Today marks the start of the second academic year since I graduated from college, and man: it still feels so weird that I’m not going “back to school” with everyone else! Though I may now delight in inhabiting a world that’s free from class schedules, homework, and academic advisors, I’ll still find every excuse to go supplies-shopping at the start of the term.
Hey, if I’m spending eight hours at a desk all day, I’m even more in need of cute pens, planners, and stationery, right?
This adorable pink-and-gold organizer caught my eye in the midst of a great hoard of on-sale desk supplies. I’ve used it here to show off my new army of glittery pencils, but in practice, I think it will be perfect for holding my notebooks, planner, and important papers (including the translation of an ancient Assyrian text that I always seem to misplace just when I need it!).
I’m categorizing this new washi tape collection as “office supplies” because I use it to brighten up my planner–nothing makes scheduling class visits and group tours more fun than a little bit of cheerful color!
Of course, it will also play a large role in any mail art that I send out in the near future. I think the gold washi tape will be the perfect complement to the beautiful monarch butterfly stationery that a pen pal sent to me a few weeks ago.
Speaking of color, how could I resist an incredible Michaels sale on a 20-pack of gel pens? No more boring black ink for you, pen pals!
It’s no secret that my current favorite design aesthetic involves messy, handwritten script typefaces paired with minimalist backgrounds. This box of sixteen girl-power themed notecards was a steal at $4, and the envelopes are perfectly sized to fit long letters and little gifts.
With my new need to cat-proof my craft table, I had to acquire a second set of drawers in which to store my stationery treasures: and this four-drawer organizer ($4!) is the best way of hiding anything from eager paws.
Collecting stationery and planner supplies might sound silly, but having cute, colorful things with which to write and organize really improves my mood at work, and makes me more productive. To those of you who also work full-time–how do you decorate your desks? Can washi tape and bullet journals bring more joy to a 9-5 routine? I’d love to hear from you!