Stationery Addict Starter Kit: A is for…

Agenda

LA’s Ban.do is the brand most closely associated with the term ‘agenda’, but it’s used by a fair few stationers now to describe their planners. That said, an agenda is not just a planner. In order to fully qualify, inside its covers you should find stickers, pockets, washi tape. And of course, more to do lists than you can shake a stick at.

All Things Stationery

This blog is home to an amazing map of stationery shops around the world. It’s maintained by Tessa Sowry, who’s since launched her own online shop: The Stationer. One of my dreams is to visit all the stationers that feature on the map as part of a modern notebook pilgrimage. You can read all about it here.¬†

Analogue (or maybe analog)

In today’s increasingly digital society, analogue had become a dirty word. My personal low point was a Google search for notebooks that returned pages of Macs. Stationery addicts have been a key part of the fight back thanks to our adherence to pen and paper. We know the old ways are the best when it comes to studying and productivity. And the current vogue for mindfulness and slow living can only support this. Step away from those screens: writing is better than typing – this fancy infographic (and various reputable scientific studies) proves it.¬†More on Eddy Hope’s amazing blog Discover Analog

Art

There’s just no other word to describe some of the journal layouts you’ll find on Insta. Watercolour, ink and brushpens are the materials of choice. But don’t let the all out fabulousness of some of the journals you see put you off starting your own one. First and foremost a journal should enable you to record and reflect on your thoughts and feelings. If you’re still feeling intimidated, consider a list journal. I’ve posted on why they’re the perfect place to start if you’re new to journalling or looking to get back into it.