Paper Shaker review, Gromit love and money off personalised cards

I’ve become a bit Gromit obsessed this summer. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram then you may have noticed a theme.


Gromits in Bristol

It’s subtle, but the signs are there.

I am extremely proud that we managed to see all 80 Gromits and am hoping that it will be one of those things that Belle remembers all her life – the two of us trailing around Bristol, taking pictures of plastic dogs…


To try and capture these special memories, I’ve been going a bit crazy in the memorabilia department too. I haven’t bought any of the official stuff, but I have been creating my own.

Gromit fridge magnets

Gromit fridge magnets from Stickygram

I’ve also made Belle some personalised stationery from PaperShaker and now you can too with my exclusive voucher code! Keep reading to find out how…

When I first had a look at the site, I wondered if perhaps it wasn’t for me. It seemed to be all weddings and birth announcements, but when I began to nose around I realised that every design is so easy to customise that you can actually turn them into anything you like. All you need to do is explore the different categories, click on a size or layout that you like, and then move things around and personalise them to suit.

Party invitations

I decided to pick designs from a couple of different categories to show just flexible the cards are. First off I chose this ‘To me to-whoo’ design from the baby thank you card section. The baby is so adorable I sort of wanted to keep it, but figured that probably wasn’t OK.

Baby thank you

I wanted to turn it into a postcard that Belle could send to friends and family, so I changed the front design a little bit and then edited the back to remove the baby birth details and instead leave a plain space for her to write a message. If you want to, there is the option to add, move or remove the little pictures that go with each theme, so you can make your cards just how you want them. They also come with envelopes.

This Gromit was covered with Dennis the Menace pictures, which I thought reflected Belle’s cheeky side nicely.

Personalised potcard

Personalised postcards

Then I wanted to do something that was specifically a thank you card and that was a little bit more grown-up. I chose this ‘Super Special Days’ design from the wedding thank you card range. I liked the bunting on this one – I thought it would make a very pretty thank you card for an older child as well as for a wedding.

Wedding thank you card

Obviously Belle isn’t called Keith or Monica, so I adapted the design on the front and added a picture of one of my favourite Gromits, that we found at the look out point by the Clifton Suspension Bridge. I added a couple of little heart balloons and some seagulls too to make it a bit more fun.

Personalised thank you card

Personalised thank you card

Delivery was amazingly quick and we had our cards the very next day. I was very pleased with the quality and Belle always likes looking at her own face, so all in all they went down very well.

Claim 25% off your order at PaperShaker before 6th October by entering the code SLUMMYSINGLEMUMMY at the checkout.




  1. 10 September, 2013 / 9:17 pm

    I’ve loved having the Gromits in place around Bristol, and managed to see 79 of them. Classic Gromit will have to wait until he comes home! I’ve blogged about the various statues, come and have a read :)

    • admin
      11 September, 2013 / 10:47 am

      Wow, that’s fantastic!! I was just lucky to have been in London a few times – I definitely wouldn’t have made a special trip!

  2. Nikki Hayes
    11 September, 2013 / 12:16 pm

    Love your Gromit pictures, I’ve got quite a few of my own and plan to make a Pinterest board with them. Sorry to see them go, they really brightened up the city ;o)

  3. 16 September, 2013 / 9:47 am

    Gorgeous! Just used your code to order Em’s 4th Birthday invites – thanks! :)

    • admin
      24 September, 2013 / 5:28 pm

      Just spotted this – thanks Kathie :-)

  4. 18 March, 2014 / 11:47 am

    This design is wicked! You obviously know how to keep a reader entertained.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my
    own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful
    job. I really loved what you had to say, and
    more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

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