A few weeks ago my Mother was on a mission to clear out the drawer in her home that had housed mine and my siblings school reports for decades. While I was collecting my pile of depressing reminders of exams gone by I noticed another, smaller pile. It was the soot-stained letters we had written over the years to Santa Claus - returned, by that same jolly-old-elf, when we came of age... I assume...
One of the letters was written by me, on behalf of my youngest sister. But it wasn't what was written that caught my attention - it was the paper it was written on. A piece of genuine, 1980's, Pierrot-the-Clown, FANCY PAPER. The wave of nostalgia that overcame me at the sight of it almost brought me to tears.
If you are not Irish, and not of a 'certain age' you will likely have no idea what I'm talking about. You can click here for a hilarious and thoroughly accurate description of what collecting fancy paper was like in 1980's Ireland (the comments are also well worth a read) but I can safely say that the craze for collecting and swapping cute paper goes a long, looong way to explaining my obsession with all things stationery.
Still caught up in that swoon of nostalgia I happened upon an intriguing hashtag on twitter:
and immediately investigated. It brought me to the home of the modern day equivalent of swapping fancy paper - The Reading Residence's monthly #bringbackpaper activity. This month it was a stationery swap - which I couldn't sign up for quickly enough!
I got paired up with someone in Southampton in the UK and I sent her the envelope pictured above. (Emily, one of your cards made the journey!) In return, I received this bundle of loveliness:
The pencil case has already made itself useful in tidying up the pen-strewn bottom of my handbag and I adore the paper-cut notecards. They are so pretty! I'm looking forward to thinking up a plan for those little canvases too, seeing as there are four people in my family and four canvases - I'm sure I can come up with something... And look at those toast post-its! Perfect 'Fancy Paper'!
It's so lovely to get things in the post that are not just boring bills and statements and it's so much more fun when it's a complete surprise. I also love that this is a perfectly acceptable way for me to re-live my childhood obsession ;)
If you want to get involved with the next activity you can check out the details HERE or if you, like me, enjoy swooning over papery goodness you can follow #bringbackpaper on twitter and instagram too.
To make some cute stationery of your own, grab the small person in your life and follow THESE INSTRUCTIONS.