Bring Back (Fancy) Paper

A few weeks ago my Mother was on a mission to clear out the drawer in her home that had housed mine and my siblings school reports for decades. While I was collecting my pile of depressing reminders of exams gone by I noticed another, smaller pile. It was the soot-stained letters we had written over the years to Santa Claus - returned, by that same jolly-old-elf, when we came of age... I assume...

One of the letters was written by me, on behalf of my youngest sister. But it wasn't what was written that caught my attention - it was the paper it was written on. A piece of genuine, 1980's, Pierrot-the-Clown, FANCY PAPER. The wave of nostalgia that overcame me at the sight of it almost brought me to tears.

If you are not Irish, and not of a 'certain age' you will likely have no idea what I'm talking about. You can click here for a hilarious and thoroughly accurate description of what collecting fancy paper was like in 1980's Ireland (the comments are also well worth a read) but I can safely say that the craze for collecting and swapping cute paper goes a long, looong way to explaining my obsession with all things stationery.


Still caught up in that swoon of nostalgia I happened upon an intriguing hashtag on twitter:

#bringbackpaper

and immediately investigated. It brought me to the home of the modern day equivalent of swapping fancy paper - The Reading Residence's monthly #bringbackpaper activity. This month it was a stationery swap - which I couldn't sign up for quickly enough!

I got paired up with someone in Southampton in the UK and I sent her the envelope pictured above. (Emily, one of your cards made the journey!) In return, I received this bundle of loveliness:


The pencil case has already made itself useful in tidying up the pen-strewn bottom of my handbag and I adore the paper-cut notecards. They are so pretty! I'm looking forward to thinking up a plan for those little canvases too, seeing as there are four people in my family and four canvases - I'm sure I can come up with something... And look at those toast post-its! Perfect 'Fancy Paper'!

It's so lovely to get things in the post that are not just boring bills and statements and it's so much more fun when it's a complete surprise. I also love that this is a perfectly acceptable way for me to re-live my childhood obsession ;)

If you want to get involved with the next activity you can check out the details HERE or if you, like me, enjoy swooning over papery goodness you can follow #bringbackpaper on twitter and instagram too.

To make some cute stationery of your own, grab the small person in your life and follow THESE INSTRUCTIONS.


14 comments

  1. Oh, I'm so pleased you spotted the hash tag and got involved. Sounds like it's right up your street and always good to relive happy childhood memories, too! That's a beautiful bundle received there, and I can tell it's gone to a very appreciative home! Thanks for sharing and spreading the #BringBackPaper news x

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    1. RIGHT up my street, J! Thanks so much for hosting, it was a lot of fun.

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  2. Oh lovely! I loved fancy paper so, so much - bring back paper indeed!

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    1. Oh me too. I'm so happy it was a part of my childhood!

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  3. I recently found a stock of my old fancy paper in my parent's house too! Oh what nostalgia.

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    1. No way!! I am so jealous. I hope you kept it!! I want to meet up with you for swapsies!

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  4. I thought I recognised Emily's work there!

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  5. I remember that craze too, in fact I must still have a collection somewhere in my loft..............love the mail you got sounds like a great swap to have been involved with.

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    1. Oh, dig out your collection and share! I want to swoon over it!!

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  6. What a great swap! I loved mine too must blog it thanks for sharing :) x

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    1. it was so fun - oh do share yours! And thanks for commenting!

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  7. This is well timed, my daughter asked me the other night what I collected when I was a girl, and I suddenly became all light headed with the lovely memories of collecting fancy paper. And the fun of swapping it. How fantastic that the tradition is brought to life with the hashtag you mentioned! Love your parcels.

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    1. Aw, lovely. That must be why I get light-headed in stationery shops - it's the nostalgia!

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