July 2014 [Pen to Paper] “I Love You” Box

We have had so many of our lovely subscribers messaging us to rave about our July “I Love You” box and I can’t wait for you all to see the paperie goodness and love that went into each and every Elephantshoe box.

Just before our lovely intern Kathleen left for her new exciting travels she wrote our latest review. Take a look below. . .

Hi there, Kat here. I have to let you all in on a secret. Some might not believe me but I’m telling you, it's really true. Are you ready to hear this big secret? Alright? The thing is… The Elephantshoe Stationery Studio is a time machine!

It feels like it was just yesterday (*read* the month of June) that I stepped back into the warm and welcoming Elephantshoe Stationery Studio, and it’s just been go go go since then. I’ve worked on some wonderful projects with the team here and it’s been a lovely, creative and sometimes crazy adventure! Now, as I sit here preparing to write my last "I Love You" box post (I shouldn’t say “last” but it will be for a while), I’ve realized it’s July! As the icy winter days keep coming and my days here at Elephantshoe draw to a close, I bring to you the July [Pen to Paper] I Love You Box review.

We went old school this month and celebrated paper and the good old pen. Here’s what we included in the July box:

This month, and every month, we should go out of our way to ditch the emails and text messages every once in a while and take pen to paper. In other words, what we’re trying to say is, sloooooow down. We’re all living in our fast-paced, on-the-go bubbles – always rushing somewhere, but that’s life, and we all get a bit caught-up in it sometimes. But enough rambling – this is what we want to encourage you to do: write a little letter. Write it for a close friend, a caring mother, a great colleague, a special husband/wife or even a cousin who lives across the globe. The best part is it can be a quick and meaningful “I Love You” stuck to your significant other’s desk or a little update to a friend you want to reconnect with. To get you started, we’ve supplied our subscribers with a quirky little writing notepad and quirky “HELLO” eco-friendly pen. It all starts with a little “HELLO”… the rest is up to you.

Finished writing your little letter? Fold it in half, now pop it into your choice of our stylish kraft envelopes – scrambled letters or paper airplanes – and seal it with a nifty wax seal. Pop a postage stamp on from your nearest post office and your letter is ready to travel the world… or perhaps just down the road!

I can’t remember the last time I received a postcard from someone, but I can remember how happy I felt when I received a special message from a friend in the post. Make someone happy and send them a postcard. This month our subscribers received 4 custom, and totally awesome postcards – ready to make someone smile. The best part about them? They serve equally as some trendy/cool wall art for your home office. Pop it in a frame or stick it your wall and you’ll have a little reminder of that special friend/loved one.

There’s nothing quite like opening a wax-sealed envelope. The instant feeling of importance and elegance that surrounds it makes opening one of them just that extra special. But when you want to opt for something a little more casual – pop a cute sticker on. Or use one the stickers to hold your handwritten note to your friend’s desk.

Traveling somewhere soon or have a friend that’s about jet set off on an adventure? Why not attach one of our printed kraft tags to a special going-away gift or better yet – use them as trendy luggage tags!

Lastly, each subscriber received a handwritten letter to fill them in on the thought-process behind the July box. The letter was written with the sole purpose to explain, inspire and mostly just because we love you.

The letter went a little like this


Thank you for subscribing to this month’s Elephantshoe box of love.

We thought we’d mix it up a bit this month and leave the typed messages behind. We’ve been thinking a lot about what makes life special and lovely. Think of blue skies in summer, your first sip of tea, forehead kisses, tight hugs, brown paper packages tied up with string and handwritten letters.

This month we would like to encourage you to go old school and take pen to paper, dig up your favourite milky pens from school and write a little letter. There’s something really special and novel about receiving a handwritten note in the age of emails and text messages. It doesn’t need to be a long letter/an essay – just a simple “you looked great today” or “I love you” is perfect. It’s the thoughtful notes that go the furthest and mean the most.

So here you have your very own supplies to get you going. Fix yourself a hot drink, grab a blanket and let the words flow.

Happy writing!

Love Elephantshoe 

It’s been an absolute pleasure to be involved in the conceptualisation and production of the Elephantshoe “I Love You” boxes over the last couple of months. If you’re a subscriber or just a Ellieshoe follower – I hope you’ve enjoyed the contents and effort that’s gone into making them extra special for you.

Stay tuned for the August box of awesomeness that I’m pretty sure will blow your warm fuzzy socks right off!

Bye-bye for now,


April 2014 {Personalised Polka Dot} "I Love You" Box

Our "I Love You" box is one of my most dear products on our Elephantshoe shoppe. A small parcel of awesomeness that arrives at your doorstep in the first week of every month. Stationery treats designed and curated by us here at Ellieshoe to make your life more lovely. 

How does the "I Love You" Box work?

  1. Visit our shoppe and subscribe. Choose to receive a box of goodies from Elephantshoe for either a 1-, 3- or 6-month period.

  2. If you are giving this subscription as a gift to Le Lucky friend or loved one, don't forget to type in a personalised message at the end of your order. 

  3. Then it’s simply a case of us packaging and delivering your box of paperie and styling goodies to you. 

*Orders for our May box have closed, order before 22 May 2014 to receive our June box.

Polka dot, polka dot . . .  dot dot dot, it's time to reveal all the paperie goods that went into our Elephantshoe April 2014 "I Love You" Box. 

  • 1 x customised monogram maple wooden stamp
  • 1 x color box cats eye pigment ink brush pad in orchid
  • 4 x large square kraft envelopes with pink and black polka dot printed liner
  • 4 x white square printed personalised notecards (with monogram and name)
  • 2 x flat bitty bags in black and pink polka dot
  • 2 x standing bitty bags in black and pink polka dot
  • 4 x personalised white gift tags with ribbon

Each of our subscribers received their very own monogram stamp with the first letter of their name. These stamps are handy to make your mark on parcels & gifts, letters, envelopes, tags and brown paper bags. Visit our monogram section on our shoppe to see some of our other designs. 

Each maple wooden stamp was engraved on the top and placed into it's very own kraft paper box with an orchid Color Box cats eye ink pad. How hot is this color? Also Pantones 2014 color of the year although this ink pad is more on the pink side which I love.

We made up four large square envelopes for each box, these envelopes were lined with a large and small swiss dot pattern in both black and hot pink. These sexy little numbers were accompanied by four personalised notecards with each subscribers name and custom monogram. At Elephantshoe we say, don’t just drop someone a note, deliver it with a wink, a smile or a classic handshake. Whether you are giving a gift or saying thank you, note cards offer a simple, yet elegant solution to traditional greeting cards.

Four personalised name tags with ribbon were also included in our April box. Simply add a small kind message and attach to flowers, a box of chocolate or any small gift when you haven't had the time to purchase a greeting card. Plus 4 paper polka dot black & pink bitty bags (2 flat and 2 standing) to pop your gift into can also save time when it comes to wrapping. Plus they look super cute, specially with your personalised tag dangling.

All the "I Love You" box goods about to be packaged and shipped off.

One of our lucky blog readers is going to WIN a MAY "I Love You" box today - Thursday 1 May 2014. Simply, LIKE US on Facebook and leave a COMMENT BELOW to be entered into our random draw.

  • Draw to take place at 17:00 this evening {South African Time}.
  • Winner announced by 17:30 this evening {South African Time}.
  • Competition only open to South African residents due to shipping reasons .
  • One entry per person.
  • Delivery of May box to take place between the 5th and 7th of May 2014.

February 2014 {I Heart You} "I love you" box

Hoooray Hooray it's my absolute favourite day, the day I get to reveal what was in our February "I love you" box. Why do I love this day so much? Well, after all the planning, designing, printing, sewing, production & packaging that goes into this box of goodness I can't wait to share with the world the unique set of Elephantshoe items that only our subscribers get to receive first. They are also the items that I personally curate and think are AWESOME.

With this month being the month of LOVE, it was the perfect opportunity to place my all time dearest stamp in the boxes. I've been waiting months and months to find the right time to include it. This stamp is made from an imported maple wood, it is laser engraved on the top and only a select few people now have it. (Those that subscribed to our Feb box). The heart shape makes it useful for any occasion, be it Valentines, Mothers Day, Birthdays, Get Well Soon or just a simple "I'm thinking of you". Stamp cards, tags, bags or even make your own wrapping paper. 

This little heart stamp gem was packaged in a handmade, handsewn canvas bag that you can use to store your nail polishes, hairbands, hairpins or any other kind of small item in. I have mine filled with jewelry which is really handy for traveling. 

Although the stamp was the main feature in this months "I love you" box we included a few extra Valentines treats :

  • 1 x Black Brilliance Fast-Drying Ink Pad (so that everyone could get stamping right away)
  • 1.2m fabric hearts and crosses ribbon
  • 5 x Oversized Kraft Luggage Tags (these tags were made to fit the size of the stamp)
  • 3 x Manilla Luggage Tags (with a variety of stamped messages, e.g Sealed with a Kiss; Love; Love is)

If you love this stamp as much as I do, visit our online shoppe to purchase it. We have just made it available for retail and it costs R180. Please note that it does not include a canvas bag. 

We have planned some gorgeous goodies for our March "I love you" box, don't forget to subscribe for yourself or a friend.