It's time to admit your darkest secret...
You're obsessed with stationery.
Or at least I am...
Ever since I was a kid, a new set of colouring pencils or pens and funky rubbers were what I wished for at Christmas. Stamp sets, new pencil cases, bendy rulers. I've lost count of how many notebooks I actually own. I can't help it. If I see something bright, colourful and unusual, I have to buy it. Or maybe it's a smart, sophisticated leather-look journal. I have a whole collection that still needs to grow. Of course pencils and pens don't last forever and notebooks do fill up (eventually) so it just makes a fantastic excuse to go buy more.
Hopefully you'll know by now that come September, I am off to university. What could be more of a perfect time to be buying more stationery. I'll been on the look out for some of my favourite items. They've got to be weird and wonderful, completely unique. Stylish comedy is a good way to go. Meaning I like it when I have some things that are pretty stylish and some that make you giggle a little!
I find that notebooks are always needed in everyday life, whether it's to jot down ideas or full on revision and studying. I have a notebook for everything. There's one for blog ideas, book lists, Spanish phrases, general writing, etc. I always make sure I have a stack of unused ones just in case. I prefer to keep different topics of my life separate. I'm all for different designs. It's how one topic stands out from another!
A little book for big ideas - £1.88
Blue and Copper Notebook - £6.95
Magical Notebook - £3.16
Vintage Leaf Journal - £4.58
Cheeky Bubbles Notebook - £4.25
I love little quirky sayings and quotes, especially if they link to the topic I plan on writing about inside. For example, I'd most likely write book lists in the JK Rowling quoted "Magical" notebook. I often use actual journals for research of a particular topic. Research journals were my specialty in college and I'm hoping they still are at university!
Aubergine Spine Binder - £9.35
Elephant Ring Binder - £5
Ring-binders - the staple college-life item. They are the one thing, among books, you will see every high school student in American movies carrying. There is just something about carrying them in yours arms, opposed to in your bag, that makes a person look that bit more intelligent. Am I right? Just me? Oh well. It's always satisfying to have an empty folder at the start of term then having to completely reorganise it at the end of term when it's completely full. No need for something too fancy though as it's bound to get damaged. Sometimes the best folders are the plain coloured ones.
Jumbo Sticky Notes - £6
Reminders - £12.50
Blah Blah Sticky Notes - £10
ASAP Stick Notes - £2.95
Ban.Do Sticky Note Set - £10
My favourite. I have a whole tub full of different types of sticky notes. Index tabs are the most important for studying but general sticky notes come in handy for all kinds of lifestyle. They are handy as quick memo pads that you can stick up on your wall or around your computer to remind you to do things. The ultimate reminder. Quirky sticky notes are always fun to use, plus you're more likely to see something if it's a bright colour or has large bold font on it!
Bits & Bobs (Pens, rubbers, pencil sharpeners, etc.)
Neon Fineliners - £7
Emoji Highlighters - £5
Nail Varnish Style Highlighters - £6.52
8GB Octopus USB Stick - £6.98
Flamingo Pens - £3.49
You can't deny that it's always a bit of fun to have some daft, novelty pieces of stationery. Not only are they great conversation starters but it makes organising your life and studying much more fun. Even when planning blog posts I use my fineliners all the time! Writing in alternative colours helps keep me focused and I feel more awake compared to using a black pen all the time!
It's about time we freshen up our pencil cases and stationery organiser and brighten up our lives! It's summer (well it's supposed to be) and we need some colour around us! It's also amazing how much more motivated I get once I bought new stationery. Similar thing happens when I buy new fitness gear too! Let's just all go shopping and we'll be the most productive we could ever be!
Hope you enjoy stationary shopping!
- KC xx
How often do you buy new stationery? Do you feel like buying new stuff helps keep you motivated?