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Name: Cortina Papier

Location: Reestraat 22, 1016 DN Amsterdam, cortinapapier.nl

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

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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!

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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

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

Well Winter is well and truly here and Autumn is a distant memory now all the trees are bare. If you missed it last time, at the end of Summer I posted a summary of where I went and what I did that season and I intend to do one each season over the next few years to keep a record of my wonderful life as it is right now. So here goes….

Travelled to:

Hamerton Zoo

You may have thought I went on safari judging by these photos but actually, I just went to Hamerton. It was a wildlife photography course I did as part of my job…and it was absolutely incredible to get that close to these gorgeous animals.


Japan

OK, I didn’t physically travel to Japan but I went to the Japanese Festival in Spitalfields, London so metaphorically I kinda did (and to be honest getting from one side of London to the other on the weekend is a trip in itself). I ate lots of gyoza. It was good :)

Liverpool

We are both huge Beatles fans, so we caught the train up to Liverpool for the weekend. We had such a blast checking out the Beatles Experience, the Magical Mystery Tour, the Cavern Club and we stayed at a Beatles-themed hotel. So touristy but so much fun!

Marrakech

We popped down to Marrakech for a long weekend in October to check out wedding venues. We had a lovely, relaxing time and ate the most amazing food but we’re still undecided on our wedding plans (Las Vegas is starting to sound like a good idea to be honest!)

Edinburgh

In November I travelled up north to watch the All Blacks play Scotland (for those outside the Commonwealth, the All Blacks are the NZ rugby team!) Watching the AB’s play over in Europe is something I definitely wanted to do when I moved over here and it was so much fun….oh and we won…by a lot.

Amsterdam

Another trip in November and just a quick hop across the water to lovely Amsterdam. I’ve been there a few times before but this was the first time I’d been in Autumn (well it was practically Winter by this stage!) Spent our time wandering the most amazing shopping district across numerous canals and I stumbled across a gorgeous little paper boutique (I’m planning a separate post all about this place, it was amazing!) Then the afternoon was spent in a cosy local bar drinking Amstel and snacking on olives and Dutch cheese – to me, an absolutely perfect day’s traveling!

I listened to:

….so much Arcade Fire. We got the new album (The Suburbs) about the beginning of Autumn so it was pretty much my soundtrack for the season along with their 2 earlier albums (Funeral & Neon Bible). We actually had tickets to their concert which we went to on the 1st of December, but that story can wait for Winter 2010/11!

I watched:

…after about a year of watching it, we finally finished the Sopranos and I’m still convinced it’s the best TV series I’ve ever seen. Now that’s over we’ve moved on to Six Feet Under & Mad Men, both which I’m absolutely loving.

I wore:

…these super-cute shoes from Primark that cost me £8 and lasted me all Autumn, once the Winter rain and snow arrived they completely fell apart – but I wasn’t expecting anything less at that price!

I scrapped:

…in a new style with this Liverpool mini album – I’m a big fan of scrapping in a smaller size and with this one I took a slightly different approach. I shared a simple but sweet Autumn layout and I worked on my Learn Something New Everyday album, which I’ll be sharing in the new year!

I planned:

…our Christmas travels! All I can say is it will be absolutely freezing but charming and very European :)

I dreamed:

…of Christmas and now it’s nearly here! I know that it always sneaks up on me but this year it’s just been insane – I’m in complete denial Christmas is next week, although we’ll be celebrating it this weekend with my sister since we won’t be in London on the 25th.

Autumn 2010 in numbers:

turned 1 year older

1 new lens in my camera bag

1 shot of Scottish whiskey

2 film premieres attended (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows & The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

2 batches of cupcakes baked (including my first batch of Red Velvet cupcakes!)

visited all 4 childhood homes of the Beatles

6 30th birthdays attended (at least!)

10 hours in the air

100+ cups of coffee (out of nowhere, suddenly I’m addicted)

How was your Autumn?

N x

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