Stationery. It’s a little bit magical. Not the boring pens and reporters notepads you used to have as children. Nowadays you can get everything in the way of stationery. For my teenage self writing diaries I’m very jealous of what we didn’t have. Working with National Stationery Week I’ve been reflecting on my love of and journey with stationery.
When I was a girl, the most exciting thing was having a diary and different coloured cartridge pens other than the scratchy 99p pens everyone had from WHSmith. A highlighter pack was the epitome of cool. Funky drawing pins to attached pin up posters from Big or Just 17 magazines to my pinboard were what I dreamed of.
Then exam times and university and it was boring biros and different coloured revision cards, plus a filofax when I started work. But it’s only more recently when there’s been an abundance of stationery shops and supplies to drool over.
It seems I’m not the only one. I reckon it’s a pre-requisite for being a blogger that you have to have a secret love of stationery to be one.
Beautifully doodled bullet journals are artistic masterpieces…maybe not our attempt at a gratititude journal. We’re not artists, but it’s great to have time out to yourself to think about what the day has brought. I found sharing pages with N meant we could talk about our days to each other.
I have a stash of pretty notebooks, gifted to me and bought. Because when I see a great pattern or motif, or a funky quotation, a few pounds is nothing to giving a little boost. Stationery doesn’t need to fit a changing body size or shape. It just needs to find a home on a shelf or desk. Yes, I have a pile of unused notebooks. Because while they might be pretty they’re not all easy to write in because of the binding. But knowing they’re there in case I have a sudden need to write or draw or note down my thoughts.
I might be used to working digitally on my blog, but I have started to handwrite my blog posts. I don’t like blogging on my phone, but taking a notepad to a coffee shop or getting one out at lunch at work, means I can focus and write fast without the distractions of other tabs and notifications on my laptop. It gives great satisfaction to use a coloured pen and see my writing scrawled across the page.
Because my writing isn’t great. 18 years of working on computers means I don’t write much other than a few notes, and if noone else is reading, it doesn’t have to be neat.
My writing at school was the bane of my mum’s life. She would write into teachers (with her immaculate writing) explaining why she’d made me re-write a page of work so it was legible. I’d like to say it was because I was left handed, but I just don’t think I’ve ever found ‘my’ handwriting style.
An old maths teacher retorted once ‘look at mine, she’s a mathmatician, she doesn’t need good handwriting’. I was also once surprised to hear a family friend say she thought I had very confident and assertive writing. I suppose it’s carefree so that’s accurate to a degree.
I always think my writing now is legible. It does look like it misses letters out though, and could be easier to read. It still goes in every direction depending on whether I’m in full flow or just taking random notes. The OH as no hope of reading my writing (although his is just like it probably was when he was 10), but it’s easier than trying to read my best friend’s.
Now N is getting more confident at writing, it seems he’s inherited my love of stationery. If I leave a notebook out (or woe betide new pens), they’re snaffled, never to be seen again. Many a pad I’ve picked up to find his drawings or name written inside.
Stickers, pretty pens, notepads, stencils and more. He loves them all, although scissors and sellotape have to be his favourite. What’s great about stationery is that it can bring everyone in a family together. From functional uses through to writing holiday scrapbooks, crafting to relaxing colouring.
National Stationery week 2017 runs from 24th to 30th April, encouraging people to get involved and get writing.
As part of National Stationery Week, we were sent a lovely selection of stationery. We loved the pack of felt doodle pens, and N’s already swiped some of the pens. If you want to get involved this coming week, there are themes each day, but you can share your writing on social media using #NatStatWeek or #writingmatters. I’d love to see what you get up to so do share it on my facebook page.
I’m also hosting a National Stationery Week giveaway. One lucky reader will win a stationery bundle. Just answer the question ‘What do you love about stationery and writing?’ in the comments below, then complete the rafflecopter widget.
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Disclosure: We were sent a stationery bundle and provided with one to giveaway. All words and opinions are my own.
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