Welcome back to Stationery Love – the series where people share their love of all things stationery with us.
My guest today, Jo Lambert, has featured a few times on Jera’s Jamboree over the past few years. I enjoy reading the stories that Jo creates. There’s always a character that makes your blood boil with plenty of conflict and drama.
Today you’ll be finding out what Jo looks for when purchasing stationery, her earliest stationery memory and you’re going to love feasting your eyes on her stationery stash 🙂
Welcome to Stationery Love.
What is your earliest stationery-related memory?
I’m not sure a toy typewriter qualifies as stationery but as a child I have memories of setting up my own ‘office’ behind a chair in the lounge. I’m not sure what else was there – a pot with pencils in and a pad maybe? But definitely a typewriter like the one pictured.
What do you look for when purchasing stationery Jo?
It depends what I’m buying. If it’s a notebook I like something different – colourful and quirky. Or something unusual like this green paper rest.
Pens are another ‘must have’ but it’s down to the way they write not just how they look. I don’t like biros, it always has to be rollerball. It’s so much smoother – and no smaller than 0.7mm otherwise my writing can look spidery!
How often do you make a purchase?
All the time. If I’m near a stationery shop it’s a bit like iron filings to a magnet. Even if I don’t want anything I simply have to go in. I take my time browsing and more often than not come out with something, even if it’s only a pen.
Pilot and Pentel are my favourites although I do own three Cross roller balls.
Having a browse is also a good opportunity to discover new products as they come onto the market.
I know you’re eager to show us some of your notebooks from your collection Jo 🙂
I have over 40 notebooks. They range from A4 to A6 in all styles and sizes. The pull to buy is always there. I walk into stationers, I see something I like and I buy; simple as that. It’s pure addiction on my part. I’m sharing photos of some of my favourites.
- This grey A6 notebook with London landmarks on was, in fact bought in Paperchase in Liverpool earlier this year. I use it for making notes when I’m reviewing.
- ‘Passion for Life’ and ‘Tickets Getaway’ I purchased in Paperchase, Bath back in the summer.
- The Fox I bought in a small gift shop in Fowey, Cornwall. So beautiful I will never use it.
- ‘Thoughts’ – well I’ve had that for ages and can’t remember where I purchased it. Again it’s a keeper and not to be used.
- And last but not least, The Hound of the Baskervilles which I bought on a trip to Harrods a couple of years ago.
Ah but that’s not finally Jo is it …
Jo sent me a photo of one of her recent buys too. You can always tell who is an addict can’t you 🙂
What colour ink do you use the most Jo?
Green. I’ve always been drawn to all things green maybe because Emerald is my birthstone. I tend to do edits in green rather than red, although if I’m signing a birthday card or sending out a notelet I revert to a traditional blue or black.
Paper or electronic diary?
I use both. For my personal day to day stuff I currently have a 2016/17 diary. For writing, blogging and reviewing I use a Google electronic calendar. This is linked to my phone and gives me regular reminders which is really useful.
Finally Jo, “the real thing” (ie Moleskine) or an alternative?
I have both Moleskine and Leuchttrum notebooks in my collection but find Rymans do a good alternative for a fraction of the price. I absolutely love the little sticky tabs that come with Moleskine diaries. See the cute little hair dryers on the red sheet so you can mark hair appointments!
Thank you for being my guest on Stationery Love today Jo.
Born and raised in rural Wiltshire, Jo Lambert grew up with a love of books and a vivid imagination. As a child she enjoyed creating her own adventure stories similar to Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. Writing always stayed with her, but college, work and eventually marriage found it was kept very much in the background. However in 2009 she finally had her first novel – When Tomorrow Comes – published. Three other connected books – Love Lies and
Promises, The Ghost of You and Me and Between Today and Yesterday followed. They became collectively known as the Little Court Series.
In 2013 she decided to give up full time work to concentrate fully on her writing. Two other books have been written since – The Other Side of Morning which is the final book of the Little Court Series and Summer Moved On, a love story set in South Devon. Jo is about to publish, Watercolours in the Rain, and plans to begin work on her new book in early November 2016. She describes her writing style as drama driven romance.
Jo is married and lives in a village on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT. She loves travel, red wine, rock music and has a passion for dark chocolate…
*links below are affiliate links which means I earn a small commission if you purchase using a link. The price you pay will be the same. By using the affiliate links you are helping to support future giveaway’s on Jera’s Jamboree.
Pilot Pens from £3.99 Amazon
Pentel Pens from £3.79 Amazon
Cross Roller Ball Pens from £25 Amazon
Notebooks from £2.50 Paperchase
Green ink pens from £0.69 Ryman
Moleskine notebooks and journals from £6 Paperchase
Ryman notebooks and journals from £5.99
Jo is my first guest for May … a new month a new giveaway on Stationery Love!
You may remember me spotlighting Pukka Pad last year and how the limited edition Colour In Project Book caught my eye. This month I have one to giveaway but that’s not all, as a bundle I’m also giving away the Maped 33 piece adult colouring set.
In the colouring set:
- 10 Graph’Peps Fine Nib Pens
- 12 Duo Colouring Pencils
- 10 Brush Pens
- Single Hole Pencil Sharpener
The giveaway is for UK/ROI residents. Entry via the Rafflecopter below but please read the Terms and Conditions before entering.