My obsession with paper and paper products began all the way back when I was in 1st class in primary school. Some of you may remember the craze that swept a whole nation of Irish schoolgirls in the eighties. If not, these two words might remind you – Fancy Paper.
For those of you who have no idea what Fancy Paper was all about, I’m sorry to tell you that you missed out BIG time. I learned so much during my time carefully building my enviable collection of coloured, scented, textured, illustrated, limited edition and all round beautiful papers. I saved pocket money, ran errands to make more money, sold unwanted toys, I even learned how to trade and barter, all so that I could collect more and more paper. I had boxes full of the stuff, all neatly arranged into the various categories mentioned above.
Sadly, I have no idea where all of my precious Fancy Paper ended up. We moved so many times when I was younger that I have probably left a very pretty paper trail behind me.
To this day, paper still excites me. Some understand this excitement (Marie and my other designer buddies) and others (my husband and most people) think I am just a little crazy.
On our recent trip to America, I discovered an amazing shop called Paper Source, I haven’t admitted it until now but it really was one of the highlights of my trip! I spent two hours touching, flicking, smelling and holding the most gorgeous papers, envelopes, greeting cards and books… bliss!
Needless to say when I heard the news that Ikea have launched a new department dedicated to all things paper, I nearly exploded with glee!
Guess what I’m doing this weekend?