Addicted to Stationery

I tend to classify myself as a stationary collector. I have been fascinated with pens and paper, ever since I was a child. I used to beg my parents for the colourful erasers, holographic rulers, pencil boxes and what not. As I grew up, this interest did not die down and gravitated towards paper, ribbons, pens and other stuff. I cannot walk into a stationary store and not pick up something. Even if I manage to stick to my resolution of not buying, someone else buys it for me – such are my cravings.


I am old schooled when it comes to making lists or jotting notes or just my thoughts – so no smart phone apps for me. As a result, I tend to pick up diaries and journals from everywhere and most of these purchases are done on an impulse. Here is a pic of some of the new ones from my collection.


Colours is something which I can never have enough of and I tend to pick up coloured pens – gel pens, ball point pens, sketch pens – colour pencils, pastels and even coloured ink for my fountain pens. I recently picked up a pen which has 6 different colour refills in it and I can use any one colour at a given time – isn’t that cool.


Wrapping papers tend to send me into a tizzy. There are quite a few stationary stores and book shops nearby where I live and I tend to end up browsing there while doing my weekly grocery shopping. I find the best wrapping sheets in the small stationary shops in community centres where they will stock some really unusual ones. For the vintage and rustic ones, my favourite store is the Wishing Chair which has some gorgeous English prints. Oxford Book shop and cottage emporium have some brilliant collection of very India- kinda prints from autos to cows to temples.

My collection has some soft tissue papers, sparkly cloth like thick paper in gold and silver – these are my prized ones and I use them very sparingly. Have a look at the Christmas themed paper I picked up for wrapping up this year’s Xmas gifts.


I love ribbons and coloured tapes for making my gifts pretty. My recent addiction is paper tapes which I have started picking up from wherever I can find them.


Art fairs, flea markets, dastkari haats and of course bookstores are my treasured haunts for picking up book marks. I have some really unusual ones – magnetic ones, metal cutwork, paper cutwork, metal rings, clip-ons and the usual paper ones.

Fridge Magnets:

Not a single trip where I haven’t picked up a magnet for my refrigerator – its my marker for all the places I have been to. Now My friends have also started contributing to this and so I have their travel souvenirs as well to put up on my fridge. I either need a bigger fridge now or no more magnets – what say!?!

I also have some butterfly shaped punchers and paper clips in varied shapes and sizes which is quite a unique thingy I picked up from I don’t even remember now. I just have to find something pretty and quirky to be hooked enough to buy it – never mind the utility.

I know this is a life long addiction and one that will just not be weeded out of me anytime soon! Unless of course there is some AA forum for it somewhere ….. I would love to hear about your stationary collections and fetishes….

About the Guest blogger – Shalini Baisiwala 

Passionate about everything design, I am in love with photography, travel and baking. My writing journey was initiated with my letter writing hobby as a child and has metamorphosised into serious blogging. I indulge with reading fantasy fiction, day dreaming and sipping good wine.  I am pretty much a Social Butterfly and can be contacted at

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7 thoughts on “Addicted to Stationery

  • January 21, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    This is an absolutely enviable collection! So jealous of the lovely bookmarks and tapes! Great post Shalz!

  • January 14, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I love your collection! Thanks for sharing it.

    I have so many blank books, and so much washi tape, and so many pens. Most of them probably don’t even write anymore!

    BUT at least we’re addicted to office supplies and not something illegal, yes?

  • January 13, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    You sound so much like me. I am absolutely stationery nut… Books pen paper… Yeah even tissue paper… but your bookmark and magnet collection is to die for. I am in awe!wow!

  • January 13, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I have an obsession with stationery, there’s no denying that. I just love notepads, new pens, pretty stickers and everything else. I went a little crazy this time around, buying personalised pens and journals for myself. I do love overloading my desk with new stationery bits and bobs. I know that I don’t need that many post-its and colourful highlighters, but using them always fills me with joy. When I was a student there were two reasons why I wanted to go back to school : 1) Meeting with friends again. 2) New pencil case, new pens, new backpack, new booklets etc. I remember the excitement I felt while shopping new stuff. Actually it didn’t change much over the years; I’m still obsessed with all things stationery.
    Thank you Shalz for this wonderful guest post!!

  • January 13, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I have simply loved to do this post on one of my biggest Loves.
    NP – thanks for your words of praise! I love pens too! Your comment itself is so poetic my friend – you write very well.
    Kadambari – thank you and yeah I love my book marks; infact would you believe it, some are missing from the pic as they were in some of the books I was reading so……

  • January 12, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    This one is such a treat and what amazing bookmarks.. Loved to the core

  • January 12, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Hey Shalz, that is an amazing post. I love Pens!! There’s just something about looking at pens meticulously coded by color that makes you realize all is right with the world.Point me in the direction of the nearest pen aisle, and I’ll show you my next spontaneous vacay. Ah, the sweet (habitual) sound of a clicking pen — music to my ears.

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