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Stationer’s Desk Collection & Writing Chest Tutorial (+ Giveaway!)

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Costume History/Fashion, Laura Carson, Regency Era

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Laura’s project that are still available on the new site.

Let me start by saying I don’t get Daylight Savings Time. It just makes no sense to me and come Monday morning, there’ll be a lot of grumpy commuters.

Lucky for me (and you) Design Team Member Laura Carson ran (really — marathon style) with the theme and color palette from the New and On Sale! Stationer’s Desk Paper Collection and created a gorgeous, timeless project — a writing chest. Made from humble cigar boxes but both useable and beautiful!

And Laura has made TWO New Collage Sheets (and a HUGE (!) 98 file set of png files to download) in the “Letters from the Past” theme.

All 3 have images of beautiful books, letters and writing paraphernalia, plus some costumed folks from the Regency era. And the downloadable png set had the silhouetted images from the collage sheets, plus a ton of extra files for Romantic (capital R!) collages with Regency-era style.

(Plus these new images coordinate with the recent Days Gone By Set Download and Days Gone By Collage Sheet, also by Laura.)

So, onto the goods: here is Laura’s supply list and not only does Laura share more photos and a tutorial on her blog, but also free trim to download!

At left is a photo of me holding papers from the Stationers Desk 6×6 Paper Pad with the New Collage Sheets in the background.

But at right… ooh, some more sample art by the talented Design Team! That’s a snippet from a digital collage by Design Team Member Jeanne Draachreider called Beloved, made with images from the Letters from the Past Set. (And the text above that lovely lady’s head says “I am tired, Beloved, of chafing my heart against the want of you; of squeeing it into little inkdrops, and posting it.”) Here’s the full image in the Gallery.

But before you run off to the Gallery OR become entranced by Laura’s tutorials (Yes, that’s plural! Click that photo at right for a separate “Design Your Own Stick Pin” tutorial), scroll down to see what’s new, what’s back in stock (tons!), and what’s in today’s Giveaway! (Psst… those 2 sample stick pins are also included in the Giveaway!)

 Thursday Newsletter Recap: Romantic Steampunk Triptych & Bird’s Nest Tutorial!

Don’t Forget Thursday’s Newsletter
with artwork by Caroline Ouzts-Hay and Rhea Freitag

Small Antique 3D Gold Crowns


Robins Nests with Eggs
On Sale!


Hooray! A Stationer’s Desk Giveaway!

I ran around like a magpie, attracted by shiny bits, and gathered quite a few of the items from Laura’s Writing Chest (here’s a reminder of her supply list), plus these extra goodies that just seemed to be calling out to be included:
All 8 Stationer’s Desk Scrapbook Papers — full size, as Laura mainly used the 6×6 pad, but that’s in the kit, too! (Hey, On Sale! because of the ongoing Scrapbook Paper Sale!)
Victorian Cameo Buttons
– The 2 sample stick pins from the No Time to Spare – Make A Stick Pin! Blog Post — check the bottom of that post for links to the beads and rondelles used on the samples!

To enter the Stationer’s Desk Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, March 9, 2014).

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won Thursday’s Steampunk Triptych Giveaway? That would be Kathie Morgan! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, March 9th, 2014

158 responses to “Stationer’s Desk Collection & Writing Chest Tutorial (+ Giveaway!)”

  1. Lynn Fox says:

    What an exquisite giveaway!!! Wow! Thank you, AlphaStamps, for a chance at a fabulous package to win!

  2. Blair Lowery says:

    What a great collection, and project

  3. IKE says:

    What an awesome collection of diving goodies !!! The writing desk is superb !!
    LUV the Rabbit brads in the Shop too 😀
    Thank you for a chance to win 🙂

    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. Robin says:

    So beautiful!!!!!

  5. Noreen says:

    What a great project! I love things with lots of drawers and cubbies!

  6. Tory Willson says:

    Really love this, may the stationary gods be with me!!!

  7. Oh wow wow wow what a beautiful giveaway!!!!

  8. Lori Devoux says:

    I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  9. Jennifer Jesson says:

    would love this!

  10. KIM says:

    Wow !
    The writing chest is beautiful.
    Of course another great give away .
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. Kim Payne says:

    What a gorgeous piece of art Laura created! I would love a chance to win this and make it too!

  12. Jo says:

    Love the stacking boxes! And a victorian giveaway! AWESOME!
    Thanks and have a wonderful day!

  13. Lori Turner says:

    Fantastic giveaway! I have a few ornate cigar boxes I have been saving for some special project and it looks like this would be perfect! Please pick me!! :o)
    Blessings, Lori

  14. Judy Ross says:

    Would really love to win this…it’s a wonderful collection.

  15. Karen N says:

    Wow! I absolutely love this kit with all the Victorian flair. My collection of cigar boxes and I would love to win this amazing giveaway!

  16. Helen Potter says:

    Beautiful writing chest. These papers are gorgeous!

  17. Mary Mac says:

    The rose paper with this giveaway is just gorgeous.

  18. Holly Day says:

    Another fantastic collection of stuff! Hope I win!

  19. Gilda says:

    Beautiful writing desk and a gorgeous give away. Thanks for your generosity.

  20. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Would be fun, hope I get picked.

  21. Conchi says:

    I love ALL! Roses papers are sooooo beautiful!

  22. Mary-Ann says:

    I Love it!!

  23. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Love,love,love the writing desk and all the pretty papers.

  24. Carol Milgram says:

    Once again a beautiful piece of Art

  25. Jill Noblitt says:

    Great collection! Would love to win 🙂

  26. Marilyn H says:

    Beautiful. Laura is amazing.

  27. DEBORAH EMMONS says:

    Writing is certainly be coming a lost art. Would love to win this marvelous giveaway.

  28. Mary White says:

    Inspiring! Love the collection.

  29. Melanie says:

    What a wonderful set.

  30. Linda Ellis says:

    Absolutely wonderful! Thank you for the opportunity!

  31. Ronda Liebert says:

    This one takes the cake! Love to win.

  32. rosemary woodruff says:

    This is gorgeous….yes…I want

  33. Pat Shaw says:

    WOW, I just love this new project by Laura. Would absolutely love to win this

  34. Gina Goodling says:

    Let your artistic imagination free, revisit the elegance of the past and create some lovely works of art! Thanks for the opportunity to throw my name into the hat for a chance to win these fabulous products!!!!

  35. Sharon B says:

    So so beautiful!!!

  36. Amanda Miller says:

    So much talent.Amazing project!

  37. Lorna says:

    I love Laura’s creations! And this giveaway is incredible. Alpha Stamps, thanks for being a source of inspiration.

  38. LOVE the stationer’s desk. I am planning a craft for a Gone with the Wind women’s weekend and this will be perfect. I can just imagine Scarlett sitting down to pen her acceptance to the Twelve Oaks Barbeque!

  39. Vickie says:

    Gorgeous creations and colors! My wheels are turning. Thank you, ladies!

  40. Debra Gibson says:

    Oh! My! This one is for me!! I love this project ! if I don’t win I’m going to buy the kit!! beautiful !

  41. Florence says:

    And I just joined the Letter Writers Alliance too!!

  42. Jane Austen to the max :-).

  43. Jen says:

    How cool! Another beautiful giveaway!

  44. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love this week’s giveaway. I also appreciate the wonderful tutorials that you always have. They are so informative.

  45. Julie Byler says:

    This Project looks like so much fun! Thanks for the chance to give it a go.
    Love it!

  46. This is a fantastic give a way. I have oodles and gobs of cigar boxes. I finally have some use for them. Thanks for the opportunity.

  47. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    What a fabulous project upcycling cigar boxes!

  48. Gloria Stafford says:

    What an elegant and romantic cache!

  49. ANN says:

    I love working with boxes and this one is gorgeous!

  50. Maria says:

    The lovely writing desk appeals to one who still writes letters every week.

  51. Monica says:

    Oh what a fabolous Give-Away…… Would LOVE to be picked as the lucky winner……..sigh… LOL
    THANK YOU for all the great inspirational tutorials.
    Hugs fom SPAIN

  52. Ginger Benedict says:

    I admire Laura Carson’s talent so much. She always creates such stunning projects!

  53. LoriSW says:

    Lovely selection, thanks for the chance to win. Laura’s art is as fabulous as it ever is.

  54. Kris Martinez says:

    This collection is just gorgeous! Love the collage sheets.

  55. Anneke says:

    The stickpins look amazing. I’d love to win this giveaway!

  56. Alice says:

    Amazing giveaway. Whoever wins this fantastic boatload of supplies will be a lucky fcrafter indeed.

  57. A. Marie says:

    This is gorgeous. I would love for the chance to win these supplies. So many incredible pieces to work with!

  58. Vic says:

    Wow! This is spectacular and I love it! Such beautiful images! Thanks for the chance to win!

  59. Alice says:

    Awesome give away! Fabulous writing desk and collage sheets & papers. I would love to win this, fingers crossed!

  60. Karen says:

    This looks like a wonderful set. I would have so much fun doing this!!

  61. Traci says:

    Love Laura’s writting chest have to make one-the papers are beautiful and love the collage sheets she made. Would love to win this!!

  62. Cherie says:

    Another fabulous giveaway!

  63. Lina T says:

    So much inspiration!

  64. Emily N. says:

    I love this desk!

  65. Beth Jones says:

    So very lovely~

  66. Natalie Laney says:

    Outstanding, gorgeous, stunning give-a-way. Just love everything about this.

  67. LeAnn says:

    Would love to use some of my cigar box collection for this amazing project.

  68. Deborah Haught says:

    Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful collection!

  69. Laura says:

    Amazing as always, I love everything that is made!

  70. Julie Loeschke says:

    What an amazing project!Great new collage sheets,too!

  71. Joe says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this!

  72. Paulanne Sorensen says:

    I love this theme. How delightful it would be to win this set of amazing papers, accessories, etc.

  73. Jo says:

    Love to make one for my mother!!!!!

  74. Sandy Holva says:

    Fun, fun, fun!

  75. Daylan says:

    Wow! Thank you for another great opportunity!

  76. Leslie Webb says:

    I keep forgetting you are out there! I’ve loved this particular blog because I’m all about old letters, etc. I’d like to make this project – just have to find the time. Would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  77. MargieD says:

    Great project with the cigar boxes and the giveaways just keep getting better and better. I’d love to win this one – its gorgeous. Margie

  78. carol says:

    Love the regency look. would love to win the images and accessories.

  79. Lori W ilczek says:

    Great giveaway! I love it.

  80. Pam S says:

    lovely ladies! Thanks for the chance to win

  81. Peg Adams says:

    Love Laura’s project & the chance to win this giveaway!

  82. Deb Ettinger says:

    Love it! So beautiful!

  83. Russell says:

    Yes, please!

  84. Darlene Propp says:

    What fun it would be to make things with this collection!

  85. teri steele says:

    This is a real beautiful set. Right up my alley I NEED to win it.

  86. Laura says:

    Wonderful giveaway!

  87. Tammie says:

    Laura creates such beautiful projects! I love this!

  88. Roberta S says:

    This chest is unbelievable!! I don’t know how Laura does it-she is amazing! I would love to win this giveaway!

  89. Sandy Wolters says:

    That is sooo charming; the paper is beautiful.

  90. Bonnie Schulte says:

    Oh wow, this is a fantastic giveaway. So many beautiful items in one package. What fun to win and make fun art!!! Thanks for the chance..

  91. Mary Toriello says:

    Thanks for another chance, I’m in!

  92. Melanie C. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win the Stationer’s Desk giveaway!

  93. marla b says:

    This would be great to win. We always need more storage and this is so cool. Thanks for the chance and your never-ending ideas and enticements!

  94. Thalia Kottke says:


  95. Kathy Cabble says:

    This is so amazing and it’s something that can be used. I love it. Laura has done it again!

  96. DebR says:

    What a wonderful project, I’d love to be entered into the giveaway so I could make one of Laura’s wonderful writing chests! Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  97. Nancy Stone says:

    What an exciting giveaway. Just beautiful!

  98. Valli says:

    What a great collection and project! I love all things stationary and writing. I can’t wait to see these papers in person.

  99. Sokat says:

    These colors are fabulous.

  100. Sami Bretherton says:

    Wow! Love this one!!

  101. Patricia Molnar (artjunkie2) says:

    OMG! The desk is amazing!I love all of the DT designs! They are so creative and talented, thanks for sharing your wonderful creations!! Thank you for the tutorial and the chance to win a fabulous prize pack!! Good luck all!

  102. This is one of my absolute favorite projects you’ve featured in lo-these-many-years!

    Please throw my name in the cyber hat and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I will win and get a good start on supplies to make my own stationery desk!

  103. Kim B says:

    I would love this one. Thanks for the chance!

  104. coco says:

    Wow wow wow wow, love so much Laura’s works, and this giveaway is fabulous!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  105. Janet says:

    I’m always anxious to see the new projects, but this one is really special.

  106. Leslie Hanson says:


  107. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I am in love with this giveaway. Please pick me.

  108. DianeDainis says:

    Lovely new papers. Lots of possibilities.

  109. Janet Turner says:

    How beautiful. I would love to have all that stuff to play with!

  110. Catherine Warner says:

    This project is beyond wonderful. I would be thrilled to win.

  111. This is an absolute stunning giveaway! As always, beautiful. Good luck to all!

  112. LoisC says:

    Really unique! Would love to get this!

  113. Maxine Kincora says:

    Maybe this time

  114. Pam knoch says:

    What fun I can have with this! Thank You!

  115. Michele says:

    What a wonderful idea for a gift!

  116. Jamie says:

    Looks like another great one!

  117. Jackie says:

    WOW WOW WOW! Beautiful artwork from both Laura and Jeanne! What a super giveaway this is!!

  118. Gorgeous I would LOVE to win Thanks

  119. April Dudko says:

    Love,love,love this! I don’t get daylight savings time either!

  120. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Wow! This writing desk project is amazing! I have a couple of cigar boxes that I’ve been holding onto for a project. Now I know what i need to make. So beautiful !

  121. sheila AR says:

    Beautiful…ahh the days of lovely handwriting. thanks for the giveaway

  122. Jackie Barth says:

    Love this project – such beautiful choices of components and originality for this writing desk.

  123. Patty N. says:

    I look forward to your newsletters. Great inspiration!

  124. Carol Slowik says:

    Love the colors in this giveaway. Would love to win it!

  125. ratgirl says:

    I am in love with that stationer’s desk project. I adore vintage lap desks and things of that kind. I’m going to have to check out the tutorial and give it a try!

  126. Jen R says:

    The stationery desk is fabulous! I love the generous giveaway too!

  127. Rae Higgins says:

    What an amazing project & giveaway!!!

  128. Rima St.John says:

    Gorgeous artwork by Laura, limitless talent dear girl. Would love to win this give-a-way.

  129. Janeen Leach says:

    Now I know what to do with all the cigar boxes I have collected. Love everything! As usual.

  130. angelic says:

    What a beautiful collection!

  131. Brenda Lubrant says:

    If I would win this collection, I would use it to make a garden box. I would write daily garden notes and store them in the box along with pictures of my gardens and records of what I planted.

  132. Laurie Davis says:

    a beautiful kit and giveaway!!

  133. Theresa Goldman says:

    Oh wow, what a great give away. It tops them all guys.

  134. Heather Tracy says:

    Cigar boxes and this lovely collection – what a wonderful pairing. Here’s to the lucky winner!

  135. chark says:

    I just love the goodies you choose for your giveaway!

  136. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    another winner…Laura is so talented

  137. Nellie Cotnam says:

    Thank you for offering another great give away. I would to have this one from myself.

  138. Michelle B. says:

    You folks at Alpha NEVER disappoint! Another oustanding
    collection! The colors on the new collage sheets are superb!
    Thank you, I needed a little “Laura Tonic” as I spring forward
    into daylight time reluctantly. I agree with you ….. UG!!!!!

  139. Karen Flores says:

    Email is quick, but stationery can be kept in a special memory box. Who wouldn’t love a bundle of love letters

  140. April James says:

    What a beautiful project! I’d love to have the time to do it!

  141. Nancy Schlis says:

    What a stunning collection! Your designs never cease to amaze me.

  142. Stacia says:

    Very nice!

  143. Sheila A. says:

    This is so beautiful. I would love to win it.

  144. Susan says:

    Always love Laura’s designs! This would be another one I would like to try.

  145. Missy says:

    This is one of the most beautiful projects I have seen. Would live to create one

  146. DebbieK says:

    Laura’s artwork is fabulous! Would love to win your giveaway. Thanks for that chance.

  147. Cindy Fitch says:

    I now know what to do with my cigar box collection. Thank you Laura and Alpha Stamps for the inspiration! Hope I win.

  148. Christine Dahlin says:

    OH! Just once,for my pen…

  149. As always LOOOOVE this one too !! I wanna win !!!!! just once !

  150. Ann says:

    I always look forward to reading the AS newsletter every Sunday morning to see what beautiful new projects and products you’ve highlighted! Love the stationer’s box and letter artwork. Thanks for another fun giveaway!!

  151. Lana Vassallo says:

    Laura Carson your work is stunning! And this give away…what can I say?!?!?! Such beautiful images, papers and hardware! I am drooling!

  152. Amy R. says:

    I LOVE this collection!

  153. Miss Iowa says:

    I don’t get daylight saving time either. It gives me jet lag! Some pretty papers and art supplies are the perfect antidote.

  154. Karen says:

    I love this collection

  155. Carmen Willis says:

    love the papers and charms…would love to have all these goodies!