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WalknTalk’s Infinity Pad Swivels on a Pin and is Refillable.

Tired of the traditional notebook? If so, check out this innovative notebook design by WalknTalk, the Infinity Pad.

Rather than opening on the long side with a typical binding, the Infinity Pad cover pages spin on a post mounted on the short side of the journal giving this journal a completely different feel than what you are used to. You have quick access to your pages by using a simple turning motion and is functional for both left and right handers. Rather than opening flat to a two-page spread, this journal spins flat to a single page.

The Infinity Pad Spirals Open and Can be Used by Left and Right-handers. The pages are refillable with either plain or a musicians paper.

The paper is an eco-friendly, unlined cardstock which is very thick and handled my basic pen test better than anything I have tested to date. Even permanent markers performed well and did NOT bleed through the backside. Yes, that’s right, my Copic and Sharpie markers did NOT bleed through so you will likely be able to use both sides of this paper with just  about any pen you choose. Since the ivory pages twirl rather than open like a standard notebook, the most convenient way to write on the backside of the paper is to do so after you have filled up the front pages, flip the journal over and start using the back side of the pages. Once you are finished with your pad, you can order refills for just $4.50 at Walkntalk.com.

The Musician’s Edition has 2 staves per page on one side and can also be used as a ruled pad if needed.

The Infinity Pad utilizes high grade materials that are sure to please even the pickiest journalers. The leather used on these journals is thick and luxurious and it smells wonderful. The texture is smooth on the outside and suede on the inside. The richly-colored covers seem like they will hold up well to the twisting and turning you will be doing. The cardstock pages have just the right amount of tooth and seem to handle just about anything.

The 3″ x 5″ pads fit easily into the back pocket of your jeans, pants and into some shirt pockets. A 5″ x 7″ size is also available for those of you who need more space. There is even a Musicians version of the infinity pad which  has 2 staves per page, but you could also use this as a ruled version if you need lines. The Infinity Pads are available in a variety of luscious colors at WalknTalk.com.

The thick cardstock pages handled my inks with ease. Even the permanent Copic and Sharpie markers did not bleed through the backside.

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Image copyrighted by Sandra Kay Strait.

Sandra Strait puts Stillman & Birn’s Zeta, multi media sketchbook paper through its paces. Checkout her thorough review and beautiful illustrations at Life Imitates Doodles.

 

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This month’s carnival has some great posts featuring some of our favorite things. Visit the following blogs for great reviews and more. Art Journaling

Notebooks & Journals

Pens & Markers

Inks & Other Reviews

Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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WalknTalk’s Tom Sawyer Journal in a rich brown leather.

WalknTalk journals are uniquely designed journals crafted in an old world style. They are handmade in the US with sumptuous high-quality leathers and eco-friendly paper. Their designs make a bold statement and are unexpected in the world of journals. If you are looking for a beautiful, unique journal, read on.

The edges of the pages extend beyond the cover forming a soft point.

I have had the opportunity to use WalknTalk’s Tom Sawyer journal for a while and this is what I have discovered. There are a few interesting features with the most obvious being the simple binding. Forty five sheets of unlined paper have been hole punched and sewn into a thick leather cover using a Roman Numeral stitch pattern. This yields ninety pages or 180 sides to write or draw on. When the journal is folded closed, the pages protrude from the cover into a soft point. While this makes it easy to find a page in the first half of the journal, it does leave the page edges susceptible to dirt and damage. It also makes it difficult to tuck into a pocket or bag as this edge tends to get hung up on things. This type of binding does not allow the journal to lie flat when opened unless you are on the center spread, and even then you will need to manipulate it a bit to convince it to flatten out.

The binding system does not allow the journal pages to lie flat when opened.

The center spread almost lays flat when opened.

I did find the paper lovely to write on and found it compatible will all but my most difficult pens. The paper is a thick, eco-friendly vellum, smooth for drawing and writing. It is Rainforest alliance approved (http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/) and meets the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard (SFI) (http://www.sfiprogram.org/). In my pen test, I found that all of my pens performed beautifully with minimal feathering and no bleed through with the exception of a Copic permanent marker, which bled through the back as expected.

The paper accepted all inks from the ballpoint, rollerball and fountain pens with ease. There was no feathering or bleedthrough. The Tombow watercolor marker performed beautifully, too, but the Copic permanent marker bled through and feathered as expected.

The only ink that bled through was from the Copic permanent marker, which was expected.

The leather used to make the journal is simply beautiful. It is thick, soft and fragrant. This is my favorite part of the journal. The two-toned, rustic stitching is a nice compliment to the design and seems to be very sturdy. There is a built in pen holder on the back cover of the journal is a nice touch, but I had trouble finding a pen or pencil to use with it because the diameter of the opening would only hold the thinnest pen I own, the Tombow 707 Zoom. Perhaps this would stretch out over time with use, but it is quite tight to begin with.

Two-toned stitching contrasts well with the rustic leather.

This is a very nice journal with beautiful materials and high-quality construction. Is it my dream journal? Almost, but with a few small changes this would be as functional as it is beautiful. WalknTalk also make other fine journals and pads, including the refillable Infinity Pads which are bound with a nickel-plated screw in the top of the journal which pivots to reveal the pages below. Please visit WalknTalk for more information. You can order WalknTalk journals directly from their site and at other fine retailers.

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Fiorentina’s new patent leather journal and accessories are high quality with a modern twist.

This new line of journals, binders, portfolios and pencil cases is a modern take on Fiorentina’s old world charm. The classic Italian leather is accented with a smooth, high-gloss finish, making it sleek, sophisticated, and fun. These products are available in white, black, and fire engine red. White and red have the best resistance to dust and fingerprints, while the black naturally shows more but can easily be polished with a microfiber cloth or a shirt sleeve.

This journal features a sleek, shiny patent leather cover with high quality paper that you would expect from Fiorentina.

The journals are available only in the easy-to-carry 5 x 7 size and contain approximately 120 leaves of the same durable, pen friendly Fiorentina paper. The pages are fresh smelling and there is a satin bookmark attached to the binding for convenience. This journal looks and feels wonderful.

Keep your paperwork and notes in high-style with a glossy, portfolio.

The portfolios are well-designed to hold an 8.5″ x 11″ paper pad securely in place and open flat, and come equipped with an inside pen loop, two full-size pockets, and a smaller pocket great for holding index or business cards. The edges are thick to prevent bending or damage, while the portfolio itself is still slim and flexible, and snaps closed easily.

It will be hard to ose your pencils when you keep them in a bright red patent leather case.

The pencil cases have substantially thinner (yet durable) walls, and can hold a decent-sized handful of pens and pencils and still zip closed. They are small enough to slip into just about any bag.

The 3-ring binders are not pictured here, but can be found at Jenni Bick Bookbinding, and are for sale along with the other patent leather products.  These items are high-end, unique, and sure to draw compliments from friends and coworkers and other curious passersby.

Purchase them here: JenniBick.com.

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This month’s carnival has some great posts featuring some of our favorite things. Visit the following blogs for great reviews and more.

Artsy Stuff

Pens and Ink

Notebooks and Journals

Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Leuchtturm 2012 Planners are available in 3 different planning formats.

Leuchtturm released three planners for the 2012 planning year. In addition to pen-friendly paper and adhesive labels we are accustomed to with Leuchtturm notebooks, the planners feature a few extras that you won’t find in other planners. One of the most unique features is the fold-out project planner in the front of each planner, perfect for scheduling long-term projects.

Each of the planners comes package in the large 5¾” x 8¼” size with hard, black covers, however the 12 month weekly planner is also available in a variety of pastel colors including pink, violet, blue, light blue and green. Here are the basics for each of the 2012 planners:

  • 18 Month Weekly Planner
    Vertical column planning format with an entire week spread across each two-page spread. Planning dated September 1, 2011 through February 28, 2013. 192 Pages of Acid-free, ink-proof paper
  • 12 Month Weekly Planner
    Horizontal planning format with the week on the left page and a ruled page for notes on the right page.  Planning dated January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. 144 Pages of Acid-free, ink-proof paper.
  • 12 Month Daily Planner
    One-page-per-day planning format. Planning dated January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.  353 Pages of Acid-free, ink-proof paper

Leuchtturm's 18-Month, Weekly Planning Format features vertical columns.

The daily planning format is one-page-per-day, with plenty of room for all of your appointments.

The 12-month weekly planning format includes the planning week on the left and a ruled page for notes on the right.

Leuchtturm 2012 planners can be found at JournalingArts.com.

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CraftyKatePalmer recently reviewed the Fiorentina Amalfi Leather journal on Youtube. If you want a closer look at this beautiful journal, be sure to check it out.

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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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