Review by Laura Cameron
As an avid crafter, I love supporting local artists. And who better to support than a local paperie and press shop? When I received the Desk Calendar Floral Weekly Planner from Ruff House Art ($18), I couldn’t have been more excited to support a local artisan and plan my week.
The Floral Weekly planner is an undated spiral bound planner, perfect for those who like to make lists. The covers are letterpress printed with a lovely floral design (front cover) and the adorable Ruff House Art logo (back cover). Inside are 54 undated weekly planning sheets.
The desk calendar is approximately 6.5″ tall by 12″ wide, and I find it’s the perfect size to keep on my desk at work to jot down notes, appointments, reminders, to-dos and the like.
On the first page, I used my Pilot fountain pen with a super fine nib and some Robert Oster Berry D’Arche ink. As you can see there was a bit of show through on the paper, but the ink didn’t bleed all the way through, which I consider a win, especially since I don’t plan on using the back side of the pages unless I have extreme list overflow!
On the second week, I went ahead and experimented with more fountain pen ink (Pilot Metro Pop, F nib and Diamine Purple Dream ink) as well as some of my Ink Joy gel pens. Again, the fountain pen ink had a bit of show through, but the Ink Joy gel pens were perfect for this paper. I think it would also be great for Retro 51 ballpoints or rollerballs.
I enjoy the fact that the planner is undated so I can create my own weeks, and that the bulleted lists don’t have time slots so I can write down everything from what to make for dinner to my top five tasks for the day all in one list. My one minor complaint is that Saturday and Sunday are grouped together. I realize this is an area of some debate, but I tend to load up on chores and freelance work on the weekends, so having two separate days to plan would be preferable.
That said, I haven’t stopped using this desk calendar since I got it and I foresee more of these in my future.
Laura is a tech editor, podcaster, knitter, spinner and recent pen addict. You can learn more about her knitting and tea adventures on her website, The Corner of Knit & Tea and can find her on Instagram as Fluffykira.