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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Midori Notebook Accessory Review – #008 Zipper Case

My four Midori Traveler’s Notebook refill reviews so far are:

With these refills, as my fauxdori has no pockets anywhere, I also ordered a zipper case, available from Goulet Pens and JetPens. From the JetPens description: “One side is a pouch with a slide zipper, while the other side has two large flat pockets, one inside and one outside for you to store small items, such as tickets and cards for easy organization and access.”

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Unwrapped!

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Fully open – it is designed to wrap around an existing notebook.

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That’s it! Pretty self-explanatory – I don’t even have much to put in it yet, I think it will just hold stamps so far. But I’m sure it will come in handy as I customize my fauxdori further.