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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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    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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    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…

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    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…

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    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…