My name is Becky and I’m addicted to stationery

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When I was 8 years old, I used to take my pocket money to this cutesy craft shop in town that sold erasers in the shape of adorable Japanese cartoon animals, metallic unicorn stickers dispensed via a roll, and plastic wallets of miniature coloured pencils.  Man, I loved that shop.

While some kids worshipped at the altar of Sugar (a religion I’ve dabbled in over the years), my true calling was always Stationery.

Along with a couple of friends I created a secret society dedicated to our shared sacred reverence for mechanical pencils.  The extension mechanism!  The extra-slim lead refills!  The tiny storage plastic box for storing the refills! A secret club so bizarre that a neighbour studying child psychology wrote a paper about us.

Nowadays I often write directly onto a Word document, or into WordPress.  But if I’m feeling stressed, I turn to pen and paper.

I have Moleskine notebooks on my Amazon wishlist, and I don’t care how expensive they are. Those notebooks make you write like Hemingway and draw like Picasso (apparently).

I buy notebooks for friends’ birthdays and keep different types for different purposes myself.  There’s the cheap A4 ringbound one beside my bed (for morning pages), the tiny, pretty one (approx A6) that fits into the back pocket of my handbag and goes with me everywhere. The stack of notebooks beside the computer, available to self-medicate in moments of panic is the stationery equivalent of Rescue Remedy.

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Ever since I read The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin I’ve felt justified in my developing love of index cards as a scientifically proven method of organising brain-detritus and enabling creative optimisation).

I love pens that are fun to write with, preferably in a range of colours (because different coloured pens work well with index cards). I can hardly describe the happiness I’ve been feeling recently when the Inkjoy advert comes on the telly. All those lovely pens gliding effortlessly over the page in all those gorgeous colours, doodling their adorable Spirograph-inspired patterns creates an instant wash of wellbeing.

A love of stationery is a love of order, of things of the same height sitting together, of pens arrange in colour order.  Life is tough, as the current craze for adult colouring books testifies.  No wonder the stressed modern woman fetishizes stationery.

Technology is fantastic, but creates at least as much work as it takes away.  When people get into stationery they’re looking back, nostalgically, to simpler times.

In an increasingly perplexing world, stationery is a way to keep everything straight.  Just look at this for a second – there, now don’t you feel calmer already?

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10 thoughts on “My name is Becky and I’m addicted to stationery

  1. Marija Smits

    I love stationary so much too so I really appreciated this post (and yes, I watched the video!). The funny thing is because we’ve been short of money for a while now I haven’t spent much on stationary (a good thing probably) but I have made use of all the old exercise books I never got around to using when I was a teacher and got free stationary! However, when I got a (small) grant for art materials from my local arts association last year it was a joyful experience going into our local art shop and picking out pencils, paint, ink and paper. Wonderful! Now I just better create some more art with it all!

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    1. Becky Post author

      Thanks Marija, you reminded me of that whole other wonderful world of art supplies! Hope you find some time soon to use your hoard.

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  2. Tara Borin

    I love this post! I’m a bit of a stationary junkie myself. I’ve got a beautiful new journal I was gifted, just waiting to be filled, but my rule is to finish the current journal first. Also, I’m in love with the Sharpie brand of pen. They write so well!

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    1. Becky Post author

      Hi Tara, I enjoyed your post about morning pages. Is that what you’ll write in your beautiful journal, or do you use something else for morning pages? I didn’t know Sharpie made writing pens, I’ll have to investigate. When I write morning pages I make sure I’ve got a favourite gel pen to hand – can’t be doing with hunting for a good one early in the morning, but the best pens always seem to go walkabout in this house…

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  3. Maddy@writingbubble

    I love that image at the top – you almost sold me on stationary with that one image alone! I can see the appeal of lovely stationary but I could never have lots because it kind of feels a bit cluttery to me – I just tend to have a few pens and a couple of notebooks and do most writing on my laptop. That said, I have been into stationary shops before and thought ‘oooh!’ – I think it’s all the different colours that appeal to me. I love craft shops. Great post – you had me chuckling with the idea of a secret society for mechanical pencils! Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting

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  4. Rachael

    I love stationery too! I get so overwhelmed when I go into a lovely shop like Paperchase though. I just want all the things and end up coming out with none! I am often gifted notebooks though and have separate ones for client work, my own business ideas, creative fiction and poetry… They must all be separate! My preferred pen is a bic four-colour – I just love the way it writes… Oh and I used to collect novelty erasers (among other stationery items) as a kid. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! 🙂

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  5. Nicola Young

    Great post. I remember spending my pocket money on stationary as a kid. I liked the bendy pencils and the erasers that looked like food. Nowadays, I have a thing for notebooks and I particularly like Paperchase. It feels more of a treat than necessity, but each one is carefully chosen and hauled around everywhere I go.

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  6. Emily Organ

    Organised mind! I so need that book now, I’m going to check it out. I agree that technology can’t replace pen and paper. I love my MacBook and work on it every day, but writing on a screen is very linear and thoughts don’t run like that which is why I revert to pen and paper for those times and get my ideas down in a better way.

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