Megan Amey
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Vignette Journal

A lifestyle blog and photo journal by Megan Amey

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Stationery Week!

Out of all of the thoooousands of national days that plaster themselves all over social media on a weekly basis - this is one I can get behind! Having had a stationery addiction for most of my life, my home is constantly scattered with different stationery items that I use daily. In recent years I have toned it down a bit... I look for well designed and good quality items, I now ACTUALLY FINISH the notebooks that I buy before purchasing a new one, and wait until things have run out before spending hours on websites like Present & Correct. Okay fine, I do spend time on there even when I'm not buying things... but I have to fuel my addiction somehow, right?! So here are my current most favourite/most used stationery items, as well as a lil' Wishlist to finish things off (my birthday is in June, hinthintwinkyface).

Leuchtturm 1917 notebook, used as a bullet journal. I was going to buy their actual bullet journal, but the colour I wanted was sold out at the time, so I went for this instead! It also means that I can customise it a bit more to my needs as the weeks and months go by. It matches my Leuchtturm sketchbook as well which is always a bonus, but to tell the truth I'm not that impressed with the paper. It's very thin, so you can see what you've written on the previous page a little too clearly for my liking. It's especially bad if you use markers/highlighters. When I've finished this I'm going to search for a bullet journal with thicker pages! If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to know.

A purchase from Amsterdam last summer; the Kaweco Classic Sport clutch pencil. Kaweco is one of my favourite pen/pencil brands. They are all just so prettttyyyyy *insert crying emoji*. Harry bought the black and I got the white. It's short and chubby and I tend to use it in my sketchbook for the occasional expressive line. Harry uses his whenever there is DIY going on in the house, to mark where shelves/pictures will go etc. It's an all round lovely thing to use! Definitely makes me want to start a Kaweco collection. Perhaps I'll try one of their gel roller pens next...

A few things from the HAY shop in Bath. I was in Bath quite regularly over the past year and a bit up until recently, doing an interior design project. So of course I couldn't help but have a wander round HAY on more than one occasion! One of the last times I was there I bought their own brand ruler and pen, a Pentel "Colour Pen Fine Point" in a greenish grey colour, some washi tape (I can never resist washi tape), and a really handy DUX pencil sharpener. I'm super lazy with pencil shavings, so this keeps my workspace nice and tidy!

Muji pens! I used to have a green one but it leaked everywhere and got all over my Apple Pencil (now THAT was a drama) ...granted, it was a few years old, as these are. I tend to use these either in my bullet journal or to write in greetings cards with. They are nice and smooth and apparently, never run out!

A pair of scissors that I've had for years. These were a gift, and I think they are supposed to be fabric scissors. I did use them for fabric for the first few years of their life, but they were accidentally used for paper a couple of times and thats what they've been used for ever since! I'm sure if I sharpened them they would be fine for fabric again, but I like having them out in my pencil pot because they are so preeeetty.

And finally, my stationery Wishlist. Collected from two of my favourite stationery websites:

  1. Red Kaweco classic rollerball pen, Choosing Keeping
  2. Quitterie pencil case, Present and Correct
  3. Pen holder band, Present and Correct
  4. Clamp tray, Present and Correct
  5. Enamel stationery pins, Present and Correct
  6. Stamp wall planner, Present and Correct
  7. Large red koi celluloid pen case, Choosing Keeping

Do you have any favourite stationery or stationery websites/shops? Let me know so I can go and drool at more things!

Brighton Weekend & Inktober Haul

Over the weekend we visited Brighton for our friend Robbie's birthday. There was lots of eating, shopping, walking and giggling - just what we all needed!

We also went up the i360, I was the most nervous I'd been in a loooong time about it and almost talked myself out of it, but I'm so glad I didn't. We timed it with the sunset (obviously the most busy time of day, whoops), so the view was incredible, and I pretty much instantly forgot whatever it was that I was nervous about. Look at these two! BEAUDIFAL! Aaaaand then there's us... oh dear! Holy cats I need to figure out how to recreate this eggy bread. If you want a piece o' this, head over to Lucky Beach cafe on the sea front. YUM.

As the title promises, I also did a teeny bit of shopping. Mostly for Inktober as I'm lacking in sketchbook space right now, but I did find a print that I needed (needed!) to take home with me, too. The Dracula's Daughter print is from the Vintage Magazine Shop in the lanes, and art supplies are from Cass Art. I know Moleskine is getting a bit of a bad rap in the art world after changing their paper a few years ago, but this sketchbook was on offer and lets face it - It's a sketchbook! Ie: you aren't going to do really important final pieces in it. Or I'd hope not anyway! It feels okay to me, we'll see. The other goodies are a Pentel brush pen with four refills and a white gel pen. I have this brush pen already, but it was cheaper to get the refills with the pen than without...weird!

I'm probably not going to post for the rest of this month, but will be posting really regularly next month for the duration on Inktober! Yippee!