This month’s Life in Stationery is the lovely Karen Julia, whose favourite ink colour is purple – and whose interview features brownies and secrets for left handed people. We couldn’t resist! Without further ado:

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

Double chocolate brownies that were a surprise thank you gift from another photographer.

What’s your current favourite stationery item?

I’m especially loving my new desk notebook; a brown kraft paper covered A5 notebook from Paperchase. It has spirals at the top, so anyone reading this who is left handed will understand the joy of not having to use a notebook upside down just to be able to write comfortably! The pages are thick with a subtle texture that’s pleasing to write on with both ball point pen and my favourite gel pens. I’m currently teaming this up with a set of beautiful Oral Kiely pencils in orange, which feels perfect for the season.

Spiral bound notebook flatlay | by STIL on Unsplash

Are you a diary writer?

I like to write out my plans of what I intend to do rather than what I have done, so my diary is a collection of misplaced optimism and random pencil drawn pictures that fill in the gaps between tasks that bear no relation to the universal constraints of time.

We adore this description of a diary – doesn’t it describe at least one of your notebooks?! – Ink Drops

And are you a list maker?

I am. I do love a good list, I especially love a good spreadsheet. My accountant never fails to be impressed, more by the ombre colour schemes than the accuracy

Your favourite place to write?

In a busy cafe in an unfamiliar city whilst I people watch and eavesdrop on others conversations.

The last thing you posted?

Beautiful printed books for my clients that feature their wedding photos.

Karen is a professional wedding photographer and part time SEO ninja with a love of freshly ground coffee, tattoos and beautiful stationery. Find her at