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travailtotravel Sat 10-Mar-12 22:18:10

I need some new suppliers to support my habit. Where, other than Paperchase and Artbox, can I get notebooks, sticky notes and other supplies that will make you sigh with contentment? I need a fix ...

hermioneweasley Sat 17-Mar-12 09:26:01

Last year I treated myself to personalised notecards from honey tree . Ridiculous money, but lovely quality <whispers>you get to choose your edges. Also comes beautifully packaged. Only a few people have merited one of those beauties, I tell you!

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 17-Mar-12 10:22:40

Hello fellow stationery fetishists fans grin

Don't want to lose this thread full of fab ways to prioritise, diarise and alphabetise not to mention ruminate, communicate and laminate. grin

SO I am going to move it out of chat to our lovely products section where threads don't disappear.

<tries to resist clicking on some of the links>

thomasbodley Sat 17-Mar-12 10:44:09

In answer to the question, "What do you all do with the notebooks etc".

I don't actually have a lot of stationery. I have ONE paper diary, ONE notebook per project, ONE to-do notebook, ONE "best pen", ONE set of notecards etc. I only start another when the original runs out.

But as I go for quality over quantity, this minimalist approach doesn't work out any cheaper blush

ariadneoliver Sat 17-Mar-12 10:50:09

Don't resist Olivia, those links are chock full of things you need.

SuiGeneris Sat 17-Mar-12 12:26:01

Have resisted clicking on this thread for a few days but this morning I had to and... Remembered I would really like some new ink for my fountain pen, and maybe some red ink with a dedicated pen for it, and a small handbag pen...

Thanks to whomever added the cultpen link.

Question: which is your favourite fountain pen ink make and why? I like Aurora but cannot find it in the UK, Parker seems a bit too liquid and Waterman is ok, but not earth-moving...

ProcessYellowC Sat 17-Mar-12 12:38:44

London Graphic Centre There's one around the corner from my work

Not so good if you're a fountain pen fan, but there are so many goodies in it.

I am excited that DS' nursery is going to start doing a project on 3D shapes, I have planned in my head the neat set of white cubes, prisms, etc I am going to make and had to buy a compass in preparation for this blush.

warmandwooly Sat 17-Mar-12 12:46:22

Once I get myself more motivated I will get myself clothed and do a recon mission to TKMaxx to get something exchanged AND look out for that amazing Liberty notebook. Will probs be disappointed though

warmandwooly Sat 17-Mar-12 14:22:01

Yes I did spot a Libery notebook at TK Maxx. It wasd pretty and hardbacked but only plain paper. Will look in a bigger branch next week!

ariadneoliver Sat 17-Mar-12 17:24:38

You won't regret it wooly. grin

warmandwooly Sat 17-Mar-12 17:33:19

I hope not!I am hoping that they remain untouced if there. My chances? If they are there I hope they are good given that I have purchased other well known quality names for bargainous prices! I have an eye for the designer bargain

purplemamfa Sat 17-Mar-12 19:39:21

I LOVE this thread. I have never posted before and would like to thank all you fellow stationery lovers for making me feel normal, lol.

I also lust over things of paper, card and writing implements but would prefer not to use them as my handwriting is rubbish.

JoInScotland Sat 17-Mar-12 21:31:56

Can anyone recommend a really good quality, lined A5 notebook? It is what I use for my personal diary, but last time I finished one, I went to Rymans and I found the paper is very thin in their A5 notebook.... using my lovely black gel ink pen means you can see the writing (faintly) through the back of the page when you turn it over. I am looking for another notebook with lovely thick paper, like I had before. Any suggestions? (A pretty cover is nice too!)

PigeonPie Sat 17-Mar-12 21:36:00

I found a Paperchase one a while ago and it has much much nicer paper than the cheap ones I've found since. Once I've used up my cheap ones (I do get through them at quite a rate) I think I'll be going back to Paperchase grin

elizabecca Sat 17-Mar-12 23:16:18

I have to confess to being a stationery addict too, and failed miserably in trying to explain both this fact and this thread to DH earlier ....
But I am also worried as now have 9, yes nine, tabs open for yummy stationery shopping, and as ever there is too much to choose from (can't hide parcels from DH as he works from home - useful for taking delivery of said parcels but then they can't be hidden in my stationery store...) Oh the quandaries of life confused

IsItMeOr Sun 18-Mar-12 12:27:37

Well, it's good to know that I don't have a problem.

Although thanks to this thread I now have some fantastic pie chart stickies (fun retirement gift for statistician at work) and two moleskine lego notebooks on their way to me. grin

IsItMeOr Sun 18-Mar-12 16:16:58

...and a new pen. Been looking for a smallish one without a pocket clip for a while. Found one at cultpens, yay!

ilovemyteddy Sun 18-Mar-12 18:59:05

I went to TK Maxx yesterday and managed to get two Liberty notebooks - black leather covers with a lovely Art Deco design, and boxed. £45 for the two. One is for a gift but I may just have to keep the other one grin

stealthsquiggle Sun 18-Mar-12 20:35:17

The idea of a trip to TKMaxx (minus poorly DD who should hopefully be back at school tomorrow) is sounding more and more attractive. I am kind of counting on the fact that, should they have any in stock, the local branch should also have remarkably few customers who would understand quite what a bargain they are.

warmandwooly Sun 18-Mar-12 20:53:28

Stealth-that is what I am hoping for too. That us, in the know mumsnetters,<taps nose> will have first dibs on them. [Wink]

Perhaps we need a secret sign or something so that we acknowledge the stationery passionate mnetters everywhere and lurking in TK Maxx.

Longstocking2 Mon 19-Mar-12 09:53:37

If I had three grand to spare I would definitely want a pen designed by Sylvester Stallone.

thomasbodley Mon 19-Mar-12 09:55:14

I can't keep away from this thread. Google Moma Shop. Some of their organisation tools and stationery are AMAZING but the feckers don't ship to the UK.

Check out the Indice tabbed bookends [swooning].

warmandwooly Mon 19-Mar-12 12:57:33

Off to TK Maxx now. Libery stationery if you are in there I am coming to get ya!

warmandwooly Mon 19-Mar-12 13:47:26

Plenty of Hello Kitty Liberty things but no notebook. On the other hand I could not resist a mousemat writing pad!

ilovemyteddy Mon 19-Mar-12 15:46:59

thomasbodley - I have just clicked and swooned at those bookends. I NEED them!

warmandwooly - sorry there weren't any Liberty notebooks at your TK Maxx. I work around the corner from one of their stores so will keep
stalking checking their shelves and let you know if I find one.

warmandwooly Mon 19-Mar-12 17:26:39

Teddy-thank you! Only tried two localish ones out of three I will not give up!

warmandwooly Mon 19-Mar-12 18:10:52

I havew looked at the make of the mousemat pad and its at

Lots of pretty stationery to behold on the site...

ariadneoliver Tue 20-Mar-12 20:41:39

wooly I can't get your link to work. sad

warmandwooly Tue 20-Mar-12 21:00:55

ariad- I typed it that's why. Look in the sale section of galison(hope it is spelled correctly) its in the sale section for five dollars

ariadneoliver Tue 20-Mar-12 21:07:13

I've found it, and enough lovely Christmas cards to last pretty much the rest of the decade.

warmandwooly Tue 20-Mar-12 21:30:44

ha ha! what do you think of it?

ariadneoliver Wed 21-Mar-12 09:42:44

I think I like the elephant one best, although the retro birds are pretty.

<sits on credit card>

stealthsquiggle Wed 21-Mar-12 10:07:33

I know it is Pedlars, but... I want it all anyway

ilovemyteddy Wed 21-Mar-12 14:58:27

warmandwooly you have mail!

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ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 24-Mar-12 19:26:56

MNHQ - PLEASE you have to let us know what on earth someone could have possibly said on a stationery thread to get them deleted grin

<or is it one of the FFJ tossers??>

ariadneoliver Sat 24-Mar-12 23:18:47

It was a link to a site selling children's stationery, I suspect it was removed because it was for advertising purposes rather than information. You didn't miss much it was a bit sub Hello Kitty in style.

MyNameIsInigoMontoya Sat 24-Mar-12 23:39:53

I saw some of this stuff on a stall at a fair today and thought of you lot, take a look! Typografika

MyNameIsInigoMontoya Sat 24-Mar-12 23:40:33

PS and I promise I don't work for them grin

ChippingInNeedsCoffee Sat 24-Mar-12 23:57:58

Ariandne - thanks smile (boring reason for deletion!!)

I once (very briefly) considered being a Phoenix rep - but it was really only to justify buying lots of stationery!! [grn]

ThePinkPussycat Sun 25-Mar-12 00:32:41

I must report an absolutely lovely time in my local Ryman's this afternoon, which included a very interesting discussion on Richard Dawkins and evolution with the shop assistant - we are both fans of Dawkins and had a very interesting exhange of information.

And he was very helpful when I needed him to be, but did not hover! I have a workshop to plan, and got ordinary but inspirational stationery.

A pad of Quadrille ruled A4
A pack of 3 reporter's notebooks
10 black Bic biros
I pack 5"x3" index cards, ruled
4 matt cardboard ring binders - one red, one blue, one green, one yellow
1 shiny ring binder, finely striped horizontally in shades of orange, blue and white
350 spot sickers in 5 different colours
90 shiny star stickers in 5 different colours including gold
7 gram small feathers individually dyed in about 8 colours (oh dear, now I'm going to have to count them blush)
and a packet of about 50 teeny-weeny little clothes pegs

This, for me, is stationery heaven grin.

ariadneoliver Sun 25-Mar-12 09:24:20

I can see using the other things, but what are the feathers for?

travailtotravel Sun 25-Mar-12 11:07:20

Dear Collective, I feel that i must confess as my conscience won't let me continue without being truthful. I cannot explain my behaviour and I know it is abhorrent, I am going to sign up for support groups.

I went into Paperchase and came out without having bought anything.


ariadneoliver Sun 25-Mar-12 11:13:25

That's worrying travail, have you called NHS direct? grin

ThePinkPussycat Sun 25-Mar-12 11:51:26

TBH I don't know what the feathers will be for, hence the term inspirational (meaning I don't know what I'm doing yet!) But the 1st world war thing of handing white feathers out suggests itself - only obviously these ones would be handed out for positive attributes. Or people may select their own feathers. Or I might not use them.

DarrowbyEightFive Sun 25-Mar-12 12:46:05

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Paperblanks collection, which I drool over. This year I have the Safavid design as a dayplanner. They are just stunningly beautiful objects. I often just open mine for the hell of it - they feel wonderful too. The Book of Kells journal also looks cool.

On the inside front cover is printed: This dayplanner is very important to me. If you find it please can you phone me (or something like that, as I have the German version). Isn't that sweet? And it gives public holidays from all the major world religions, which is so considerate.

travailtotravel Sun 25-Mar-12 15:18:00

Oh dear god, Darrowby ... i feel I may be cured. I LOVE the designs of some of those books ... <feels better>

ariadneoliver Sun 25-Mar-12 17:07:55

Those paperblanks books are gorgeous. Maybe in a past life I was a monk who copied out the Bible on vellum. Can you imagine spending all day in peace and quiet scribing with beautiful inks and top quality materials.

Fenouille Sun 25-Mar-12 21:28:42

I have just spent more money than I care to admit on pens - how did I never know about cult pens before? Luckily most of the websites linked don't deliver overseas.

My local stationery fix comes from here, they have a lovely display case full of the most fabulous pens. I'm so happy I'm not alone in my obsession.

ariadneoliver Mon 26-Mar-12 20:52:35

This thread has inspired me to make more use of my (too many) fountain pens. Does anyone have any recommendations for brands of inks, I can get up to two. I was thinking maybe purple or brown or maybe red/pink.

ariadneoliver Thu 29-Mar-12 18:04:34

Looks like I killed the thread, but I felt I should report that I nearly had to be helped away from TK Maxx today. I restrained myself and bought only a Designers' Guild pencil case with four colourful pencils in and a Designers Guild notebook with a cut out front and lovely liner. Fortunately they are both packaged so they can be saved for Christmas presents. Possibly.

Shesparkles Tue 21-Aug-12 16:51:41

Just resurrecting this thread to say that I got a great 18 month diary fom TK Maxx last week.....soft pink leather covers and proper paper pages, not the kind you usually get in diaries that you could spit pas through! I may have had a bit of a frenzy buying lovely pens from all the back to school stuff that's on the go just now....

JackieZ Wed 29-Aug-12 14:12:21

TK Maxx are pretty good for random stationery bits, but because of this randomness, you never see the same thing in two different stores. I've bought lovely craft sets in there in the past, for half the price of somewhere like Hobbycraft!

BN3MUM Wed 17-Apr-13 15:52:05

A friend told me about this thread, I can't believe there are so many stationery lovers! I recently got married to a stationer whose family have been doing it since 1863 so loving stationery is very much a necessity!
If you like design and stationery I can recommend this site for nice designs etc we took some inspiration for our wedding invites from here.

PKTidy1 Mon 03-Jun-13 14:38:18

The Pen & Ink Co do lovely illustrated stationery like correspondence cards. I went to a wedding recently and they had also designed all the wedding stationery

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DoYourKegels Fri 18-Oct-13 17:30:03

Just marking. Coming back later. smile.

greewenfe Mon 21-Oct-13 02:29:52

Paperchase recently opened a shop in my town centre. I have never before seen such heavenly goods. Every week I am torn between gorgeous stationery or feeding the family.

Ohwhatwitcheryisthis Mon 21-Oct-13 06:36:01

my habit is pens. My dealer is cultpens. (Sorry on phone cant link) For the poster who needs a smooth write they do a ballpoint to called a slider which is amazing. free postage over a tenner and next day delivery. They also have other stationery related crack stuff. But the fountain pens. ooooooooooooooogrin

3bunnies Mon 21-Oct-13 06:43:46

How could I have missed this thread all these years. <strokes laminator and looks longingly on amazon at frixion pens for dd1's spy party - though not mixing the two>

Alwayscheerful Mon 21-Oct-13 07:07:15

I have spent several hours perusing purple inks, I would like a "liberty" purple, can someone advise please?

Ohwhatwitcheryisthis Mon 21-Oct-13 08:36:34

yes-see my previous post. there are ballpoints, rollerballs, fudes and most importantly fountain pen ink-cartridges and bottled including some gawgus french stuff that is scented. when i learn to do links properly will show you. but google cultpens. for pen porn

YonicScrewdriver Sat 27-Jun-15 17:37:51

Bumping this thread for rooster

RoosterCogburn Sat 27-Jun-15 17:44:23

Thanks Yonic - I shall read and then shop

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camelliavi Wed 19-Jun-19 23:32:02

I am a stationery lover but I am not very fancy. grin my go to shops are Easons, the random aisle in Lidl and Amazon if you know what you're looking for!

wagswags Mon 24-Jun-19 21:18:08

I always get mine from hokejist76 on eBay , lots of stationery listed at prices cheaper than ones in stores . Plus the seller’s stationery Job lots and bundles are worth getting. Especially the Frixion pens and Frixion highlighters and Lamy and mechanical pencils bundles !

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