Getting to know Lucy Dixon

by Tony Short
Every now and then you come across a website or blog that stops you in your tracks and makes you green with envy, for both their site and also the wonderful crafted content. That was me when I first discovered Lucy's site PaperJapes, where Lucy shares her finds, whether it’s a snazzy new notebook, the perfect greeting card or some beautifully designed wedding invitations. Allow yourself five minutes to get to know Lucy more...

1) Describe yourself in three objects


I'm a chocolate addict, so a chocolate bar is never far away. I'm not often without my phone either, which is bad I know. And my diary - I had to have at least one stationery related item in here, and this one represents my constant quest (and ultimate failure) to become more organised.

2) Wood or Mechanical Pencil?

Mechanical. I like the precision of it. 

3) Ballpoint, Gel or Fountain Pens?

I love real ink in fountain pens, but on a practical level I more often use ballpoint. I'm on the hunt for a more interesting pen though so if anyone knows any good ones, let me know!

4) Sketchbook or screen?

Screen. Sadly I spend most of my time behind a screen! But I always have a notebook to hand to jot down my to-do list

5) Which country or continent is your favourite for Stationery?

Japan has some great stuff, but I'm going to go for a slightly different option: Denmark. I was lucky enough to visit Copenhagen a couple of times last year and they have some gorgeous stationery thanks to companies like Hay and Karotek. It has a very clean, minimal feel in keeping with the Scandi design aesthetic.

7) Apart from your own blog, which other stationery blogs would you recommend following?

I have a particular interest in wedding stationery, partly because I'm in the depths of wedding planning myself, but mostly because it's one of only occasions where you will get a gorgeous range of stationery designed just for you. Oh So Beautiful Paper is a gorgeous American blog that started featuring wedding invitations but has grown to cover all manner of gorgeous things in the world of stationery. 

8) And… we’ve got to ask. What’s in your pencil case?
Getting to Know Lucy Dixon

Well, I don't really have one, other than an untidy pencil pot on my desk at home. However, the things I loving at the moment include:

  • Sakura Pigma Micron pens. I think these are technically drawing pens, but I use them for everything. They come in a range of colours and thicknesses, they never bleed into paper and contain a lovely flow of waterproof and fade-proof ink (not that I'm often writing stuff that needs to be remembered for all eternity, but it's nice to know that if I spill my drink on my notebook, I might have a chance of reading what I had written down!)
  • Letraset Promarker pens.. again, bit of an odd choice in that it's a drawing pen and I can't really draw. These are used a lot by illustrators and add nice washes of colour to the page. I quite often use them to doodle, underline and draw boxes round things.
  • I'm a lover of all things metallic at the moment, as you might notice in the picture.  I've picked up a great little rose gold pen case and pen in Ted Baker recently
  • And finally, my Aladdin Sane badge I picked up at the 'David Bowie Is...' exhibition at the V&A a couple of years ago. If I had a pencil case it would be pinned to it, but it has been pinned to my backpack for the past few weeks to remember the endless creativity that he had :)

Lucy has been a bit of a stationery geek for as long as she can remember and is always discovering or reviewing new stationery things. You can follow Lucy over on her website, Instagram and on Twitter.