Monday, 21 November 2016

Confession Time: Planners 2017

So, I went a little overboard ordering some journals that I've wanted for a long time.

1. Hobonichi Cousin (A5)
- I am really excited about this one. It has Tomoe River paper, which is a very light (52 gms), yet fountain pen friendly paper. It does quite well in terms of bleed-through and feathering, and is acid-free. Some people complain about a bit of shadowing, though, which is natural considering how thin the paper is.

- I love how you can both plan your month, week (!) and day in this planner. This sounds like a lot of paper - especially considering that this planner covers the whole year of 2017, but this is where the genious of the Tomoe River comes in. The light paper allows for a much thinner planner, than it otherwise would have been with fountain pen friendly European paper. I also love the fact that the daily-planner-pages basically allows you to specifically set up appointments according to a whole 24 hr schedule, with 3-hour increments. It also has a "To-Do" list at the very top, with boxes that you can check off.

- I ordered the Japanese version here: Hobonichi Cousin 2017 (No affil.) The one I ordered is as mentioned a planner for the whole of 2017, but you can also get the "Cousin Avec" version, which are two seperate books covering 6-months. The original Hobonichi is in a A6 format, but I find that to be too small.

- A lot of people use these planners in very creative ways. A lot of people decorate them with washi tapes, watercolours and stamping.  Some used them as regular planners/journals, some use them as bulletpoint journals, while others use them more like a regular diary or as an art diary. For some inspiration, go check out: this YouTuber or this one (the last link is in German, but I think you'll still enjoy the video). You can also find lots of creative and inspirational pictures on Pinterest, as well as Facebook.

- For the fun of it, I ordered some waterbrushes from JetPens (No affil.) to play around with once the book gets here. Can't wait. I specifically ordered the Kuretake Zig Brush (Medium + Small).

2. Ink & Volt Planner 2017 (Pre-Ordered)
- This is a great planner when it comes to setting goals, planning your day and getting things done. It was previously known as the Spark Planner. I ordered mine from: here (No affil.). Fountain pen users will be happy to hear that this planner has fountain friendly paper - yay! I am very into goal-setting and self-development, and I feel this planner is perfectly aimed at this with seperate yearly, monthly and weekly goal-setting pages. They also have 30-Day-Challenges, as well as a Review Section for your goals. I also find it fascinating that this planner divides days into Morning - Noon - Night. I think this gives more freedom in terms of when to assign tasks during the day.

Both sites have some excellent pictures of the planners. Go check them out. I can't wait to try them out.

Review: It's Never Too Late - Noodler's Violet Vote

It actually took me several years (!) to like this ink. When I first tried it, it had a funny, pink tint to it and it was feathering like crazy. Due to a lot of great reviews, however, I didn't want to give it up, and I kept coming back to it.

Turns out: Shaking the ink bottle was the solution to my problems (duh!). Out came one of my favourite purple coloured inks...and it behaved flawlessly! So happy I didn't get rid of it. I've seen a few reviews complaining of lots of feathering and this ink's chalky colour, so shaking the bottle might solve the problems for you guys as well.    

This is a lovely, blueish and dusky-looking purple. It is very well behaved, and I love the fact that it is eternal. It works perfect in journals, notes, and I love the fact that you can use a high-lighter with this ink.


Dry time:
7-8 seconds

Stationary Used:

Paper used:
PaperBlank (acid-free paper, approx 120 gms)
Preppy fountain pen, 0.3 nib. 

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Today´s Find

Jetpens have a nice intro article about fountain pens as an introduction to beginners...

Just spotted these cute looking Tasche fountainpens. I´m tempted.... I love that it comes in pink. O la la!

A nice post about Miquelrius Notebooks... I think these are often understated. I have lots of them, and they work really well with fountain pens if you don´t mind a bit of shadowing.

Oh, glad to see I´m not the only one around that is pen, ink and cat crazy... purrr.. For those not into furry creatures, check this nice review on the same site: I´ve wanted to try out Midori´s Traveller´s Notebook for a long time.

These days I´m on the look-out for a new notebook. I´m very tempted to try out kokuyo or maruman notebooks. For those who do not know these brands, click here to read a review and see pics!

Requested review: Iroshizuku´s Ku-Jaku

*** Please note: This colour was exceptionally hard to catch on cam. It comes out a lot more blue than it really is. IRL it looks a lot greener.***

'Peacock' - what a fitting name for this blue! It does remind me of the colour of peacock feathers. I like this colour a lot - it can be used at work, as well as for personal correspondence and notes. It is a 'serious' colour - yet it has something fun and playful about it that I really enjoy. The great behaviour of this ink doesn´t hurt either:)

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Ink Comparison: Iroshizuku Blues

Another (extended) comparison of Iroshizuku´s blues...

All Things Orange

It´s still wintertime - cold, long days where all you want to do is snuggle up in a big blanket in front of the fire place (that is, if you´re lucky to have one). Living in Northern Europe, I´ve grown up with trips to the cabin during wintertime, cross-country-skiing, hot cups of cocoa and of course: oranges.
 It´s time for a little Vit C-injection full of healthy, orange-related tid bits.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The Demise of Good Notebooks?

Maybe I am being overly dramatic, but there is something to be said about today´s notebooks and choice of paper. I am always looking for good paper - naturally for the sheer pleasure of writing on it, but even more so due to my use of fountain pens. Sadly, a lot of the more "popular" and widely sold notebooks today contain a quality of paper that leaves a lot to be desired.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Review: Parker 51

These pens are always in my rotation. When I first started thinking about getting a Parker 51 I was not quite sure what to make of its design - which is quite unique in today's world of fountain pens and stands apart with its combination of a hooded nib, its light weight, vacumatic or aeromatic filling-mechanism, and not to mention the various colours to choose from.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Review: Black - Cross

I love my Parker 51 pens. They´re generally well-behaved pens with great flow. I do, however, have one P51 that I've had a little problems with in terms of ink-flow. Not anymore: once I filled my pen with Cross' ink 'black', the problem was solved.

Today´s Find: Where to Buy Bullettproof inks

A lot of people wonder where they can get hold of bullettproof inks, so I thought I´d make a separate post about it.

Legal Lapis (a blue ink which I´ve previously reviewed) and Violet Vote (previously Iraqi Indigo) can be bough at Pendemonium . As far as I know, this is the only place you can order these two inks. I´m currently waiting to try Violet Vote. I´ve been thinking for a long time about ordering this ink after hearing so many positive things about it. Being someone who loves the colour purple, I just had to check it out for myself. I will post up a review once I´ve received it.