• stationery

    Tom’s Studio Mechanical Pencil Review

    As a calligrapher, I spend a lot of time working with pencils. Pencils tend to be far more practical (and quicker) for drafts and working in my sketchbook. I also just so happen to be a huge fan of mechanical pencils so when I found out last year that Tom’s Studio was releasing a mechanical pencil I just had to try it. About Tom’s Studio Tom’s Studio is a small company based in England which specialises in high-quality calligraphy pens and other writing tools. The brand focuses on creating high-quality products which last a long time. Sustainability is a huge part of the brand. Many of Tom’s Studio products offer…

  • planners

    A5 Filofax Finsbury Planner Review

    Something you may not know about me is that I was a Filofax fan long before I got into bullet journaling. While I still love bullet journaling, the way I use my bullet journal has changed significantly over the past few years. What I needed from a planner has changed and that eventually led me to buy an A5 Filofax Finsbury ring-bound planner. I do still intend to use the bullet journal system in this new ring binder. The flexibility of the ring system, along with the ability to design a planner to my exact needs have made the Finsbury planner a better alternative to using a standalone bullet journal…

  • studio diary

    A Quiet January Vlog & Organising The Studio 🖍️ Studio Diary #6

    A Quiet January I’ve had a very quiet start to the year. It’s been nice having a bit of a rest because I was very busy in the run-up to Christmas. I’ve been using the free time to work in my commonplace book a little more. I’ve always been fascinated with patterns and came across a book about pattern design on archive.org. The particular book I’m reading at the moment is called Pattern Design by Lewis Day. It takes the time to explain the elements which make up a pattern and what you need to do to create a repeating design. I’ve come to love these old “how-to” style books. Somehow…

  • stationery

    A Guide To Starting A Commonplace Book

    We are living in the golden age of the internet, where everything one might want or need is available at our fingertips. Sites like Pinterest, Tumblr and Notion give us the ability to save anything we might like, but at the same time, the decline of websites like Twitter are a useful reminder that you do not truly own anything that is saved on those sites. Rather than saving your important data in the cloud, you might choose an older form of information storage, such as the commonplace book. It may come as no surprise then that in this digital age, it is becoming more and more common to revert…

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    My 2024 Planner Setup & Stationery Pal Haul 🖍️ Studio Diary #5

    In this video, I’m sharing my 2024 planner setup. My planner has gone through huge changes in the last year. Usually, I would be continuing in a bullet journal, however, my bullet journal became more work-focused in 2023 and this in turn led me to using a Filofax planner. I wrote last year about The Artist’s Way, a huge component of this is something called Morning Pages. This is where you take some time every morning to do a free writing session. The proper way of doing this is to write three pages but I found this takes a long while to write. However, I did get into a good…