No Stationery, No Life

Does that phrase aptly describe you?  If so, head over to Everyday Stationery, a Japanese web-based magazine that features articles on Japanese stationery goods. Even though there are only a handful of articles in English, I am sure the collection will grow given time. For brave souls or those who are well-versed in Japanese, browse the Japanese articles that are published; most of them have a plethora of photos. Perhaps you will find an interesting item or two 🙂

Housekeeping

Do not worry, I am not about to impart any wisdom on organization, as I am the worse.  As some of you know, I have migrated from Blogger to WordPress about a month ago.  Even though I have written a small signpost indicating the new URL, I have been meaning to set up a 301 redirect so I will not have a bifurcating blog presence.  Currently, I am in the process of doing a page to page redirect manually, follow by by a site redirect.  Please bear with me while I am slowly tidying up loose ends!

Hopefully spring is treating all of you well, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that a more relevant post will come soon!

Hello Again

I am resurfacing from my long blogging hiatus.  The second half of last year was anything but boring, fully packed with events and projects.  In the midst of projects and deadlines, I still managed to get inky fingers and sneak in a bit of time for stationery perusing, which can be detected in my final project for my last class in the Library Science program:

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The class I was taking was Information Architecture that talks about organization of information in an accessible way for the intended audience for websites.  Since I did not have too much time to indulge in my hobbies, I combine them with my work.  Sneaky, huh?

Thankfully the project did not ask for a fully functional site; otherwise, I would perish in the midst of figuring out codes and HTML tags.  Instead, I did a blueprint/prototype of an imaginary site, with taskflow and mobile interfaces.  Overall, it was fun (I get to look up pens and profile some likely users for this imaginary site) and rewarding (I finished my degree!)

Here are some additional pages that go with the main page:

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a navigation page

 

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A destination page.  Can you tell what I was thinking at the time?

 

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Advanced search

Hopefully I will publish more substantial content soon.  Until then!

Currently Inked, 2/28

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Ink and pen rotation is something that has not been featured here for awhile.  This would be something little that I can do between readings to make up for the rather erratic and irregular blogging intervals.  
One thing that strikes me of this rotation is the variety of width.  I specifically ink a flex and a wider italic for the two turquoise to see the shading and the sheen, which is also the case for Sailor Jentle Tokiwa matsu.  Platinum Preppy with extra fine nib is a new favorite.  The fine line is especially complimentary to those who write small and those who do detailed drawings.  Lamy coral cartridge surprises me with a golden glow and I have to say, I usually am not drawn to pink, but this year might be the exception.  Lastly, Sailor Jentle Apricot still has its capacity to bring smile on my face.  
A special note needs to be made about the paper.  It is called Dr. Thomas Mann Schreibblock (note pad) by Franz Anton Prantl based in Munich, Germany.  This company exists since 1797 and allegedly, the famous German writer Thomas Mann had used this paper exclusively.  It is probably one of the most fabulous paper that I have used and thanks to my very thoughtful friend, Marianne, who became intrigued about the company after reading a newspaper feature about it.  It was surely a nice birthday surprise.  Thank you, Marianne!  
By the way, please let me know if you would like to see a brief overview on any of the paper, pen, or ink featured in this post!
What about you, my dear readers.  Have you acquired any intriguing and enamoring goodies recently?  

Kickstarter: CursiveLogic

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I have never learned cursive properly.  When I first came to the US, I have passed the age when cursive was taught.  While the objective of English as Second Language classes is to help students becoming fluent in their adoptive language, cursive was not part of it.  Despite that, cursive posed as a curious intellectual challenge for me at that time.  I would stare at the cursive script printed on the back of an exercise book and painstakingly and awkwardly mimicked all the loops that seemed humanly impossible yet so fluidly flying across the pages.

Regardless whether one believes there are value and benefit learning cursive, it is a form of art that could promote hand-eye coordination and train fine motor skills.  Learning cursive does not need to be as discursive as the way I have learned it.  If you are interesting learning, relearning, or teaching someone on cursive, check out a Kickstarter project called CursiveLogic that offers a systematic and comprehensive way to tackle this seemingly daunting process.

Celebrating National Handwriting Day with Inkly Cards

I have always had trouble bridging the digital and the analog.  While the calendar app on my smartphone is covered in imaginary weeds, my good ol’ paper planner thrives with all types of scribbles.  Though the calculator app is readily there for me to use, I stubbornly balance my check with a pencil and a pad.  There is something magical about writing.  How the tip of the pencil touches the paper, how soothing the sound of pencil writing is, and how mysteriously I tend to remember things I have jotted down rather than typed.  

Though I am old fashioned, I do not think the two are antagonistic.  A nifty app called Inkly Cards combines the convenience of technology with the personal touch of sending postcards and greeting cards straight from your smartphone.  Developed by Lee Hawkins and Peter Ryder in 2012, Inkly Cards is targeting those who want to maintain that personal touch in their busy life.  The app does so by allowing one to make personal postcards or greeting cards with the photos taken on their smartphone, along with a picture of one’s own handwriting.  The company then will print and send out the card on your behalf (including postage!) to anywhere in the world, priced at $1.49 for postcards and $3.99 for greeting cards.  

Simple interface, very similar to most photo editing apps
Log-in with your Facebook account to receive reminders on your loved ones’ birthdays.
There are different templates and filters to customize your outgoing postcards/cards 
This app would be especially ideal for those who are traveling and want to send postcards to loved ones, but just cannot find a good selection of them.  This service allows you to create your own postcards, can save you from a mailbox hunting, as well as a trip to the local post office. It will also be a good alternative for the upcoming InCoWriMo (International Correspondence Writing Month) in February.

 

You can also track the progress of the correspondence

To commemorate this year’s National Handwriting Day, Inkly Cards has teamed up with Campaign with Cursive to encourage every to send a handwritten card.  Interested?  Hit the App Store for iOS and Google Play Store for Android to find out more for yourself!