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Giveaway: Write Your Own Adventure Planner 2017

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Several months ago I decided to back the Kickstarter campaign for the Emma Kate Co. Write Your Own Adventure Planner for 2017 but couldn’t decide if I wanted the grey or pink version so like the planner junkie than I am, I ordered both of them. And customs and international post being what they are, the planners arrived today. So, 2017 starts today for me. And for you. The fact that both the grey and the peachy pink planners are both beautiful I had to resort to crowdsourcing to make a decision which planner to keep. So, I decide to keep the peachy pink.

Bob made the reasonable call that the grey planner was much more neutral and respectable for either a lady or a gentleman to carry (Is he thinking he’s going to enter the giveaway? Am I going to have to add a stipulation to the fine print about family members not being eligible?).

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Inside the fabric hard cover covers is creamy stock and really nice page layouts where Saturday and Sunday are given the most space on both the monthly and the weekly spreads.

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On each page, there is a quote or an inspirational phrase.

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At the bottom of the weekly pages is space for three items. You could use these for your three most important to-do’s; breakfast, lunch and dinner plans; or morning, afternoon and evening events.

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Inbetween each month are two pages of dot grid paper as well as more sheets at the end of the book for additional notes.

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At the back of the book is a gusseted pocket for ephemera.

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The panner includes two matching grosgrain bookmarks. And finally, the book pages are about a half an inch shorter than the binding to accommodate the adhesive tabs included to mark the month. I love that the tabs fit at the bottom of the pages instead of the top or the sides.

I have not had a chance to do any pen tests yet but the paper feels substantial, creamy and a little toothy. So, the giveaway winner will get to test the paper and let us all know how well it performs too.

TO ENTER: Tell me what your adventure plans are for 2017 are in comments. One entry per person.


FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Friday, January 6, 2017. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Wednesday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 10 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. US residents only, please.

Quo Vadis Plan & Note Weekly Open Format Planner

Quo Vadis Plan & Note 2017

I cannot believe its taken me so long to do a write up about the Quo Vadis Plan & Note Open Format Desk Planner. It’s simply the simplest answer to the “I need a planner” problem. It’s approximately A5 sized, bound with a flexible soft cover and features week-on-two-pages open planning pages AND FOUNTAIN PEN FRIENDLY PAPER. So…. basically, its the “problem solved” planner for a lot of people who have been asking for an alternative to the Moleskine planner but “with better paper”. This is it.

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On the cover is a subtly embossed “2017” and the Quo Vadis logo in the lower right hand corner. There’s an option to choose the turquoise spine and elastic like this model or purple or pink.

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Interior features:

  • Open layout for planning & notes
  • Week on 2-pages with equal pages for each day
  • Monthly calendar pages in the front
  • 12 months – January-December
  • Covers are flexible, soft-touch material, not leatherette
  • Color binding & match vertical elastic closure
  • Forward planning for 2017 & 2018
  • White 90g paper
  • 2-color printing
  • Tear-off corners to make wayfinding easier
  • Address book pages in back of book

Quo Vadis Plan & Note 2017

 

Quo Vadis Plan & Note 2017

The book itself is relatively thin so you won’t weigh yourself down with a big planner and can easily add an additional notebook to your daily carry without needing your own Sherpa.

Quo Vadis Plan & Note 2017

Since most people will already have some familiarity with Quo Vadis paper (also Clairefontaine and Rhodia) I didn’t do a lengthy pen test since it felt like overkill. The 90gsm paper Quo Vadis uses is the same high quality paper that is used in most Quo Vadis, Clairefontaine and Rhodia products and can be depended upon to behave as such. This is Robert Oster Aqua in my Pilot Custom 912 with Waverly nib.

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And shown above, the same page is viewed from the back. As you can see there is almost no show through and no bleed through as is expected from Quo Vadis paper.

So, if you are looking for a good quality, week-on-two-pages planner with lots of room for notes, the Quo Vadis Plan & Note Desk is a great option. And any Quo Vadis planner is guaranteed to feature awesome paper if you need a different size or configuration.

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Quo Vadis for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Massdrop: Ferme à Paris Planner, Calender & Notecards

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Massdrop did a mass drop on me this week with some of the new products they are stocking from Ferme à Papier. They sent me the new Yearless Planner (currently $21.99), the Desk Calendar (currently $24.99) and the boxed Thank You Cards (currently $19.99). The planner is 5″x8″ with a perfect bound spine and decorative gold foil details on the cover. Inside, the paper is a crisp, heavyweight white paper with minimal black printing. Since the calendaring is dateless, you need to write, draw, stamp or embellish a lot of the details yourself. Luckily, the paper is heavyweight enough to hold up to both lots of types of pens and inks including rubber stamping inks.

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I’m not too scrapbook-y but I like using some stamps, arrows, washi tape and arrows to embellish and color code notes in my planners. The bright white paper gave me lots of freedom to plus up the planner. Inside the front is a forward-planning spread for the whole year — not much to plan for 2017 yet except pen shows and some knitting events but there’s still plenty of room to add birthdays, anniversaries and other dates to remember.

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Following the forward planning is a monthly calendar across two pages. I stamped the numbers for the days in January and added the few upcoming events I know thus far. While I included the Philly Pen Show on the calendar, I don’t know if I’ll actually be able to go but I like to keep track of these events.

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After the monthly spread are a series of weekly pages. I used number stamps for the days and added a few of the meetings I know I’ll have when I return from the holidays. Not much yet but it will get filled up fast!

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In the back of the book, I did a series of pen and pencil tests and was pleasantly surprised to discover how well the paper handled most inks. There was no bleeding or feathering issues . I didn’t use any super wide nibs since the book is not huge but a fine italic fountain pen, Le Pens, rollerballs, Papermate Flairs and even a fairly fine brush pen all did well so I feel confident that a range of tools for convenience and decorating options will be open for users.

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Above is the pen testing page, viewed from the back. There’s a little tiny bit of show through but its only from the thicker markers like the Pentel Touch and the Kuretake Fudegokochi which is to be expected. So I’m quite pleased with the paper quality.

My only peeve with the planner is that the spine really needed to be worked to loosen the glue to get the book to open up. It does not lay flat very easily on its own. The binders put way too much glue on it and in some of the spreads you can see that it cuts into the usability of the space in the left hand edge of the right hand page — parts of the text fall into the gutter that is in the binding area. And while the Yearless Planner concept is interesting the layout really forces users to still start the planner in January rather than a format that allows for users to start the planner in any month and use it for 12 months. So its still a bit limiting. That said, the paper quality and the compact size and the ability to do a lot of decorating or no embellishing at all make it quite appealing.

There are eight different cover options to choose from and the Yearless Planner has met its Massdrop goal so its at the lowest price of $21.99.

Ferme à Papier Desk Calendar

Next up is the Desk Calendar which is a 12-month cardstock calendar in a walnut, wood slat base. The wood base is a bit wider than the cards, and all the cards fit into the stand so you can keep them altogether.The cards also stand more rigid and upright if you keep all of them in the stand together. I think the wood stand could be re-used at the end of the year for personal ephemera so I think there’s some longevity to it as well.

The designs of each of the calendar cards have a Memphis-style vibe in graphic pastels.

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The visible design is about 5″x5″ and the base adds another 1.5″ to the height and about 3″ to the width.

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The cactus montage on the September page is my favorite. I can’t believe I’ll have to wait nine whole months to gaze at it!  The Desk Calendar is currently at $24.99 and needs 3 more purchases to be a fully funded drop. There’s only three days left too. It’s a pretty unique desk calendar and would make a nice gift.

Ferme à Papier Thank-You Cards

The last item from Ferme à Papier is a set of eight Thank You cards in an acetate box with kraft envelopes. I received the box set of Black Carrara with gold foil stamped lettering on the cover. I also received a single sample of the Purple Floral design but I forgot to photograph it (so sorry!). As the holidays are rapidly approaching, its important to have some thank you cards on hand and these simple, universally appropriate cards would be perfect to give to your boss, co-worker, friend, or family member. I am always looking for thank you cards appropriate to give to my gentleman friends or for work colleagues that are not overly flowery or floofy. These cards are perfect for that.

My only fuss with them is the foil stamping is a little rough. It appears that way in the photos on Massdrop so there is no false advertising so I’m wondering if that was the look the designer was going for because its almost consistent on every card. I’m particularly picky because I do a lot of foil stamp design work for my job but I just thought I’d point it out. Alternately, I don’t often find such simple cards where I work so I guess I should pick my (picky) battles.

The Thank You cards boxed sets are $19.99 and need 10 buyers to meet the drop and there’s just three days left.


DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Massdrop for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Planning Your Planner with Agendio Builder

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Its that time again…!

The guys over at Agendio took all the feedback from users and have added new options and features to the super-customizable Agendio planners. I have had one for a year and have used it on-and-off all year. Its not that I haven’t enjoyed the Agendio but in my “line of work” its hard to use one planner for a whole year exclusively — any more than I can use one notebook, one pen or one ink.

This year, I had a Journal-sized Agendio with a simple black eco-leather cover. I spent an inordinate amount of time last year fiddling with fonts and picking a color for the planner to get it just “so” as well as setting the pagelet areas so that I had areas for work lists, personal lists, notes and “other”.

Since my order from last year is saved in their system, I can just update my existing planner and add tabs, colors per month and other new features. Or… I can build a completely different planner. I can make a larger sized planner like the , I can build inserts that would fit into a Filofax or other ring binder. So many options to choose from!

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Some of the new or improved features of the Agendio system include:

  • Paper weight has increased to 105gsm/28lb for weeklies and monthlies. It’s the same, high-quality soft paper they’ve been using, just thicker. The daily pages will continue to be printed on the 90gsm/24lb stock in order to fit into the binders.
  • Covers are wider to accommodate tabs and to give clients a bit more room
  • New spiral bindings are available as well as new colors in the wraparound leatherette covers
  • The pockets for the large planners are wider, so client will be able to fit letter size paper in the pocket without folding it.
  • There are two new print ink colors — Bright blue, to match the new bright blue cover, and a blush pink, which will go well with many of the covers.
  • There is a new black and white printing option. This is a way to reduce costs, though there is also a slight reduction in printing quality as well.
  • Shipping boxes have also been redesigned to help protect planners better during shipping. Shipping boxes are also now kraft brown since they are less damaging to the environment.

Some things that I really like about my current Agendio:

I really like the Journal size. Its a bit larger than a Personal Filofax but not quite as large as an A5 — its that sweet spot. It’s big enough to comfortably write in but small enough to be portable.

The wraparound cover has the aesthetic appeal of a bound book with the ease of use of a spiral. Unfortunately, I cannot add of remove pages so that’s the only downside of the bound book. I have ended up taping, clipping or using the pocket to add in extra bits as needed. The elastic has also helped to keep extra pages contained.

It’s been quite durable. My husband has also been using an Agendio (by a strange twist of fate, we ended up with two copies of my planner and he used the extra one) and he has not been gentle with it and it’s stood up to his beatings.

All the updates and improvements are things that I was hoping that Agendio would add, like tabs and even things I hadn’t actually considered like multiple color options which are frivolous but welcome. And of course there is the planner insert options for all the Filofax, Covey and other planner formats available as well.

For me, the biggest delay in actually ordering a planner is just figuring out what sorts of categories I need to keep myself organized for the coming year. My schedule and even my roles at work seem to change so frequently that choosing a planned pagelet for the whole year seems a bit presumptuous. I’ve had three different project roles at work this year and started a podcast which changed my needs pretty dramatically. Who knows what 2017 will bring?

Do you know what you want to plan for next year?

Kickstarter: Write Your Own Adventure – 2017 Planner

Just yesterday, Ask The Desk was filled with questions about planners for 2017 and this morning I discovered the Write Your Own Adventure planner from Emma Kate Co. in Australia. This looks like such a good option for 2017 that I backed the project and bought two. When they arrive, I plan to give one away because I think it will make a good blog holiday gift. Let’s hope they ship in time.

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The planner is hardcover with die cut tabs at the bottom of the pages and the weekends are given more space than the weekdays. I don’t know about you but that just about aligns with my life. I do way more on the weekends than I do on the weekdays. Or I try to cram more in, anyway.

There is dot grid and simple details with minimal design elements and just a few little quotes throughout. Just enough to feel nice but not so much as to feel cluttered.

The book is available with a grey or blush pink cover, I ordered one of each.

I’m looking forward to a year where I can write my own adventure. How about you?

Ask The Desk: 2017 is Coming! Planning Emergencies!

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Heather is looking for a very specific planner replacement:

I’m looking for a new academic planner 16/17 (or second best choice would be kraft paper notebooks with lines and grids / dots) for the one I’ve just finished using from Paperchase. I’ve been looking and looking and not having much luck. I bought a really lovely, inexpensive monthly planner – it has a month on two pages (grid layout), followed by approx 40 lined pages and 40 grid pages, all kraft paper with black and white ink so lovely on the eyes. Its great to write on (gel pens, biros, not fountain pens) and is perfect for my needs as a TA. Paperchase have released one like this for this coming year and I can’t find another supplier that does them in the same size. The notebook is 190mm wide and 245mm high, and has a sewn edge binding. Short of making one myself (wouldn’t even know where to start on that route!), can you advise where I might find something of comparable size and paper? I’m ok with setting it all out by hand, but I’d prefer to buy one ready made. Maybe a blank date one? Its the size that I need most, followed by the kraft paper element.

Heather, I have to admit you’ve left me a bit stumped. I can’t say that I’ve seen a kraft colored planner before your letter. On my search, the only options I found for kraft paper planners was a vendor on Etsy called Letter C Design who makes small planner booklets in kraft paper. I don’t think that’s at all what you were looking for. If anyone else has seen anything in the wild, please leave information in the comments.

Cole asks:

I’m wondering if you can help me find a thin gridded (dot or cube) notebook that could fit inside the pocket of my Leuchtturm 1917 medium? Something similar to the address book that comes with the planner? I LOVE my “official” Bullet Journal, but I’ve noticed there are a few things that I will want to migrate from Journal to Journal, WITHOUT having to recopy it into a new journal. My best example would be my room x room floor plans with paint/color samples. I like to have my floor layouts and color samples with me so if I’m antiquing, garage sale-ing, etc I can quickly reference them to see if I’m buying something that won’t go in my house. I’m now carrying my Bullet Journal everywhere, so I’d love to have it in there, but I don’t want to have to recopy the floor plans every few months. Is there a small “travelers” type notebook that would nicely fit in the pocket that could be transferred from journal to journal?

An A6 (approx. 4×6″), B6 (approx. 5×7″), Field Notes or Passport sized book would fit easily into the back pocket of the Leuchtturm1917 A5. In A5 or B6 sized, I recommend the Life Pistachio or Vermillion notebooks. They have good quality paper, available in grid and are about $4 each. The Pistachio have green lines and the Vermillion have, you guessed it, red lines. Of course, Field Notes are readily available from many shops and the Pitch Black edition is dot grid. Passport sized Traveler’s Notebooks would also work but are quite petite.

Chris needs helps:

I’m eagerly awaiting an A5 Roterfaden, and need a week on two pages insert for the remainder of 2016. Yes, I could just use my existing Midori TN calendar, but I’d like to find something A5 that is already bound and printed. No luck searching Etsy and the Midori version is sold out on Baum Kuchen. Ideas?

I spent weeks looking for a solution for Chris and came up empty handed. Traveler’s Notebook calendars in the classic TN size are in abundance as are the Field Notes/Passport sizes but A5 versions are as rare as Snorlax these days. Unless you are willing to go the print-your-own route, there just aren’t options for A5 calendar booklets to fit custom covers like the Roterfaden or leather Traveler’s Notebooks.

My best suggestion at this point is to finish the year with the standard Traveler’s Notebook calendar and then move to a 2017 A5 planner calendar. The other option is to embrace the DIY option and print out the large cahier format from Ray Blake’s My Life All in One Place printables page.

If anyone knows a good alternative for Chris, please leave a note in the comments.

Ellie seeks:

I’m starting to look for my 2017 daily planner. I’ve used Moleskine at first, but the paper quality kept getting worse every year. I then switched to Paperblanks, their daily option was a bit small for me but their Fabriano paper was quite good. After they changed their paper supplier last year I’m once again in need of new options. I’m looking for an A4 or A5 daily diary with a minimalistic, Moleskine-like page layout. Hobonichi is too expensive and Leuchtturm is not an option, the paper is beautiful but the ghosting is so bad I only write on one side of my Leuchtturm journal. I need sturdy pages since I tend to ask a lot to my journals, draw, write with wet inks, glue scraps of paper on it etc. I’ve seen Fabriano Ecoqua makes beautiful planners, and they would be easy to purchase here in Europe, but I can’t find any feedback online and I don’t want to buy blind. is the paper the same quality as the Ecoqua pads? What about the binding? I’m hoping some of your readers have tried the Ecoqua planner or know of any other options. Thanks for reading!

 

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Has anyone seen the Fabriano Ecoqua planners in person yet? I haven’t but I am just as curious about how they will stack up.  I found the Ecoqua 16-month ($22.50), the 2017 weekly planner ($12.50) and the 2017 Daily Diary ($12.75 and $17.75, depending on size). The paper on these books looks quite thin as you can see the numbers printed on the reverse in the photos so I suspect they went for thinner paper for portability over thicker paper for legibility. Sigh.

Amanda wants to know:

Who offers the thickest paper stock (hopefully smooth) for 2017 diary refills for Kikki.K and Filofax Personal, Pocket and A5 planners? Thank you!

So far, the best pre-printed planner pages are either Kikki-K or the new Filofax Illustrated refills are the thickest stock. I also had some personal sized refills purchased at Michael’s from their Recollections line that used some great paper. If you happen upon this collection and are using the personal-sized planners, I can definitely recommend grabbing a few packets if they are still stocked at your local store.

Review: Filofax Lockwood Personal Planner & 2017 Illustrated Stripes Insert Set

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The Filofax Lockwood Personal sized planner in aqua ($102.15) might not look like a huge change from my Original in dark aqua but, its not the color that’s the change so much as the overall construction. The Lockwood is the freakin’ MacGyver of planners! Its got pockets and slots galore where the Original is stripped down to the essentials. The Lockwood is a higher quality, more supple leather too where the Original is a thicker leather but much more rigid.

Filofax Lockwood Personal

From the inside views, you can see the narrow slit pockets on the Original and the black elastic band on the Original. The Lockwood could easily be filled with business cards, ID and bank cards and double as a wallet and planner. OR the pockets could be filled with items to color-code, annotate or decorate the planner. I haven’t quite decided what to put in the pockets yet. After years with the mostly useless pockets on the Original, I’m stymied with the options.

The plus for the Original (for me) is that the elastic pen loop is on the left hand side and pretty flexible making it capable of holding a lot of different pens and quick-access for a lefty. A lot of right-handed users found the left-hand loop awkward. The Lockwood puts the pen loop under the clasp. Its still elastic but its a tighter elastic and the placement makes it more difficult to put any but the thinnest pens or pencils in it since they bump right up against the inserts and are restricted by the length of the strap.

Filofax Lockwood Personal

Inside the back cover, the Lockwood features a long secretary pocket and a smaller horizontal slit pocket as well. The Original has the secretary pocket too and a top slit pocket as well as the mysterious lower slit that I never actually found a use for.

The Lockwood has a more finished look on the inside with the stitching on all the pocket edging and the leather facing carried under the ring binder. I feel kind of grown-up with the Lockwood. Its like my “big girl” planner. Even though its mermaid-colored.

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Hey, look! One of my letterpress notepads with the side binding fits perfectly in the secretary pocket. Brilliant!

Filofax Lockwood Personal

On the backside on the cover is yet another pocket, this is a zippered pocket that looks perfect to hold receipts, coins or other small bits. This planner is the total cargo pants of planners, I swear.

Filofax Lockwood Personal

Here’s a top view of the Lockwood planner filled with my regular calendar pages, notes pages, assorted bits, page markers and my notepad in the back. Well stuffed, indeed.

Filofax Lockwood Personal

I tucked my Fisher Space Pen in the pen loop which was one of the few pens that fit comfortably without reeking havoc with my tabs. So, I’d definitely recommend a slim pen or pencil in the pen loop or skipping it altogether sadly. Its the only flaw I’ve found in this planner. Everything else is fabulous.

Filofax Lockwood Personal

The front slit pocket easily holds another notepad, pad of sitcky notes or, as I discovered later, my iPhone. It makes this a great planner for meetings or someone who goes back and forth to a lot of places and needs to be able to juggle a planner and a phone.

Filofax Lockwood Personal

I discovered that the horizontal slit in the back of the planner is perfectly sized for a small pad of stocky notes, if that floats your boat.

Filofax Lockwood Personal

I also thought it would be handy to compare the personal-sized Lockwood to an iPad Mini. Its almost the same dimensions, just a good deal thicker when filled completely. I could certainly carry fewer pages in the planner but I thought I’d stuff it completely as a contrast to my month of austerity. I will probably trim it down a bit but I’m enjoying having ALL THE THINGS at the moment.

Filofax Lockwood Personal

The Lockwood is such a lovely planner. The fact that it has a million pockets and places to squirrel away bits of paper and cards just makes it better. The overall quality is excellent and the color is fabulous. I wish the pen loop was a little more user-friendly but I can stick a pen in any of the other cargo pants pockets on the Lockwood so I really don’t have anything to complain about.

And one more thing….

I also wanted to show the new Filofax 2017 Dated Illustrated Stripes refill set ($19.99). The set is also available for A5-sized planners ($26.99). Its a week-on-two-pages layout with lined pages and tabbed months that include a monthly calendar. The tabs and pages alternate colors in an array of interesting colors including tomato orange, navy, orchid, lime, and biscuit tan. The set also included an assortment of lined and blank note paper.

Filofax stripes inserts 2017

The big news was that the paper was listed as 80gsm which is considerably higher than the standard Filofax refills and better than the Cotton Cream which was always better than the plain white but has gotten worse over the years. So I thought I’d put it through some pen tests to see how it performed…

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I didn’t hold back. I hit the paper with all my currently inked fountain pens next to this year’s Cotton Cream and I was pleasantly surprised at how well the Illustrated Stripes paper held up to the abuse. The lines are usually pretty narrow on the Personal Filofax paper anyway since the books are pretty small so I tend to use fine pens, gel pens or pencils mostly. However, every once in awhile, I end up with a fountain pen in my hand when I have to jot something down so its nice to know that the paper can withstand a few lines without completely withering.

reverse side of Filofax stripes insert writing test

From the back of the paper it looks like the worst show through was the Edison Collier and a lot of red and pink inks are a bit more liquidy anyway. Everything else is completely tolerable. Especially when compared with how poorly the Cotton Cream did.

I’m so excited to start using the Illustrated Stripes Insert set. It looks good, works well with lots of pens and is readymade. As much as I like all the DIY options, I’m happy to just buy a pre-dated planner set-up and go. I’m not much of a planner decorator. I’d rather spend my free time drawing, painting or knitting and less time making my to-do list look fancy so these inserts totally solve a problem for me. They work, they look good and they are easy to acquire. I hope that Filofax will continue to innovate their planner inserts in the coming years so I won’t be forced to make my own.


DISCLAIMER: These items were sent to me free of charge by Goulet Pens for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.