Creativity and frivolous ideas

I love how all the great adventures and collaborations always start with one person saying “Why don’t we <insert a ridiculous idea here> ? and the other one  going “Why Not?”

So when Howard Gossage (a nonconformist advertising genius famously known as The Socrates of San Francisco) sat with the Publisher of Scientific American in a New York Restaurant to explore some new ways to expand the magazine’s reach, he suggested having a paper plane competition for the magazine. The publishers agreed. Details aside, the 1st International Paper Airplane contest was signed off. The contest received 12,000 entries within six weeks of placing ads in local newspapers asking people to join the competition.

The results from the contest were compiled into this book – The Great International Paper Airplane Book. It also featured the winning entries with DIY instructions.


The book explains how paper airplanes are quite different with paper darts. Darts  do not have any personality – they fly straight and that’s it.

“The paper airplane is a very different affair. It is, more accurately, a paper glider. You do not throw it. You let it go or push it very slightly; and the weight head carries it forward, gracefully and gently, like a seagull coming to rest upon the deck of a ship. A little while ago it was a sheet of notepaper, but now it glides like the fairest of white birds. Yet a perfect flight requires very often an infinitude of patience, a folding and refolding, a shaping and reshaping with the scissors.”


Jerry Mander, George Dippel and Howard Gossage, authors of the book write, “In our experience, we have found that the biggest thinkers we have dealt with are the ones most willing to support such “frivolous”projects”

It’s important to explore our ability to go astray and come up with some really frivolous ideas.

Typologies, Design Innovations and Creativity with Gianluca Gimini

I have always been fascinated with writers and illustrators’ creations on blank paper. What intrigues me is the inner conflict and the dialogue they have with the blank page before their creations come to life. So when I stumbled upon Gianluca’s project, where he rendered 50 of the bicycle sketches he collected over the past 6 years into prototype designs, I was fascinated.

What I loved about this project is that its construct permitted us to observe a designer’s awareness of aesthetics and functionality of the product designs against a non-designer’s independent, non-biased, non-aligned thought process. Maybe this is one area we must all consider for product designs and innovations.

I interviewed Gianluca for Blank Paper Project and he had some interesting insights and stories to share about his project ‘Velocipedia’.

Gianluca Gimini - Velocipedia 1200 HORIZONTAL GALLERIES (10)Gianluca: There is a quite funny story behind this project. It all started in 2009 in a bar in Bologna where I was chatting with a friend. We were talking about school time memories and I recalled this very embarrassing moment: a classmate was being questioned by our technical ed. teacher. He was doing pretty bad and was on the verge of tears at a certain point, so the teacher tried to help him out by asking him to describe his bicycle. The poor kid panicked and couldn’t even remember if the driving wheel was the front or the rear one.  My friend laughed at this story and said that anyone who has ridden a bike must know how it’s made. Then he tried drawing one on a napkin and miserably failed. That’s the day I started collecting bike drawings.

I would walk up to friends, family or total strangers with a pen and a sheet of paper in my hand, asking that they immediately draw me a men’s bicycle, by heart. Soon I found out that when confronted with this odd request most people have a very hard time remembering exactly how a bike is made. Some did get close, some actually nailed it perfectly, but most ended up drawing something that was pretty  far off from a regular men’s bicycle.
Little I knew this is actually a test that psychologists use to demonstrate how our brain sometimes tricks us into thinking we know something even though we don’t.
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I collected hundreds of drawings, building up a collection that I think is very precious. There is an incredible diversity of new typologies emerging from these crowd-sourced and technically error-driven drawings. A single designer could not invent so many new bike designs in 100 lifetimes and this is why  I look at this collection in such awe.
In 2016 I eventually decided it was my turn to take part in this project. I decided my job was going to be to present the potential and the beauty inside these sketches. I selected those that I found most interesting, genuine and diverse, then rendered them as if they were real. I became the executor of these two-minute projects by people who were mainly non-designers and confirmed my suspicion: everyone, regardless his age and job, can come up with extraordinary, wild, new and at times brilliant inventions.
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What is the creative process behind your art?

Velocipedia began as a collection and I really did’t have a purpose for doing it. At some point I understood I was gathering some great material for what is called a crowd-sourced project. Many projects of this kind are aimed at making the exact average of the collected materials, but I thought each and every one of the bikes I was receiving had unique features that needed to be brought to attention rather than merged together into a single design.

In general it would not be easy to say what’s the thinking behind my projects. I like them to be meaningful, that’s for sure. I know I tend to work by association of ideas and that my love for puns always comes up. My coin box for BVR and Ciro Minimo for Helios Automazioni would be two good examples of how play on words influences my designs.Gianluca Gimini - Velocipedia 1200 HORIZONTAL GALLERIES (6)

How do you dismiss all the conflicting thoughts in your head and focus on  the singular process of creation?

I teach product design in University. I think the best exercise for me is doing this together with my students on their projects. It makes the process much more natural when it comes to my own because I do it so many times together with them.

Give us a sneak-peek into your typical day. How does a ‘A Day In Life of Gianluca’ look like?

There is no rule and that is probably the best part. During the academic year I go to university twice a week and have lessons to prepare, exercises to mark and so on. I also started teaching in high school this year. When school is off  I might find myself for a month in a row inside a big studio working as a consultant on some big project. In between these occupations I carry on other client work and personal projects. Probably what is common to my days is that I don’t spare a lot of time.

What do you feel when you stare at a blank page, before your art take shape on the whiteness of the sheet?

I feel the horror of vacuity. That’s why I need to feel my concept is strong and why I use puns to find an appropriate shape. For many designers styling is more like a final phase of the so called creative process and it can have nothing to do with the function or the meaning of the object. I feel I’m not able to do that.

If someone issues a search warrant through your tools and sketchbooks, what are they likely to stumble into?

A PC first of all, then a smart phone full of pictures I take at things that somehow inspire me (I spent some time publishing some of these pictures last year); and then objects I gather in flea markets and at times use to develop prototypes (this is a different kind of process I use, in which I overcome the horror of the white sheet letting that the shape or part of the shape be determined by something that I can’t control such as a found object). Other tools are linked to prototyping “the old fashioned way”: cutters, balsa wood, glue, plaster and so on.

Tell us more about projects. The one you mentioned are based between crossing the borders between product design, graphics and illustrations.

I think it has to do with the fact I wasn’t trained as a product or graphic designer. I studied as architect and that influences my mentality. I am at the opposite of a purist in any discipline. Also the fact of speaking more or less fluently two languages (Italian and English) and knowing a bit both of Italian and U.S. culture pushes me to look at things from more than one point of view…I guess.
This is a very minor project but I think it’s eloquent. I was asked to develop a cover design for a yearbook and ended up putting together a mock-up for a fictional product, just to make the cover design. The whole thing took me just 4 hours.
This other one, called Instalegs, went viral in 2013. It’s a physical object that I actually produced as a series, but it’s rather a satire that could have been made as  comic. I thought that actually making it would have been even funnier. It certainly would not have gotten all the attention if it had remained just a sketch.Gianluca Gimini - Velocipedia 1200 HORIZONTAL GALLERIES (3)What are your can’t-live-without stationery essentials?

I love the Pilot V5 because it’s dirty. It always messes up the drawing a bit. Purists of sketching tend to dislike it for the same reason. I also like very soft pencils: B6 is one of my most frequent choices. And I like drawing on scrap paper though it tends to get lost very easily on my messy desk.

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Some stats: Total number of collected bicycle sketches: 376
Youngest participant: 3 years old
Oldest participant: 88 years old
Different nationalities of participants: 11
Bicycles facing left: 85 %
Bicycles facing right: 15 %

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Fun facts collected during the making of this project:

Some diversities are gender driven. Nearly 90% of drawings in which the chain is attached to the front wheel (or both to the front and the rear) were made by females. On the other hand, while men generally tend to place the chain correctly, they are more keen to over-complicate the frame when they realize they are not drawing it correctly.

One of the most frequent issues for participants was not knowing exactly how to describe their job in short.

The most unintelligible drawing has also the most unintelligible handwriting. It was made by a doctor.

Gianluca Gimini is an Italian/American designer. As a professional he carries out projects of different nature often crossing the borders between product design, graphics, and illustration. He loves the communicational aspects of design and adds a humorous twist to whatever he does. He teaches product design at the University of Ferrara and occasionally writes in design magazines. He also helps big architecture firms convey their design projects to their clients.

Check out his projects here:



David Bowie and Artistic Suicide

1263880_10151603205387665_1352405099_oOn Sunday, the world lost the greatest artist, singer and songwriter – David Bowie. For many of us, we lost a hero, an artist, and a renegade.

Few artists and musicians have been able to straddle the world of theatrics and musical nexus as powerful as David Bowie. David showed us how fearlessness and theatrics work together in creating the most powerful and potent art form. Hinged on role-subversions, alter-ego hopping and artistic exhibitionism, his style continues to inspire stage art, costumes, magazine covers and so many other spaces of artistic creations. Everywhere you look today, there are a million memories, infinite experiences, and about dozens of inspired reincarnations of Bowie.

But to be inspired by David Bowie’s work is to find ways to break away from the patterns that get cemented into the fabric of our lifestyle (and sometimes our artist expression). To be inspired by David Bowie’s work is to remember his restless curiosity that sought change from the time and again. Change that did not fear transgression into the boundaries of race, sex and class. Change that is the death of all things known. ‘Artistic suicide’ as they famously call it. And last but not the least, to remember that the theatrics that empowers our art must be fueled by emotions and not by virility of the medium. Ironically, the art that shakes the foundation of the very construct of norms and patterns often gives birth to a concrete concept that gets regurgitated over and over in different ways. That is exactly what David Bowie was not. Restless change, nonconformity and artistic courage is what remains truly under the layers of his art. Rest is great packaging and mastering reinvention.

Artistic suicide is an interesting study. It is a process where an artist sheds his mould to be reborn as something completely different. David Bowie shed his alter egos – Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Alladin Sane, Thin White Duke to become a new movement. This way, an artist gets beyond the carnival of rusting fan nostalgia and repetitive glory to create a blank space for a new style to emerge.

If an artist is more than a sum of his parts, the parts that inspired him never truly make him what he/she is. You can never put together these parts to resurrect the artist. But to drown in those million parts can help us get a little closer to the artist that became. And in a way hope to resurface back with him.

So after shuffling through our favourite David Bowie songs here is something more to absorb. David Bowie’s official Facebook fan page has a compilation of his Top 100 Books to read (listed below). His favourite books are as fascinatingly diverse as his alter-egos. I am starting with ‘Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews edited by Malcolm Cowley’.

David Bowie’s Top 100 Books


Interviews With Francis Bacon by David Sylvester
Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
Room At The Top by John Braine
On Having No Head by Douglass Harding
Kafka Was The Rage by Anatole Broyard
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
City Of Night by John Rechy
The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Iliad by Homer
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Tadanori Yokoo by Tadanori Yokoo
Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
Inside The Whale And Other Essays by George Orwell
Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood
Halls Dictionary Of Subjects And Symbols In Art by James A. Hall
David Bomberg by Richard Cork
Blast by Wyndham Lewis
Passing by Nella Larson
Beyond The Brillo Box by Arthur C. Danto
The Origin Of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes
In Bluebeard’s Castle by George Steiner
Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
The Divided Self by R. D. Laing
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Infants Of The Spring by Wallace Thurman
The Quest For Christa T by Christa Wolf
The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
Nights At The Circus by Angela Carter
The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodieby Muriel Spark
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Herzog by Saul Bellow
Puckoon by Spike Milligan
Black Boy by Richard Wright
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima
Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler
The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot
McTeague by Frank Norris
Money by Martin Amis
The Outsider by Colin Wilson
Strange People by Frank Edwards
English Journey by J.B. Priestley
A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Day Of The Locust by Nathanael West
1984 by George Orwell
The Life And Times Of Little Richard by Charles White
Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock by Nik Cohn
Mystery Train by Greil Marcus
Beano (comic, ’50s)
Raw (comic, ’80s)
White Noise by Don DeLillo
Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm And Blues And The Southern Dream Of Freedom by Peter Guralnick
Silence: Lectures And Writing by John Cage
Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews edited by Malcolm Cowley
The Sound Of The City: The Rise Of Rock And Roll by Charlie Gillete
Octobriana And The Russian Underground by Peter Sadecky
The Street by Ann Petry
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
Last Exit To Brooklyn By Hubert Selby, Jr.
A People’s History Of The United States by Howard Zinn
The Age Of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby
Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz
The Coast Of Utopia by Tom Stoppard
The Bridge by Hart Crane
All The Emperor’s Horses by David Kidd
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess
The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos
Tales Of Beatnik Glory by Ed Saunders
The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
Nowhere To Run The Story Of Soul Music by Gerri Hirshey
Before The Deluge by Otto Friedrich
Sexual Personae: Art And Decadence From Nefertiti To Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia
The American Way Of Death by Jessica Mitford
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Teenage by Jon Savage
Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Viz (comic, early ’80s)
Private Eye (satirical magazine, ’60s – ’80s)
Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara
The Trial Of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens
Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes
Maldodor by Comte de Lautréamont
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders by Lawrence Weschler
Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Transcendental Magic, Its Doctine and Ritual by Eliphas Lévi
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Leopard by Giusseppe Di Lampedusa
Inferno by Dante Alighieri
A Grave For A Dolphin by Alberto Denti di Pirajno
The Insult by Rupert Thomson
In Between The Sheets by Ian McEwan
A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes
Journey Into The Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg
Goodbye Bowie. Goodbye Aladdin Sane. Goodbye Major Tom. Goodbye Ziggy Stardust. Goodbye Halloween Jack. Goodbye The Thin White Duke.

We will be dying to see the next avatar you will be turning into. Call it a futuristic nostalgia. We don’t know what it will be or where it will be. But as you promised, we know, it sure won’t be boring.

Florence Nightingale: Journey Through Her Stationery

15 years back I had read the Reader’s Digest Condensed Book on life of Florence Nightingale by Cecil Woodham-Smith. Impressed by her non-conformist lifestyle, I made notes, scribbled on the blank corners of the book and decided to treasure the book for life. Fascinated about her personal life than her medical achievements, I drank every word and every thought from Cecil Woodham-Smith’s Book – Nightingale’s contemplation on love, marriage, and call from the divine.

Today is International Nurses Day. As I opened the newspaper and saw Florence Nightingale’s old black and white picture, words from Cecil’s Biography came to me. Today world remembers Nightingale for her achievements in nursing. But for me it was the making of that Compassionate-Lady-Whose-Shadow-the-Soldiers-Kissed that interested me more. Her struggle as a young girl growing up in an aristocratic society and her rebellious yet self-conflicting thoughts were so endearing…

“She worked in secret. She got up before dawn and wrote by candle- light, wrapped in a shawl. Notebook after notebook was filled with a mass of facts, compared, indexed, and tabulated. She wrote privately for reports to M. Mohl in Paris; she procured information on hospitals in Berlin from the Bunsens. In the cold dark mornings she laid the foundation of the vast and detailed knowledge of sanitary conditions which was to make her the first expert in Europe. Then the breakfast- bell rang, and she came down to be the Daughter at Home.” – Cecil Woodham-Smith.

So month followed month — it seemed without progress or event, but in her character a profound change was taking place. “I feel,” she wrote in a private note of 1846, “as if all my being were gradually drawing together to one point.” She decided that her longing for affection, her susceptibility were too powerful for safety and she began deliberately to detach herself from human relationships. Love, marriage, even friend- ship, must be renounced. So in September, 1 846 she wrote to Hilary Bon- ham Carter: “Are not one’s earthly friends too often Atalanta’s apple, thrown in each other’s M’ay to hinder that course, at the end of which is laid up the crown of righteousness? So, dearest, it is well that we should not see too much of each other. . . . Farewell my beloved one.” In a private note she wrote: “Oh God, no more love. No more marriage O God.”

Thanks to The Florence Nightingale Digitization Project began in 2014 you can now access 1900 letters handwritten or narrated by Florence Nightingale.

A drawing of Florence Nightingale with her patients in Scutari hospital in Turkey.

A drawing of Florence Nightingale with her patients in Scutari hospital in Turkey.

Many names of Florence Nightingale – “Angels with Sweet Approving Smiles,” “The Star in the East,” “The Shadow on the Pillow,” “The Soldier’s Cheer.”

FNM336865  Credit: Medicine chest owned and used by Florence Nightingale in the Crimea (mixed media) by  Florence Nightingale Museum, London, UK/ The Bridgeman Art Library Nationality / copyright status: out of copyright

Credit: Medicine chest owned and used by Florence Nightingale in the Crimea (mixed media) by
Florence Nightingale Museum, London, UK/ The Bridgeman Art Library
Nationality / copyright status: out of copyright

“I had 3 paths among which to choose,”. she wrote on July lo,
1850. “I might have been a married woman, or a literary woman, or a
hospital sister. And now it seemed to me as if quiet with somebody to
look for my coming back were all I wanted.”


Turkish candle lantern or lamp from Scutari Hospital, used during the Crimean War


Writing slate in an inscribed, wooden frame. Given to Florence Nightingale by her mother on 11th October, 1830.

Writing slate in an inscribed, wooden frame. Given to Florence Nightingale by her mother on 11th October, 1830.

Anatomy sketch book complied by Florence Hay Thornburn while at the Nightingale Training School. Sketches are mainly in black pen with coloured pencil shading and anatomy parts labelled. Inscribed in front in blue ink and dated 1915.1186_DSC9434

Pen and inkwell used by Florence Nightingale during the Crimea War, given to her by a Crimean nurse, Sister Mary Burdett. The pen is bone or ivory with a metal nib and the inkwell is glass within a in metal cannister.


Image Credit: BBC UK, Florence Nightingale Collections and The Florence Nightingale Digitization Project

“New photo of ‘Lady of the Lamp'”. BBC News. 6 August 2006. Retrieved 7 August 2008.


Happy Holidays from Blank Paper Project

2014 has been a Ferris wheel (hate roller coasters) of a year, one that has taught me so many lessons and has helped me focus on what is most important to me in life and work. As fun as it has been, it has tested me in many ways. I have been constantly challenged to choose genuine, original and real over duplicated and trivial. While I try to stay on top of new trends in the digital world, I am starting to get a little wary of the new innovations or the next app to drown us all in its wake. While the Google’s new self driver car is a kick-ass concept, “Things I learnt from riding a Google Self-driving Car” and other articles floating around on internet translates the new innovations to look impulsive and trivial. My job as a digital copywriter keeps me constantly updated about the world of internet and cell phone communication and information. I love it all, but with the same effect I find myself being propelled towards the old-school face-to-face conversations, letter writing, crafts, arts and silent creations.

Somewhere I hope 2015 brings something more real in the digital world. As I converse daily with the strategists, technologists, illustrators user experience designers, creatives, writers and analysts, I have come to believe that only way we can choose to create something real is by collaborating and creating a team that has a similar vision. A vision to disrupt, create and answers life’s biggest questions and exudes life’s most-real emotions. Hope 2015 helps me collaborate with some of the most brilliant artists, writers and designers and give my readers a glance into a world that is rich with unusual stories, inspirational content, rewarding books and delightful stationery items.

Wishing my devout readers Happy Holidays and a wonderful 2015.


Project Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Journal

We wake up next to our cats, in pile of books, with a job to go to, to having a mentor who believes in us, to getting that sandwich from our colleague when we are starving during a 4 pm slump. But in our rush to achieve the next best thing we often forget that we have to identify those people who enrich our lives and be grateful to them.

And since being grateful is a verb as much as it is a sentiment, creating a gratitude journal is a good way to give our memories a little jog. Also by making list we can plan to show our appreciation, big or small.

I know I’m not alone in believing that gratitude list help us grow as a person. So I am stopping here to give you the details about this project: share your gratitude list on your blog with a photo, on Facebook, Instagram Twitter, Pinterest, Vine or your preferred social network. If you’re doing this with friends let your pal snap a photo of something they are thankful for. It can be as simple as a taking a picture of a note written on a notepad that says “I am thankful I have a friend who loves books as much as I do”.  List people you are grateful to in your favourite journal; list them on a graph paper, list them on Microsoft Word, list them on your blogs. It is a simple exercise and you can use any medium you fancy.

So pull out that list; get super creative; show off your favourite notebook, journal diary, handmade paper, designs, sketches, graphical illustrations, photography in the background. Then take some pictures of the #GratitudeList and show us the final result using the tag #MyGratitudeList. Let’s get the whole creative community in spirit of gratitude (since we have millions of names in our head of people we hate). So I will go first.

Here is my Gratitude List:
1. Talkative Taxi Drivers – We know so much about a new city just by talking with you guys
2. My cat – By the merit of  just existing
3. Mother – For putting a smile on my face every time
4. Nurse – I do not remember your name but you gave me the strength when I was so low
5. Woody Allen – Helped me get out of the Writer’s Block every time
6. Anand Gandhi – For directing the movie Ship of Theseus that changed my life. This is a movie that I can watch every day and learn something new, each time. Dear readers, if you wish to watch the movie too, click on the link here:
7. Mentors – For believing in me and my writing and for fighting against the prejudices of people who suffer from creative myopia.
8. Kanye West – For making the best music records of the century
9. Shines – For giving the best gifts any vintage loving girl would want
10. Random Jogger – For helping me through a situation which can only be termed as a Divine Intervention
11. Diverse City I live in – It’s a melting pot of cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds. Something I wish for all cities all over the world
12. J. D Salingher – For teaching me that the only religious thing a person can do is to act. To perform every action knowing God is watching and to execute it to perfection
13. Friends – For being so socially retarded, foul-mouthed, and entertaining me with your cocky quips

Why stationery lovers love Back to School. And why you should too!

There is nothing like the first day of school. Full of promise the school year ahead is like a blank sheet of paper. We can still remember the neatly ironed, crisp school uniform, organizing the bag pack, the yellow bus waiting outside, opening the new box of crayons, finding clean chalkboard! Ah those days…

Although many of us have grown out of our grammar years and started out on our day jobs, we cannot deny that the we are still students, working our way to learn new skills, trying to make friends, struggling to wake up early and yes combing the rooms and raiding the wardrobe trying to find the matching socks pair  in the morning.  In some way or the other we keep reliving the Back to School Days. And so I couldn’t think of any better way to relive those moments than putting in some of the cute, fun stationery items for your day at school , college or office in this post.



  1. Cath Kidston – Clocks Lever Arch File Folder 2. Becky & Lolo -double tier canvas pencil case with stationery 3.Cath Kidston – Three  Tins Stationery  4. Dotcomgiftshop – handy tube of 36 colouring pencils

Marine Team Desktop Tin

Every time I stroll through PaperChase shop the products beckon me to take them  home. While I resist the temptation with years of practice, tin boxes always help me justify my purchase. There is always some stuff in the house that needs storing, boxing and, organizing. So there is no such thing as too many boxes. I think I might pick up some more for my friends too!




Here is my final list of essential stationery items. Do let me know if I have missed out any essential one in the list here.

Glue sticks


Ballpoint pens

Ink Pen


No. 2 pencils

Colored pencils

A pencil sharpener


Water-based markers

White glue


Spiral-bound or composition notebooks

A three-ring binder

Loose-leaf notebook paper

Pocket folders

Printer paper and ink cartridges

A ruler with English and metric measurements

Scotch tape

A stapler

A sturdy, supportive backpack