Since it’s back to school season I thought I would do a bit of a stationery haul of some bits and bobs I’ve collected over the last few months and items that I’ve had for a while. A lot of the things I have bought to use ready for when I start my masters degree in October. I talk a lot more in depth about what I’ll be studying and how I applied, in this blog post here. But let’s get started with the haul!
Staedtler triangular 432 ballpoint pens (W.H. Smith’s) Rainbow pack – £4.49
I had used the Stabilo point 88 fineliner pens previously to colour code my notes but my set is getting quite old now so some of the colours have started to dry up or run out. Also, in some notebooks, I found that the ink bled through the paper. So I decided to give these a try. They write really smoothly and I personally find the shape of them really comfortable to hold.
Mild-liners (Amazon) 3 packs of 5 colours – £12.39
I had seen these pens featured on a lot of studyblrs and Instagram posts and I really liked the idea of using highlighters that weren’t horrid florescent colours! I managed to buy these three packs in a bundle from Amazon Marketplace. They did come from Japan so they took quite a while to get to me (about six weeks), but they were well worth the wait! I use them every day to colour code my diary and I also use them to decorate my personal journal. I’m looking forward to using them for studying as soon as my course starts.
Academic diary (W. H. Smith’s) £10.99
I have used these kinds of diaries every year for the past four years. They cover one academic year and have one page per day. I much prefer these kinds of diaries because it means I have plenty of room to write everything I need to remember; from birthdays to assignments, to housework! I like to use my mild-liners to colour code tasks, events and reminders… and it also makes everything look pretty!
List book (Paperchase) £10
So I love making lists. They help to clear my head when I’m stressed and writing everything down that I need to do makes me so much more productive. I saw this in the shop and I simply had to have it! It comes with a pen, sticky tabs for marking pages, a ‘to-do list’ pad, a ‘notes’ pad, and also a little envelope to keep loose papers in. I’m currently using it to help me get through my research into medieval queens for my dissertation.
Woodland animals notebook (Paperchase) £10
This was a very recent purchase and I just thought the woodland animals on the cover were adorable. I wanted something relatively lightweight where I could brainstorm ideas for blog posts, outfits, TBRs and my dissertation, without everything being on scrap pieces of paper. There are four different styles of pages which I find, makes it a lot more flexible than a regular lined notebook. I can’t wait to start using it!
A4 notebooks (W. H. Smith’s) 3 for 2 offer – £7.98/ £3.99 each
I used to
use ring binders to keep all my notes together, but I found that the pages got quite battered a lot of the time, and even though I kept them well organised, it was sometimes hard to find a specific set of notes. So while I’ve been doing background research for my dissertation topic I have been using these notebooks. I number the pages myself and leave space for my own contents page at the beginning of the notebook so that everything is easy to find. The paper is good quality, I’ve had not trouble with pens bleeding through to the other side. Some good, simple notebooks.
Post-it notes and tabs (Wilkos) £1/£0.50
These were so cheap I had to get them. I’m forever using post-it notes and page flags to mark important things in my reading or just to make little reminders for myself. An essential really!
Polar Bear 8GB USB stick (Paperchase) £15
I needed a new memory stick and this one was so cute! It is definitely over-priced for what it is. But I’m a sucker for things like this and I really love bears.
Queen of Hearts notebook (Paperchase)
I received this as a birthday present from my sister last November so unfortunately, I can’t remember how much it was and they no longer have it on the website. I love all the glitter! And the Queen of Hearts on the front and back reminds me of Alice in Wonderland which is one of my favourite books of all time! I’ve been using this for a while now, and I mainly use it for more long term lists rather than to-do lists, like places that I want to visit and my goals for the year.
(Just a heads up!: I’ve listed the prices that I originally paid for all of these items, so some of the prices may have changed, especially for the items I bought on Amazon)