Let’s Talk Paper

Let’s Talk Paper!

Hey, Y’all!!  Keeping with the theme of stationery, today I will provide some basic information about paper sizing.  We all know that there are different sizes and types of paper available for purchase but possibly not the exact sizing.  How does this information help you? Well, if you like to schedule your daily life then a planner may be necessary. Planners come in a variety of sizes and finding your planner peace often depends on finding the perfect size planner that suits your needs.  This is also true when deciding on notebooks sizes.

You don’t have to be into planning to benefit from the following information.  The sizes of paper matter when printing as well.

Paper Sizing

Paper sizes are measured on a standard paper size scale.  International standard (ISO) specifies paper sizes used in most countries except for the U.S. and Canada which size their own sizing standard.

There are a lot of mathematical formulas behind A, B, and C paper sizes but the common feature is that any successive paper size measurement is determined by halving the dimensions of the preceding one.

Notebook Paper Size A Series

A3 11.7 X 16.5 inches

A4 8.3 X 11.7 inches

A5 5.8 X 8.3 inches

A6 4.1 X 5.8 inches

A7 2.9 X 4.1 inches

Examples of commonly printed items are:

postcards A6

flyer A5

newsletter A4

Remember: The larger the number, the smaller the paper size.

Notebook Paper Size B Series

B5 6.9 X 9.8

B6 4.9 X 6.9

B7 3.5 X 4.9

Paper Weight (GSM)

Grams per meter squared (GSM) refers to the paper’s weight, its thickness.  Generally the thicker/heavier the paper, the better its quality, unless we consider Japanese papers and then we have a new ball game.  Japanese stationer’s bring a different contender to the game of paper in terms of quality. They offer thin, soft papers for calligraphy that show no bleed through.  That makes for a separate post.

Back to standard paper – The thicker the paper the less tendency to bleed through or feather when using wet ink pens, ie. fountain pens.  I prefer marker pens which have a tendency to bleed through when using writing paper but with a thicker stock paper, it does not.

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Types of Paper

  1. Text paper (office paper) ~ lightweight 20 lbs budget-friendly, medium 22-24lbs, heavy 28-32 lbs pen will not bleed through
  2. Bristol ~ lightest cardstock, most commonly used, 100lb for card making projects
  3. Index ~ sturdier cardstock, smoother than Bristol
  4. Cover ~ much thicker, invitations, cards

Paper Finish

  1. Coated
  2. Uncoated

Both uncoated and coated papers can have a polished finish.  The polished types are gloss, semi-gloss, silk, and matte.

7 Categories of Paper

  1. Printing paper
  2. Writing paper
  3. Wrapping paper
  4. Blotting paper
  5. Drawing paper
  6. Handmade papers
  7. Specialty paper

Need to Know Info: Paper has a history that can be traced back to the 2nd-century in China.  The use of paper has a large impact on the environment in terms of trash and deforestation.  The use and production of recycled paper are more prevalent today because of environmental factors.

The extent of information provided is condensed, as you can imagine the scope of information related to stationery.  If you work in an office setting you are likely to have learned about paper sizing, type, and finish without realizing you have done so. Printing requires paper settings to achieve a desired result.  Next time you are printing, take note of the settings and the options you are given, This is an easy way to familiarize yourself with the information you just read in terms of real life situations.


*information source: Wikipedia

An Extensive Guide Defining 62 Terms of Stationery

An Extensive Guide Defining  62 Terms of Stationery

Let’s begin by acknowledging the other form of the word stationary which means to stand or stay in one place, not moving.  The spelling of the two is different by one letter. Make sure when you are discussing stationery, as discussed here on Revenge of Eve, you use the spelling with the ‘e’.  I wouldn’t feel this was necessary but I have seen it misspelled being used in this context quite a few times.

Although my love of paper and office supplies can be traced back to my childhood,  I never knew the extent of the terminology that defines it. To be honest I wasn’t aware that stationery included office supplies.  I innocently thought it to be pretty, decorated or personalized paper pad/notebooks. See even I learn something every day!

That leads to the research behind this in-depth post, defining 62 terms of stationery.  Be sure to comment if I have left something out. By no means do I have it all figured out.  Y’all ready?

Let’s do this thang:  Beginning with the definition of stationery.

Stationery is a mass noun referring to commercially manufactured writing materials, including cut paper envelopes, writing implements, continuous form paper, and other office supplies.  It includes materials to be written on by hand or by equipment such as computer printers.

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62 Terms of Stationery

A:

adhesive: a sticky substance applied to objects to adhere them to another object.

appointment book: a book used to write out the time and date of a scheduled appointment.

acetate: a sheet of clear plastic film fastened over the front of artwork for protection, as an overlay, or the like.

B:

ballpoint pen: an ink writing instrument with a tiny ball as its writing point.

bookends: two sturdy pieces of material that go on each end of a stack of books, stacked against each other standing up, holding them in place.

binder: a hardcover that holds loose papers together.

binder clip: a large metal and plastic tool used to hold papers tightly together.

blotter: a sheet or pad of blotting paper inserted into a frame and kept on a desk.

brad: a slender wire nail having either a small, deep head or a projection to one side of the head end.

C:

chipboard: a low grade of cardboard, used as backing pads of paper, a stiffener for photographs in the mailing, etc.  A thin, stiff sheet material made from waste paper.

clipboard: a small, hardboard that you can attach papers to so that you can write on them while easily moving around.

correction fluid: applied with the provided brush leaving a white strip of fluid covering the mistake.  Once dry one can write on top of it correcting the error.

correction tape: the dry form of correction liquid.

D:

dater: a calendar.

desk pad: a cushioned pad, often topped with a blotter, for the surface of a desk.

desk tray: a tray used to hold and organize items you display on your desk.

E:

envelope: an enclosure used for mailing documents, and letters that seal the contents inside.

eraser: used to remove unwanted pencil markings from the page.

expanding files:  a folder that is used for organization and storage of documents and files and that has pleated sides which allow expansion of the folder.

F:

fastener binder: any of various devices as a snap or hook and eye, for holding together two objects or parts sometimes required to be separate.

filing box: a box that contains file folders.  These folders keep documents bundled together in separate files all contained within a box.

folder: a folded sheet of cardboard used to cover or hold papers, letters, etc.

fountain pen: a pen with a refillable reservoir that provides a continuous supply of usually fluid ink to its point.

G:

glue stick: a stick with glue used for the easy application.

greeting card: a card that expresses feelings.  Given to another person on holidays, birthdays, sick days, etc.

H:

hanging folder: a folder with brackets that hang from the inside of a file box.

highlighter: a fluorescent pen that is translucent and used to highlight important terms or sentences.  Quick reference.

I.

index card: one of a set of the small card on which you write information.

invitation: a decorative piece of cardstock with the details of an event which request your presence.  Wedding or a party; a gathering.

J.

journal: a notebook that is used for logging personal information.

L.

label: a blank sticker used for writing the contents of something for the organization.

label maker: a machine that types out information on labels to be placed on objects for organization purposes.

letter opener: a sleek, sharp knife like mechanism used to tear into the side of envelopes cutting a clean edge and opening the envelope.

letter scales: weighs the contents of the envelopes for postage.

M:

magic marker: a permanent marker.

manila folder: a folder that is tan in color.

N:

notebook: paper grouped together and bound by a spiral cord, thread or glue.

P:

paper: material that is used for writing, mailing, wrapping, documenting and printing.

paper clips: a small piece of bent wire used for holding pieces of paper together.

paper punch: a tool used to punch designs or shapes out of paper.

pen: non-erasable writing implement offered with a variety of colored inks.

pencil: a writing implement made from wood or rubber and lead.

pencil sharpener: a hand-held tool or electric tool used to sharpen the lead of a pencil.

post it: a small, square, yellow piece of paper with an adhesive strip on the back.  Used for taking brief notes and “posting” wherever it is convenient.

postal stationery: decorative papers with notes that are mailed to friends, family or work-related clients.

R:

ring binder: a binder held together by rings. Allowing the contents to be removed and to add to the binder.

rotary file: a file that rotates.

rubber stamp: a stamp used to transfer ink that is made of rubber.

ruler: a straight line tool used to measure.

S:

self-adhesive labels: strips of adhesive used to label containers for organization purposes.

signature: a grouping of papers held together using binding techniques.

stamp: a small tool with a pattern or writing on one side that you press into ink and use for printing a mark or design on paper.

staple remover: a claw-like tool that removes staples by prying them from where they are located.

stapler: a tool used to house staples to bind materials together.

staples: metal binding accessories used to hold groups of papers or other materials together.

stationer:  these are either persons or a company who produce stationery commercially.

sticker: a decorative designed material with an adhesive backing used to decorate paper, planner, journal, etc.

T:

tack: a short pin with a large, round top that can be used to fix a piece of paper to a surface temporarily.

tape: an adhesive that creates a bond for closure.

tape dispenser: holds the roll of tape while you peel and tear it from its spool.

trade card: a business card.  There are now what are called artist trading cards and these are old playing cards or a page cut to that size that the artist decorates leaving their mark, if you will, and gives to others.

W:

washi tape: a decorative tape that doesn’t damage paper if need to be moved or removed.  

Using Stationery to Change My Relationship with April (the month)

It is no secret that April is a difficult month for me and has been as far back as I can remember. The tragic death, by suicide, of my boyfriend happened in April, my Aunt’s death anniversary is also in April…I’d rather stop there but if there were no more, those two are enough (there is more). My mental health has taken a turn for the worst with the arrival of Spring for the past four or five consecutive years adding to the depth of sadness already present.

Last year I prepared myself for April but there are things out of my control. The month wasn’t as bad, from what I can remember, except I cannot remember what it was I did to prepare. Needless to say, April didn’t start off good this year, at all. We are exactly a week in and I would rather turn my focus to what I love for the remainder of the month. It just so happens to be the month stationery lovers celebrate…. their love of stationery!! And guess who lllooooovvvvvessssssssss stationery????

ME!!!

Yup, that’s right, April is when the hashtags #natstatweek and #writingmatters invade social media. If you aren’t a fan of pretty paper or matching desk accessories, never fear, Candace is here!!!

Let me offer some basic information for those interested.

Stationery Lover’s Delight

use the following hashtags on Twitter or Instagram

National Stationery Week

#NatStatWeek falls the week of April 29-May 5th this year (2019). #worldstationeryday falls on May 1st this year and the day is boasted with the London Stationery Show. #Natstatweek was started in the UK for all of those who love stationery and the art of letter writing to celebrate all that is stationery…the hashtag was created to market the trend which caught on like wildfire! The week is planned with days of stationery related tasks that you can participate in and share across your social media platforms using the appropriate hashtags

Stationery Fun: hashtags & links

below are the related hashtags with links describing the days tasks. *denotes sponsored days

#natstatweek

*Day One: #paperchaseloveslists

*Day Two: #penandpencilday

Day Three: #stationerytheworldover

Day Four: #takeanoteday

*Day Five: #feelgoodfriday

Day Six: #stationeryshopsaturday

Day Seven: #sendaletterday

The campaign also promotes the importance of essential handwriting skills.

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With that being said, I will introduce to you all of the things that I love about stationery as well as some boring information to go along with it. From this day forward, I will approach the month of April as the month I can celebrate my love of designer paper, vintage paper, cute binders, pens…o.m.g….I love it all!!!–Instead of the month of tragedy as I see it now.


Below are the details of the day that plays over and over in my head, proceed with caution. As of today, I will no longer think of these details rather do something I am passionate about on his behalf.


Today, April 8th, is the anniversary of my boyfriends suicide and his honor I will change my perspective. It has been 24 years today. You would think having been so long ago that it would be easier and while the pain has lessened significantly, I can’t help to wonder where he’d be in the world today. It’s a sad situation because he reached out for help on Easter Sunday, at church, and was doubted for his ability or will to stop behaving “badly”. He was acting like an average teenager, drinking and smoking weed. That has had a huge impact on my opinion of the church ever since. He called me after leaving Sunday school in total disarray. He was hurt. Sad. He wanted to see me and I couldn’t because my parents were coming home from their vacation in Arkansas. Later that evening he met up with a friend, got shit faced drunk, went home and sat in the chair I had sat in the evening before eating dinner with him and his Ma (his mother was specific about that detail – she said because he had never sat there), argued with his mom because he was drunk, and when she went to her room – he shot himself in the head.

He truly loved me and only knew me a week. He asked me if I believed in love at first sight – I laughed and he said I was his love at first sight. I believed him. R.I.P Dusty Ard I love you

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