This post is sponsored by Rosemood.
I don’t know if you know this about me, but I have a thing for stationery and cards. I blame it on my mum. Along with her love of crockery (which has also been passed on to me), she adores stationery and has always had a copious supply of stationery products. When I was a child, she would enthusiastically take me to the shops, the week before school started again after the Summer, so I could replenish my supplies. I would take my time choosing the pens, rubbers, notebooks and rulers. I loved organising them in my bag when I got home and couldn't wait to use them at school. This may have made me a bit of a geek, but I didn’t care.
As I got older, the love of stationery didn’t diminish. In fact, it grew as I broadened my horizons to lovely things like calendar diaries and greetings cards. I used to paint and draw a lot and this naturally led me to selling my own greetings cards designs for a couple of years.
Since I stopped selling my own cards, I have enjoyed appreciating the work of others. In my early twenties, I got into a habit of sending out Christmas cards every year. I was very organised back then. In recent years, however, I have not been so organised. I think it must have been at least three years ago that I last sent a Christmas card!
This year, I wanted to change that.
I have family members, like my Grandpa, who live too far away for me to see them very often and sending out a Christmas card with a little message inside feels like a nice way to touch base and let them know I am thinking of them over the holiday season. It feels a little more personal than sending a text or an email. There’s something special about receiving and sending a handwritten card or letter.
When Rosemood got in touch to see if I would like to try out their website and stationery products, I agreed (of course) and couldn’t wait to give it a go.
Their webshop is filled with lots of different and stylish designs. There are lots of options to personalize your greetings cards; you can upload your own photos, add your own text... there are so many possibilities. I was really impressed with the interface - it was so easy to choose a template, edit the words and arrange everything how I wanted it. What I thought was really excellent was the fact that once you have finished your design, they proof read everything for you. If there are any corrections that need to be made, they contact you to check that you are happy with their amendments.
For my cards, I chose the “Festive Ferns” design and decided on “Happy Holidays” as the text. On the other
side I wrote a little message and our address is also included in small type at the bottom, which is really handy.
I chose dark blue envelopes to go with the cards, as I thought they would look really beautiful with my family and friend’s addresses written in gold pen.
Whilst I was on a roll with the cards, I tried out another product on the Rosemood website - one of their photo books.
You can choose between a hard cover or soft cover book and I went with the soft cover magazine-style finish, as I thought it looked really sleek and stylish. Again, the website was really user-friendly and I found it really easy to upload my photos and write the text that I wanted. As with the Christmas cards, Rosemood Atelier proofread and tweaked my photos, before sending their edits to me to review. Once I gave them the go ahead, everything was made and sent over to me pretty speedily.
The quality of the products are so lovely in person and everything is printed and finished beautifully. I would definitely use them again, for greetings cards and for other stationery. I’m also tempted to create more photo books, as gifts for people.
Now I'm all set up with my cards, there is no excuse now! I’m looking forward to cosying up in bed one evening soon and writing all of the cards for everyone!
Here’s to being more organised again in the future (well... maybe).
Find out more about Rosemood Atelier here.