Pocket Malden Update

I  shared my set up of the Ochre Pocket Malden in April 2016.  It’s proved to be a popular post and I thought it would be useful to update you on it, as it is still very much in daily use.

I made a decisions around November 2016 to cease putting it in a protective case in my bag.  It was making it heavier and bulkier than necessary and although pulling it out of a case is minimal effort, I still found it a pain.  I reasoned that worst case I could buy another if I hated they way it looked as it aged.  I need not have worried, it has picked up some scuffs and scratches but still looks lovely.  I have the Malden travellers wallet in the same ochre colour that I use as my purse.  That too looks fine with signs of wear.

My current dividers are pink and green ones that I feel are spring like.  I do sometime change them as I do not change the planner now as I just love it so much!  I have a cute butterfly attached to the zip inside I found in a planner I picked up from a charity shop.  I also have a coffee cup one.  I have had planner charms attached to the bottom ring but they invariable get broken in my bag.  The pockets inside have mainly planner stickers in them.

I am using monthly view pages so I can have an overview of the month’s plans.  Because the planner is so chunky (I call it Fat Boy) I remove used weekly pages periodically.  I do keep the whole year monthly view in there as that gives me a key date or events overview instead of keeping all those weekly pages.  I did start off with a year to view but found I use the monthly instead far more so |I removed it.

I decorate my weekly pages.  I pop a little check list onto the top of the page to add my top priorities for the week.  I tend to have a vague theme each week, some weeks are decorated more than others.  I tend to express my sticker obsession better in my Erin Condren Life Planner which stays at home. I store used pages in planners not currently being used.

I have a small contacts section and a finance section where I track my money transfers each month when I am paid.  The just a few notes pages and lists such as all the Disney films my daughter has so we don’t repeat buy!  I really only use these sections.  I played around with various sections but they were just not used (such as order trackers etc.)  SO my sections are: Diary which are my monthly and weekly pages, contacts, lists, finance. notes including a world map and London Underground map and then three clear pockets with stickers in.  I have  small note pad in the back for just jotting things down on.

My pen is a lovely rose gold one I picked up at Christmas from B&M store.  It is metal so has a lovely weight to it. It’s a black gel one.

It’s really working for me.  I could probably slim it down if I removed some of the spare stickers, but I’m happy with it.  I love the fact a Malden is just so stuffable!  I have looked at the new Kingfisher colour Malden that Filofax finally released in pocket size.  I love blue, so may ask for one as my birthday gift in June.  Pocket is a fine size, I just find personal too large to carry around with me.

So that is where I am right now.  Still loving the Malden.  I wish I had bought it sooner, it might have saved me buying loads of others (but probably not!)

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Pen of the Week – Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto

Reflecting on my last post, I realised it might be of value for me to highlight some of the pens I use when planning.  As I have so many, I will endeavour to select one each week.

So this week I decided to show you my Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Pen.  I really like a nice fine nib on my pens, and I find gel ink is nice and bright.  The Coleto is a multi-pen.  There are different size barrels available in regard to the number of colours it can take.  You purchase a barrel, of which there are a huge number of designs, then the ink inserts.

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Barrels

Whatever your taste there is a Coleto pen barrel out there for you.  There are various plain colours, from classic black or white through to pink. You can get simple spotty or other small patterned designs in various colours.  There are also many designs with images on them.  Mine is the Nicola Cherry design which is a limited edition.  As you can imagine, many people collect the different designs, which do retire.  Currently the Mary Quant seems to be a popular new design. There are all manner of Disney and other character pens.  I saw a particularly cute Tsum Tsum set this week.

Depending on the number of inks the pen will take, the barrel can be quite chunky.  Mine takes 4 (yes, I do only have one of these pens right now) and does not feel too big for me to write with. The top of the pen will flip open to allow you change the inserts as you require.  I found the inserts a bit fiddly at first, but soon got the knack.  Down side is it is too fat to fit in any of my Filofax pen loops.  However, I tend to keep it in the rings of my stay at home planner, as I would be worried I might break it in my handbag.

 

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Ink

The beauty of these pens is the ability to put whatever colours you like into them and swap them around.  Each ink has a small tab on the top that is used for you to click and select the colour you want to write with.  I chose angel wings, but came close to getting the star or heart shaped ones.  Again there are many different inks and tabs shapes that you can buy.  I opted for a set of 10 inks in a 0.4mm nib.

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The ink is nice and smooth, and if I were blessed with beautiful looking handwriting (I’m SO not) it would look lovely on the page.  I bought the set that comes with a hard storage case to keep them in which is well worth it.

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Purchasing

I got mine from Ebay.  The seller was “fsmymonkeys777” and the items were shipped from Japan.  This does mean a little wait for them to arrive, I think mine was just over two weeks.  It was worth the wait though, as it’s is so nice and I love the flexibility of the colour changes.  There are other suppliers out there, just do your usual research on their feedback quality etc.  I believe Jet Pens in the USA are suppliers.

I paid £4 including postage from my barrel which I purchased in June 2015.  The set of 10 inks were £10.36 including postage which were purchased at the same time. The prices show in USD but the Ebay UK site does give an idea on the GBP equivalent.

Final Thoughts

Overall I really enjoy the flexibility of colours with this pen and it’s really cute.  It writes well and it would be very easy to get sucked into collecting different barrels and ink sets. I have enough ink colours in the set of 10 to keep me amused.  I’m not thinking about the lovely new designs I saw whilst researching for this post…

Let me know if you have one, or your thoughts on these pens.