#NationalStationeryWeek- A Stationery Lustlist + How The Right Stationery Can Boost Your Creativity
Updated: Jun 8, 2018
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It's the final day of National Stationery Week, and I am both thrilled that it is nationally recognised and embarrassed that I have only just heard about it. Stationery was my first love, before art, even, so I have fond memories of saving up my pocket money to visit WHSmith for a notebook or five. Though university has forced me to streamline my vast collection, I stand by my belief that your stationery should be an extension of your personality; supplies which inspire you again and again. In celebration of this event, I've produced a list of my ultimate stationery picks- some I already own, other I've been lusting over. So whether you're looking to treat yourself, gift a friend, or need persuasion to indulge, prepare yourself to click add to basket...several times!
For the girly girls:
The girls after my own heart. A range of beautiful pieces that will also decorate your desk...if you can bear to put them down. All of the lists below range from affordable (left) to luxe (right.)
For the minimalists:
We get it, less is more. No need to compromise on design though!
For the planner addicts:
These make great gifts...we tell ourselves, adding sixteen near identical planners to our online baskets with no intention of giving them away. It's always good to have a backup, right?
If you've reached this far without entering your overdraft, congratulations! If I were you, I'd go back and buy something to reward my willpower.
As for stationery boosting your creativity- there's a reason why so much effort is put into designing pieces nowadays. Perhaps it results from stationers being terrified of losing assets to something with a screen; a hardback notebook may be less portable than a phone, but the achievement of filling a journal will never be matched by digital memos. I can personally vouch for this, today I finished a notebook for the first time in as long as I can remember (for a purpose other than school.) I've been doing a daily writing exercise for nearly two months, essentially a brain dump, a stream of consciousness to clear my head. Writing four A5 sides a day was sometimes challenging to schedule, but I used the most beautiful notebook I owned; this journal by Ted Baker. It was a pleasure just to look at, let alone use everyday, hence I finished it with minimal fuss. It's such simple logic and I encourage everyone to let it work for you. Tempting as it is if you're a stationery *hoarder* collector, like me, to save pretty books for "something special," don't delay. Pour yourself a cup of good coffee and take the plunge.