Does any one have a journal they keep? I was thinking of starting one but I never really am able to fit in writing an experience down. Also does anyone know of manly stationary. I was thinking of writing my girlfriend a letter for St.Valentines day, and was trying to think of places that sell "manly" stationary.

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I do keep a journal. I typically type letters or write them in notebooks and tear out the sheets to mail. But most paper companies are geared towards wedding invitations. Of whatever is left over, you'll probably find it girly. Plain note cards of parchment color are probably your best bet.

I journal all day long. I carry around several black Moleskines and keep several at home. I have a strange addiction to fountain and dip pens, and have several antique writing sets that I use as well. It is cathartic for me as I feel compelled to write down my experiences of the day. I purchased calling cards from Vistaprint. The cost of the calling cards for 250 including shipping was about 17 dollars. My wife gave me mens stationary from a local papier here in town. The cost of that same stationary on Vistaprint I felt rather expensive, but I haven't shopped for much so I'm not the best source for pricing.
I highly recommend journaling. I picked up the habit in the Navy, as we log everything we do, weather, sea state, course and speed changes, you get the idea. Hope you try it, and let us know how it goes.

I was under the impression that moleskin notebooks did not receive fountain pens very well at all.

I don't have a problem with fine nibs, but anything with a bit more ink flow gets messy

I don't use my dip pens on them because of just that. However, my fountain pens do very well, and are a pleasure to use in a Moleskine. I have heard what you've mentioned from many sources about bleeding in the pages, etc. but I have encountered it to any extent.

What kind of fountain pen do you use?

Nothing special. It is a plain middle of the road pen but has become my favorite. I purchased it from Office Depot or Staples, I can't remember which. However it has lasted me and not given any problems. It has a medium nib, and I must flush the nib with clean water once every couple of weeks or so, which isn't a hassel, takes only a couple of minutes. I use Noodler's Bulletproof Polar Black ink which seems to work well for the applications I'm using it for. As I mentioned earlier, I write in my journals alot, and go through alot of ink over time. I have many pens, which I've ordered off ebay, most of which look nice but write poorly. This one works all the time, so I don't even pick up any of my other pens.

What size are the moleskin's I have one but it's only about the size of a 3 x5 index card. I ponder a great many things and I think it would be something of a legacy. I'm only 24 so if I start now I would have plenty to write about.

The largest Moleskine I use is 5 x 8. I have a couple of 3.5 x 5's that I carry if I have to remember something on the fly. I don't like big notebooks. I carry them with me in my briefcase where ever I go. I carry a small one in a pocket if I don't have my briefcase and write down random stuff that I think I might like to remember.

Exactly those were the size of the Moleskines I was looking at getting. I was planning on using the 3 X5 as like a reference for say writing down payers I come across or Italian words I haven't learned. But I don't want to use the 3 X5 as a life log per say because for me it's hard to write in them.

ugh eaten post. I'm going to break this up into multiple posts.

For good paper, buy resume paper from any office supply superstore and cut it in half with a paper cutter.

If you want matching envelopes, PaperSource is a chain that sells paper and envelopes by the page in all sorts of colors, weights, and sizes.

If you want a stationery set, you have a few choices. Embossers are about $30. Get resume paper, envelopes, and an embosser for each.

We had our (totally not girly, I promise) wedding invitations done at a tiny local letterpress. It was 1/3 the price of online letterpress stores, but it's barely in the YellowPages and not on yelp. We found it by accident. But if you want a stationery set exactly to your specs, one you'll use for years, it's a good option. But I don't know how I'd go about finding a local store on purpose. This option is comparable in cost to the emboss-it-yourself option, and the letterpress will have more paper and font choices.


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