When I was still a student, my second favorite time of the year (next to summer vacation) is back-to-school season. As a kid and even as a college undergrad, I was always excited to plan what to decorate my notebooks with or how to color-code my notes using different pens. My passion (yes, I consider it a passion!) for stationery and cute supplies continues to burn bright until now. Even though I no longer go to school, I make sure to visit bookstores and supplies stores to gather inspiration for my own products and to buy a new pen or two (or eight, as you will see later).
In this edition of Craft Haul (Marie Kondo will hate me for hoarding, but I anticipate this will become a regular series), I scoured one of our local treasure troves for cute stuff: SM Stationery.
Fact: I only carry three writing implements at a time: a pencil, a regular ballpoint pen, and a drawing pen. I usually stash them in one of my bag pockets, so it remains a mystery (to me, at least) why I feel the need to check out pencil case and pouch selections whenever I go to the mall. Imagine my delight when I saw fruit- and animal-themed cases and purses at SM Stationery! Why do you all have to be so cuuuute? T_T
Another thing I am always on the lookout for is patterns. As an aspiring surface pattern designer, I am interested in seeing what prints work with different types of products and what color palettes draw the customers' attention. SM Stationery didn't disappoint in this department as well.
I am also a self-confessed sticker addict, so I make it a point to always check shopping destinations for stickers. Aside from using them for my scrapbooks, I collect them as drawing reference and inspiration. SM Stationery in Makati has a particularly wide selection of local and imported stickers.
We all have something we cannot get enough of. For me, that happens to be pens. I guess that's understandable because I draw for a living, but I certainly cannot explain why I need to have LOTS of cute pens aside from the regular fineliners I use. For signing documents? Maybe. For adding charm to my workspace? Could very well be. For giving me joy? Definitely!
Of course, this wouldn't be a proper craft haul post without showing you my actual haul. I went a little bit pouch-crazy this time. I mean, who could resist cute drawings and fun colors??? Clearly not me! I got a couple of cases for my tablet and hard drive.
I also went home with a banana-printed pencil case and several pens and mechanical pencils. I was attracted to their patterns and didn't notice they were color-coordinated until checkout!
Tell me, would you be able to resist these yummy colors and cute patterns?
I also got a sticker label pack with lovely illustrations, sticky notes in tape form (I can't believe I found out about this only now!) and more pens!
Barely six months into decluttering my room the konmari way, I probably should've stopped myself from picking up too many stationery items. But as Marie Kondo advises, it always helps to ask yourself if something sparks joy in your heart, and cute things definitely bring me joy! Until it's time to hoard again, I can comfort myself with the thought that Megamall is only one ride away and I can window-shop at SM Stationery whenever I need a dose of cuteness. :)