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.

International Correspondence Writing Month 1

So two things happened today. 1) International Correspondence Writing Month started and 2) England were thrashed in the final of the tri-series competition by Australia, largely thanks to one of my favourite cricketers.

And as he’s recently signed to play with my favourite side and the best, (Yorkshire County Cricket Club, of course), I decided to write to him. It’s not going in the post right now, because he won’t be here for months, but it’s there and in my Filofax for the right date.

The card is a photo of Malham Cove, a very famous Yorkshire landmark. I hope he loves it here as much as I do.

New organiser unboxing

I finally got to go to Paperchase today, prompted by a discussion with The Well Appointed Desk, and picked up this beautiful little thing. I decided that an A5 and a personal is too much, but I did need something considerably smaller than my A5 to go in my smaller handbags. As a result, and because I had a lift to Leeds, I went and rescued this from the half price sale, and my personal is now on Ebay.