Rifle Paper Co journals


The team at Rifle Paper Co have been hard at work adding new products to their ever-growing range of paper goodies, which is awesome for us stationery lovers. I’ve been a big fan of the biz for a while so it was a treat to get hands-on with Rifle’s new Vintage Blossoms and Rosa journal combos recently.


The Vintage Blossoms set consists of two journals that are 150mm x 202mm and contain 48 blank pages. The cover is made from a thin cardboard and while it has some sturdiness to it, it would be easy to crease or damage if not careful. The cover features beautiful illustrations with that unmistakable Rifle style. It also has gold foil accents that really elevate the design to another level.


The Rosa set (below) is smaller in size with each book measuring 106mm x 139mm. They feature the same thin cardboard cover but it’s made stronger because of the smaller size. The Rosa set also features gold foil accents. This smaller set is the perfect size to carry around in your bag.


All of Rifle’s notebooks are printed on high quality paper FSC-certified paper stocks. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), is an organisation created to ensure sustainable forestry and holds the highest level of environmental standards in the paper industry. The inside paper stock is a cream colour and is untextured. I didn’t do a pen test on these notebooks because I’m giving them away.

Thanks to my friends at Notemaker for giving me with these gorgeous journals to review. Notemaker stocks a whole bunch of Rifle Paper Co goodies so make sure you pop by and have a look.

Thanks to Notemaker I am giving away 4 Rifle Paper Co journals to one lucky reader. All you’ve got to do to be in the running is tell me one good thing that has happened to you this week. Use as many words as you like here in the comments, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The competition ends at 11:59pm Wednesday August 24th and is open to International readers.

Frankie Daily Journal giveaway!

What’s cookin’ good lookin’? Today is the last work day of the year for me and I can’t wait to do….well…nothing! But before I go away I thought we’d do a little giveaway – how does that sound?

I’ve got a 2015 Frankie Daily Journal thanks to my friends at Nation State to give to some lucky person. Entries open now and close at 12:00am Christmas Day!
(I’m sorry International folks – this one’s just for Aussies.)

There are a few ways to enter and I’ll be picking the lucky person who wins at random, so go forth and enter!

An Ashley Percival Giveaway!

Two years ago I featured the gorgeous animal art of the super talented illustrator Ashley Percival. His animal illustrations have a kind of laid back, magical quality that would work so well in a nursery or kid’s room (or grown-ups room too – I’m a big fan of this one!).

I was so happy that Ashley got in touch last week to let me know that he had a bunch of limited edition prints available on his Etsy store. They are, of course, so lovely and would make a great inclusion in anyone’s art collection. Oh and they are perfect Christmas pressies too. Want to win one? Keep reading!

This one has been exhibited on the London Tube!
Owl of the Night.

Christmas cards too!

Ashley has also designed a range of Christmas cards featuring his animals that will be sold online and off (the range will be hitting Paperchase very soon).

Win! Win! Win!

Ashley has graciously offered to send 4 limited edition prints (of your choice) to one of you very lucky readers! There are a few ways to enter so get cracking! (Ashley will send the prints anywhere in the world too. Thanks Ashley!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What are you reading this Christmas? Win a book pack worth $150!

Tim Winton's EyrieI have a shameful amount of books on my to-read pile. It certainly gives my to-read magazine pile a run for its money! One book that I’m going to be adding to the collection is Tim Winton’s Eyrie.

I watched a Jennifer Byrne Presents: Tim Winton piece a few weeks ago and hearing Winton talk about the setting of Eyrie reminded me of the Johnston Court apartment building in the centre of Fremantle.

I don’t know, perhaps it’s just me but that place has a weird vibe. I remember viewing a pokey little apartment with a friend about 20 years ago. When I told Mum the address of the apartment she was shocked because she’d lived in the exact same apartment years before. It’s like the building has tendrils that weave their way through the community. It seems like everyone I know has a Johnston Court story.

I don’t know if Winton’s Eyrie setting was Johnston Court or an amalgamation of a whole bunch of different places. Either way I can’t wait to read it.

You can grab a copy of Eyrie here or have a look through Bookworld’s super handy gift catalogue.

Win! Win! Win!
Want to win a mega-amazing Bookworld bookpack worth $150? Of course you do! All you have to do is head over to the Bookworld Giftshop and leave me a comment telling me what book is #1 on your to-read pile! Aussie’s only (sorry). Entries close MONDAY 2ND DECEMBER at 11:59PM AWST!.

Competition time

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on the blog before but I am super excited to have been named as one of the top 26 Creative and Home blogs in Kidspot’s Voices of 2013. Pretty Paper Things was nominated by a lovely (so far anonymous) person. I love you anonymous person.

As a part of Voices of 2013 Ford Australia is running the Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge and I’m one of 20 lucky bloggers to be picked. I get the use of a sweet candy red Ford Focus Titanium for six wonderful weeks.

I can’t even tell you how this has impacted my life in the short time I’ve had the red beast. If you looked up ‘reclusive writer’ on the Google-thingy I’d be at the top of the page with a not-so-flattering pic of me in my jimmyjams because that is how I roll. It’s not that I don’t want to go out…it’s just that we are a one car family and during the work week I’m car-less.

But not anymore babies!

Each fortnight I’ll be posting a little bit about the car and the adventures I’m having. As this blog is for serious paper nerds I’ll be sure to give my posts a little bit of a paper spin too. I’m not being paid to post this stuff but (there’s always a but, right?) I am in the running to win the use of a Ford Focus Titanium for a whole year and that would be CRAZY INSANE.

I’m in the midst of prepping up this week’s post and I need your help.


We’re heading off on a road trip this weekend and I need your help to compile a killer road trip playlist.

Leave a comment telling me your favourite driving tune and you’ll go in the running to win a 3 month Spotify Premium e-card or a stationery-filled care package full of my favourite things. (unfortunately the Spotify Premium e-card is for Aussies only but international folks are welcome to enter. I’ll send the care package anywhere)

This contest closes on Tuesday August 13th and the winner will be chosen at random. I can’t wait to see your suggestions!

Giveaway! Win a Budons pack

When I was a kid I looked forward to the start of the school year. Yep I was one of those kids. I wasn’t bored with the holidays or particularly excited about learning. Nope. It was about one thing. Shopping for stationery. Paper nerds get it. The start of the school year is like Christmas all over again for us.

Now, I haven’t been to school in a very, very long time but all the back-to-school nostalgia came flooding back when I got my hands on a few goodies from Budons to review. All I can say is my Mum and Dad would be significantly poorer if these were around when I was a kid!

In my opinion, kid friendly stationery needs to have three things.
1. It needs to be durable.
2. It needs to be colourful.
3. It needs to have longevity (i.e. kids can’t get sick of it after a week).

The Budons range (which is available from Target) ticks all these boxes, particularly longevity, by introducing a collectability factor to the mix. The larger items (notebook, backpack, pencil case etc) can be customised with 26 different clip on characters. The kids in my life love anything cute, collectable and changeable and the ease that they can swap these items makes the range even more appealing.

Giveaway time!

Budons were kind enough to give me a Back-to-School pack to give away to a lucky PPT reader featuring the items in the image above.

  • A customisable notebook
  • Scratch ‘n Sniff notebook
  • sticky notes
  • water bottle
  • two cute Budons characters to start your collection

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below. Simple, right?

I’ll ask my 12 year old niece Amber to choose the answer that she likes the best.
The competition closes at 9PM WST on Saturday February 2nd and is open to international readers.

Good Luck!

***Competition is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!***

Giveaway: Win a Frankie Diary

Thank you so much to everyone for supporting Pretty Paper Things this year! I’ve loved sharing my paper nerdiness with you all.

The PPT Facebook page reached 300 likes on Facebook over the weekend which means it’s giveaway time! I’ve got a brand new 2013 Frankie Diary all ready to be shipped off to a new home, ready for a new year. All you have to do is leave a comment and answer this question…

What are you having for Christmas lunch?

Pretty easy, right?

I’ll choose a winner, at random, THIS FRIDAY 21st DECEMBER at 9pm WST. The winner will be notified by email. International entries are welcome.

You will get an extra entry into the draw if you tweet:
Win a Frankie Diary at Pretty Paper Things http://bit.ly/12x0UUR @paperthings

or share this post on Facebook.


Win! Win! Win! Frankie Diary AND Frankie Calendar up for grabs (CLOSED)

**The competition is now closed.**

It’s competition time! Thanks to my friends at Nation State I have a Frankie Diary or a Frankie Calendar to give away to two lucky Pretty Paper Things readers!

To win, just tell me what you are looking forward to in the new year and what prize (the calendar OR the diary) you’d prefer. Leave a comment on this blog post or on Facebook. Too easy right? I’ll be choosing my favourite two entries on Monday 5th November.

Twitter followers keep your eye on our feed for the chance to win a secret Twitter-only prize!

This competition is open to International readers.

(Thanks so much to Nation State for kindly supplying these lovely Frankie goodies to give away! xoxo)

Frankie Diary winner!

Yay! Winner!

Esther from Oregon is the lucky winner of the gorgeous Frankie Diary. I’ll pop it in the post today Esther. And oh my goodness I can’t believe it’s going to Oregon. Everyone who reads this blog knows I have a thing for Portland OR, right? Crazy. Anywho there will be more competitions in the coming weeks so don’t be a stranger!

Win a Frankie diary!

Want to win a brand new Frankie diary for 2012? Of course you do! I know we’re already a week into the new year but it doesn’t matter if you start using this gorgeous diary a little late. For a chance to win just do one of the following three things:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post
  2. Follow and tweet a hello to our brand new @paperthings Twitter account or
  3. Friend Pretty Paper Things on Facebook

Easy right?! This competition closes on at 10pm (Perth time) on Monday 16th January 2012. This competition is open to anyone. I’ll post the prize anywhere in the world. Yippeeeee!