After the tragedy in New Zealand this week, I wanted to post a photo with a Kiwi-theme. This is a little doll my younger sister gave me once upon a time and it sits on my windowsill and reminds me of home.

It’s been a tough week –  I’ve been struggling to stay focused at work (even though I have a massive list of things to do before I go away) and I’m trying hard to ignore the constant twitter/facebook updates that are suddenly meaningless. Horrible events are happening all over the world all the time and when those things aren’t happening in your country it’s easier for them to slip to the back of your mind. When it is your home country that’s experiencing one of the worst natural disasters in it’s history it really puts things into perspective.

Aroha nui to everyone at home, my thoughts & prayers are with you constantly.

N x


Name: Cortina Papier

Location: Reestraat 22, 1016 DN Amsterdam,

What’s so great about this one? This is one of my favourite paper shop finds on my travels so far and I distinctly remember what happened right before I spotted it. We were wandering around the 9 shopping district in Amsterdam (which I definitely recommend for shopping in general too, amazing shops!) and I was feeling rather sheepish after very nearly being hit by a cyclist – if you haven’t been to Amsterdam before, cyclists get complete right of way over pedestrians and cars, so you always need to look before crossing the road. Having been to the city three times before I already knew this and I completely understand the logic behind the rule, but I was just off in a dream world and stepped right out in front of a cyclist who yelled at me to get out of the way. Anyway, I was pretty embarrassed (I hate looking like a tourist!) and wanted to hide out somewhere, which is the exact time I stumbled across this little shop – perfect!

This is one of those shops were you go in and want to buy everything – it has a huge range of notebooks (be still my notebook-loving heart!) with so many shapes, sizes, colours, paper types – not just the usual stand of Moleskines. They sold quite a few really sweet writing sets – some with handmade paper, some with a Parisian theme, basically the kind that make you want to start writing actual letters again.

The other big highlight was all the large sheets of patterned paper they had. As a scrapbooker, I know how easy it is to only use the 12×12 papers that are sold specifically for the industry (don’t get me wrong, I love these too) but there are some amazing papers out there not made specifically for scrapbookers. This store had such an awesome range – a whole section of delicate floral papers, lots of abstract patterned papers in modern colours, travel-themed papers with prints of maps, postcards, etc & heaps more.

Next time I go back to Amsterdam, I’ll definitely be going back here to stock up :)

What I bought:

These cute stickers that look like stamps

You might recognise this notebook from a few Fridays ago, there were a few different phrases available but I liked this one :)

I also picked up 4 large sheets of paper, some closer photos of each one are below…

Postcard writing paper

Sweet floral print paper – there were a lot of papers in this style in many different colour/floral variations.

This awesome print is my favourite of the lot! I’ve already used it in a scrapbooking project, which you can see more of here.

And lastly, this sheet of giant letters and numbers. Not sure what I’ll do with it yet but I loved the font and colours



Last weekend I met one of my old uni friends for lunch (one great thing about so many Kiwi’s living in London!) and we checked out a great little shop that sells all sorts of lovely paper things, so that will be the next find I write about. I even picked up a little something to giveaway on the blog – I can’t be the one having all the fun!

N x


So this year I’ve decided to take a break from any daily scrapbooking classes – I’ve been doing a few a year for the last couple of years so I want to take some time off in 2011.

Then I saw this one-layout-per-month challenge that Shimelle Laine is running and when I saw they all use 6 x 4 photos (which 99% of the time is the size I print) I was definitely sold. One layout per month is definitely do-able for me and having not used sketches much in the past it’ll also be something new and challenging.

You can see the original sketch & find out all about the challenge at Two Peas

Journalling reads: “We had the most perfect weekend away in Amsterdam in November ’10. Spent the days wandering the canals & browsing the beautiul shops in the 9 district. When we got tired we found a gorgeous little bar & enjoyed a pint of dutch beer, cheese & olives. Heaven!”

The grey patterned paper that’s been cut with a scalloped punch came from a gorgeous sheet of paper that I bought at an awesome boutique in Amsterdam – one of my favourite paper shop finds so far & I’ll be blogging about in the coming week!

Let me know if you’re taking part in the 6×4 photo layout challenge too, I’d love to see what everyone else is doing!


And in other news, I’m off home to New Zealand in LESS THAN A WEEK (can you tell I’m excited?) so this weekend I will be doing two of my favourite things: writing lists & packing. yay!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend too!

N x

My fiance playing his guitar in the evening after work.

One of my favourite photos from a day spent at a studio lighting workshop this week.

Name: Manufactura Abram Kelly

Location: Senovážné náměstí 16,

What’s so great about it? This was the second paper shop I found in Prague (I wrote about the first one here) and I hunted down this boutique after reading about it in my Lonely Planet guide, in their words:

“This little workshop and studio produces handmade paper using traditional techniques, and sells it in the form of greeting cards, business cards, stationery, calligraphy, antique map prints and photographic prints”

It’s a really sweet little shop with lots of well-made, yet delicate paper products and being handmade they all feel a little unique. This is the kind of shop that makes you want to tip-toe around and slowly browse through all the boxes of individual cards in plastic packaging.

What I bought:

This little notebook first caught my eye, because I just love the colour! It’s really well made and the handmade paper that forms the cover is just awesome – quite soft, very thick and really beautiful. I must admit, I’m not that familiar with Franz Kafka’s work but I do really love the print on the cover of this book and after googling to find out more about him I realised that it’s actually a print of his signature on the cover, which is pretty cool. Can anyone recommend any of his work? I’d love to find out more about him.

I also bought this handmade paper card with an intricate map print on the front. I have no idea what I’ll do with this yet but I do love map prints so this was the one that jumped out at me :)


I spent the last day of the weekend doing the traditional English thing and had a Sunday roast at a really lovely little pub in Hampstead with my sister – I’ll definitely be going back there to try the Banana Parfait with Marshmallow dessert when I’m not so full, it sounds incredible.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

N x

A charming little notebook I found in a paper store in Amsterdam, makes me smile every time I use it.

I’m going to start sharing more photos on here. I’ve realised I am very shy about sharing them normally and I need to be more confident – so Fridays are now for photos and a very quick caption, that’s it. So here goes…

Friendly stray cat in Cesky Krumlov, Czech republic. Everywhere I travel I seem to photograph stray animals…

Being a scrapbooker, I love paper. I’m sure other scrapbookers will know what I’m talking about, I’m just drawn to anything that’s pretty, patterned or unique.

As someone who grew up with dreams of travelling the world, I find myself looking for interesting or quirky reminders of the places I visit.

The history student inside me loves the glimpse into decades (or centuries) gone by as well as the here-and-now.

On my travels recently, I’ve stumbled across some incredible little boutiques selling a wide range of paper goods – long sheets of patterned papers, notebooks that inspire me to write inside them, intricate prints on handmade paper, second-hand postcards with messages written in foreign languages and vintage stamps from countries that no longer exist.

These shops have been real highlights of my holidays. The souvenirs I buy from these stores make me recall the exact time and place I got them, how I found the shop and what it looked and felt like inside –  I definitely couldn’t tell you the location or anything interesting about where I bought that souvenir magnet in Santorini that’s sitting on my fridge.

So I’m going to start sharing my paper boutique finds here on the blog, starting with my most recent trip to the Czech Republic, where we spent Christmas and New Year…

Name: U Zlate Cise

Location: Nerudova Street, Prague – this street is on the hill you walk up to reach Prague Castle

What’s so great about this one: While we were ambling up the hill towards Prague Castle, I spotted this little shop. At first glance it looked like an antique book shop but when I looked more closely at the shelves I realised they were packed with all kinds of antique paper goods in addition to books. There were boxes of old Czech postcards, second-hand cardboard portfolio wallets, old European advertisement clippings, packets of old stamps from the last  70 years or so, vintage envelopes & maps – almost any kind of paper ephemera you could think of, it was an amazing find!

I could have spent hours in there searching through all the boxes and shelves, there were just so much to discover in there – but we had a castle to visit that day as well, so I had to pick out a few things to buy before moving on.

What I bought:


I went to another boutique paper shop while I was in Prague, which sold only handmade paper goods – so that will be the next post in the series.

Have a great week! Don’t know about you, but I’m already counting down to the weekend and it’s only Tuesday…

N x


Tape strips courtesy of Pugly Pixel

I wanted to take a quick moment to wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

I’m in the Czech Republic right now, in the small but very beautiful town of Cesky Krumlov. It’s covered in snow and the temp today was about -10 but I’m absolutely loving it. It’s my first proper European Christmas, and it’s just as charming as I imagined it would be!

This photo shows the view I woke up to this morning – sunny but very cold!

I’m also happy to report that I discovered two incredible paper shops since i’ve been here – one was the store attached to the studio of an artist who makes handmade paper products, and the second was an absolutely magical vintage ephemera store which was just amazing – but they deserve a post of their own so keep an eye out in the new year.

And on that note, I also want to wish you a wonderful new year – I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for 2011 since I’ve been on the road and I’m so excited for another year to begin.

Until then,

N x

ps: this is my first post from my iPhone so bear with me if it turns out a little odd!



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