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Thursday, 30 April 2015


Happy World Stationary Day everyone! Let's just take a moment to praise all things that are beautiful and amazing about stationary - colourful pencils, smooth gliding pens, bold and bright highlighters, scent gel pens we were all obsessed with as teenagers and beautiful, white crisp paper just ready and waiting to be written on (or drawn on and whatever else).

Since today is a day that kind of includes all types of stationary, I thought I'd do a little post of one of some things that tend to include the use of it all and that's creative and do-it-yourself books. I absolutely love how popular these books are nowadays, from books prompting you to fill in lists and lists of the most bonkers subjects, to the more creative ones that require you to get really artistic. 

The thing about these types of books are that everyone loves them. If you're really quirky like me, you'll adore them. If not? It's still a fun way for ANYONE to get more creative and think outside of the box. These are the types of books that don't require neat hand writing using your favourite pen (although if this is what you like to do then by all means go for it!) but they ask you to be a bit unconventional and use more then just colouring pencils and the like. Plus, they make excellent gifts too.

Here are some of my favourites, one or two which I already own and the rest being on my wishlist!

WRECK THIS JOURNAL (Keri Smith) is one of my all time favourites and is also the first 'creative' book I ever owned. It's not really a book to be honest - more so an art piece, by the time you're finished with it anyway. Prompts vary from creating a drawing by using pieces of your hair, to filling a page with simply good thoughts. I must admit, at first it's hard to get past the pressure of wanting to make something pretty and stunning but once you do, it's a hell of a lot of fun. The success of this book has lead to a few more 'sequels' being published - each one is entirely different, but continues with the same theme as the first - creating art out of destruction via prompts. It also wills you to use a wide variety of different tools to fill in the pages, from your dinner (yes, I know) to dirt. 

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A few of my 'Wreck This Journal' pages
MAP MY HEART: MY LOVE LIFE IN DOODLES (Dominic Evans) is a real fun way to get over a past relationship or just pay homeage to any relationships/dates in book form. I suppose it's also pretty ideal for when you're feeling fed up with your love life, but I think even if you're happy single or taken this book could still be a lot of fun. It's a mixture of drawing and writing prompts but unlike Wreck This Journal, this is a lot more personal and focuses on YOU, your thoughts, what you want in a relationship etc. It's kind of like therapy in book form and pushes you to take a long hard (but fun!) look at your love life and will probably help you evaluate it a little too. If you're angry at someone or struggling to get over a relationship, this will be a way to let out some of that frustration without actually doing anything a little crazy (we all go a little crazy after a bad break up).

Q AND A DAY: 5-YEAR JOURNAL (Potter Style) is another one more focused on you and your life. This one is probably a little similar to Listography Journal: Your Life in Lists but is probably more family friendly and is a lot longer. This is without a doubt one you would keep for the rest of your life, but it is a bit of a commitment! The idea is that each page hosts a new question and offers space for five different answers - one per year. This is a book that will continue to get better as time goes on because once a day you'll be able to re-read answers from past years, add a complete new one and see how they vary over the years. I've actually given a couple of copies of this as a gift for friends and family in the past and I think even when some of the other books featured on this post are a bit quirky, this is a standard traditional one that everyone would love - even your nan!

WHAT I WORE TODAY (Gemma Corell) is the type of creative book that was made just for us fashion bloggers (probably). As a whole, the general theme is sketching your daily outfits and although in all honesty I don't see what the benefit of this is (I'd love to incorporate the drawings into my outfit posts somehow), it still is a lot of fun. Each one has different prompts alongside though, like mini sketches on how to glam up the outfit from day to night or creating a playlist. It's a fun and alternative way to keep note of your wardrobe I guess. Other parts of the book ask you to get creative with designing different hats or hairstyle and the book is divided by the four seasons too. I picked this up in the quirky aisle of TK Maxx and to this day it's still one of my favourite buys from there.

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LISTOGRAPHY JOURNAL: YOUR LIFE IN LISTS (Lisa Nola) is a super cute list based book (obviously) which when filled in, can be used overall as a type of autobiography. This is creative in a different way because although it's just making lists, the subjects are completely varied and get you thinking. It's the type of book that's fun to fill out and even more fun to flick through and read back in years to come. Although the author has gone on to release books that are more subject specific such as a travel one, a music one etc, but this one is a more varied one. Although it's very cute and one you'd like to keep for years and years, there are some list prompts inside that you'd probably want to keep for yourself, such as 'top places I've had sex'! So although still fun, maybe this isn't one to show to the future grandkids one day!

So there we have it - five fab books that I think really call on your creative side and are a lot of fun using various different stationary. I think with some of these you need to have a little kit aside of coloured pens and pencils, a ruler and a rubber, paint and more. These are all the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon and can easily be dipped in and out of anytime. 

I also found it interesting that a few of these books were listed in some real interesting categories on Amazon, such as self help books and medical counselling & therapy! It just goes to show that even though they are a lot of fun, they're also very very good for you ;)

What do you think? Do you have any creative books like these?

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  1. Think I'm going to use World Stationary Day as an excuse to hit up Paperchase.

    Love your Wreck this journal entries

  2. Oooh I have Listography - I adore it. I also love Wreck This Journal although it took me ages to build up the courage to actually 'wreck' it hahaha.

    Hugs Elyse


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