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Lucy Corkhill

By Lucy Corkhill

27th April 2015

There’s nothing like a lovely bit of stationery to revive the desire to put pen to paper. Deliciously crisp writing paper, a good pen, lovely art supplies and a journal may seem like an archaic pleasure in our computer-driven times, but there’s something about the tangibility of these things that makes them special.

Lucy Corkhill

By Lucy Corkhill

27th April 2015

Lucy Corkhill

By Lucy Corkhill

27th April 2015

National Stationery Week is an annual event falling on 27 April – 3 May, supported by Royal Mail and the National Literary Trust. The aim is to get people writing, be it a letter to a loved one or a hand-written story. Why not treat yourself to a new bit of stationery this National Stationery Week and get scribbling!

Here are ten delicious pieces of stationery, either recycled or handmade, to get you inspired:

Foxglove small journal, £15, Folksy
This beautiful foxglove journal is designed by Clare Ashton. She hand-makes the felt in her studio in the Pennines from British Blue Faced Leicester wool and then screen prints this little fellow from her own drawings. The printed felt is then sewn onto an organic cotton lining.

Set of Six Love Birds Recycled Postcards, £5.95, Claryce Design
These lovely vintage postcards have a pretty spring feel to them and are part of Claryce Design’s 100% recycled stationery range. The postcards feature an old lithograph of a couple of love birds layered over the reverse of a vintage photograph.

Baby foot or hand print rubber stamp, £18, Folksy
A beautiful way to put your baby’s mark on a card or gift. A stamp of their foot or hand print which can be reused as many times as you’d like. Designed by Clare Freemantle, who can also add a name to the print if you’d like.

Personalised Seaside Letter Writing Set, £11.50, Green Gables
This letter writing set can be personalised with a name on the set’s front label and includes 16 sheets of A5 size writing paper (four sheets of four different seaside-themed designs, blank on the reverse), eight brown manila envelopes and 12 mini illustrated stickers, all packaged in a sturdy box envelope tied up with ribbon. Plus, the writing paper, envelopes and packaging are all made with recycled paper/card and the ribbon is biodegradable.

Recycled Pens, 60p, My Eco Store
Choose from recycled tyre pens, recycled denim pens, recycled newspaper pens, or even recycled money pens.

Twig Colouring Pencils, £2.50, My Eco Store
A bundle of 10 colouring pencils, crafted from the disgarded twigs from the production of some of My Eco Store’s furniture. The pencils are made by small, family run manufacturers and artisans in Thailand on a Fair Trade basis.

British Tits Writing Set, £8, Folksy
Designed by Kate Broughton, this gorgeous writing set features original illustrations of British tits. The set contains 4 pages of 100% recycled white writing paper, each with a different bird (crested tit, long tailed tit, bearded tit, blue tit). There are 4 plain 100% recycled brown envelopes and a set of 6 stickers to decorate with. The set comes in a cornstarch packet which is fully biodegradable and compostable.

Black Recycled Handwriting Pen, £1.75, Remarkable
Fibre tipped handwriting pen made from recycled UK plastic packaging containing water based black ink. The Pen is supplied in recycled and recyclable card packaging.

Beautiful Handmade Paper, Khadi Papers
Fifteen years ago Khadi Papers set up their own handmade paper mill in India with a partner, Vasudevan. Vasudevan was previously manager at the Handmade Paper Institute in Pune, a training institute for the whole of India, and knew plenty about making paper! Their beautiful paper comes in two ranges: rag papers are made from 100% cotton rag; Himalayan papers are made from the bark fibre of lokta (daphne bholua) or mitsumata (edgewothia papyrefera), native plants which grow at high altitude in the Himalayan forests and are a renewable resource. Beautiful coloured papers that are a real decadent pleasure to use.

Vintage Music Note Set, £3.50, Folksy
‘Love Music’ note set. Contains 4 x handmade/ upcycled envelopes made from 1958 vintage sheet music. Also 4 x note cards with a ‘heart’ punched out of each corner made from manila card. Perfect for that love letter across the waters, or a gift for someone special.

Books worth reading:
The Art of Letter Writing

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