Category Archives: Stationery

Lego Moleskine week 29 & 30

Lego Moleskine Week 29

Week 29

Bastille day and some time off work!  A nice week!  I also “discovered” a place in town that does real Italian pasta takeaway, which is delicious!  I see much pasta in my future!

Lego Moleskine Week 30

Week 30

I had loads of items in the post in this week, after doing a bit of naughty shopping online!  Also, check out my wax stamp, which is the Batman logo!  (Also new black wax to match it!)  In this week the sun shone every day, and it was very hot.  Combined with all the muck-spreading, the town was quite unpleasant!

Product review: Monologue ruled notebooks

Monologue ruled notebook 5

Months ago now, I was contacted by a company called Monologue, who are launching a new range of notebooks. They asked me if I’d like to review some of their products, and they looked great so I said yes! (As a little insight into the world of a blogger, I often turn down product reviews, either because they’re not in keeping with my blog or my lifestyle, or because the product doesn’t look good!)

Monologue make their notebooks with acid-free paper, and in appearance the notebooks are similar to the other brands out there: Rhodia, Leuchtturm, TeNeus, Daycraft, etc. The notebooks have an elasticated closure, a ribbon, a back cover envelope and a sturdy fake leather cover.  They’re different from these brands though because they include an elastic pen loop in the design of the notebook.  It’s fixed to the back cover of the notebook, underneath the envelope.

Monologue ruled notebook 6

The loop is tight, which is good as it means it fits an assortment of pen widths.  However, it does mean with a Lamy, as photographed here, it’s very tight and difficult to use.  I assume though it will loosen a little with time.

Monologue ruled notebook 9

The elastic closure on the notebook is tight too – tight enough to leave a mark on the soft cover. However, I again assume this will loosen with time.

Monologue ruled notebook 7

The paper in the notebooks is cream, and 80gsm.  The pages are ruled with a narrow rule, and they don’t run to the edge of the page.  I’ve said this before, but I much prefer lines that stop before the edge of the page.  It looks much neater, and as such I’m a fan of these lined notebooks.

What we all care about really though is the ink test, am I right?!  To be honest, I didn’t expect much for 80gsm, as in my experience you need 90gsm plus in order to use a wet fountain pen happily with no bleeding.  The ink test below shows that my assumptions are largely right.  I only had two fountain pens to hand when I did this test, and both were small nibs.  The first is a fine nib, but you can see it still has some bleeding on the page.  A medium nib is likely to be even more pronounced.  My Sailor extra fine nib (bottom) had no bleeding though, so if you’re a fan of small Japanese nibs this paper won’t bother you.  The PITT pens didn’t bleed at all, but given their cost and intended market (artists), I’m not surprised at this.

Monologue ruled notebook 8

This purple notebook is an A6 notebook, but Monologue also sent me a mini version to review.  Is it not the cutest notebook ever?!  I’ve put it next to my iPhone for scale, and you can see it’s truly tiny!

Monologue ruled notebook 1

They also did a brilliant re-design of the elastic closure.  If you look at the photos, you’ll see that the elastic closure is horizontal and starts in the middle of the cover.  It works perfectly, and even when open it lies flat against the cover.  They should find a way to use this closure design for all their sizes.

Monologue ruled notebook 4

The notebook, although tiny, is still fully functional as a notebook, and is lined inside just like its larger sibling.

Monologue ruled notebook 3

This miniature notebook is great for keeping in your bag/pocket to jot things down on the fly.  I’ve been keeping shopping lists and things to remember in it.  Its size makes it brilliantly portable, which is the problem with most to-do lists!

Monologue are a new company and aren’t trading in the UK yet, but if you come across their notebooks I recommend picking up one of the miniature notebooks for your pocket.  They’re great!  The A6 notebook is similar to others on the market, but the addition of a pen loop makes it a good choice for notebooks you keep with you all day.  For stuff you leave in a drawer at home, I think Rhodia is better (nicer paper), but you don’t get a pen loop with their notebooks.

I will be doing a giveaway of some Monologue products in the near future, so keep an eye out!

A new stationery order

Stationery order August 2014

I may have been naughty.  Tee hee.  Look at my shiny new goodies!

In the top left, there’s a green Kakuno fountain pen with a fine nib (it’s gorgeous).  It came with a free pack of blue ink, but I bought a converter for it so I can use my bottled ink.

On the right hand side, I have two new wax stamps and four sticks of sealing wax.  The stamps are a snowflake and the batman logo :)

The clips in the bottom right hand corner were a freebie from CultPens.  Aren’t they cute?

I love new stationery!

Lego Moleskine week 27 & 28

Lego Moleskine Week 27

Week 27

July goals!  This week I finished Warehouse 13 season 4 (I can’t believe it’s almost over) and got a stupid cold.  I also started re-watching the Fast and the Furious franchise.

Lego Moleskine Week 28

Week 28

Grand Budapest Hotel is a very odd film.  I don’t really like Wes Anderson films, but the trailers always look so good.  I started driving again in this week – super exciting!!  I haven’t driven for years (and don’t have a licence), but I’m insured and I’ve got my L plates on the car!

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.