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From Evil Malware To Pens And Inks

08/02/2015

From healthy eating to safe computer use, this group of articles should improve your life. In addition, there is a luscious pen and ink photo should you like a little eye candy to top things off.

Macy needed her beauty rest after an adventurous day.

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Making The Weekend Fountain Pen Friendly

08/01/2015

Giving the rotation a little exercise…

Do you have a weekend pen ritual? Mine includes giving the kids exercise and baths if needed. The Pelikan M215 ran out of ink before it could write a second line so it’s the perfect time for a cleaning along with five other pens I pulled out of rotation. Three will return to duty after inks are selected making a dozen ready for the paper tests ahead. Won’t that be a good way to begin the week?

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Pen Rolls, Wraps, Kimonos And Pouches

07/29/2015

Anything made with fabric would be my preference for storing pens, especially something soft and silky. My first wrap came from HisNibs.com and I’ve been hooked ever since. Check out this FPN thread for some beautiful examples.

Interested in an elegant wardrobe for your pens? Fahrney’s has several attractive wraps if those from Chan’s Handmade are a little too pricey. There are unadorned, simple wraps available from other retailers if that is your preference. Your pens might not know the difference, but the charm of unwrapping beautiful fabric to retrieve a favorite pen makes it worth finding just the right one or two or three or…

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Dogs, Colors, And An Emerald

07/26/2015

An odd mix of stories and videos, but these are the ones that caught my interest this past week.

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TWSBI Eco Review

07/23/2015

If you haven’t ordered a TWSBI Eco, this review might make your decision easier. Dan Smith does a great job of presenting the pen’s attributes along with his impressions. Would I be giving something away if I said the Lamy Safari finally has a true competitor?

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Another DIY Notebook For Fountain Pens

07/22/2015

Re-purposing binders and notebooks was covered recently, but a new idea has emerged in the last couple of days that deserves mentioning.

For some reason, pretty paper sneaks its way into my shopping cart whenever I hit one of the crafts stores or stationery shops. Recently, this very attractive pad of scrapbook paper managed to follow me home. I had no use for it at the time, but realized this morning that folding the sheets in half would make them fit perfectly into a checkbook cover. But would fountain pen ink work on the coated stock? Remarkably well to my surprise. The paper is textured which allowed some of the ink to appear to feather, but a smoother scrapbook paper might not. I wasn’t offended by it regardless. Even a Sharpie worked beautifully and there was no bleed-through whatsoever. So you can write on both sides of the paper and even over the printed designs. Does that not open all sorts of possibilities?

This is how I put it together. The package of Jodie Lee Designs Nature Garden Collection 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack contains 48 sheets and retails for $5.99. Sales and discounts can reduce that to much less. Since both sides are usable and they get folded to create four pages each, that’s 96 blank pages and 96 decorated pages on which to write. All it takes is a checkbook cover to protect it and a rubber band or 1-2mm elastic string to hold the pages in place. Make sure there is a little tension when the band is placed in the crease. If not, the paper will fall out too easily. A second band around the outside will hold it together and even secure a slender pen or pencil just inside the edge of the cover.

Another way this can be assembled is with vellum between the pages for a very fountain pen friendly paper and more room to write. The decorated pages will show through as a soft background to your musings. Torn edges might be especially nice and vellum does that very well.

Has your checkbook cover seen better days? Use washi tape to strengthen edges and cover worn areas. it’s all part of personalizing your notebook.

If you like the scrapbook paper idea, but are a Midori fan, the 12″ x 12″ pages can be cut to fit the Traveler’s version. The elastic band will hold the pages together without having to bind them together. Simply adding a few pages here and there inside a Midori would add a little color and interest.

For less than $5, I put together a new journal with some very pretty paper that works with wide nibs and fountain pen ink. I’d say today was a day well spent.

 

 

 

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Links About Using Pens

07/19/2015

So much in the news wasn’t worth linking to this week. Fortunately, there were a few good bits about writing that are worth passing along.

Macy Strikes A Pose

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