Our art supply aficionados curated their top 8 studio loves for all artists to enjoy.
Find this beautiful image of Katie Stratton on A Beautiful Mess’ tour of her studio.
1. Sennelier Half Stick Soft Pastels »
2. Viarco ArtGraf Watercolor Graphite Set »
3. Clairefontaine Graf It Sketchpads »
4. Brause Calligraphy Set »
5. Cretacolor Black Tin Box Drawing Charcoal & Pencil Set »
6. Moleskine Water Color Book »
7. KUM Magnesium 2-Hole Pencil Sharpener [more colors]»
8. & of course : Blackwing Pencils »
Which side are you on? Enjoy all the traditional Moleskine features, along with the classic Star Wars logo surrounded by hyper space hot-stamped in metallic silver foil over the classic black cover. Plus you receive a print of the 1977 movie artwork tucked away in the rear accordion pocket. Shop & save 30% on Moleskine Star Wars Notebooks »
Moleskine celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Pac-Man with a limited edition notebook & volant set. The exclusive covers commemorate the vibrant yellow 80′s cultural icon famed for being the hungriest video game hero of all time. Shop Moleskine Pac Man Notebooks »
The legends of Moleskine and LEGO finally meet in this instant notebook classic. The distinctive inside cover inspires with the colorful axiom “Think With Your Hands,” and LEGO character stickers are included to customize your pages. Shop & save 30% on Moleskine LEGO Notebooks »
Happy gift of the week – we’re celebrating with the Moleskine Messenger Bag. Enjoy the luxury of an enormous, well-built bag to hold papers, notebooks, pens/pencils and more (including a unique wrap for blue prints and oversized designs). This bag is perfect for the bike commuter, the architect, teachers, and other professionals who need to carry several materials to and fro.
A Paper Lover’s Guide to Selecting the Perfect Planner or Datebook : Part 3of3 : Weekly Formats & Cover Styles
Selecting the perfect planner–the right format, size, layout–can be a fraught experience. Here to simplify the process is Laurie Huff, the guru behind plannerisms.com. In this 3-part series, she’ll walk us through how to choose the best planner for you.
In my previous posts in this series I helped you decide which format of planner will work best for you, and what size planner you need. In this post I will focus on different formats of weekly planners, since weeklies are the most popular planner style. I will also discuss different types of covers and how to decide what to choose.
The Horizontal Weekly format is the most basic weekly format. It has the day spaces across the page with Monday through Wednesday or Thursday on the left page, and the rest of the week on the right page. These formats sometimes have a space for notes on the weekly page to add symmetry to the layout. Some examples of the horizontal weekly format are the Quo Vadis Hebdo, Moleskine Horizontal and the Cavallini weekly planner.
The Horizontal Weekly format is very popular because it is so flexible in its use. There is no dictated way to use it. You can use the daily spaces for your appointments, tasks, notes, or even sketches. You could also use the planner as a daily diary. The smaller daily spaces are less intimidating than a full daily page, and if you miss a day or two it’s easy to go back and fill in later. Shop all our Horizontal Weekly Planners here.
The Vertical Weekly format has days as columns, which is useful for seeing your day chronologically down the column. Some planners have timed columns, some lined without times, and some blank. Vertical columns are especially useful for planning how long activities will take, seeing how much time you have between events, or for blocking out periods of time. Another useful feature of days as vertical columns is that undone tasks can be arrowed over to the next day without re-writing. Some examples of the vertical weekly format are the Moleskine Vertical Weekly planner and the Exacompta Club Visual planner.
The Vertical Weekly format is highly structured and is excellent for very busy people who need to map out their day by the hour. This is especially useful for families managing multiple schedules or students who work a job. The vertical chronological format allows you to see exactly what hours are taken up by classes and work, so you can schedule your study time to make sure you keep up on everything. Similarly, working parents can benefit from seeing the hours of their days so they can meet deadlines and still make it to after-school activities on time. Shop all our Vertical Weekly Planners here.
The Week + Notes format is great because it allows lists and notes to be written alongside the weekly schedule. This lets you see what you need to do (on your lists) and when you have time to do it (in your schedule). Week + Notes planners can combine notes and lists with either a horizontal or vertical weekly format. Shop all our Week + Notes datebooks here.
The Week + Notes Horizontal format is extremely popular, because there are so many ways to use it. The traditional way to use it is with your schedule in the weekly page and lists and notes in the opposite page. But I’ve seen many different uses for this format including uses as a blog planner, a weekly (as opposed to daily) diary/ journal, a fashion diary with pictures stuck into the pages, baby book (recording all those little events in a baby’s first year), etc. There really is no limit to the possible uses. Examples of Week + Notes Horizontal planners are the Leuchtturm Weekly Planner, Rhodia weekly planner, Moleskine Weekly Planner + Notes and the Exacompta Space 17.
The Week + Notes Vertical format is my personal favorite. I function best with the structure of the vertical daily columns showing me my schedule by the hour, combined with space below or to the side for my prioritized lists (Must Do, Could Do, Ongoing/ Non-Urgent). Seeing my tasks along with my schedule allows me to see where I can work tasks into my schedule and helps me prioritize my time. Examples of Week + Notes Vertical planners are the Quo Vadis Trinote and extra-large Quo Vadis Prenote #24.
A final consideration in choosing your planner is the cover. Here, too, you have multiple options, from basic black to vacation turquoise. Perhaps more importantly, however, is whether to select a refillable cover or not. A refillable cover, such as those by Quo Vadis or Exacompta, allows the economic and environmentally-friendly option of reusing your cover and simply swapping out refill each year. This is especially nice when you have a cover you love and can enjoy using year after year (alternatively, you can purchase multiple covers and change up your planner look seasonally or according to mood!) On the other hand, an entirely new cover and planner may simplify your planner archives.
With all of these planner options, you are sure to find the planner that works best for you!
Meet the Writer: Laurie Huff tests, reviews and designs planners at Plannerisms.com. Over the years she has tried dozens (hundreds?) of planners in search of the “Perfect Planner,” and on Plannerisms she helps others find planners that work well for them. When she’s not writing about planners, she spends every moment she can in the forests of Scotland. Laurie enjoys science and nature, hikes with her family, and reading books by the fireplace.
Dogfish Head calls their brews “analog beers for the digital age”. Nowadays, when there’s an app for everything, even recording your impressions of a beer or a style you want to try brewing, the Moleskine Beer Journal is a fun and rather unique way to record all things related to beer, much like Dogfish Head’s fine ales.
I wanted to put this journal, one of Moleskine’s Passion Journals, through the paces to see how it held up. Fortunately, the perfect event was just around the corner on the calendar: the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado – the superbowl of beer festivals, known to sell out in a half-hour or less. The festival features more the 3,100 different beers from 624 breweries. While there are beer festivals that put out more volume (Oktoberfest in Munich), few can match the GABF for sheer variety.
Indeed, the variety of beer presents a great challenge for a beer nerd like me. The GABF serves beer a single ounce at a time. This means that over the course of an evening you can easily sample dozens of beers. For me the question is: with such a number of beer styles from across the country, how do I ever keep track and remember what I liked the next day? Enter the Moleskine Beer journal.
The categories on the tasting pages are similar to the judging score sheets used by the American Homebrewer’s Association for judging beer competitions. There are spaces on the tasting pages for noting style, colour, appearance, nose, taste and overall opinion. But the tasting sheet also includes places to mark the ABV, information about the brewery, how it was served (draft, bottle), where & when you tasted the beer and what you think the most appropriate glass would be. One of my favorite features is a sort of “taste wheel” where you can quickly mark the intensities of common flavor elements.
At first using the journal was a little frustrating – entering the floor of the GABF is like releasing a kid into a candy store with a blank check. You want to try everything. Right. Now. It was hard to take my beer, get out the journal, sniff it, write, hold it up the light, write, taste it, write and then record my overall thoughts. Then I realized that this was the journal doing exactly what I ultimately wanted it to do: slow me down and make me truly consider and really enjoy what I was drinking. By the end of the first session I had tried 35 one-ounce samples (or the rough equivalent of three bottles of beer). What’s more, I had a good record of what I liked and would buy if I saw it in the store or on the route of some road-trip. And the next morning? I woke up without a hangover, ready to return for GABF’s Saturday session.
This Moleskine Beer Journal also has tabs for tracking beers in your “cellar”, beer recipes, brewpubs and bars you visit and homebrewing. I haven’t yet had a chance to try out the homebrewing or cooking recipes, but I did receive the beer journal right before a whirlwind trip to the French Quarter in the Big Easy. They had a fun little place called Crescent City Brewpub. If you ever find yourself in New Orleans, I can tell you what beers you should zero in on at this pub.
Finally it was time to take the cellar tab for a spin. While most beers are best when tried fresh, certain high alcohol and sour beers, much like a good wine, benefit from a few months of aging. Trying the cellar tab meant I had to delve into my special beer collection (oh the things I must do to write a blog!). Since it was October I pulled out the Smashed Pumpkin from Shipyard Brewing from my home state o’ Maine. Unfortunately, I’d forgotten when I bought the bottle, so that space remained blank but I was still able to record the pumpkin, clove and nutmeg smells in the full-bodied brew and give it a 4 of 5 stars.
There are still many pages left to fill in this beer journal. Someday I may ditch my 2006 cell phone and get a smartphone with beer apps galore but, for now, I will deeply enjoy being analog in a digital age. Isn’t that what following your passion is really all about? Cheers and happy sampling.
Meet the Writer : Knud Hermansen is an engineer, marathoner, beer aficionado and five-time volunteer at the Great American Beer Festival. Originally from the great state of Maine, you can usually find him racing along one of the many trails around Boulder, trying his hand at a vegetarian recipe, or working to make your utility companies run a little greener.
We just fell upon a rather fitting article on the top 5 notebooks (of the world?!) from Lifehacker.com. We thought it was quite serendipitous that 5 out of 5 of their coveted notebooks are best sellers of ours. Here are a few gems from the article we’d like to highlight :
Pens applaud Rhodia’s amazing paper
These academic planners have the same format, that work wonderfully for planners, architects, and other dreamers that love to draft ideas. The orange print is energizing, and we love the paper so much that we can’t wait to make plans!
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Love, Refill, Reuse
The Club Academic Planners from Quo Vadis are exceptional. With their beautiful, clear, crisp printing, myriad formats, and the option to refill – it’s one of our best sellers year after year. Find your perfect Academic Planner format…
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The Iconic, Classic Journal – as an Academic Planner
This Academic Planner is witty, minimalist, slick, and professional. Choose from planner + notes weekly format, or a horizontal weekly format. You’ll love the durable sewn binding and acid free paper.
Moleskine Click Rollerball Pen
The perfect companion to every Moleskine notebook, the Moleskine Click Rollerball Pen has a matte black finish and retractable point for quick and easy use. With proprietary ink matched perfectly to Moleskine paper, we guarantee you’ll find no better Moleskine accessory.
Palomino Graphite HB Eraser Tipped Pencils (12 ct.) (Blue)
Life’s too short to use a cheap pencil. Made of genuine incense-cedar, the Palomino Graphite HB Pencil provides a smooth writing, sketching or drawing experience. Command attention & inspire with the brilliant blue Palomino pencils.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen
Whether you’ve never written with a fountain pen or you have a daily carry of multiple fountain pens, the Lamy Safari Fountain Pen is loved by all. Exquisite quality + great value = the perfect introductory fountain pen that writes right out of the box.