Sunday, 17 January 2010

Review - Quo Vadis IB Traveler

Just before Christmas I received this Quo Vadis IB traveler from Karen at Exaclair (thank you once again-what does the IB stand for?).  In 2009 I used a Moleskine Pocket Monthly and was pleasantly susprised by how much I used it and enjoyed using it.  I wrote a couple of blog entries on the topic.  So I have to admit to being a bit nervous about changing my planner again.  The diary is a week on two pages and while I would say it is handbag size it's not really pocket sized.  At 9cm x 17cm it's just too long for most pockets.  Perhaps a gent's inside pocket?  In fact it does remind me of the diaries my father used to use when he worked but inside there is room for a bit more detail than he had.  That perhaps initially coloured my response in that these days if it isn't Moleskine pocket sized it isn't cool enough, however I think I'm over that. 
The appointment section is on the left hand side of the diary and has Monday to Saturday listed.  There is time slots and I've certainly found enough space for my appointments and venues to fit in.  I rarely have appointments less than 2 hours though and that helps.  I do have to be in different places on different days so in order to plan my week I like to see the week ahead and even the month in one view.  The month view in this is not as good as Moleskine but then that was the whole point of a monthly view diary.  I am able to colour code the days in the month view so that I know what area I will be in which may prove enough for me.
The right hand page has sections for Week's Priority, Phone, Fax/Email, See-Do, Notes and Sunday is there too.  In the past I've liked putting date specific actions in my diary but couldn't really do this with the Moleskine montly but can with the traveler.  The paper is pure white (not all my pictures show the true colour) and is 64g.  You can imagine that it wont cope with some pens and there will be some show through but I only use pencil in my diary so that doesn't bother me at all.  I assume that heavier paper would result in a thicker diary and as this is aimed at being small and portable there has to be some compromise.  I do find the places for notes, to do etc opposite each week quite useful so far.  Obviously you're always going to have occasions where you have a longer to phone list than space allows but I would just use the right hand page less rigidly I think.  It also comes with a removable address/phone book but I just removed that as I keep all my numbers in my phone.  Handy to write your contacts out once and take them with you to the next year's diary though.  It also has maps in it.  Now I know it's called the traveller but I cant really see any use for these maps.  The scale just shows you nothing and so if you needed these maps I'd question whether you should be travelling in the first place....

So overall I'm quite pleased with the IB traveler and although I'm still getting used to it I think I shall be happy to use it throughout the year.  I'll post again towards the end of the year to let you know how I'm getting on with it.

Friday, 15 January 2010


Sweets are what Britain does best.  Without a doubt.  One of the presents I was given at the New Year's table (yes we get presents!) this year was a box of mint Poppets (not expensive presents).  I'm not so mad on mint sweets that I would buy them but all 174 calories went down well....

This was done, once again with Berol Fine Felt tip pens.  They are inexpensive and work well for me.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Please don't sue me...

Today's sketch is simply a word.  Flickr.  Well actually it's not really a word is it?  There's a vowel missing at best.  Anyway, this is drawn with pencil then Berol Fine Felt tip pens.  I was a bit impatient to rub out the pencil lines and caused a smudge, so I just decided it might look better with an 'all over smudge'  The colurs aren't accurate and I await Flickr's lawyer's email telling me to remove the drawing....

Monday, 11 January 2010

Quo Vadis Habana Journal

Back on the 24th November I gave my first impressions of the Quo Vadis Habana notebook kindly given to me by Karen at Exaclair. At the time I said it seemed to good to write in and it has continued to be a problem.  The answer was the Field Notes Giveaway that has just finished where I asked for people to send in quotes with the winner getting the quote written on the first page.  A good way to get me started.  So having picked the winner yesterday I wrote the quote in today and thought you might like to see it.  I wrote it with a Lamy Safari and hopefully if you click on the photo you will see in detail just how lovely Clairefontaine paper is to write on.  It is so smooth and holds the ink brilliantly.  There is no show through on the other side.  I tried taking a picture but there was nothing for the camera to focus on!

So thank you all for your quotes, thank you Jocelyn for the Mark Twain quote (Field Notes notebook is in an envelope ready to go) and thank you Quo Vadis for the gorgeous notebook.  I shall now strut about with my notebook in my bag, bring it out in cafes and on the train and be so full of my own self importance that even Scotrail's service wont grind me down.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Field Notes Giveaway Winner!!!!!!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to come by and leave a quote.  I didnt even have to invent people to make comments!  This was much harder than just picking a number at random but more interesting too.  I found all the quotes worthwhile reading and they may inspire me to get out my calligraphy pens and use the ones sent in for a wee series of blog entries.
However the quote that I will write in my new Quo Vadis Habana notebook is from Jocelyn who gave me the quote..
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

It is a quote that just clicks for me.  I'm prone to being careful, to not dreaming wildly or exploring.  And of course I mean all this, as I guess Mark Twain also meant, not about travelling but in everything we do.
So Jocelyn a Field Notes notebook will be sent to you once I know where to send it.  As I see you have an email address on your profile I'll email directly for you to reply to me but alternatively you can DM me (Superpooky) on Twitter if you'd prefer by 12th.  Congratulations and thanks to everyone who took the time to comment, I'm keeping all the quotes!

Friday, 8 January 2010

Pen purchase

Bought Uni Pin fine line pen today. Drew my other purchase wi... on Twitpic

I bought a couple of new pens today so that I can go sketch mad....
The Uni Pin 0.5 Fine Line  in  black which has water and fade proof pigment ink.  A very stylish drawing pen.  I then decided to use it to draw my other purchase, a Zig Artist Sketching Pen in Sepia.  Dont know why I'm taking such a notion for sepia pens just now.  I'm looking forward to using them both some more.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

New Year, New Creations

So far I've been quite focussed on stationery but I keep saying to myself that this year I shall be more creative, return to watercolour painting do more photography.  I improved a bit last year but hopefully I can do more in 2010.  So far the best thing I've come across to help me is the blog Daisy Yellow that sets challenges for each month and recognises creativeness in it's broadest sense.  Perfect for me as I'm not greatly talented in any creative area but like to play about a bit!  I also must thank diysara for providing the link to this site on her Twitter.

So as a result of this I made soup using a different ingredient to normal (I hadn't thought of soup making as being creative) and did a wee sketch while waiting on the soup to be ready.  I can't let you taste the soup but you can see the sketch.  I used a Pilot V5 Hi-techpoint and (forgetting the ink wasn't permanent) I then used Daler Rowney watersoluble Artist's Pencils and a Pentel waterbrush to add some colour.  Because this made the black ink run I kind of wished I'd used Berol Felt Tip pens to add colour but I do like my Oxo cube. So all in all a very creative lunch break.  I may add the odd sketch in if i keep this up.  I hope I do as I enjoyed doing it and realised the end result isn't going up on the wall so it's okay no matter what it turns out like.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Rhodia Stapled Notepad Pimped

I was recently inspired by the blog Drawing with a Squirrel to pop a bit of a sketch on my No13 Rhodia stapled notepad.  Now clearly I'm not that great at drawing so incase you can't work it out it's a picture of a VW T25 campervan.  You'll see if you ever pop onto my FlickR account that VDubs feature strongly in my life.  Well more so the camping aspect, where you can get away from it all in comfort, and have the added excitement of never quite knowing if you'll make it to your destination! So here is my 'Pimp My Write' version of Rhodia art...