Where can I find the writing paper?

I love nice writing paper. It’s only so sad that it’s so hard to find these days. Often when I ask in s shop where I can find the stationary or writing paper, they look at me if I ask for something illegal! After explaining what im looking for, the first respond is: ‘Why won’t you just sent an e-mail? It’s much faster!’. Oh yes, e-mail is indeed faster, but not as much fun as real mail.

Luckily over the years I’ve found some shops where I can buy writing paper. Or when I’ve feeling creative, I’ll make my own writing paper (in the future I’ll write a blog about that). I’m wondering if you have the same experience when you’re looking for nice writing paper.

Here are some shopping tips for when you’re in the Netherlands, Belgium, the U.K or Italy!

Netherlands/Belgium

  • Paperchase: in some big trainstations or in the Bijenkorf. (Only in the Netherlands. But they do have a webshop)
  • Zeeman: not always. Mostly they have Disney
  • Wibra: not always. Mostly Disnye and cupcakes
  • Boekenfestijn: look at the craft section

UK

  • Paperchase: almost every city has at least one Paperchase shop. Also they have a webshop.
  • Art Box: located in London
  • W.S. Smith Book store: almost every city in the UK has at least one W.S. Smith bookstore
  • Selfridges: an amzing warehouse in London. Also sells Art Box

Itlay

  • The 99 cent shops: I’m not sure every single shop sells it. I found some nice writing paper at the 99 cent shop that is very close to the Medici Chapel.

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Tapes, part 3

As you could have read some time ago, I love to use all kinds of tape to decorate my letters and envelopes. But did you know that there are several kind of tapes?

The most common kind of tape is deco tape. It’s just like normal tape, but this kind of tape has a color or a print on it. Further it’s the same as normal tape. When I just started with letter writing, I always used this kind of tape. Now a days, I’m a big fan of paper tape (also called Washi tape). It’s looks a bit like deco tape with it’s colors and prints. But there is one big differens: you can easily tear of this tape and it’s removable! Also you can write on it. Three things you can’t do with deco tape. There is also fabric tape. It’s basically a ribbon with glue on the back.

Messages in a bottle

No, I’m not talking about the song by The Police. I’m talking about a real bottle that you can sent by mail!

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A while ago I was in a museum and in the shop I found a plastic bottle with a blank sheet in it. I really like the whole idea of sending a letter in a bottle, so I bought one and sent it to myself since I didn’t knew if the bottle would survives the postal journey. And it did! After four days, the bottle and letter arrived in my mailbox in the same condition as I had sent!

Message in a bottle