Ask Alice Stationery - You'll Love It So Much, You'll Want to Marry It

I love this time of year. Even though I'm not heading back to school, I always get a rush of excitement for starting anew, getting organized and discovering new paper products that will boost my creativity as well as inspirational images that will go far in freshening up the joint.

I found all of this and more in Ask Alice Stationery.

This Melbourne-based stationery team is made of up Sass Cocker, her loyal companion Diesel and her distributor, Bobangles. Sass is a wonderfully talented whimsical illustrator and paper goods maker who creates lust-worthy cards, books and much more. The care and quality that goes into them is amazing:

- Sass keeps all the production local and/or fair trade
- She uses only environmentally conscious materials
- Design is done with intention and attention to detail
- Items are priced so that they're affordable.

All that plus incredibly beautiful designs and materials at a price that you can afford? Here's what I recommend:

- For all your gift-giving occasions, you'll want these gorgeous gift tags on hand. This simple finish to your gift adds such style and flair, it will take your gift up a whole notch or ten.

- And because it doesn't get any cuter than this, you've got to get these charming animal cards - Fergus the Fox, Grandpa Cat and Handsome Bear. These characters are so loveable that they're suitable for everyone from kiddies to hipsters to friends across the globe. The thick recycled paper with rounded edges and vegetable based inks, the adorable and charming characters, and paired with kraft paper envelopes in biodegradable cello sleeves - these are made to last. In fact, you're probably going to want to keep a couple for yourself to frame - not only are they very now, they would be fabulous hung together in either your living room or your kid's bedroom.

- I adore the lined notebooks like the Typewriter Mini Book and Pencil - they're perfect for us writer types. Of course, there are so many cute designs to choose from (I've fallen hard for Love, Paper Plane, Ideas and sweet l'il Yoko)

- The Fox, Pencil and Typewriter hardback books are ABSOLUTE MUSTS for anyone who writes, sketches, dreams, doodles, scrapbooks or collages. These stunning, ingenious and original wonder are one-of-a-kind and is comprised of 7 different kinds of recycled paper - everything from coloured paper, kraft paper, black paper, trusty old white paper to even an "old page from vintage magazines that we've been collecting from Melbourne flea markets." What I love about it is that it's sooo inspiring and has such great depth and heft (all 212 pages (recycled, of course) and is made in Melbourne, Australia from our favourite Aussie made kraft board and paper).  They are my pick for one of the best gifts of 2012, along with their amazing Craft Kits.
See why I can't get enough of Ask Alice Stationery? It's simply amazing.

So what are you waiting for? Shop Ask Alice Stationery now.

Stephanie Dickison

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