I am amazed at the number of stationery enthusiasts I have found while researching. There seems to be a genuine appreciation for all things surrounding the broad spectrum of stationery. There are collectors of pens who write detailed reviews, those who test the quality of paper, and those who buy wholesale products of well- known stationery manufacturers to sell themselves. Of course, there are those who produce hand-crafted stationery to sell on their website. * Stationery is a mass noun referring to commercially manufactured writing materials, including cut paper, envelopes, writing implements, continuous form paper and other office supplies. I was not aware of all that stationery encompasses. It is difficult to hone in on one aspect of such a large topic when all of it tickles my fancy.
Up until recently, I have been satisfied with collecting a few notebooks here and there, a planner every year and a few undated calendar books, along with a journal or two. Typing it out sounds a bit extreme but I can never have too many writing books. When it comes to good quality notebooks it seems I may late in the game but my theory has always been better late than never.
My taste in stationery has matured
My interest in this topic has become one of quality. I want to comprehend the terms that define stationery, test different qualities and blog my opinion. While I have researched, there is still plenty more for me to learn. I have ordered a few notorious notebooks to try and I await the arrivals. I am excited and have spent time and money to up my stationery game.
My first purchase on the search for supreme quality
I ordered a notebook from Clairefontaine, a French manufacturer. They are best known for making the first school notebooks in France. Clairefontaine is currently the only European manufacturer making its own papers for its products. They developed a ruling that is indicative of their brand called Seyes ruling or French ruling. The interesting format of the ruling intrigued me and the quality of this company’s paper is boasted about across stationery blogs worldwide. I can’t wait to receive it in the mail. I ordered it off Amazon because many stores in Europe were not shipping to the States. I paid a whopping $11 for shipping!
Paying such a shipping fee prompted me to shop local, in the United States. Before beginning this website I Googled hand-crafted stationery and a spotlight feature from Etsy had been written about my next notebook purchase, Write NotePads & Co. Located in Baltimore, Maryland this company has long been in the commercial bookbinding business. Three generations of men have owned and operated it toward success. The last of them being the son who had become bored with the business. After a trip to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas he took an idea home with him. Two years of planning and the company set out to Etsy to promote and sell their new product. They are committed to using recycled materials for less of an impact on the environment. I applaud such an endeavor and chose them as my second great quality purchase.
Wait with excitement
Now all there is left to do is wait for my brand new products to arrive. The waiting game is the worst but the anticipation of the products is worth it. I hope they live up to my expectations. Although I do not own or use fountain pens I do write with fine point sharpie pens that easily bleed through most paper. To say that I am excited is an understatement.
Have you used either of these brands of notebooks? If so, were they what you expected? Share your experience in the comments.
*definition from Wikipedia