I know that the prices and quality of fountain pens vary ranging from cheap ($5), average ($25) to very expensive (hundreds). But I didn’t want to splurge on a fountain pen until I really liked using one. For years, I’d just admire people’s writing using fountain pens on Instagram and blogs. One of the most popular fountain pens I’ve seen around is the Lamy ($25-$60).
I originally bought these brush pens to do some lettering on Christmas cards. Being a total newbie at lettering, I decided that brush pens were probably easier to use than using ink or watercolor paint. From what I can tell, these brush pens are really well made. Easy to write with, even for a newbie at lettering.
I loved collecting sticker when I was younger, but never used them because I thought they were too pretty (not sure if any of you can relate?). So when I saw people using washi tapes (which was new to me) in their bullet journals. I couldn’t help but buy a few myself. This time to actually use them and not just let them sit in a drawer somewhere.
I decided to give the Happiness Planner a try this year to test out different planners in the hopes of finding or creating the ultimate planner. Last year, things got really busy during the holidays and I found that I didn’t even have time to create the pages in my bullet journal. Also, my friend had given me a Midori Notebook Diary 2017 as a present (the ones where you can scrapbook your week – like a travel journal). I loved it but that took up a lot of time to fill in the days and doodle or paste in ticket stubs and clippings from my daily adventures.
My friend recently came to visit from Canada and they don’t have a Daiso store there (Daiso is a Japanese “dollar-store”, items mainly cost $1.50 with some items costing between $3-$10). So I brought her to a few of the Daiso stores we had in the area. To be honest, the notebooks they carry do not have good quality papers. But the store does have a lot of stationery products and I ended up finding some of these cute message card envelope sets that I thought were useful.
Mead Notebook Cambridge Edition
- Ruling: College ruled
- Paper amount: 80 Sheets
- Price: $8.99
- Binding: Wirebound
- Size: A5/5-7/8” x 8-1/4” (14.9cm x 20.9cm)
I had been in need of a new journal for a while, something to just write daily events in. My favorite journal to date has been the I Can’t Sleep Inner Truth Journal by Knock Knock. It was just a fun journal. I liked the quotes and colors even though it was quite bulky at 7 x 9.5 inches.
Another previous journal that I tried using was a Northbooks notebook. But found it was not ideal for journaling (at least for me). The notebook itself is a quality notebook, which I will probably do a review on in the future. But the pages didn’t lay flat so it was hard for me to write in. This bothered me since I couldn’t use the full page and my pen would be uneven while I wrote.
For journaling, the paper quality is not as important to me. But the binding should allow the pages to lay flat so I can write from edge to edge. A bonus if it looks pretty, but everything else is optional for me. This is one of those journals I just want to write in and forget.
Jetstream Standard Ballpoint Pen 0.38mm
- Manufacturer: Uni
- Available ink color(s): black, blue, red
- Body Material: plastic
- Pen type: Standard Ballpoint, Retractable
- Refillable ink: yes
- Pen point tip size: 0.38mm
- Price: $6.80/set of 3
THE EVERYDAY PEN
This is my “go-to” pen, I use it every single day when I’m writing in my notebook or bullet journaling. As a standard ballpoint pen, it writes smoothly with no skips on most paper surfaces. This pen has a fine point tip of 0.38mm, which works great for me. Since my writing is a mess when I’m brainstorming. The thin lines really helps with the readability after.