It's September and Summer is swiftly speeding by us. Chicago-area schools all started right after Labor Day and I think we're among the late starters. Some of you may still be in school. For me, school was a while ago, but I still love seeing the stacks of supplies going on sale. I do use a fair number of what could be considered "school supplies" in my mail art and stationery. How about you? What are your favorites? What do you wait all year for to indulge in?
For me, I like anything with graph paper or interesting lines. I love that elementary learning-how-to-write newsprint with its pink and blue dashed lines. My favorite supply when still in school was the Mead 5 Star college rule (wide rule is gross) notebook. They are spiral bound, but the pages are perforated; so you don't have the terrible snow-edge problem when you need to turn in an assignment. (I was forever having the "wrong" paper for my school projects, and there was also that terrible day when I forgot my Trapper Keeper on top of the family car and had to pick up all my notes from along the side of the road.) I remember them making up to five subject sections divided by a tabbed and pocketed folder, but I only saw three subjects for sale when I poked around my local Target. (I was honestly a little disappointed. Of course, when one has Greer nearby, the definition of back-to-school shopping hits another level.) And, of course, the smell of pencils and Scotch tape are among the best smells in the world.