The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2013-04-07

Friday, April 12, 2013

Highlighter Happy Dance

In my last video I mentioned not being happy with most highlighters, the main issues - overly wet and too dark pens.  I considered buying the Moleskine Highlighter Pencils but they are pretty expensive for what they are.

I searched around on Amazon for other products and settled on this one:

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

I bought this Pentel arts pencil ...but first let me (once again) say how much I love Amazon Prime.  You get free 2 day shipping on items and some come faster then that, I ordered this pen and it came the next day.  

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

The directions were a little confusing at first because it's not like a regular multi-color pen where you just push down a clip to advance your chosen color.  With this pen all colors need to be retracted up in the barrel to advance  the one you want to write with.  And you do it by turning the pen upside down or right side up.

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

The pencil leads are refillable so even though the pencil retails for around $15 it's something you can have for a long time and it comes with eight 2.0 mm colors. It's not as thick as a traditional highlighter but wider then all the pens I use so it works for me.

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

The surprising thing was the color quality is great and build-able.  This pen reminds me a lot of  prismacolor art pencils.  You can shade, build up saturation, blend and there is a slightly waxy (rather then chalky/dusty) feel to the lead.  

BeFunky Saturation on iPhone

I really like these a lot.  While I was playing around I realized I haven't done any artwork in ages and I really missed it.  

And nothing, not a thing,  came through to the other side of the Filofax page even with all the drawing I did.  You can't go over and over things with a traditional liquid highlighter.  All, but one ink, didn't budge when I used the pencil over it (Uniball Signo Angelic Ink Pen).   They have a paint pen finish and are meant to be used with dark paper so they aren't traditional pens.  And by saying it budged, I don't mean a lot.

BeFunky Smart Sharpen on iPhone

Just the occasional smudge and that was the most recent thing I wrote.

I need to test this out today and might try and do a video; showing how it works over other pens.  I have a feeling there are a few things I need to know about using it. And I think there will be differences due to the drying times and over-all permanence of varying pens.

I'm doing the highlighter happy dance over it and will update soon!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Swan song...

I'll be the owner of a Portland Grand anytime now so I did a video for posterity....


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

On Ring Size and Baby's Butts...

After a year of trying I found a Filofax Portland Grand (via Philofaxy adspot) and  it's currently winging it's way to me from the UK.   Fortunately, I can gaze upon it's loveliness  thanks to pictures the seller sent me.


It's also now my desktop.


The Grand is almost identical to the one I have except the inside of my brown one reads: Filofax Personal Portland Real Leather.


While the Grand announces it's grandiosity front and center.


From what I've  seen online the layout is the same and the GRAND part is about the rings.  (And really, isn't it all about the rings when you get down to it?)    The Portland grand rings are supposed to be 30 mm but this is where I get confused. 

I thought I had a Portland Grand for a long time because my rings measure just over an inch from the outside ring edges.  I never know if ring size is measured from the outside edge or the inside one.   (Measuring from the inside ring edges gets me about 7/8 inch.)

Googling the actual Portland ring measurements gets me a variety of answers, anywhere from 19 to 25 mm.  I have a feeling the differences are a result of  how accurate the  initial measurement is, whether people measured external or internal dimensions and  that they are converting fractions of inches to percents of inches  before finally getting to millimeters. 

It's all just too much math and allows way too many places for calculation errors.  

How big they are, I have no idea, but it will be GRAND to have the another Filofax with Little Eff rings...


And a cover soft as a baby's butt.


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