As many of you might know, I love writing letters. In an era where communication can be instant, I prefer writing letters, or “snail mail” as I sometimes call it.
Surprise, surprise, I actually get more than just advertisements and bills in the mail, and the joy of getting a letter is truly unique, from the moment you spot it in your mailbox to reading the last word in the letter.
(This is sort of a response post to my friend’s post about letters and picking stationary, haha.)
Unfortunately, I can’t afford the high class stationary that I’d love to write with, but I’ve found some really unique pieces of stationary to use.
Mailblok – It’s essentially a notepad that can be folded into an envelope, so it’s the letter + envelope! That way, you don’t have to spend extra to buy plain white envelopes, and because there are two sections that you must fold in to seal the whole letter, there’s lots of writing space. I’ve also run out of writing space before, so I write on extra pages and then fold them into the letter. There are three wings in the third part of the pages: two for the sides and one traditional rounded triangle one to properly seal the letter off. You can always use some washi tape to provide extra security to your letter, but since there’s already some adhesive one the wings, you can just get some water to seal it off, which is usually what I do.
$8 for 50 pages – not bad!
Rating: 7/10 – Very creative, but unless you have extra stationary for extra space, it’s limiting, and if the factory doesn’t put the adhesive/glue on properly, you might end up with too much or too little on one wing.
Kokuyo B5 Pad – Fancy. The texture of the paper is unique, and doesn’t bleed much with my fountain pens. I consider Kokuyo to be the lower tier of fancy stationary and such (they are the makers of the very popular campus notebooks in Japan), but it’s very nice to write on.
-price unknown- – I bought mine directly shipped from Japan in a store, so I don’t remember how much I paid for it. You are able to purchase it through the Kokuyo store (I believe), but they didn’t show me the price in my cart.
Rating: 7/10 – Price was definitely not cheap, lines are more wide-ruled than college-ruled, which doesn’t match my small handwriting. Quality of paper is good, and I haven’t noticed any printing issues with mine.
Rilakkuma mini-envelope set – I wish they gave you more envelopes for the note pads, but that’s not something I care too much about. I try to use it for simple conversations, because it feels really weird to have serious conversations on stationary with strawberries and hearts..
$7.49 – 40 sheets with 20 envelopes
Rating: 6/10 – Their envelopes are really small, so you’re pretty much limited to using their pages. Designs are cute, but…well, 2much4me sometimes. Paper quality is solid, but no adhesive for the flap, and letter design is Japanese, so when I stick a stamp on the top right corner, you can still see a huge part that’s meant for a Japanese area code. Also, please label the sendee and sender. I’ve had a letter returned to me because I didn’t label “to” and “for.” Your local post office may not be used to such a design, and even though it’s somewhat obvious that the larger space in which you put an address is the forwarding address, they probably don’t want to risk anything.
Aside from that, I use a few other Asia-limited notepads from Kokuyo, which are 3/10 due to their paper designs (there are designs on the paper that will catch onto pens and fountain pens – took forever to clean them!). I’ve just ordered an airmail letter pad with matching envelopes from Jetpens, but I haven’t had the chance to use them yet, so we’ll see how that goes!