I love stationery, always have. Initially, I began with just cards – birthday cards, the just because funny Hallmark cards, Christmas cards. Then I began a love affair with stationery sets – pretty matching paper and envelopes, most often with some kind of floral motif.

When the rubber stamping craze hit I spent hours making my own stationery and cards. That phase faded but I still have dozens of House-Mouse stamps, Peanuts Gang stamps , a beloved Mr. Spock. I keep stamps with favorite quotes such as “Dear Lord, please put your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth” on the windowsill above my kitchen sink. They never grow old and they add a bit of whimsy to the boring task of dealing with the dishes. I use others as little decorations on shelves throughout the house.

I also used them (for a short time) in scrapbooking. Long term I found this particular hobby too time consuming but for a paper lover, this pass time was a dream come true. Fantastic stickers, colorful cutouts, gorgeous background pages – for me, every page was a new adventure in decadence. I’ve kept some supplies just to play with.

Even though I don’t make my own stationery anymore, I still love the stuff. It is hard to find the boxed sets of letter size stationery and envelopes now so I have switched to collecting note cards. I love the variety of designs a local book store carries and it is always fun to send them to someone I am thinking of. Since I often think of these people in the middle of the night, I am sure they appreciate the note rather than receiving a call! And the note cards are the perfect size for sending a simple, heartfelt and blessedly short message.

Because I am a girl who loves whimsy, I am not quite suited for the fine stationery available at Smythson of Bond Street. The fun note pads that Colorful Images sells are more my style. I dream of someday visiting a shop such as Marie Papier in France, who carries, according to rumor, amazing stationary.

So what about you, do you like to play with paper? If so, what kind do you like?

– Maggie AAR

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I've been an avid reader since 2nd grade and discovered romance when my cousin lent me Lord of La Pampa by Kay Thorpe in 7th grade. I currently read approximately 150 books a year, comprised of a mix of Young Adult, romance, mystery, women's fiction, and science fiction/fantasy.