Is it weird that I love stationery? I wasn’t even that bothered about it at school. I mean, I had the same new-school-year excitement of choosing a new pencil case and ring binder for all of my notes to go in, that everyone had, but it was more a means to an end rather than anything else. And it didn’t really matter which ring binder or pencil case I chose anyway, as within weeks, they’d inevitably be covered in stickers, given away free with Smash Hits or Just 17.
(Side note: teens really miss out by not being into stickers these days. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with the youth of today – not enough fun with stickers. Every 15-year-old needs at least four “Mrs Owen” stickers. Although in 2013 it would probably be “Mrs Styles”.)
But now, aged 34, I have a slightly geeky love of stationery. At work, rather than go to the stationery cupboard to help myself to a bog-standard notebook, I buy a pretty one and take great pleasure in using it in meetings. I went through a phase of loving the brightly coloured notebooks separated with tabs, from Paperchase, but now there is only one place I’ll buy my stationery…
Not the first place you’d think of, when it comes to stationery, granted, but you should give it a whirl. Quirky designs, fab use of colour and best of all – reasonably priced. The Ikea stationery range extends from notebooks to photo albums and from sticky notes to wrapping paper. This week, I treated myself to some new notebooks, some quirky gift tags and tape (Love the one that says ‘Open me’). The only problem is, every time I visit Ikea to stock up on stationery, I might end up leaving with a sofa or two.