Posted in Stationery Loves

Ball Point Pens

I make no apologies or secrets of this – I am totally passionate about pens.  I own such a vast array of pens that I could open my own pen shop!

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And I always seem to be on a quest to find the perfect pen to write with, for me there is nothing worse than a pen that gloops, skips, catches, scratches or just stops writing even though there is ink left in it!  Today’s post embraces my love of pens and I am sharing with you a few of my all time favorite ball point pens so that you can, hopefully, find your perfect pen too!

First up are these Zebra Expandz .

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I purchased my first Zebra Expandz (the white one) a few years ago when I was using my Pocket Domino Filofax.  I had popped into my local Ryman’s  Stationers to buy some note paper for my planner and when I was queuing to pay I saw a display with these pens in it.  I had not found the perfect pen for the pocket sized planner, all of the pens I was used to using were too long and stuck out from the ends which annoyed me, so most of my pens ended up just being slung into my bag taking up residence among all the other detritus at the bottom.  I already owned a few Zebra pens that I used for notes in uni so decided taht this would be a good purchase as I knew what I was letting myself in for!  The ink is smooth, and comes out without glooping, the write is lovely – no skipping or scratching at the paper and I have never known the pen to stop writing before the ink is empty either!  I then added a second Expandz to my collection when I saw the pink one on offer a year or so ago!

 

My second favorite ball point pen is this one (below)…

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This pen was one of those impulse buys, I was in The Range one day looking for craft things for my University course and saw this at one of the aisle ends, it was the sparkle that caught my eye first, then the £0.99 price sticker!  At the time this style of pen, with gems in the upper barrel had just started to become fashionable (I did have my eye on this range but as the company is USA based, not only was the pen expensive but the postage would have been a ton too).  I really love this pen and it was my go to pen for ages (it was the pen I carried in my Pink personal Filofax Classic) but as time has gone on (and the ink, I’m sure, has started to deplete) I have retired it from every day use until I can find a refill that fits it and that writes how I like!

Finally in the ball point favorites are these Papermate Inkjoy pens.

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There are 2 different pens here, the click top ones are the 300 RT range and the ones with the lids are the 100 range.  I bought the 100 range ones first and was pretty impressed with them that when I saw the click top ones on offer in my local Tesco I snapped them up.  I have used these mainly in color coding my planner last year (that lasted for about a month as I’m terrible for remembering all my pens) and now use them for my Gratitude Diary and making notes.  All of the pens seem to write really well and they live up to the

“Spread joy with vivid colour! InkJoy 100ST ballpoint pens have a smooth, fast-starting writing system that spreads ink easily without drag. Even work or school is fun when you can choose from a rainbow of ten brilliant colours and enjoy ink that flows as freely as your thoughts. With InkJoy, there’s nothing to hold you back!”

that is on their website.  I have only had issues with the green pen from this series – it skipped, the ink was inconsistent and it glooped, stopped writing randomly and was just not pleasant to use.  I have a feeling that this is a general problem with green ball point pens though, as I have experienced similar with many other brands of green pens before

What are your favorite ball point pens?

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Posted in set-up

Tracker

Today’s post will show you how to set up a tracker for your planner.

You will need paper inserts, whether they are lined, plain or quadrille the choice is up to you, pens, a ruler (possibly) and something to track!

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I chose quadrille paper to track my social media and blog posts on and at the top I wrote in the Month and Year.  I then decided on my placement for what I was tracking and shortened them down into short form code – PW = Post Written, PS = Post Shared, FB = Facebook, I1/I2/I3 = Instagram Accounts 1,2 &3 (I1 is my planner instagram (@plannermontannah), I2 is my steps Instagram and I3 is my personal instagram).  I keep meaning to add 2 further columns PW2 and PS2 (for my other blog that I run) but I haven’t got around to that yet…

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If you are using blank paper or lined paper it is worth sketching out your layout on a spare sheet before committing to it permanently – work out your columns and lines and what sort of spacing you need, where your headings and categories are going to be placed and play around until you are happy with the layout, then you can draw it out on the sheets you will be using.

Marking off your data as you complete the item can be done in so many different ways, I mark mine by coloring in the box but you can use stickers, ticks, crosses, emoji’s, whatever you choose.  You can include color coding, like in the image below (that I found on pinterest – just search Year In Pixels for other related images) has on her emotions tracker, where certain colors are matched to certain things or, like me (being lazy) opt for one color…

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How have you set up your tracker?  What sort of things are you tracking?

Happy Friday!

xoxox

Posted in New Products

New Products – Pens

Another new series for the blog!  This series will look at any new products I have bought and give mini reviews and, in this case, a back story!  I decided to write this series as I often like buying and trying new products that come out onto the market and thought this might be useful for others to read!

Back in December, not long before Christmas, I had left my favorite fountain pen on my coffee table after writing some Christmas cards, I went out to do some shopping and didn’t think any more about my pen thinking it would be safe at home.  I’d made the fatal mistake of leaving my dog loose in the house (she normally stays in the kitchen when I go out somewhere…), asleep on the sofa.  I got home later, not even 2 hours had gone by since I had left to an inky mess on my sofa and a guilty looking dog 😦 it seems that she got bored and decided that my pen looked like a good way to keep herself entertained.  To be fair, it wasn’t an expensive pen, it was clear plastic which I loved as you could see how much ink was left in the cartridge, and it was one of the only fountain pens that I had which wrote on pretty much any type of paper without skipping or catching, the ink always flowed nice and my writing looked so much better when I wrote with it.  I was pretty devastated.

Roll on to Christmas, I was gifted some money to get myself something nice and I knew what I was going to get – a new fountain pen.  I headed into town one day after Christmas and visited WHSmith firstly.  I looked at the range of pens in my price range (£20) but couldn’t find anything that I liked or that fit with my criteria – it had to be metal, have a bit of weight about it and have a finish which I wanted (something metallic).  I liked the Lamy Safari but it looked a bit plastic for my liking and the color ways that were available were not great, plus just about everyone has one.  I did sneak a peek at the Parker pens but the only one in my price range was the Vector which I already own in purple.

I then visited my local Ryman store and found a Parker IM in Esspresso with a sale sticker marking it down from nearly £40 to £20 as it didn’t have a cartridge in the box.  I snapped it up as it ticked all the boxes of what I wanted in a fountain pen and grabbed some cartridges at the same time.  I got in the car and decided to get it running and try it out but when I opened the box I found that it was a roller ball body and not a fountain pen.  I didn’t mind too much but was a bit disappointed that I’d now have to buy a refill for it so I could use it.  I ordered some online and decided to have a look at fountain pens online while I was at it.  I found a matching fountain pen online for £17 which I ordered!

I was still a bit sad about not having a new pen to use that day, however, when collapsing the packaging down to recycle it, I found the roller ball cartridge in the presentation box that comes with the pen!

So now I have a matching set of Parker IM pens, and I honestly love them both!  I’m using a black Parker 0.5mm roller ball refill in the one and in the other I have a blue Quink ink cartridge!  Both write really well and have the weight I was looking for, are both really well made and sturdy, and they look good clipped to the pen loop of my Malden!  There seem to be no bleed issues or shadowing issues through the cotton cream Filofax inserts that I am using either, so its an all round winner!

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The next episode of New Products will be posted on 10th February! xoxox

Posted in set-up

2017 Set-Up

I saw the New Year in with my lovely personal Filofax Malden in Kingfisher blue that my boyfriend bought me for my birthday.  I had her all set up by Christmas Day for 2017.  Here’s my set up in her for this year…

Here’s a little flick through in pictures!  🙂

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All inserts are from Filofax and are available here

The Dashboard and dividers were made by me!  There will be a tutorial at some point on this blog on how to make your own!  The laminated cards are from Project Life and laminated by myself, they have a use that will be revealed soon!  🙂

How have you set up your planner for the year?

xoxox

Posted in Uncategorized

WO2P Set Up and Designed Monthly Insert

I have been using a WO2P set up for as long as I can remember (including in my Filo Classic in Personal size) although I made some tweaks to the set up of the pages in my A5 (from Paperchase).  I really like being able to see everything for the week at a glance but found it frustrating to have to flick through the pages in order to see what was happening in future weeks with regard to making plans and organizing events in the future.  Today I sat down with some squared paper and have designed a Month calendar with a weekly pull out “side bar” so I can plan my month more effectively, from blog posts to appointments and arranging meetings.  Here’s the first one I have designed and how it fits into my planner!Monthly view of insertWeek 1 view of insertWeek 2 and 3 view of insertFully expanded insert