I'm a closet (graphic) design lover. I will stop in the street to admire a carefully chosen colour palette, and I mentally applaud when I see evidence of good typography practices in an advert or on packaging. So Canadian brand Ferris Wheel Press is kinda like catnip to me. As they'll proudly tell you, they … Continue reading Diving in to the world of Ferris Wheel Press
Notebooks must get nervous when they see me coming. I'm such a Tomoe River snob that I immediately start looking for faults in any other paper. I know, I know, it's unfair of me — there are plenty of other important qualities to look for in a notebook. And so I came with fresh eyes … Continue reading Legami notebooks: ready for fountain pens?
My job involves sitting behind a keyboard. Happily, I'm largely responsible for planning my own time, and I run multiple projects simultaneously, with distinct tasks that fill a traditional Monday to Friday working week. All of which is to say: I live and die by my to-do list. I have a very particular habit: every … Continue reading Strong or week? The Baron Fig Mastermind Week Pad
I became a dad (again) at the weekend, so my "free time for blogs" bucket has felt pretty empty the last few days, and I expect that state of affairs to continue. But a few quick updates to make you aware of: Lamy notebooks: worth a buy Write Here sent me a couple of the … Continue reading Snippets: Lamy notebooks, Anderillium inks, Pebble notebook and more
I'm always on the lookout for new notebook makers who offer something different, and ideally that use my preferred Tomoe River paper. Today I'm sharing my thoughts on two B5 handmade notebooks from a Spain-based company called GoodINKPressions, available on Etsy. I bought these for full retail price, which was £19 each plus £4 shipping. … Continue reading A new notebook option: GoodINKPressions for Tomoe and SplendorGel (?!)
I used to write quite a lot of posts about paper. Recently I've been all about the pens. Time to redress the balance. Let me give you a tour of the many different notebooks that have been across my desk recently. And boy, I've had a lot of paper. But before that, let me cut … Continue reading Notebooks, notebooks, everywhere!
I've been spending this week in snowy Pullman, Washington, hanging out with my brother. It's always nice to see him -- we live on separate continents, so it doesn't happen often enough. But really, I came to visit him to pick up my post. I regularly order stuff from US retailers directly to his house … Continue reading Travels with pens: Washington
I'd wager that most stationery addicts are also rather into books. For me, the joy of travelling to a city and discovering a new pen shop is squarely matched by that of finding a good bookstore. I used to be a bookseller, back in the day, so I feel somewhat of a connoisseur of good … Continue reading Review: Made by Foyles terracotta red notebook
Way back last year I reviewed quite a few notebooks, including a fetching red number from Dingbats' Wildlife series. (If you're interested: Summary was here. Recap was here.) I was hugely impressed by the spec of the Dingbats notebooks, but I commented that the feathering and bleedthrough bothered me. So, when the founder of Dingbats got in … Continue reading Review: Dingbats ‘Serengeti’ Earth notebook
This week I had the luck of travelling to Madrid on business. In case you didn't know, Madrid is home to Iguanasell, the improbably named pen/watch/lighter/accessories store from which I bought my Dialog 3 and various inks. I trekked my way down through the beautiful city in 25-degree heat to check out the showroom that … Continue reading Nothing beats hands-on time: visiting Iguanasell, Madrid