Struggles of a stationery addict

Being a stationery fan can make you experience different emotions. Happiness and excitement for a new notebook but it can cause frustration and sadness especially if a pen leaks all over your pencil case or you loose your favourite pen. I have put a list together of situations that are bound to irritate every stationery addict.

1. Spend ages writing or designing something and then it smudges.

2. Seeing someone’s notebook and then trying to find it to purchase and you can’t.

3. You find a pretty notebook in a shop, but then it has horrible quality paper inside.

4. When you are buying stationery gifts for others that you like and so you have to buy double (I did this when shopping for my collab with Hello Bexa’s where we did a stationery swap box).

5. When ink that seeps through to the next page of your notebook.

6. Can’t help but buy lovely notebooks even though you have loads of brand new notebooks already.

7. You have so many notebooks and you unsure which to use for the next project.

8. Buying a new notebook that is so pretty you do not want to write in it.

9. Getting pen smudges on your highlighter.

10. You struggle to find space for all the stationery you keep buying.

Are you a stationery lover? Can you relate to any of these struggles? I’d love to hear in the comments.

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73 comments

  1. Forestwood · April 12

    Defintely can relate. Journals are my favourite.

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    • bournemouthgirl · April 12

      Thank you! X

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      • Beth · April 12

        I can so relate to all of this! Having a bullet journal/study gram means I’m always seeing new stationery which I’m desperate for. Just recently, I’ve had to purchase more storage bc I’ve run out of room due to stationery!

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      • bournemouthgirl · April 14

        Yes! I have had to have a big sort out also and move around to be able to store more, I have just brought a desk too. So I have more places to store more stationery haha! Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  2. omg!! the same applies to me – for every point you mentioned. I LOVE pretty notebooks. I have so many that I have not even finished or started!! >.<

    Great post – thanks for sharing. We're all in this together!

    -Lena
    xx

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    • bournemouthgirl · April 12

      I have so many I haven’t started yet. And I have more coming. I am so excited for more. I have two giveaways coming up for stationery week, so look out for them too xx

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  3. madiiturvey · April 12

    I’m obsessed with buying pretty notebooks! I love the point where you mentioned the pretty outside but bad paper quality… so dang true, it’s the worst!
    Love this post, thanks! Xo

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    • bournemouthgirl · April 12

      It really is annoying isn’t it!! 🙈😩. Glad I’m not the only one who buys notebooks because they are pretty xx

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  4. Liz Brannan · April 12

    All of these are so true it’s unreal! I think my most hated one is getting ink on a highlighter 😩 I 100% have way too many notebooks/pens but I still buy more.. I just can’t help it 🤷🏼‍♀️
    Liz x

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  5. Liz · April 12

    Pretty covers on journals which sometimes may be pretty inside. But pretty covers enough. But thankfully, I can hold myself back. But it doesn’t mean the urge is still not there sometimes. 🙂

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  6. Lisa's Notebook · April 12

    This post made me giggle so much, Lauren! I can totally identify with 1, 4, 5 and 8. Especially number 8, I have wayyyyyyyyyyy too many notebooks that I just cannot bring myself to start using because they are too pretty to mess up! Great list 🙂 Lisa x

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    • bournemouthgirl · April 12

      I am so glad I am not the only one!! You just want them to stay clean and pretty with no mistakes 😂 thank you for reading and commenting x

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  7. believeinbumble · April 12

    I have never related so much to a post! It also made me laugh 😊 One I would add is when you buy cute post-it notes but they don’t stick well at all 🙁

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    • bournemouthgirl · April 14

      Aww thank you lovely, that’s so sweet of you to say! Oh no, I don’t think that has happened to me before, hopefully it doesn’t start 🤞🏻 but that would be really frustrating xx

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  8. Michelle · April 12

    I can so relate! Sometimes I’ve been so overwhelmed by all the choices that I leave the store without buying anything! 😀

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  9. Via Singh · April 13

    Oh yes Lauren. I can definitely relate to all of these. I have a few cute note books that I don’t want to write and struggle what to write. I also hate it when the ink seeps to the other page, it ruins all the effort of keeping the book neat. hehehe. 🙂

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

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  10. missviclb · April 13

    For some reason this post just made me want to go out and buy some more stationary. I might be obsessed too!

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  11. Chelc · April 13

    My biggest struggle is seeing someone use a notebook so creatively. I love getting new notebooks with the hope of creating something amazing but my artistic ability is limited.

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    • bournemouthgirl · April 14

      My artistic ability isn’t good either. I just keep practising and hope that I can make something look semi creative haha. I love having colourful pages too. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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    • bournemouthgirl · April 14

      Can you leave your blog link

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      • Chelc · April 14

        Oh sure!
        Mynameischelc.home.blog

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  12. Tara · April 13

    Nice Post! No 6 and 10 are becoming a bit of a problem for me. 😅

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  13. chantelle-jasmine · April 13

    I relate to this post so much!! It also made me have the urge to go out and buy yet more stationery! My struggle is that I always have this slight fear of messing up when I write on the first page of a notebook! Loved this post ❤
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    • bournemouthgirl · April 14

      Yes I hate making mistakes especially on the first page. Yes give in to the urge and buy more haha! ❤️

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  14. tuvazetterdahl · April 13

    Hahaha I think I’m a stationary addict as well, I paint and draw a lot so I love to find new cute notebooks and great pencils to sketch with etc. great post! xx

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  15. Off a Small Island · April 13

    5, 8 and definitely 9! I love my notebooks! I do wish I knew how to stop smudging things (left-handed person) and nothing worse than a stained highlighter!

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    • bournemouthgirl · April 14

      I am not left handed and smudge stuff sometimes it’s such a pet peeve of mine. Thank you for reading and commenting. It’s nice to know I am not the only stationery lover 👋🏻

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  16. I also love notebooks, and can’t resist buying lovely ones with flowers 🙂
    https://www.daisyandthyme.com/thyme-to-travel-daisycamera-sucre/

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  17. verilesr · April 14

    I can definitely relate! 🙈😃 Loved this post! x

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  18. Kim · April 14

    I can relate to all is these. Especially buying more notebooks when I already have brand new ones at home 😅 and getting pen on my highlighters!

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    • bournemouthgirl · April 14

      Yes I have just brought another 2 when I have lots haha! Thank you for reading and commenting

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  19. Claire · April 14

    I feel #5 deep in my very soul.

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  20. Daisy · April 14

    All of these!! Every single one! Haha! It’s a tough life being a stationery lover, isn’t it? Haha! One of mine is having to buy stickers or postcards to cover up any mistakes!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

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    • bournemouthgirl · April 14

      Stickers are a great way to cover mistakes! Thank you for reading and commenting! X

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      • Hilary Tan · 17 Days Ago

        Stickers and postcards/cards are what I spend the most money on. I keep my stationary in a plastic container and it’s starting to overflow 😅 Time for another box!

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      • bournemouthgirl · 12 Days Ago

        I have my tallboy drawers from ikea filled with things haha! I can’t help it, if it’s pretty I need it haha

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      • Hilary Tan · 12 Days Ago

        Can totally relate to the struggle haha 😂

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  21. alexajade · April 14

    I love this post! Im literally a stationaryaholic! Im always buying new bits 😀 can’t help myself! Lovely post.

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  22. The struggle is real! I have probably 30 pretty notebooks untouched because they are just soo pretty!!

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  23. Bexa · April 15

    I love this post so much, it made me smile – everything is so relatable and so true!! I have so many new notebooks but there is always space for more, right? Ha ha! I also had to treat myself when we did our box swap, I can never say no to cute stationery, especially when it comes to washi and postcards 😀 Oh my, ink smudging is the worst, I always feel nervous when I write on the first page of a brand new notebook, I always want it to be perfect! Thanks for sharing lovely, this post really brightened my afternoon, and I also want to go out and buy more pretty notebooks now, ha ha ❤ xxxx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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    • bournemouthgirl · April 21

      Aww glad you could relate and the post made you smile. I am so glad it’s not just me 😂. I am glad it brightened your afternoon and you definitely should but more pretty notebooks ❤️xxxx

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  24. Jodi Fisher · April 15

    Great post!

    I can totally relate to this, LoL. I have so many notebooks. If I see a notebook somewhere that I really like I’ll end up getting it, even though I definitely have enough notebooks at this point for a lifetime, LoL. Especially if I see anything Lisa Frank anywhere I’ll end up getting it because Lisa Frank will always be cool to me.

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  25. Samsmessydesk · April 17

    I can relate to this, especially the inability to stop buying note pads. I don’t even know how many I have 🤦🏻‍♀️

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  26. CoffeeMamma · April 21

    I can totally relate, for Christmas this past year I got a couple outfits but then the rest was all notebooks and stationery products. Where I’m from we have coles and indigo, not sure if they ship outside of Canada but their website is so good just for window shopping. They have the prettiest things 😍

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    • bournemouthgirl · April 21

      Oooo, I may have to look online! Notebooks are so pretty! Sounds like you had a great Christmas! Xx

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  27. Ruth · April 22

    I can relate to all of these! I HATE it when I see a lovely notebook and the paper feels horrible. Kind of ruins my day, to be honest :’) I’m so terrible for buying new notebooks when I already have plenty and I’m really running out of space for them now. I have a couple of drawers and a couple of boxes full – soon, they’re just going to be piled on my floor 😉

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    • bournemouthgirl · April 27

      Yeah I am the same, always buying more notebooks when I have enough already haha. Wow, it sounds like you have more than I do haha

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  28. Samantha · April 24

    I totally love cute stationery and think I’m semi-addicted!

    S .x https://samsramblings91.blogspot.com/2019/04/dating-trends-that-need-to-die-out-in.html

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  29. Tiffany Weiss · April 26

    So relatable!

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  30. Hilary Tan · 17 Days Ago

    I LOVE stationary and like to stock up on it when it’s on sale. I don’t use notebooks much so I try to limit how many I own lol

    Just bought some stickers today! Stickers are my weakness for sure, but I also like to stock up on cards too. I also stock up on pretty paper. Anything with glitter and cuteness. 😊🌺

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    • bournemouthgirl · 12 Days Ago

      Yeah stickers are great for decorating notebooks and planners! If you find my Notebook Haul post, you can see the black glitter notebooks I brought from paperchase I love them xx

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      • Hilary Tan · 12 Days Ago

        I’ll definitely check out your post! Those notebooks sound fancy 😌 Stickers are also great for decorating cards and envelopes – it really brings them to life!

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      • bournemouthgirl · 12 Days Ago

        Let me know what you think about them. X

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