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Ink Pens

Aside from my Parker IM Roller Ball and Fountain pens the only real ink pens that I love are Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens.  I forget when I first came across these pens but it was a long time ago, it feels like they have always been in my life and I forget how many different ones I have purchased over time, though I do know that I have gone through 3 of the 10 pack of pens in the time that I have been purchasing them.

So what makes me keep buying them?  I love the range of colors for one, there seem to be so many different ink colors and tones to choose from, that you can buy the pens as singles or in larger sets, that the writing line is just 0.3mm – so truly fine, which makes for some pretty creative and tight doodling or really small writing!  I love that the pens don’t seem to bleed or fade and I love that they make my writing look a lot neater than other pens!  I love how the pen barrel is thin and triangular which can minimize hand fatigue when writing and that the pen is really light and smooth to use.  Basically, I think, what I am trying to say is this range are the perfect pen for me!

I use these pens for everything too, from doodling and writing my plans in my Filofax, color coding notes and drawing images to just brightening up a page with a few simple boxes drawn in a bold color, they are the perfect addition to my filofax and bullet journal (more about the latter soon!)!

Here’s my collection at the moment (what I could find of them – my go to ones!)

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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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Dividers

Dividers are an easy way to keep track of the contents of your planner and section them out from each other, making things easier to find, and using your planner a lot easier.

Most new planners come with a set of inserts, Filofax and Paperchase both include the current years diary, notepaper and an a-z phone section among others along with a set of dividers, sometimes they are labelled for each section and other times they are blank.  The blank ones give you better placement options for your sections, what sections you use and how you want them to be labelled.

The other thing, aside from the practical aspect, that I like about dividers is that switching them about and using either pre-made or making your own style dividers is one of the easiest ways to personalize and really make your planner your own.  There are lots of people over on etsy that make dividers for all sorts of planners, from Filofax to Kiki K, to Happy Planner, the easiest way to find what you are looking for is to be specific in your search terms, for example, if I was browsing etsy for dividers for my planner I would search “filofax personal sized dividers” which will  bring up so many search results, the trick now is to narrow down your search field by, for example adding “glitter” or “rainbow” or “cartoon” between the words “sized” and “dividers”.  Knowing the broad terms for the style you are looking for really helps.

Alternatively, you could make your own, which I will be showing you in my Planner Makes series on Monday 20th February!

What dividers do you use and what categories do they mark in your planner?

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Stationery Loves – Inserts

I feel like somewhere along the line my opening line is stuck in repeat, but, hopefully, after this first month the introductions to new segments of my blog will stop (or at the very least, slow down to a minute trickle…), anyway…

So, Stationery Loves is a new segment of my freshly resurrected blog.  This series of posts will share links to places you can buy some of my “Stationery Loves”.  This months post looks at places where you can get inserts for your organizer from.

First up are the stores that you can buy ready printed, punched inserts that most people use without too many problems…

Filofax sell a vast range of different sized inserts, from diaries, note paper, financial, to do, among others.  It is interesting to see the range that Filofax offer expanding and becoming more up to date within the planner trends realm – they now offer a select range of diaries that have printed patterns on them alongside the classic White, Cotton Cream and Pink (you can find these in the diary section).  The only annoyance I have with the Illustrated is that they only appear to be for A5 binders at the moment.

Paperchase offer Filofax inserts (not the full range) alongside their own planner inserts.  Paperchase offer a different selection of inserts that are a bit more modern in their function, inserts like Meal Plans, meeting lists and shopping lists.  There are also a few cute printed inserts available including printed note paper.  Again, Paperchase offers a range of different sizes and a few different layout options for the diaries (currently there is a day to a page Filofax brand available and Paperchase’s own brand week on two pages.)

WHSmith offer similar to Paperchase, they stock Filofax branded inserts alongside their own.  There seems to be a greater selection of inserts available, especially diary inserts in different formats but they do not seem to offer any other color than white and pink.

Another one to check out for inserts is Dodo Pad.  These inserts are a diary, come note book or whatever you decide it to be.  Take a look and see what you think.

You can get other inserts, available to download and print yourself (printables) from many different sources.  Philofaxy offer a great range of free printables (I used these for November and December in my A5) and if you are clever enough, you can customize them yourself.  This is a great resource, if like me, you have an idea to switch your layout but dont want the commitment of buying a years worth of inserts only to find a week later you don’t like the inserts, you can download a month’s worth and give it a go before printing the year.

Etsy also has great resources for finding inserts for your planner.  I could spend a month linking you to awesome inserts but I’m not going to do that as there are too may awesome designers out there creating pages that by listing a few, I’m missing off others.  Instead, I suggest you just head over to Etsy and have a search for inserts and see what you come up with yourself!  🙂  And, when you find someone who sells awesome inserts, why not head back here and leave a link and maybe, a review, in the comments!

So, what inserts do you love and why?

The next episode of “Stationery Loves will be published here on 8/2/17!

xoxox

***I have not been paid to mention any of these stores or shops, I chose to write this blog of my own free will and to share with you some places of interest that stock inserts.***