Happy Planner: Teacher Edition

I’m back from a nice (long) vacation and my first priority was to get my teaching plans done before our Spring term begins on Tuesday. Here’s a snapshot of my Happy Planner. I don’t think this planner would work if you had more than two or three kids in school at a time because it’s not multi-grade friendly. Of course, this planner is made for teachers in the school system, not homeschool. But, that being said, it’s really working for me right now because I only teach two and they do four out of seven subjects together. 

I’ll be posting more of it’s functionality later. Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!

MAMBI Pencil Case


I recently picked up the MAMBI 365 Pencil Case during the big planner/accessories sale at Michaels. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but since buying it I have really begun to appreciate how much it can hold and how easily I can carry it around with me!


It’s made of durable canvas and it has a large zipper– something you’ll need if you cart around as much as I do.


And I especially like the handle!



It has an elastic inside pocket (that perfectly holds a Clarefontaine notebook!) and an inside piece that holds pens individually with elastic loops.




I use this case to randomly throw in pens, markers, highlighters, and pencils that I use a lot and want to keep nearby. You can also use it to hold small notebooks, sticker sheets, scissors, school supplies, and journaling materials. There really is no limit to its function.


Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!


Noodler’s Suffragist Carmine and a TWSBI Eco Lime Green


I recently purchased a bottle of Noodler’s “Suffragist Carmine” from Goulet Pens and a lime green TWSBI Eco directly from TWSBI. The bright pink ink looks rad in the TWSBI and although Goulet Pens said that the ink was “wet” in the description, it works really well in my M nib pen.




It’s bright. It’s loud. It’s not quite hyper-pink, but you could almost use it to highlight. I haven’t tried it yet and don’t know how it responds to a wider nib on basic paper. BUT it’s a fun ink and it’s a political ink. I happen to get a kick out of Noodler’s political inks– whether or not I’ll use it regularly or not is irrelevant. I do, however, find this color to be fun and uplifting.




It’s definitely watery, but like I said, on paper it performs well. I mostly use APICA and OCS paper.


If you’re looking for something fun, this pen and ink combo will definitely do the trick!


Noodler’s American Aristocracy

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This is one of the most interesting Noodler’s inks I have purchased because it’s a bit of a gamble on the shading of American Aristocracy you will receive. I received the top right shade, and wouldn’t have minded the bottom color, but really didn’t want the top left because I already own several purple inks.


The shade I received isn’t quite red…


and it isn’t quite brown. It’s a fun shade of not quite “wine” and not quite “chestnut”.




The shading and color also depends on the type of paper you use. I tried writing on Leuchtturm1917 paper and Apica paper. Both have noticeable differences in shading and quality. The Apica paper feathers badly, which was surprising because this isn’t a wet ink.



Overall, Noodler’s American Aristocracy ink is a fun ink because it’s a gamble. While some might not like knowing the exact color they’re getting, it was a blast finding out what color I got. It’s a perfect fall/winter shade!

Noodler’s BERNing Red Ink






I tried this ink on three different papers: Kokuyo Campus paper, Apica Paper, and a Leuchtturm 1917 notebook. All three took the ink very well, however, some did better than others. I think it’s mostly because I am using a flexy nib and the ink comes out very fast and very wet.


This is the Leuchtturm paper. I think this paper did the best in terms of feathering and ghosting. Even the ink blot on the right didn’t bleed. Berning Red is a “lefty’s ink”, so it dries quickly.


The Apica paper (pictured above) did the worst. Lots and lots of feathering, which is surprising since Apica paper is generally a fountain pen friendly paper. I do not recommend this paper for this ink if you are using a medium nib or wider. At all. Unless you are using an ultra fine point pen, this paper is going to drink all your ink.


The last paper used was the Kokuyo Campus paper. This paper is smooth and glossy and handles wet inks really well. You can see some slight feathering on the beginning of the word “Kokuyo”, but as I continued writing the ink started to behave itself. It’s a really wet ink– even though it does dry fast.

Noodler’s is one of my favorite brands and I would highly recommend this ink! It’s a beautiful shade of red that doesn’t scream “wrong answer!”. It’s muted and bold at the same time I don’t see it becoming aggravating to read. If you’re a fan of reds or if you’re looking for a beautiful fall color, Berning Red would be the ink to use.

Here are some decent shots of the ink with my Conklin Glider pen:




Uni-ball Signo Ultra Micro 207

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I received a comment the other day about the Uni-Ball Signo RT1 0.38mm and they asked if I was able to find them someplace other than JetPens.com. I hadn’t thought about it, but realized that aside from JetPens, they weren’t available in the US at big box retailers. HOWEVER. I was able to find the US equivalent: the Uni-Ball Signo Micro 207 0.38mm. It’s the exact same pen, only not as aesthetically pleasing. The ink is the same and so is the tip.

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I picked up a pack of four at Office Depot for a cool five dollars. If you are looking for the same performance and don’t really care about the look of the pen (I don’t really like it) it’s a great EDC addition. The JetPens version is a bit sturdier. The plastic isn’t as flimsy as the US release. The US version is clunky, made of thin plastic, and I don’t like the way the grip feels in my hand after a long session of note taking. But, like I said, if you are looking for the exact same performance, this is the pen.

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I use these pens for marking and note taking in my bible. I need a super fine tip that can mark small but is still legible and one that won’t bleed through the onion skin pages. The ink dries quickly, so even lefties will appreciate it. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the JetPens RT1 or you just want it TODAY and not in a few, I suggest swinging by your local big box and picking up a pack (or two).

Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!

Happy Planner: Fitness Edition


Me And My Big Ideas (Create 365) released a Happy Planner Fitness Edition that was made available as a kit. It released in Michael’s Craft Stores today and with a 40% off coupon it was about twenty dollars and some change. Not a bad price point when compared to other fitness journals/trackers. Not to mention it’s a disc system and compatible with other disc systems such as the other Happy Planner lines and the TUL note taking system.


It’s bound with sturdy plastic rings with a cute heart cutout in the center. Some may or may not like things like this, but I really like small details like this!



Each tab is made of reinforced plastic and the kit comes with 12 month stickers so you can customize your planner depending on when you start. I had several fitness extension packs in my daily use Happy Planner that I went ahead and added them to my Fitness Planner for sake of fluidity.


Like other Happy Planners, the Fitness Planner has a “belongs to” page.


It has a customizable monthly spread.




The daily pages are also customizable and have sections to track meals, workouts, and water intake. The kit comes with awesome fitness inspiration stickers so you can bling out your planner. Something I LOVE to do!


Like the front, the back has a sturdy hard plastic cover. It’s perfect for stuffing in a gym bag or purse on the go!


Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!

Pens That Aren’t Fountain Pens That Are Awesome Pens


I love a good pen. While fountain pens usually fill that requisite, gel pens are right up there with wet ink! My favorite non fountain pens are Paper Mate Ink Joy gel and Pilot Juice. These pens are wonderful to write with– especially in planners and when marking in a bible!


Here I used the Pilot Juice to do some underlining and there’s no bleeding or ghosting!



See??!! Perfect on onionskin paper!


The Juice are currently in my EDC and are super comfy as well as reliable.



The Paper Mate Ink Joy gel pens are a big deal amongst the planner community. I can see why. The ink is rich and great for color coding your planner! It dries super fast and you don’t have to worry about messes!

Just wanted to share some lovelies that I have been using lately. Although they aren’t fountain pens, they are great tools!

Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!