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Stationery Haul (kikki.K)

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If you’ve read my Bucket List, you’ll know that one of my life’s highlights was holding in my hands a page from a Gutenberg Bible. I love history; I’m a bibliophile; I’m a logophile. Books, paper, Kindles, letterpress printers, &c. I adore them.

So when it comes to spending vices, makeup, clothes, games, rocks, bags, whatever—they don’t really threaten my bank account, but books and stationery? They can wreak havoc. That’s a little weird, right? Regardless, I kept my addiction under control and behaved quite well for a few years. I stopped accumulating things and only bought to replace that which I’d used. For about two years, I even stopped buying things all together.

But now? In celebration of graduate school being over, I have lifted all bans on stationery purchases and indulged.

I present you with a haul from kikki.K ♥ In the comments below, let me know if books or stationery is one of your vices. If neither of them are, what is?

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First, from kikki.K’s Hello Yellow Collection, I snagged a set of minimalist but still nicely designed sticky notes and a set of cheerful postcards. I hope to randomly mail the postcards to friends during the summer. I need to collect addresses, though. Want one?

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You know, paper clips are useful, so why not have pretty gold round ones? The same can be said for page markers. They’re useful too, so why not have cute strawberry and grape page markers?

Stickers aren’t exactly useful, but I bought water intake stickers to encourage myself to drink more water, to track how much water I actually drink, and to give my planner some color.

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The “Live What You Love” book is full of positive and inspirational stickers. Being a delusional optimist isn’t a good thing, obviously, but this book makes it easy to stick pretty and uplifting messages in places and that’s nice. Cheesy can be fun; being positive is good too.

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As a lover of paper and a wannabe stationery aficionado, I couldn’t resist the Paper Lover’s Book. It’s literally a book of pretty paper that’s easy to remove and do things with. What’s not to like about that?

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And finally, we come to this, the seemingly benign, but actually most extravagant item in this haul: kikki.K’s 2015/2016 Ocean Medium Time Planner. What makes this extravagant? Partly the price, but primarily the fact that I have eschewed planners and have never seriously used one of them or a calendar in my entire life—that’s more than 10,700 days. Still and rather ironically, I thought that it might be fun to use a planner as a creative outlet, since I’m slightly less busy and don’t have to worry about efficiency as much. I was also inspired by Amanda’s bullet journal post, so we’ll see. I have great plans for my planner, which I will discuss in a post later.

Do you use a planner?

*For the curious, all photos were taken in the dark with a Canon 60D and an EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Trisha July 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Aren’t you up early? Hehe.

    Kidding aside, I totally have the same vice as you! I could put off shopping for a new set of clothes and a new pair of shoes but I still keep buying books and stationery and office supplies on impulse! Just last week I bought a set of tubed watercolor which I have yet to use and I also ordered a set or brushpens to practise on. My mom actually has been complaining that I buy a lot of stuff when I no longer have any place to put them. I need to de-clutter some of my old stuff STAT! and maybe get rid of the ones I don’t or won’t be using anymore.

    And that kikki k planner looks lovely! I’ve been eyeing either a kikki k or a filofax for months now but I found it extremely expensive and back when I was still looking for a good one, it wasn’t available locally. So I bought from a local shop that produces handmade planners. I’ve been using mine as a way to keep track of my personal and artsy fartsy activities and ideas. It kind of sucks that a local bookstore started importing and selling filofax when I already have two planners in hand (and another one to be shipped to me soon), but oh well. Next time, I guess. On the bright side, I get to support a local shop.

    I’m totally interested in being penpals! I’ll send my address on your contact form. :)

    • Reply Chantelle July 8, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      ^^ I’m always up late (early). From the glimpses of your planner that I’ve seen on Instagram/your blog, it looks quite nice. I only want to have one planner–others look so pretty, but it’s hard for me to even use this one, so I will actually resist buying more for now. I’m having some difficulty setting mine up, but once I get it figured out, hopefully, I’ll be fine (and I’ll blog about it). We don’t even have Filofax here. :( Anyway, a postcard should be coming your way soon. 😀

  • Reply Tara July 5, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Dude, those are some nice haul! My only question though — how did you take such good photos in the dark?!

    Anyway, the planner is such a pretty shade of blue! I’m awfully curious how it looks inside, though. I do use a planner of some sort, but not lately. I should get back to it, but I find myself using Todoist more than ever.

    The round paperclip is so cute! Certainly more interesting to look at than the usual one :)

    I like the postcard and the minimalistic notepad set! Those look great. I’m almost tempted to get some!

    Thanks for sharing your haul! Korea got too many nice stationery stuff!

    • Reply Chantelle July 8, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you! 😀 We talked about this already, but I’ll just say it again here ^^ — I used my DSLR to take photos at night (and I turned on all the lights in my apartment), but considering I only shot f/3.0 if I could change the shutter speed on my phone and set up just a little tripod or hold really still, I probably could have pulled it off with my phone.
      I didn’t photograph the inside of the planner because it’s not properly set up yet. After I get it organized, I hope to blog about it. I have to figure out how to use it and how to make pretty inserts first.

  • Reply cantaloupe July 5, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I have never been able to keep a planner, except back when I was in school and it was actually necessary. I just don’t find it necessary anymore. And also my life is on different tracks. Like I keep track of my work things at work and my personal thing don’t need to be kept track of really, and my hobby things are more whimsical than needing deadlines. I guess I just don’t feel an impetus to be super organized because my life is more fluid these days. Although now that I write that out, it would probably be far more productive if I did do a bullet system planner. When I do need to get stuff done, I do find myself making a ton of bullet lists….. very interesting to consider. Perhaps I will try it out after my summer vacations. Or hell, maybe I should do it during the summer vacations. That’s one time of the year when I do actually need to keep track of social life and getting stuff done by certain flights out of certain cities…. interesting, interesting. (I’m totally stroking my chin in a contemplative, old man way right now, haha.)

    • Reply Chantelle July 8, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      I don’t find planners necessary either, but I bought one anyway, which while not a problem, isn’t exactly good. I’ve never used one before, but I hope to use this one. Still, I intend to use it more for keeping track of things than for actual planning.

      It might be interesting to try when your social life gets hectic during the summer.

  • Reply Chynna July 5, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    I used to have such an obsession with stationery. Literally every summer before school started, I would do a massive haul like this one and buy all new planners, pens, stickers, etc. I gave me such goosebumps, haha. I don’t have such an obsession now, but when it comes to buying a new planner I am meticulous. I’m definitely going to hve to check out kikki.K, though, because all the stuff you bought look SO nice! I especially like the motivational postcards :)

    • Reply Chantelle July 8, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you! I can relate, because I’ve always loved stationery, but never planners. My problem was that I would never use even half of the stuff that I bought. Anyway, I can vouch for the quality of kikki.K’s general stationery. It’s quite nice. I haven’t gotten much use out of my planner, yet, though.

  • Reply Michelle July 5, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    I love love cute stationary and wish I could BUY everything, but alas, I can’t due to monies, but at least you can! I am still looking for the best planner for college coming up. It’s hard, but I know eventually I’ll find it! 😀 I have faith!

    • Reply Chantelle July 8, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      I hope you find a nice planner for college. I’m sure you’ll find one. There are a lot of cute ones around. Unfortunately, I can’t buy all of the stationery I like, but I will treat myself now and again. ^^

  • Reply Raisa July 8, 2015 at 3:01 am

    These are so cute!! I’m tempted to get one for myself, but I’m not sure what I’ll use it for. I think the time planner with the rings might be a good fit for me since I can fill it with any paper I want, not just a calendar. I’ll think about it. I remember you telling me that electronic calendars have the risk of the devs using your info, and you made a very good point! So I’m more open-minded about a physical planner.

    • Reply Chantelle July 8, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you! 😀 I’m still trying to get my planner organized by making inserts and such. It’s a bit of work, but I did get it because it would be easy to customize (less paper wasted) and I could keep a lot of things in it. As this is my first time using a planner, I’m not exactly the most open-minded person either, but kikki.K’s planner was pretty, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

  • Reply Aisling July 10, 2015 at 6:49 am

    I love the Kikki.K stuff but the shipping to the UK is sooooooo expensive. :( But I’m so bad at sticking to a planner. Also I don’t have that much stuff to plan for. I wish I did though, because I have lofty dreams of having cute planners or bullet journals and being a truly organized person.

    • Reply Chantelle July 11, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      I got free international shipping, which was an absolute dream. ^^ I worried about having to pay import taxes, but for whatever reason customs never called and I didn’t pay anything extra.

      I have a ton of things to plan and it would be best if I were more organized, but since I’ve never used a planner before… I don’t know how it will work out. Hopefully, I’ll use it to keep organized/to plan things out. I already know that I won’t use it to remember things.

  • Reply Cat July 10, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Aahh, I know what you mean when it comes to stationery addiction. It’s even worse when I collect them and never use them! I just like cute and pretty things!

    This is a nice haul! I like the simplicity of the Hello Yellow collection, especially how there’s a few different shapes :) The magnetic page markers are cute too! I have ones that are similar, except they’re cupcakes. The planner you got also looks really nice. I used to use planners every year when I was in school. Now that I’m working, I find digital calendars and to-do lists more helpful.

    • Reply Chantelle July 11, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      Thanks! And yes, I have a ridiculous amount of things I’ve never used, but I’m somewhat okay with that. For whatever reason, Google Calendar gives me incredibly creepy vibes, especially when it reminds me through my phone. In many ways, I think planning is going to be more of an art project/diary/journal than just about planning (because that I won’t do).

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