Today Fiona Harper delves into the dark and murky world of her stationery obsession and tells us about an item that has become a must-have for her in recent months…
My name is Fiona Harper and I am a stationery addict.
Phew. I’ve said it. That makes me feel soooo much better. And I bet I’m not the only PHS member who gets a fluttery feeling inside every time she sees a shop display of pens, pads or coloured paper. There’s just something very exciting about all the possibilities that a brand new notebook presents, or the feel of a brand new pen gliding across the page. In the last year I have become addicted to a product that has just served to fuel my obsession. Come with me to the dark place… Go on. You know you want to.
My current stationery love (but beware, I can be very fickle if a new product and better product comes along) is my Moleskine notebooks. Not moleskin, the heavy cotton fabric with a short soft pile that farmers wear, but Moleskine. In the age of digital everythings, I have been seduced by a little black notebook with an elasticated strap. When you buy a new one, you get a lovely little leaflet inside, telling you this is the same kind of notebook used by Hemmingway, Picasso and Van Gogh for their artistic endeavours. With such a heritage of Moleskine users behind me, how can I fail to get inspired?
- Even the large notebook (around A5 size at 13 x 21 cm) is compact enough to fit into most of my handbags. And when that’s too big to squeeze into my tiniest bags, I have my pocket Moleskine (9 x 14 cm).
- The elastic band stops my pages being crushed and crumpled. I am a stationery purist. Cannot stand to abuse my notebooks – it’s almost as bad as having my felt-tip pens out of rainbow colour order!
- It has a lovely little pocket at the back to keep index cards or other scraps of info.
- It doesn’t try to close shut when I open it and lay it flat on a table. I have another notebook that does this and it drives me crazy. I get cramp in my fingers trying to press it open while I scribble…
I like the squared variety, rather than the lined ones. Somehow, I feel freer to scribble, draw charts and diagrams, even to doodle, on squared paper. I have quite small writing and the line spacing is comfortable and I can fit more words on each page - which for some unknown reason makes me feel more virtuous about my climbing word count.
I’m not the only one who’s nuts about these little books. There’s a blog called Molskinerie for Moleskine addicts, a myspace page, a facebook group, a flickr group…Have I got it bad if I'm seriously considering joining at least one of these? There's something wonderfully warming about knowing that my little notebook is snuggled down in my bag, waiting for the next flash of inspiration...or moment of madness.
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