WHAT’S IN YOUR PENCIL CASE? Carol Maxwell

Carol Maxwell is the designer behind the gorgeous Max Made Me Do It cards. You can see her story here. Here’s her stationery set-up:

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Tell me about how you use stationery in your day to day life?

Lists, list, lists! I could not survive without writing lists, so whenever I sit down to work the first thing I do is get out my pen and notebook and make my ‘To do’ list! I’m surrounded by so much colour, pattern and lets call it a creative mess, that I like my notebooks to be calming and simple in their design. At the moment I’m using really plain cardboard coloured hardback notebooks with ivory ruled paper. I must admit though I have at least three on the go at any one time as I have plain notebooks for sketching too.

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What’s the top stationery item that you can’t live without (and why)?

Drawing is and always has been a huge part of my life and job, therefore I would be lost without my trusty PILOT G- TEC-C4 in black and always size 0.4. I just love using these pens to draw, I feel like I can achieve my best quality of illustration when using these pens and love the delicate sensitivity of line that you can create whilst building up the levels of depth also.

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Quick-fire questions:

 – Pen or Pencil?
Once upon a time it was pencil, these days it’s pens!

– Notebooks: plain, lined or grid?
For lists lined, for drawing plain.

 – Paper diary or phone calendar?
I used to always keep paper diaries but the last couple of years I’ve  mainly used my phone calendar and a lot of ‘oh i’ll just remember it in my head’ …and then I don’t, so i’m thinking 2015, I’m going old school and getting a paper diary again!

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You can find Max Made Me Do It cards for sale here (also, check out the image on the homepage – I absolutely love it!), or on Not On The High Street, including these lovely Christmas cards!

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