2017 Diary Round-up: #1 18 month Moleskine

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OK, I know it’s only August, but my mind is already on 2017. As it’s nearing the start of the new academic year in some parts of the world a lot of brands are releasing 18-month diaries, while others are getting in early and releasing next year’s now. As I am a mad diary/journal fiend, I’m going to be sharing some diaries over the next few weeks. I will also be giving a few away too so stay tuned.

The first diary I’m reviewing is an 18 month Moleskine. It’s a large (14cm x 21cm), weekly diary with a soft, yet sturdy black cover with a cloth ribbon and elastic band closure.

There is one thing above all else you can be sure of when you use a Moleskine, and that is longevity. In the past I’ve used Moleskines as diaries and as journals and those books have lasted just shy of ten years. While the majority of Moleskines that I’ve used have been hard cover, soft black covers last well also so don’t be put off by it.

I’m working from home most of the time, but I need to know that my diary will handle a little bit of rough love. I can’t have my diary disintegrate after being thrown into a bag or the car. That’s the great thing about Moleskines – they don’t mind a bit of rough treatment. Even if you manage to get a little scuffing, it doesn’t get much worse, and it adds to the character of the cover (much like the way worn and scuffed Midori TN’s work).

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Quick six facts about this 18-month Moleskine

1. The diary runs from July 2016 through December 2017.
2. The inside paper is an off-white cream colour.
3. I’ve never had a problem with bleeding through the paper, and I’ve used a lot of different pens over the years.
4. A week-at-a-glance appears on the left with about five rows to input text.
5. On the opposite side of the week-at-a-glance is a sheet of blank, ruled paper.
6. There’s a handy pocket with stickers affixed to the inside back cover of the book.

The only thing that I don’t like about this Moleskine diary is that the monthly calendars are at the front of the book. I’m used to a monthly calendar being just before the start of the month pages. It’s a small gripe I know, but I thought I’d better mention it.

Can’t wait ’til next year to grab a new diary? Get your hands on an 18 month Moleskine now!

(Thanks to Notemaker for sending me this diary. Please know that I review everything I’m sent honestly. I just happen to love Moleskine!)

2015 wall calendar round-up #1

I don’t know about your year but my 2014 has gone super, super quick. I can’t believe that it is already the middle of October. Before long I’ll be dragging out our Christmas tree and hanging tinsel all over the place. Cray!

Now is a great time to grab your 2015 calendar – get in early before they sell out! To kick off my calendar round-ups I’ve chosen some gorgeous wall calendars.

If you have any favourites that you think I should feature, send them through!

1. Retro Roadside Photo.
2. Rifle Paper Co.
3. Calendar Club.
4. Lou Paper.
5. Idle Wild Co.
6. Colour Moon.
7. Nice Mice For You.
8. Calendar Club.
9. Little Ivy’s Playhouse.
10. A Little Lark.