Set up a Sticker Swap with Friends

Set up a Sticker Swap with Friends

It’s not difficult to find yourself with a wild collection of stickers, accumulated over the years from bonuses thrown in with your Etsy orders or sheets you bought for just a couple cute designs. Instead of letting them overrun your drawers, or eventually dying under a pile that fell over and smothered you as you navigated a congested hallway, let’s find them a new home (and enjoy a fresh set of stickers in the process)!

You will need to find real life or online friends with a similar sticker problem, which might be easier than you think — a lot of people tend to realize “oh yeah, I have way too many stickers I never used” when you bring up the idea. That’s what happened in an online chat group / Discord I’m in, where a couple members (shout-outs to Caroline and Lan) took it upon themselves to organize a sticker swap between everyone interested.

The organizers for our swap posted an online survey to collect everyone’s mailing address and their sticker type preferences, and then shared that info with everyone who wanted to participate. Now we’re all sending mixed packs of stickers to everyone the list, jamming extra, random pieces along with whatever we could find that fit people’s preferences. You can see a photo my partner Alexis took for the hodgepodge of stickers I’ve already received above.

Check out this spooky, motivational design by Becky Cloonan that I put to use quick to decorate my new planner:

Among other things, I listed “Skeletons” and “Animals Doing Stuff” as my sticker preferences. Everyone has really delivered!

I feel less inclined to hoard the new stickers that have come in, which is great because part of this activity’s goal is to end up with fewer unused stickers, and also because I want to get in the habit of adorning my pages with these colorful friends. It helps that I have started throwing the sheets and stickers from the swap into my planner’s back pocket, so I always have them close.

Bieffe Exercise Book

Bieffe Exercise Book

My partner picked these up last week at TJ Maxx, which lowkey always has a peculiar collection of planners and notebooks on clearance. I can’t find much about the product’s maker Bieffe, other than these books are marked “Made in Italy”, but I suspect this isn’t a dedicated stationery company.

These came in a set of three for something like $5 — that’s a steal for all the touches I appreciate: the Techo-ish textured cover, the gold-stamped logo of a magpie atop three books, and the red gilt on the pages.

Pretty fancy for exercise books! Each one of the three notebooks has 60 ruled pages sized around 8.6″ x 6″, enough for a novellette or a few weeks of calculations. They also have a multiplication table in the back, if  you have trouble with numbers.

Mintlodica’s Pastel Nostalgia Washi Tape

Mintlodica’s Pastel Nostalgia Washi Tape

Mintlodica Studios owner Susan Lin, who specializes in making “ethereal pastel dreamscapes”, is selling this pair of washi tape patterns that I could not resist sharing with you (after my friend Kim couldn’t resist sharing them with me and others).

Paying homage to Nintendo’s beloved handheld, the tape rolls (10m long and 15mm wide) come in exquisite Game Boy Color and mint green Pokè Ball designs, priced at $8 each or $15 for both on her shop. After you place your order and while you wait for that to arrive, enjoy this lovely Earthbound dreamscape!

Uijung Kim’s Washi Tape

Uijung Kim’s Washi Tape

Your days look more fun when you dress them up in your notebook with colorful characters like these. Brooklyn-based illustrator Uijung Kim just started selling 10m rolls of this washi tape (“perfect for your planner, decorate gifts, cards, photos, diary and everything”) online, so this parade of weirdos can drive across your journal, too. I found more shots of the patterned strip in action on Twitter.

Uijung has the washi tape for sale on their Etsy shop for $6 — you can also pick up cute planner stickers and frog notepads there! And their website has more art and prints for sale.

Midori Secret Sticky Notes

Midori Secret Sticky Notes

The company behind the customizable Traveler’s Notebook/Midori Diary makes a lot of other fun stationery products, like its series of secret sticky notes:

“Each Post-it style note is designed to be folded up so that your written message is hidden and secret. When folded, the bottom half sits securely under the top half, showcasing the cute design. When unfolded, the image and note is revealed in all its glory.”

There are a wide variety of these, but my favorite is this kissing couple, perfect for marking romantic moments or passing sweet notes to your partner. The one with the dude’s wild haircut is also great lol:

Each pack includes 20 notes. A lot of import stationery shops are carrying these, including this Etsy one, which has the packs for around $6 each before shipping.