I know, this post's title is ridiculous, given the rate at which I purchase stationery supplies. But today I'm frustrated with the current dilemma. I bought a bunch of different highlighters and none are living up to my expectations. Or the pens I'm using are crap and I can't seem to find the right ones, and let's face it, I own almost everything on the market.
Let me back up a bit. Since I'm back to school, I've been needing highlighters for class. We highlight the text book together as the teacher goes thru the chapter with us. I was bored with the Sharpie and Bic Brightliners that I had, so I went to Jetpens.com and bought several new packs of highlighters. Actually, I started a few months ago and bought the pale fluorescent Mildliners and Frixion soft color highlighters. The Zebra Mildliners are good. The Frixions I'm not thrilled with. They are so pale I almost don't see them on the paper. And the ink seems to be milky, which dulls the ink in my text book. When I tried to use the eraser end in my textbook, it smeared the ink, which I didn't think was even possible. So I set out to find some different highlighters last week and ended up with a pack of Kirarich glitter highlighters, which I think are my favorite or are tied with the Mildliners. I got the Beetle dual-color 3 pack. And the Monami Essentistick gel highlighters.
Pros - It's always good to try different things I guess. And I do love the glitter of the Kirarich highlighters.
Cons - SMEAR CITY! They all tend to smear my ink, no matter which pen I use. In fact, the only combination that doesn't smear is if I use the Sharpie Pen and then the Sharpie highlighter. Anything else is just a mess. The problem with the Sharpie Pens is that when I try to preplan a layout in pencil, then go over it with the pen, I can't erase the pencil line without also removing half the pen line as well.
To try to remedy this issue, I ordered more Micron pens which are supposedly less likely to bleed, but I'm not holding my breath. For some reason, I can't find mine, and I know I own at least 1 if not multiple sets of those pens. I'm also going to stop by Target for a pack of the 5 colors of the highlighters with the see-thru tips that are softer colors. I tried to order them on Amazon but they must be exclusive to Target right now. I also ordered the entire line of Mildliners, because those have promise as well. I like the muted colors and the fact that there is an underline tip as well as the chisel tip.
In addition to studying for school, I'm really trying to get the right combination for my bullet journal. I'm in the process of setting up my next one, which will be in a lime green Leuchtturm A5 dot-grid notebook. It's ridiculous how many pages I have set aside right off the bat for collections and longer term projects. My current bullet journal is about 5 months old and is well loved. But I would like the next one to have more polish, at least in the beginning. I'm trying to keep a theme going. I'm using the clearance tube of lavender washi tape to decorate the pages of some collections that I want to keep together, like the spreads dedicated to my finances. I'm not quite sure if I should pre-plan my monthly spreads for June-Nov now, and have them all around page 50, or if I should do what I've been doing, making them as I need them. I watched Studyign's video about the Hobonichi Techo planner, which goes thru the calendar in each format, so all the months are together, then the weeks are together, then the daily format are together. Instead of having them blended in chronological order. I'm leaning towards drawing all the months out together, just to make long-term planning with my kids easier, since they will be moving out-of-state in July. Plus, it will also make it easy to keep all my munchkin stickers from OnceMoreWithLove together. I tend to keep them to the Monthly layout more than anything. And they make me smile.
My other splurges include 5 Campus notebooks I bought from Amazon that have 100 pages each and are semi-B5 size. The jury is still out on whether I like these. I was so excited to see more than 30 pages in a notebook that size, that I couldn't resist. The typical notebooks I've gotten from Apica or Campus are more like final exam booklets we had to use in high school for essay questions. A couple weeks ago I ordered 4 Ampad double-sheet legal pads with holes already punched. I was inspired by James Patterson's description of writing on every-other line on his yellow legal pads with pencil. These are sturdy enough to write on without my lapdesk, which is a bonus. And 100 pages instead of the typical 50. I also picked up a pack of 36 BIC permanent markers to use for coloring, but I plan to put those in my Hygge box, along with some candy-scented gel pens & highlighters I got from FiveBelow. When I'm having a rough day, I will be able to eat candy (I stocked up on the $1 movie-theater size candy) and pick a new stationery item to cheer me up.
Well, back to planning out my next bujo. I'd love to hear what your favorite pens are for note taking or highlighters you've had good luck with.