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ORGANISATION…NOT REALLY MY STYLE

So it’s Day 4 of National Stationery Week, and the only day I’ve been dreading a little; ‘Tidy Desk Day’. Not being known as one of the most organised of people..I’m a creative- we thrive on chaos right!-the thought of tidying anything brings back teenage memories of being ordered to tidy my room, and I visibly recoil. However I do thrive on lists, lists, lists. While a lot of these go untended to for weeks and are therefore discarded, there is nothing quite as satisfying as crossing off (almost) everything on your daily ‘to do’ post-it, screwing it up and putting it in my mini recycling bin. I have day to day lists, weekly lists, and life lists-where the ‘to dos’ may take several years to get round to. I do find it cathartic to empty the mass of thoughts whirling round my head into paper though, it’s a visual map of my problems to solve. 

In the spirit of the day I will share some of my organised chaos, if anything it will make you feel better about how neat and organised your ‘office’ is. 

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This is about as tidy as my workstation gets; a masterclass in organised chaos!

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Organised Tropicana and Hawaii envelope stock preparation

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The CL.AM envelope range in reverse

Now I’m off to write another post-it or ten, happy desk-tidying Thursday x

 

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PEN & INK DAY

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It’s already day 3 of National Stationery Week which means it’s ‘Pen & Ink Day’. One of the days I was most looking forward to, and a chance for us to introduce our new LIMONE design, perfect for a lovely sunny Wednesday; arriving at CL.AM soon!

There’s no better way to show someone whom you may have been slightly neglecting, that you do honestly care, and you are thinking of them, than a beautiful handwritten note, on equally beautiful stationery. It goes so much further than a dismissive text or email, it shows that you’ve taken time out of your busy life to not only select luxurious, note-worthy stationery, but also to select your words carefully. A luxurious handwritten letter can’t contain the usual LOLS, OMG’S or old school PTB’s that often pepper our everyday digital correspondence, and it’s all the better for it. I think we could all do with taking a step back from online communication now and then, and get back to basics with a  bit of old-fashioned pen and ink. You may find it becomes addictive and offers a little respite in an otherwise media saturated day. 

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We have a range of unique fashion-inspired, printed stationery just waiting for you to snap up, and adorn with meaningful words. Even better, to celebrate NSW14 it’s 20% off our entire handmade collection, all week with code NSW.

So this Wednesday, and this Sunday which is official ‘Write a letter day’- why not take a pause, and make someone smile you haven’t seen in a while. After all Correspondence is Cool! x

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SICILIA RANGE AND INSPIRATION

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We spent a year living in Veneto, Northern Italy shortly after graduating, and have loved it ever since. But after a holiday to Sicily’s heavenly capital Palermo, we were utterly hooked on it’s concentrated and unapologetic Mediterranean charm. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana clearly feel the same about their native Country, as it provides endless inspiration for their culturally rich Catwalk creations. In their S/S 14 RTW show, they concentrate on the early Greek influences to the Country as well as the era of the Roman Empire which was a key influence for our ‘Sicilia’ envelope design (http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/S2014RTW-DGABBANA). As were the stunning richly painted ceramics we photographed, and bought excessively on our visit- the correspondence set would make for lovely ‘al fresco’ wedding stationery, especially if you’re planning a romantic Sicilian honeymoon!

Shop our new Sicilia range of envelopes, notelets and cards at: 

http://www.cl-am.com/#!shop–cart/c1hv9

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ENVELOPE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS @ CL.AM HQ

Thought you might like to see a ‘photo-story’ of the construction process behind our luxury envelope sets, all the flat printing is done on high quality Italian papers in the UK, and sent to us. We then construct, hand-emboss and gum the envelopes and notelets ourselves. It is quite a lengthy process, but for that hand-finished quality I think you’ll agree its worth it, and quite fun when you get into the production zone!

 

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The ‘Natale’ envelopes are all ready for the Christmas post…Merry Christmas!

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Our Christmas range 2013

Our Christmas range 2013

Our Christmas range 2013:
Natale card packs, Natale envelope and notelet sets and Vaticano hand-stamped gift tags

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