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Full Circle - The Pen Addict Podcast #208

Last week I had an opportunity that I won't forget anytime soon. Im sure you all know 'The Pen Addict' blog and podcast from Brad Dowdy. Last week I was invited to join him and Myke Hurley as a guest on the podcast. Albeit a little nerve-racking this was something I couldn't pass up.

This blog has a deep rooted history with The Pen Addict podcast, if you listen to my episode (you can listen to it at the bottom of this post!) then you'll get some back story into how I got into blogging. But to break it down, back in February of 2014 I started a Squarespace trial courtesy of Brad and Myke, I played around with some things and built this blog, then decided to stick with it.

Honestly not much has changed on The Desk of Adam since then, it still has the same design and features it had on day 1 with only a couple of optimisation tweaks. But unknown to Brad and Myke at the time, they got me into blogging. Then around 6 months after I had launched they featured me as their blog of the week on the podcast, which took me by complete surprise and gave me a strong nudge of encouragement to keep doing my thing. Since then I've had great interaction with Brad on social media and a couple of weeks ago he reached out and invited me to join him and Myke as part of the little British invasion they were having.

Two episodes before mine they had my friend Tessa, of All Things Stationery, as a guest to kick things off. Then episode #208 came around and it was my turn. It seemed so fitting, The Desk of Adam coming full circle. It all started because of the podcast and now I'm lucky enough to have been a guest on it! I had a great time with the guys, it was slightly surreal to begin with. It felt like I was just listening to another one of their episodes but then remembering I was actually having a conversation with them took a while to get used to. I now know what Tessa was saying in her post about her episode.

If you haven't already, give it a listen below or over on Relay Fm where you can find links to everything mentioned during the episode. You can also find it by searching "The Pen Addict" on any podcast app or Spotify.

A huge thanks to Brad and Myke for having me on, and thank you for reading and listening!

Posted on June 14, 2016 and filed under Conversations with Adam.

Chroma Stationery - Conversations with Adam

Chroma is a brand I discovered on Instagram and quickly fell in love. The idea is to have a colour of notebook that inspires and sparks creativity so you can fill it with wonderful ideas and dreams. That was where this brand all began, wanting to inspire creativity. 

And the story behind chroma and its owner is truly inspiring in itself. I was fortunate to be able to pick the brains of the founder of Chroma Stationery, Gabi Cox, and find out some more about this up-and-coming stationery brand.

Chroma has a wide range of product options currently available which is soon to grow. With 25 notebook colours available for the cover, two different page rulings and free embossing in either gold or silver there is bound to be a combination to suit everyone. 

I couldn't help myself but chose my two favourite colours, blue (Dawson) and grey (Meredith). One with lined ruling and one with plain. I was really quite pleased with the paper quality of these A5 notebooks, it's smooth and bright white. It isn't overly thick but takes fountain pen ink without a problem, leaving barely a shadow on the reverse of the page.

Although one of the more fun parts of these notebooks is the embossing. Through their website you can have initials and names embossed but if you want something more (like me) they are happy to help. I wanted to have both my logo and website banner embossed and was surprised at how detailed they both turned out, especially the banner image because of its transparencies and high details. I decided on gold embossing for both notebooks and I'm so glad I did. It's a really nice shade of gold and I imagine it would look great on all of the available colours.

The price point is good too, at £7.50 per notebook it is fairly similar to prices that you would see of other high quality notebooks. And the best part, embossing is free no matter how much or little you have done.

Interview with Chroma Stationery founder, Gabi Cox

Tell us a little bit about yourself, what was you doing before you began Chroma?
Before Chroma I was studying Fashion Promotion and Imaging at the University for the Creative Arts at the Epsom campus. It was whilst I was in my final year at Uni that Chroma was created. I live in Berkshire and spend way too much of my time with my mini dachshund, Toby. My favourite things include pizza, pancakes, collecting pretty things and David Beckham.

What was your original inspiration to create notebooks?
I was initially fascinated by colour and colour psychology. Why people prefer certain colours to others or the emotions and memories that colours trigger. I began by putting together a selection of colour related stories or anecdotes and the idea of greetings cards was bounced around. It was from there that stationery and notebooks came about. I had a light bulb moment and put two and two together. My struggle to find affordable notebooks that I liked and my love of colour. 

Where did the name Chroma come from?
Chroma means the purity and simplicity of colour, which is fundamentally what it is all about.

All of the colours in your notebook range have names, how do you decide on what to name each colour?
Many of them were just on instinct. People remind me of certain colours and from a young age I would associate certain colours with certain people. For example my brother and the colour green, or my nanny and the colour lilac. Other colour names were a play on words, such as the Meredith Grey from my love of Grey's Anatomy. 

How important is it to you that all of your products are made in the UK?
It is really important. Not only is there a big environmental factor but I also love the idea of supporting UK based businesses whether thats the people supplying my notebooks or packaging. It is also very important to me to keep the cost down for my customers, by keeping everything in the UK I am able to keep my notebooks affordable. 

You had a very successful kickstarter campaign which recently ended, what are the next steps for Chroma?
Kickstarter was hugely nerve-wracking and a big gamble, but I am so glad I took it. I am now mainly concentrating on growing the Chroma range, I want to add further notebook options and a much wider variety of products and colours. A new website is also something that I think is really important to get sorted. Making it as easy as possible for my customers to order their notebooks whilst still keeping it beautifully designed. 

A huge thank you to Gabi for agreeing to be featured on The Desk of Adam!

You can find out more about the products Chroma has to offer by visiting their website here.
Also by checking them out on social media on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

Thanks for reading!

Posted on November 5, 2014 and filed under Conversations with Adam, Paper Review.