Every now and again I have a big stationery splurge and I buy loads of notebooks, pens, and random little things for my desk. Much has been written about the strange rise of the stationery nerd and why we fetishize fountain pens, composition notebooks and washi tape, so I won’t add much to that debate other than to say that I enjoy the nostalgia and the sensory experience of writing and organising myself with a notebook. I don’t feel able to go to the shops without making a list first; I like to have a choice of pens on my desk; I am surrounded by helpful post-it notes.
To think that the post-it note may one day be a thing of the past! That a generation is growing up thinking in gifs. I imagine that they’re so used to typing on smart phones that their wrists are too weak to hold a pen and complete a side of A4!
Thankfully there are still places in the world knowledgeable in the ancient art of writing thank you cards. I came across Old English Company recently, who specialise in minimalist stationery and giftware – their designs are really cute and simple and all hand-lettered.
They have a beautiful collection of planners which have a really clean and simple design and lovely gold foil lettering on the cover. I love how helpful these planners are – the pages are presented as checklists so they’re awesome for making lists!
Old English Company are running a competition to win a set of their beautiful planners in honour of World Stationery Day on April 25th. All you have to do to enter to be in with a chance of winning 4 gorgeous planners is email your favourite item
of stationery to firstname.lastname@example.org The winner will be announced on April 26th.
I’m so impressed with the simple design and their range of products – notebooks, planners, art prints, cards, accessories, mugs – and they would all make fantastic gifts. After around a hour scrolling through the website, I’ve narrowed down my purchases to my absolute favourites, so here are my top picks:
Made using thick grey card and goil foil for the lettering. There is space inside to write the date on each page and the lines are designed as a checklist. There’s also a small section for notes at the bottom, so an all round essential tool for organisation.
Same design as the grey planner but in a lovely light pastel pink shade, perfect for spring!
I love literary prints and this would also make a great gift for my bookish friends. It would of course be a perfect Valentines day gift as well.
I just love these minimalist designs! The monstera leaf works perfectly in monochrome.