Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Beans Beans good for the heart the more you eat the more you..

Realise that you want to buy a personalised baked bean notepad from Buzz Invites perhaps?

Personalised Baked Bean Notebook
Personalised Baked Bean Notebook


..and right now you have a choice of buying them directly through the Buzz Invites website;

or for our avid ebayers through ebay;
 
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/buzzinvites/
 
Through either channel; ebay and the official website the prices are identical and both also offer FREE postage;
 
£5.65 for an A5 notebook with the choice of lined or plain paper or
 
£8.99 for an A5 sized notebook, again with either lined or plain paper
 
Personalisation wise just email Buzz Invites with your choice of words, they will send back a proof in the form of a PDF for you to check spellings, once agreed it will be speedily dispatched to you. 
 

Can the love it or hate it be applied to Baked Beans as well as Marmite? 

 
How wrong can you go with baked beans...well I am very, very particular about beans, not too sweet, not too tomatoey, in fact it really doesn't "have to be Heinz",as my favourite brand of baked beans is actually Branston Baked Beans followed closely by Heinz however I categorically cannot eat shop own brand beans - end of!

So for a bit of fun as we trip into the middle of the working week, send a reply to this post and let us know your favourite brand - we will publish the results on Bank Holiday Monday in the UK...

In the meantime let me give you a little background into the history of the nations staple foods.

  • Baked beans are believed to be based on a Native American dish in which beans were cooked with fat and maple syrup - hmm not too sure about that and given my dislike of the sweetness of some brand beans I can see how this has evolved.
  • European settlers are then thought to have adapted the recipe by adding pork and molasses. 
  • There is another theory that the recipe can be traced to the classic French bean stew cassoulet, which figures as a variant of cassoulet is made up of pork, ham and haricot beans.
  • Henry Heinz launched his baked beans in the U.S. in 1895 and brought them to the UK nine years later.


  • Beans became a staple of the British diet. Originally the product contained a small piece of pork. But Second World War rationing put paid to that.
  • The Beanz Meanz Heinz slogan dates from the mid-1960s. In 2006, Heinz headed off a threat by Branston to hijack it by reintroducing it to its marketing.
  • In the mid-1990s, a price war broke out, with some supermarkets selling their own brand beans for as little as 3p a can.
  • It has been one of the most iconic supermarket brands for more than 100 years, however suddenly canned food giant Heinz dropped the 'baked' from its beans.In a redesign sure to upset traditionalists, the re-designed can now simply read Heinz Beanz, consigning the 'baked' to the food history books.  The firm's new design will see the iconic turquoise label retained, with the inclusion of a picture of  the beans inside - just in case consumers are confused by the content.
  • An estimated 850million portions of Heinz Beanz were devoured at dinner tables up and down the country last year, according to the firm.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

"Hi, everyone. I'm Olaf. And I like warm hugs!"

Frozen-mania: how Elsa, Anna and Olaf conquered the world


I have to confess, and I am probably in the minority here but I have yet to watch Frozen...I say the minority because nearly all of my facebook friends post that they are watching Frozen for the gazillionth time..really..well I guess it is like me with Brother Bear!!


However the more I researched Frozen and the storyline the more I fell in love with 'Olaf'



             

Frozen is the 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen, the film tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged, thrill-seeking mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer, and a hapless snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. 

Wikipedia sets the plot out nicely - click here to see

I love musicals, I love Disney animations and I love the magic of Disney which is why I now fully endorse the Frozen movie..and can wholeheartedly assure you that next winter in the UK or in fact when we next see snow - my snow man will be modelled on Olaf - I am sure I wont be alone here!!

see..




so I am now officially hooked, and my daughter is too so I have just ordered one of these;

Personalised Disney Frozen Notepad from Buzz Invites
Personalised Disney Frozen Notepad from Buzz Invites

A personalised Disney Frozen notepad...a perfect good-girl gift for only £5.65 to include FREE delivery too.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Fun Easter gifts from Buzz

Eggs as an Easter Gift

The earliest Easter eggs were hen or duck eggs decorated at home in bright colours with vegetable dye and charcoal. 

The 17th and 18th centuries saw the manufacture of egg-shaped toys, which were given to children at Easter. The Victorians had cardboard, 'plush' and satin covered eggs filled with Easter gifts and chocolates. The ultimate egg-shaped Easter gifts must have been the fabulous jewelled creations of Carl Fabergé made during the 19th century for the Russian Czar and Czarina, now precious museum pieces.

Chocolate Easter eggs were first made in Europe in the early 19th century, with France and Germany taking the lead in this new artistic confectionery. Some early eggs were solid, as the technique for mass-producing moulded chocolate had not been devised. 

 

But not everyone likes chocolate 


I realise that some people don’t actually like to eat masses and masses of chocolate. There’s something seriously wrong with those people - but they do exist.

If you’ve got one of those non-chocolate-eaters in your life and you’re having trouble buying them something for Easter which is not related to eggs or chickens but is every ounce as fun then I’ve done the scout around for some presents that fit the chocolate mould.

And what goes perfectly with chocolate but is equally perfect on it's own? - a Buzz notebook of course.

Buzz Invites personalised notebook
Buzz Invites personalised notebook
 
Maybe you have a McDonalds lover on your hands - perfect.

Yummy Chips notebook
Yummy Chips notebook

But a Chips notebook, although fun is not funny - but baked beans is.

http://www.buzzinvites.com/product/personalised-notebook-beans-glorious-beans/

and peas

http://www.buzzinvites.com/product/personalised-printed-notebook-peas/

But you can still enjoy sweets at Easter

http://www.buzzinvites.com/product/personalised-printed-notebook-lovehearts-sweets/

But a word of warning....if you eat too many sweets..

Big Fat Notebook
Buzz Invites notebooks in A5 size costs only £5.65, or upgrade to an A4 notebook and pay just £8.99 with your choice of either the lined or plain paper option for whichever size pad you choose. 

Each notebook qualifies for free delivery too.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Planning a Joint Birthday Party?

Like me if you are looking to simplify your child's birthday party or maybe simplify your 'big' childs party and at the same time save some pennies, why not consider having a joint birthday party.


A joint birthday party is when two or more children whose birthdays are near each other have their birthday party together, my brother's 40th Birthday on the 9th April and my husband's 40th Birthday on the 17th April for example!!

Seriously though and more commonly joint birthday parties are held for children with classmates or other children who have the same friends, but you do see my point with adult parties too - football buddies, drinking friends, husbands of wifey friends who are looking to 'kill two birds with one stone, it's a perfect arrangement??

Steering back on to the children, this type of party works well for small children because you often invite the whole class to birthday parties at this age and to share the cost (and the effort) is simply a relief.


Parents really are returning to sensible and reasonable parties instead of excessive parties and of course the tendency to out do the jones type mentality (big, big sigh of relief).
 

For the last three years a group of mums at my daughters school have hosted three joint birthday parties for their children with three different friends. "They are great for saving on costs and reducing the workload since you can divide the tasks between the families," says Sam. 

Another benefit of joint parties is that the families attending the party only have to attend one party instead of multiple parties.

Should you consider a joint Birthday party?


When considering a joint birthday party, Buzz Invites advises parents to only consider it if the birthday children like each other and get along. They do not need to be the best of friends, but should enjoy each other's company and have similar interests. Buzz Invites says that the next question that parents should ask themselves is if they think that they can work with at least one of the other parents - it would truly be a disaster if you cannot get along as this really will impact on the fun and the day itself.
 

Realise that when you host a joint birthday party with another family that you will be giving up some control over the party. A little word of wisdom -  you should accept the fact that the party does not have to be perfect. Your children will be happy with the simple fact that they are having a party and that lots of children will be attending - more guests = more fun and that goes for childrens and adults party alike.
 

Another variation on the joint birthday party is to have a sibling joint birthday party if your children's birthdays are within a few weeks of each other. Since children often have more of a tendency to be jealous of their siblings than a friend, make sure that both children are in agreement over the idea of a joint birthday party. Be sure to point out the benefits of having a joint party, such as having the party at a fun location instead of at home or being able to invite more friends because of the reduced costs.

 

Planning the Party Together


After you have decided that a joint birthday party is a good option, sit down with the other family and discuss the details for the party. One of the most important topics to discuss is the budget for the party. Discuss both the overall budget and budgets for specific items, such as how much to spend on the invitations or the decorations. Buzz Invites reminds parents that one family's idea of a typical birthday cake might be to go to a speciality cake maker and spend £80 on a cake while another family may usually buy birthday cakes from Tesco's - it's all about compromise and a whole heap of understanding.
 

The next detail to discuss is the venue and theme for the party. We recommend that joint parties be held at a neutral location, such as a social club or a village hall. This helps both families have more equal say in the party and one family is not bearing the majority of the setup/cleanup work, which would be the case if you were to host the party in one or other's homes. Make sure that both parties agree and are excited about the theme for the party - an 80's theme


or a Laurel and Hardy theme perhaps?
Laurel and Hardy Joint Party Invitation
Laurel and Hardy Joint Party Invitation

Another important topic that you should discuss is the invitation list.  Families should agree on the mutual friends to invite to the party, such as the entire class or group of children that play in your cul de sac. Oftentimes for joint birthday parties, each child will invite an extra child or two, such as a cousin or a close family friend. We recommend dividing the costs for the joint invitation list and then each parent contributing on a per child cost for any extra children.

Talk openly with the other family about the best way to handle presents. If the party is for two children, then it is fine for the guests to give presents to both children. However, if a guest would not have attended one of the child's parties, then they do not need to bring a gift for the child that they do not know. If the party is for three or more children, you may want to have guests not give presents at the party because at that point the amount of presents becomes overwhelming. I recall a joint party for four boys where each guest was asked to bring only one present for an eight-year old boy, and the birthday boys each went home with a few presents.

Because of the time involved opening presents and the fact that the children will be receiving different presents, we also recommend not opening presents at joint birthday parties, wait until you get home when the birthday boy/girl will appreciate the moment more.

On the Day of the Party

During the party, be sure to introduce any guests who do not know each other and encourage everyone to mingle. I have hosted several joint parties for my daughter and I recommend having a separate cake for each child. This allows each child to select the cake that he/she wants and gives each child a set of candles to blow out. Be sure to sing "Happy Birthday" twice so that each child gets to be centre of attention.

Monies

After the party, both families should help with any clean up tasks. Although, the money should not be settled during the party, try to settle money as quickly as possible after the party. I recommend  that the parents pay each other with cheques instead of cash so that there is a paper trail of the money  having been exchanged and therefore there can be no question about the amount paid.

And if you can't see eye to eye then opt for a big 'Out do the Jones' type party (the type we mentioned earlier on in the posting) with personalised invites - the lot!!  Be selfish - love minions - have a minion party!!

Despicable me Minions Dave personalised Birthday Invitations
Despicable me Minions Dave personalised Birthday Invitations
and for boys..

Despicable Me Invites
Despicable Me personalised Invitations
But above all else have a ball and where possible JOINT parties ROCK






you are looking to simply your child's birthday party and save money, consider having a joint birthday party. A joint birthday party is when
two or more children whose birthdays are near each other have their birthday party together. Typically joint birthday parties are held with classmates or other children who have the same friends. This type of party works well for small children because you often invite the whole preschool or Kindergarten class to birthday parties at this age.

"More parents are starting to have joint birthday parties with other families for their children. This growing trend is the reverse of the "Let's Outdo the Jones" mentality of a few years ago," says Jodi Smith, President of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting. "Parents are returning to sensible and reasonable parties instead of excessive parties."

For the last three years Hedi Waterfield has hosted three joint birthday parties for her daughter with three different friends. "They are great for saving on costs and reducing the workload since you can divide the tasks between the families," says Waterfield. Another benefit of joint parties is that the families attending the party only have to attend one party instead of multiple parties.

Should You Have Joint Birthday Party?
When considering a joint birthday party, Smith advises parents to think about if the birthday kids like each other and get along. They do not need to be best friends, but should enjoy each other's company and have similar interests. Smith says that the next question that parents should ask is if they think that they can work with at least one of the other parents.

Realize that when you host a joint birthday party with another family that you will be giving up some control over the party. "Accept that the party does not have to be perfect. Your kids will be happy with good enough," reminds Smith.

Another variation on the joint birthday party is to have a sibling joint birthday party if your kid's birthdays are within a few weeks of each other. Since kids often have more of tendency to be jealous of their siblings than a friend, make sure that both kids are in agreement with a joint birthday party. Be sure to point out the benefits of having a joint party, such as having the party at a fun location instead of at home or being able to invite more friends because of the reduced costs.

Planning the Party Together
After you have decided that a joint birthday party is a good option, sit down with the other family and discuss the details for the party. One of the most important topics to discuss is the budget for the party. Discuss both the overall budget and budgets for specific items, such as how much to spend on the invitations or the decorations. Smith reminds parents that one family's idea of a typical birthday cake might be to go to a specialty bakery spend $150 on a cake while another family may usually buy birthday cakes from the grocery store.

The next detail to discuss is the venue and theme for the party. Smith recommends that joint parties be held at neutral location, such as a bowling alley or park. This helps both families have more equal say in the party and one family is not bearing the majority of the setup/cleanup work. Make sure that both kids agree and are excited about the theme for the party.

Another important topic that you should discuss is the invitation list. Families should agree on the mutual friends to invite to the party, such as the entire class or group of neighborhood kids. Oftentimes for joint birthday parties, each child will invite an extra child or two, such as a cousin or neighborhood friend. Smith recommends dividing the costs for the joint invitation list and then each parent contributing on a per child cost for any extra children.

Talk openly with the other family about the best way to handle presents. If the party is for two children, then it is fine for the guests to give presents to both children. However, if a guest would not have attended one of the child's parties, then they do not need to bring a gift for the child that they do not know. If the party is for three or more children, you may want to have guests not give presents at the party because at that point the amount of presents becomes overwhelming. Smith recalls a joint party for four boys where each guest was asked to bring only one present for an eight-year old boy, and the birthday boys each went home with a few presents. Because of the time involved opening presents and the fact that the children will be receiving different presents, Smith recommends not opening presents at joint birthday parties.

On the Day of the Party
During the party, be sure to introduce any guests who do not know each other and encourage everyone to mingle. Melinda Mallari has hosted several joint parties for her kids and recommends having a separate cake for each child. This allows each kid to select the cake that he wants and gives each child a set of candles to blow out. Be sure to sing "Happy Birthday" twice so that each kid gets a song.

After the party, both families should help with any clean up tasks. Although, the money should not be settled during the party, try to settle money as quickly as possible after the party. Smith recommends that the parents pay each other with checks instead of cash so that that the money was exchanged and there can be no question about the amount paid.

"I highly recommend having joint birthday parties. It is a wonderful way to celebrate your child's birthday while watching your budget," says Smith.

Jennifer Gregory is a mom of two kids and three dogs. She held a joint birthday party for her daughter's first birthday with two other neighbors. The picture of the three toddlers eating cake in their high chairs at the same time is one of her favorites.
- See more at: http://www.fredericksburgparent.net/read/parenting/63-articles/fredericksburg-area-birthday-parties/337-hosting-a-joint-birthday-party-for-your-child#sthash.DgrwtmFR.dpuf

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The FIFA 2014 World Cup


With only 93 days left to go, the FIFA 2014 World Cup is reaching fever pitch and don’t we know it here at Buzz Invites.  This week we have been lucky enough to have had an amazing response to our FIFA football marketing campaign – so on top of the excitement of the World cup our football loving men are obviously finding the time to squeeze in a Birthday party or two!!

The host country for the 2014 world cup is none other than Brazil, the largest country in South America, Brazil stretches over almost half of the continent. With the Atlantic Ocean on its eastern coastline, Brazil shares frontiers with Venezuela, Guyana, French Guyana and Surinam to the north. Its neighbours to the west are Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru, while Colombia is to the north-west and Uruguay directly south. Of all the countries in South America, only Chile and Ecuador do not border Brazil.

So whilst we look forward to a full months worth of football sprawling over June and July let’s not forget our moment of glory in 1966 when a crowd of 93,000 packed into London’s Wembley Stadium for the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final.
 

The match they witnessed remains one of the most famous in the history of the game’s greatest tournament, with England beating West Germany 4-2 after extra time.
 

The Three Lions’ hero was Geoff Hurst who became the first and, to date, only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup Final. 

So the World Cup may be in sunnier climes in 2014 but our players that are representing England in the tournament also play for teams back here and with international friendlies being played around the world this week, squads are beginning to take shape...how exciting is that?

There is obviously going to be a huge BUZZ and a lot of speculation about who will form our England team and dependent on your source depends on the view, the BBC however have this week speculated the following;

Who is on the England plane to Brazil?

 

Goalkeepers

Definitely on the plane: Joe Hart (26, Manchester City, 39 caps) 

Defenders

Definitely on the plane: Leighton Baines (29, Everton, 22 caps, one goal), Gary Cahill (28, Chelsea, 22 caps, two goals), Phil Jagielka (31, Everton, 24 caps, one goal), Glen Johnson (29, Liverpool, 50 caps, one goal), Phil Jones (22, Manchester United, nine caps), Chris Smalling (24, Manchester United, 10 caps)  

Midfielders

Definitely on the plane: Michael Carrick (32, Manchester United, 31 caps), Steven Gerrard, captain (33, Liverpool, 109 caps, 21 goals), Jack Wilshere (22, Arsenal, 15 caps), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (20, Arsenal, 14 caps, three goals) 

Forwards

Definitely on the plane: Wayne Rooney (28, Manchester United, 89 caps, 38 goals), Daniel Sturridge (24, Liverpool, 10 caps, three goals), Danny Welbeck (23, Manchester United, 21 caps, eight goals)  

The left-field possibility? Andy Carroll (25, West Ham, nine caps, two goals)


So whether you support the mighty hammers to back Andy Carroll..



or Leeds United perhaps who have no likely contenders being scouted for FIFA 2014?

Leeds United Birthday Invites
Or maybe the colourful canaries that are Norwich City Football Club who have John Ruddy facing an anxious wait to see if he will be picked to travel on the plane as a goalkeeper?

Norwich City Football Club Party Invites

Manchester City perhaps to support Joe Hart's journey through FIFA 2014?

Manchester City Football Club Party Invites
and then they get bigger and mightier - who can forget Chelsea and the popular Gary Cahill and maybe Frank Lampard!!

Chelsea Football Club Birthday Party Invites
and finally Manchester United who have the biggest presence in the speculated FIFA 2014 England squad with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney and Danny Wellbeck all named;
Manchester United Personalised Invites from Buzz
Not a football fan, no worries Buzz can cater for almost anything, maybe the man in your life is a Madness fan..perfect we have that covered too!!

Madness personalised party invites
And for that extra special, unique touch why not upgrade to the magnetised backing so that the invites can be stuck on the fridge so that your guests don't forget the big day.  

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Wedding Planning Advice

Let’s assume that your dream will come true and the love of your life proposes this coming Valentine’s day, now you really will be on cloud nine and I guarantee that your little head will be working overtime this weekend, when, where, how etc.  But you know when you want to get married don’t you – you want to get married in exactly six months and benefit from a balmy British summer wedding – but you have to be quick as August is ever so popular.  First things first you should send out a save the date in anticipation of the next week’s worth of planning – because by hook or by crook you will get married on August 14th won’t you?

Save the Date personalised wedding cards from Buzz Invites


Buzz Invites Save the date wedding cards
Buzz Invites Save the Date cards
 or maybe you are a dog lover and are planning on a dog themed day?

Dog themed Save the date cards from Buzz Invites
Dog themed Save the date cards from Buzz Invites

All Buzz Invites cards come with FREE envelopes and have FREE postage so at just £15 for 20 save the date cards your wedding budget certainly won't be blown - YET

 

Planning any event is really exciting, met with many an anticipating moment and many a challenge to overcome.  Weddings however are at the pinnacle of exciting, they take an inordinate amount of time to plan and when you reach the day they whizz by in what seems like a split second – is it all worth it – a big fat Yes – yes they are absolutely worth the stress and the wait, and all that planning really does pay off.

 

Having arranged my own wedding I have first hand experience, would I change anything – probably not but there is one thing that I would do  slightly differently but that is more to benefit me now..

 

I have a daughter now, a daughter that loves to trawl through old photos, loves to look at my old school books and reports and loves to nose through all my old nik naks but time and time again she asks me why my wedding guest book doesn’t have every guests comments in (probably because it didn’t get passed around) and although I do have hen weekend piccies why have I not written about it – now she knows I love to write a blog and a diary so why not then.  Well to be honest I didn’t think about it, at the time of the hen weekend – a girlie trip to Centre Parcs I was too busy raft building – seriously, bike riding and swimming to write – and then there was the odd glass of wine that would also have got in the way of serious writing too!!

 

But in hindsight I too would love to sit with the same group of girls now and share stories using my ‘hen weekend journal’ as a trigger, it would be funny and would help my daughter understand what has moulded me into the person I am today (and how my crazy best friends have all contributed to this – Kirsty that means you specifically)

Personalised Wedding Stationary


 

If I were to help plan a wedding today I would start off with 5 notepads, all A4 and as I am a big fan of the Buzz products I would select the personalised notepads that they have just launched, and at £8.99 for a completely personalised notepad with a photo on this is a complete bargain.

Buzz Invites


The first one would have the front cover as a photo of the future bride and groom on their engagement day. Now I got engaged in Antigua and I have lots and lots of pictures that I would have loved to have shared with my Mum and Dad, these would go in here.  Immediately after Andy asked me to marry him we sat with a lovely glass of Dom Perignon and gushed about our great plans, a tentative guest list, our dreams for the future etc.  I spent the next week scribbling notes and then upon arriving back in the UK I threw them all in the bin and started planning over again – but I wish I kept the original notes and stuck them in my engagement book as this was all part of the journey and actually demonstrates how quickly plans can change and morph into something so much bigger.  


The second book would be my actual planning book and would be the lined variety, it would be divided into sections i.e. bridesmaid to cover names, dresses, accessories, hair make-up, bridesmaids gifts and a list of suppliers, shops etc and also space for magazine clippings, another section would cover the brides dress, accessories etc, groom, wedding ceremony venue, reception venue, food, drink, cars etc.  I guess it would end up looking a bit like a scrap book.

It could either be a personalised photo notebook;

Buzz Invites Personalised Photo Notebook
Personalised Photo Notebook

or maybe if you were picking a theme you could stick with it and match the notepad to the save the date cards;

Buzz invites personalised wedding planning notebook
Personalised wedding planning notebook

The third book would be my guest book, in advance I would neatly write on a page per couple or individual the name of the guest (not only would this encourage people to write in my guest book but it would be perfect for the overall effect I would be looking to achieve).  On the day I would ask someone to take pictures of each couple and individuals as appropriate so that I could then stick in a photo of the guest leaving the comment for us so that when I looked back I could remember what we all looked like ‘back in the day’

 

This one would be a blank notepad with a silly picture of the bride and groom (before the wedding) – all guest books should be fun and uplifting (age dependent I guess) so i would select the personalised photo book or if you wanted something a little more classic then why not go for something like this;

Personalised Wedding guest book
Personalised Wedding guest book

but change the "our wedding notebook" text to read " our wedding guests" perhaps?

 

The fourth book would be for the day photos – all 6 x 4” photos to compliment the official wedding album but as I think a wedding snap on the cover would be appropriate I would order this once I had some wedding day photos.

 

And the same for the evening album – album number 5.

Each A5 notebook would cost you £5.65 with the choice of lined or plain paper and each A4 notebook would cost £8.99

Happy Planning!!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Personalisation rules - and so do funky Bulldog notebooks too!!

A pledge to support the printed word and ancient paper in the face of emerging digital technologies and electronic print...now that's a sentence and a half - what I really want to say is forget ipads and tablets and pick up a pen and paper and get doodling..now you can't do that easily on an ipad!!



Paper musings...I recently attended a big marketing seminar, a seminar that would discuss new marketing strategies and the importance of marketing plans to support your business.  It was a well attended seminar hosted by an expert in the field of marketing, Dee Blick, the author of The 15 Essential Marketing Masterclasses for your small business. Dee in essence stripped away any confusion and all talk of emerging new techniques and asked businesses to go back to the very basics, to consider branding and interestingly to advise us to use Direct Marketing as a means of getting our messages out there whilst not relying too heavily on emails – emails that are often overlooked,  but using the printed word as the core of your marketing activity, embracing personalisation to gain a competitive edge over our closest business rivals.


Anyhow that was just giving you a bit of background, with personalisation and paper at the heart of the seminar, the important part was that it was at this event that I found myself chatting to a very interesting gentleman, the CEO of a large print operation who asked me out right whether I carried a filofax, a notepad and a pen or whether I was one of the masses that had sold out to Apple and planned my work and my life through an ipad.


Boldly I was sat in the session making notes on my funky new notepad but in my bag I had an ipad stashed away however I am a relative newbie to ipads and have found the migration from paper to the ipad a little trying.  My filofax and notepad does not run out of charge, it is completely functional when used on a cold day at the train station when I am shrouded from head to toe in warm clothes (glove covered fingers and ipads don’t mix well) but like an ipad I can buy apps for it – but of the practical kind and they are affectionately known as accessories – a ruler, a calculator and a mirror too.

A world without paper, now that would be a complete travesity, I love doodling, I love physical note taking and I love being able to leaf back through my work later....but most of all I love the crazy designs and personalisations that the world of paper offers.  Take the guys at Buzz Invites for example, they love paper, paper is their business, personalisation is core to the business and they do it so well too - don't you agree, whether it be invites, notepads or magnets?


Personalised stationary
Buzz Invites personalised stationary
Now everyone loves a minion, especially me,  I love the colours and I love the fact that a notebook can have my name on the front....but what about this one then;

Funky personalised stationary from Buzz Invites
Funky personalised stationary from Buzz Invites
Buzz Invites notebook in A5 size costs only £5.65, or upgrade to an A4 notebook and pay just £8.99 with your choice of either the lined or plain paper option for whichever size pad you choose.

I can't possibly stop here..a notepad for every occasion...now that's more like it, so you are a key distributer for Rimmel London, imagine turning up to a store and pulling out your Minion notepad - doesn't feel right does it - of course not - but hey imagine pulling out this beauty - now this really does suit the time and place;


Dazzling Diamante Style notepad
Dazzling Diamante Style notepad
Or maybe the notebook is not for you and you are looking for a practical gift that is oozing humour, go on give your boyfriend a present to remember, a humerous valentine's gift perhaps?

Humorous personalised notebook
Humorous personalised notebook
not that brave???? scared of the repurcussions, you can still be funny and be personalised, and it still makes for a great Valentines gift - introducing the baked bean notebook;

Baked Bean personalised notebook
Baked Bean personalised notebook

And finally a notepad, well a notepad is something I will hand my daughter when on a car journey or in a restaurant with a pen and ask her to draw me something. Precious little ditties that you tear out and stash in your filofax after scribbling a date on the back so that you can produce affectionately in 20 years time as a milestone – this is what you drew when you were 5. Buy a doodle notepad specifically for these moments, transforming the cover to something ultimately personalised using a photo of you and your child to mark the start of a doodling journey;
Personalised Photo notebook
Personalised Photo notebook


and at only £5.65 for a notebook complete with your own personalised text and photo who can resist?

A baby picture, you pushing a swing or simply your angel or little monster covered in food, just send Buzz  the photo after ordering via email, they will respond with a pdf proof for sign off before they dispatch the final item - quite simple really. 


The same notebook could be used as a diary too - a perfect way to track the days, months and years.

So the moral of this paper muse is that under no circumstances do we want you to let the all encompassing digital era swallow all of your precious memories, support paper and have fun creating a personalised experience on the way but...please do visit Buzz Invites - it's fun, cheap but never compromising on quality.