The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2014-04-13

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pen tests on Tomoe River Paper

I just uploaded a 'What's in my Hobonichi Cousin' video  to Youtube (and it's embedded at the bottom of this post) but wanted to add the ink test pictures that I did comparing the Pilot Juice Pen and the Frixion Pen 0.7 (both in grey) on the Tomoe River paper.  Tomoe River paper is wonderful and doesn't absorb ink the way most paper does, rather the ink sits on the surface.  It's the paper in the Hobonichi as well as the Ray May Davinci Filofax compatible inserts.

This makes it great for fountain pen users and despite the paper being thin it's amazing for many pens that go right through most inserts.   The caveat here is drying times tend to be longer, sometimes much longer (particularly with gel pens).

Recently I switched to the grey frixion from the pen I've used daily for probably a year, the pilot juice pens.

When you look at the video and see the pictures it will be obvious why.


No matter how long I waited I had little ink dots on the facing page..   

Yikes, right?


Monday, April 14, 2014

That relentless planner itch

After using the Hobonichi Techo planner for a bit I've got some things to share but I'm leaving that for the next post.   I want to digress first.

 I obsess over other people's planners. It's my own fault; I stalk planner pictures.  Mostly I'm fine just admiring from afar but every once in a while I see some delicious bit of geekery and the floor drops out from under me and my heart gives a resounding, THUD!    

From then on it's hard to think of anything else and especially hard to look at what I'm currently using without a mournful sigh.   Many times it's the planner itself but more then many times it's what the person has done with it.   The neat, ordered zen like ones are like islands of calm in life's frenzy, the colorful artsy ones make me feel all giggly like a five year old with a new pair of red patent leather Mary Janes....   

I have a hard time stepping back from the excitement.  It's energizing.  It's fun.  It screams the possibility of what could be....

The problem is I can't replicate another's planning style, and  it won't work if I could.  I load up carts , take things out, and load them up again more times then I care to admit.  It's sort of the online shopping version of musical chairs...   As my finger hovers over the send button I do everything I can to just steel my resolve , "Back away from the "order" button, Tracy.  Just back away....."

I say all that because there is a lot to love about the Hobonichi but if your planning style is best suited for what a ringed binder provides; using a Hobonichi will have a long learning curve, at best.  
 I waited two years to get one which, granted, was crazy, but switching around makes me anxious and I'd never used a bound planner before.  It pays to give any switch a  thoughtful look in the cold light of day (but don't wait two years, that's just nuts)   Especially before changing something that works for something that you have an inkling won't.    Sometimes, for me, reason gets thrown out the window when staring at the excitement of possibility all wrapped up in pretty colors.   


 I do my best to rein in the frenzy but after two years of obsessing I caved.   It seemed a logical time as I'm doing #Project365 for artwork.   I've been doing it since February sort of randomly; some art is in my Filofax, some in my Midori...  Some on single paper pages who knows where.   I thought the Hobonichi would allow me  to consolidate the artwork in one location and plan at the same time.

pages on my hobonichi cousin

My goal for Project 365 is the artwork will get better over the year and having it in one location will make the whole process simpler. Plus the  planning sections are very similar in format to I've been using (albeit in a different order).

falling flowers

Either it will all work, or all fail, but more likely will hit some shade of gray closer to one end or the other.  Life and planners live in shades of gray.  Historically what works for me isn't something that works everyday in every way but something that works  best for what I need most at that moment in time.

ventura sees the atlantic ocean

No matter how planning goes my art should improve with practice which is the point of doing Project 365.   And even if the worst case scenario happens (nothing works) I've  scratched that relentless planner itch and can move on.

Next post will be about the Hobonichi itself and not my convoluted path to it....


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