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2011's most beautiful stationery

There’s something rather exciting about buying a new diary in anticipation of the approaching year – it feels like a fresh start, a chance to get organised and an opportunity to look forward to future events. And, with a plethora of gorgeous stationery available now, we’ve put together an edit of the items we want on our desk come the new year...

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Lisa Stickley, Ladies Mustard

1. Lisa Stickley, Ladies Mustard

Available from lisastickleylondon.com, £9

A bright A5 notebook from our recent Lunchtime Masterclass expert that is the perfect size for your handbag. The cover illustration is inspired by Vogue pattern books from the 1960s and by ‘ladies who wear good hats.’

We Are What We Do

2. We Are What We Do

Available from wearewhatwedo.org, £5

These wonderfully bright diaries are not only a great price, they're also printed with soya-based ink and made with Forest Stewardship Council paper, with all profits going directly to one of their charities, schools or community projects around the world. Each week it suggests something you can do that will benefit yourself and others, such as recycle your books or teach your granny to text - helping you to start your year with a good deed.

Montblanc

3. Montblanc

Available from Montblanc, 151 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, SW1X 9BX, call 020 7730 7681 or visit montblanc.com, £240

Always a classic option, Montblanc have a stylish collection of leather diaries for 2011, available in a range of shades including purple, red, orange, tan and black.

Organise-us.com

4. Organise-us.com

Available from organise-us.com, from £29.95

This website has some gorgeously coloured diaries and notebooks on offer. The diaries cover 16 months, which is handy when you want to avoid the diary buying rush at the beginning of January, and are made in England. The covers are made from Pellaq iguana, lizard or croc - we particularly like the bright Raspberry Shimmer cover.

Filofax Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Organiser

5. Filofax Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Organiser

Available from caboodle.co.uk, £20.23

Filofax have teamed up with the Breast Cancer Campaign to release this pink personal organiser. As well as the usual diary pages, it also features specially printed breast cancer awareness pages and stickers to remind you when to check your breasts in addition to unique pink dividers, rulers and paper. Not only will it brighten your day, but 10% from the sale will be donated to the Breast Cancer Campaign.

Smythson Panama Diary, Holly Fulton Capsule Collection

6. Smythson Panama Diary, Holly Fulton Capsule Collection

Available from Smythson stores and smythson.com, £118

Scottish designer Holly Fulton has collaborated with Smythson to produce this gorgeous, limited edition Panama diary. Made from yellow goatskin, the cover features an art deco inspired illustration and the back covers are lined with a pretty black and white silk print from Fulton’s autumn/winter '10 collection. So pretty you might not want to write in it.

Papaya

7. Papaya

Available from papernation.co.uk, £16.95

This diary from Papaya is as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside. Filled with gorgeous illustrations throughout, it's a spiral bound hardback with week to view pages and has a handy accordion storage pocket in the front cover for notes, photos, receipts and other bits and pieces.

Orla Kiely

8. Orla Kiely

Available from orlakiely.com/uk, £25

Not a diary in the strictest sense of the world, but beautiful nonetheless, this classic Orla Kiely stem design notebook has a sturdy embossed cover and off-white, ruled, thick paper. Perfect to jot down your innermost thoughts, or else to start writing that novel…

Prometheusboundbooks.com

9. Prometheusboundbooks.com

Available from Harrods and prometheusboundbooks.com, ranges from £85- £100

This company makes stunning, bespoke diaries. The price differs because there is a host of binding and personalisation options, such as having initials or a personal message embossed in gold or silver foil for a personal touch. They also produce ready-bound diaries such as this beautiful Pink Lizard Look 3 Year Journal, which we all want!

Smythson Memoranda Diary, Damson Collection

10. Smythson Memoranda Diary, Damson Collection

Available from Smythson stores and smythson.com, £118

This is a really beautiful, slim and lightweight diary which is the perfect size for a handbag. There is a helpful silk pocket at the back, and we love the damson pink colour and contrasting sky-blue clip - simply beautiful.

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