Alexia Claire’s The Stationery Club July Unboxing

Alexia Claire’s The Stationery Club July Unboxing


If you have ordered the first Alexia Clare The Stationery Club box and haven’t opened it yet don’t keep scrolling as you’ll spoil it for yourself.

If you didn’t…..

Why not?

I’m very much a stationery tart as many of you already know and was incredibly excited when a few months ago the uber talented Alexia Claire announced that she was going to create and curate stationery boxes to be released monthly (on a different theme each time) for all of us fans.

July’s theme…..

Misty Mountain, stationery theme, Alexia Claire

The first box for early bird subscribers (I was in there bang in 8am!) cost just four pounds something (I forget exactly) which was a P&P charge however all subsequent boxes will be £15.00 on a rolling subscription until you choose to cancel. The full / exact details may be found via The Stationery Club page.

To the unboxing…..

I had decided to try my virgin hand at recording a YouTube video for this however thanks to tech fails you’ve escaped that horror and so get to see non-shaky photos instead.

Alexia Claire, stationery unboxing

The fun purple coloured box fits perfectly through the letterbox so no annoying “we missed you” red cards from the postie.

On opening the box we have some lovely purple tissue paper and – what’s this? It’s a furry thing! (After further investigation I’m going with the furry thing being a planner charm and a very cute one at that).

Alexia Claire

Next up we have this lovely handwritten note from Alexia herself (details of the mentioned hashtag competition were posted into the lid of the purple box and were clear to see)




Next up we have some absolutely adorable woodland creature paper clips. I love these, especially the fox.


Then we have four stickers, again following the Misty Mountain theme. I’m a sticker tart so these please me greatly.


Now we have some personalised notepaper (you were asked your preferred name when signing up – very clever) and some brown envelopes.

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Then a DAILY PLANNER PAD! I adore Alexia’s planner pads, having bought the downloads for a couple via her Etsy store in the past. Again these go along with the Misty Mountain theme, are a convenient size and will definitely be used.


This next item I am very excited about. What we have here is a little craft kit that I have no doubt my boys will show me how to use properly,


Last but not least……. a free 40 page printable planner (and a fab quote on the back of this card).

To my horror on going to print said planner bundle I found myself out of ink (something I’ll sort later today) however take my word for it when I say WOW (I’ll add pictures for the bundle asap and link to Alexia’s own video unboxing when it goes live soon).


The bundle (again featuring the Misty Mountain theme) includes:

  • A “This Planner Belongs To: page
  • Daily planner printables (the same as in the pad)
  • A weekly planner
  • A monthly planner
  • To Do Lists (3 different ones to a page)
  • Note pages (lined)
  • A weekly menu page
  • A large to do list (1 per page) – perfect for a clipboard
  • Important dates
  • New project planner
  • Shopping lists
  • Social media planner
  • Daily spends tracker
  • Monthly spends tracker
  • Password keeper
  • A “My Sales” tracker
  • Blog post planner
  • A full page expenses planner
  • Petrol milegae tracker
  • Business expenses (full page)
  • Reading list
  • Wish list
  • Daily positivity worksheet
  • Daily health planner
  • Today’s meals
  • Printable bookmarks
  • Monthly planners January through to December

What is great of course is that you can print whichever pages you want and need, or all of them as many times as you like. This particular planner bundle is specific to The Stationery Club too.


Is it worth the £15 we’ll pay for the next box? I’m going to say for me absolutely. These boxes (this is not my first!) are always a bit pot luck because they are put together with the whole group in mind. For me though I have to say there’s nothing here that will be wasted and nothing I don’t like.

Thanks Alexia, from me this is a big thumbs up!


Money, Money, Money

photo by John Althouse Cohen via PhotoRee

I was always the one who got excited by a new school year when I was younger. Brand new sharp pencils, the smell of the new books and that first clean page on the exercise book. Apart from the fact that I don’t wear school skirts rolled up short or indulge in ridiculously heavy eye make-up any more, little has changed, I still love a new year!

Every January I lovingly unwrap the new calendar and fill in it and get the diary set up (this year it’s a Dodopad Pax – for a stationery tart such as myself, this is like heaven!). Then it’s money time!

I’m told money can’t buy you happiness. I’m sure it can’t, but being skint can make you pretty miserable too. After Kieran was born I gave up my well paid career to work from home. An income that disappeared overnight was a challenge and a half and taught me a lot about not only how to budget better and save but also about my attitudes towards money. Even now, with my income restored I’m still careful and hate waste.

I set myself a few tasks at the beginning of each year:

  • Ring / contact all providers (ie gas/electric, phone/broadband/ insurances etc) and check I am on the correct / cheapest tariff / packages
  • Adjust budget accordingly
  • Use the new budget to update the standing order payments for savings.

Three simple steps when set me up financially. I do check tariff info throughout the year and when contacts expire but it’s important I start the year off properly.

Record keeping.

My business books are always kept up to date and I file my tax return in May every year (I like to get it out of the way). My household books are run the same way. I use free bookkeeping software to track my spends. Knowing whether or not you are keeping within your budget is important but looking closer can be helpful! Last year I looked back at my spends and realised I was doing a lot of top up shopping, despite doing a weekly shop. I was going mainly for fresh fruit and veg and while there I always managed to pick up some unneccesary items. Looking at this I decided to have a veg box delivered weekly and this has saved me a fortune.

This is just one example that shows how a bit of planning and organisation can make a big difference.

I enjoy my new page at the beginning of the year and getting organised. What do you do at the beginning of the year to start it off on the right foot?