Sunday, 24 August 2014

Blog planning or Back to school - Stationary with Viking*

There's something you might not know about me yet, but you probably should, I'm a stationary addict - Have been for most of my life. A new packet of pens, a new pencil case, a new note pad... those things have always bought an unreasonable amount of joy to me.

Thankfully, I know that I'm not alone, lots of people have a problem with stationery and I know that bloggers are some of them! And, if you're not here as a blogger, there's a good chance you like stationary anyway; it seems many of us have felt the lure of a blank page in a brand new note pad.

When I was first offered the chance to work with Viking it was to review some acrylic storage drawers but, sadly, there was some problems with delivery so I'm not able to write about them for you. I can say, though, that the customer service with Viking was great and they were fantastic to sort things out, and beyond that are looking in to the particular issues with delivery that I had.

I was asked what I would like to review, in lieu of the drawers, and I thought it was a great opportunity to see what sort of pretty stationary Viking have. In the past I've always known them for office stationary rather than the prettier pieces so it was nice to get a chance to look at the other parts of their ranges. As you can see I found some rather lovely bits.

This is the A5 Sweet Rose casebound notebook which I thought would be just perfect for bloggers. I wouldn't cope without my notebooks, I write list after list after list and I much prefer it when it's in a pretty norebook, none of this plain cover nonsense! The notepad is really well made and the cover is really strong, this is a note pad that will last you a long time, it'll cope in a handbag as well as at home.

I went for the beautiful, matching A4 document wallet, too. I have all sorts of different bits of paper that need somewhere to be kept; tax stuff, delivery notes, medical stuff, all sorts. I have a letter holder and a big file box upstairs but it's really handy to have something to keep everything in before I take it all upstairs for sorting. This one would be equally as fab for a back-to-school item, I'd have loved to have been able to have something like this to keep my work in back at school (or I would if I was at school now, back then I liked skulls and wolves)

And What's a stationary haul without some pens? Now, first things first, I do have to agree that there's an innate problem with having pens 'for Her', women don't need it to have a 'thinner barrel' and they don't need pretty pens in pastel shades. They don't Need them but some of us do Like them. So as much as I agree that there's no reason at all to have a set of pens just for women, I did quite want some pretty pastel pens, I'm fed up of my boring looking ones.

I did misread the listing and I thought that they were going to be in the same colours as the casing, which is the main reason I got them, but it turns out they're all black. As it happens that's rather more sensible than a box of 20 pastel coloured biros. As with the folder these would be great for both bloggers and back-to-school hauls alike (as long as teachers knew they contained black ink) - This box is great value, with 20 pens for £4.99 and they're that little bit different which will appeal to lots of those returning to school as well as to bloggers.

It was lots of fun looking through the stationery pages on Viking's site and I definitely know that they're not just for functional office stationary now. Their storage is great, their fashion stationary is great and they also have fantastic offers on that more standard, functional stuff too. Rather impressed with Viking, especially their customer services and the speed of service - A company I've definitely enjoyed working with.

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*These items were sent to me for the purpose of review but all opinions are my own*


  1. Loving the floral print, it's very pretty! Raspberrykiss xo

    1. I think I'd happily own Everything in floral print if I could haha xx

  2. Love the print of these and those pens are the kind of ones I usually opt for because they are easy to grip x

    1. See I need thicker barrels to grip, they are a bit too narrow for me, but they're fine for jotting down notes etc. I've ordered some more bic's from amazon that actually Are pretty colours hehe - Pink, purple, blue and green and they have a more standard barrel.

      I love the stationery folder and note pad, though, and I always need more pens xx

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