I’m not ashamed to admit that I LOVE craft related activities! When I first met The Boy Next Door, he nicknamed me ‘Craft Nerd’ when he found it hilarious that I’d hosted a cookie decorating party for my friends (read about that here).
So you can probably imagine that I was just a LITTLE bit excited about attending last night’s Selfridges Personalised Stationery Workshop. Craft Nerd overload in my favourite department store? Heaven!
What was also exciting is that I was meeting Jaime from Angloyankophile and Sorcha from Bright Field Notes. I’d discovered Jaime’s blog earlier this year, and we struck up an online friendship via Twitter, because that’s like a totally normal thing to do in 2015. It turned out she’s a stationery lover so this Personalised Stationery Workshop was right up her alley. Sorcha then got wind of the event via our excitable Twitter conversation, booked her ticket, and here we were all about to meet at Selfridges for the first time.
We located each other, and the first and most important item on the agenda was high tailing it to the Food Hall for snacks. Armed with food we made our way down to the Lower Ground floor and followed the signs to Makerversity, where our Personalised Stationery Workshop was being held.
We walked into a brightly lit room and made our way to a free table, with each place setting having a Stamp Kit. Down the middle of the table lay ink pads featuring every colour of the rainbow. And silver.
The Stamp Kit contained everything we’d need to make our own Personalised Stamps, though I was starting to doubt my creative ability and wondering how on earth I’d walk out the door that evening having created my own stamp.
Helen, the founder of Just Got Made was our lecturer for the evening, and she gave us a rundown on how to come up with your own creative ideas, which I must admit had me feeling very uncreative and thinking ‘Oh no, I can’t think of anything! What if everyone else makes amazing stationery and I can’t find an idea?!’. I’m so glad my school days are over!
After a demonstration on how to make the stamp, we were let loose to start creating, cutting and stamping. I was still at a loss for ideas, so I did the next best thing and ate my sushi from the Food Hall.
Sushi devoured, I got down to business, I got super creative, and I carved a triangle shaped stamp. I know. Amazing right?
The time flew by so quickly, chatting away, stamping and then class was over!
We decided to head up to the fourth floor to prolong the evening with drinks and gossip, before departing ways and heading off into the night with our creations and promises to catch up soon.
My triangle masterpiece, alongside some yellowy-black polka-dots I also made. Maybe I won’t quit my day job just yet. But I’m now a stamping convert for sure!