Can I have stationery as my love language? I have been a stationery lover ever since I was little. I remember the lead up to Christmas I would sit and circle all the Crayola products in the Argos catalogue and stick them to my list.
I am not sure where my love of stationery comes from, other than my mum loves crafting and stationery and my dad manage a well known stationery shop for over 20 years. So maybe inherited it and grew up around it. But growing up my love for stationery has grown with me. It brings me a lot of joy and gives me that creative outlet whether that’s: bullet journaling, journaling, scrapbooking or creating art journal pages.
When it comes to stationery it can evoke a variety of emotions. A new notebook can bring you happiness or excitement about starting a new notebook. However, being a stationery addict can cause frustration and there are some annoying struggles that come with being a stationery addict.
There are some struggles of a stationery addict, can you relate to any of these?
You spend time writing or designing something in your notebook or journal and then it smudges, is so disheartening. I have spent time designing bullet journal spreads and if I use fineliners, I have had the dreaded smudge happen. It is so frustrating, so thank goodness for washi tape and stickers to cover up the mistakes.
2. Ink smudges on highlighters
Using a highlighter is great for checking tasks off a list, to use in a bullet journal weekly spread and I will be using them whilst I study. But, do you find it annoying when you highlight writing and you are left with ink marks. It is so annoying!
3. You buy a new notebook and now it is ‘too pretty’ to use
I have brought A LOT of notebooks over the years and I still have 2 beautiful black glitter B5 notebooks from Paperchase. I have had them since 2019 and I haven’t written in them. I know it sounds crazy, but I think they are so pretty that I need them for a good project. I might use them for when I start university in September.
4. Find a great notebook but the paper quality is horrible
I love going stationery shopping, finding new notebooks and pens. However, it is so frustrating when you find a pretty notebook cover/design but you open it to find the paper quality is terrible. Whether the paper is that ivory yellow stain (which I hate) or the paper is so wafer thin, it will cause heaving ghosting or pen bleeding. It’s a no from me!
5. Buying stationery gifts for others, so you end up with double
I have a few people in my life who have a love of stationery and crafting, so I always have a lot of fun buying stationery related gifts. However, I have done this on so many occasions, I find a great gift idea and then I buy double because I want it as well.
6. Social media makes me buy it
I can be scrolling on social media and see someone’s stationery product/collection and then immediately try and find and buy it. But it is so frustrating when you do buy it as you are spending more money, but it is even more frustrating when you can’t find the same products to buy.
On Instagram in particular there is a great stationery, bullet journaling, journaling, crafting community. So, my feed is always filled with this content, which means I end up wanting all of the supplies. I hate it when I can’t find or get the products, I don’t like the feeling of missing out.
7. Ghosting and pen bleeding
Writing on low grade GSM can cause a variety of pens to either ghost or bleed through the pages, which I think it makes my pages look messy! Some people like the used look and feel but, when using a bullet journal I prefer a higher page GSM. Any pages higher than 100 GSM are best for little to no ghosting or bleeding.
8. Buy new notebooks even when you already have plenty
Do you find yourself buying a new notebook that catches your eye, even though you know you have so many at home? Same. I can have the largest collection of notebooks and still find one I want to buy. Recently, I brought 3 new notebooks purely for the cover design and cover colour. However, for May until August I have put myself on a stationery ban. As in late August I will need to buy stationery supplies for when I start university in September, so I want to save some money.
9. Unsure what notebook to use
Do you have so many notebooks that when it comes to your next project you have no clue which one to pick? I have this same problem. I have a lot of notebooks and I do find it difficult to pick which notebook I want to use next. Yes, I am very aware this is a first world problem.
10. No space
Are you running out of space for all the new stationery you keep buying, as I can relate to this. I have now invested in a stationery cart that I ordered from Hobbycraft to store my growing collection of notebooks and supplies. In addition, I have brought acrylic storage draws to store my growing washi tape collection and my pen stash. Do you find you need more storage for your growing stationery collection?
11. Notebooks that don’t lie flat
I love the look of a notebook, but then I open it up to find the binding means it doesn’t life flat. I hate this about notebooks and I can never understand how people can write on pages that do not life flat. Having notebooks that lie flat makes it easier and more comfortable to write in.
12. Supplies cost too much to ship
In the UK there are stationery, planning and crafting shops. However, the United States for example have so many more stores and brands for planning and stationery supplies. But, what is SO frustrating to me is that the shipping of the amazing stationery and planning supplies are so expensive and often are more expensive than the products I want to buy in the first place.
These are just some of the struggles that can come with being a lover of stationery or a stationery addict. Can you relate to any of these struggles? What struggles do you find? I’d love to hear in the comments.