This year’s Father’s Day range is true to Martha Brook’s mission of getting life off your screen and down on paper so you can capture and share your special memories. We have a delightful selection of unique presents for dads new and old – take a look at our Father’s Day shop here.

The theme of the collection is #mymomentswithdad and we’re encouraging you to join in and share your moments with your own dad to win £100 to spend on our site – see more here and follow along on Instagram where the Martha Broom team have been sharing all our favourite memories with our dads on our stories.

The team have also been busy picking their favourite products to give you some shopping inspiration before this weekend:

Book Of Memories For Dad – Michelle

The reason I’ve chosen this product is that I absolutely love photo-based gifts. They seem even more personal and special and I think people are more likely to display them after the event. I love that this product encourages the sharing of memories.

Build A Story Card Set – Nancy

My dad always read me bedtime stories and when he couldn’t my big brother stepped in so I had two father figures who loved reading. Bedtime story time was really important in my family which may be why I’m such an avid reader now I’m an adult. My dad used to read me all the classics, and he would become more invested in the story than I was! I know he would have loved to work together to create our own fairy-tale.

Dad Jokes’ Foiled Softback Notebook – Alex

It’s so great to keep a log of all the bad jokes that are being said every week, or maybe even more often than that. We can all add to this book as a family, plus we’ll be able to look back on how funny we are over the years!

‘The Story of Dad Messages Gift Box’ – Ziggy

I can’t wait to make one of these for my step-daughters for us to give to their dad, I think he’ll love it. These boxes are a really unique and personal present that tell special story that perfectly suits the person you’re giving it to.

Any Sport Foiled Softback Notebook – Olivia

This softback is my favourite product because I really like the fun sporty illustrations. There are so many dads that absolutely love watching or playing sports so it’s also a really relatable gift, perfect for all types of dads. Any sport can be printed so it can be perfectly personal.

Daddest Dad Mug – Edlyl

My dad collects mugs whenever we go away on holiday somewhere so this is my pick for him. This fun mug would be a present just for him to say thank you for being a great dad. I know he would absolutely love it!

First Father’s Day Book Of Memories – Chris

As a new dad myself I think this would be a fantastic gift that any new dad can keep and look back on. This gift also helps dads feel appreciated during this whirlwind of new life, as its very easy to get swept up in it all and not focus on all the new and exciting changes. Having something you can enjoy over the years is really special as it all goes by so quickly.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our picks! For more ways to capture moments with dad, visit our Father’s Day shop here.

Wedding Launch Event

Last Friday we launched our two brand new wedding collections at the beautiful Mortimer House in London.

Just in time for the wedding season, we have created two stylish and beautiful collections that will elevate your big day. The first collection, Modern Calligraphy, is unashamedly romantic yet contemporary making it perfect for feminine brides who love simple design. The other collection, Traditional Floral, features a beautiful selection of typefaces interwoven with foliage motifs to create a sophisticated and timeless range with a nostalgic quality. To organise a special launch for these collections, we invited wedding press, bloggers and influencers along to introduce them to Martha Brook and the stunning new ranges.

Back in February we went scouting for a perfect central London venue and found it in the private members club Mortimer House in Soho. We took over the top floor, which has beautiful views across the city, as well as lots of lovely areas to style our products. The main centrepiece of the room were the two tables that we styled with eucalyptus table runners, bud vases, pastel pink and blue votives as well as a selection of our icebreaker cards and monogrammed place settings from the new ranges. We also designed a custom menu which featured a blue willow china pattern to complement the Traditional Floral wedding collection.

We styled up a beautiful shelving unit to display a selection from the collection, which we think may have been the most photographed spot in the room! The shelves featured a selection of our guest books, photo albums, softback notebooks, wedding favours and greetings cards interwoven with beautiful candles and greenery.

We also had a beautiful backdrop created using our new wedding greetings cards and envelopes, which were romantically styled using pretty envelope liners and foliage. This was the perfect spot for our guests to take photos in front of and made for a very pretty background for the whole event.

Once everyone had gathered and found their seats, thanks to our new monogram favours, it was time for us all to tuck in to a delicious brunch served up by Mortimer House. Martha said a few words about the history of Martha Brook and introduced everyone to the new collections, after which it was time for everyone to crack open the icebreakers and begin getting to know each other, and learn more about the new products, over tea and coffee.

If you would like to see more of our two new wedding collections, take a look at them here.

Thank you to all of our lovely guests that attended our wedding brunch and a massive thank you to the very talented Tia Talula for these beautiful photographs.

As it’s International Woman’s Day today we wanted to write a special blog post to celebrate just how far womankind has come since the 1800s. In 1867, The London Society for Women’s Suffrage was formed to campaign for female suffrage. Although there’s still plenty more that needs to change it’s important to remember how hard our female ancestors had to fight for our rights today.

It’s difficult to imagine a time where women had no voice, no right to vote and no right over their bodies. From the first Suffragette meeting to the Girl Power crazed 90s, women all over the world have continued to work incredibly hard to have the same opportunities and rights as men. We should all be proud to be women and continue to strive towards a better future for everyone.

Our Strong Woman collection aims to celebrate all the incredible ladies we know and love. Although stationery may seem like a small way to spread the message of female empowerment, these moments of strength and positivity all count towards championing the power of the girl. The collection makes for wonderful Mother’s Day gifts, and there’s really no better way to say thank you to your original inspiration than beautiful stationery.

We’ve also designed a special free print that you can download here to use a positive reminder: Girl Power Print. Simply download the design and print onto an A4 piece of paper or card for an easy way to keep you motivated all day. We hope you love the print and you feel inspired by the literal definition of Girl Power!

We’d love to see your photos of your print hung up in your home so make sure to tag us in your Instagram photos by using the hashtag #MarthaBrookLDN and we will share our favourites. Happy International Women’s Day!

Mother’s Day Event

Our two new Mother’s Day collections help celebrate the strong women in our lives, making them the perfect gift for any empowered women you know. To help spread the word about the range, we organised a special Mother’s Day meet up with some of our favourite bloggers and influencers in one of our favourite local eateries. No197 Chiswick Fire Station is one of our favourite venues (mainly because of the gorgeous blush pink interiors!) and we welcomed our guests with coffee, breakfast nibbles and lots of lovely stationery. It was wonderful to receive feedback, especially about our strong woman collection that aims to celebrate female empowerment.

As it was a event to celebrate our new Mother’s Day range, founder Martha brought along two-month-old Hermione .  As a new mum, our Mother’s Day collection this year has extra meaning for the company and Martha’s experiences have helped shape our collections. A handful of the women who attended also brought along their little ones so there was plenty of cute babies for everyone to enjoy.

As most of the bloggers we met up with run their own creative businesses, our collections really resonated with them. Just like Martha, the inspirational women who we met up with today believe that girls can do anything if they set their mind to it! As well as taking stunning photographs for their blogs and Instagram accounts these women also run their own creative businesses and support each other through offering up advice and collaborations. We all sat around chatting over a coffee and discussed how wonderful the online community can be especially when strong women come together to support each other. It was great to hear everyone’s personal experiences and we all ended up agreeing that if you work hard enough and enjoy what you do anything is possible. This sentiment is carried through throughout our new Mother’s Day ranges so we are so excited to hear what you think about our collections too.

Martha Brook has always championed women, especially those who follow their own path in life. We believe that if you want to achieve something all it takes is a little hard work and a belief in yourself, we hope that this message is clear throughout our entire stationery range. If you need a little help organising your to do list, planning your work schedule or even simply jotting down what you’re intentions are we hope that our new Mother’s Day ranges can help you achieve whatever you’re striving for.

We certainly left feeling really inspired after a morning of uplifting conversation and caffeine! If you’d like to see our new Mother’s Day collections click here. We hope you love them as much as we do. Thank you to the bloggers who made it along despite all the terrible weather we’ve been experiencing in London! We can’t wait for our next Martha Brook event, it’s going to be the most beautiful one yet.

Free Download: Love Tokens

Here at Martha Brook we just love Valentine’s Day! It is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your loved ones and nothing says ‘will you be my Valentine’ quite like beautiful paper products. We are known for creative personal and thoughtful gifts and this year we’re making it even easier to show your affection with these printable Love Tokens.

These tokens aren’t just for couples, they also make wonderful gifts for Galentine’s or Palentine’s Day for your bestie. Alternatively, give these little cards to anyone you want to shower with love and we’re sure their day will be made.

We’ve designed a mixture of prewritten tokens with our suggestions as well as blank tokens so you can make them totally personal. Simply print them off onto A4 sized card at home, cut them out and fill them in. The tokens look great in an envelope, but you can make them extra fancy by presenting them in a little box.

Get your free download here: Love Tokens. And if you fancy adding something to them, you can visit our Valentine’s shop here.

We hope you love using them! Let us know whether you’d like us to do more downloads in the future, and if you use them, do post a photo onto Instagram tagging us @MarthaBrookLDN or use the hashtag #MarthaBrookLDN so we can see your photos. Happy Valentine’s Day!

New Year’s Brunch

A couple of weeks ago we held our first ever Martha Brook blogger event. Hosting a special morning with a selection of our favourite influencers has been something we’ve wanted to do for a while so it was incredibly exciting to plan a beautiful event to introduce our products to such creative and talented women.

We decided that a New Year’s brunch would be the perfect way to celebrate that exciting feeling that January brings and pretty stationery definitely goes hand in hand with New Year resolutions and plans.

We invited a small group of bloggers to join us; Emma Block, Alison from Not Another Mummy Blog, Caroline from 91 Magazine, Teri from The Lovely Drawer, Talitha from Ruby and B, Lucy from Lucy Loves Ya, Laura Melhuish– Sprague from Living my Style and Lucy from Capture by Lucy. We also had the wonderful Sophie Carefull join us to snap the event.

In typical Martha Brook style each detail was thought through and we styled one of our favourite local restaurants to create an inspiring setting. Branded pastel-coloured placemats, personalised gold place names, pretty spring flowers and candles decorated the table while the rest of the room was made extra lovely by displaying our favourite Martha Brook products.

During the brunch, we hosted a goal setting workshop to help our guests plan out their perfect 2018. An ice breaker card sat at each place setting to help everyone reflect on last year and what they learned. After sharing thoughts on why goals are so important and some useful tips, everyone set themselves goals for the year using our event worksheets thinking ahead to one month, three months, six months and a year from now. ‘Notes to myself’ notecards were then used to write down words of encouragement to read again later.

We also had our bloggers design their own personalised desk calendar. It was great to see them get excited about what colours and style to choose. A member of the production team whizzed their orders to and from the Martha Brook studio and the calendars were ready to take away by the end of the event. A perfect example of how each of our products are personalised and made to order right here in West London.

We hope you enjoyed this peek behind the scenes into our first event. We have plenty more to come as we’ve definitely caught the party bug! Big thanks to to Sophie Carefull for the photographs. Watch this space for more details on the goal setting workshop and some worksheet downloads in case you want to join in and set yourself plans for the year.

If you’re stuck for things to buy this Christmas, we’ve come to the rescue! The lovely Martha Brook team have picked out their favourite products to make your shopping a whole lot easier. We have so much to choose from on our site so we hope that this guide will be super helpful. Part 2 includes gifts for stationery lovers, sentimental types and those hoping to shine in 2018.

Production Assistant Olivia – Any Text Hidden Photo Hardback Notebook

I chose this notebook as I love how it can be made completely bespoke to suit your personality, and you can even add a photo inside. I also really love the simple design – both the typeface and that you can add either a heart or a swirl motif to the bottom. It’s a great gift if you don’t know what to get someone!

Production Assistant Emma – Foiled Glitter Star Christmas Decoration

I love the glitter on these new decorations, it’s just so sparkly and Christmassy! These stars also foil beautifully – I would choose the copper, which looks stunning against the silver glitter. These decorations work so well in a festive display like we’ve done with our Martha Brook Christmas Tree as they catch the light and sparkle.

Production Assistant Edlyl – Sparkle and Shine Foiled Softback Notebook

I love all our new softback notebooks but this one has extra details that make it even more special. The little stars in the design add even more shine so the the notebook really brightens up your desk! My favourite is the mint green colour, but all the shades are lovely.

Head of Operations Chris AKA ‘Mr B’ – Name 2018 Desk Calendar 

I love our new desk calendars, which feel such high quality. My favourite is this one, which I think has the most minimal design and the landscape style means you can capture important events and see them at a glance. For me, I’d pick it in the Slate Grey with silver foil, which is a combination not many customers go for, but I think it looks very smart.

Production Assistant Michelle – Moments With Dad Memory Box

I love our memory boxes as an extension of our Love Notes range. These boxes make unique sentimental gifts that are extra special as they can be filled with personal photos. They are without doubt my favourite product to make – I always think about how much joy they’ll spread!

 

Production Assistant Esther – Family Glitter Star Christmas Decoration

Like Emma, I love our new glitter decorations. I particularly love the fact that you can have something foiled onto the back, in this case the name of each family member, to make a wonderful gift idea to treasure for years to come.

Junior Designer Hannah – Make it Count 2018 Daily Diary

Our Martha Book diaries not only help you stay organised but they’re also so pretty, which is a huge bonus. New for 2018 are our daily diaries and I would choose this one in classic white with rose gold foiling – my favourite!

We hope you found Part 2 of our gift guide useful! For more Christmas gift ideas, visit our Christmas shop here.

Our Christmas Styling Tips

Here at Martha Brook, we LOVE Christmas! In order to begin celebrating the happiest time of year as soon as possible, we put our tree up on the first day of December (below – doesn’t it look so pretty?!) and have been adding some more festive touches ever since. Keep reading to find out how we decided to decorate the tree this year and our top Christmas styling tips.

We always buy a real tree, you just can’t beat that pine tree smell. To add even more of a festive touch (and to make the tree very ‘us’), we subtly flocked the tree with artificial snow. Our colour pallet for the decorations was pink (obviously) – this year a pale rose pink and warm metallic tones, in particular copper, which contrasts beautifully with the green tree. The first step was to wrap the trunk from top to bottom in stings of pale pink beads, which creates depth and a pretty sheen. Then we added a fabulous gold glittery starter topper.

Next we added a collection of copper, rose gold and pink baubles as well as our own Foiled Glitter Star Christmas Decorations. Production Assistant Edlyl made everyone in the team one with their name on. To stick with the warm metallic theme, they were foiled with our copper foil and strung with pink ribbon. Each team member hung up their star on the tree which really helped the tree come together beautifully.

We love our Martha Brook tree, but understand that not everyone has a pink home so here are our other styling suggestions. Our personalised decorations come in a huge selection of ribbon colours (white, grey, light pink, bright pink, red, blue, green, silver, and gold) so they’ll match any home. We think that the green, red and metallic options (below) would look wonderful on a traditional tree, whereas the silver, grey or blue work really well in a cool scandi style home.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a tree, the decorations also look wonderful when used as gift toppers, hung up with stockings or used as personalised place settings on the Christmas table. We have even used them to create our Alternative Crackers this year (below). There are so many options with these beautiful ornaments!

We hope that you feel inspired to decorate your home this Christmas, don’t forget that a touch of sparkle makes all the difference!

If you’d like to shop our Christmas range you can find all our decorations here and visit our Christmas shop here.

If you’re stuck for things to buy this Christmas, we’ve come to the rescue! The lovely Martha Brook team have picked out their favourite products to make your shopping a whole lot easier. We have so much to choose from on our site so we hope that this guide will be super helpful. Part 1 includes gifts for stationery fans, pet lovers and families.

Customer Services Assistant Holly – Copper Name Notebook

I love geometric designs and the bold shape on the cover of this notebook really catches your eye. I also love how copper is such a warm metallic and seems to bring out the tones in every colour option. I’ve had my eye on this for a while as Martha has this notebook and takes it everywhere with her!

Production Assistant Alex – Family Highlights Photo Album

This is a great album as you can tailor make it to suit any important life event with your family, it’s totally personal. I would use it for our family summer holidays in France so we can look back on all our memories together.

Marketing Assistant Nancy – Dreams and Ideas Foiled Softback Notebook

I like to take my notes with me so our new lightweight soft back notebooks are perfect for work on the go, I can jot down ideas whenever inspiration strikes! I’m not a girly girl and I like neutral colours so I’d go for the grey or blue to keep things classic.

Founder Martha – ‘Every Day’ 2018 Desk Calendar

I am currently obsessed with our new desk calendars! We spent such a long time working out how we could make them to the quality we knew we wanted. This is possibly my favourite as it is it both beautiful and inspirational. I am already giving the rest of the team desk envy with the sample I made myself – I think they all know what I’m getting them for Christmas this year!

Production Assistant Ziggy – Pet Foiled Star Christmas Decoration

This is a great gift for pet lovers! I’m planning on buying a few for my friends this Christmas as they make a really special addition to the tree. All pet owners know how important it is to celebrate their furry friends, pets are part of the family too!

Production Assistant Fiona – Copper 2018 Weekly Diary

I love the minimal design of this diary, it’s simple but classic and perfect for people who love bold design. I also really like that you could pop on your business name too, it would look really professional as a work diary.

We hope you found our gift guide useful! Watch out for Part 2 in a couple of weeks and in the meantime, for more Christmas gift ideas, visit our Christmas shop here.

The Martha Brook Launch Party

Last week we celebrated our rebrand with a special launch party to say that you to our biggest supporters over the years and bring in the new us with a bang.

The venue we chose was one of our favourite restaurants here in West London, The Hampshire Hog, which has a beautiful private room upstairs that is perfectly on brand. Our aim; to make the room the perfect real-life embodiment of the online stationery haven that is Martha Brook.

As our guests entered, they were greeted by a large welcome table decorated with metallic baubles, gifts and some of our notebooks, and a selection of three special pink drinks to choose from; a rose lemonade, grapefruit and thyme gin collins and rose prosecco.

We styled a the main set of shelves to act as a product showcase, interspersing up our favourite diaries, notebooks and desk calendars in a range of colours and foiling with pretty props like Christmas baubles, presents, jars of stationery and a few bud vases. On either side of the shelves we had two huge pink balloons from Bubblegum Balloons to create a truly Instagram worthy display.

Possibly the most snapped area was the stunning dessert table which featured a delicious two tired cake from Little Cake Garden. We also had custom branded biscuits created by Lady Bakewell-Park and Honeywell Bakes to add even more of of a Martha Brook touch.

We decorated the table with gold trays filled with rose cupcakes, cherry blossom branches and little bud vases filled with blooms.

We also had a half moon table that we styled up with more of our products so that our guests could pick them up and have a good look at our newest ranges. We also styled the fireplace with huge piles of pink, copper and gold gifts to give the room a delightful festive atmosphere.

Once everyone had arrived and were enjoying the drinks and delicious Hampshire Hog food, our founder Martha made a special speech to say thank you to all the guests that have supported the company since the very beginning. Our guests were then sent off with possibly the best goodie bags ever, which have been causing quite a stir on Instagram.

All in all, the evening was filled with pink, laughter and lots of paper prettiness! Thank you so much to everyone who came and for all your support for Martha Brook so far.

Extra thanks to The Hampshire Hog, Little Cake Garden, Lady Bakewell-Park, Honeywell Bakes, Katie Spicer Photography and of course the whole Martha Brook team for creating a wonderful event.