23 Feb 2017

my Moleskine planner so far { seven months! }

It has now been seven months since I started using this Moleskine as my daily planner and it's still going strong. Most of the pages inside are used (often, planners come with pages that I never take a second glance at), the layout of the weekly pages are ideal and the size and weight of the planner is just perfect. I've had to add in a Leuchtturm 1917 pen loop (the blue bit poking out at the right hand side) but even so, I never thought I'd be raving about a Moleskine after a not so great experience back in 2011.

First, let's talk about the paper. The paper takes fountain pen really well (but only if you use a thin nib) and I now pretty much only use either my Pilot Kakuno or my Platinum 3776 as both have extremely fine nibs. The cream hue also adds a touch of luxury and the narrow rule of the pages that are lined are ideal for my small (and now cursive) handwriting.

The monthly pages have been good to see when regular things happen, such as direct debits, rent and also what placement I'm switching over onto and when.

The weekly pages are laid out ideally for me - the days on the left and a ruled page on the right. The ruled page is good for planning lunches, outfits and also to-dos that can be done on any day of that week. I love the copious space available for planning or just writing down silly little things. Though each day section looks tiny, it's actually enough space for me and it's rare for me to run out of space in them.

At the back are pages of important things including addresses, uni-related stuff and some other random notes.

Essentially, here, I have a planner which is well used and extremely functional for my needs. It is looking likely that this'll be the planner I will end the year with (this sounds like a relationship). The only debate now is do I go for another Moleskine for 2018 or do I opt for a Leuchtturm 1917 planner? I'm already a huge fan of Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks so I'm sure either way, I'll be very happy! And with at least six months until I make a solid decision, I still have time to write many a pro and con list.

21 Feb 2017

a stockholm scrapbook (finally!)

Over the Christmas holidays, I finally got round to making my Stockholm scrapbook. Back in August, I had printed a load of photos and had a few paper souvenirs ready to stick into this scrapbook. However, final year took over and this project was sitting, waiting, ready for me to do over the holiday season.

The notebook I decided to use is a spiral bound one from (you guessed it) Muji. It is cheap, minimalistic and the paper takes fountain pen very well. At the front, I've used washi tape to write the destination and dates of my holiday. Unfortunately, using a spiral bound notebook means I can't make a Dymo label for the spine but the spirals mean that I can stick photos in without the threat of spine damage!

Wanting to keep things as simple as possible, I let the photos do most of the talking with the odd bit of text detailing a story of something I wanted to remember. Tickets for tours and other random things (such as the Skansen map below) were also included.

When I was in Stockholm, I kept brief notes on each day of my holiday in an A6 Moleskine notebook and most of these were transferred to this journal. This meant that, although it had taken me almost five months to make this journal, no important details of the holiday were omitted.

Eventually, I'll have to go back to it to add in some colour (possibly through the use of washi tape and stickers) but for now, this journal captures my Stockholm trip pretty well. And I'm quite happy with how it turned out :)

18 Feb 2017

my week #253

Final year is flying by so quickly and the realisation that in six months' time, I'll be waking up in the morning (or night!) as a doctor is equally frightening and exciting. The dreams (or nightmares?) are already starting and I'm doing everything I can to try and forget about the uncertainty. Anyway, this placement was one that I really enjoyed - resus was the area where I learnt the most and also enjoyed the most. It's definitely one to consider as a career path in the future. At the moment, surgery, emergency medicine and obstetrics and gynaecology are at the top but this list is ever changing.

How was your week?