I’ve been after the Flow Book for Paper Lovers for a while now.
While on holiday in Germany I looked out for it but sadly couldn’t find it. What I did find though, was a copy of the actual bi-monthly magazine, simply called ‘Flow’. This is unlike any magazine I’ve ever bought before. It’s large, thick and while the inside pages feel like more ordinary paper the covers and dividers feel high quality.
Yes, I said dividers. This mag is so thick it has dividers between each section and each issue they’re themed. This issue it was fabric or wallpaper designs by Sanderson. The dividers are perforated, making them easy to tear out and reuse (obviously I’ve got these ear marked for filofax dividers at some point!).
The free gifts it came with were cute, a set of tags from the Paper Lovers Book that I’ve been eyeing up and a one letter a day project – great for someone like me who has been trying to get into brush lettering and would love to spend a bit more time on my handwriting.
It feels wrong to describe this as a magazine. You can see why it comes out bi-monthly – at 139 pages (and very few adverts) it’s not a quick coffee break read. The articles are long and cover fascinating subjects from the phases of friendships to spending 24 hours in nature. Even the ‘filler’ pages of how to light a barbecue for instance are beautifully put together with gorgeous illustrations. The adverts as you can see on the left hand page in the photo above are of Etsy stores of illustrators. Everything about this magazine is filling and wholesome, if that makes sense. This does mean that the magazine can be quite heavy going at times. Even now I haven’t actually read every single article in it yet. Some of the articles aren’t the kind of thing I’d usually read but it’s been a nice change to read something a little more worthwhile than beauty pages or gossip columns which is what I would normally read.
Since buying this I’ve found it stocked in Sainsburys and WH Smiths. Not sure if it’s a new thing but definitely don’t recall seeing it there before. I’ll certainly be buying this more in the future. I’m not sure about every month, as it does take me a while to get through and each issue costs £10, but I’ll certainly be having a flick through and picking it up if a few articles catch my eye.
If you’ve read Flow before drop me a comment and let me know what you thought!