Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Scrapbooking with Smiggle!*


Surrounded by a flurry of paper, old train and cinema tickets and an abundance of pretty gel pens can only signify one thing. Scrapbooking. Its a pastime, that, whilst appears alongside eating healthier and doing more exercise upon our New Years Resolutions lists every single year, is a pastime that we seldom commit to. Boxes upon plastic wallets upon old albums, filled with an abundance of times gone by, lay neglected up in our attics and bedroom drawers, waiting for the miracle of a day in which we commit to these resolutions. Yet, once in a (very rare) blue moon, you find yourself crawling through innumerable amounts of cobwebs in order to delve into a box full of times gone by.  





And I did just that. I delved into the hefty volume of train tickets, novelty tokens, quotes, cinema tickets, arbitrary 'scraps' of paper, and a whole legion more of self-memorabilia in order to organise it into some kind of chaotic display. And you know what? It didn't turn out too shabby. Perpetually remaining the girl who drastically shies away at the mention of the word 'art' in any form; memories of disastrous and rather cataclysmal art homework invading my mind, it came as a rarity for me to explore the creative connotations of scrapbooking.


I teamed up with Smiggle, a Stationary brand from down under in order to fulfil my somewhat rare but nonetheless pleasing desire to be creative. It appears that our fellow-british-speaking-clan of Aussies down under have a rather admirable flair for designing brilliant stationary, all whilst inducing a 'smile' and a 'giggle', hence the name of the brand, 'Smiggle'. The brand are launching their first store in the UK at Westfields, Stratfield, on 20th February. Why not head down on the tube and feast your eyes on the wonderfully childish and fun stationary the store has to offer?

From a wonderful array of scented highlighters and nostalgic gel pens, to rubbers in the form of lollipops, to a pair of headphones that make me look somewhat musical (another rarity you'll grow to be acquainted with), I was provided with the ideal blend of creative-kick-start goodies to give this old art malarkey a try. 


I hopped over to Amazon where I ordered this pretty Cath Kidston Scrapbook, and sat eagerly by the letterbox waiting for Mr John the Postman to arrive. I consequently performed the ambitious task of combing through my self-memorabilia of my life over the past two years. 




The journey of chaoticly organising my self-memorabilia and at times odd keepsakes, whilst far from complete, has been a fun one so far. 

Have you got a scrapbook, or is it a pastime that you seldom, if not ever, commit to?
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*I was sent the above stationary in order to feature in a creative post. My views were not influenced by the company, and I was not given any other form of compensation for the post.

32 comments :

  1. That is so cool. And it looks like good fun. I have so many little things that mean a lot to me, but I keep them in boxes, and scrapbook would be perfect. I don't understand how I had not thought of that. Thank you so much. I can't wait to start making it! xxx ;)

    Antonia || fashionfairy07.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! I had so many boxes that were just getting dusty under my bed...the scrapbook is the perfect way to store memories! Let me know if you decide to go ahead with it! Lauryn x

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  2. This is so cute! Really makes me want to knock out the craft supplies!

    Anna x

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    1. Aw thank you! Smiggle have the perfect art supplies!:)xxx

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  3. Great post! I have a scrapbook myself but it's been left in the wardrobe for quite a while haha - this has inspired me to carry on scrapbooking as I have a draw crammed with memories and it'll be a great way to organise them all as well

    stylishengland.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you James! I agree with you on that one - its something that you always push to the back of your mind, but really its something we should do more often! have fun scrapbooking:-)x

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  4. I would love to scrapbook, but I am just too lazy to get it done. Maybe this summer I will spend some time organizing one for my trips abroad.

    Madeline | Ring-a-Round a Rosey | Bloglovin’

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    1. haha, this was my attitude for the last year or so. yet now I've done it, I'm incredibly happy with how it's turned out-I regret leaving it so long! Have fun on your trips!:)

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  5. Ahhh, I love an occasional scrapbook! I've been trying to get into creating a creative journal type things this year inspired by Rookie Mag. This stationary looks really cute too! Christina xoxo

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    1. I adore Rookie Mag - I agree, it really makes me want to hop down to brick lane and take part in some kind of art...just me?! haha, the stationary is great too! Thanks for the comment, made me smile:-)xxx

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  6. A scrap book is a great way to remember all the things you have done. Amazing stationary too Lucy x

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    1. I agree-especially to look back on in 20 years time with your kids (only to compare 'olden times' train tickets - by the time our kids get the train it will probably be on a brain scanner and will fly! hahaha)xxx

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  7. I love to scrapbook too! This is a gorgeous little post! Lovely photography too! I have also just entered your giveaway. It is such a good one, definitely want to win! I love the personality and sweetness of your blog and aspire for mine to one day be so loved and successful. Your blog is definitely one of my favourites!
    xx

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    1. Thank you so much Lucy! Unfortunately the giveaway ended a few weeks ago, although a new one is appearing soon! I am positive that your blog is amazing-it deserves a lot more recognition! I can't express my gratitude; thank you so much! lots of love, lauryn xxx

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  8. Yay! I love scrapbooking. When I lived in France I started a scrap book, I've got loads of tickets, doodles, leaflets and random things in it! Maybe I should photograph it and post pictures of it on my blog one day!

    Corinne x

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    1. I would love to see that on your blog! Scrapbooking is the perfect way to gather up and display well loved, but often forgotten about memories. Thanks for the comment!x

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  9. Looks fun! I've never scrapbooked before!

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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    1. This was my first attempt - but it was the perfect way to spend a lazy weekend! if you give it a try be sure to let me know:-)xxx

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  10. This is a really cool idea....I use to make loads along with mood boards....spent a fortune on glue!

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh, the familiarity...I used up AN ENTIRE pritt stick!! Thanks! lauryn x

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  11. I'd love to do a scrapbook and put all my little bits and pieces into something other than an old shoebox in my cupboard!

    Lovely post :) xx

    El - elbellavita.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hahaha, that shoebox sounds all too familiar...apart from the fact it was in a desk drawer! haha, I highly recommend it though:)

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  12. I love all your posts but I loved this one especially! Your photos are so so clear and your writing skills are amazing! I recently changed my url! Love Simmy x

    www.simmyhoonjan.co.uk

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    1. I love the new URL - its so versatile and professional! Thank you so much, that little comment means the absolute universe! Alas, the exact same can be said for you!

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  13. Ohh, I love stationary. I really want to start a scrapbook, this definitely inspired me :)

    stereonana.com

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    1. I must admit, stationary is my weakness! I'm so glad that it inspired you - let me know if you go ahead with it!

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  14. Aah this has made me really want to start my own scrapbook!

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    1. I would love to see it if you did! lauryn x

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  15. I love this post, makes me want to start my own scrapbook :) xx

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  16. I have been trying to get my stuff scrapbooked for ages, it's just such a mission! Yours looks amazing though, well worth the effort :) x

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  17. I've always wanted to make a scrap book but I've never found the time! I definitely want to get doing one though after reading this. I love the look of the Smiggle stationairy - all so cute! I need some nice stationairy to help keep me motivated during revision so I will definitely check the shop out :)

    Jessica | Jessica’s Journal Blog ♥

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  18. I've recently started a scrapbook. I kinda keep all the little remembrances from concerts, movie tickets, even my polaroid photos and more. I keep everything then I stick it all in my scrapbook. It's a great way to document all the memories :)

    Thanks for sending me your link on the #socialbloggers chat last week! :)

    Anna Czarina

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