久しぶり Where to begin...

by Mel in

It's been almost half a year since my last post.

Writer's Block

As anyone can tell from my Instagram, I am far from over my stationery obsession, but I didn't know what to post here. I was flopping back and forth between having too much to say and not having anything interesting to say at all.

And it's not that I didn't have topics to write about. I spent months trying to write a post about my most favorite fountain pen that I am in love with and the new beautiful inks I've picked up from Bung Box and my glorious TOKIO kakuno set and just my thoughts on the Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.5 Black that I have way too many of.  But I kept feeling like I needed to write other things first. To set up certain parts as a foundation. To explain this site. To explain myself.

I lost sight of the main question I need to answer: "Is this site for me or for others?" And it's such an easy one to answer; I created Obsessive Stationery Disorder for myself.

I don't know why it took me nearly 6 months to get to that answer.

So what now?

Well, first of all, I need to let go. Let go of the illusion that I can build a perfectly formatted and logical site from scratch that will remain perfect with no tweaks in the future. Analysis paralysis has stopped me for long enough. Time to feel my way through it. I like finding patterns in the chaos, but without chaos, there are no patterns to find. It's time to make some chaos.

The next few months here are going to be random and messy and possibly make no sense whatsoever. But I need that. Especially now. I need to tell myself that not having completely control is perfectly fine.

I know that sounds like it's about something more than stationery.

And it is.

Stationery is my anchor.

Things in my life are much less than perfect and sometimes the panic descends and I'm close to losing it. Stationery happens to be one of my anchors. It brings me back from the panic. It makes me happy. It's the little things in life. For me, one of those little things is stationery.

We all have our coping methods, right?

Posts (i.e. Chaos) to Come.

Hopefully, I'll put up a few posts over the next few weeks. I've got a number of topics I want to write about and I've got some time on my hands. *crosses fingers*

Haul Pic: New MUJI notebook

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September 21, 2014 - MUJI (Hamamatsu)

I have a habit that I think many stationery addicts can relate to: I'm always looking for reasons to buy a new notebook.

I have two trips coming up this year, one to Tokyo Disneyland for Halloween and one to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for Christmas. The perfect reason for a new notebook! I had been looking at various candidates, but when I went to MUJI to show a friend their bookmarks, and I spotted their 74yen notebooks (about the size of a Field Note)

One cool service MUJI has is that you can use their stamps to personalize items you've bought. Looking at the stamps, I had moment of genius.

I purchased one of the grid notebooks and went straight to the stamps. On the front I stamped "USJ DEC 2014" then flipped it vertically 180 degrees to stamp "TDS TDL OCT 2014" on the back.

I'll write more details in a future post.

Haul Pic: LOFT Wanna Do - Movie Log

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September 21, 2014 - LOFT (Hamamatsu)

LOFT has released these new notebooks customized for various hobbies and interests such as coffee, wine, desserts, trains, Buddah statues, photography, and lots more.

I was shopping with a close movie buddy before we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy and we both were quite interested in the movie one. There is a spot for the title, date viewed, director, lead actor, comments, place to paste movie stubs, stickers, pictures and the like.

I've seen a number of these, but this one looked quite promising. Also I was on my way to see my 22nd movie in the theather this year and my movie ticket stubs had nowhere to go. Well, they do now. :)

I've put all of the stubs into the notebook and I'll post an update when I've filled it in a bit.

Haul Pic: File, file, file

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August 26, 2014 - Maruzen


The new version of this brilliant A4/A5 filer folder has an elastic band around it and. I really don't like that elastic band. So when I found the old version at one of my regular stationery stores, I picked up two. Just in case.

As I went to the register, I spotted a small clear file with business card size message cards and envelopes. Exactly what I was looking for.

I carry around some postcards, stamps and an address book in a small clear file and I've been wanting to add some cards, but they make the bottom half of the file thicker than the top and it bugs me so much I haven't been carrying them around. This is the perfect solution. I'm not a big Snoopy fan, but I had to have it.

So I ended up with these items in my possession. Yay! 


Haul Pic: Giving in to temptation

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September 7, 2014 - Books the Libretto


I left work and had dinner and dropped by another regular stationery/book store. Typically, I don't buy anything. I peruse the new displays (right now the 2015 schedules have come out), check the postcards, look through the stationery and let off a bit of stress, then I head back to my room to sleep.

But maybe it was stress? I ended up picking up a few things. Halloween is still quite a ways away, but I thought of a cute way to use the letter set, so yeah. I also picked up some more Misako Morino postcards and teo of one at caught my eye, some sticky notes, a pack of mini envelopes, and a rabbit+moon letter set.

Project Postcard Organization

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I've always loved postcards. Inexpensive souvenirs and pieces of art mainly to admire or use as decoration. Occasionally I would send one or two, or more if I was on vacation somewhere. There were the New Year's Greetings and the Mid-summer Greetings as well.

But last year, when my stationery obsession started to truly snowball, I started to buy postcards at an alarming rate for the specific purpose of sending them to people for pretty much no specific reason other than to just send them.

I bought a clear postcard file to store them. But that got full pretty damn fast. So I got another one and separated them: To send and for keeps. This was the result.

To send

To send

For keeps

For keeps

Flipping through "For keeps' is fun, but the "To send" was getting out of control and I decided that the only solution is to get more folders.


The black on is for the keepers, the pink is for spring, the yellow for autumn, the green for summer, the blue for winter, and the clear for non-season specific postcards. After a few hours of very happy sorting and organizing, I was left with this.


That's a lot of postcards. And soooooo much potential storage space. Look at all of those empty pages!

Challenge Accepted.

Haul Pic: Stuff for my mother

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August 26, 2014 - Tokyu Hands


As the weather gets cooler, the summer stationery gives way to warmer autumn colors and I've given in to temptation and bought a few things already.

I was showing my mother some of my recent hauls on one of our regular Skype sessions and she mentioned wanting some autumn postcards. Which would be when my face lit up and I offered to pick up a few things to top off the package I had been putting together for her.

Sometimes, actually quite often, I find things that I think my friends might like and I pick it up for them and may or may not send it off in a timely manner. Just a few things here and there because too much can make the receiver feel bad and that is totally the opposite of the point. But when it comes to my mother...'too much' isn't an issue and I know her taste in stationery pretty well because it's a lot like mine, so there isn't much hesitation about whether or not she will like an item. 

I dropped by Tokyu Hands I got a bunch from Kyukyodo, as planned, and checked some of the other cards that I personally didn't have a reason to get (because 8 had already bought lots) and picked out a good number of postcards and one more ippitsusen. I also picked up a few more Kyupodo postcards. I ended up leaving with over 3000yen worth of stationery. Heehee.

My mom sent me an email after seeing the Instagram pic of the haul, and it turns out we both liked the same postcard the most. Like mother, like daughter. :) 

Ink up!: BungBox 皇紫 Imperial Purple - Pilot Kakuno M-nib

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I dropped by BungBox to check out their newest ink. It was so popular that it had sold out (that day, in fact). Bu Kaoru-tencho was kind enough to let me fill my newly-cleaned kakuno from the test bottle after I played around with it using a glass pen on some testing paper.

When I tried it out with the glass pen in the store and I really liked it, but it wasn't until I started to draw in my Rhodia ICE, that I fell in love with it.


It's just so pretty. A very solid purple. It's the purple that you think of and want, but so rarely get. I've got to get my hands on a bottle when it's back in stock.

Though I must say, I will personally be calling this color "Sumeragi" rather than its official name: "Sumeramurasaki". I just like how it sounds. Sumeragi.

Current Carry: September 10, 2014

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Current Carry: September 10, 2014

  1. Uni Kurutoga 0.5 HB Lead
  2. RayMay Pencut Mini Scissors
  3. Tombow Mono Smart Eraser
  4. Midori Multi-ruler
  5. PLUS Whisper Petit 5 Correction Tape
  6. Kamio Glue Tape
  7. Stone Seal case and two stone seals (made by yours truly)
  8. Shachihata Mini Stamp pad
  9. Paper clips (from the 100 yen shop, kept on a cafe business card)
  10. Four Pilot Kakunos (from left to right: Soft Violet <M> w/ BUNGBOX Sumera Murasaki, Soft Yellow <M> with BUNGBOX Mikkabi Fresh Mikan, Soft Blue <F> with Pilot Iroshizuku Amairo, Soft Pink <F> with BUNGBOX L'Amant)
  11. Other pens and stuff (from left to right: Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.5 Red, Pilot Drawing Pen 005 Black, Zebra Tapli 0.5 Mechanical Pencil, Zebra Surari 0.5 Black, Pilot Prera Ivory <M> w/ BUNGBOX Tsuyuhikari)

All in a checkered MUJI pen case with a Union Jack charm from a friend.