For a bit now I’ve been thinking of creating a stationery basket. Writing. With pen and paper. A letter mailed, and received.
Now, don’t misunderstand – I enjoy email. I do. And I have no intention of ceasing my email communications! Sometimes, a quick emailed note is just the thing! But that doesn’t mean I can’t also take time to be thoughtful in chosen words and send a lovely handwritten note.
And penmanship. sigh. How my penmanship has eroded over the years. I simply do.not.take.the.time. But I could.
And, I confess, some of my motivation is purely visual. I miss pretty paper. And pens. 🙂 Ok. It’s really ALL about the pretty paper and pens. LOL!
So, I decided to build a simple stationery basket, one in which I could gather all my letter writing supplies so that everything needed is right at my fingertips. And here is the result….
Pretty, no? Tangerine and Turquoise. It’s a terribly cheery combination.
The large oilcloth envelopes that stand up in back (there are two of them) are so useful. One contains a nice collection of blank note cards I have, and the other holds several different types of full size stationery, of which a set of Marjolein Bastin stationery is prized. I like how they don’t need to be removed at all from the basket – I just unzip and remove what I need.
The smaller oilcloth envelopes toward the front of the basket are nice for containing smaller collections of note cards…
…like this birthday box set from Saints Galore.
And I’m just swooning over pretty tapes. I’ve been using them EVERYWHERE! I was initially concerned that their sticky-value (is that an actual technical evaluation term?) would not be good. I thought they’d just peel up anywhere I put them. Nope. They have a great *grab* on this oilcloth, and I’ve put some on shelves, under labels, on clipboards. Lots of places. They stick very well! And they’re not too sticky – easy to remove when needed. They’re oh-so-pretty on gift wrapping projects using simple butcher paper. When I saw them, I instantly wondered how’d they do as a backing for a label. I think the fun colors add a little punch to the tangerine oilcloth envelopes.
Yes. I know the amount of tape sticking out from behind the label is random. No. I don’t mind.
- The first four small oilcloth envelopes are from Sarah Jane’s. I wanted to sew my own, but oilcloth is so expensive and I couldn’t find the pretty patterns I liked for reasonable prices. Each envelope is backed in coordinating orange and white gingham and has a flap that closes with velcro.
- The two large oilcloth zipper pouches are also from Sarah Jane’s. Very handy and useful! The zipper opening makes accessing the contents of these pouches easy. These also have a coordinating gingham print on the inside.
- The two white envelopes behind the oilcloth pouches are actually tyvek envelopes. Initially I planned on using all tyvek envelopes, but I found I needed something that would hold/expand a little more to contain larger collections. I love tyvek for its durability though! You can find tyvek envelopes online as well as at office supply stores.
- The clipboard came from an etsy store I love – box64studios. Who doesn’t love etsy? What can’t you find there? I got swept up last night just searching through all the pretty things I found after a simple search on “robin’s egg blue.”
- The labels came from my brother p-touch 1290 labelmaker.
- The turquoise masking tape also came from an etsy shop.
- The pens are from this Pilot Precise collection.
- The basket that holds it all – a Peterboro of course!
- Saints Galore Catholic Publishing
- Trademark Stationery
- Alice Cantrell has made a number of her works available for free! Click over and download a few for yourself! We love the Blue and White tea notes, the Valentine cards, and the spiritual bouquet cards. Thanks, Alice!!
- Hallmark – Marjolein Bastin
- various random collections of note cards
Ideas for gathering your own stationery collection:
Many of the items for my stationery basket I already had here, although I did splurge on a few items using Christmas money. As I was putting it together I had a few other ideas for making a stationery collection that I thought I’d share.
- Decide on a container for your stationery – a nice large basket from a thrift store works well and so do those photo boxes you can find from the craft store. You might have a wooden fruit crate around that would make an ideal stationery collection container. Another idea is to use a sturdy cardboard box and just cover it with pretty gift wrapping paper. Use Mod Podge to add some durability to the wrapping paper on the outside.
- Contain your collection of cards and stationery – You can make your own pretty envelopes using cardstock and pretty paper you have on hand. You could also just take simple large paper envelopes (mailing envelopes would be a good size) and add a touch of pretty paper to the center along with a label.
- Find a nice pen that you enjoy writing with and include it in your container. Forbid, under penalty of lifetime dish-duty, the removal or use of that pen by any member of the family other than yourself.
- Include a clipboard or another writing surface with your collection. It’s super helpful if everything you need is right there and you can just walk to the couch or the kitchen table with your collection and everything needed is there.
- Keep your addresses nearby. I have my address book on my laptop, but if yours is in an index card file or an address book, include that in your container.
Happy hand-written-note-writing everyone!!