A shortlist of the very best places to stock up on stationery

The cute, the quirky and the downright crass.

Whether you are writing a birthday card, looking for school supplies or ready for a crafternoon, there is no doubt stationery shopping is one of life’s little pleasures.

That’s why we were pretty excited to round up the best stationery on offer. We’re bringing you some of the cutest, quirkiest and downright crass suppliers from around town. 

Able and Game
Take a cliche and trash it. That’s Able and Game. Offering cards and stationery that are a little more witty than your average, Able and Game is a go-to for your best friend’s birthday. The label mixes awkward illustration, cultural references, dry humour and modern design with A+ results. It’s been running for over 6 years, led by husband and wife duo Gareth Meney and Anna Blandford. All cards are made locally in Brunswick and inspired by the couple’s two cats, Bubsy and Cricket, who were strays until the pair tamed them outside their office. You can visit the duo at Fitzroy’s Rose Street Market or simply find them online.

Blessing and Honour welcome you to their world of art and giving encouragement. Two graphic designers from Newcastle, Gab and Bel, always felt inspired by encouraging others with the gift of handmade cards with personal, individual touches. Coming together in 2014, the business of Blessing and Honour began, specialising in 100% recycled card, with original designs, photography, and lettering. Each piece, whether a birthday card, a save-the-date notice, wrapping paper or wedding invitation, comes with a small piece of Gab and Bel’s heart as well as the hope of bringing joy to those who receive them.

Card & Caboodle
Card & Caboodle cares about what is on-trend in the stationery world. Since the brand’s beginning, the importance of drawing a visual alliance between fashion and stationery has been at the forefront. Offering a wide range of products that include cards, wrappings, gifts & journals, Card & Caboodle source both locally and internationally. They offer cards for almost every special occasion you can think of, as well as lots of gorgeous art cards to frame and savour. Card & Caboodle is packed to the rafters with all your gift-giving needs.

Cute, quirky, colourful. Those three words best describe Melbourne label, Coocachuu. It’s is the handiwork of designer and illustrator Courtney Lindsay, who launched the stationery and paper goods company a mere three years ago. It’s also now the home of a large collection of unique and charming cards, invitations, prints and calendars. Born from Courtney’s love of illustration, graphic design and great sense of fun, the offering is eclectic and packed with personality. Think pastels, geometrics, clean fonts and pared-back graphics, with quips like ‘shake it off’ as accompanied by maracas. It’s all super sweet, but in a very cool way.

Great news guys, Dailylike has landed. Coming all the way from Korea, this lifestyle brand is kind of a big deal and set to be your next obsession. Delivering a high-quality selection of craft, homewares and fabric products, Dailylike aims to help you find joy and happiness in everyday life. Pretty special, right? Their offering is divided into four categories (Kitchen & Home, Gift Wrapping, Sewing, Paper Craft) and includes a super-cute selection of tapes, paper, posters, twine, ribbon and wrapping paper. Oh, and it’s all in the sweetest prints you’ll ever see.

Hanging Willow
Hanging Willow creates beautiful stationery, stickers, cards and wall prints, fit to brighten any day. Graphic design is what they do and love, showcased in the exquisitely hand-written typography, foil print and togetherness of each piece. Based in Bathurst, Hanging Willow will lift your mood with affirmations such as ‘Be happy, be bright, be you’ and ‘A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear.’ Hanging Willow offers a range of printed and digital versions of each artwork, allowing you to print and hang to your heart’s content in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Light & Co
Light & Co is making all your crafting dreams come true. Curating a range of unique and fun stationery items, they deliver pretty much everything. Think vintage items such as stamps and wax seal kits, things to write with and on, wrapping paper, card and everything in between. As long as founders Simone and Katrina love it, you can probably expect to find it in this one stop shop. Alongside pieces to make your home and office pretty, Light & Co also provides all the party supplies you need to throw a fun-filled shindig. Oh and they sell jewellery supplies and temporary tattoos too. Time to plan your next crafternoon.

Little Peach Co
At Little Peach Co, greeting cards and invitations have become much more than simple writing on a piece of paper. Specialising in vintage printing, each of their handcrafted items is created with a love and passion for antique processes. The result is uniquely-customised stationery and individual stationery sets, with a vintage style and distinctive personality. Every piece designed by Little Peach Co is handcrafted in-house using their 1965 Heidelberg Platen Press, affectionately named Bertha. In the digital age, creating textured and detailed paper pieces is not only nostalgic, but completely lovely too. Little Peach Co aims to last as a lifelong reminder of your celebrations. 

Millie Hall
Millie Hall knows how to give a present with the wow factor. The artist slash graphic designer specialises in print design and has blessed us with a selection of celebration cards… if that’s what you call them. Each has a humourous, crude or even slightly squeamish twist, with options including a ‘breast friends’, ‘urine my heart’, or ‘I’m nuts about you’ card. It’s not hard to guess the illustration on that last one. Each hand-drawn, watercolour artwork will make a memorable occasion for all involved, but maybe you should stick to the newsagency for grandma’s birthday card.

Notely believes that even the smallest spark of an idea can change the world (as long as you write it down in the middle of the night). Even in this digital age, they understand that paper is a vital, magical part of the creative process, so long as it’s sustainable. Notely’s eco-friendly notebooks are made and printed in Australia on entirely FSC-certified paper. Their softcovers, made from 100% recycled office paper, create a vibrant white canvas to sketch, plan, dream and jot. The vibrant Artist Collection features designs from local illustrators and artists, and brand new Notely Spirals boast stunning brass binding and copper foil on the cover. 

Olive & the Volcano
Olive & the Volcano is here for those of you who are looking for something unique. They letterpress paper goods one by one, using vintage machinery and contemporary technologies. Many pieces are short-run or limited edition and notebooks are often hand-painted or overprinted. Oh, and each product they create is made by hand. The label is admittedly not so good at following trends, instead seeking inspiration from natural surrounds, music, the city, the hills, the sea, writing, reading, philosophy, nostalgia, fine art, experimentation and play. Using the very best paper stocks from recycled and sustainable sources, they believe passionately in supporting independent makers and artists. In short, they’re pretty special.

Paper Ivy
Paper Ivy has a thing for beautifully designed goods, from cards and stationery to prints and pendants. What was once only a small card collection, now includes all your stationery essentials. Think calendars, writing sets and bookmarks, with new projects always in the works. An array of soft colours complete the intricate and adorable drawings that span the Paper Ivy range. Prints include confetti, little rain drops, mushrooms and forests, with each in a sweet pastel palette. Taking that little bit of care to make send-offs extra cute, Paper Ivy sure does make getting mail feel good. 

Paper Saver
More than just recycled paper, Paper Saver is a notebook for you to re-use. Again. And again. And again. Put simply, it’s a seriously sophisticated faux-leather outer with space for you to refill with your old printed paper. It was first designed by a young Melbourne architect who grew tired of seeing printouts become obsolete almost as soon as they came off the printer, still warm. Eight years later, and designer Jon Yong is still using his handmade Paper Saver. With room for A4 or A3 sized paper, a fold of 360 degrees, and starting at a tiny $20, this is the last notebook you’ll ever need. Really.

Substellar Studio
Who doesn’t love doodling? Substellar Studio lives for it. The cute online Etsy store sells witty, ‘pun-tastic’ cards to help you express yourself to loved ones, without sounding awkward, soppy, or boring. There is nothing lacklustre about a smiley, walking pizza slice confessing ‘You’ve stolen a pizza my heart,’ Nor a delightful pasta character admitting ‘I am tortellini in love with you.’ The handmade cards are made out of recycled paper, with the addition of glitter bringing a little extra flair. This is what you send to the one you can’t ‘espresso’ your love for.

The Wondery
Part design house, part paperie, The Wondery is just plain wonderful. It offers a carefully curated selection of paper goods, cards, stationery, art prints, decor and other gifts that are a little too good to give away. Each item is hand-picked from talented makers and designers from Australia and beyond. And yes, keeping a rose gold foil ‘thank you’ card for yourself is ok if it comes from these guys. Out the back of The Wondery is a design studio, which specialises in custom-designed wedding and event invitations. All up, it’s a seriously fun selection with a distinct whimsical flair.

Zetta Florence
With all creations designed in house, Zetta Florence produces timeless stationery and presentation products. They’re also pleased to announce the opening of a Creative Hub and café within their iconic Brunswick St store. Zetta Florence products are designed to capture our historical soul, with images drawn their own archives and other cultural institutions. As such, they offer a unique range of cards, journals, calendars, prints and wraps, from vintage 1900s to 1950s depicted on decorative vintage-style papers and paper products. Visit the Brunswick St store & enjoy a latte among the works of art and beautiful stationery.  


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