Welcome back to Stationery Love – the series where people share their love of all things stationery with us.
My guest today is author, freelance writer and editor Tracey Sinclair (you might recognise Tracey from our interview in October last year). This lady has a seriously large stash of notebooks/journals 🙂
Welcome back to Jera’s Jamboree.
What is your earliest stationery-related memory?
One of my uncles had his own business and used to give me tons of notepads to use for my writing – I wrote stories from a very early age! I still have a weakness for those cheap lined A4 notepads to this day. (oh you’ve sparked a memory of my dad coming home with reams of unused paper – the paper with holes down each side – that I used to design clothes on!)
What do you look for when purchasing stationery Tracey?
It depends how I am going to use it. I like fancy or funky notebooks in all shades and varieties, but I am also a ridiculous stickler for the type of notebooks I use for my first drafts; they have to be narrow lined, they can’t be too small, they have to be soft-backed.
How often do you purchase stationery?
Too often! I’m trying to cut back. But I always buy notebooks when I am away – they are my favourite souvenirs. Luckily by now everyone knows I love them so I get a lot as presents.
What’s your favourite everyday stationery?
I like Muji lined notebooks, but my current favourite are metallic, narrow lined exercise books from Paperchase – a bargain at 3 quid each. A while back I thought they had been discontinued – I couldn’t find them in any stores – so when I stumbled across a stash in an out of the way shop I bought 20 of them! Luckily they seem to be back in stock now though – maybe after I made the sales surge ( 🙂 )
Now’s your chance to tell us about your “collection” of notebooks/pens/folders/binders etc.
I have an insane number of notebooks – ranging from more expensive Liberty, Christian Lacroix and Moleskine numbers to cheap little notebooks from Paperchase.
I don’t keep them once they are used, as I’d never have space – I have about 30 in current use (drafts for novels/plays in progress, journals) and about 40 blank ones waiting to be used.
What’s on your current wish list?
I’m quite geeky so I love anything with that flavour: the Harry Potter Moleskines, anything Star Wars themed. I also like anything metallic.
What luxury item would be on your stationery wish list if only you could afford it?
Smythson do a New York set and a Shakespeare set of embossed notebooks – if money was no option I’d buy the full sets!
Any favourite brands Tracey?
For everyday, Muji, Paperchase, Moleskine. For luxury, Christian Lacroix, Liberty, Smythson. But I also love notebooks from smaller, independent designers – some of my favourites have been gifts from friends who found something cute on Etsy! My diary absolutely has to be a soft backed large Moleskine week-a-page – I never use anything else.
What can’t you do without?
I always need a good notebook and a decent pen (I’m even more fussy about pens – they need to be uni-ball ink or gel.)
Have you ever bought personalised stationery? Good idea or bad?
I haven’t but I’ve had it bought for me, and I liked it! When my first novel was published one of my friends bought me an initialled Smythson and I treasured it.
I also did some personalised stationery as promo for one of my books and that was fun!
For fun, Tracey completed a quiz https://www.buzzfeed.com/benwhite/which-item-of-stationery-are-you:
I’m a pencil!
You are lighthearted, expressive, and really fun. You believe that being yourself is the most important thing in life, and you often encourage others to think the same. You are intelligent and focused but always willing to think out of the box and be more experimental. You can sometimes be a little too sensitive to others’ thoughts and opinions, but you’re always able to understand that everyone is different.
Thank you for sharing your addiction with us Tracey 🙂
Tracey Sinclair is an author and freelance editor and writer. Her books include the romcom The Bridesmaid Blues and the Dark Dates/Cassandra Bick series, the latest of which, Angel Falls, is out now.
*Some of the 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.
Muji Notebooks from £7.85 for a pack of 5 Amazon
Interesting facts: The pages of the Muji notebooks are resistant to ink seepage from highlighter pens and ballpoint pens. They’re produced from plantation trees grown specifically for paper.
Exercise books from £3 Paperchase
Liberty Notebooks from £10.39 Amazon
Christian Lacroix notebooks from £10.95 Amazon
Moleskine notebooks from £11.99 Waterstones
Star Wars stationery from £3.99 Ryman
Handmade notebooks from £2.99 Etsy
Smythson notebooks from £25
The giveaway for February continues : I’m offering the chance for one of my UK/ROI readers to experience the stationery goodies at Bureau Direct with a £15 voucher.
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