Maruman Mnemosyne Notebook

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Every since Jetpens introduced cheaper international shipping options, I’ve been making wishlists left and right. I received my second purchase in the mail last week and was most excited about this Maruman Mnemosyne notebook I decided to try out. Something I love equally if not more than pens are notebooks, especially ones with superb paper quality.

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The one I purchased is the Maruman Mnemosyne Imagination Notebook (Graph) in  A4 size. I wanted a notebook to write revision notes and diagrams on and the Maruman is all I every wished for. I dislike using blank paper for diagrams because I’m a horrible slanter when it comes to writing, so graph paper is my best friend. The grid sizes on this notebook is just perfect!

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Above is a revision sheet I made for my math class that just wrapped up. The paper is so smooth that your pen just glides on it like ice. That is probably because it contains 80 gsm paper. Apart from the great paper quality, I really appreciate how the pages are sectioned off as there is space at the top for a title and date.

The only downside to this notebook would be that it’s not ruled double-sided. Whether this is a problem or not really depends on what you are using it for. As a student, I would want to make as many notes as I could in a single notebook and especially for this one because the paper is such good quality that I just don’t want to waste it.

It’s safe to say that I am super impressed with these notebooks and will be purchasing more when I finish this one. (If I had it my way, I would probably buy 3 more immediately but the piggy bank doesn’t allow it)

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Favourite: Uni Shift Pipelock Drafting Pencil

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Isn’t the photo above just beautiful? This mechanical pencil is one of my very favourites and one of the reason being that it is just gorgeous!

The one I have is the 0.5mm black body with smoke accent. I originally had a white body one but it got stolen so I got a new one. Even though this pencil is a bit on the pricey side, it is completely worth it in my opinion if you’re looking for a good pencil that you can use daily.

I’m no artist or design student but I do find myself writing quite a bit and comfort+function is always on the top of my list. The weight of the pencil is focused more on the bottom which makes writing very easy on the hands. I also love love love the metal grip because it adds so much weight to the pencil and just makes it feel more expensive. The shift pipe lock is a plus for me but not really a necessity since I tend to forget to lock it when I’m done using it.

I got my first one from StationeryArt but literally everything and anything good on that website is sold out and it feels like they never come back in stock lol. I got this black one from amazon.

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Review: Uni Propus Window Highlighters

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Today, we have the Uni Propus Window highlighters for review! I got these highlighters sometime ago because I read some great reviews on them. Now that I’ve used them for a good amount of time, I’ve got a pretty good idea of how I feel about them. I got mine for what I would say a decent price on amazon.


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^I really don’t know why I didn’t just take a picture of the whole highlighter lol

First off, I got the soft color double-sided ones. The cute pastel colour scheme is what made me want them in the first place. On one side is a broad 4.0mm tip and on the other side is a 0.6 mm fine tip. This proves to be very useful if you want to highlight slightly smaller than usual writing or if you just want to underline something.

The ink flow is very consistent and there is no bleeding on the paper I use (24lbs). If you’re only using them to highlight textbooks or printed text, there is no problem with smudging and such. They do, however, smudge quite a bit when used on gel ink pens. Personally, I like to highlight my own notes and my go to pens for notes are mostly gel ink ones. As a result, I haven’t been able to use these to highlight my own notes because they actually smudge a lot. I did find that they don’t smudge on the Le Pen from Marvy or any of my ball point pens.

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Pros

  • Double sided tip
  • No bleed through
  • Consistent flow
  • Has a little window for you to see where you’re highlighting
  • Super pretty colours

Cons

  • Will smudge with certain types of pens

All in all, I really like these highlighters but since they smudge on my notes, I’ll probably have to just save these for other occasions. If you know any highlighters with this type of colour scheme that doesn’t smudge on gel ink, then please suggest them to me! I’m thinking of trying the Zebra Midliners next 🙂

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Cult Pens Haul + Review

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Believe it or not it’s quite hard to find online stationery stores that ship to Canada for a reasonable price. There has been so many times where I’ve put $10 worth of items in my cart and the shipping would come out to be $20. StationeryArt is quite good but pretty much everything I want is out of stock all the time. So this time, I decided to try out Cult Pens as an alternative to Stationery Art and JetPens. They have a nice selection but not as extensive as JetPens and some things are overpriced by almost 200% when you take into account currency conversion. Anyhow, I decided to splurge and order some pens that had been on my wishlist for ages.

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The first two things I got were Kuretake Zig CocoIro Letter Pen Bodies. I got the colours kiwi and strawberry. Since these were only the pen bodies, I also got two of the Letter Pen refills in black and mint green. I know it’s a little bit weird that I didn’t get a blue pen body to match the mint green ink but the kiwi was just so eye-catching I had to get it. As you can see the refill is sticking out of the pen body. I found that kind of weird at first but it doesn’t bother me at all really. The tip is hard but soft and flexible at the same time. As described on the website, you can’t write too fast with these pens because the ink flow can’t keep up.20150521_154417

20150521_154604All in all I find these pens aesthetically pleasing and nice to write with at the same time. I wouldn’t use them for note taking in class though since they kind of lag in the ink department. I’ll probably be using these pens to write cards or draw simple diagrams. And I’ll definitely be purchasing more pen barrels because they have a lot more cute colours!

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Ahem, excuse my bad handwriting. I’ve been wanting to try a fountain pen with a wider nib for some time now. I love my Lamy Safari fountain pen so I thought I’d try out the Lamy Joy Fountain Pen. Isn’t this pen just so beautiful? I love the bold red colour in contrast with the black barrel. Now, I’m no calligraphist but the wider nib just makes my writing look a lot fancier than it is, which I enjoy very much. Personally, I think this pen would make a great gift because of how stylish it looks and its quality.

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Lastly, I got the Pentel Brush Pen (sorry I forgot to take an individual picture but you can see it in the first picture above). It came with 4 cartridges of ink which was a bit of a surprise since I didn’t read the item details before ordering. I saw Kristina from K Werner Design use this in one of her youtube videos and I loved how it wrote. I honestly don’t know how she can write so prettily with this pen because I just fail at using this pen (as you can see). It certainly will take a long time to get used to so I don’t have anything to say about it quite yet.

I ordered all of these pens from Cult Pens and I have to say the service was really good. I didn’t have any problems with the order and they came quite fast (exactly one week!) even though I live overseas.