Radley A6 Notebook

I never buy a notebook for the “name” but the notebook range from Radley (pictured) is an exception to the rule. I will skip the part where I blab about my love for Radley products (luxury bags with the cute little dog) and move straight onto the notebooks. Usually when a company/brand (other than a specific notebook brand of course) release a notebook it is a sub-standard notebook with their logo. The Radley notebook is different. It has a proper notebook feel from cover to cover… not only that, it keeps in line with their “Radley” look through out.

So we will take a closer look at Radley’s A6 freehand floral notebook:

The cover is green, with a floral pattern with a sort of linen / textile feel to it – giving it an instant feeling of higher quality. Inside the notebook the fact that it is a Radley notebook becomes apparent the lines are dashed (in the same way that the bags are hand-stitched and each page has a little Radley (Scottie) dog at the bottom.

Very cute.


One of the cutest things about this notebook is the thin lines (won’t suit those of you with big handwriting), but I simply love it. In the photo is a standard biro pen so give a rough idea of how the lines are – but simply put think very narrow ruled. The paper is reasonably thick – couldn’t find a half decent pen (or fountain pen) to try out some pen samples on it, so that may follow if I get round to it (really should start unpacking some boxes now that I am all moved into my new home).

The March Carnival of Pen Pencil & Paper

Welcome to the latest edition of the Carnival of Pen Pencil & Paper. Let’s get stuck straight in with some great posts to read with your pancakes (Happy Pancake Day!!)

Pancakes!Pancakes! by kevinliuzzo, on Flickr

I love spending some time on the weekend with my brunch catching up with what everyone has been blogging about. I also enjoy reading the monthly carnivals with a nice cup of tea – so thank you to nifty for allowing me to host this month’s edition.

Editor’s Choices:

First up are a couple of posts that have caught my eye over the past couple of weeks (and also to help boost the notebook selection of posts this month):

Laurie at Plannerisms shares (as always) her enthusiasm for her new 2011/2012 Extra Large Moleskine Weekly Notebook – which has gone on my “Must Buy list” straightaway. The post is great not just because it looks at the notebook but because of the suggestion to help brighten up your moleskine (if you are not a big fan of the plain black). (Talking about covers/brightening up your notebooks – you should also take a look at these cute Handmade Leather Cases for your No.10 Bloc Rhodia)

A different sort of notebook also caught my eye – Leigh Reyes blogs about Muji’s Weekly Magazine Notebook, which despite the bleed through I think sounds great. It apparently looks and feels like a magazine – and I get the impression you won’t mind writing in it and actually using it.

and finally: an excellent post from Philofaxy. I am not a big fan of the filofax, but I may be tempted now after reading this post about all the Time Management Diary Options (that I didn’t know were available)(and they would also be great inspiration for anyone attempting a DIY Planner).


Inspired by the previous post and thinking about attempting your own DIY planner? Make sure you check out this month’s submission from Current Addictions on their excellent homemade DIY Planner. Photographs and detailed descriptions of a job well done.

Reverse books seem to be making a come back in the shops and I have my eye on a couple, which is why Pocket Blonde’s submission made an interesting read. Diane has made her own dotReverse notebook with a Rhodia DotPad.

Pens & Ink:

As nifty at Notebook Stories noted last month – the pen bloggers are currently dominating the stage. As always there are some great submissions this month.

Cheryl at Writers’ Bloc Blog tells us about the experience of writing in “If Fountain Pens were Cars” and if this was not enough to get those of us who favour notebooks over pens to jump on the bandwagon Millie (MsLogica) tempts us with a review of the Sailor Fountain Pen which is a beautiful addition to anyone’s collection and again is a serious contender to go on my “must buy” list. The extra fine nib is beautiful.

More totally drool worthy pens come in the form of Wahl Oxford Fountain Pens which Julie (Peaceable writer) writes about in great detail (very informative and interesting post). Another great through review (this time of ink) comes from Dave (Seize the Dave) who writes an informative (and pretty) review of Noodler’s Baystate Blue Ink.


To round-up this month’s Carnival are a couple of submissions for the more practically minded among us. From Goldspot Pens comes a 4-in-1 review of a series of products that work well together reminding us all that although we all usually favour one product (pen, pencil or paper) it is nice to sample (and obsess) about them all every once in a while (and to do the unexpected and use brown ink). Not only that we all love our tools of the trade – Julie (Okami) at Whatever presents a great post on one such tool the Tom Bihn Imago Bag. We rarely get posts about accessories – and this looks like the perfect bag for carrying round your writing kit – so make the most of it.

Thank you all for reading I hope you have enjoyed this post.

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