The enduring seductiveness of paper goods
Even though I’m as technologically wired as anyone, I love paper and pens. I get giddy in the pen aisle of the Office Depot. I swoon at the site of a paper goods store. I can convince myself I need a dozen Russell & Hazel notebooks (even though I don’t need even one). I could spend all day at See Jane Work.
When I was job hunting, I reveled in buying Crane stationary–the heavier, the better. The one part of American Pyscho that I actually connected with was the scene about the business cards–not because I needed my cards to be heavier, with nicer type but because business cards done well are gorgeous pieces of miniature art.
My mentor always signed his documents with a Mont Blanc Meisterstuck pen with a wide barrel and a fat nib. It was almost always out of ink. He’d dip it into a shallow well of ink and sign. When I graduated from law school, my husband gifted me my own fountain pen–a Waterman Rhapsody with a lacquer finish. I learned about the finish later because the pen has this amazing heft to it and apparently the lacquer is part of the reason for it.
But I don’t just love gold nibs and expensive lacquered pens. I like boxes of crayons and tiny stationary sets with miniature (but working! staplers). I like colored pencils (even though I don’t use them), Crayola markers, and I own a dozen thin tip sharpies that I picked up at the office supply store for $.20 a piece.
I read that adult coloring books are in vogue–so popular that there are waitlists for some artists’ coloring books.
Buzzed did a post on 37 Borderline Erotic Photos for People Who Love Stationary. I’ll admit I’ve bookmarked that post and visited it more than once.
I like washi tape even though I haven’t figure out how to use it and I treat every new year as an excuse to by a new notebook calendaring system. And don’t get me started on office supplies like the lacquer trays and boxes at Swing Design.
I’ve spent far too many hours on Pinterest looking at DIY stationary tips. I love the gilded thank you cards from Camille Styles
and the button bookmarks!
In a world of bits, bytes, and pixels, I find my love for stationary items increasing and not decreasing. Do you have a favorite stationery provider/supplier/DIY idea?