In my lifetime, I wrote with many pens. From the ordinary Bic ballpoint to the more luxurious fountain-pen. In school we used the latter, in highschool we switched to the ballpoints (or whatever you found most comfortable). Some of my classmates wrote with colored gellpens. I preferred the fountain-pen (love-hate relationship, because of inkt leaking), but last year I finally found the perfect pen: Uni-Ball Gel Impact Broad 1.0 Rollerball Pen. It is a mouthfull, but believe me: this is not a pretentious pen. I borrowed this pen from a co-worker and was hooked.
This pen needs no pressure (in contrast to the ballpoint, which I never liked), flows on paper and releases just the write amount of inkt. It makes my handwriting really pretty & I love it. Sadly it is nowhere to be found in the local stores here, not even in the big department stores. They come in red, blue & black (I love black the most, but also have used the blue one). It can be ordered online, but only in bulk. And as much as I love it, I’m not spending hundreds of dollars on a lot of pens. So I bought mine on E-bay. It was about $4. I am not sure if it is refillable, I have to look into that.
If you are still looking for the one, you might want to give this pen a try. Because this pen is a little hard to get your hands on, try your local paperstores first, before turning to eBay. Do you have a favorite pen? And if so, which one is it?
New love! Petite Paperie is one of my favorite Etsy stores. Why? Well, because it is vintage. And simple. And not to expensive. And they ship fast. A whole sheet of 12 stickers for only $1,50! I ordered here some time ago & ofcourse couldn’t control myself. I got peacocks, camels, palmtrees, anchors, foxes and compasses. I love the design, they can be used as sealing stickers for envelopes, but also on letters or glass bottles. Cover them with some Modge Podge & you are good to go.
They don’t just sell stickers, they sell a whole bunch of paper-related awesomeness! Tags, cards, stationary and also digital downloads! Because the design is so simple, it will go with everything, no matter how colorfull your snailmail is.
Here are some of my favorite items from Petite Paperie, have a look & go visit them!
I wasn’t too enthusiastic about digital downloads at first. I mean, what do you do? Who has all different types and sizes of printing paper or cardstock? And how many of you have a good quality printer? And do you have the time to cut out 12 home printed tags? Not me.
But when I needed business cards for my webshop, I had no choice. I designed the card on a business card template I found online, put it on a USB stick and visited my local printing company. Two days later, they where ready to be picked up. I loved it. I imagined I could get almost everything printed. And it would be good quality. You just have to know what you want.
One of my great loves are old vintage maps (circa 1800) & I found a lot of them on Etsy. They are digital downloads, so no shipping costs. But, as you know me, I like things cheap. If they have digital images of old maps, there needs to be more out there. For free, ofcourse. So I browsed the entire afternoon & barely scratched the surface of libraries filled with high resolution scans and images of old books (I am talking really old here, 1500-1900 era). And the best part: they are all free.
Download some of these awesome scans, take them to your local printing company (if you plan on adding these to snailmail, just let them print your scans double), thrift for old photoframes and you have some really nice wall deco for just $3 or $4…
Some of the images have a lot of color, so I simply muted them in Photoshop to my own liking. Open the image, go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. Then go to Edit > Fade and slide untill you are happy. Save!
Grab some tea & let these old images take you back. Way back…
All above images (& many, many more) are free to download here: link
Like many of you, I like to splurge on stationary. Stickers, stamps, deco tape, washi tape, envelopes… I really have to controll myself. As I would like a lot of stationary on the cheap, I tend to stear away from most Dutch stationary webshops (it is often a little bit more expensive, but you receive it the next day) & browse Etsy first. When I find something I like, I check the price on shipping. Everything over $4 is too expensive for me, since I’ll probably only order a sheet of stickers. Unless it’s a stamp, but as we all know: stamps are forever, stickers are not (when it comes to snailmailing).
So my quest continues to Ebay. I ordered there a couple of years ago, but it turned sour when Etsy showed up. Now I go back and try to find stationary for a reasonable price. Just hit “Buy it now” if you are not into bidding, like me. You will be amazed! Usely shipping is very low and most of the time even free. You can find all kinds of lovely vintage stationary, stickers, postcards..
Here are 11 of the items on my watchlist, items you will probably also find on Etsy or any other stationary webshop, as they are resellers. I have yet to find the source of all this magic, but when the day comes, I will be sure to notify you. Get your paypal accounts out & have a look…
Travel Clear Stamps Anchor, Ship, Compass (a lot of stamps!) for $3,99 (link)
Alice in Wonderland postcards & envelopes (60 cards! 60!) for $12,34 (link)
Antique quill & ink set (awesome, right?) for $13,99 (link)
Old stamp stickers (153 in total!) for $16,99 (free shipping) (link)
Sealing stickers (real cute, 5 sheets) for $3,12 (link)
Paris cards & envelope set (56 cards, 36 envelopes) $12,34 (link)
Deco stickers (24 sheets) for $9,99 (free shipping) (link)
Around the world clear stamp stickers (6 sheets) for $3,49 (link)
Anchor stamp (I saw them on Etsy for $11…) for $2,54 (link)
7 Gypsies Apothecary label stickers (2 sheets) for $1,95 (link)
Alice in Wonderland stationary (writing paper, envelopes & stickers) for $3,32 (link)