Posts Tagged ‘moleskine’

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Links To Enliven A Quiet Day

04/19/2014

Just in case you have some free time today…

 

You write the caption…

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A Bargain Journal That Beats Moleskine Paper

01/16/2014

Get your hard-earned cash ready, but it won’t take much of it to buy this Swinton journal. The medium-sized one I bought today beats the pants off Moleskine paper and the photo proves it.

The Chinese paper is heavier than Moleskine and feels lightly coated. No feathering and only the Rohrer & Klingner produced very mild bleed-through. No show-through or bleed-through with the other inks. Even the notorious Noodler’s Blue Nose Bear performed well. Without filling the journal, I won’t know if other pages will perform similarly, but they feel the same. So I am hopeful.

The binding is stitched and the journal I purchased lays flat easily. It has a slim white ribbon bookmark. I like the width of it as it does not interfere with writing like wide ribbons can.

There are four sizes including small, slim, medium, and large. The medium is 4.7″ x 6.6″ and comes in a variety of covers and closures with a pocket in the back. Line spacing is 6 mm, the same as Moleskine, and it has 160 pages lined on both sides. The paper color is identical to Moleskine, but the lines might be slightly more gray though not darker than Moleskine.

I bought my Fashion Journal in an Office Depot and it appears that Swinton Avenue Trading Ltd. is an exclusive supplier though the journals are not available online. They were displayed in an exclusive kiosk next to the pen and pencils. It was fully stocked so this might be a new product, and if so, could wind up on the website in future.

The label is easily removed leaving a clean back cover.

Now here is another reason to give these journals a try. The small and the slim are $3.99, the medium is $5.99 and the large is $7.99. I like the size of the slim very much, but my handwriting is too large for it. The medium comes with either no closure, an elastic band, or a flap with a concealed magnet. I opted for the latter to protect the pages when traveling in my handbag.

My standards are high if my expectations are low and finding an inexpensive product that takes so well to fountain pen ink was a real surprise. The Fashion Journal from Swinton certainly made my day. Yeah, I’m easy.

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G’bye 2013 – Hello 2014

01/01/2014

Pens, inks and paper make a terrific hobby, but you already know that. Writing about them is my way of sharing the fun of using these tools. You make it worth the effort and for that I thank you.

Some names and numbers…

Thank you for the generous donations that helped keep Inkophile going last fall. My hobby has become a financial challenge. Really. Who wouldn’t want the newest colors of ink and several pricey pens every year? Sometimes retailers or manufacturers offer their newest creations or items they want to move off the shelf for review and that’s very much appreciated. When that doesn’t happen, I would like to purchase new items. Sponsorships and other sources of funding would allow me to do that. So moving forward, there will be some changes at Inkophile. Hopefully, that won’t estrange too many readers, but if you fancy an unsupported pen blog, there are plenty in the sidebar from which to choose.

As my interests have evolved, so has the content of my blog. Watercolor painting plays third fiddle to writing and using fountain pens, but painting in my journal has made it an integrated hobby. If nothing else, the addition of lively color to my wordy journal entries is a creative embellishment that is both intriguing and satisfying. More to come.

This is my favorite doodle of the year. It started as two comma shaped lines at the top and the rest was pure luck.

Copyright © 2013 Margana Maurer. All Rights Reserved.

Gene Kelly in Rose Ink

May your new year be filled with joyful dancing and colorful friends. Hello 2014!

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Lots of Links From Moleskine to Ink to Art

12/15/2013

So much good stuff out there. Where to start…

And lastly a fountain pen-friendly postcard from Kathleen Hall at Good Nature Publishing…

Good Nature Publishing Postcard

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Personalize That Holiday Gift With Décopatch

12/14/2013

Want to make a journal truly unique? Cover it with Décopatch from Exaclair. Even a Moleskine Cahier can look smashing when it’s all dressed up!

Decopatch

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Hot Links From Moleskine To Wet Dogs – Really!

12/01/2013

It was a very distracting week…

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Moleskine Volant vs A Cheap Notebook Called Greenroom

11/24/2013

Never one to skip perusing the paper products aisle, two weeks ago a couple of notebooks caught my interest at Target. One was the Moleskine Volant in pink and magenta for $5.99 and a very colorful Greenroom recycled notebook for a mere $1.99. How do they compare?

Moleskine Volant and Greenroom Notebook

The Volant comes in a set of two, each with 28 lined detachable pages that measure  6.5 x 10.5 cm. The paper is acid-free and manufactured in China. The Taiwanese Greenroom notebook is spiral-bound with 60 pages that measure 10 x 15 cm. It is made with 60-70% recycled fiber and printed with non-toxic soy-based ink. The cover feels like propylene and is waterproof. The sticker on the front bearing the company logo can be removed for a clear look at that eye-popping cover.

Moleskine and Greenroom Pages

The photo and scans tell the tale.

Moleskine and Greenroom Paper

Moleskine and Greenroom Paper Reverse Side

Greenroom paper has a texture that is very similar to Moleskine though it is thicker and sturdier. For a recycled paper, the Greenroom tolerance for fountain pen ink is above average, but it still feathers and bleeds. Note that none of the nibs used are extra-fine or Asian fine and none of the inks are known as particularly compatible with Moleskine paper. A well-matched pen and ink duo should produce better results, but that would hold true for both notebooks.

For value, the Greenroom is a much better deal. For cachet, nothing beats a Moleskine. <insert sigh>

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