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Year one down and you’re still living in the giddy highs of married life. Hurray! Celebrate with some paper. Hmmm, bit of a comedown. Not so because you can be brilliantly creative and inventive with the material that denotes anniversary number one. As I said before, my husband bought me lots of art materials (including paper) to show me how much he loves my artwork and loves the fact that I love doing it. Aw! And I got him a photo book, filled with images taken by me at his band’s gigs around London. I think I saw a little misty pair of eyes when I gave him that. It told him I loved his music, his talent and how impressed I was to be with someone who played live to audiences in our capital city. Just because it’s ‘just’ paper, doesn’t mean you’re stuck with tearing out a sheet of A4 for your other half to look in wonderment at.

Here are a few things you could consider:

Art

It’s the year of the paper anniversary, so you’ll need a print, but that’s good because it’s less expensive! Here are a few prints I’ve loved on Etsy (a bit addicted to Etsy at the moment…):

‘Paris is always a good idea’ typographical print from Emotypo

Paris is Always a Good Idea print from Emotypo

‘Paris is always a good idea’ print from Emotypo

This could also act as a hint to a holiday destination, were you feeling flash!

‘I’m so glad we ended up here’ typographical print from Le Bon Retro

I'm so happy we ended up here print by Le Bon Retro

‘I’m so happy we ended up here’ print from Le Bon Retro

‘There, their, they’re’ typographical print from Alphonnsine

'There, their, they're' print from Alphonnsine

‘There, their, they’re’ print from Alphonnsine

I wince at this grammatical error every time I encounter it, so I love this print very much.

Roald Dahl ‘sunbeams’ quote typographical print from Prints by Christine

Roald Dahl 'sunbeams' quote from Prints by Christine

Roald Dahl ‘sunbeams’ print from Prints by Christine

I seem to have been captured by typographical art in my choices. I’m a typography nerd, so I’m not shocked…

Tickets – concert, plane, train, cinema date

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Date night at the cinema is always brilliant. I’d love to be taken out to the movies on my first anniversary: a simple pleasure.

Orient Express print by Rosie’s Vintage Prints on Etsy

Orient Express Woman in Pullman Car Print from Rosie's Vintage Prints on Etsy

Orient Express Woman in Pullman Car Print from Rosie’s Vintage Prints on Etsy

A couple of Orient Express tickets would be a-maz-ing. Imagine all those views, the meals, the glamour, getting dressed up every day and night as you make your way around one of the fantastic journeys.

PanAm tickets by Glass Circus Antiques on Etsy

PanAm ticket from Glass Circus Antiques on Etsy

PanAm ticket from Glass Circus Antiques on Etsy

Similarly, imagine being presented with two plane tickets to somewhere, anywhere, just to get away the two of you. Don’t forget your toothbrush!

Notebook

Or how about a gorgeous notebook in which to write sweet nothings about and to your beloved? Check these out:

Vintage camera design notebook by Etmamu on Etsy

Vintage camera design notebook by etmamu on Etsy

Vintage camera design notebook by etmamu on Etsy

Smile for the camera! I love this notebook’s design.

Galaxy notebook from From Patiak on Etsy

Galaxy design notebook by Patiak on Etsy

Galaxy design notebook by Patiak on Etsy

For jotting down out-of-this-world romantic thoughts.

Travel journal by Miss ArAyA on Etsy

Travel journal by Miss ArAyA on Etsy

Travel journal by Miss ArAyA on Etsy

Your other half has surprised you by whisking you away for your first wedding anniversary – here is where you record your memories.

Chevron and geometrical shapes notebooks from MULKLOVES on Etsy

Chevron and shapes notebooks by Mulkloves on Etsy

Chevron and shapes notebooks by MULKLOVES on Etsy

I’m a sucker for a chevron, and you know my love of design per se, so it was obvious from the start that I’d jump at these lovelies.

There are so many exciting and inventive things you can do with paper. Don’t be flummoxed by the thought that the theme is dull: it really isn’t! Here are a few more ideas…

Paper is exciting, actually

Paper is exciting, actually

Now, go and enjoy planning how you’ll celebrate that first anniversary. Didn’t the time fly…