It’s just about time for another new year, which means the start of a new planner. The last year I used Exacompta’s Space 24 and loved it. It features Clairefontaine paper — the best paper in the world. It was a joy to write with my glorious fountain pen inks on the smooth white paper. However, I decided I needed more space in the time-slots. So this year, I am trying Exacompta’s Journal 21. There is more space to write per timeslot, but it is a daily format instead of a weekly format. I am not used to the daily format, so we will see how it goes.
I love starting the new year with a new planner. Its blank, smooth, bright white pages are waiting to be filled with wonderful plans for a whole year. It’s really quite exciting. To prep for the new year, I like to write in birthdays and regularly occurring items. I tear off the little bottom tabs of the pages before January 1st that I don’t need, and I make sure to use some pretty and bright inks for that extra oomph. Currently I have used J. Herbin’s Rose Cyclamen, Vert Olive and Bleu Myosotis, along with Private Reserve’s DC Supershow Blue (blotter needed for this one!).
I am not starting a new journal yet, but some of you might be starting a new journal along with the new year. I feel the same about new journals as I do with new planners; there is so much potential in thoughts and writings to fill the calm white pages.
Do you have any rituals that you do to begin a new planner or journal? Do you feel the same sense of hope and excitement as I do when starting these new books? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
More posts to come in 2011. I still have some in the backlog list and I will try to post more regularly this year. Happy New Year and thanks for reading!