My life in stationery – Frankie of the Native State

It’s a bit like looking at someone’s bookshelf. You can tell a lot about a person by their stationery related tastes and habits. In this post Frankie Kerr-Dineen, Scottish based designer at The Native State tells us about her life in stationery.

On with the questions for Frankie….

Frankie, designer at the Native State |

What’s the best thing you’ve ever received in the post?

The first mock of our very first print design was very exciting. We had played around with different paper and paper weights and it was great to finally have the perfect product in our hands.

What’s your current favourite stationery item?

I love my rubber stamp! It’s has our logo on it and each of our prints are stamped with it on the back.

Thank you card from the Native State|

 Are you a diary writer? Tell us about your journal habits if you are (and don’t worry if you’re not!)

Unfortunately not. I put events in my phone and that is it. My dad writes in his diary daily and has done for as long as I can remember. He could tell you what he did and ate on the 16th March 1999. I’m kind of envious of that.

And are you a list maker?

Yes! I love a good list like I love a good colour coordinated spreadsheet. Ticking items off a list makes me feel like I’m making progress and getting things done.

Favourite ink colour?

Black. Although I did buy a shimmery pink pen the other day which is pretty fun 😉

palm print by the Native State on table|

Your favourite place to write?

At my desk with the sun on my back and a coffee beside me.

Last thing you posted?

In the mail? I sent some orders out yesterday and (of course) returned a pair of jeans I bought online.

Good vibes only envelope from the Native State|

Pop over to The Native State and have a look at their delightful offering. Frankie tells us they are inspired by adventure, love, positive vibes and most recently motherhood The prints and stationery aim to lift your mood, make you smile or get you back on the right path.

Fancy sharing your stationery preferences and habits? Want to appear on this blog? Fill in the ‘My life in stationery’ quizlette and we’ll do the rest.


It’s a stick up

Who doesn't love stickers? Perfect for livening up folders and notebooks. Splendid at envelope decoration. Lovely added to letters. Delightful in a bujo. In fact I've even livened up my plain grey water bottle with some stickers. It's like sewing patches onto your denim jacket but way less effort.


Selection of stickers | stationery and letter writing|

In our opinion we all need small pleasures in our daily life. So for your enjoyment we've put together a 2017 version of the 'It's a Stick Up' selection. It's a stick up has 9 different sticker designs. Naturally you can justify the monthly planner stickers as being sensible. Likewise the numbers, letters and hands are there for labelling. Finally the 5 fun designs are like dessert after eating a sensible main course.

Indulge your sticker habit and purchase It's a Stick Up today.


Boxing and unboxing

Opening post is one of the joys of receiving post. It's like a mini Christmas. Plus it's even more exciting when it isn't a bill or a circular. Or when you can't guess exactly what will be in it just from looking at the envelope.

One of the exciting bits of every month is packing up the Ace box orders ready to ship all over the world. It's wonderful to handle all that lovely stationery. Choosing what tape and stickers we will use on the envelope is also pretty cool. Additionally it's a great opportunity to have a natter about everything from bullet journal to favourite ink colours. We've started making 'boxing' videos showing us packing what goes into each month's box. The time lapse style amuses us no end. It makes it all seem so frantic!

Boxing up for February

Unboxing February – opening the post

By contrast unboxing videos are much less frantic. But there's no less love for the contents. Erika, from Diary of a Bibliophile, made this unboxing video (it's in italian) showing the February selection.

If you miss the feeling of anticipation when the post arrives then order yourself some goodies. Naturally, stationery can be justified as a necessity! You can receive the Ace selection as a one off or as a subscription for 3 months, 6 months, 12 months or forever! Or you could pick up something from our shop. Our 345 selections as available in yellow and pink and include 3 stationery items for just a fiver.


An envelope of snippets for March

nveAn envelope of snippets and links for March with a cherry blosson background

Hooray for (slightly) warmer days. Hello lunchtime strolls in the park. Welcome to green shoots. Ideally we'd be suggesting that you got away from the screen and headed off to get some fresh air. However spring weather is never predictable so you can save these links for one of those damp, grey days.

Links to distract you on chilly spring days

Have a delightful rest of the month. We'll be spending time looking at spring flowers, enjoying being cosy (but not frozen) and working on not saving our stationery for best!



3 tips for creating monthly intention spreads in a bullet journal

Intention pages in a bullet journal were something I really struggled with. I hoped when I started with bullet journalling that I’d uncover hidden artistic talents and start drawing amazing daily pages. The truth is I’m more of a minimalist (although I do like coloured ink) with a focus on tasks.

Creating February intentions page in a bullet journal with magazine cuttings

I really liked the idea of having a monthly intentions page to make me look at the bigger picture rather than focusing on my to list. My initial attempts left me with either an overcrowded page as I tried to use the headings from my weekly spread or daily spread. Or I sat there looking at a blank page because I could decide what to focus on. Puzzled I spent hours disappearing down related rabbit holes on the Internet, looking at hundreds of spreads.

March intention spread page in a bullet journal

Filled with inspiration I created a January intentions page with 4 items. If I feel overwhelmed by what I need to do then I look at the page for focus.

Magazine first game and scissors

Try these 3 things to help with creating intention spreads

  1. Less is more. It’s better to have 1 intention to focus on than 10 that you won’t do. You want to be able to know what your focus is when you glance at your page. I found having a formula helped (an inspiring quote, a task focus, something to read and something from Happiness at Home, which I am working through month by month).
  2. Start cutting images from magazines that catch your eye. It was a small quote from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and an artist’s impression of Google’s headquarters that inspired my January spread. I keep my cuttings in a bag by my desk and empty them out at the start of every month to help me figure out what my intentions should be.
  3. Get inspiration from others. Add a load of bujo blogs to your feed, or start following them on Instagram. It’s not about copying an entire spread but picking up an idea here and another there, then bringing them together to create something that works for you. Bujos should be useful and beautiful.

Happy bulleting!

P.s. Did I mention our lovely new Get Bulleting selections? We have a bright and bold for lovers of colour and an explore edition for travellers and adventure lovers. Which one will you choose?


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