Stationery porn

 

wk15notebooks.jpg

Being in a stationery store whether online or in real life is my idea of fun. It’s my kinda porn. I know I’m not alone in this. It seems to be particularly common among trainers, teachers, artists and especially writers.

I get so excited when I see beautiful bright textas, pencils, stickers and my biggest turn on of all comes from journals. Fresh, clean, inviting and a whole new world of possibilities waiting. I can never have enough of any kind of stationery and I have so many books and journals that I don’t need to buy any for a very long time, but there is no such thing as too much stationery in my world.

journals

Luscious, fresh and clean journals – so good!

Take today for instance. I am in Perth and after lunch my friend and I decided that we want to do some goal setting together for the year. I had already packed a lot of lovely pens, books, journals and bits and pieces, but we decided that we needed another journal specifically for the purpose. Any excuse. I was like a kid in a lolly shop. Somehow I kept justifying the need for more Sharpies and goodies, despite the fact I already have a healthy collection with me here and at home.

This was the result:

stationery binge.jpg

This was quite tame as I am limited by my luggage allowance having just returned from two weeks in Bali and another ten days here, and we just went to K Mart, so I was pretty good really.

Officeworks is probably my favourite in real life go-to, and I can lose so much time just walking around amongst the dazzling variety there. I always say I should never be left unsupervised in Officeworks. I have great memories of a day many years ago when working on the launch of a big change initiative at a previous government position, a friend and I were given the fantastic task of purchasing all of the stationery for about fifteen trainers for a twelve week program for forty people. We had carte blanche to buy whatever we wanted, can you imagine! Two stationery addicts with a government credit card in Adelaide’s biggest stationery shop! We were like giddy little school girls with a year’s worth of pocket money in a lolly shop. Man it was fun!

gellin.jpg

Kikki-K is another fave of mine. This is where I usually buy journals, planners, to do lists and all sorts of pretty loveliness.

79acf7d7afe87d2684f53c7446f34bee.jpg

Who could resist a display like this?

The only issue I have is I don’t like starting a fresh new journal in case I spoil it somehow. That first page needs to be written in perfect handwriting, with just the right pen. So I have many beautiful, delicious gorgeous books not yet touched, but I am going to start using them and embracing imperfection, even in books, where it is forever there, like forever.

I have started writing in my Leonie Dawson Shining Year books and I’m in a Facebook group where I’ve seen many women posting that they don’t want to write in the books in case they make a mistake, so they save the books and write elsewhere. I totally get it, but I am resisting the urge to follow suit. The paper in this year’s books is a bit shiny and if you don’t wait for the ink to dry, or use the right pens, smudges can happen and did happen early on with mine. I am convincing myself that those smudges are ok, they are a moment in time, a snapshot of embracing my imperfections, acceptance of what is, going with the flow…….you get the idea.

That’s what I’m telling myself anyway. πŸ™‚

large signature straight

4 thoughts on “Stationery porn

  1. I love this post it’s amazing when you learn a totally new thing! I thought I’d been addicted to everything under the sun – cocaine, alcohol, benzos, shopping, OCD and more but stationery addiction is something I have never heard of! And I’m a writer I should be hooked on it… I’ve got one measly book and absolutely never have enough pens. But now I know about it I can do what I’ve never done in my 11 years of recovery…Relapse… on stationery. http://bit.ly/1ER5cLY

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s