Kate’s Stationery of the Week #4

As seen on my Instagram earlier this week (I’m Magic_Kitten if you’d like to follow me!), here’s my stationery of the week for this week…

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In keeping with my resolution to keep in touch with friends on paper, I popped into my local Paperchase to look at what correspondence sets they had. I went for this set, with illustrated pages (I’ll write on the other side) and envelopes. The set contains 20 sheets of paper and 10 envelopes, for £6. For my next set, I think I might go Korean, as they’re bound to have some beautiful designs.

Plus, I couldn’t resist the adorable Koala rubber, for just £1 – it’s from the same company who made the set I bought recently.

What’s your stationery pick this week? Share it with us here!

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Clearing My Desk: Organiser Giveaway

On Saturday 5th, it was Get Organised Day of National Stationery Week and I used this as my inspiration to get to grips with my desktop and desk drawers. I get rid of a whole bag full of rubbish and paper to be recycled, found room for all the bits and bobs that were cluttering up my desktop and stopping me using it to work at, and now it’s a lovely, tidy useable workspace again. Yay!

When I was investigating the forgotten depths of my desk drawers, amongst the old phones (I found a Nokia 3330 in a Tigger phone case) and old knickknacks (blue sparkly plastic recorder, anyone?), I came across a lovely mini-sized personal organiser. The calendar inside it dates from 2010, with one or two notes scribbled inside but, apart from that, it’s in perfect condition.

Mini Personal Organiser (Paperchase)

Mini Personal Organiser (Paperchase)

I bought this from Paperchase before I had a smart phone and was thinking about getting better organised, keeping track of dates but, in the end, I didn’t use it much as, soon afterwards, I got my first iPhone and never looked back, calendar-wise. To continue the theme of clearing out and life-tidying, I thought one of you lovely people might have a use for it even though I don’t. It’s such a cute design, small enough to fit in a handbag, and, because it’s a standard size, you’ll be able to get new, up-to-date inserts from any stationers.

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Kate’s Stationery of the Week #1

Hi all! Slightly later than planned, I’ve got a couple of pieces of stationery to share with you that I’m particularly pleased with this week…

If you like post-its, you’ll love these teeny tiny sticky notes:

i-Marker 'Paris' sticky notes

i-Marker ‘Paris’ sticky notes

It’s (almost, sort of) the skyline of Paris! They’re not the most practical but they’ll be great for bookmarks or finding my way back to various scribblings in various notebooks (and, like Simon, I have one or two…). I know they have other designs too – I’m going to keep an eye out for London and New York!

Then, there are these – totally kawaii! (Apologies for the shaky camera work!)

Iwako Doll and Lucky Cat Eraser Set

Iwako Doll and Lucky Cat Eraser Set

I really love the Japanese kawaii ‘cute’ trend – I’ve been a fan of Japanese culture since I discovered Haruki Murakami and Studio Ghibli, ten or twelve years ago. This is a really sweet little ‘puzzle eraser’ set, that’s partly a toy but also works as a rubber. I don’t know if you can see but this is number 17; I know number 1 is a funny little fast food set with a burger, fries and a milkshake among other things, but I particularly like the little animals. Could I ever bring myself to use these to rub something out? I’m not sure; I wouldn’t want to spoil them! I might have to get another set “for best”. Is that odd?

What stationery are you coveting at the moment? Simon and I would love to know! Tweet us your finds @WeScribbleIt or leave a comment… xx

Hello, My Name is Simon & I am Addicted to Stationery!

There are some obsessions from childhood that as an adult, who should know better, stick with you and in some cases worsen and become more and more consuming. I have three such obsessions/addictions. Books, Jelly Belly and stationery – and I want lots of all of them, much to the ill health of my bank account. There is that not-so-subconcious part of my brain that says ‘you’re an adult now, so you can indulge’ and so I do, and have done to quite an extent.

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Some of Simon’s Stationery

Before you think ‘what a grown up spoilt brat’, I was not from a family who could afford to buy anything I wanted at the drop of a hat. I was allowed a new pencil case, and its contents, every September in time for the new school year. Even when Amy Bennett (yes, the name is etched on my brain – I wonder what happened to her) cut the zip on my favourite spider pencil case in a science lesson in Year 7 I had to wait several weeks to get a new replacement and in the end had to make do with an old one.  Something I still clearly have yet to get over the rage of. Yet it was before school, and the annual trip to Woolies or WHSmith, which invariably involved my mother tutting at the inordinate amount of time choosing took, that my hoarding of stationery started. Oddly it’s all the fault of stately homes and in the main the National Trust.

As a child while my mother was spending the summers studying at university (sounds odd and might mess with your head, so don’t think about it too much) I would go and spend the holidays with my Grandparents. This roughly involved going to a stately home almost every weekend, alas despite my begging it wasn’t Hardwick Hall every time. On these jaunts out my Gran would have her head in a guide book almost knocking into the items she was reading about, my Granddad (or Bongy as I called him) as a painter would be interested in all the artwork. I was interested in three things, the servants quarters in the spooky attics, the four poster beds (I still want to own one one day) and the gift shop.

I was allowed, as a memento of the day, to spend £1 in each stately-home/castle/cathedral/museum that we went to. Before you start thinking my Grandparents were tight this was back in the mid 1980’s and £1 went far, roughly to a pencil, bookmark, rubber/eraser and if you were really lucky there might still be room for a badge/themed chocolate coin. I know this, as very soon I had about 10/12 of these sets within the space of a year.

What always eluded me though was notepads, I was from a family that were allowed to draw or write on the back (clean side) of Kent County Council headed paper, somehow acquired – we never asked how – by my Great Uncle Derrick, or on the back of the questionnaires my Gran drove around the area asking people on behalf of the government. You were probably looking at £1.25 for a simple, yet appropriately endorsed, journalists jotter or stapled tiny notepad that would have fallen apart on the way home – if you had been lucky enough to get one.

The illusive nature of the notepad stuck with me in school. ‘Have you lost your new exercise book again Simon… honestly, I only gave you a new one the other day!’ In actuality it was probably the day before and that notepad was now squirreled away in the big blue trunk at the end of my bed to write stories in or to just be left pristine because that is how special a notebook was, we still had reams of Kent County Council paper after all.

In adult life this acquiring carried on, only invariably through my employers. Oh dear. Note: Before I move forward let me just say I now work for the council and any chance of getting a new notepad is as likely as a pig flying through the office, I think you have to get a sign off (possibly in blood) from two managers before you can have a pen – you think I am joking don’t you? Stationery cupboards were not safe and at one particular company, where I was an office manager, nor was the stationery catalogue. I shall say no more. Temping also proved amazing in London as every company you went to, you needed a new notepad, yet you could easily pop some scrap paper in said notebook leaving it pristine when you had left even if that was only a day/week later. Is that bad? Should I feel terrible? On the wages I was on I think not.

Now as a proper grown up (which I begrudgingly agreed I should be after 30 years of age) the addiction is just to buy it when I can. Only last week on a lunch break Sam, Chloe and Katie moaned ‘not bloody Paperchase again Simon, you went in last week’ – they don’t understand. This morning, this is no lie see the @WeScribbleIt twitter feed, I constructed ‘going out for breakfast’ to somewhere near Staples. I also do this with bookshops.

Do I write on these purchases? Not all of them, are you mad? I intend to… at some point, mainly though 70% are waiting for just the right reason to be used. Their time will come. Oh, and in case you were wondering, yes I do still get a pen, a rubber/eraser and a bookmark when I go to a stately home/museum/castle and if I am feeling really lavish I might even buy myself a desk jotter!!!!!