Category Archives: Pen & Paper Love

New Letter Version: HORIZONTAL!!!

At long last, a horizontal planner in letter size! Monday start only. I’m pleased with how this turned out, hope you guys like it too. As always, let me know if you spot any errors or missing dates!

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REDOWNLOAD ALERT: Pretty Pretty Planner Junior BW Version

If you have downloaded the Junior 2016 BW version, there was an error with the date sequence on one page in January. The files have been corrected and re-uploaded, so please download again!

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New Pretty Pretty Planner Version: Weekly Horizontal

A weekly horizontal planner version of the Pretty Pretty Planner was requested last year. Here’s what I came up with for 2016. Only Junior size right now. Head on over to the Pretty Pretty Planner page to download!

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How Junior Size Printable Pages Are Organized

I get a lot of questions about why the dates on my Junior-sized weekly printables seem out of sequence. It’s not just a matter of putting a month in order by date on letter size paper, printing on both sides, and then cutting in half. If you did that, all of your dates would be out of order once you actually tried to assemble them in your planner. So imagine opening the Word document you just downloaded for the Pretty Pretty Planner. Zoom out so that each month or week will be a two-page spread, so you will see both pages of a month or week at one time when the notebook is opened.

What you expect to see is the first page, which in my printables is usually the goals/todo’s page, followed by the first week in January, then the second week in January, etc. But instead, if you open my Junior weekly layout and zoom out so that you see two landscape-oriented pages at a time, it will look like this:

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The very first “planner” page in the download, the first half of the first page, is actually the first part of the SECOND week, January 4th, 5th and 6th. This is deliberate, and not a mistake in order for the right month or week to start on the back side of the last month.

For example, both the weekly and monthly two-page layouts follow this logic (when I say page, I mean PLANNER page, once printed and cut in half):

1st Half:                   2nd Half:
Planner Page 4          Planner Page 1     = Word/PDF page 1
Planner Page 2          Planner Page 3     = Word/PDF page 2
Planner Page 8          Planner Page 5     = Word/PDF page 3
Planner Page 6          Planner Page 7     = Word/PDF page 4

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After awhile, it kind of has a two-steps-forward, one-step-back feel. If you have the Word doc zoomed out to 2 pages, imagine four different “planner” pages. Start your sequence with planner page 2, then go to planner page 3 and planner page 4 on the Word doc page 2, and then back to planner page 1 at the very beginning of page 1. Keep thinking of them as sets of two-page spreads. The second half of the week started in position 1 continues in position 2 in the next two page spread. Confused yet? Look at these screenshots and hopefully that will help.

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So this is why they may appear to be all out of order but actually are in the order they need to be to print successfully.

RELEASED: Pretty Pretty Planner 2016 Versions!!!

2016 VERSIONS HAVE BEEN UPLOADED!!

WOOOHOOO!! Thanks everyone for your patience and encouragement via the comments, hopefully you like these 2016 versions. As usual, if the links don’t work right please let me know and I’ll fix ASAP.

https://pensandart.wordpress.com/the-pretty-pretty-planner/

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2016 Versions…

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ARE COMING SOON!

The Maruman Mnemosyne Word Book

Using the Maruman Mnemosyne Word Book to catalog fountain pen ink samples.

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‘Nuff said.

I use the ‘dip in ink vial and swab over the card’ method, but this method used by @silverlinings_x on Instagram looks awesome too, kinda like little Pantone color cards.

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New Ink Samples to Test

New Ink Samples! Ordered just because I’ve wanted to try them.

Impressions:

Diamine Ruby – nice deep red, aptly named.

Iroshizuku Momiji – leans towards pink, pretty though.

Diamine Wild Strawberry – crazy, when wet I swear it looks orange!

Iroshizuku Yu-Yake – pretty, light tangerine, not overly pumpkin

Diamine Terracotta – pretty! rich but not as dark as Diamine Ancient Copper

Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin – pretty green, might be too light for daily use though

Diamine Sahara Grey – umm, where’s the grey in here?

J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune – pretty dusky purple

Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst – a richer more vibrant purple, but looks really similar to Poussiere de Lune here.

Diamine Blue Velvet – positively electric, but still not as much as Noodlers Baystate Blue.

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Goulet Pens Ink Drop – September ’15

If you are into fountain pens – either as a beginner or advanced user – you’ll soon see the appeal of testing out new inks via ink sampler vials before committing to a whole bottle. If you only get inks occasionally or know exactly what you like, you can get them one by one from places like Goulet Pens, Anderson Pens, or Isellpens.com. But if you like experimenting and being surprised with new ink colors every month, then check out the Goulet Pens Ink Drop subscription. Every month they will ship out 5 ink samples to you based on a specific theme (check out Goulet’s Ink Drop Archives for past Ink Drop collections).

I recently received September 2015’s Ink Drop collection, and love these vibrant jewel-toned colors. I swabbed them right away onto my Maruman Mnemosyne Word Book cards. Pelikan Edelstein Jade and Topaz look especially fabulous.

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Ink Sample Organization Revisited

When I last posted about these awesome test tube racks I found on Amazon ….

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…. that I use to hold all my fountain pen ink samples (they come in little vials like from Goulet Pens for example), I hadn’t yet developed a good system for the color coding of the labels. I’ve since been inspired by @sightofthesea and @murberdraws on Instagram, and have redone all my ink sample labels using these hole reinforcement stickers from my local Target:

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I used a Q-tip dipped in my ink to swab the stickers. The only downside is that they get really fragile the more saturated they get – if I waited too long to affix them to my ink vials, they practically disintegrated on me. I had to do each vial one by one – swab, peel off, stick on vial. You can see in the pics where they got wonky or started to warp on me – they’re not all perfect circles.

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I love how the ink vials look now!! So clean and colorful.

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It almost feels like some variation on a Tetris game haha.

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I liked how they looked so much I even put them on some of my cute little ink bottles too.

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Now I can instantly see what color I might want to use!

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If you want other ideas on how to label your ink samples, check out these great pics on Instagram from @kskyart and @vittar. To find these labels, look for AVERY brand labels, type number “5408”, they’re 3/4″-round labels that fit the tops of sample vials perfectly.

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