful for playing Snake.

My first fear?

Dogs. I used to be petrified of dogs after a couple of big Alsatians chased me along the beach when I was younger. I’ve lost the fear over the years but I still cross the road when I see a scary looking one.

My first internet activity?

MSN messenger? Faceparty? Yahoo chat rooms? Napster? I can’t remember which came first but those were the good old days, right?!

My first job?

I worked in McDonalds when I was at college at 16 and was given free food every single shift. It was cool at the time and I thought I was living my best life but I’ve not eaten a McDonalds since.

My first language?

English. I did a bit of French at school but can only remember how to say ‘ est la poubelle’ (Where is the bin?)

First musical instrument?

I played the recorder and used to always annoy everyone with my squeaky rendition of Celine Dions – My Heart Will Go On.

My first pet?

Simba! I got Simba as a kitten in 2013 and 4 weeks later Zazu came along. They are brothers from different fluffy mothers.

My first piercing and when did I get it?

I got my ears pierced when I was at school. When I was 16 I got my tongue done and lip pierced twice. Ya know, rebelling and all that.

My first tattoo?

I don’t have any tattoo’s and don’t think I’ll get any either. I am way too indecisive to know what I want.

My first soft toy?

I had a soft toy clown with long dangley legs and blue hair and I called him Jake. Jake was my favourite. I tried to bin him once but my sister rescued him.

My first thought today?

What day is it?

My first time on a ship?

A ship? I think it’s more likely to be the Isle Of Wight ferry.

The first book I remember reading?

It was probably an Enid Blyton Secret Seven book. Those kids knew how to have epic adventures.

The first concert I ever attended?

I saw New Found Glory back in 2002 at Southampton Guildhall. I keep all my gig tickets as I am sentimental like that.

The first film I remember seeing?

I remember always watching Home Alone every Christmas growing up. I still love that film.

The first person I talked to today?

I spoke to my mum on the phone.

The first text I sent today?

I text Shaun to say good morning.

The first thing I do every morning?

Feed the cats. They won’t let me do anything until they have had their breakfasts.

The first thing I do when I get home?

Put on my comfy clothes. If I am wearing my jeans I don’t feel like I’m in total relaxation mode so I live in yoga leggings or shorts around the house.

The first time you ever got drunk?

My friend and I discovered my dad’s beer stash when we were supposed to be doing last minute revision for our Biology GCSE. We decided to have one to settle our pre-exam nerves. Of course, being teenagers we drank it all and went to the exam drunk. Sensible, right. However, I passed it and I still, to this day, have no idea how I managed it.

When did you go to your first party?

My sister and I used to have birthday disco’s every year with party bags and everything. I wish we still did that, those discos were the coolest.

I hope you enjoyed reading these! Feel free to copy and paste these questions if you want to answer them on your blog. Link me in the comments to your posts, I’d love to read your responses. Have fun!

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