Monthly Archives: November 2017

  • Bureau Mission – To Make Washi Tape A Household Essential Item In Britain

    Bureau Mission – To Make Washi Tape A Household Essential Item In Britain

    Every home should own at least one roll of washi tape!


    We love our washi tape here at the Bureau offices. So much so that we have gone on and on about, from creating our office noticeboard out of the stuff, to getting everyone to think of 3 essential uses of washi tape to 6 great ways to use the tape in a Bullet Journal. We’ve even had a go at making some decorations for Chinese New Year using it.

    So I think it’s fair to say that we have been won over by this quite marvellous invention from Japan. And it struck us that this is something that more people should know about. In fact, we would go as far as saying that we think every home in the country would be better off with a roll of washi tape. At least a roll, ideally several. But one roll is a good place to start. It is as essential as, say, kitchen roll or Sellotape. In fact you won’t need the latter if you convert to washi tape – see, that’s another idea thrown in for free.

    Washi tape ideas - noticeboard
    Make a noticeboard with washi tape

    So we are converting that idea of it being a household essential into something of a mission. To persuade as many people as possible of the need to get using washi tape, find out how useful it really is, and to then persuade others of the need.

    What is washi tape

    examples of washi tape
    Examples of washi tape - plain, kids and encyclopedia design

    For the uninitiated, washi tape is an amazing invention from Japan. Made from rice paper, the most important bit about it is that it is sticky, like Sellotape or masking tape, but it is also low-tack so that it can be peeled off again without leaving any mark or damage. Whilst we can’t promise that this is 100% guaranteed on every surface, we can say that we are yet to encounter any problems. The secret lies in peeling it off carefully and slowly.

    The tape is also easy to tear, so use scissors if you want a neat and tidy look, or tear if you are in a hurry. It also comes in an unbelievable range of widths, colours, patterns and designs. So there really is a roll for every occasion.

    From plain tapes you can write on to kids tapes you can learn with, from patterned tapes you can decorate with to designs that you just want to gaze at. What isn’t there to love about this stuff?

    washi tape examples
    Examples of designer washi tape

    Decorative or practical?

    Er…both! Yes you can indulge all sorts of creative ideas with washi tape – covering notebooks inside and out, making presents unique and beautiful, Christmas tree decorations and more. The list goes on and there are many more ideas out there online. But it is also so practical. Just take a look at what the team here came up with as suggestions for using the tape.

    washi tape - decorative or practical?
    Washi tape - is it decorative or practical? Or both?


    So to kickstart our mission we are doing a free giveaway. Thanks to the very kind people at MT – making washi tape in Japan since 1923 – we are giving away a little gift pack. Inside you will find a roll of tape and a booklet with 10 fun ideas for using the tape decoratively, plus a mask and little box to make up and decorate. The first lucky 1,000 people to claim their gift can do so online now – you just need to purchase something from us (anything not just washi tape) and the gift will be made available in the shopping basket.

    1,000 households may leave us some way short of covering the whole of Britain but it’s a good start and a very kind offer from MT. And if you take up the offer and are persuaded then please spread the word. You’ll be met by some blank expressions at first but once they start to get it, they’ll never look back. And they’ll always thank you for introducing them to washi tape!

    Click here to see our full range of tapes

  • Christmas Gifts

    Christmas Gifts

    Our recommendations for an easy gift idea

    top christmas gift ideas


    We've put the effort in to make it easier for you. Check out the best of the best gift ideas for Christmas.

    observer's home notebook

    Observer's Home Notebook

    Fantastic notebook with useful ideas for use in the home including uses for salt and even labels for home-made jam

    twsbi classic fountain pen

    TWSBI Classic Fountain Pen

    Beautiful fountain pen from Taiwan in limited edition turquoise. One of our favourite brands

    good morning safari 2018 calendar

    Good Morning 2018 Safari Calendar

    Highly unusual calendars from Japan, this set is a series of Safari animals that sit on your desk

    caran d'ache 849 fountain pen

    Caran d'Ache 849 Fountain Pen

    The classic Caran d'Ache 849 pen was reinvented earlier this year with a new fountain pen version that had lots of admirers

    olivetti notebook

    Olivetti Notebook

    Beautiful, quality notebook based around the original Olivetti electric typewriter from the 1960's

    imborrable notebooks

    Imborrable Notebooks

    A new range of Spanish notebooks we have taken on, with quite stunning cover designs that have had everyone choosing their favourite

    aficionado compilation

    The Aficionado Compilation

    One of our stationery compilations, this combines the best available notebook, pen and ink to make a set that will get someone purring with delight

    lamy joy set

    Lamy Joy Fountain Pen Set

    Old school but always popular - a stylish set of calligraphy pen with 3 nib widths, cartridges and a booklet about learning calligraphy

    Christmas gifts for him


    Our pick of the best gifts for that tricky man in your life, be it your husband, brother, dad, son or friend!

    field notes starter kit

    Field Notes Starter Kit

    Field Notes specialise in no-nonsense old school stationery and this boxed set is a great introduction to their unique ways

    blackwing 602 pencils

    Blackwing Pencils

    These cult pencils are widely regarded as the best pencils. Ever. And with a cultural heritage that reads like a who's who these are a must-have in any stationery collection

    walk with me maps

    Walk With Me Maps

    Does everyone love a map? Well these are maps and also just fascinating and wonderful objects in their own right - discover bits of London, Barcelona and Madrid you never knew

    rhodia compilation

    The Rhodian Compilation

    We have assembled an amazing collection of stationery essentials from French brand Rhodia, including the Webbie notebook and Script pen

    astronomy stationery set

    The Astronomer Compilation

    Who isn't fascinated by space? We've put a popular set together that combines the unusual Astronomy notebook with a Fisher Spacepen and a roll of planetary washi tape. Quite different but also quite wonderful

    field notes campfire

    Field Notes Campfire

    All men love making a fire. Surely? Well we can't offer that but this is the next best thing - a set of 3 notebooks from the US based around the theme of campfires

    caran d'ache 849 pen

    Caran d'Ache 849

    The classic pen from 1969 - the 849 has a name that people just nod knowingly at. Simple hexagonal shape, bright colours, metallic barrel. Simple but perfect

    grids and guides notebook

    Grids and Guides Notebook

    Unusual but quite fun. These notebooks are packed with uniquely different note paper and useful infographics on the periodic table and more

    the bureau stationery christmas gift guide


    Stuck for what to give when the tired old ideas of perfume, jewellery and chocolate just won't do? Fear not, we can fill that fear-shaped hole for you!

    Castelli Midnight Floral Notebooks

    Beautiful new notebooks for 2017 with a floral pattern and an intricate embossed reflief. These books were a big hit when launched and we feel they will be again at Christmas.

    Woodcut Cards

    A lovely set of greeting cards and envelopes in a box, each featuring a traditional woodcut design.

    Kanken Backpacks

    Still the bag of the moment, Kanken bags and their distinctive red fox logo can be seen everywhere. Why? It's in the back-to-basics approach of having a backpack that takes a decent load, opens up to reveal all easily and yet comes in a range of stylish colours.

    Scented Inks

    A range of inks from J. Herbin each with its own matching scent, so you can choose from apple, orange, lavender and even chocolate amongst others.

    The Classic Compilation

    Is this the definitive Bureau Compilation? It certainly feels that way - we have sold so many and yet it still tops the charts. Combine a smart rollerball with three tins of ink cartridges of your choice.

    good morning flowers 2018 calendar

    2018 Flowers Calendar

    One of the most amazing things we have seen. This calendar has a flower for each month and you pop it out to create a flower in a vase which changes month to month. Ir go full-on with several flowers all at once.

    Lamy LX Fountain Pen

    The Lamy LX is a high-end version of the familiar Al-Star pen, with a slightly bling-y barrel in several metallic shades and a new Lamy nib. Comes in a very smart tubular tin.

    The Botanist Compilation

    A special set comprising the unusual Observer's Tree notebook with a pen and roll of plant encyclopedia washi tape.

    Stocking filler ideas


    Great little gift ideas to add a little extra to stockings or for that smaller gift idea

    Histoires Naturelles Notebooks

    Quirky notebooks from France that feature animals and plants, each with a French saying below that you can try to translate but will likely find no English equivalent. Beautiful, fun and a quality notebook as well.

    Coccoina Glue

    A long-time Bureau classic, this almond-scented glue from italy is heavenly to smell, gorgeous to look at and a must to give to someone.

    Lamy Tipo Pen

    All-time classic pen, one that we recommend every year. The Tipo is such good value and yet looks like a pen worth several times as much.

    Paperways Memo Pads

    Handy little memo pads from Korea, which feature a range of patterns including a map of the World or a map of Europe. Smart, fun and yet useful.

    How To Bullet Plan

    Bullet Journals are big news, but how do you go about starting one? We liked this book so much we decided to start selling it as it explains all, and more. They'll not be stuck for ideas if they get this in their stocking!

    Midori Pen Case

    Soft-touch pencils cases that can also double up for other uses, maybe as a glasses case or keeping small items safe.

    Animal Paperclips

    Fun shaped paperclips with a range of ideas from dolphins to airplanes, ducks to cherry blossom.

    Milan Erasers

    We've made these little packs of fun up - each one has six different erasers from the old-school brand Milan. All very retro, and yet surprisngly tempting and beautiful.

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