Stationery, Lately

It’s late summer — you know what that means, even if you’re not in school. Three words: new paper goodies. 🙂 Also, MUJI is opening here. I understand for stationery enthusiasts, this is good news.

I’ve never been to Japan, and wasn’t really aware of this brand, even though they do have American stores where I’ve visited before. At least it won’t require travel, now that they’re on my radar.

Anyway, here’s a quick list of some paper goodness more recently:

Adhesive Library Pockets

[8 pack / 4 patterns, from Michaels]

This was a random find at Michaels. I think they might be old stock, as I couldn’t find any other packages. This single pack was mixed in with a sea of $2/$4/$8 bin items. They rang up as a dollar at the register, though — yeah, score!

The adhesive strips are thin, so I’m thinking receipts and small amounts of post-it notes, tape, or stickers might work well inside. Nothing too heavy. These sticker pockets seem to be a fairly handy addition for notebooks that don’t come with any storage. While I do own a good chunk of paper books, I can’t say they are loaned out enough to justify using the pockets that way. Also, using them in books would necessitate sourcing an appropriate rubber stamp, of course.

I haven’t decided how to split these up yet. Maybe paired with some solid color or plain kraft notebooks. A travel or trip-specific notebook would work, the pockets could hold tickets and receipts from attractions and transit for later.

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Library card sticker pockets and panda notebook
Patterned library sticker pockets
(and adorable panda notebook, from the Toronto Zoo gift shop, received as a gift.)

Softcover Lined Notebooks

[Set of 3, from Chapters]

I like that these have the trendy marble element, but also have bolder contrast in the other shapes and lines. They’re maybe not the best for throwing into your bag, as the covers are soft, but that also means they’re not that heavy, either. Add an elastic to keep it from opening if you want to take it with you on the go?

Set of 3 black, white, bronze marble pattern notebooks

Assorted sky themed washi tape – ebay purchase

I ordered a handful of pretty washi tape from a Chinese seller, so I don’t have them yet. Maybe this wasn’t a great idea, as overseas mail can have quite a customs delay at our border, going from others’ reports. We’ll see. The last time I bought something from a Chinese seller, it actually arrived quite fast.

Small clear binder

[from downtown Vancouver Miniso]

I actually wanted a half size binder (5.5 x 8.5 inches), and this is not quite that size. It’s about 5 x 7.25 inches, with six binder holes. It also came in an A5 size, larger than this one. I think a trip to Staples will be on order for a mini binder that works with letter paper cut in half.

6 ring small clear binder with elastic closure, and library sticker pockets

Small binder with elastic closure, and more library sticker pockets


And, MUJI opens August 26, 2017 at Metrotown Mall in Burnaby, BC.

Is this your jam? In Canada, our chain bookstore is Chapters/Indigo, and yes they sell plenty of notebooks, agendas, and the like. If you are visiting Vancouver and area, here’s a quick roundup of stores that carry less expensive paper wares for you:


Aberdeen Mall, Richmond, BC
Transit friendly, two floors.


1256 West Broadway and downtown at 550 Granville Street, Vancouver;

  • also SFU campus Burnaby,
  • Park Royal shopping complex in West Vancouver,
  • Tsawwassen Mills Outlet Mall

NOTE: Miniso is Chinese-based but branding/marketing calls itself Japanese style. For further details on Miniso in greater Vancouver, read these.
The West Broadway store is rather small, and maybe not worth going to on its own.
Vancouver locations are more transit friendly.


Metropolis/Metrotown Mall, Burnaby;
Also, downtown Vancouver Robson Street flagship store coming (the old Gap AND Below the Belt).
Transit friendly.

Yokoyaya 123

International Village/Tinseltown Mall, Vancouver
NOTE: Daiso products are stocked at Yokoyaya. If you go to Catfe, you can include this in your visit — same mall.
Transit friendly.

— Do you have any MUJI recommendations? Let me know, stationary* or not. I already have one item on the shopping list that I spotted a while back: an eyelash curler that is a more travel-friendly design. —



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Library sticker pockets on a notebook


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Updated September 2017

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