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Archive for July, 2011

What’s small, round and yellow with an insatiable appetite? Pac-Man, of course, and he will be your constant companion in your new 2012 Pac-Man Moleskine Planner. You can choose from large and small weekly and daily planners adorned in traditional Pac-Man colors black and yellow. The weekly planners are primarily yellow, while the daily planners are primarily black.

Pac-Man limited edition planners include a band of colorful Pac-Man characters, and address book and a post card.

Both planners feature a debossed Pac-Man game board  accented by Pac-Man in bright yellow on black, or silver foil on yellow. Planning pages in both daily and weekly formats are identical in layout to the classic Moleskine Planners, but the interior features colorful band of Pac-Man characters on the inside of the covers, both front and back. A removable address book continues this theme that wraps around front and back covers.

Pac-Man Daily planners have a black cover and one-page-per-day planning format.

Daily Planners
Both large and small daily planning formats feature one-day-per-page planning. Black covers are enhanced by a bright yellow Pac-Man character on the front and  “High Score” on the back cover. A debossed game board on the front cover adds subtle texture. A classic, black ribbon bookmark helps you find your place.

Weekly Planners
Both large and small weekly planning formats feature one-week per-two-page-spread planning, with a week-to-view on the left and a ruled page for notes on the right. Bright yellow covers are enhanced by a silver foiled Pac-Man character and an debossed game board cover. A bright yellow ribbon bookmark keeps you organized.

Weekly Pac-Man planners feature a week-on-the-left, ruled-page-on-the-right planning format.

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All students, undergraduate and graduate , need a calendar. Why not use one geared towards your college schedule?

The Ciak Academic Daily Planner is dated starting in August, just when school starts back up. This allows you to use the same calendar throughout the school year rather than use one during the Fall semester and another during the Spring semester.

The Ciak Academic Planner has a few extras that other planners are missing such as an Examination Schedule, List of Courses Chart, Consulting Hours page and an envelope style pocket in the back for storing useful notes, photos or other flat items.

In the planning section, each page for Monday through Friday features a daily planning page with 23 lines for organizing your life, while Saturday and Sunday share a page.

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Head on over to Notebook Loves Pen blog for July’s Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper.

Check out the colorful notebooks at Notebook Stories and enter to win a Rubberband notebook. At Rants of the Archer, you discover what’s delicious about Daycraft’s Juicy Notebook. Explore a new Banditapple notebook at Whatever and more.

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One of the journals in the Journey of Journals was themed “Journey”. I thought it would be interesting to create a spread that represented my journey of life in the form of a passport.

The first of two spreads designed to look like a passport, starting with my early life. I used PhotoShop to layer illustrations to give the images a stamped look.

A selection of images I created in CorelDraw and by hand were layered in PhotoShop to create a passport collage. I altered the illustrations to look distressed and to give the appearance of being hand-stamped. Once I was happy with the layout of the pages, I printed them out on my ink jet printer and pasted them into the journal. This type of collage can be created using any combination of photographs and images that you may have using PhotoShop’s powerful layers feature. The great thing about doing this digitally is that you can open it and make changes or additions in the future for  similar or entirely new images.

The second spread features the latter part of my life using similar stamped images.

If you click on the photos, you will see a larger version of the image.

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One of the journals in the worldwide journal swap I participated in was filled with nature inspired illustrations.  My entries were of leaves, created with 2 types of markers, Copic Sketch Markers and Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Color blends were used in both images, but the Copic markers produced blends that were more translucent and ethereal in appearance, while the Tombow markers seemed bolder. Part of the difference may be due to the more graphic appearance of the first illustration, or maybe it is because the Tombow markers are water-based and the Copic markers are alcohol-based. Whatever the reason, the Tombow markers seem to produce bolder, sharper looking color.

This illustration was rendered using Tombow Dual Brush Markers. I added water drops to the surface of the paper using a glossy gel medium in small blobs.

The leaves were created using Copic Sketch Markers. The center of the paper was crimped to cover the spiral binding, the left and right sides of the paper was glued to the journal pages. The left side of the leaf in the center was cut out of the watercolor paper so it would pop up when the pages are opened.

Both markers are high quality, professional grade products but you may prefer one over the other depending on your project. The water-based Tombow markers are appropriate for use on paper-based surfaces and can be thinned with water like water colors. The ink is not permanent and will not bleed through your paper’s surface unless you you saturate the paper with too much ink. The permanent, alcohol-based Copic markers can be used on a variety of surfaces including paper, ceramic, glass, fabrics, metal, leather, plastic and more. Unless you are using Copic’s special marker paper, the Copic markers will bleed through most papers, however.

Copic markers are available in a variety of different sets and color combinations in both Ciao and Sketch marker styles in sets of 12, 24, 36 and 72.

Tombow Dual Brush Markers are available in sets of 6, 10 and 96. Primary, secondary, landscape, portrait and other color sets are designed to fit the needs of individual artists.

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