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HUGE SPOTLIGHT STATIONERY UNBOXING | 12 months of subscriptions boxes | July 2021-June 2022

Spotlight Stationery Unboxing – July 2021-June 2022
Spotlight Stationery Unboxing – July 2021-June 2022

Watch our Spotlight Stationery HUGE UNBOXING video! 🔥 12 months of subscription boxes.
July 2021 – June 2022

BOXES 📦🖋🖊✏📖💌
Spotlight Stationery is a monthly stationery subscription box for £27 inc. shipping (within the UK).
Indulge your passion for stationery! Every month they curate a selection of contemporary stationery, based on a theme.
They choose only premium brands and artisan products, including items you won’t commonly find on the high street. 📮🖇🖍📔
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Items Included:
JULY BOX – ‘Whales’ theme: a collection inspired by this group of marine mammals.
Dingbats A6 blue whale squared notebook, £13.45
Räder whale paper clips, £4.75
Paper Mate Flair felt tip pen, set of 4 Blue, £4.53
Pentel Energel pen, set of 12, Black £12.42
Pilot 0.7 gel pen, Gold, £2.60
Pentel Graphgear 300 mechanical pencil 0.7, £15.07
Pentel Clic Eraser, set of 2, £3.89
4 postcards, artists unknown.

AUGUST BOX – ‘Buchanan’ theme: a collection inspired by a beautiful tartan design.
Waverley ‘Buchanan’ tartan cloth commonplace notebook, £9.99
National Museums of Scotland Tree of Life card, pack of 8, £5.99
Pentel Energel pen, set of 3, Green £6.22
Pentel Energel pen, set of 3, Yellow £6.38
Pentel Energel pen, Orange £2.49
Pentel Energel pen, set of 3, Brown £6.99
4 postcards, artists unknown

SEPTEMBER BOX – ‘Be Bright!’ theme: how much colour can you squeeze into a subscription box?
Legami Milano Neon Coral Medium Lined notebook, £10.67
Schneider Job Highlighter, set of 6 assorted, £6.97
Koh-i-noor Jumbo Magic pencil £3.92
Zebra Sarasa Clip pen, set of 10 assorted £13.47
Pentel Brush Sign Pen, Light Green £3.99
Sarah Campbell Designs ‘Côte D’Azur’ greeting card £3.60
Bookmark, artist unknown
4 postcards, artists unknown

OCTOBER BOX – ‘Box of Blues’ theme: all the shades of blue you need…
British Museum Great Wave Japanese woodblock prints blank greetings cards, set of 8 £5.00
Castelli Milano Shibori Collection Notebook (similar design), £17.41
Zebra SX-60 A5 rollerball ink pen, Blue £14.97
Pilot G2 Retractable ink pen, set of 3, Blue £6.49
Pilot Super Gel rollerball pen, set of 12, Light Blue £14.41
Stabilo Pen 68, set of 3, Metallic Blue £7.98
Stabilo Original Colouring Pencil, set of 12 , Sky Blue Deep £15.24
4 postcards, artists unknown

NOVEMBER BOX – ‘Cartography’ theme: stationery showcasing the map maker’s art.
Cavallini & Co. Mini Vintage Maps Notebooks, set of 3 £6.94
Cavallini & Co. Ex Libris World Map Bookplates,
Cavallini & Co. Vintage Maps Stickers, set of 24 sheets, £11.99
Spotlight Stationery Vintage Map Greetings Card, Not available
Uniball Signo Gel Rollerball Pens, Pack of 5, Blue £8.99
Uniball Air Rollerball, set of 3, Black £8.26
Uniball Signo Metallic Rollerball, set of 3 assorted, £7.30
Cavallini & Co. Vintage Maps Pencil Set, £15.89
4 postcards, artists unknown

DECEMBER BOX – ‘Showcase 4’ theme: our end-of-year collection of stationery we think you’ll love, but which didn’t quite fit in any of our previous themes of 2021.
Uni Emott 5 piece fine 0.4, Earth set 4, £7.22
Milan Maxi Graphite HB Pencil, set of 2 with eraser, £21.99
Flame Tree Studios Bodleian Libraries Mini Notebook Collection, set of 3 £4.99
Kartos Signoria Notecards set of 10 + pen and bookmark, £25.95
Bookaroo Pen Pouch, Pink £8.99
4 postcards, artists unknown

JANUARY BOX – ‘Whispers of Italy’ theme: not Italian brands, but stationery with Italian connections…
Railex Modena Graphite City A5 Notebook, £15.00
Birth of Venus Bookmark, not available
Spotlight Stationery featuring art by Umberto Boccioni, not available
Edding 55 Fineliner, set of 10 assorted £11.44
Edding 2185 Gel Roller, Green £1.99
Railex Modena Sage Meadow Pencils ‘Create’, set of 6 £6.00
4 postcards, artists unknown

FEBRUARY BOX – ‘Travelling’ theme: all the stationery you need for your travel, or any other, plans.
Refillable Traveler’s Notebook (similar), £10.12
Papier Tigre Ruler Bookmark, £3.50
Pilot G2 Gel Pen, Neon Pink, £2.99
Milan Fluo Graphite Double Ended Pencil, £0.59
Pilot B2P Gell Rollerpen,Black £4.19
Livework Twin Plus Pens Vintage, set of 5, £10.00
Milan Duo 730 Eraser, £0.75
4 postcards, artists unknown

MARCH BOX – ‘Spring Green’ theme: our 75th stationery collection.
IF Bookaroo A6 Pocket Notebook, Chartreuse, £7.25
Storigraphic Fountain Pen Anniversary Pin Badge, £5.00
Museums & Galleries Mini Lined Notebook (Similar), £5.99
Pentel Energel Liquid Gel Ink Rollerball 0.7, Green £6.99
Pentel Energel Rollerball Pen, set of 3, £5.99
Bookaroo Forest Green Ball Point Pen, Black £6.57
4 postcards, artists unknown

APRIL BOX – ‘Geometry’ theme: a selection of shapes!
Make 2D B7 Embroidered Notebook (Similar), $12.00
Koh-i-noor eraser, set of 3, £2.85
Pentel Energel Liquid Gel Ink Pen, set of 3, £6.57
Pentel Superb BK77 Ball Point Pen Fine, Violet, set of 12, £10.37
Pentel Color Pen Fine Point, set of 35, £14.50
Pentel Hybrid Dual Metallic Gel Ink Rollerball Pens, set of 12 assorted, £15.99
A5 Geometric Postcard, Not available
Storigraphic A5 Geo Journal, £10.00
4 postcards, Not available

MAY BOX – ‘Type’ theme: a stationery collection celebrating fonts and typefaces.
Museums & Galleries London Underground Johnston Typeface A5 Journal, £9.99
Museums & Galleries Johnston Typeface Bookmark, Not available
Spotlight Stationery Typeface Greetings Card, Not available
Typeface Pencil, Not available
Uniball Signo Gel Pen Metallic, Bronze, £3.28
Pentel Stylo Plastic Fountain Pen, Black, £3.49
4 postcards, artists unknown

JUNE BOX – ‘Cherry Red’ theme: lots of red and a little bit of blue!
Vent For Change A5 Sucseed Notebook, £10.00
Silvine Originals Note Notebook, £6.00
String & Washer Envelopes, Red, Not available
Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth Coloured Pencil, Red/Blue, £1.00
Uniball Eye Rollerball Pen, Wine Red, £2.69
Edding 1700 Vario Fineliner, Red, £2.25
4 postcards, artists unknown
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Feature, Haul, skincare

Evie Kay Skincare: artisan soap handmade in Devon

Photo: Rhubarb & Burble

It’s time for me to promote another local business. Another owned by a friend of mine!
Frances Bell MBE, who retired recently from a long career in teaching, has launched a soap company, Evie Kay Skincare, with her friend Kelvin Reay. Frances was inspired by her Great Aunt Evie Kay, who liked ‘to get in touch with her instinct for nature’, and took great pleasure in visiting North Devon for its restorative benefits, away from her life in the industrial north. Read Evie Kay’s story. Read Frances’ story.

Since January 2019, Frances and Kelvin have built a thriving business and are now supplying their soaps to shops around the South West and Berkshire.

Their first soap collection borrowed from the passions of Evie Kay, such as No.3 Hedgerow Secret, with the fragrance of Devon violets or No.6 English Rain which encapsulates her love of walking in the rain.

Having purchased some Evie Kay soaps back in April, and after thoroughly enjoying their good quality and sweet fragrances, I decided to make a Christmas order for friends and family. Frances very kindly gifted me some extras, so I think it’s only fitting that I compose this post in order to show you what they are like in the hope that you can support an independent, local business and experience the beautiful products yourself.

All of the soaps from the first collection come beautifully packaged in bespoke boxes with artwork by a local artist. The larger boxes can be unfolded, reversed and reused as gift boxes!

A new collection of EK Vintage Soap has recently been launched. The slices have the most amazing, organic cross sections and the Christmas themed Jolly Holly Soap has a cross section with a holly leaf and berry design!

Limited Edition EK Vintage ‘Jolly Holly’ Soap
Photo: Evie Kay Skin Care.

The cross section of this soap reminds me of the geological patterning of agate. Breathtaking!”

I ummed and ahhed over whether to buy the limited edition Orange & Cinnamon Soap, but I didn’t end up purchasing it. As luck would have it, Frances happened to gift me one! The cross section of this soap reminds me of the geological patterning of agate. Breathtaking! It’s aroma is sweet with spicy notes of cinnamon, but this isn’t overpowering.

For me, the pièces de résistance of the whole collection are the Pebble Soaps. They are so realistic and I can’t wait to place one on the sink in my en suite bathroom. (We made over the en suite during ‘Lockdown One’ and devised a white and aqua colour scheme. With a nod to a beach theme, we didn’t go ‘overboard’! We featured a print which I purchased from Desenio, entitled Blue Boats.)

The pair of pebble soaps are presented in a vintage linen bag which, obviously, can also be repurposed.

Please visit Evie Kay Skincare to discover the whole range and help support a North Devon business. They provide a wholesale service and you can subscribe for promotions, new products and sales news.

[Disclaimer: Evie Kay Skin Care has not sponsored this post and any opinions are my own.]


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