Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Top 10 Stationery Stocking Fillers

Stationery Lovers Top 10 Stocking fillers

Are you looking for a stationery stocking filler for someone? We've each picked our five of our favourite web finds; four very affordable pieces and one luxury item. Here are our Top 10 Stationery Stocking Fillers.

Nickie's Top 5 Stationery Stocking Fillers

Top 10 stationery stocking fillers Nickie

Paintbrush Stylus £12.99 from Ekit on Amazon* - If you love painting then this paintbrush stylus works with all touchscreen art apps to simulate painting in acrylic, watercolour or charcoal. The bristles are made from synthetic hairs with conductive properties and it's the same size and weight as a regular paintbrush. The opposite end of the brush has a rubber stylus for sketching or handwriting.
Calender Stickers £3.22 from Etsy - For all of us who use the bullet journal system you'll know that not having an actual calender in your notebook is sometimes a barrier to forward planning. This little page marker stickers solve that problem immediately and also create easy-access monthly tabs, 

Glitter Washi Tape £6.60 from Whimsy Designs on Amazon* - This sparkly washi tape is slightly thicker than the normal paper washi tape so it's great for edging Filofax dividers or project pages in a notebook. And who doesn't need a bit of glitter in their lives?

Novelty Paper Clips £3.89 from Beautifeye on Amazon* - Shaped paperclips always add a touch of fun to a notebook or diary and there's plenty of selection here. I think my favourite from this collection would be the bicycle clips (*groan*) or the scooter clips.

3D Doodler £99.99 from Firebox - Imagine being able to bring your doodles to life! I really want to get my hands on one of these 3D Doodle Pens and give it a try. I'd probably write my name (don't you always when you get a new pen) and then try to create the London Underground roundel.  Have a look at this video below to see why I squealed when I saw it!

Sian's Top 5 Stationery Stocking Fillers

Stationery stocking fillers sian

Gift Box Drawing Set £17.50 from Moleskine - I'm really into doodling at the moment and this beautiful box set containing a sketchbook, pencils, sharpener and rubber ticks all my boxes!

Cat Journal £8.50 from Moleskine - Have a cat? Love a Moleskine? This cat journal is a match made in heaven. Keep track, organise and improve your cat's life. Four themed sections to fill in, four tabbed sections to personalise. Breeds list, tail talk, checklists, skills, grooming and feeding schedules, health, records, memorable moments and more. Topped off with 202 adhesive labels for personalising your journal.

Lomo London Notebook £2.40 from Lomography Store - The London Lomo Notebook turns London inside out and invites you to have a look. The pages are jammed packed with the most amazing, personal, vibrant and authentic Lomographic insights into my favourite city.

Stop Procrastinating Notepad £4.95 from OhDeer  - What more do you need to motivate yourself than this frank, set of paper goods?

Livescribe 3 Smartpen Pro Edition for iOS7 iPhone and iPad £169.99 from Amazon* - Livescribe pens are the perfect fusion between traditional and digital note taking. Check out the video and wonder how you ever managed without one!

* This is an affiliate link, if you make a purchase via this link I will receive a small payment (when I say small, I mean small).

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Top 10 Notebooks

Top 10 Notebooks

Here at Stationery Lovers we use lots of notebooks in all shapes, sizes and styles. We've picked out our ultimate wishlist, some of which are cheap and cheerful and others that would be used for very special writing assignments (or simply stored away in a drawer because they are too nice to write in!). Here are our Top 10 Notebooks.

Nickie's Top 10 Notebooks

Top 5 notebooks Nickie

1. Liberty Print Purple Tanjore Lotus A5 Notebook £18.95 from Liberty - A classic Liberty print design with matching page marker ribbon, elastic closure and ivory paper. I would save this luxurious notebook for a special journaling project such as an important event or a big family holiday.

2. Leuchtturm1917 Pocket Dots (lime green) £8.50 on Bureau Direct - This notebook is smaller than the ones I normally use but I'm falling in love with dot grid over squared pages at the moment and this lime green colour just stand out a mile.  Gorgeous. 

3. Sh*t I Gotta Get F*cking Done notebook $9.95 from Cool Material - I've been trying to find a UK store that stocks these ace little notebooks but every website that features them points to the Cool Material store. They do provide international shipping but it would be overly expensive, I imagine. If anyone knows of a UK stockist, do please get in touch.

4. Moleskine Evernote £15.97 on Amazon* - This classic Moleskine has specially printed pages and stickers that trigger a scanning process when photographed with your smartphone and uploaded to Evernote. This allows the content inside your notebook to become digital, searchable and shareable. I've recently found out that Livescribe is to be incorporated with Moleskine and Evernote too which just creates a gadget-analogue full circle for me. Awesome! 

5. Christian Lacroix Astrologie Flocked journal £27.60 from Christian Lacroix (sweetie) - I just want to delve inside and see the astrological colour plates. This would be a great daily journal if there were more pages (it has 144 so you would have to fit three days worth of thoughts on each page) but the cover is just so beautiful.

Sian's Top 10 Notebooks

Top 5 notebooks Sian

1. School Of Thought Notebooks £15 from The Journal Shop -  set of three, exercise notebooks, each one carries an introduction to a great Pessimistic thinker on the inside front page, their name beautifully printed on the cover - and otherwise empty pages for your own projects.

2. Blah, Blah, Blah Panama Notebook £45 from Smythson - Smythson make the best notebooks IMHO. The paper is exquisite and has to be used to be believed. Beautifully packaged in a gift box, you can even have them personalised with your initials. Once you've gone there, there is simply no going back. 

3. Mark's Tokyo Edge Le Zippe Notebook £9.50 from The Journal Shop - This notebook really does have it all. Contained within a handy zipper pocket, your notebook is perfect for storage of your pens and essentials when you are on the go.

4. Iconic Essay Book £8.50 from Stickerstack - This is my current notebook of choice, though it has to be said that I am using it as a doodler and not as a traditional note taking book. Compact and wonderful, Iconic has become a firm favourite of mine since discovering the brand a few weeks ago.

5. The Tab Notebooks £8.13 from Amazon - A set of four tabbed notebooks that are colour coded for easy organisation. They are just perfect for project work.

That's it for today. What's your notebook of choice?

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Top 10 2015 Diaries

Top 10 2015 diaries

It comes around but once a year and no, I'm not talking about Christmas, I'm talking about buying that Stationery Lovers essential - the new diary. Big, small, digital or personalised. We give you our Top 10 2015 Diaries

Nickie's Top 5 Diaries

Nickies top 5 2015 diaries

1. A6 Monthly Planner £4 from - If you need a handy little diary to keep in your bag then this is your planner for 2015. The planner, with an Iconic design, is undated so you can start using it whenever you like (handy for those who prefer a financial or educational year).

2. Leuchtturm 1917 2015 Medium £14.95 from Bureau Direct - Choosing a colour is probably the hardest part of selecting a diary from this range. This week-on-two-pages layout also includes a removable address section and a birthday calendar and there's a handy back pocket to stuff loose notes or receipts in.

3. A6 All Change Diary £6.50 from Paperchase - An iconic London Underground cover adorns this spiral bound diary which includes all the usual information and conversion notes along with pages to keep a record of contacts and websites.

4. Personal Planner £19.95 from - If you ever wanted to design your own diary then this is your chance. You can upload a cover image from your Instagram photos, decide on your own week-to-view layout and have plain, lined or squared paper (or a mixture of all three) at the back for notes. A clip-in ruler/page marker is also included.

5. Mini Vinyl Aqua Glitter Diary £4.50 from Paperchase - Put some sparkle in your life with this mini day planner/journal that displays two days per page and includes year planners, monthly calendars and additional blank and gridded pages. The corners of the pages are perforated for you to tear off making it easy to flip to the current day.

Sian's Top 5 Diaries

Sians top 5 2015 diaries

1. 2015 Colour A Month Diary Planner £31.99 from Moleskine - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this diary. An individual, coloured, monthly pocketbook that slips neatly into a hardbound 12 month organiser. I bought one last year but couldn't bring myself to write in it. it's too nice!

2. Dodo Pad Desk Diary £12.99 from Dodo Pad - The original multi-tasking, multi-user, family-friendly diary. It's my failsafe choice for keeping the family running smoothly and no Christmas would be complete without one in my stocking. Available in 7 different sizes, the Dodo Pad turns 50 next year!

3. 2015 Hobonichi Techno Planner £35 from The Journal Shop - I'm dying to get my hands on a classic Hobonichi planner but they are on limited European supply and sell out before they hit the stores. Printed on lightweight, bleed resistant, Tomoe River paper, the Hobonichhi is compact with a special binding stitch that allows lay flat opening despite it's 450 page size.
With a funky Japanese feel.... once tasted, you may never return. You have been warned.

4. 2014/2015 18mth Star Wars Weekly Notebook £19.99 from Moleskine - Yes I know I shouldn't but I do. As a child of the '70's and a young mum in the '90's, try as much as I like, Star Wars is an integral part of my being. The geek in me needs this diary simply to count down the days to the new Star Wars Disney release in December next year.

5. Mum's Mini Diary £11.95 from - Slim and compact, it's perfect for slipping into a small bag but still with enough room to list everything you need. The simple grid layout is really simple to read and easy to use.

So, there you have it. What diary do you use? Do you have a favourite that you go back to year after year or are you a brand butterfly? We'd love to know.

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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Bureau Direct : Browsing The Catalogue

As I have previously purchased stationery items from Bureau Direct, I now receive their mini-catalogue through the post. It's a slim little thing - only 22 pages - but highlights some of their best sellers, new lines and gift ideas. It's also great to have a book to flick through rather than getting lost on a website with so much choice.

I am totally loving the Castelli 'Edge' Bundle which comes in a choice of five colours and includes an A5 lined notebook with coloured edged paper, matching elastic closing strap, page marker and pen loop. It also comes with a Lamy Tipo rollerball pen in a complimentary colour. 

Castelli, notebook, pen,

Bureau Direct have also recently started stocking the ever-popular washi tape. Their MT Tape comes in a variety of unusual patterns and colours. They also have a Pinterest board dedicated to creative way to use it.

MT Tape, washi tape,

Finally if you like city-themed stationery then you'll absolutely need some of the Paperways Mini City notes and notebooks

paperways, notes, notebooks,

Each page has a website search suggestion to help you find the items easily and they have also included information about their #StationeryWednesday newsletter which has a 10% discount code on the first Wednesday of each month.  Find Bureau Direct on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Doodle Inspiration : Cats

I've been attempting to get creative over the last few months and I've discovered that I have a real love of doodling. It's a great way to completely switch off from the online world and I have to say that my head is a lot better for it.

I guess it was inevitable that cat's would be my doodle subject of choice...

Cat doodle

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Smiggle - Cool Stationery Store Alert


In my opinion, there simply aren't enough cool stationery stores on the highstreet but thanks to Aussie store Smiggle, that's about to change.

Following a successful roll out on the other side of the world they are looking at UK domination with plans for 200 new stores over the next year!

Smiggle really is an assault on your senses. Packed from top to bottom with fun, Japanese inspired, fashion-forward stationery that's perfectly colour co-ordinated in a way that makes you drool.

Smiggle stationery

Smiggle rubbers

Smiggle markers

The store really does have something for everyone. I left with a pencil case, a gel pen set, the three cute rubbers (pictured above), three new pencil sharpeners (in three different colours) and three cute pencils with unicorn rubber toppers. lets face it, everyone needs a pink unicorn pencil in their life. 

You can find Smiggle on Facebook and Twitter and you can find your local Smiggle store here.

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