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Top stationery, art and design trends in 2019 including the concept of ' Monthly Stationery Boxes '



Stationery has been the mainstay of written communication for thousands of years. The Egyptians developed the form of parchment which was made from very thin animal skins such as goatskin or sheepskin. Only the very wealthy were able to afford parchment paper at the time.

Stationery with an e stems from the term stationer, which refers to “a person who sells the materials used in writing, such as paper, pens, pencils, and ink

When a civilization is able to write, they can record information about how they have done things. ... The basic idea, then, is that a civilization with writing can preserve its knowledge by writing it down. It can also gather more knowledge than it could withoutwriting. By having more knowledge, it can have more power.

Why is handwriting so important?

  1. The brain engages differently when we write something by hand as opposed to typing it on a keyboard or by touching a screen. Studies show that writing improves memory; students retain learning better when working with new ideas through handwriting instead of typing.
  2. Engaging the body in writing by hand helps make writing a more holistic activity. There is something uniquely physical and multidimensional about putting pen to paper to form words and sentences.
  3. Learning the alphabet by interacting with each letter in many different physical ways helps students imprint and retain the letters and the letter sounds for easier recall when learning to read. Learning letters on a screen engages at most two physical channels: the eyes and the fingertips. It is not possible to tell one letter from another by the shape of the keys. Learning letters through writing them involves numerous tactile experiences, engaging the fine-motor muscles of the fingers and hand, and larger muscles of the arm and body, as well as the eyes.
  4. Many writers attest to the value of a handwritten first draft and the subsequent process of reading through and interacting with their writing by annotating, correcting, editing, and reshaping it as a whole. Typing on a screen tempts us instead to edit as we go, fragmenting and dissecting, and potentially interfering with the organic flow of ideas.
  5. Even in this digital age, many accomplished people consider it critical to their success to keep a small notebook and pen handy so that they can jot down ideas in the moment and refer back to them later.
  6. Many historical documents were written by hand and are now indecipherable to any who are unable to read cursive. The ability to read handwriting is gained through learning to write in one’s own handwriting. Being able to decipher both cursive and print is an important part of language literacy.
  7. Handwriting can help us slow down and fully engage with our thoughts. Have you ever heard anyone say, “I type as fast as I think”? This is certainly an asset when transcribing the spoken word, but thoughts need to breathe (as do writers), and writing by hand conveniently holds such a space for thoughts to fully form before being set down in sentences.
  8. With a pen in hand, there are instantly accessible creative and artistic opportunities that are not possible to weave into the experience of typing on a keyboard.
  9. Handwriting is unique to each individual writer, unlike typeface. One’s handwriting style, and especially one’s signature, is a public and permanent statement. Learning to write well can help make that statement strong, beautiful, and – perhaps most importantly – legible.
  10. Handwritten notes to friends and loved ones are intimate and personal in a way that email and typewritten text cannot fully convey. Nothing but handwriting can fully represent the mood and personality of the writer. A handwritten love note is a creative gift to cherish!
  11. Proficient writing has a soothing flow and rhythm. While technology and culture is goading us to work faster and more intensely, tasks such as writing can help us find healthy balance in our work, our learning, and our play.
  12. Being able to write effortlessly enables the mind to focus more fully on a topic. Struggling with handwriting takes valuable brain energy away from any writing task, but when that skill is mastered, it makes all the difference. Skilled, fluid handwriting is an asset to learning!

The National Handwriting Association raises awareness of handwriting as a crucial component of literacy and aim to promote and foster good practice in the teaching of handwriting. Gwen Dorman had this to say on the importance of handwriting:

“The ability to write is traditionally closely linked with the ability to read in the development of literacy in children, the one fostering the other. (There have been insufficient children who have learned to write using only a keyboard to disprove this interrelation). In primary schools in this country much of the writing performed in class is written with a pen or pencil and the assessment of a child's ability is largely through the medium of writing. In secondary and further education some examinations are still written by hand. To be unable to write legibly and quickly is therefore a disadvantage that limits a child's educational progress as well as having a negative effect on self-esteem.” -

Current Trends

bloched design note pad stationery

New and exciting Trends

This year has seen some new and exciting trends in stationery.

Animal Print and wildlife is still at the fore combined with metalics and sparkle.

Some of our favourites are from Go Stationery, The Art File and Tangiable Stationery.

Stationery has become the new fashion accessory and all manner of designs and colour coordinations adourn our desks at home and in the office. They are an extention or our interior designand an expression of our individualism.

Stationery can depict our mood , taste and personality.

Champagne Pink and rose gold

pink and rose gold note book gift for women and girls

The mix of metallic and shades of pink bring a feminine touch to your home office or handbag.

For the feel of decendance and sophistican choose these lovely , delicate additions to your collection of stationery. These would make a lovely gift for a bride to be or bridesmaid. It oozes delicate roses and peonies on a bright Summers Wedding day.

They also make a delightful change from Farm animals and wildlife creatures which have saturated the gift and stationery market right now.

Leopard skin, Bold , Metallic and Glitter go together beautifully as demonstrated above for a funky, on trend feel. Great for the fashion conscious younger woman. You can match these beautifully with denim and leopard accent trainers for a complete look.

When you buy a stationery gift you can say, " I bought these to match your shoes or bag" I am sure that would be appreciated, that you have been observant and also bought something small and thoughtful.

set of 3 different statinery notepads from a stationery box

A feel of the Tropical

calendar from stationery gift box

Tropical birds and plants are still a popular theme this year. 

Go stationery have incorporated the metallics with the designs which add a more luxurious feel to the trend which I think looks better.

The tropical plant life coordinates well with the flamingo and neutralises some of the pink to reduce that girly girly feel making it more grown upand sophisticated.

srah miller note pads with flamingo design

I love the pearlescent, mettalic sheen on these note books . You can combine the colour block trend with the glitter, mettalic and rich colour pallette to create a stationery wardrobe of your own.

close up on previous sara miller flamingo pink book

Its in the stars

There is an appearance of metallic moons and stars in the stationery world right now which would be suitable for him also. Men are very difficult to buy for in my opinion and this range would go beautifully with a stylish ball point or fountain pen.

pen and note pads with a star like design

The art file is one of favourite suppliers. For one they are British and the other they print on high quality paper which is a joy to write upon. We stock a number of their note books, magazine holders and greetings cards and we never receive any complaints from our customers.

If he is a dreamer or keen astronomer he will like this range.

old book in blue and gold astronomical design

The geometrics

geometric design office set including note pads, folders, holders, paper, calendars part of a stationery box subscription

I love the geometric designs , they have a bold and contemporary feel. Suitable for him or her. This range is also from the Art File. These will look fabulous at home or in the office and give an aire of sophistication and organisation.

the art file stationery from cordelias house of treasures

The Nautical

I have a great passion for the sea and the life within it. The intricate design here in the Fossile collection at The Art File is truly amazing.  A beautiful image with a stylish embossed design in the background.  The blue and white printed envelopes are a lovely additional touch. An excellent collection for him and a pleasant change from cars, fish and golf.

gift bag with a draw whale in blue, white and red

The accompanying gift wrapping and bags are equally divine.

book of notes stationery

Trends at the London stationery show.

A taste of the orient is foreseen in 2020.

a taste of the orient is a stationery trend for 2019

Metallics , pastels , chalky colours which compliment each other. This collection is very mature, professional and decadent.

Marble designs .

marble design is a big stationery and design trend for 2019

Marble paper I think is very traditional but popular.

This collection also appeared recently at the London stationery show.

Beautiful in stationery or gift wrapping.

image of gift bag and paper

Stationery box and monthly gift subscription boxes

What could be better to give to that pen and paper loving friend or relative, or what about for an office colleague birthday or just to clam your graphite addiction?  Yes, how about an environmentally friendly stationery gift subscription box straight to your day every month filled with the best products from British designers and makers.  Super quality and style all in a surprise regular delivery.  And the notable difference here is that the boxes are hand printed with local sourced beech handle stamps.  Add hand decoration to the box and then individually wrapped items in each box with different styles of tissue paper from another British designer. The best bit is that these boxes come from only £10. 


The pen is mightier than the sword they say .

I do hope that even in this digital age the handwritten word is not lost. Doodles and ideas impulsively put onto paper. Unique to the person who wrote them.

Jottings, memories and thoughts stored on paper to be treasured and discovered by generations to come.

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