Welcome to the first post in my new series: ‘What’s in my pencil case’. You know how you can find out a lot about a person when you look through their bookshelves or DVD collection? Well, I love having a nose through someone’s pencil case, so I’ve started a guest blogger series. I’m delighted to have the fabulous Sarah from Stationery Magpie as my first guest blogger.
Sarah runs the blog Stationery Magpie where she posts all about stationery, bullet journaling, and productivity. You can follow her on Instagram to get a peek inside her bullet journal or sign up to her newsletter to get information about new blog happenings and a monthly offers email with deals and discounts on stationery!
Yes, even though I’m an adult, I often carry a pencil case around with me. My primary reason for this is that I’m an avid bullet journaler, having started my first journal 4 years ago! Now I use my journal daily for my everyday appointments and notes, my blog and business, to track any projects or progress, and so I can express myself creatively.
Most of the tools in my pencil case are based on my daily bullet journaling needs and are a small selection of my vast stationery supply! If I carried it all around with me I’d probably need a suitcase. So here’s what I usually have in my pencil case.
My Pencil Case
My pencil case is just a random canvas pencil pouch that I found in a cute stationery shop in Vietnam! Unfortunately, while travelling, I’d left my pencil case and all its contents behind in a hotel! When I realised I was upset but, of course, that meant I could trot off to the nearest stationery shop (a 6km walk away!) and stock back up on my essentials (and a few extra goodies just for fun). I saw this pencil case and fell in love. I just really love the cool retro pattern. So much so that I based my June 2019 bullet journal theme on it!
Black Gel Pen
My first essential in my pencil case is a black gel pen. I use black gel pens for my daily writing in my bullet journal. I always chop and change my favourite but I generally like a fairly thin line, since my writing is quite small and some boxes in my bullet journal I keep small. A 0.5 point is usually perfect for me. My three favourites are Muji 0.5 Black Gel Pen, the Pentel Energel, and the Papermate Gel Inkjoy.
I use gel pens for my writing but black fineliners are what I use for drawing all of my layouts in my journal. I started out with basic Stabilo point 88 fineliners but now I have a set of Staedtler Pigment liners in various thicknesses for different layouts and designs (fancy!). I don’t often create layouts out and about but you never know when inspiration will strike!
Even though I’m not too bothered about making mistakes in my journal, I do sometimes like to use a pencil if I’m not 100% sure if I want it permanently in my journal, rather than have to cross it off if I’ve written it in pen. I really love writing with Palomino Blackwing pencils, but for a fine and precise line to sketch out a layout, you can’t beat a mechanical pencil. I currently use a Penco mechanical pencil that I picked up in London but any basic mechanical pencil will do.
I’m a stationery addict so I have a LOT of markers. There’s no way I could fit my whole collection into this tiny pencil case (and if I did my bag would be way too heavy!). What I do instead is, each month when I have a different bullet journal theme and a different colour palette, I’ll take a small selection of the colours that I’ll use most that month. The brands I use most are Crayola Supertips, Tombow play markers, and Zebra Mildliners.
I’m still practicing my brush pen technique, so I don’t have a lot of supplies, but I like to carry a few around with me in case I want to demonstrate to someone how to try out brush lettering. I currently have a black Pentel Touch and a black Tombow Fudenosuke for small black brush lettering. I also have a small selection of Tombow Dual Brush Pens. As Tombow brush pens are expensive, I tend to buy one or two at a time to fit in with the monthly theme I have coming up. These pens are hard to control for a beginner but it gets a lot easier with practice. I’m also really loving my new Zebra Mildliner brush pens, which I actually find a little easier to control than the Tombows.
Ruler, Rubber, Sharpener
Since my pencil case is small, I just carry a small ruler around with me, which is just the right size for an A5 journal. I also always carry a good quality eraser and a decent sharpener for my pencils. My old favourite is a Milan capsule with an eraser and a sharpener, which has a cover for the eraser and a section to catch the pencil shavings.
LAMY Safari Fountain Pen
The last thing on my list is my white LAMY Safari Medium Nib Fountain Pen. To be completely honest I don’t often use my fountain pen, but I always like to have it with me partly so I can show it off!!! Since I like writing with it, I might use it when I need a journaling session to clear my head, or if I’m writing a letter.
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