dotted paper

technology related sensory memories from my childhood

  • sliding the metal cover on floppy disks
  • the slight resistance of inserting cassette and video tapes
  • ripping off the strips of holed paper off of dot matrix printer paper 
  • rolling the wheel on a disposable camera to take another photo

Sketchy Behavior | Hellen Jo 

Never afraid to speak and/or draw her mind, Los Angeles based artist and illustrator, Hellen Jo and her characters can be described as rough, vulgar, tough, jaded, powerful, bratty and bad-ass - AKA her own brand of femininity. Known for her comic Jin & Jam, and her work as an illustrator and storyboard artist for shows such as Steven Universe and Regular Show, Hellen’s rebellious, and sometimes grotesque artwork and illustrations are redefining Asian American women and women of color in comics. In fact, that’s why Hellen Jo was a must-interviewee for our latest Sketchy Behavior where we talk to her about her love of comics and zines, her antiheroines, and redefining what Asian American women identity is or can be; and what her ultimate dream project realized would be.  

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19 Jul 2017 || 

This is not going to be a list of brands or recommendations, but a guide on how to decide what to buy, and things to keep in mind when shopping for stationery. I’m a huge stationery enthusiast and also quite good at organisation, so I hope this will be useful for some of you! 

1. Planning

While it’s nice to just browse the stores from time to time, I recommend to think about what you want to buy before you go shopping to prepare for a new semester or school year. You’ll be less likely to waste money on things you don’t need, and you’ll also be less likely to forget important equipment. Keep the following things in mind: 

  • How do you want to organise your notes etc? Do you need folders, notebooks, loose paper? Do you prefer lines, grid, dotted, or blank paper? Which size do you prefer for notebooks?
  • Do you need special supplies, like a set square, specific pens or pencils for art class, a calculator? 
  • Don’t forget the small stuff - paperclips, eraser, sharpener, pen refills, glue, scissors, compasses… 
  • Do you need a new calendar or filofax inserts? Do you want to start a new method of organisation, like a bullet journal? 
  • Do you need flashcards, post-it notes, page flags? 
  • Do you have to replace something that is broken or can’t be used anymore after your last semester/year? 

If necessary, write a list! (You’ll find an example below.)

2. Brands & Aesthetic 

I can’t write a post about stationery and not address this. You shouldn’t spend loads of money on brands or supplies you don’t actually want or need just to fulfil an aesthetic! But we need to distinguish between the “studyblr aesthetic” and people’s personal aesthetic, which is a different thing. Some like their supplies to be very minimalistic, some like it colourful or flowery, some like it if all their supplies come from the same company and who couldn’t imagine switching their fineliner brand ever in their life. In my opinion that’s a good thing - if you like working with and around your supplies, it can make studying more enjoyable! My supplies are all quite plain, but practical - I’ve learnt how thick my paper needs to be and which pens have the best flow for my handwriting. With time, you’ll get there too! I’d recommend to look at the different options in some stores and decide on what you like best. Find a balance between practicability, quality, and aesthetic - that’s easier said than done, but you know best what works for you! 

3. Money

  • Good stationery doesn’t have to be expensive, and high-end pens or whatever don’t help you get better grades!
  • Get refills for your pens instead of whole new pens. 
  • Don’t buy a notebook if you can’t name exactly what you’re going to use it for! Notebook hoarding is a real problem (trust me), and much more expensive than pencil hoarding (if that’s a thing). 
  • Only invest bigger amounts of money in things that will last you a long time and that you will be using almost every day, for example a filofax agenda, a scientific calculator, or a slightly more expensive fountain pen. 
  • Bullet journal does not equal Leuchtturm1917 or Moleskine, even if it seems that way. You can make a bullet journal out of any journal you have!
  • While I think it’s important to support small businesses (if you have any independent stationery stores in your neighbourhood and you can afford it, buy stuff from them!) - if you can’t afford to spend more than absolutely necessary on stationery, then that’s the way it is. Compare prices online and in different stores, and make use of special deals (stores often have those when school starts!). 

4. Essentials & Additions

To conclude this masterpost, here’s a list of things that I’d consider essentials for a semester. Of course this may differ from person to person, and you might not need some of these things (or maybe you need additional things that are not listed here)! 

  • Writing: two pencils (mechanical or classic ones?), medium strength, + refills if you have mechanical ones/sharpener if you have normal ones; eraser, ballpoint pen and/or fountain pen (depending on what you prefer, plus ink refills for fountain pens), fineliners/gel pens and/or crayons in 3 to 5 colours, highlighters in three colours, two permanent markers (black is the safest option)
  • Paper: Notebooks (size? spiral or not? number of pages? colours for each class or one big notebook for all classes), flashcards, post-it notes in two colours, page flags
  • Equipment: calculator (how many functions?), set square, scissors, maybe glue if you’re bullet journalling, paper clips, stapler, puncher, correction fluid, sellotape, pins 
  • Organisation: folders and/or binders (colours?), dividers, labels for the folders if not provided, journal or calendar (inserts for filofax or a whole new calendar?), plastic sleeves (I’d say 10 to 20)

Possible additions that might not be necessary for you: 

  • Printer paper, printer ink, laminating sheets
  • Washi Tape, stickers, other inserts for your bullet journal/calendar
  • Laptop sleeve, additional charger, USB stick, HDMI adapter
  • Textbook sleeves, bookmarks
  • compasses, rubber bands
  • pencils in various strengths, highlighters/crayons/gel pens in various colours
  • additional inserts for your filofax (addresses, year overview, coloured paper)
  • magnets, posters, whiteboard markers
  • coloured paper/flashcards
  • non-permanent markers (e.g. for overhead projections)
  • … (can be added to!)

I hope this was helpful! If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. 

Four words as to why I love my Leuchtturm1917 and Hobonichi Techo over all other journals: paper quality and design. I can use all my beloved fountain pens and the designs give me a lot of freedom in my journaling/planning. Plus a few raindrops didn’t hurt either of them. This first prompt is from the October journaling challenge by @journaling-junkie. Pictures are from my amazing weekend with @chatoyantquill at the Autumn Leaves Festival in North Carolina!

  • Pen: Pilot E95S, Extra Fine (journal) and Pilot 76G, Fine (techo)
  • Ink: Diamine Oxblood (journal) and Pilot Iroshizuku fuyu-syogun (techo)
  • Writing Music Sounds: the sound of wind and rain
Bruise [ Epilogue ]

Genre [Rating] : Angst [M]

Length: 2.4k

Pairing: Chanyeol x Reader

Summary: He wasn’t yours, and you weren’t his, but that couldn’t stop your heart from believing otherwise.

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Originally posted by beautyeol

 The heat was singeing the back of his neck as he stared at the book in his lap, fingers dragging a pen lazily along the blank surface. The paper was dotted with small dark circles from the drips slipping from his once wet hair, making the ink blown out and faded like a dying firework. Her fingers combed through his locks, a smile tugging at the corner of his lips as the blow dryer jostled side to side, tickling his cheekbones. He’d always loved her hands, loved to trace the lines carved into her palms and to feel her fingers laced through his. He loved to feel them skimming along his back when he woke up naked beside her. He loved to hold them when she was trying to cook, even if she insisted it was annoying. But most of all he loved the body they were connected to.

Chanyeol loved her.

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bullet journalling. it is a creative outlet for people as well as a way for people to be productive. after many requests, here is a guide to bullet journalling to help you along the way of your bullet journal journey <33

what is bullet journalling?

  • a customisable organisation system which can consist of ur to-do list, sketchbook, diary and notebook (or even all of the above)
  • also known as “bujo” bc of “bu” from bullet and “jo” from journal
  • check out this video here for the original bullet journal video by ryder carroll


  • a pen 
  • a notebook/binder/journal (depending on ur preference eg. dotted, grid or lined paper as well as budget) 
  • a highlighter and / or a marker of your choice 
  • other decorative supplies eg. washi tape & photos
  • the supplies will depend on how much u want to decorate ur bujo!

bullet journal spreads

note: a bujo spread is a two pages of a notebook whereas a layout is the style / design of the spread. 

  • index (to refer to when finding pages)
  • key (used to identify what each bullet means)
  • future log (events that are happening in the current year)
  • monthly spread (consisting of events happening on the current month)
  • weekly spread (consisting of events happening on the current week)
  • daily spread (consisting of events happening on the current day)
  • additional spreads eg. movies & tv shows to watch, books to read, 
  • trackers (often used to track basic habits such as exercising, brushing ur teeth, drinking water and more) 


  • it’s ok to make a mistake in ur bullet journal !!!!!!!! 
  • please don’t feel intimidated by other people’s bullet journals 
  • do what works for u (eg. for me personally, habit trackers don’t work at all)
  • don’t be afraid to experiment between different layouts in your bullet journal
  • if the bullet journalling method doesn’t work for u after continuous experimenting, it’s allg :))



Daiso haul! Needed a couple things and ended up getting a little more than planned woops

My favorite is this pocket sized dotted notebook! (not gonna lie – I bought 2 packs lol) I like the cover that says “meow” but the other design says “Why don’t we just relax? Days with cats” soooo I covered it up with this totoro sticky and I’m going to use this one for washi swatches ^^ I absolutely love pocket notebooks and I also love dot grid paper so this was such an awesome find for me!

I hope everyone is having a great day ^^



I made a bunch of D&D themed notebooks and uploaded them to my shop! There are 3 designs to choose from and they’re all filled with 24 pages of glorious dot grid paper. Perfect for all your dungeon building, character doodling, DM destroying needs.

Check them out here! 

Bendy meets the Warner Brothers (and their sister, Dot).
I actually haven’t heard much about Bendy and the Ink Machine except whatever @squigglydigglydoo posts. I absolutely love her comics feat. Oswald :3 …
I woke up early with the idea to draw them and ended up with what could be their first encounter.