‘The Friday Flex’ is a weekly newsletter consisting of personal stationery and lifestyle news pieces. It primarily focuses my experiences with pen and paper krafts.
Table of Contents
- Sketchbook Paper Samples: Stillman & Birn and Global Art Materials
- My Perfect Planner
I. Sketchbook Paper Samples: Stillman & Birn and Global Art Materials
And so, the sketchbook saga continues… A couple of weeks ago, I requested sketchbook paper samples from both Stillman & Birn and Global Art Materials. Stillman & Birn sent me a paper samples packet containing a 4″x6″ sheet of each of their sketchbook papers: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, and Zeta. Here’s a chart that explains the difference between their papers:
Global Art Materials sent me a sample of their Travelogue Artist Sketchbooks and their Travelogue Watercolor sketchbook. Below are some pictures of the samples. I will be filming a video of the ink tests and uploading it as soon as possible.
II. My Perfect Planner
After 9 months with the Moleskine Pocket Daily Planner, 1 month with the Shinola Runwell Planner and 3 months with the Passion Planner, I am starting to understand what I need in a planner. So, I decided to make a list of properties that I feel will make a planner perfect for me.
- External: the outside of the planner
- Black or Red cover
- A5-size, Hardcover and Stitchbound to lay-flat
- No overhang
- Elastic band to keep the notebook closed
- Internal: non-layout-related properties
- Ink-friendly, off-white paper
- Pocket for ruler and sticky notes (if it’s an expandable backpocket, it must be paper)
- U.S. Holidays marked
- Weekly Quote
- 2-year overview
- Yearly planning pages
- 2-page monthly spread with mini-version of the previous and following month
- 24-hour weekly appointment calendar with mini-version of month
- Note pages: Lightly-colored dot-grid or blank
- Minimalist: Other than what’s listed, I don’t want any extra features.
I will stick with the Passion Planner until the end of this year, but I am looking into other options for next year. As much as I appreciate the Passion Planner, there are simply too many specific-use boxes e.g. Personal To-Do, Work To-Do, Places to Go, People to See, Mind map, etc. I am a chronic organizer (and re-organizer), so I need a planner that gives me a little flexibility. However, I don’t want to sacrifice features I want, like the 24-hour weekly appointment calendar and the 2-page monthly spread.
At the top of my list of planners I’m considering is the Hobonichi Cousin. It is a bit too much in every way. First, it is expensive, softcover, and in Japanese. Second, in order to get pockets, bookmarks, and protection, it requires an extra cover. Lastly, it has way more features than I want. All that aside, there is so much functionality and it will fit every project that I have and more. I’m still deciding if I can stand to have a non-English planner, but it is getting more and more tempting. Originally, the plan was to wait for the English Hobonichi Cousin to come out. However, I have no patience, so we’ll see.