All I Want for Xmas is The Arty Hearts Stationery

Dear Santa,

I’m ready to let you off the hook for last year’s gift-giving bungle ( An inSinkerator?  For me?  Really?? )  I’m a writer, not a plumber.

This Christmas, just leave a stash of summery stationery from The Arty Hearts under my Christmas tree, and we’re all good.

We’ll pretend Christmas 2015 never happened.

And Santa, when  I say ‘a stash of stationery’, what I mean is a haul. A big, bright, beautiful collection like this…


from The Arty Hearts.

Or how about this…



The Arty Hearts produces boutique stationery for the true paper lover. Their products feature the gorgeous artwork of Australian designer Katrina Read. Her stationery is luxurious: premium paper and quality workmanship. Her bright designs are on-trend and so cute: shells, pineapples, tropical flowersflamingos, watermelonFRENCHIES!

(Ooh, Santa, remind me to talk to you later about a Frenchie puppy for Christmas 2017.)

Who wouldn’t love to carry this sweet little Pocket Planner? Four darling pads of peel-n-stick notes in a slim folder decked with soothing greenery. I feel breezy and cool just looking at it. A pretty green pencil holds it all together, so it’s sturdy enough to endure a daily ride my handbag.

Open Pocket Planner – Palm Design


Closed Pocket Planner – Flower Design

No doubt, Santa, you’re aware one item of stationery is never enough. So I’ll take a gorgeous weekly desk planner to give my work space a pop of colour and pizzazz … And a few luxe notebooks, large and small…


… Matching pencils, cards, wrapping paper, gift tags, shopping lists …

We have achieved Paper Nirvana. Thanks heaps, Santa!

BTW, I’ve been a very good girl this year.

Lots of Christmas cheer,


PS: Santa, you might consider shopping for the Missus at The Arty Hearts. I hear last Christmas’s Dust Buster didn’t go down too well.

Where to Buy

The Arty Hearts boutique stationery range is available at boutique retailers around Australia. Check out their store on the HardtoFind website and follow on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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Gorgeous Gifts for Writers & Readers: Handmade Journals

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Need a gift for your favourite word-nerd? In this series, we’ll explore some clever and quirky ideas. Today I want to show you the perfect present for the writer in your life, a handmade journal.

The Gift of Paper

According to tradition, the most suitable gift to celebrate a first anniversary is paper. Seriously? To my younger self, paper seemed paltry– a big step down from the diamond ring that sealed the deal twelve months earlier!

My appreciation of paper has come with maturity and writerly aspirations. There’s a lovely sentiment that comes with the gift of paper. It says, “Your writing is important, worthy of good materials.” Paper, especially letter paper, indicates a desire to stay in contact.  It’s actually a thoughtful gift from a friend and a terribly romantic gift from a lover.

photo 3Yesterday, an artistic friend thanked me with a handmade journal. I was so touched when I opened it to find the recycled materials reflect my interests as a children’s writer. The cover and spine were salvaged from an old book, and the hand-sewn pages are interspersed with envelopes, quaint illustrations from vintage kids’ books, and novelty fabric offcuts. It’s an amazing piece of art and a treasured (7)



Sourcing Handmade Journals

How do you get your hands on these lovely creations? First, know that they come under lots of names: smash books, junk journals, handmade notebooks…

Etsy has a lovely selection, including:

(If you’d like a journal like the one in the pictures here, leave a comment and I’ll email you some details.)

How to Make Your Own

According to my friend, junk journals are heaps of fun to make. Check out this great tutorial on notebook making. Pinterest has about a gazillion images to inspire you.

Whether you create your own quirky junk journal or purchase one from an artist, a handmade notebook is a perfectly gorgeous gift for your favourite writer.

Paper Lovers Anonymous

Got “a thing” for paper like me? Bit of a paper problem?? Get a Paper fix on my Pinterest Board.