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Those of you who love Staedtler Triplus Fineliners will be glad to know that Staedtler does guarantee their products and will replace them if they are defective.  They very quickly replaced my black fineliner that sprung a leak with 2 new pens. I just received my new replacements in the mail today. I am very pleased that they backed up their product and feel confident in recommending the Triplus Fineliners whole-heartedly. Way to go Staedtler!

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Here’s a great link with lots of great suggestions for using a Moleskine notebook or journal!

20 + Ways to Use a Moleskine Notebook
We may not know exactly why Moleskine notebooks are as hot and popular as they are, we just know we love them. How many ways can you think to use a Moleskine? We’ll get you started with a few tips and ideas!
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/322158/20_ways_to_use_a_moleskine_notebook.html?cat=31

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An exciting new planner set has been released from Moleskine; the Volant Daily Planner Set. It offers one-page-per-day planning in thin, convenient monthly volumes along with a hard cover case for storage.

The Moleskine Volant Daily Planner Set is composed of 12 thin daily planners and comes with its own slipcase.

The Moleskine Volant Daily Planner Set is composed of 12 thin daily planners and comes with its own slipcase.

The first thing you will notice about the Volant Daily Planners is color, and lots of it. Each of the 12 monthly planners has its own color and number. When the volumes are stacked together in order, the set displays a rainbow of colors including reds, pinks greens, blues, black and gray. If you are familiar with Moleskine’s Volant notebooks, you will find some of the same colors in this set. The greens, blues, pinks and black are the same in addition to a few additional colors that look smart and are easy to organize. There are white labels for each month printed on clear plastic which correspond with the numbers printed on the bottom of each front cover. You can apply these as you see fit, but these would be most useful if applied on the spine so you identify the planners.

Each month has a different color and number.

Each month has a different color and number.

Thin and Lightweight for Portability

I love this concept. Daily planners tend to be thick and cumbersome, but these little planners are thin and measure  just 3/16″ making them ideal to tuck away in a purse or pocket. Each planner is so thin, that you might forget that you have it. These would be an excellent choice for students who are already carrying around a mass of books and don’t want to add a heavy planner or agenda. You can just slip one into your pocket and you’re ready to go. If you already carry a small lined or plain Moleskine  journal, this will take virtually no additional room. Because the planners have the same outer dimensions as the journals, you can slip one under the elastic strap of your notebook for a colorful addition that is attractive and functional.

Each Moleskine Color a Day Set includes 12 daily planners and labels for customizing and a hard, protective case.

Each Moleskine Color a Day Set includes 12 daily planners and labels for customizing and a hard, protective case.

What’s Different?

The planners differ from the traditional black Moleskine planners primarily in the cover materials and design. Styled like the Volant notebooks, they feature thin, colorful, oilcloth covers but they lack the elastic strap that you will find on the classic planners. The covers come in the standard black and red in addition to 10 additional colors.

What’s the Same?

The inside of the Volant Daily Planners have the exact same planning pages as the standard daily planner, one day per page. You’ll also find the same acid-free paper and great Italian design as the rest of Moleskine’s product line. If you like the styling and colors of Moleskine Volants and prefer a daily planner, you are going to love this set!

The Moleskine Volant Daily Planner Set is available at www.journalingarts.com.

The hard case has an elastic strap and expandable envelope.

The hard case has an elastic strap and expandable envelope.

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Moleskine’s 2009-2010 18 Month Planners are now in stock at www.journalingarts.com. These weekly planners are dated from July 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010 and are perfect for students and teachers. Choose from hard and soft cover versions in both red and black covers. You can save 10% now through June 30, 2009 by entering coupon code SAVE10NOW in the Discount Code box at checkout in the shopping cart.

Moleskines Large 18 Month Weekly Planner is in stock at www.journalingarts.com.

Moleskine's Large 18 Month Weekly Planner is in stock at http://www.journalingarts.com.

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I wanted to use my Tombow Mono Drawing Pencils last night, so it drew a pencil sketch of Frosti in the Moleskine Japanese Album. The paper, is much like that in the Moleskine Sketchbook. It is fairly thick and smooth with a coating on the paper that is slightly water resistant. Even with a fairly hard lead, I was able to blend the pencil lines easily on the smooth paper. My lines erased clean without leaving any graphite behind. The paper is fine for pencil sketches, but there is a quirk about the journal I  don’t like.

After working with the Moleskine Japanese Album in my lap for a few sketches, I decided that I would prefer using it on a hard surface. The accordion style of the pages can become a little cumbersome when perched on a leg or other unstable surface. The pages tended to open up and fall out unless I was very still and working flat. By working on a hard surface I was able to open the accordian pages all the way and have a firm surface below the pages in use. Sketching on the notebook when it is opened like a book, the zig zag pages feel springy underneath, which can be irritating if you are trying to create a tight drawing. If anyone has a creative solution for this, I would be interested in hearing about it.

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I opened the black fineliner this morning only to find it had a massive leak. It was a real mess and ink went everywhere. I have no idea why this happened, I didn’t do anything abusive or unusual. I have contacted Staedtler to inquire about their warranty. I thought it would be interesting to see how they respond. I hope they guarantee their pens and are willing to offer a replacement. If so, I might consider adding them to my store.  I will be sure to post the response I get from Staedtler’s Customer Service.

I opened my black Triliner to discover the pen had a massive leak. The ink did not come off easily from my hands and I imagine that it would not come out of clothing very well. If your Triliner leaks, be careful to keep the ink off of your hands and clothing.

I opened my black Triliner to discover the pen had a massive leak. The ink did not come off easily from my hands and I imagine that it would not come out of clothing very well. If your Triliner leaks, be careful to keep the ink off of your hands and clothing. I have contacted Staedtler's Customer Service and hope that they are willing to stand behind their products.

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I wanted to use an ink wash for the next installment in the Frosti notebook. I’ve been short on time, so I did a quick sketch of Frosti’s profile. The outlines were done with a Tombow Ultra Roll Pen, the background I used Higgins ink. It performed much like watercolor paint, and I had to be careful not to get the paper too wet or the paper started to bubble. The smooth, coated surface on the paper did resist the watered down ink at first, and there were little specks that did not accept the paint, but this is to be expected with Moleskine’s Japanese Album and Sketchbooks. I think I would prefer the Moleskine Watercolor journal for ink wash in the future.

I used pen & ink and ink wash in the Moleskine Japanese Album. I think the Watercolor Journal would have yielded better results, but this works in a pinch.

I used pen & ink and ink wash in the Moleskine Japanese Album. I think the Watercolor Journal would have yielded better results, but this works in a pinch.

I wanted to spend more time on this, but my schedule wouldn’t permit it, so I feel as though this illustration looks rushed. I am not thrilled with it, but like so many things in life, I had to let go of it and look forward to the next one.

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