Tag Archives: notebook

Monday Morning Review Round-up

2 Apr

Ink Reviews

Seize the David: Noodler’s Black Revisited

Does This Pen Make Me Look Fat?: My Favorite Inks: DeAtramentis Jane Austen

East, West, Everywhere: Iroshizuku Ku-jaku

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Leigh Reyes: TWSBI meets vintage nib

Economy Pens: Paper Mate InkJoy 700 RT 1.0 Black

No Pen Intended: Lamy Pico Pocket Size Extendable Ballpoint Pen & Pilot Vanishing Point Yellow Body Broad Nib Fountain Pen

Well Appointed Desk: Kaweco Guilloch 1930 EF Fountain Pen

Stationery Review: Lamy Nexx

Writing Instruments: Noodler’s Ahab Fountain Pen

Recording Thoughts: Parker Duofold Pen

*We also wanted to wish Brad Dowdy [The Pen Addict] all the best on his new adventures (he’s looking for a new job currently).

Advertisements

The Legends of Moleskine & LEGO Unite

28 Mar

Moleskine LEGO Notebooks on EuropeanPaper.com

Many Moleskine and LEGO fans let out a sigh of relief  and muttered online “Finally!” when the new Moleskine LEGO Limited Edition Notebook series came out. But why are they saying that now? Moleskine has collaborated with the likes of Star Wars, Pac-Man, Le Petit Prince, among others. Surely LEGO fits in with those grandmasters? Well, they do, but they also stand apart slightly. LEGO inextricably aligns with Moleskine’s well-known mantra of the customer’s constantly evolving creative personal identity (while the others mentioned already have their stories established). It really is a match made in heaven to have Moleskine and LEGO – two incredibly creative brands with strong histories – come together in this new series of notebooks where you can “Think With Your Hands.”

And did you know? LEGO is a contraction of the Danish words “leg” and “godt,” which means “play well” in Danish. Coincidentally, the word LEGO in Latin loosely translates to “I study” and “I put together.” LEGO began with humble beginnings in 1916 in Denmark in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen. After a fire consumed the workshop in 1924, Christiansen rebuilt and began constructing wooden toys in 1932, only moving to plastic in 1947 after purchasing a plastic injection molding machine.

LEGO’s plastic bricks really took hold in the 1960’s and soon LEGO was experiencing exponential growth in multiple markets. Today, LEGO produces a massive amount of blocks, as evidenced in this neat fact: “Every year, about 19 billion LEGO bricks are produced. That translates to 2.16 million LEGO elements are molded every hour, or 36,000 per minute! The LEGO manufacturing process is so precise that only 18 out of 1 million LEGO bricks produced is considered defective.” (10 Neatest LEGO Facts.)

LEGO has continued to evolve over time, and still has a strong hold on the toy market today. Combined with the strong evocations of Moleskine notebooks, this is an instant classic not to be missed. Like the Moleskine Classic Journals, Moleskine LEGO Notebooks have a sewn binding, acid-free paper, rounded edges, elastic closure, cloth ribbon placeholder, and a rear expandable inner pocket. All the Moleskine features you’ve come to know and love, bound together with the excitement of LEGO.

Moleskine LEGO Pocket Ruled Notebook (3.5 x 5.5)

The legends of Moleskine and LEGO finally meet in this instant notebook classic. The Moleskine LEGO Pocket Ruled Notebook combines two of the most iconic creative mediums to encourage the potential of unlimited thought. The themed black cover is debossed with a yellow LEGO screenprint and the real yellow LEGO brick embedded in the cover is perfect for any Lego enthusiast. Arrange your words, sketches, and thoughts to construct a world of your own in this pocket-sized notebook for free expression. Let your ideas flow on all 192 lined pages (96 leaves) while using the yellow cloth ribbon placeholder and themed adhesive labels to stay organized. Look to the inside cover and be inspired through the colorfully designed axiom “Think With Your Hands”.

Moleskine LEGO Pocket Ruled Notebook available on EuropeanPaper.com

Moleskine LEGO Large Ruled Notebook (5 x 8.25)

The Moleskine LEGO Large Ruled Notebook is perfect for a traditional Moleskine aficionado. The themed black cover, debossed with a black LEGO screenprint and embedded with a real black LEGO brick, along with the original cloth ribbon placeholder make for a characteristic Moleskine notebook. Arrange your words, sketches, and thoughts to construct a world of your own in all 240 lined pages (120 leaves) of this large-sized notebook. The combination of two iconic creative mediums encourages the potential of unlimited thought, as emphasized by the colorfully designed axiom “Think With Your Hands” on the inside cover. This notebook is sure to be an instant classic in any Moleskine collection.

Moleskine Lego Large Ruled Notebook (5 x 8.25)

Moleskine LEGO Large Ruled Notebook available on EuropeanPaper.com

Monday Morning Review Round-up

19 Mar

Ink Reviews

Pocket Blonde: De Atramentis Australian Red

East, West, Everywhere: Ink Organization Part Deux: Cataloging

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Pencil Talk: Field Notes Brand vs. the office supply cabinet

A Penchant for Paper: Field Notes Memo Books

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Gourmet Pens: Pentel EnerGel Euro Black 0.5 mm Needle Point

Daydreamers Welcome: PaperMate InkJoy 300 RT 1.0mm

A Penchant for Paper: Uni-ball Signo DX 0.28mm Emerald Green

Ms. Logica: A Look at Lamy’s Interchangeable Nibs

PenInkCillin: Pilot Varsity and Noodler’s HoD revisited

Does This Pen Write: Change of Heart: Barnes & Noble Colored Pencils

Recording Thoughts: Uni Kuru Toga .5mm with Auto Rotate

 

Take Charge of Your To-Do Lists

15 Mar

Are you a chronic compiler of sticky notes? Is your wallet stuffed with small scraps of paper? Do scrawl-covered napkins flutter around in your car? If that sounds like you, you might just be a to-do list hoarder.

To-do lists are good. Usually. They help us remember the innumerable tasks we have to tackle for work, home, committees, kids, and more. But if managing – or finding – your to-do lists takes over actually completing the tasks, your lists aren’t helping. Unless you organize or consolidate your responsibilities into a more streamlined system, you’re not being as efficient as you could be.

Here, based on personality types, are a handful of the best ways to organize to-do lists from various aspects of your life – and the products to facilitate your newfound sense of organization.

Moleskine Volant Pocket Ruled Notebook (Set of 2) (3.5 x 5.5)

Moleskine Volant Pocket Ruled Notebook (Set of 2) (3.5 x 5.5)

Separatist

If you strive to keep your professional life separate from your personal life, institute a system that encourages that separation. To help you compartmentalize your various roles and responsibilities, pick up a set of Moleskine Volant notebooks. Dedicate one to work and one to life, and clearly label the two notebooks so that you’re not tempted to grab whichever is closer.

Minimalist

Rhodia Spiralbound Square Reverse Book (8.25 x 8.25)

Rhodia Spiralbound Square Reverse Book (8.25 x 8.25)

Not everyone can achieve it, but if your goal is simplicity, consolidate all your to-do lists into one single notebook. The trick is to create a habit of always carrying that one notebook with you since everything will be housed together. A side spiral Rhodia will help you keep all your lists in one place. With a sturdy cover and side binding, a Rhodia can be taken in and out of your bag, tossed in your car, and lugged on an airplane and still keep your to-dos together.

Moleskine Classic Large Ruled Notebook (5 x 8.25)

Moleskine Classic Large Ruled Notebook (5 x 8.25)

Traditionalist

Those who love the Moleskine tradition may balk at the idea of replacing their do-it-all notebook for a different system. With a simple hack, convert your Moleskine into a to-do list organizer. Use your favorite size notebook, and divide it into sections for each task area, like work, life, home, goals, and so on. Tabs can be made from almost anything. For example, fold a small sticky tab in half, write the title on the edge, and tape it into place, or cut up expired gift cards for durable tabulating.

Clairefontaine Classic Extra Large Side Spiralbound Notebook (8.5 x 11)

Clairefontaine X Large Side Spiral Notebook (8.5 x 11)

Goal-Getter

For those with many goals, many tasks, and many to-dos, a large notebook is a must. The Clairefontaine Classic Extra Large Spiralbound Notepad is 8.5- by 11-inches, which gives you enough space to outline all your tasks and related notes. Plus, since the pages are perforated, you can tear them out to file as needed.

Multi-Tasking Mom

For the busy mom on the go, the Exacompta Exafolio Executive will keep all your lists organized in one place. Six file compartments accompany a notebook, which allows you to keep like items – errands, grocery lists, kid-related to-dos, and so on – together.

Whichever product you choose to manage your to-do lists, the ACME Sing Sing 4-Function Pen is the perfect complement to keep your organization streamlined. Instead of cramming multiple implements in your bag or notebook, this one piece has a stylus for your PDA, a pencil, a pen, and a highlighter for convenient note-jotting.

Whatever your personality, there’s a product that can help you organize that never-ending flow of to-dos. Now, if only there was a product to complete those to-dos for you!

Monday Morning Review Round-up

12 Mar

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Recording Thoughts: Living with the Leuchtturm1917 Master Dots notebook

Plannerisms: Guest post: Millie’s Moleskine weekly notebook as journal!

Pen/Pencil Reviews

From the Pen Cup: The Pilot Acroball 3

Well Appointed Desk: Lamy Studio Brushed Stainless Steel & My Vintage Esterbrook Fountain Pens

Multi Pen Dimensions: Lamy Tipo Rollerball Aluminum Pen

No Pen Intended: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Slim Knock Gel Ink Pen

Note Booker Esq.: Tombow Object Rollerball

Stamp Reviews

365 Letters Blog: Beautiful Stamps & National Postal Museum celebrating women

Mailbox Happiness: Texas Brags Postcard-Texas Size!

 

Carnival of Pen, Pencil & Paper

6 Mar

Welcome to the March 6, 2012 edition of the Carnival of Pen, Pencil, and Paper! We’re thrilled to host this month’s Carnival and we hope you enjoy the selection!

Notebooks

Nifty Notebook presents Early 1980s “Comp” Pocket Memo Notebooks posted at Notebook Stories, saying, “Some gems from my collection: 1908s spiral notebooks that look like composition books!”

Alex Witte presents (Most of) My Notebook Collection posted at Economy Pens.

Sandra Strait presents Bleedthrumanade in Moleskine & Review of the Moleskine Squared Notebook posted at Life Imitates Doodles, saying, “A review of Moleskine’s Squared notebook showing how it holds up to the alcohol marker.”

Sandra Strait presents New Tangle Pattern Malacca & Review of the Moleskine Volant Journal posted at Life Imitates Doodles, saying, “This could be considered for the art genre as well as notebook because I always do artwork to use in my reviews.”

Sandra Strait presents New tangle pattern Twining & Review of the Rhodia Unlimited Pocket size Notebook posted at Life Imitates Doodles.

@EuroPaper presents The Birth of the Book Letter posted at European Paper Company.

Office Supplies

Charles Chua C K presents All About Living With Life: 10 Office Efficiency Tips posted at All About Living with Life.

Liz Shaw presents You Can’t Make This Stuff Up posted at Liz Andra Shaw, saying, “How the lust for office supplies led one woman into a funny situation.”

Pens

Cheryl from Writer’s Bloc presents STAEDTLER Mars Draft 924 Technical Ballpoint Pen Review posted at Writer’s Bloc Blog.

Okami0731 presents Featured Pen – Waterman 42 Safety posted at Whatever.

Heather presents Pentel EnerGel 0.7mm Black posted at A Penchant for Paper.

Miscellaneous

Tiger Pens presents The Fountain Pen Rest Stop posted at Tiger Pens’ Blog.

Charles Chua C K presents All About Living With Life: Office Feng Shui – 5 Great Tips posted at All About Living with Life.

Clement Dionglay presents Ink Review: J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie posted at Rants of the Archer.

~~~

Thanks so much for joining us! Use this shortlink to share this post: http://wp.me/p1PnL4-og

Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of pen, pencil and paper using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

Monday Morning Review Round-up

5 Mar

Ink Reviews

Rants of the Archer: J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie

East, West, Everywhere: Postscript: Scabiosa and Poussiere de lune

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Gourmet Pens: Comparison: Large Brown Midori Traveler’s Notebook vs. Large Burnt Cognac Pelle Leather Journal & Mailbox Goodies: Pink Ikea Sketchbook

Plannerisms: Quo Vadis Executive weekly planner

Pen/Pencil Reviews

A Penchant for Paper: Pentel EnerGel 0.7mm Black

FPGeeks: Lamy AL-Star the Awesome Review

Multi Pen Dimensions: County Comm Embassy Pen (Rev. 2) Black & Tombow Egg Rollerball Matte Black

Does This Pen Make Me Look Fat: The Bexley Jitterbug!

Pocket Blonde: Lamy CP1

Rhonda Eudaly:  The Pilot Plumix – Medium Nib Beginner Fountain Pen & The Palomino Blackwing Wooden Pencil

No Pen Intended: Sharpie Liquid Pencil

Stamps

Your Postal Blog: Submarine Mail in New Mexico

Pen Thief: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

 

5 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

1 Mar

Writers love to discuss writer’s block. Is it real or is it just fear? Is it a symptom of being creatively drained or of being undisciplined? Regardless of which side of the discussion you side with, there is one truth:  Whether you’re an avid journaler, a dedicated letter writer or a professional writer, we all get stuck once in a while. No matter how hard you try, sometimes those blinking cursors and blank pages stop us in our tracks. Next time you get stuck, try one (or all!) of these five tricks to overcome your block.

Obsess … With a Timer

It’s okay to fret about being stuck. It’s normal and healthy – as long as you don’t let it derail you completely. So spend a few minutes obsessing, but set a timer to keep you focused. Set the timer for nine minutes. Spend that time doing nothing but obsessing. Think about why you’re stuck. Is it the project? Do you have other, perhaps more important, tasks that you should do first? Let your mind wander. When that timer goes off, use one minute to refocus. Take a couple deep breaths, open a new window or flip to a new page, and start writing.

Dig Into Your Past (and Present and Future)

If you just can’t think of anything to write, start with your past. If you’re working on a daily journal entry, try to remember the names of your elementary school teachers and how they made you feel. If you’re struggling with a piece of fiction, start with the worst day you can possibly remember from when you were a child. Describe the people, the smells, the scenery. Apply those same principles to the present (how did I feel this morning during my commute?) and to the future (what is the best thing that could happen to me in the next five years?).

List, List, List

This is my go-to strategy anytime I feel stuck. Start a list. List anything: groceries, your friends’ names from junior high, things you’re grateful for, goals for the year, things you’d buy if you had a bottomless bank account. Get creative with your lists! Try your favorite books in alphabetical order or aim to list 101 of something.

Create Sentence “Starts”

On a sticky note or the back page of your journal, draft a handful of sentence “starts” that you can refer to when you get stuck. Some good options:

  • Nothing makes me happier than …
  • If I could change one thing about my family …
  • If I found a $50 bill on the sidewalk, I would …

Make a list of 10 to 20 that you can refer to whenever you feel blocked. Use it to start a journal entry or a piece of fiction.

Walk Away

This last-resort trick is for when you’ve tried everything but nothing’s working. Stand up, turn around, and walk away. Take your dog around the block. Make a cup of tea. Watch a daytime talk show. Sometimes the pressure can be too great, and when you’re focused on the fact that you’re stuck, it can be really difficult to find a way to get unstuck. Let your smarty-pants subconscious do the work for a while. The important thing here is to stay away from tasks that will keep you away from your work. Pick something short and something mindless (that laundry’s not going to fold itself) so that you don’t divert all your brainpower away from your writing. After a short break, do some stretches, take a couple deep breaths, and then get back to it.

Everyone gets stuck. In any creative project, it’s only normal. The difference between being successful and unsuccessful is to let a little block stop your progress!

Monday Morning Review Round-up

27 Feb

Ink Reviews

East West Everywhere: Caran d’Ache SaffronSailor Jentle Grenade

PenInkCillin: Noodler’s Polar Green

Does This Pen Make Me Look Fat?: Noodler’s Ottoman Rose

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Notebook Stories: PH Notebook

Life Imitates Doodles: New Tangle Pattern Malacca & Review of the Moleskine Volant Journal

Well Appointed Desk: Moleskine Peanuts Weekly Planner + Notes

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Lost Scribe: Midori Brass Ballpoint Pen

Grease Monkey Hands: Namiki Prera

Recording Thoughts: Cross Townsend

Pens & Paper: Parker Slimfold Pen

Well-Appointed Desk: Modern Budget Fountain PensThe Hunt Continues ..

FPGeeks: Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

Daydreamers Welcome: Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.3mm

Pencil Talk: Red and Blue pencils from Berol México, Caran d’Ache, and LinexMitsubishi NanoDia pencil

Blackwing: No Ordinary Pencil

Stamp Reviews

Your Postal Blog: Post Office Landing & Grand Canyon State

 

NEW Moleskine Passions Journals

22 Feb

See all Moleskine Passions Journals by clicking the image.

The ever-popular Passions Journals from Moleskine have some new additions! They make it fun and easy to keep track of your favorite things in signature Moleskine style.

~~~

Click the image to shop this product on EuropeanPaper.com

The Moleskine Passions Chocolate Journal is for chocolate enthusiasts and professionals alike. Write all about the intricacies of chocolate and organize them in 4 themed sections and 4 blank tabbed sections; plus you can use the 202 adhesive labels to personalize the journal. Reference the map of cacao varieties and the glossary of chocolate making, then you still have room to catalog chocolate making, tasting notes, recipes, events, and shops.

~~~

Click the image to shop this product on EuropeanPaper.com

The Moleskine Passions Restaurant Journal is the perfect place to record all gourmet indulgences. The 240-page journal has space to chronicle restaurant, bar, and cafe notes, as well as chef’s tips and your wish list. Easily organize your passion with 5 themed sections, 5 blank tabbed sections, and 202 adhesive labels to personalize the journal.

~~~

Click the image to shop this product on EuropeanPaper.com

The Moleskine Passions Beer Journal is an indispensable companion for the casual beer drinker and the beer connoisseur. This 240-page (120 leave) journal not only has a glossary, pouring tips and glass types, it has tasting notes, a homebrewing log, space for your recipes, your cellar, and your favorite beer addresses. Easily organize your passion with 5 themed sections, 5 blank tabbed sections, and 202 adhesive labels to personalize the journal.

~~~

Click the image to shop this product on EuropeanPaper.com

The Moleskine Passions Home Life Journal is the ideal extension of your personal space. This 240-page journal has space to fully plan out changes in the home, organize related small or large jobs, and keep all your interior design inspiration in one place. Easily organize your passion with 6 themed sections, 6 blank tabbed sections, and 202 adhesive labels to personalize the journal.

~~~

Click the image to shop this product on EuropeanPaper.com

The Moleskine Passions Art Journal is your personal art gallery all in one. This 240-page (120 leave) journal has a leading exhibitions calendar, art history timeline, and space for jotting down your art inspirations and impressions. Easily organize your passion with 5 themed sections, 5 blank tabbed sections, and 202 adhesive labels to personalize the journal.

~~~

We’ve got so many of the Moleskine Passions Journals to choose from now: Recipe, Wine, Book, Film, Music, Wellness, Baby, Dog, Cat, Gardening, Style, and Travel (beside the above 5). Do you own one of the previous Moleskine Passions Journals? Tell us your honest opinion if the Passions Journal works for you or not. We’d love to know!

 

%d bloggers like this: