If you’re reading this then it’s likely to assume you love stationery – and you may already be aware that this week it has been National Stationery Week. It really has. I ran out of stock of my handmade Coptic-bound sketch books on Notebook day, of all days!!
Depending on your needs, there are a massive range of stationery products on the market, but here I’ve outlined what I think are the essentials.
- Pen. A good pen, for writing or for drawing. I love a fountain pen for handwritten letters, biros for crosswords; but my favourite all-rounder has to be the Mitsubishi uni-ball eye. Smooth writing, waterproof, fade-proof, comes in various colours.
- Pencil. A decent pencil is indispensable! And with it you need the following:
- Eraser – often the one you get on top of the pencil is absolutely PANTS. So invest in something soft and non-smudgy, that doesn’t tear the paper!
- Sharpener. To keep your pencil happy. I quite like this one: double hole, a home for the shavings and a lid so they don’t spill out.
- Notebook. Sketch book/journal/jotter – whatever you call it, you need somewhere to write and draw your ideas, plans and thoughts. Handmade books are my specialty, so here are some examples of my work:
- Ruler – this needs to be sturdy and long lasting. Metal ones are great for craft work.
- Paperclips. Handy for when you don’t want to staple things! The more fun shaped, the better. Paperchase and (perhaps surprisingly) Ikea do some great ones.
- Stapler. For when you want to permanently paper-clip something together.
- Hole-punch. For those of us who like to print things and put them in files 🙂
- Post-its. Other makes of sticky note labels are available! Sometimes you just need to stick a note on something. Perfect for reminders.