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!

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