A few days ago on Twitter, I jokingly said that I wanted to set up a blog purely dedicated to stationery, binding quality and paper GSM. Much to my surprise, it got a great response which inspired me to write this post. When I say I love stationery, I mean, I really love stationery. It's something that I'm incredibly passionate about and it goes further than a pretty design. The quality of the binding and the paper weight are pretty important when it comes to a good functional notepad. As I know I'm not the only stationery enthusiast out there I've rounded up my favourite brands to share with you today.
I discovered RPC around 3 years ago and I've not looked back since. I'm beginning to think I should write a disclaimer in my Instagram bio that the notebook in the image is more than likely from them. Anna & Nathan Bond's illustrations are absolutely stunning and their products are often pieces of art. From their phone cases to list pads I've never had a bad experience with anything that I've purchased from Rifle Paper Co. For the quality and sheer beauty of the products I don't find them overly expensive. Obviously, if you're able to pick them up in the US they are incredibly affordable but in the UK, the prices are raised slightly. I'm often asked where I find my RPC products and I usually pick them from Fox & Star and Papermash.
This beautiful Swedish brand has been on my radar for years. I've always admired them from afar but a couple of their journals came into my life recently and I'm completely smitten. The quality is like nothing else I own, I'm going to make a bold claim here and say they're better than Moleskine. Of course, this is reflected in the price as they are a little more expensive. The paper weight is thick and weighty, you can write with a Sharpie and not worry about it transferring to other side which is a bug bear of mine when it comes to cheaper stationery. I'm currently using the Mindfulness Journal* and the Life Journal*. I absolutely adore the graphic elements to the notepads and the sweet little quotes that are nestled inside the pages. If you're looking to spoil someone with a new journal I can't recommend Kikki.K enough.
An old classic that I return to time and time again is Muji. I love absolutely everything that they sell from their bedding to their pens. Infact their 0.7 gel pens are possibly my all time favourite writing tool, bold claim, I know. Their stationery line offers pretty much everything you could ever need and is incredibly budget friendly. Their A3 books are what I've kept my track of my finances for years and have always done me well. Normally thin paper notepads are held together with a staple which isn't sturdy enough for frequent use. But these are stitched which improves the quality ten fold.
I feel that this brand often gets pushed to the side. In terms of design, it's quite similar to Moleskine. Don't get me wrong I've used and loved Moleskine for years but I don't believe they're the best brand out there. My 2015 diary came from Leuchtturm 1917 and I was so happy with the quality, even with everyday use and being thrown in a bag on a regular basis it never showed wear or tear. The only slight downside is the colour of the paper, it's ivory which when you're a lover of a gold pen for your headings it can easily become lost. Many of their products are unlined which is off-putting upon first glance but they come with a handy line guide to keep your writing in check.