Friday Favourites: Stationery

This is the first in a new series of posts: Friday Favourites. Each Friday, I’ll be writing about some of my favourite things. It’s a bit of fun, I’ll enjoy writing about what makes me, me – and I hope you’ll enjoy reading them, too!

First up, it’s my passion for stationery…

I have had quite a collection of stationery since I was a little girl. Pretty notelet sets, patterned pens and pencils, and fancy rubbers (especially scented ones, remember them?) were all coveted by me. Of course, at school these items would be housed in the pencil case de jour.

The collection, of pretty notelet sets in particular, increased when I was a student. I was at university in the mid-1990s, before even the most basic mobile phones and texting, and before email and the internet had really taken off.

Most of my essays were typed on my word processor, which had a backlit green screen that showed you only 10 lines at a time. When printing, it sounded like a machine gun. Many of my friends had similar machines. We migrated to the PCs in the university’s over-subscribed computer labs for our dissertations, thankfully.

We had to queue for the communal payphone – some people had early huge brick-like mobile phones or pages, but they were in the minority.

I kept in touch with friends at other universities, and with university friends during the holidays by writing letters. Seeing letters in my pigeon hole was so exciting. I remember my friends and I decorating our letters, and at one point Royal Mail issued pretty stickers with books of stamps to adorn the envelopes with. Back then a second-class stamp cost 19p. Oh those were the days…

These days, I email and text, or interact on social media rather than send snail mail letters (I know others do this, maybe I should get involved). Despite that, I retain my passion for stationery – and the prettier and more frivolous the better!

Some of my favourite items include…

Notebooks

While I spend most of my time fiddling with technology in one form or another, I prefer to write to-do lists and ideas on proper paper with a real pen. There is something about connecting my hand to the paper through the pen that helps me think a bit differently, makes them feel real.

Yes, any collection of paper on which to scribble notes and ideas will do, technically. But where is the joy in that?

I have a penchant for notebooks with patterned covers that are a treat for the eyes, and good quality paper that is a pleasure to write on.

I may have a couple that are so pretty I am reluctant to use them…

Selection of pretty notebooks.

Selection of pretty notebooks (and one with fantastic quotes).

Pens

New pens are a regular temptation – relatively inexpensive and (too) easy to pick up at stationery shop tills.

As mentioned in the ‘notebook’ section above, I don’t write by hand much any more, but when I do I like the writing to be a pleasure. That means pens that feel good to hold, and from which the ink flows well.

I have pens in most colours, mostly brightly-coloured. I love bright colours anyway, and while the colour I write in doesn’t matter as much as what I am writing, brights feel more creative. I do have a couple of ‘sensible’ blue and black biros around though, because there are some documents that can’t be signed in purple ink (especially if it’s sparkly).

Pretty coloured pens.

Pretty coloured pens.

Sticky Notes and Stickers

Long-gone are the days where sticky notes come only in square yellow blocks. There are so many pretty ones available now.

Some pretty sticky notes

Some pretty sticky notes

Most of my fancy sticky notes have been bought this year, as a result of my psychotherapy sessions. My psychotherapist was helping me to be kinder to myself, to allow myself relax more. I had a few words and mantras in my mind to help me do that; I wrote them on sticky notes and put them in my diary to help me see them regularly. Yes, of course I could have used the good old-fashioned square yellow post-its, but I needed something that appealed to my creative side to encourage me to do things at one stage I did not want to consider or entertain.

I also have quite a collection of stickers. They connect with my sillier side, and I’ve used them in my diary to mark significant milestones that have been achieved, such as with my running.

Sticker collection - a bit of fun.

Sticker collection – a bit of fun.

 

Do you have a soft spot for stationery? What are your weaknesses?

 

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12 Comments on Friday Favourites: Stationery

  1. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    May 2, 2015 at 5:55 am (3 years ago)

    Heck yes!! I have a serious stationery fetish – can’t walk past the stationery display in John Lewis without reaching out to stroke a notebook or try out a pen… *sigh* Like you it started in my childhood (my Mother and Sister are also addicts so it’s not really my fault!) and I might have a notebook or two myself that I can’t bear to write in! Fab post and love this new series from you Leigh. Thanks for linking up at #sharethejoy x

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  2. hannah mum's days
    May 1, 2015 at 6:12 am (3 years ago)

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE stationary, something else we have in common. I could literally spend all day in paper chase looking at everything. I currently have a thing for Fabriano, an Italian company, the notebooks are perfect for all these conferences we’re off to as they fit perfectly in your handbag and aren’t too big 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #Thelist xx

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    • Leigh Kendall
      May 1, 2015 at 10:31 am (3 years ago)

      Oh great minds eh? Me too re Paperchase, it’s dangerous. Ooh I’d never heard of that brand….rushes off to Google. Thanks for commenting, Hannah xxx

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  3. Louise
    April 27, 2015 at 9:39 am (3 years ago)

    I love this post Leigh – took me right back to my university days when I too had a word processor and used to write letters to my friends. I used to love getting letters in the post. I have to have a good pen for writing by hand and love pretty notebooks and sticky pads – I like your idea of using them in a diary too.

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 27, 2015 at 11:51 am (3 years ago)

      Those were the days eh Louise? I much prefer a laptop and being able to see more than a couple of lines of my work at a time! I can’t get enough of good writing pens and pretty notebooks – thanks for commenting xxx

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  4. carla
    April 25, 2015 at 1:52 pm (3 years ago)

    I used to do paper crafty stuff regulary and every time I went to a swap I’d buy more supplies :’)
    Now I just like notebooks but I feel guilty for having loads and not filling them all up!!
    xxx

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Same with the notebooks, Carla – daft isn’t it? Thanks for commenting xxx

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  5. Fionnuala
    April 24, 2015 at 8:20 pm (3 years ago)

    This takes ma back! I started uni in 1996. Payphones, letters, arranging times and.places to meet with friends and queuing for a PC. It is all so different now, isn’t it?
    Thanks for the reminder of how things were.
    #TheList

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 27, 2015 at 12:31 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s so different now, I bet today’s students think the way we did things sounds prehistoric! Thanks for commenting xx

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  6. Emma
    April 24, 2015 at 3:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Notebooks, all of the notebooks! I’m an organiser by nature, so I flippin love all things stationerylike. Notebooks are so full of tantalising promise, those crisp blank pages just waiting to be filled with lists and ideas and stories… I think it’s the potential of what they could hold that appeals so much. I love seeing my notebooks stacked on my bookcase and thinking “those books are full of ME”. X

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  7. Seize each day...
    April 24, 2015 at 10:39 am (3 years ago)

    Awww cute post and yes I too have a weakness for all of the above you have highlighted lol. I’m sooo totally with you lol. xxx #TheList

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