Another brand that’s let me down, and this time it’s stationery heaven: Paperchase.

20141225_154944Every stationery fan in the UK must love Paperchase. It’s a magical wonderland of shiny things, with really practical and functional items all in beautiful designs. They have to try really hard to put a foot wrong. Both of my organisers are from them, because their designs are nicer than Filofax, they’re the same sizes, and they’re a lot cheaper. This one is my A5, in the Vintage London design. I also have a notebook in the same design, waiting for the perfect project, and when I found them in the sale I picked up the box of post-it notes in the same design.

They’re so pretty, but they are also utterly useless. Sad, but apparently true. I’ve tried all the different sizes now, and I’ve had the same problem with all of them. The problem is that the sticky notes just aren’t sticky. Or they are, but on the top rather than the bottom. The glue is actually too sticky, so it stays behind on the next note, and there’s nothing there to adhere it to whatever you’re noting. You can see in the left hand photo how the note is curling up, and that’s right after I stuck it down.

Not a happy bunny. I’ll still shop there, but not for sticky notes.

Travel Journal

I’ve been loving Amelia Writers Here‘s posts on memory keeping and scrapbooking lately, and I remembered that I’ve done very little since last September, and the last really big project I did was my travel journal for South East Asia. For that trip I took with me an A4 journal from Robert Frederick (this one, and my Kingsley Buckingham. Halfway through the trip, I found several boxes of Pelikan Violet ink catridges very cheaply in Hanoi, so that was the ink from then on. Prior to that, I can’t remember at all. Continue reading


After so long championing Eccolo journals as the perfect one for me, it was bound to happen sooner or later. I picked up a new one to use as my job hunt journal, inked up my Buckingham with J Herbin’s cherry-scented red, put pen to paper, and watched the ink go fuzzy.

Clear bleed through from my Waterman and spidering from my Buckingham

Clear bleed through from my Waterman on the left hand page and spidering from my Buckingham on the right.

This is definitely not typical of my Eccolo experience. Last year I used a very similar journal for NaNoWriMo, and got two lines of writing to each printed line, with no feathering or bleed through at all. Maybe it’s because it’s a red ink, or because it’s one of the J Herbin ones. I doubt it, because the turquoise Pelikan has had the same issues, and last year it was too thick a line but stuck like glue to the page.

The one difference between this journal and last year’s is that this year the pages have printing on them. That camera is taking up valuable writing space, and a sign of even worse. I’ve checked my other Eccolo journals, all with lined pages and no decoration, and had no issues with them, so it seems to be just the new batch. Deeply disappointing, and makes it even harder to find them.