The Perfect Pencil

Still on the subject of stationery.

I need the perfect partner for my 2012 diary. A pencil. Why a pencil and not a pen, you ask? It’s easier – and tidier – to erase when appointments move around.

Imagine. My very own pencil. Not one emblazoned with Shaun the Sheep borrowed from my children’s art box.

First up is a Midori Bullet Pencil.What a beauty.

Or a beautifully handcrafted pencil by Alexander Hulme.

Or a Muji Pencil. The cost effective option.

At this point, I will leave you with a short clip on how pencils are made at the Staedtler factory. There’s a sweet treat towards the last minute of the clip, where it shows how pencils used to be handcrafted in the olden days.

Hello 2012

Oooh. I can smell it in the air. Tis the season for a new diary for next year.

This year, I have gone all 80s retro with a filofax. It’s worked well and I am inclined to stick to it. However…

Between 2006 and 2008, I used Moleskine’s weekly notebook.

No complaints. It was easy to keep track of my childrens’ activities  and my work schedule at the same time. The ruled page on the right proved tremendously useful for taking notes and scribbling down plans.

I tell you the one thing that is wonderful with a notebook. I can keep them. Not sure why I do this, but I like to store all of my notebooks in a box. With the filofax refill, I would just bin the old pages. There just isn’t the same satisfaction in storing the loose leafs, even if I bound them with a treasury tag or something fancier.

When I go through an old diary – which is not very often – looking at a particular page transports be back. I can recall the week’s events clearly. Ok, maybe not a five year old diary. But definitely from a year ago.

So for 2012, I think I’m going back to a diary. How can one resist Moleskine’s expanded range?

There’s the Action Diary, where the whole week is laid out vertically across two pages in a column format with an additional column provided for to do items and reminders.

There’s the Taskmaster Diary, where the whole week is laid out vertically across two pages in a column format. After every week there is an extra two pages for note taking.

But let’s not be boring and head immediately for a Moleskine. Here are some other options that I will be sleeping on.

Whitelines Diary

Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planner

Or will I need a Family Diary?