When I graduated from college, my dad gave me a beautiful set of personalized stationery. It came in a dark green box with cream-colored notes that had my full name written across the top. It was one of the sweetest gifts I'd ever received and it marked the first time I truly felt like an adult. I still have the box tucked away in my closet - with just a few cards left. I don't know if I'll ever bring myself to use the last one, especially since I'll be changing my name (though not professionally) in just a few short weeks. Beyond personalized notes though, it's fair to say that I have an obsession with all things related to paper, so I figured I'd share some of my favorite stationery-related items that I use most frequently.
Good paper (plus matching envelopes). It seems rather obvious, but I always make sure to have several sizes and colors of paper lying around so I can make cards instead of buying them. I recently purchased this double loop punch to make ordinary paper look really special (as seen above).
Glue pen. The perfect way to use said glitter to write sweet sayings with sparkle.
Decorative paper. I use this for wrapping small gifts or for lining plain envelopes - the easiest way to make a big impact. Simply trace the outside of the envelope on the backside of the paper you want to use and cut it out (make sure to leave a little room on the sides and along the top, so you can still seal it closed).
Stamps. These bring back memories from childhood, but now I opt for quirky characters (like this orange lobster) to dress up neutral card stock.
Finished cards for spring.