When I was a kid, I loved the stationery aisles at Kmart. All those pretty pens and paper clips and sticky notes lined up in perfect formation inspired me to write and create. Those aisles spoke to me in a way that toys or clothes never did. Give me a 128-page notebook over a Barbie any day.
I’m not sure exactly why stationery is my thing, but I think it probably has something to do with spending a lot of time at my parent’s business when I was younger. Mum was (and still is) in charge of the accounts which meant the office stationery cupboard was full of lots of cool stuff like pens, highlighters, staplers, typewriter ribbon and carbon paper. For Mum, stationery was purely utilitarian, but for me, office supplies helped me to express myself. They were full of possibilities and potential.
I still peruse KMart’s stationery aisles whenever I can. I’ve been really impressed by the quality of their products of late so I thought I’d share some of my favourite notebooks and diaries.
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I’ve featured Kurt Pio’s gorgeous work on the blog before and I was so enamoured by it that I had to follow him on Instagram of course (wow that sounds creepy!) If you’re not familiar with Kurt Pio, he is an artist from Cape Town and he does these amazing abstracts and gorgeous oversized faceted gems. I’ve found over the years that I like a particular style of art – kinda abstract, bold colours, especially black and white – and Kurt Pio’s work falls pretty much smack bang in the middle of it. Enjoy!
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Who should I follow on Instagram? Leave the details in the comments.
Today is the first time in a long time that I’ve been able to fling the doors wide open and just relax in the warmish spring air. It’s my favourite time of the year. The days are warm, but not too warm and the sun is rising a little earlier. I feel more inspired in the spring time which is a good thing because I am SLAMMED with freelance writing stuff at the moment. Yikes!
In the spirit of all things spring I give you the latest office inspo. Rebecca Taylor’s office is stunning. I love the muted colours and all that wall space but the bit I love the most is the Ellie Cashman floral wallpaper. I have loved that wallpaper from day dot and would LOVE to be able to hang it in my home one day. What do you think? Are you a fan?
This week I’m sharing the ‘gram of A Beautiful Mess. I’ve been reading Elsie’s work for more that 10 years…which is just crazy. I remember back then she was really into scrapbooking and she created some fun embellishments and stuff that I loved. Now she and her sister Emma have created a lifestyle blog – A Beautiful Mess – that is a little different than the others. I love their quirky, hands-on approach to creativity. Yep, I’m a fan.
I am a font addict. One of the first jobs that I had after high school was in a sign shop. While I wasn’t the arty kind of sign writer – I worked with a computer rather than a paint brush – I did get to know that font choice plays a big role in the success of a sign. I became font obsessed and over the last twenty years I’ve been adding to my font stash. As it’s spring down under I thought I’d put together a quick list of my favourite spring’ish fonts. Do you have any favourite fonts you’d like to share?
Money Penny, Indigo Blue, Bellwethers, Laurel, Ashlyn, Hello Beautiful, Roselina Script, Foxglow.
Every day I get a lot of email from designers, stationery creators and artists telling me about their pretty pieces. Some, I write down to peruse later but the email I received from The Adventures Of recently got my attention immediately. Why was this email different? Three words for you – rose. gold. foil. I’m obsessed with it and I know I’m not the only one.
Amanda and Benjamin – you’ve got me hooked.
This week’s Instagrammer – Blonde Baking Mama – is from my neck of the woods (Western Australia) and while her feed has nothing to do with paper/planners/stationery it is one of the most mind-blowing, creative Instagram accounts that I’ve seen. Ever.
Kate is the self-taught queen of extraordinary cakes and cookies and I guarantee that you’ll be gobsmacked at her brilliance. Oh, by the way, it’s probably not a good idea to view her feed on an empty stomach.
If you keep a bullet journal (or bujo) you know how important icons are to distinguish between different tasks. Standard icons include things like tasks, events or appointments. I personally keep track of lots of different things in my bujo – from bookmarks, websites to remember, quotes that I like, things that I have to pay and my freelance writing deadlines. I’ve noticed that if I’m in a rush my icons tend to be a little messy and that started to annoy me big time. So I created some bullet journal stickers to keep everything nice and neat.
The bullet journal stickers I’ve created come in two sizes – 5mm and 10mm, and you can choose from 14 different colours. If you pick the smaller icons you’ll get 792 stickers. If you choose the larger set you’ll get 252 stickers. Either way, you’ll be getting a lot of stickers!
Head over here to grab the smalls and over here to get the large. If you have any comments, questions or requests please let me know.
Oh my gosh. Have you guys seen the gorgeous Lamy Lx fountain pens that were released recently? They are so pretty! The LAMY Lx is a sophisticated fountain pen that features a harmonious highquality character with an impressive tone-in-tone design. There are four colours to choose from – gold, rose-gold, palladium and ruthenium – and wow – they are beautiful. I’ve got a real rose-gold crush happening at the moment so I know which one I’d choose. What about you?
Grab yours from Goulet Pens or Notemaker.
I’ve spied a lot of gorgeous wedding suites on Pinterest lately. I’ve been really drawn to invitations that feature handwritten or scripty fonts in gold and rose gold foil. When they are set against darker backgrounds the words pop off the page.
Floral flat lays also seem to be popular at the moment too. I’ve seen a lot of designers are using big, full blooms and deconstructed botanicals. The result is a design that is both striking and distinctive.
Have you seen any wedding invitations that have caught your eye lately? Leave the details in the comments below.
Dick and Jane Letterpress
Lilac & White