This week on the blog I’m celebrating National Stationery Week (or indulging my inner stationery addict, whichever way you want to look at it.) On Wednesday I shared my luxury wishlist, and today I’m covering a more purse-friendly selection.
A hidden gem in the notebook world, I’m addicted to the bright colours and gold illustrations of Sloane Stationery. Each notebook comes with gilded edges, embossed covers and page-holder ribbons, but it’s really the quirky messages which make this brand so addictive. Notebooks range from £12.99 to £39, and pencil boxes are £16.99.
Mark and Fold: Mark One Notebook
As we live in an increasingly digital world, specialist stationery brands are coming to the fore with designs which are born more from love than necessity. You’d be forgiven for thinking that a hand-numbered, limited edition notebook like the Mark One would be unaffordable, but it’s only £30. Made with a combination of Scottish and English paper, Mark One uses thread-sewn binding so it falls flat when it’s opened.
If you do have some extra money to spend, Mark and Fold also have a number of subscription packages, one of which will see you receive a new Mark One notebook every three months, as well as a host of other nice benefits.
School of Life Colouring Pencils
Now I haven’t succumbed to the craze for adult colouring books, but it’s hard to deny the theraputic properties of hatching, shading and blending. The School of Life have taken this one step further by prompting us to consider the psychology behind how we choose and use different colours, by labelling each pencil in their set with its corresponding property. So now you can figure out whether your desire for light blue reflects an internal longing for clarity. They are £18 for a set of 12.
Lane Greeting Cards
Following the theme of bright colours and English-made paper, my final choice is Lane’s greeting card set. These graphic designs represent the seasons (can you tell which is which?) and they’re bound to put a smile on the face of anyone who receives them. I’ve got my fingers crossed that Lane produce card versions of more of their hand-pulled screen prints, these ones are £8 for four.
Which of these is your favourite? Do you know an excellent stationery company that I should know about? Leave a comment and let me know!