Category Archives: Stationery

Product review: Kokuyo Security Roller Stamp

Today I have a stationery review for you.  I haven’t done one since May!  I saw the Kokuyo security roller stamp pop on someone’s blog months ago, but at the time it wasn’t available in the UK and I didn’t want to do an overseas order, so I filed it away in the back of my mind and left it at that.  Then, a couple of months ago, in the weekly Bureau Direct email, they mentioned that they would shortly be getting some in stock, so I set up an email alert and finally I got notified that they were available to order.

Kokuyo Security Roller Stamp 1

There are two sizes available, and I ordered the 10mm option (I actually ordered two; one for me and one for my sister).

The security roller is basically a rubber stamp used to obscure important data, so that nobody can steal your details.  I don’t have a shredder, so I usually rely on the composter for secure disposal of papers, but this puts a lot of pressure on the composter to eat paper (!).  Also, paper is recyclable and technically it is a waste of manufacturing to return it to the earth.  This stamp means I can now dispose of letters with my paper recycling quite easily.

Kokuyo Security Roller Stamp 2

The roller is quite small and comes with a refill of ink.  It’s self-inking, so you don’t have to worry about mess.

Kokuyo Security Roller Stamp 3

All you have to do is roll the stamp over your secure data, and it obscures the original text with a layer of random characters.  It’s a brilliant idea, and well executed.  I really recommend these stamps!

You can buy the stamp from Bureau Direct for £11.95.  I wasn’t sponsored to write this review, I just think it’s a good idea.

Lego Moleskine week 25 & 26

Lego Moleskine Week 25

Week 25

That stamp is of an astronaut in space, which is cool.  This was quite a quiet week, as I had studying to do and other bits and pieces.  I did paint the garden fence though, which is always a big job!

Lego Moleskine Week 26

Week 26

Ahhh, France’s football dreams are over for another four years!  Made a batch of strawberry jam this week (and gooseberry jam).

Why I stopped journalling

I recently mentioned in a comment on here that I’d stopped journalling, and I was asked to write about this. I was going to at some point, but I hadn’t really marshalled my thoughts together, so I didn’t know what to say.

For months now I’ve not been journalling regularly. I’ve not been enjoying it and it’s lapsed into a chore that I do once every couple of weeks. Alongside this, I’ve been pondering what to do with all my old journals (this sometimes took place on here!). I didn’t know what I was keeping all the old notebooks for, and as there were around 30 they were taking up a lot of space (I’ve kept a journal for 10 years). As you guys know, I’m big on de-cluttering, and all these old notebooks were becoming dead space.

I wasn’t aware that I’d made a decision about all of this, but one morning in May I woke up with the decision to get rid of all the notebooks. I sorted through them all, removing any sensitive pages and recycling the rest. The sensitive pages got shredded and went into the compost. It was a big job that took many hours over several days to complete, but I felt much better for doing it.

That was a couple of months ago now, and I’ve not had an urge to journal since. I don’t regret getting rid of the journals, but I am annoyed that I wasn’t a better journaller. I love reading biographies and published journals, but mine were no way near that interesting! I do however miss the act of writing. I originally started keeping a journal so I could write by hand regularly, and now that exercise has gone I do miss it. The decision to stop journalling has wider repercussions over my use of pens and paper, and I think I will need to find a new activity that uses these.

That’s what happened to my journals anyway. Do any of you journal? Have you kept all your old notebooks?

My commonplace book

Commonplace notebook 3

I don’t think I’ve ever written a full post on my commonplace book before, so I thought I’d share it with you today.

Commonplace books aren’t really in fashion any more and not many people keep them, but in the 17th – 18th centuries they were all the rage! They are basically notebooks where you collect knowledge, usually in the format of quotes, sayings, formulae, etc. In the olden days this would have been how a lot of people learnt.

Commonplace notebook 2

I use my commonplace notebook to collect quotes, phrases from books and poems that I like. It’s a mix of things I’ve printed off, cut out and written by hand.

It’s a nice way to collect words that mean something to you. If you think about those published quote books, a commonplace book is like your own personal quote book, full of quotes you’ve selected and like. It’s very enjoyable to flick through it and commit things to memory.

My notebook is a large Paperblanks notebook.  I love the ornate covers of Paperblank notebooks, and the quality of the paper inside.  This one also has a magnetic closure, which is a great addition.

Commonplace notebook 1

I think we should revive the fashion for commonplace notebooks.  They’re great; they give you a reason to use a nice notebook and pen, and mean you can write down passages you like from books in a nice safe place for future enjoyment.

Lego Moleskine week 21 & 22

2014 Moleskine week 21

Week 21

This was my holiday week.  It feels like a long time ago now!  The picture on the right came from Landscape magazine.  I love the photos in it.

2014 Moleskine week 22

Week 22

This week looks really empty.  Probably because the last few weeks have had magazine cuttings in them.  I got a new fire steel, which is one of those scratch metal things that create fire.  This is very exciting!  Also, I ate two pizzas on the Tuesday and felt really ill for two days afterwards from eating too much!  Not doing that again.  I am old now…

Lego Moleskine week 19 & 20

2014 Moleskine week 19

Week 19

Eurovision!  Iceland should have won.  This is the week I started a count down for finishing my crochet blanket.  Also, I watched Hanna.  It’s really good, you should try and see it if you can.

2014 Moleskine week 20

Week 20

I’ve now finished season one of Nashville.  I love it!  We had loads of sunshine in this week and I spent lots of time in the garden.

Lego Moleskine week 17 & 18

2014 Moleskine week 17

Week 17

Gosh, Easter weekend feels like a long time ago now.  I started using Clinique’s 3-step system this week.  It actually seems to work – I sound surprised because these things rarely do!

2014 Moleskine week 18

Week 18

The beginning of May!  I wrote up my May goals, started focussing on finishing my crochet blanket again and my sister came home for the weekend.  The veg in the garden got planted and there was much rejoicing!

The perfect green ink

For years I have been on the hunt for the perfect green ink. I’ve found my perfect blue and my perfect red, but the green has until now eluded me.  I couldn’t describe the perfect green ink, but I called it Albus Dumbledore green. I would know it was the one when I tried it.

I have tested lots of greens over the years. Some were completely wrong, whilst others were just not quite right. Anyone who has ever been on the hunt for something specific will understand this feeling.

I had largely given up on my hunt because I was satisfied with the inks I already owned, but on a whim I recently ordered four J.Herbin ink samples, and I included two greens to see if they were any good. It was an excellent decision, as I found my green! Here is the J. Herbin Vert Empire.

J Herbin Vert Empire sample 1

It’s exactly what I was looking for.

J Herbin Vert Empire sample 2

This now means I have my perfect red, blue and green. Life is pretty much complete for me I think :P

If you’re interested, Bureau Direct do a pick and mix J. Herbin option for £13.95, where you can choose four ink samples to test.  A very economical way to try new ink colours.

Lego Moleskine week 13 & 14

2014 Moleskine week 13

Week 13

This is the week I had my tea party, which was great :)

2014 Moleskine week 14

Week 14

The first week of April.  We had weird weather this week, with smog nearly every day.  According to the news most of the UK was affected.  This is also the week I had really bad jaw pain and ended up on codeine.  Then it weirdly fixed itself – I’ve been fine since!