I’m going to say that really annoying, over-used, cliché sentence that everyone hates… When Ryman Stationery contacted me and asked if I’d like to work with them, I completely jumped at the chance! And although I’m internally cringing just writing that, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t 100% true. I’m sure most bloggers can relate to my love of stationery; crisp, brand new notebooks with not a mark on them, trolling through pages after pages or shelf after shelf of pens of all different types and colours, random multi-coloured paperclips and nick-nacks that you’re never going to use… Sigh. A blogger’s heaven. That’s more or less how I felt as I scrolled through the Ryman’s website, picking my items for review.

Ryman very kindly allowed me to pick 3 items from their website. I considered the type of things I need but also things I don’t necessarily need but might want to try. As it was approaching the New Year, I know that I’m usually more organised and productive so I wanted to pick items which would help with that so let’s start with the Collins Scandi Metallic Polka Dot Diary, which I absolutely fell in love with at first glance!

First of all, totally my aesthetic. I love pink, I love gold, I love the font and it’s totally blogger photo worthy! You’ll certainly see this crop up in a few of my blog photos throughout the year. But of course, I didn’t just choose it because it looks pretty. This is a really high quality diary, the cover is sturdy and so are the pages inside. It’s split into 2 months at a time and you have an entire page for every day – which I don’t think I actually do enough to actually fill but it’s handy all the same, especially for notes. A new diary is always handy to have at the beginning of the year, whether you think you’re going to use it or not because you never know what the year ahead is going to bring!

Another thing which is always handy at any time of the year, is a plain, lined notebook. I am a huge collector of notebooks. Some of which just sit on my bookcase, looking pretty because I know I’m never going to use them but I don’t want to keep them in a drawer. I chose this Heritage Personalized Notebook which comes with a personalized copper foil front, which I had my name put on and I absolutely adore. I chose grey, simply because it’s a colour I wouldn’t often choose but I think the copper foil looks lovely on whichever colour you choose. Again, this is a really well made notebook and will keep in shape, especially if you’re always using it, taking it in and out of drawers and bags. I think this would also make a lovely gift for someone. I know we’ve already had Christmas but ya’no, for anyone who wants to get ahead on next year!

I wanted my last pick to be something a little different for me. I couldn’t choose another notebook – as much as I wanted to so I decided to opt for the Johanna Basford Enchanted Forest Colouring Book. Now hear me out. I’ve never been one for colouring and I’ve never really bought into the colouring for self-care trend although it’s clearly proven to be very effective in some people. I never wanted to splash out the money on these huge colouring books only to find it doesn’t actually work. I wrote a post in December about my self-care goals for 2018 and I think this is something I’d like to add to that list. The Enchanted Forest book is beautifully drawn – the pictures are so delicate and intricate and I’m certainly that once you get into one, it’ll almost be like the forest has captured you. I’m looking forward to giving colouring books another try and maybe incorporating it into my self-care routine. The Ryman website has a selection of these beautiful books.

I hope you liked my selection of products from Ryman Stationery! For high quality products of good value which would make both fantastic gifts for others and yourself – I’d highly recommend taking a nosy at their website!

Which product here is your favourite? Have you ever purchased from Ryman Stationery before? What are your opinions on colouring books – do you find them therapeutic? 

* These products were sent to me in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts, opinions and photographs featured in this post are entirely my own.


  1. The notebooks in this are gorgeous! And they certainly are a dream for a Blogger… My only real pet peeve would be the spiral binding 😀 Your flatly are also wonderful

  2. That notebook is so pretty. I love that you can personalise it. I also love the planner but I never have anything to write in them so it becomes a bit redundant for me haha!
    Beth x

  3. I find colouring really therapeutic and satifysing when it’s all done but having the time to do it as an adult just isn’t easy! Small colouring books are needed I think

  4. The planner is so pretty and I love how it’s been customisated! I haven’t been to Ryman’s in ages so might have to x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

  5. Everything is so pretty and I’d never have thought of Ryman (I always thought they were just for boring office supplies, haha). I really want to try adult colouring too, a few of my friends swear by it!

  6. I was actually nearing meltdown stage the other day, which for me consists of crying, pulling my hair, etc, so not great. And I know it might sound silly but my mum has all this colouring stuff so I laid on my tummy on her living room floor and made myself colour in a while page of one of the colouring books. I used any colour I wanted, I didn’t care much about being neat. And it really helped, I was quite surprised how it brought my stress level down. I think it must be similar to mindfulness? Living in the moment and concentrating on one thing. I definitely think it’s worth a try at least once anyway! Sorry for babbling hehe

  7. Who doesn’t love a stationery post ? 😃 all three look fantastic especially the colouring book, I love colouring in the little ones regular book it’s very therapeutic and have heard great things about the adult ones – enjoy!

    Melanie |www.frasersfunhouse.com

  8. Ooh these are lovely notebooks, I’ll be honest I hoard so many cute ones! I think colouring can be a great way to relax from everything going on in the real world! Fab post xx

  9. I didn’t know Ryman did personalised notebooks! That’s so cool 💖. I also love the colouring book. I have that one and definitely find it so therapeutic. It’s so detailed and interesting ☺️. Great post Jenny! xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  10. Congrats on this great opportunity! I really enjoyed reading this post. I hadn’t heard of this company before. The stationary is gorgeous. I’m forever collecting notebooks too!!

  11. You can never have enough cute stationary, can’t you? The polka dot diary is so pretty. I was always interested in adult coloring books but never actually bought one. Need to check this one out. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  12. I love the polka dot planner!!! The coloring book is intriguing though, I probably will be the most likely to purchase that. I actually love the Happy Planners.

  13. Shamefully, I still really need to pick up a 2018 diary, so I may have to pop into Ryman’s soon to do just that! 🙊 I love that brand of colouring books as well, I’ve got a few others from their range and it’s so peaceful to do.. 😍

  14. I absolutely find coloring to be therapeutic for me personally. It’s always hard for me to stop my brain from spinning out of control and when I sit down to color and put my headphones in, I just get lost in it for a while, and I think it gives the other parts of my brain a little rest. Let us know how it goes for you!

  15. I loved the diary! I’m crazy for diary’s and also notebooks i can never have enough. Havn’t actually gone to Ryman but after this i will be going to have a loook at their website!!

  16. Oh Jenny I’m a stationary addict as it is and now this post has made me want to buy more! You’ve picked out some really really beautiful pieces here, I definitely need a personalised notebook in my life! xo
    Sian | sian-kathrine.blogspot.co.uk

  17. Ohh those notebooks are so pretty! I can definitely see why you jumped at the chance! I got a gorgeous colouring in book for Christmas and I want to get back into it again. I think I need to treat myself to some new felt-tips though as the colours I have just aren’t very inspiring xx

  18. I’m sorry but I am a complete stationary addict! January is the perfect time to buy as much as possible without my boyfriend thinking I’m a hoarder! I love that one with your name on! Massive fave!

  19. I love the diary! It looks so nice and would be perfect for planning blog stuff. The personalised notebook is very aesthetically pleasing and something I need to purchase!

  20. I’ve always walked past Ryman because I thought it was just office/school pads and pencils, I didn’t realise they had such a wide range. I think my favourite thing here is the colouring book. Recently Flora and I have been colouring together at quiet times and I think the Enchanted Forest theme looks beautiful. Lovely pictures, Jenny, and thank you for sharing. xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Awh that’s nice! They have a range of colouring books in different themes, I remember seeing a Harry Potter one on the website so maybe something to get for you to do together? 🙂 xxx

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