Let’s talk about paper #SelfCareSunday

I think I have the January blues, either that or I am actually part-bear and hibernation is what is needed at this time of year.  So while I’ve been reclining on the sofa binging on Netflix and Amazon Video I have been wondering what the term ‘Self Care’ actually means.

It seems to mean different things to different people – it’s also often as much about the things you should do for yourself as it is about the things you shouldn’t do. I started to write a list of the things that I should be doing as part of my weekly routine – in order to be kind to myself. ‘Doing more of what I love’ was top of the list but oddly isn’t always what I end up spending my time doing.  This got me thinking about the other self care tips that I can do for myself each Sunday.

So….. can we talk about paper?

You might not be surprised to know that I love paper. It’s not a huge leap to assume that as I am a graphic designer I will want a paper stash – especially as I specialised in design for print. I often wonder why I don’t have more of a stash.


I have a thing for notebooks that I often don’t end up using for fear of ruining them. I’m working on that as I do love a To Do list and things run smoother when I don’t write them on the back of used envelopes. I am still getting to grips with the idea of having a bullet journal, it’s working but I have to refine my system so I will want to keep using it.

Bullet journal notebook.

Recycled paper & card

My latest interest is recycled paper and card. It seems that my instinct to hoard and my desire to not be wasteful are at odds with each other hence my surprise at how limited my stash is.  I only seem to be buying recycled card at the moment and even picked up some recycled envelopes and some 75% recycled satin paper. How exciting.

Satin recycled paper made into ‘I love spread sheets’ gift wrap.

Why so conflicted?

I’ve been trying to work out why I am so conflicted. I didn’t have much in the way of supplies when I was younger so I taught myself origami using newspaper. Even though the feel of it was like biting wool it has its’ uses and you can get a really smooth crease with it. I suppose I learnt to make the most of what I had and even used lining paper at times too. There was always plenty of that around as it would be leftover from the decorating jobs that our Dad had just finished.

Newspaper origami

I guess I still have that inner voice that tells me off when my experiments result in lots of wasted paper. Even though I recycle it all it still seems wasteful. I think I am subconsciously limiting what I buy so I use it wisely.

Not enough storage

I think the other thing is space.  You need to store your paper properly – anyone that has ever had to use a photocopier regularly will have had ‘that chat’ with the repair guy. How many times did he mention that you should raise the boxes of paper off the cold floor and fan it before putting it in the paper tray? This makes you very cautious about storing paper in damp / dry / cold spaces and you certainly don’t want to crease it.

Ream of white paper

I have dreams about paper drawers in sizes above A3 but this is for a time when I have the space to house the drawers.

I need some new projects

Lastly, it’s only really when I am working on some new projects that I feel I can justify having a wider selection of paper in my stash stocks. This is something I’ve been working on in the last few weeks – it’s been a welcome break. I’d been prioritising my custom work up till now – only buying one type of recycled kraft card specifically for those jobs.  Now with new ideas floating around I have reasons to experiment.

I bought some cheap plastic storage that I can store A3 paper in and on Tuesday I had a mooch in Muji and saw some lovely acrylic paper draws that will fit A4 paper.  So now I am beavering away with new designs. All excuses aside, I am loving it as I really am a fan of paper. I have a much better outlook and feel I have spent my time more wisely and my crime dramas will still be there when I need a break.

Look out for my new designs in my geeky shop – Cheeky Geeky.

Are there any supplies that you struggle to justify hoarding? I’ve heard some funny stories about hiding wool in car boots and in cushions.  Any tips for hiding other supplies?

I will be sharing another #SelfCareSunday post with you soon. I’d love to hear about your self care tips too.



  1. 22 January 2018 / 16:08

    I’ve never met someone who cares that much about paper 😀 nice designs though.
    Dorie from http://www.thedorie.com

    • 22 January 2018 / 17:21

      Thanks, you should meet some of my crafting friends. We have whole conversations about how nice certain flyers or posters feel and the quality of the paper. 😛

  2. Victoria Sol
    27 January 2018 / 15:13

    My Bujo (on paper, naturally) is a big part of my self care and organisation. I, too, hoard paper, notebooks, half used this and that because there’s more space on it! Now that I’m keeping my bujo I feel like I’m more justified in using it. 🙂

    I’m trying to work out a new weekly spread but not entirely sure how I want to organise it. I need to make room for MORE STUFF. 🙂

    • 27 January 2018 / 15:23

      Haha I have a lot of half used things too. I have an idea for the weekly spread I want to make but I think it will end up being 4 pages. I just need to draw up a few draft pages to see if it covers everything I need without making me feel like I’m under pressure. 😛

  3. 27 January 2018 / 17:58

    I do have a tendency to hoard wood. Often when making something I have to buy a long plank or multi-pack to ensure I have enough for the project.

    Then I can’t bring myself to throw away the offcuts.

    We probably also need to check my daughter’s craft box as I suspect she’s got enough to make something every day till she’s old enough to leave home!

    • 27 January 2018 / 18:49

      Oh that’s ace, you must have quite a collection now then! Maybe you should both set each other a challenge to create something each week in order to use up some of your stash!. 😀

  4. 28 January 2018 / 07:02

    It is material and wool I stash with the intention of making nice things.
    Whenever we go into wetherspoons for lunch hubby makes a paper boat from the menus….every time….
    Love you calligraphy on your notebook.

    • 28 January 2018 / 08:38

      Wow, do you have a large fabric stash? I started collecting fabric pieces and it can be quite addictive. Sounds like you are both quite creative and I am impressed with the resourcefulness of using a menu. I like to make a little triangle fold with empty crisp packets. 🙂

      Sadly, I am not able to hand lettering so I make my own journal stickers. Maybe one day. 🙂

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