Seven stationery e-stores for the ultimate thank you letters – and beyond

From notebooks and loose sheets to engraved and personalised cards

Design-led graphical prints and colours dominate the stationery by Lollipop Designs
Design-led graphical prints and colours dominate the stationery by Lollipop Designs

Graphic cool I am a big fan of anything to do with paper: stationery, stamps, stickers, wrapping, parcel tags, you name it. I am also a big fan of the environment, so when I find design-savvy paper goods that mix sustainable, eco-friendly materials with design-led graphical prints and colours, I am sold. Such is the case with Lollipop Designs, a UK-based e-shop that specialises in a range of notecards, gifts and mailing materials. From magnetic notepads (from £7.75) made of recycled paper, to Origami Notepaper Sets (from £12) that unfold to reveal secret messages, the offerings aren’t particularly fancy or expensive, but if you’re looking for utilitarian yet lovely papers that are produced in short runs and largely by hand, then its well-edited website is definitely worth a look. lollipop-studio.co.uk. CHRISTINA OHLY EVANS

Quirky embossed motifs are the feature of mother-daughter design duo Peyton & Clark's stationery
Quirky embossed motifs are the feature of mother-daughter design duo Peyton & Clark's stationery
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Engraved elegance Mother-daughter design duo Peyton & Clark create quirky embossed designs – such as an octopus with golf clubs (£27), and a seahorse wielding a polo mallet (£24.68) – that are not your average monogram or stuffy decorative motif, that’s for sure. It was the combination of elegant paper stock and old-school process – engraving, fine pen-and-ink illustration – with a humorous edge that caught my eye. Each of illustrator Bebbins Yudes’ designs is hand-drawn and translated into a copper engraving plate or copper embossing die, which gives each card pleasing weight and rich colour. These will make you smile long after you’ve finished reading or writing. peytonandclark.comCHRISTINA OHLY EVANS

Classic-looking notebook “A Gentleman’s Notes” from Sloane Stationery, £15
Classic-looking notebook “A Gentleman’s Notes” from Sloane Stationery, £15
Maple Tea bespoke embossed writing set
Maple Tea bespoke embossed writing set

Noteworthy notebooks No matter how wonderful the electronic gadgetry at my disposal, I still like to take notes the old-fashioned way. And I know I’m not alone in finding lovely stationery impossible to resist, so Sloane Stationery – a trove of (mainly) notebooks and albums – should have wide appeal. My first visit to the e-store resulted in the following being added to my wish list: a classic-looking notebook entitled “A Gentleman’s Notes” (£15) and a burnt-orange faux-lizard notebook (from £29) that can be personalised. All the notebooks have top-quality cream Italian paper pages (mostly plain, but lined or grid is available on some styles), ribbon page marker, tassel and gilded edges (on all books except softcovers), and some are handbound in England. sloanestationery.com. VICCI REEVE

Old Airmail packets from Present & Correct, £6.50
Old Airmail packets from Present & Correct, £6.50
Compton Marbling A4 Plock design journal, £30.95
Compton Marbling A4 Plock design journal, £30.95

Letterpress love letters Among the letterpress firms making waves is Ramsgate-based Maple Tea, whose embossed work (from £80) on correspondence and business cards is gracefully restrained. Dear To Me has eye-catching off-the-shelf stationery with rose-gold foiling and motifs such as palm trees and pineapples, as well as a three-month Love Letters subscription (£22 for three different cards and envelopes each month). deartomestudio.commapletea.co.ukJEMIMA SISSONS

Flora Stationery journals have floral watercolour covers designed by a Kosovan art student
Flora Stationery journals have floral watercolour covers designed by a Kosovan art student
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Vintage finds Graphic designer Neal Whittington is a self-confessed stationery obsessive. Divided into nine departments, Present & Correct is a constantly evolving online showcase of his discoveries. Mail, for example, contains old Airmail Packets (£6.50), while Home features proper leather satchels (£75). Most fabulous of all, however, is the Prints section, which boasts an array of vintage posterspresentandcorrect.comCHARLOTTE ABRAHAMS

Marvellous marbling Solveig Stone set up her Wiltshire marbling studio in 1972 – in a garden shed. She has since moved on to a 19th-century barn, but still produces amazing designs using the same handmade process. First, water is thickened using boiled seaweed, before oil paints are applied to the surface of the water, creating complex and unique patterns. The paper is then carefully dipped, lifted and dried. Stone’s mesmerising marbled papers are sold by the sheet (from £9.50) and used to make all manner of covetable products, such as keepsake boxes (from £19.95) fastened with grosgrain ribbon ties – beautiful repositories for notes or archives – and useful box files (from £29.95). There are also various notebooks and sketchbooks, including an A4 version in the golden Plock design (£30.95) – all available to buy online. comptonmarbling.co.uk. CLARE COULSON

Personalised journals During a trip to Kosovo in 2013, American trainee journalist Ashley VanBuskirk met a young woman who was struggling to pay her university fees. The first-year college student had lost her father in the civil war and was working part-time to support her family, so her six-year law degree was going to take 12 to complete. A year later VanBuskirk and her twin sister Victoria launched Flora Stationery to raise money to fund women’s higher education in Kosovo through scholarships. The journals (from $20) have floral watercolour covers designed by a Kosovan art student, come in four colours and are now customisable – the inside can be a diary or to-do list, lined or plain, graph or dots. With all profits going to women’s education, Flora has been able to provide over 100 scholarships in four years. florastationery.comCHARLOTTE TOTTENHAM

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