10 Homegrown Brands for Beautiful Paper Products
Where to get your fix of paper goods and custom stationery
(SPOT.ph) The recent years have been an especially fabulous time for ink and paper, the stars of Instagram flatlays, and the culprits of burning holes in one’s pocket. The trending interest in crafts and anything handmade (calligraphy, brush lettering, watercolor painting, travel and bullet journaling, and so on) and the fascination with wedding invitations have all put the spotlight on good ol’ paper and stationery in general.
Run-of-the-mill notebooks and nondescript notepads just won’t cut it anymore. Whether you’re a seasoned paper enthusiast or a new recruit to the paper porn cult, these homegrown stationery brands are guaranteed to win you over.
The Paperboy Co.
Is there an icon that could best represent your personality or be associated with you? Say, cactus or pizza or pineapple? Choose from The Paper Boy Co.’s library of adorable icons for your notepad (P200) and weekly planner (P380). Or, for a more personal touch, assemble your own face icon using their step-by-step instructions, and finish off with your name at the bottom. Make Your Own Calendar is at P400, while its notepad counterpart is at P220.
Surface and texture are celebrated by this brand that draws inspiration from the clean lines and simplified forms of the Bauhaus. The marble, wood, and concrete designs of their hardbound journals (P1,299) and pocket notebooks (P750 for a set of three) are a great counterpoint to the smooth, no-nonsense graphed and blank pages inside. Since the brand also caters to a community of letter-senders, also on offer are Surfaces Letter Set (P600) and Flip the Surface (P450)—a set of six postcards with whimsical names like “And the Tree was Happy” and “Swear by Concrete, Build for Eternity.”
Shop their products online.
Hate lugging around thick notebooks? Design Hatch errs on the light side, literally and figuratively. Their designs are easy on the eyes; their color palette a pastel wonderland. Plus, they are proud to use only “FSC-certified paper sourced in an environment-friendly, socially responsible, and economically viable manner.” The A5 Lined Jotter (P230) is a slim keeper ideal for bullet journaling and quick note taking, while the A6 Planner houses 60 pages of undated weekly entries. Don’t forget to click on the menu dedicated to their special offers and bundles!
Printcafe Print and Paper Co.
It’s so easy to get sucked in and spend an entire hour just browsing the designs (you’ve been warned!) under the paper goods section of this brand known for wedding invites. The selections are vast for both the notebook collections and the designs for the personalized notecards and stationery sets. From cutesy to gorgeous to graphic, you’ll find something for you. Overwhelmed? Make a shortlist of your desired designs. Some of our picks: the Action Planner (P349.75), an A4 weekly desk pad, and the “Everyday Notes to Self” (P210) with color blocks on the cover.
Shop their products online or visit their branches at the Festival Supermall, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Malls Solenad, and UP Town Center.
Sunday Paper Co.
This brand founded in 2014 has been faithful to its barebones aesthetic that, quite ironically, makes their goods easily recognizable amid the more colorful offerings on the market. Things couldn’t get more basic than the Slip Notebook Set (P170 for two, in kraft and black). Aside from the undated Any Year Planner (P875), Idea Notebook, and Travel Journal, Sunday Paper Co. also produces notecards and good quality paper stock for watercolor (P350 to P450) and ink (P300). Also check out their boxed sets perfect for gifting a fellow paper fiend.
What happens when a designer-architect merges her love of architecture and paper? It results in striking notebooks that are, well, one for the books! Kath Mitra started TWOTHIRTYSIXTY in 2012, and her initial designs are that of Manila landmark structures such as the Metropolitan Theater and the Manila Cathedral. Inspired by Philippine culture, some of the succeeding notebook design collections—appropriately named Ani and Hardin—feature native produce and flowers. They recently released The Manila Diaries: Stories and Memories—a boxed open-dated mini diary books, in either Raw Concrete or Pastel Pink, that come with 12 postcards/prints.
Why wait for your turn to tie the knot or rise to the rank of CEO to have bespoke stationery? Postcript Designs’ lineup of beautiful paper products includes notecards (available in a wide array of designs), custom monogram notecards (P450 for a box of 10), notepads, gift tags, money envelopes, and even gift-wrapping paper (P29 per sheet; minimum of 10 sheets per name or design). Also on offer is The Daybook (P990), a personalized daily planner.
A new player in the local paper product scene, Paper People believes that, well, everyone is a paper person deep down. Paper People creates weekly desk planners (P330 to P350) perfect for those who like to see their weekly plans in one glance. They also have some pretty notebooks (P180/set of two) with motivational lines like "Get Shit Done" and "Hustle Hard." Apart from that, they also carry notecards with matching envelopes that let you say what you really feel thanks to their quirky designs.
The Lunch Break Project
Is your office cube (or your colleague’s) suffering from acute drab desk syndrome? That’s easy to remedy with this brand’s signature notebooks, notepads, and weekly checklists in pretty prints and peppy colors. The Lunch Break Project also offers journals, gift-wrapping paper, and personalized cards (P180/box of 12; P380 box of 24 with three designs)
Paper and Pen
Summer may be a few more months away, but Pen and Paper’s floral and tropical designs on their custom notepads and list pads can instantly make you dream about poolside cabanas and piña coladas. They make custom notecards, too, and also dressed-up envelopes in gorgeous designs that are sure to bring a smile to your recipient’s face even before reading your note.