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!)

New Game of Thrones themed Moleskines

It’s Game of Thrones day! If, like me, you’ve been waiting with baited breath to find out what happened to (SPOILER ALERT) Jon Snow today’s the day! I haven’t been this on edge since (SPOILER ALERT) Glenn slid himself under the dumpster in Walking Dead. Lordy! If you are a Game of Thrones fan *and* a paper nerd you are going to LOVE these special GoT themed Moleskines.

This Limited Edition series features four hard cover designs, each with a different house – House Lannister, House Stark (two different designs) and House Targaryen. Each notebooks’ cover band includes a history about that house, and the front and back inside covers have detailed maps of Westeros. How freaking awesome, right? You can grab yours from Notemaker.

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Moleskine – Blend Collection

I must admit I really like the new collection that was recently released by Moleskine. It’s called the Blend Collection and it features hardcover notebooks covered with a really nice textured fabric. You can choose from four fabric colours – blue, red, green and purple – and each cover features an elastic closure and bookmark ribbon in an accent colour.

What do you think about the new collection?

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