Paper Potential

I am a stationery nerd. I love paper and pens and office supplies of all kinds. I used to have a stationery set of my own when I was little and I would write letters to my friends and they would write me back – sometimes there would be a puffy sticker included if we were extra-good friends. I don’t remember exactly what my stationery looked like, but I have a feeling it was something sweet and girly – probably something with strawberries. Remember those boxed sets with the satin ribbon? Man, I loved those.

Why don’t we write letters anymore? Oh right…email. And texting.

That sucks. :/

Anyway, my love of paper is now channeled into notebooks. Lined notebooks give me a thrill – something about a blank journal feels like it holds all the potential in the world. What could I use it for? What kinds of things could I write in it? What secrets will it hold??? COULD BE ANYTHING.

Proof of my addiction.

I carry these notebooks around with me everywhere. They live in  a sturdy tote bag that stays in my car so that I can always access my notebooks if I need one whether I’m at work or at home. Two of the above notebooks are blank, but all of the others serve a specific purpose. One is used for my session with Emily Roberts, one is used for assignments from Emily, another is just for food journaling (which I don’t really do anymore, but I carry it around with me because…well I don’t know why, it just goes along with all the other notebooks), the pink one on the bottom is mainly a gratitude journal, and the red one I use to go along with this book. The black and teal are the blank ones – I’m saving them for a special purpose, which I don’t know yet, but I’m sure I’ll need them eventually. Those 4 in the bottom of the picture…I picked those up at Dollar General for $3 a piece. I LOVE THEM.

I’ve been using notebooks like this since my son was born 21 years ago. I used a hard backed, spiral bound notebook to write down questions I wanted to ask my OBGYN, and then later used it to record feeding times, questions for a new babysitter, then I just used it to make to do lists or grocery lists. It became the place I wrote down all the things I needed to remember. I still have that notebook and love looking back at it from time to time.

Oddly enough, I’ve never really used my notebooks as a day to day journal. Mainly my notebooks are filled with reminders or recipes, or blog post ideas. I will sometimes use my phone to remind me of appointments and such, but I think with my pen – I can remember things better when I physically write them down.

So even though we are living in a digital age, I will continue with my love of paper and pen. I may even bust out some stationery and write an actual letter sometime soon. Anyone need a penpal? 🙂

8 thoughts on “Paper Potential

  1. I feel ya! My coworker thinks I’m a paper nerd bc I know so much about weight, brightness and textures of available paper to print on. I will never give up my hands-on, list making, history keeping, success recording day planner (new fav is Me & my Big Ideas Create 365, can get at Micharls). I remember my shock of having my senior high youth group write themselves a letter on mission trip about 12 years ago…MAYBE 2 out of 15 knew how to self- address an envelope! I can only imagine that number would be zero today. Love ya let CE your blogs! Would love to see you!

  2. I love stationery and office supplies, too! Nothing excites me more than getting free pen samples at work! I still like to write letters but don’t do it nearly as often as I should.

    1. Laughing because I LOVE getting those free pen samples!!! My boss always hands them off to me because he knows I can’t resist a free pen. 🙂

  3. I remember those stationery sets! They came in good boxes, many times with lined envelopes and seals. Loved them. I don’t do notebooks, but I do love me a good 6×9 white lined notepad, which I buy by the dozen. And a rainbow of colors of felt-tipped pens. I makes lists, and that makes me happy. Your notebooks are pretty and for someone who loves them so much, I admire your restraint in only having that many, LOL!

    1. I love felt tip pens! And I have to tell myself a firm NO every time I go to the store otherwise I would have a ton of note books. Doesn’t stop me from looking longingly though. 🙂

  4. I just recently starting to write to my cousin once a week. We did this as kids but what started as sending a card now results in weekly letters. I love it. I get to pick cards from art shows, stores & especially the Dollar Store where you get 2 for dollars! It keeps us close even though we live in separate states.

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