Birthday treats, news & silliness (featuring guerilla buses)

We’re FIVE today!!

5th birthday candles |

As promised, today we’re releasing a special edition surprise box – a bundle of goodies from our first five years 🙂 You can get your hands on a selection of 5 items for ÂŁ10 or 10 items for ÂŁ18 – treat yourself & your desk as winter sets in!

Click here to order your birthday box now.

Celebratory guerilla buses

(not a heading I’d ever imagined writing!)

Ink Drops Guerilla Buses |

In celebration of being a UK business, we’ve found some gorgeous London bus erasers – that actually race each other. During November and December, we’re going to be leaving these for people to find – a stationery treasure hunt and random act of kindness all rolled into one.

We’re based in Essex, so you’re likely to find some in Colchester and Chelmsford, but we’re also planning a trip to the Stationery Museum in London, so if you’re visiting the capital city, keep an eye out for little red buses…

Ink Drops Guerilla Buses |

Thanks for being with us this far – here’s to the next five years!

Cordial wishes,

Carla & Annastasia xx

Time for cake – we’re turning 5!!


Somehow, five whole years have snuck past and Ink Drops’ 5th birthday is on 1st November – eeeek!

Ink Drops is 5! |

From that first fateful phone call, it’s been an intriguing ride… from letter writing salons to trade shows, trying out different planners to creating new daily practices, discovering our beloved bullet journals (with some tweaks) to shrieking with glee at our suppliers.

And of course, all the gorgeous stationery from 60 monthly boxes and all our one off & mini subscriptions to date!

To celebrate five years of stationery subscription deliciousness (that’s definitely a word), on Wednesday we shall be releasing a super special edition – a surprise selection of goodies from our first five years. Watch this space…

And here’s to the next 5 years – I wonder where they will lead us?

Stationeryfully yours, (maybe we’ll write a dictionary of Ink Drops word tweaks?!)

Carla & Annastasia x


I’m a bad penpal

It’s confession time. I’m a terrible penpal and as with so many things in life it’s because I mean well.

How to avoid being a bad penpal -

When a letter arrives from one of my penpals I open the envelope (with a letter opener, of course). I then devour the contents while my brain buzzes with excitement at what my reply will say. I’m overwhelmed by discovering new information, finding new connections and putting pen to paper to reply.

Basically I like to write longer letters. The type that fill up quite a number of pages, and as a result take longer to write. While I love the idea of putting aside an evening or afternoon for letter writing it’s amazing how often plans change, distractions occur and letters are not written.

So the letter and paper ready for my response gets carried around (getting tatty) with me while I fret guiltily about finding time to respond and how long it’s taking me.

Time to consult my toolkit…

I decided it was time to resolve  this pesky issue so I consulted my ‘virtual’ toolkit for for moving on tasks. I tried writing before I went to bed but only managed one night when I wasn’t too tired. Plans to write in the morning didn’t come off either until I recalled my best technique for attacking evasive tasks.

I find the best approach (but clearly one I don’t always recall) is to break the task into bite sized pieces and then nibble away day after day until it is done. Whilst  I could have opted for writing a paragraph a day I decided to capitalise on the flood of idea that came to me while reading the letter.

I noted these down on  a postcard while reading through the letter. Then I added a few notes to make them flow (it’s all in the planning people!). I assigned myself a section to work on each morning after brushing my teeth but before I did anything else.

Once I got writing and knew what I was covering each day writing my response was easy. The paragraphs flowed in a way they didn’t before.

And your bonus is…

As a bonus the postcard with the brief notes about my response (a sticky note would work well too) reminds me what I said in the letter, questions I answered and topics I raised.

How quickly do you respond to your penpals? any tips for letter writing procrastinators?

P.S. Our ‘Get Writing‘ bundle is perfect for letter writing enthusiasts and even includes some blank postcards for making notes.


An envelope of snippets for October

Lovely links for October from -


Abandon your plans for this evening and get cosy with some Chai tea and a handful of links to enjoy. Our September flew by in a flurry of packing. The Silly September sale went splendidly; it’s so nice to have space to move at Ink Drops HQ. And because you just can’t have too much of a good thing we decided to extend our sale so it’s running throughout October too.

Five links for October

  • Are you using personalised stationery? Apparently crossing your name out is the stylish thing to do
  • If fonts were furniture might make look at your house differently
  • Get bujo inspiration from this awesome resources page at Journal Sanctuary
  • It’s never to early to start planning for the festive season. Secret Santa is definitely something we do and it’s lovely to do little envelopes telling  people who they are buying for. But if you’re pushed for time then give Elfster a whirl and get it all set in a virtually.
  • Rebel, Upholder, Obliger or Questioner? Have you taken Gretchen Rubin’s four tendencies quiz?

Have a cosy October, dress as stationery for Halloween and don’t forget to pick up a bargain in our sale

Photo by Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash

My Life in Stationery – Holly

Lovely reader Holly sent us a Life in Stationery recently. She and I were at uni together and she’s a fellow night owl – so thought her stationery story was appropriate for another late-night Monday post 🙂 ~ Carla

my life in stationery Holly |

First things first, what’s your name?


What’s the best thing you’ve ever received in the post?

A birthday present

What’s your current favourite stationery item?

My beautiful wooden fountain pen with pink sparkly ink 🙂

Are you a diary writer?

No – I only use a planner to plan future events.

And are you a list maker?


Favourite ink colour?

I have to use pink for my job. I’d like to find a pink ink that’s scented and quick drying.

Your favourite place to write?

At a nice big clean desk.

Last thing you posted?

By mail? I can’t remember! Probably a wedding RSVP a long time ago.

Holly is a school teacher who would love to be an author. A prolific acquirer of pens and notebooks, who needs to make more time to write her as yet non-existent novel! We think pink ink for work is a completely brilliant idea (though Annastasia would, naturally, prefer green), and would love to know if any of you have come across any scented fountain pen ink! 

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