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Stationery Box Swap: A Collab With Mademoiselle Women

The last time I did a Stationery Box Swap was waaay back in September with the lovely Lauren from Bournemouth Girl. Today, I’m super excited to share with you the goodies from my second stationery box swap from the equally lovely Lydia from Mademoiselle Women. When Lydia suggested this swap I was like yaaaas please, what could be better than a mystery package of surprises from a fabulous blogging friend!

Lydia is freelance NCTJ qualified journalist (appearing in The Independent, Readers Digest & many more!) as well as a blogger who writes about autism, travel, books, stationery and shares plenty of interesting interviews and reviews. Why not check out Mademoiselle Women and see all the awesome posts!

You can keep up with Lydia on Twitter and Instagram (click if you love cute cats and dogs *heart eyes*).

For our stationery swap, we agreed on a budget of £10 – this was surprisingly more difficult than expected, although it meant spending an enjoyable afternoon wandering around stationery shops, so happy times! To see the mystery box I sent to Lydia click here, but first here are the wonderful treats I received – everything is so thoughtfully selected and absolutely perfect for me! Thank you Lydia, I love it! <3

The cool thing about this package was everything was wrapped up beautifully and numbered in the order I had to open them (like a stationery treasure hunt, exciting!). Lydia wrote me such a sweet card as well as a list of instructions for my very own art journal. Yayy! In the message, Lydia wrote “the idea of this art journal is to be a space of positivity… here are some tasks to get you started…”.

The package included this awesomely pink In Pursuit Of Magic notebook (this is 100% me!), cute colourful pencils with motivational words (so cool!), a selection of gorgeous cards, and a couple of pretty postcards to add to my collection. My Ok Play Space Cat Stickers looked perfect on my new magical art journal!

Lydia suggested eight different tasks to get me started in my brand new shiny art journal. New notebooks can be so daunting, so I love that Lydia went to the effort to come up with so many fun and creative ideas such as illustrating a list of my favourite things, quotes, thoughts, letters and more! One of the tasks involved cats which gave me the inspiration to get arty with Pusheen, the most adorable cartoon cat, ever.

Colorfulness, cats, rainbows, ice cream, more cats… welcome to my happy place. 

I love love love these inspirational pencils – they are so perfect for sketching ideas into my art journal and reminding me to be confident, powerful and fearless with my creativity. Everything Lydia included is so thoughtfully and carefully chosen, it’s arty, pink, motivational and positive – so much awesomeness.

A huge thank you to Lydia for this fabulous selection of treats and for sparking creativity with my very own art journal. I know I am going to have so much fun with it and I can’t wait to get arty again, using the inspirational prompts and suggestions. I hope you enjoyed our stationery box swap – don’t forget to check out Mademoiselle Women to see what I included in Lydia’s box!

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  1. June 6, 2019 / 8:12 am

    Those pencils look amazing! I love how they have inspirational words printed on them; it’s all about little details that make all the difference xx

    Naya
    http://www.nayatilly.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 6, 2019 / 9:37 am

      Thank you Naya! That’s so true, I love the pencils too, so cute and motivational! <3 xx

  2. June 6, 2019 / 9:37 am

    Aw, two of my favourite bloggers and Lydia is my penpal too! What a lovely box swap, and how thoughtful to give you a stationery treasure hunt as well as some creativity-boosting ideas. This is typical of Lydia, she did the same for me when we had our collab last year (Self-care on a budget). I absolutely adore those cat in space stickers and how could you not feel inspired every time you pick up one of those pencils? Fabulous collab, I’m off to see what you got for Lydia now – thank you for sharing such a burst of positivity today! xxx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 6, 2019 / 9:49 am

      Aww, thank you so much for the sweet comment Lisa! It was such a lovely box of goodies, Lydia put so much thought into the package, so kind! The cat stickers were a perfect match for the art journal and the pencils are so awesome too! I’m glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xxx

  3. June 6, 2019 / 1:04 pm

    This is such a beautiful swap Bexa. That journal, pencils – I love the motivational words printed on them. Love the colorful cards and your fav cat stickers. These are such good memories that will always be with you. 🙂 I love all the beautiful and colorful pictures Bexa. 🙂

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 7, 2019 / 9:25 am

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Via! It’s such a fab swap, I got so many lovely things! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for the kind words <3 xx

  4. June 6, 2019 / 7:41 pm

    What a fun idea! such a great way to bring a little joy and surprise to a friend. Who doesn’t love some new stationery. xx

    Violethollow.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 7, 2019 / 9:33 am

      Thank you Sam, it was such a fun collab! <3 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 7, 2019 / 9:41 am

      Aww, thank you so much! <3 xx

  5. June 7, 2019 / 12:55 am

    I love theee colorful pieces!! She chose such amazing things to give you. The inspirational pencils are so nice and the colorful cat pictures!! Thanks for sharing Bexa!!

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 7, 2019 / 9:54 am

      Thank you so much Geraldine! I love the pencils too, so cute and inspirational! I’m glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  6. June 7, 2019 / 2:42 am

    I enjoyed your Stationery Box Swap with Mademoiselle Woman. I love the pretty motivational pencils. The magic notebook comes in handy and the cards are beautiful.

    https://debsdecorativelife.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 7, 2019 / 10:05 am

      Thank you so much Deb, I am glad you enjoyed the post! <3 xx

  7. Dorothy Teabags
    June 7, 2019 / 6:48 am

    Aww what a thoughtful box swap 😍 I love her little ideas for your notebook ☺️

    I absolutely love the inspirational pencils!

    Your cat drawings are so cute 🐱 xxxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 7, 2019 / 10:11 am

      Aww, thank you Dorothy, I am glad you enjoyed the post! <3 xxxx

  8. Adam York
    June 7, 2019 / 9:04 pm

    That stationary box looks so good! Very enticing with all those pretty colours!

    Your Average Guy Style

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 9:19 am

      Thank you so much Adam! <3 xx

  9. June 7, 2019 / 9:12 pm

    So cute❤

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 9:25 am

      Thanks Kinga! <3 xx

  10. June 8, 2019 / 6:36 am

    I love that you did a stationery box swap with Lydia! The goodies she packed for you looks AMAZING! For the budget you agreed on, you got a lot of great stuff! Even though you already had the Space Cat stickers, I LOVE IT!!! Ooooooooh, Pusheen looks super cute! Pusheen is life, hehe. Thanks for sharing the goods that you got!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 9:28 am

      Aww, thanks so much for the sweet comment Nancy! Hehe, Pusheen is awesome! Glad you enjoyed the post, I was so lucky to get such lovely goodies! <3 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 9:38 am

      Thank you so much! <3 xx

  11. June 9, 2019 / 8:07 am

    I am in love with that notebook. It would be perfect for my writting journal for ideas for my new book. And the pencils are so lovely.

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 9:50 am

      Thank you Marta, the notebook and pencils are really lovely! <3 xx

  12. June 9, 2019 / 8:09 am

    All of these items are so cute! The inspirational pencils have got to be my favourite, I definitely need them in my stationary collection. The notebook is also too cute, I have way too many notebooks but there’s always room for more! X

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 9:55 am

      Thank you Aaliyah, I agree, there is always room for more notebooks! <3 xx

  13. June 9, 2019 / 8:14 am

    Love this! A stationery box swap is such a cool idea! That notebook is super sweet and I love the stickers you used to decorate it! Especially that flying pig one. That Pusheen spread made me smile so much!

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 10:05 am

      Thank you so much Annie, so glad you enjoyed the post and yayy for Pusheen! <3 xx

  14. June 9, 2019 / 8:31 am

    Oh I love the idea of a stationery box swap, and everything she sent you is so gorgeous! I really like the fact that she numbered everything in the order she wanted you to open them, that’s definitely something I’d do, haha. I think my favourite things are the inspirational pencils – they’ll give you a bit of a boost when you’re writing or drawing with them 🙂

    Nicola | http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 10:26 am

      Thank you so much Nicola! I agree, the numbers were such a cute added touch and defo added to the excitement! The pencils are really motivational too, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! <3 xx

  15. Daisy
    June 9, 2019 / 9:11 am

    Oh my goooooosh!! A stationery box swap is a thing?! I want to do one! Where do I sign up? LOL! All of these items you received are so cute and perfect!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived</b

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 10:41 am

      Aww, hehe! Thanks Daisy! It was such a fun thing to do and I loved the goodies! <3 xx

  16. June 9, 2019 / 9:33 am

    ALL THE PUSHEEN!!!! 😉 <3

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 10:54 am

      YESSS! <3 xx

  17. Millie
    June 9, 2019 / 9:35 am

    This is such a lovely idea and I love how personalised the swap was!! I always love reading your posts as all the stationary and colours makes me happy haha! Have a great Sunday!!:)

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 11:05 am

      Aww, thanks so much for the lovely comment Millie! You are so sweet, have a great week! <3 xx

  18. June 9, 2019 / 9:50 am

    Such a cool idea to swap boxes with blogging friends. As always, love the colours on your blog and photos!

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 11:15 am

      Aw, thanks so much lovely! <3 xx

  19. June 9, 2019 / 10:17 am

    This is such a lovely idea – I love how she gave you fun activities to do as well, so it became a creative exercise too! Those stickers go perfectly on the notebook, I thought they were part of the design.

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 11:26 am

      Thank you so much Claire, it was so thoughtful, I loved getting creative with the art journal! <3 xx

  20. June 9, 2019 / 10:40 am

    I love love love that notebook and the ombre look to it. Everything is super cute and the swap a really fun idea x

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 11:47 am

      Aw, thanks so much Meagan! <3 xx

  21. June 9, 2019 / 12:36 pm

    I think these box swaps are such a good idea!! 😊

    What a lovely surprise! You’ve got some great items here.
    I always love receiving a new notebook and the fact that she gave you some ideas to get you started with it is awesome!

    A successful swap I think! 😊

    Love Lozza xo
    http://girlygabble.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 12:01 pm

      Thank you so much Lozza! I agree, the ideas were so thoughtful and really inspired creativity! I’m glad you enjoyed the post lovely! <3 xx

  22. June 9, 2019 / 1:22 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love every single photograph in this post – everything is ADORABLE, and I love how much thought she put in. I am also a big fan of your Pusheen art and the Space Cat stickers (I know you added them, but they are pefection!).

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 12:13 pm

      Aww, thanks so much Naomi! It was such a thoughtful package and yayy for Pusheen and Space Cats, he he! Thank you for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed! <3 xx

  23. June 9, 2019 / 3:55 pm

    The stationary is so cute! What fun!

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 12:28 pm

      Thank yooou! <3 xx

  24. June 9, 2019 / 4:37 pm

    I love your blog bix swaps! They seem like so much fun and all the super cute items are amazing! I love those pencils! Not I ly are they bright and cheerful color wise but having inspirational messages right there in your hand as you create is amazing! The kitty art is adorable! An art journal is a fantastic idea!

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 12:32 pm

      Aww, thanks so much for the lovely comment Kristin! I love the pencils too, so inspiration! Glad you enjoyed the post and the art too! <3 xx

  25. June 10, 2019 / 10:18 am

    Aw these look so cute! I’m such a stationery enthusiast haha! Thanks for sharing x

    Maria @ clumsyagenda.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 12:45 pm

      You are welcome, thank you for reading! <3 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 10, 2019 / 1:03 pm

      Aww, thank you so much Priya, that’s such a sweet thing to say. Love your blog too! <3 xx

      • June 17, 2019 / 1:41 pm

        thanks deAR

        • Bexa
          Author
          June 18, 2019 / 7:49 am

          <3

  26. June 10, 2019 / 7:57 pm

    This is such a cute idea! Definitely, something that would keep you creative!
    I love the pencils 😀

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 7:51 am

      Thanks Nyxie! The pencils are awesome! <3 xx

  27. June 10, 2019 / 11:25 pm

    What a lovely treat to receive in the post! Wouldn’t it be interesting if she put something completely crazy and off topic in there!

    Personally, I would have put a bottle of vodka in there as a bonus, but that’s just me…

    Always a pleasure to read your posts, Bexa!

    Trace x | http://www.thefashioncollector.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 7:58 am

      He he, that would be pretty funny! Aww and thank you for the lovely comment Trace, you are so kind! <3 xx

  28. June 11, 2019 / 9:58 am

    This is so cute, such a wonderful selection of gifts! I also love your Pusheen pages, oh my gosh, they are amazing! I’m also a big fan of the inspirational pencils, ahh so lovely of Lydia!! Every time I see your blog posts on stationary things that you have got, it makes me reallly want to go out and buy so many stationary things haha. Lovely blog post as always <3

    Chloe xxx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 8:07 am

      Aww, thanks so much for the lovely comment Chloe! Yaay for Pusheen! 🙂 He he, stationery shopping is the best and thanks again for the kind words! <3 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 8:21 am

      Thank you! <3 xx

  29. June 11, 2019 / 12:31 pm

    Wow!! I’ve always been a collector of stationaries since I was a kid. If I was given a package same as this, I would be very excited to open it too! Too many cute stuffs!!!

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    http://www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 8:23 am

      Thank you! I loved it too, such an exciting package to receive! <3 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 8:27 am

      Thank you! <3 xx

  30. Lorna
    June 12, 2019 / 3:58 pm

    There’s some amazing pieces in this box! How cool is that!
    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 8:29 am

      Thank you! <3 xx

  31. June 13, 2019 / 12:04 am

    Oooooh new stationery always makes me drool a little, haha! I spotted the most adorable planner at the store the other day, and I’ve been itching to go back and get it ever since. I’ve gone through phases of being really organized, digitally or on paper, but slowly and steadily, my love for notebooks & planners has come back. I have to say I’ve been inspired by all your pretty flatlays & that post about ways to use a new notebook. You’re rubbing off on me 😉

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 8:33 am

      Aww yay! Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Macey! I am so happy my posts are inspiring you! You can never have too much pretty stationery, he he, I’d defo go back to the shop and buy the planner! Thanks again for the kind words lovely! <3 xx

  32. June 14, 2019 / 6:01 pm

    How cute are the little kitties on that stationery set! I really like the encouraging pencils, such a fun reminder to stay motivated while jotting down your goals and plans 👏🏾😍 This swap is such a sweet way to stay connected with those you build a relationship with in the blogging community 🌸🦋

    Natonya | https://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 8:54 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Natonya! The pencils are really motivating and cute, I love them! I agree, the swap was such a fun thing to do! <3 xx

  33. June 15, 2019 / 3:47 am

    You have cutest stationery swap boxes, ever, Bexa! I’m loving the pencils in this collection.

    cabin twenty-four

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 9:05 am

      Aww, thanks so much Eena! Glad you enjoyed <3 xx

  34. June 15, 2019 / 8:49 am

    I love the pencils and the cat stickers are so cute! I love cats. 🙂

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 9:11 am

      Thank you Rita! Yaay for cute cats! <3 xx

  35. June 16, 2019 / 1:08 pm

    This looks like fun. I love stationery and this is very cute! 🙂

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 9:15 am

      Thank you Nikki! <3 xx

  36. June 16, 2019 / 10:01 pm

    Cool box❥

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 9:22 am

      Thank you! <3 xx

  37. June 18, 2019 / 9:46 am

    I’ve done a few box swaps with bloggers and always enjoyed it! It’s nice to treat someone to things and also a nice surprise for whatever you get too! I’d love to do a box swap at some point with you, if you ever fancied it! <3

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 19, 2019 / 1:26 pm

      Thank you so much Jenny! I agree, it is always so much fun and yes please, I’d love to do a swap with you sometime, that would be awesome! <3 xx

  38. June 23, 2019 / 10:23 am

    I love this collab. That art journal is a great idea and I like how you’ve decorated with the cat stickers. It’s great she included a few prompts to get you started. I never know what to put in new notebooks! Those pencils are great, i love the motivational quotes / words.

    • Bexa
      Author
      June 24, 2019 / 12:04 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Kim! So glad you enjoyed the collab! The prompts were very handy indeed, new notebooks can be so daunting <3 xx

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