As you may have guessed, I have a bit of an obsession with stationery. There is nothing like a new notebook or finding a nice pen.
I did used to dread September and having to go back to school after having six weeks off. The one thing I did look forward to though was the chance to go shopping for all the back to school supplies – you know; the beautiful rucksack that costs more than your pocket money allowed or the five pack of pritt stick your brain convinces you that you’re going to need for the new year at school and will then spend the next nine months in the back of your draw.
As we’re nearing September, I wanted to share my wish list for back to school stationery. I can still want all these even though I’m not at school anymore and haven’t been for a while right? Please? Pretty please? (I’ve tried to include links as I love posts like this and I like knowing where I can get things if any of the items takes my fancy.)
The first item I’ve chosen for my back to school wish list are these Polka Dot Gel Pens from Paperchase (I could seriously spend all my money in that place if I didn’t stop myself. Somehow I don’t think my lack of rent money would be appreciated though.)
What I love about these is that they are so colourful. You have green, purple, blue, red and yellow so if you’re like me and you like to use various colours to brighten up a planner or a notebook then these are perfect.
They are soft grip and retractable too so perfect for those long note taking sessions.
(A pack of five is £4.00 at http://www.paperchase.co.uk)
The second thing on my wish list is also from Paperchase and it is this Purr Maids A5 subject notebook.
This collection from Paperchase I think is among my favourites. It’s cats. That’s me pretty much sold. It’s so cute and like the pens, it’s very bright and colourful.
What I like about this notebook is that it has five sections with colourful dividers so you can keep all your notes for each subject separate and organised.
There are 100 sheets (so 200 pages.) It’s close ruled paper and it’s spiral bound which I find easier to use if taking notes (especially if you need to remove any. It really irritates me when I have to rip a page out of a notebook and it leaves a messy heap of the page behind.)
(Purr Maids Subject A5 notebook is from Paperchase and is £8: http://www.paperchase.co.uk)
The third item on my list is this lovely Academic Planner. I’m using Academic planners more and more now since I started the blog as I start planning into the new year before the old one finishes so need a diary to accommodate that. I have slightly fallen in love with this particular diary from Busy B. I already have their book journal and it’s very nice and incredibly functional.
First of all, the cover is absolutely beautiful (they also do a dotted cover which is also really pretty.)
What makes this planner different is that it is a week per double page but there are two schedules running parallel. You could use one side for School/University/Work/Blog etc. and the other side for other life commitments.
There are also pages for personal details, a month overview, a reminder section, handy storage pockets, note pages, a page marker and it has an elasticated closing which I love as otherwise it gets ruined in my bag when things are inevitably shoved on top of it.
I am loving, loving, loving this.
(You can purchase this at Busy B for £9.99: http://busyb.co.uk )
The fourth item in my list is an essential and that is a pencil case. I love this pink spotty one from Cath Kidston. I am a Cath Kidston fan especially when it comes to the spotty collection plus this case is pink so it’s one of my favourites.
This pencil case is technically in the kids section but a pencil case is a pencil case and it would go with the pens from Paperchase so some nice co-ordination there.
(This pencil case is available from Cath Kidston for £8: https://www.cathkidston.com.)
The last thing on my back to school wish list are these personalized pencils. When I was at school (and now I am at work for that matter,) my pencils and pens were always going missing. It’s the curse of having a lot of stationery the same I guess.
These particular pencils are from Pink Biscuits (via Not On The High Street.)
You can have quotes engraved on them or names or messages (I have some with Novel Kicks on them.)
They are natural wooden pencils with a rubber on the top and they come in a little gift bag too.
(Available via Not On The Highstreet starting at £8.45: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/pinkbiscuits
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