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Recent Purchases

My first round-up this year of fun things I’ve been buying (and gifted)! I’ve really been doing a good job of not spending too much money in 2020.

Paperchase stationery

I did get to do a little bit of spending as I had a Paperchase gift voucher from my advent calendar. I went quite a bit over budget but couldn’t resist the cute Buddies collection. The sticker box now holds all my stickers and the rest will be put to use for sending happy mail.

panda scrapbook

I also picked up this panda scrapbook in the sale (now sold out) so hopefully I will be inspired to do some journaling with all the travel ephemera I’ve saved.

tiny plant plant mail

Tiny Plant’s Patreon continues to be a delight and I love getting my plant mail. I even got a bonus birthday card for my birthday month.

sumikko gurashi baguette

I was so gutted to miss out on the tiny Sumikko Gurashi baguette plush (by minutes!) but thankfully they restocked. It’s so ridiculously adorable and I love it.

king jim sticker folders

If you read my stationery organising post, I mentioned getting some sticker folders for my sheets and they arrived really fast. They really are the perfect size for almost all my sheets and takes up less space, plus I can look at them all more easily. I got mine from TMJapan on Etsy, who also have matching folders for flakes and washi tape.

And a little mention of all these cute things by Milkjoy that I was sent by iYoobo – read my review on Super Cute Kawaii. I don’t usually keep many of the review items but these are all so cute and useful. Shame I won’t be doing any traveling for a while!


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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