National Stationery Week 2017 is a celebration of all things stationery. Notebooks, pens, pencils – anything that we can use to get writing.
Are you a stationery addict? I know I am. I have a cupboard full of notebooks, pens and colouring pencils all ready for use when I need them. This year National Stationery Week runs from the 24th – 30th April and celebrates all things writing.
What is nicer than receiving a hand written letter or card to say thank you? When I was little writing was a big part of life. Most teenage girls kept a diary to record their thoughts. To do lists and homework had to be written and clear handwriting was important. If your handwriting was bad people would not understand what you were trying to say. Sadly writing seems to be a dying art. People are more likely to send a text or an email than sit down and write on a piece of paper. The art of expression though writing is being lost due to technology. Writing by hand is still important. It is much more personal to send someone a letter or a thank you card instead of an email.
National Stationery Week 2017 – #natstatweek #writingmatters
Why not get involved in National Stationery Week this year? It is a good excuse to treat yourself to some new stationery. It is also a chance to get your children writing and encourage them to learn new skills. There are plenty of ways to get involved listed on the website. Why not go on a stationery crawl and check out all the local stationery shops in your area? You could pick up a pen and write a letter to someone you haven’t seen for a while? Encourage your children to get crafty and make posters? Give them a notebook and encourage them to start a diary. Writing Matters!
Every day of National Stationery Week has a special theme to inspire you to find some stationery and get writing. Have a look at their website for more stationery ideas. Why not follow along with the seven days of stationery and create something inspirational.
Seven Days of Stationery
Monday – Pen and Pencil Day – #PenAndPencilDay
Why not take the chance to sort out your pencil case? Get rid of any pens that are leaky or not working and replace them with some new ones. If your pencil case is looking tatty get a new one. There are some great designs our there now and some come ready filled. This pencil case from Maped is full of useful stationery. I particularly like the pens with stencils on the top which allow you to get really creative. Get your children to sort out their pencil cases as well and write a list of what new items they need.
For younger kids take a look at these Writesize pencils which come in different sizes to suit smaller hands. This helps make writing easier.
Tuesday – Get Crafty – #GetCrafty
This is a great chance to make posters, design invitations, personalise a calender or diary. Get your children to think of ideas of what they can make. I am not a very crafty person but this year I made a bullet journal. I couldn’t find a diary to suit me and I was able to customise the journal to perfectly suit my needs. It takes a while to set up but the effort is worth it. I now know what my plans are ahead of time. There are many articles that describe how to create a bullet journal so I won’t go into detail here.
All that you need is a notebook, a pen and a ruler. Decide what layouts you want and then spend a busy few hours setting up the pages. My bullet journal is very plain and functional. If you want you can get artistic and add colour and pictures. It is a great organisational aid.
Wednesday – World Stationery Day – #WorldStationeryDay
Why not treat yourself to some stationery that has a theme from different countries? I love these items from Mustard. A pineapple pen box is reminds me of tropical islands while the lucky cat pen toppers bring a touch of Japan to my desk. As a dog owner how could I resist these dog page markers? They are great for marking important pages in my diary. If you are always using post it notes then Froot have a great selection of tropical post it notes with coloured pencils to match.
Thursday – Thank You Thursday – #ThankYouThursday
A thank you letter always brings a smile to the receivers face. Get your children to sit down and write a thank you letter to their Grandparents for a gift or a thank you note to a teacher at school. Get out some colouring pens and get them to design the notepaper to make it extra special.
Friday – Fountain Pen Friday – #FountainPenFriday
When was the last time you used a fountain pen? Why not treat your children to a calligraphy set and get them to practice copper plate writing? It is fun and allows them to learn a new skill. You could ask them to write Shakespeare quotes on special paper and put the attempts on the wall. I had a go at calligraphy when I made lemon and raspberry possets. It was a bit of a challenge.
Saturday – Signature Saturday – #SignatureSaturday
Get the kids to practice their signature by getting them to sign for things. Make a fun game of it. If they want their dinner get them to sign to say they are at the dinner table. If it is the day they get their pocket money get them to sign to say they have got it. They can have fun thinking of things you can sign as well.
Sunday – Write a Letter Day – #WriteALetterDay
Take the opportunity to sit down and write a letter to a friend you haven’t seen for a while. I am sure they will be pleased to hear from you. When I was young I had a penpal in New Zealand and we would exchange letters and gifts. It is fascinating to hear about life in another country. Maybe you have a friend who lives abroad with kids. You could ask if they would like be penpals with your children and get your child to write a letter of introduction.
Will you be taking part in National Stationery Week this year? Let me know below.