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    My Digital Commonplace System 🖍️ Studio Diary #8

    In this studio diary I am in Glasgow to visit the Botanic Gardens. I’ve spent so much time in this part of Glasgow over the years and somehow never went to the Botanic Gardens. I’m kicking myself after finally getting to visit. I love seeing the glasshouses (especially after visiting Belfast a few years ago). There was also a second hand book sale on the weekend I was visiting which was well worth a visit. There was lots of ephemera on sale, postcards, photographs and newspapers, as well as lots of books. I ended up buying a few illustrations taken from a larger book which have worked well as a…

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    The Best Calligraphy Inks and Nibs

    I might be biased when I say this, but calligraphy is a fantastic form of art to try out. It’s great no matter if you’re looking for a hobby or something more serious. There’s so much you can do. From just improving your everyday handwriting to learning traditional scripts such as copperplate or Spencerian. Or you can even get artistic with lettering or graffiti. The world of calligraphy is literally whatever you make of it. So today I want to share some of what I think are the best calligraphy inks and nibs. Calligraphy depends on a few very basic tools. You’re going to need a medium and a tool…

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    Experimenting In My Filofax Planner 🖍️ studio diary #7

    April always tends to be a very busy month for me and this year was no different. This means I don’t have a huge amount of interesting footage to show. This month I spent some of my free time experimenting with my Filofax planner. I’ve come to enjoy using this planner, I don’t feel a huge urge to move around (which I tend to do). I think it’s the combination of designing the planner myself, and the flexibility of the rings system which makes it easy to add in extra pages where I feel they might be useful. I designed a monthly task page so it’s really easy for me…

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    My Favourite Art & Stationery Supplies

    You might be surprised to hear this, but I’m at the point now where I don’t buy huge amounts of stationery. For the most part, I’ve figured out the stationery items and art tools which work for me. This means I don’t go looking for new stationery bits, I just buy more of what I know I like. So today I thought it could be interesting to share my favourite art and stationery supplies.  MD Paper notebook I love my MD Paper notebooks. I have written about them extensively over the years and I’ve bought at least 2 or 3. These notebooks have held up to pretty much everything I’ve…

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    My 2023 Bullet Journal & Notebook Setup

    Another year is over and I thought this would be the perfect time to share my bullet journal set-up for 2023. The way I use my bullet journal hasn’t changed much over the last 12 months. I’m still using the same notebook as 2022 (fingers crossed I can fit the whole year in the 150 pages I have left. But I like seeing these posts so I thought I would share mine. Lessons from my 2022 bullet journal 2020-2021 was a weird time for me. I graduated from university and I didn’t realise just how much that would change the way I used my bullet journal. During that time my…