Friday, April 24, 2015

National Stationery Week Spotlight: Chroma Stationery


It's National Stationery Week in the UK (yes, this is a thing!) and I am the biggest hoarder of stationery ever.

My obsession started when I was five. My dad took me to the little stationery shop below my grandma's apartment in Happy Valley, Hong Kong, which was every little girl's dream because they stocked every single Hello Kitty product imaginable. With the pocket money my dad gave me, I'd buy sticker books, journals, pens (SO many pens!), erasers, pencil sharpeners, pencil cases (SO many pencil cases!), and basically whatever I could get my hands on. 

In junior high, I'd buy stationery from Borders and by high school, I was into Papyrus. College was all about creamy, white monogrammed card stock (so East Coast, so preppy!) and as an adult, I love anything quirky, pretty, or just a little bit fabulous (see here for examples - I'm especially a fan of Rifle Paper Co.).

But after arriving in the UK, my love for stationery waned: I couldn't find any indie shops I liked (although Paperchase stocks some fantastic indie designers and artists) and "proper" stationery (think Smythson) was totally out of my price range. So I stock up whenever I go back to the States.

But then I heard about Chroma Stationery and their notebooks were a game changer. Specializing in personalized notebooks made with good quality materials, Chroma is all about color and the personal connection we have to stationery. After all, its founder, Gabi, named all the notebooks after her friends and family!

It was so difficult to select from their beautiful colors and bindings, but I chose the unlined, spiral bound "Daniel" notebook with silver embossing to jot down all my blog post ideas and thoughts.


And it's gorgeous - a refreshing step away from my usual array of black, boring Moleskines.

If you're a stationery fanatic like me and want to support an indie stationery designer, then Chroma is a great place to start.

What about you? Do you love writing letters as much as I do? Do you carry a notebook around with you? What are your favorite stationery brands?

The gorgeous Daniel notebook was generously provided to me by Chroma, a company that I love. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Angloyankophile. Stop by their online shop to see more pretty choices!
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  1. LOVE this notebook! I'm going to their website now to check it out. Hope you have a great weekend!

    V
    Life+1

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    1. It's so pretty, isn't it, V?! They have a LOT of choices for personalization. I think you'd love them! Happy Friday, and I hope you have a great weekend as well! xo

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  2. I just had a little look at the Bloggers section of their website and might just have to get myself a cheeky little Follow Your Sunshine notepad...I love them!

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

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    1. You *have* to, Polly! In a bright, fun color! xx

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  3. LOVE my Chroma notepad! Aren't they just gorgeous?! xx

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  4. LOVE my Chroma notepad! Aren't they just gorgeous?! xx

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    1. I know, I saw yours, Lauren! They're the best xo

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  5. And I thought I was the only one who had a collection of notebooks! I get most of mine from Paperchase (particularly if they have a funky London design) and I own a few from Smythson ~ one A5 one I've had for around 15 years and only write "special" things in (and in fountain pen!) and a couple of the themed mini notebooks (they make great gifts). I use a Smythson featherweight diary, an annual treat to myself, a tradition that goes back to the late 90s. I have a gorgeous A5 notebook from Barnes & Noble in New York and it's so beautiful I can't bring myself to write in it! My collection got so bad a few years ago that I even hosted a giveaway on my blog! I daren't look at the Chroma site ...

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    1. I *love* your tradition of buying a new featherweight diary each year, Ruth! Fantastic. It sounds like you're as head-over-heels in love with stationery as I am!

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  6. STATIONARY WEEK??!! As if I need more of an excuse to stock up ; )

    Ahh I love that your note book is personalised, such a great touch. I too love love love all things stationary and being an intense list writer, find that a note book and pencil is never far out of reach! Personally, I have found so many gorgeous shops on Etsy.com, including a South Korean store with the cutest designs, which was my last (nope, second to last), purchase!!

    Gemma
    Faded Windmills

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    1. There is something SO much more satisfying about writing lists by hand than typing them out on a phone, am I right, Gemma?? Please tell me which your favorite stores on Etsy are! I'm dying to know.

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  7. So very cute! The embossing would make for a sweet gift too.

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    1. Totally, Emma! SUCH a good idea ... hmm ... I know a few bloggers' birthdays are coming up! ;)

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  8. I love personalized notebooks! It seems so adult to me XD (so obviously, I've never had one). Yours is so pretty! I checked out the site. Toby and Annie are my favorite colors :)

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    1. Yes, those are lovely, Gianni! You should probably get one :D #justsaying

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  9. Fellow stationery lover! Look at THIS.... Selfridges have a 'make your own stationery' class in May! OMG! http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/just-got-made-personalised-stationery-tickets-16680824796

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    1. AHHHH that is INCREDIBLE!!! Just tweeted you about it ... bought a ticket!!! Please come too!!!

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