We’re less than a week into the new month and I’ve been in the mood to change things up. I finished the journal that I had started back in April, the one in which I’d chosen to use only shades of brown ink. I enjoyed that discipline, and I do like the cohesive look of the completed book. Now, though, I’m ready to head back to the blue inks that I love so much. I shall be writing my journal in one of the A5 Clairefontaine 1951 notebooks I stashed a little while ago. And I’ve pressed my William Hannah notebook into service as my daily carry planner/note repository.
I’ve been toying with a move back into the discbound planner for a while and part of the reason is that I feel guilty if I leave the fabulous William Hannah leather cover unused for any length of time. I ordered the matching pen sleeve which serves to keep the planner securely closed when it’s in your bag as well as keeping a pen to hand. The cover is more compact than my A5 Filofax whilst still containing A5 paper and the discs are less intrusive than rings as you’re writing. I particularly like how simple it is to archive these discbound pages using loose discs (plastic ones are pretty inexpensive) and a card cover. William Hannah makes it even easier by offering archive sets containing the rings and covers, but you can improvise your own if you feel the urge.
I was intending to set this up at the beginning of October, but didn’t have suitable diary pages so I scuttled back to the A5 Filofax for my trip to London and then I’ve been using my Personal Filofax since I got back. Today I hit on an idea for the diary pages which I should have thought of back then: I simply reversed the orientation of my remaining Stamford Notebook Company pages which are sold punched to suit the A5 ring planner, and punched the disc holes on the opposite edge. In the ring planner, the week on one page sits to the left whilst the ruled page sits on the right. Now this is reversed. It isn’t pretty – as you can see above, the holes are a bit of an eyesore – but it works and 2 months of things not being very pretty is hardly an ordeal. I’ve ordered the week to page diary from William Hannah for next year which I will interleave with lined sheets to give a similar effect.
And so to inks. My initial blue ink choices give me a decent range of light to dark and all three are pretty well-behaved. I’m adoring the Montblanc Midnight Blue with the fine, smooth nib of the Montblanc Slim Line pen. Graf von Faber-Castell’s Cobalt has a red sheen if laid down thick and, though I don’t see it much from my fine nibs, it does lend a purple edge to the blue of this ink. I’m not quite ready yet to start using Montblanc’s William Shakespeare Velvet Red, but I’ll probably be pressing it into service when I set up my 2023 diary. I shall pad out this selection with more blues from my collection as I amble along.
There are definitely more productive things I could have done with my weekend, but faffing about with pens and paper has been relaxing and entertaining. It has even prompted some much-needed tidying as I searched high and low for assorted paper products and rationalised some of my unused sheets from a variety of planners.