Like every writer I know I have an addiction to stationery and I cannot – simply cannot – resist the lure of a pretty notebook. It's more than their aesthetic loveliness, of course; it's the promise that they hold. 'Take me home,' they whisper, 'fill my pages with thoughts and dreams and I will fulfill them all'. Or is that just me? Ah-hem.
1.This raspberry wrap journal looks
utterly strokable. The cover is soft (real) leather and inside are 198 plain cream
pages. There is a leather tie closure and it costs £22 from Oh So Cherished.
2. Esmie notebooks. Esmie stands for ‘Elegant Stationery Made
In England’, which seems pretty apt. These notebooks are handstitched and glued to a hardback cover and
covered with Japanese-style silk screened paper. The prices start at £11.95 for the smallest size and are available from The Paperie.
3. Daisy blue journals by Paper High. These pleasingly-chunky notebooks are Fair
Trade and made with khadda paper pages (acid-free, made from recycled cotton).
Extra large is 21cm by 13.5cm and costs £17.95, the smaller size (15.5cm by
11cm) is £11.95.
4. I'm a huge fan of Liberty (my best friend and I refer to the shop in London as 'the mothership') so this Liberty floral notebook is something of a no-brainer. It's A5, has a ribbon tie closure and costs just £10 from John Lewis.
5. I own several Paper Blanks notebooks (including this one, actually); they're good quality, the paper inside is a nice weight and texture, and I adore the little magnetic closures. This one is a useful size (18 x 23cm) and has a stitched binding that allows the book to lie completely flat when open. The Tiffany Magnolia design on the front cover has an embossed, glossy finish and is truly beautiful. You can get it for £19.99 from Artyfect.