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I have been waiting for this day to arrive. I just received my first shipment of Moleskine’s new Artist Collection planners which feature the playful artwork of Martí Guixé. The planners are covered in smooth leather which feels lovely and smells great. Kraft slip cases wrap each of the planners and feature the same design that has been printed on the planner. Very chic!

Moleskines Red Leather Weekly Planner from the Artist Collection. Artwork is by Martí Guixé.

Moleskine's Red Leather Weekly Planner from the Artist Collection. Artwork is by Martí Guixé.

The small, red weekly planner is available at www.journalingarts.com, and hope to have them all up on the site by week’s end. If you are interested in ordering one, but it is not listed on the site yet, drop me an email at cynthia@journalingarts.com and I would be happy to put an order together for you. I have the following Artist Collection planners in stock and ready to ship:

  • Small Red Weekly Planner
  • Small Black Weekly Planner
  • Large Red Weekly Planner
  • Large Black Weekly Planner
  • Small Red Daily Planner
  • Small Black daily Planner
  • Large Black Daily Planner

The Large Red Daily Planners are on order, but I haven’t received these yet. I plan on doing a review on these shortly, so be sure to check back soon.

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The Moleskine Volant Color a Day Daily Planner Set.

The Moleskine Volant Color a Day Daily Planner Set.

The paper in the Moleskine Volant Daily Planners set appears to be the same as is in all of the other Moleskine planners. But many of you have asked about how well the paper holds up to ink, so I ran a quick pen test on the paper to see what pens would work best. The pens I chose were based on what I had close at hand, but my selections are similar to popular pens in the market today. I chose a fountain pen with a medium nib because it will lay down more ink and will be more likely to feather or bleed through the paper than a fine point nib.

Please note that you may get different results using your pens than I do with mine. A lot of variables can come into play here including pen type, ink type, pressure used, nib style and environmental conditions, etc.

The pens I tested:

  • Tombow Ballpoint Pen
  • Tombow Fountain Pen with Medium Nib
  • Tombow Ultra Rollerball Pen, 0.5 mm point
  • Staedtler Triplus Fineliner
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pen, Fine Point
  • Pilot Precise Grip Fine Point Marker

These are scans of the pen and paper test. The first page is the front of the page and the second is the back.

I used a variety of pens on the thin paper in the Moleskine Volant Daily Planner.

I used a variety of pens on the front of a page in the Moleskine Volant Daily Planner.

There was a small amount of bleedthrough on the ink samples from the Pilot Precise Grip, Tombow Rollerball Pen and the Tombow Fountain Pen. The fountain pen bled only where I lifted the pen and it was minimal.

On the back side of the page there was a small amount of bleedthrough on the ink samples from the Pilot Precise Grip, Tombow Rollerball Pen and the Tombow Fountain Pen. The fountain pen bled only where I lifted the pen and it was minimal.

The results were predictable, and in line with the results many of you have had with other Moleskine planners. The paper is thin and had a substantial amount of show through with the inks in my test. Three of the pens had a small amount of bleedthrough including the Pilot marker, Tombow Rollerball Pen and the Tombow Fountain pen. The Pilot marker was the worst offender and had the most bleedthrough. The fountain pen had only a tiny amount of bleedthrough that occurred at the end of letters before I lifted the pen where there was a slight amount of pooling.

Final thoughts

I imagine that some of you will have problems with bleedthrough on the paper in the Moleskine Volant Daily Planners if you are using wet writers such as fountian pens and rollerball pens. Using a ballpoint pen or other fine line, water-based marker should work beautifully without problems other than some showthrough. The medium nib Tombow Fountain pen I used had only minor bleedthrough that I could live with, so there are probably other fountain pens that will be OK on this paper. But because of the great variety of fountain pens in use today I will not give it the thumbs up for use with all fountain pens or with other wet writers. However, I can say that a large variety of ballpoint pens and fine point markers will give you satisfactory results.

If you have had success with your Moleskine Planner and a fountain pen or rollerball pen, I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment with the details of your specific planner and pen so that others may benefit from your experience. Thank you!

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The Moleskine Project Planner is now available at www.journalingarts.com.

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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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Two new, 2010 Moleskine planners are now available for purchase at http://www.journalingarts.com in soft and hard cover styles. Be the first to get one for the new year. Find them at: www.journalingarts.com/planners/moleskine-planners. More planners to follow in the next few days, so be sure to check back often.

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I just received a large shipment of 2010 12-month Moleskine Planners. While I have not gotten them listed at www.journalingarts.com yet, I can take orders with same day shipping via Paypal or by phone. If you would like to be one of the first to have the 2010 planners, email me at cynthia@journalingarts.com and I will take your order directly. I expect to have the line of 12 month planners listed on the site by the end of the week, so be sure to check the site later. The 18 month planners are on their way and expected to be in stock any day.

Moleskine 2010 Soft Cover Pocket Weekly Planner.

Moleskine 2010 Soft Cover Pocket Weekly Planner.

Weekly planning format with week-to-view on the left page and a ruled page for notes on the right.

Weekly planning format with week-to-view on the left page and a ruled page for notes on the right.

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