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A mass of Uni-ball pens

Last month Uni-ball offered to send me a selection of their products to review on the blog. I have been using a few of these pens over the past few weeks to test out how they work in my everyday writing. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and aren’t influenced by Uni-ball in any way.

Uni-ball Air

Part of the Uni-ball package were two Uni-ball Air pens. I wasn’t familiar with these pens before testing them out for this review. The first thing I noticed was how the grip section through to the tip of the pen merged into one. It’s very distinctive and looks a little futuristic. It does make it hard to see where the tip is and took some getting used.

The grip section on the Air isn’t particularly comfortable. It’s completely smooth made from a high gloss plastic material which isn’t grip friendly.

I received both pens with a broad tip. There isn’t a specific size call out but it’s definitely edging towards the 1mm tip size. The ink performs well on a variety of different paper stocks, although on the Mnemosyne paper I did notice a bit of feathering. The ink flows as you would expect from a rollerball pen and the colours are deep and vibrant which is good.

I don’t think the Air would be a pen I would buy. In Uni-balls current line-up I don’t really see the appeal, I think there are other rollerballs that work better and have better tip sizes, such as the Vision Elite.

Uni-ball Signo TSI

The Signo TSI is Uni-balls version of the Pilot Frixon erasable pen. I didn’t actually realise this when I started using the pen, but after a while the rubber like end of the pen intrigued me enough to test if this was an eraser.

Again the grip section on this pen is a smooth matte plastic material with an attempt at ridges cut in to give grip but they’re pretty useless. The ink is ok, a little patchy and I am not sure if that’s the ink colour I have or the ink make-up of the pen.

Erasable pens may have a purpose and of use to some people but it’s not something I need or enjoy using. I think there is a big sacrifice in the performance of the ink which I prefer not to take.

Uni-pin

I have reviewed the Uni-pin drawing pens on the blog before therefore I won’t regurgitate old opinions. I did receive a few of these pens including a blue and red version which I hadn’t tried before. I have been using these pens in my bullet journal for marking off tasks and adding colour accents to my headers. For drawing pens I like using black ink and always have a use for these but less so on the coloured ink pens.

I do enjoy the Uni Pin drawing pens a lot and think they are one of my favourites. The price is great and they write really well therefore I would always recommend these pens.

Overall thoughts

This Uni-ball pen pack didn’t really showcase the best of what Uni-ball has to offer. I have used a few of their products in the past and I have always liked the Uni-ball rollerball pens. The Air and the Signo TSI feel weak in comparison to other pens within their line-up and there just isn’t enough pull to make me want to buy and use these pens.

Thank you Uni-ball for sending me this selection of pens to test. All views expressed in this review are my own.

My First Steps into Bullet Journaling

During May I decided to try Bullet Journaling. I had thought Bullet Journaling was a restrictive planning tool more suited to my working life than personal life, however after looking at a few YouTube videos it was more than I had initially thought. It was a chance to be creative, use colour and doodle as well as actually being a useful system. For the month of May my rationale was if I used the Bullet Journal and didn’t see it as a chore then I would continue on into June on a more permanent basis.

How I got started?

Boho Berry is the queen of helpful Bullet Journal YouTube videos. When I first entertained the idea of a Bullet Journal I had watched several of her videos which really gave me a good foundation for how you can Bullet Journal. I found these videos helpful as they showed a more creative version of Bullet Journaling. It wasn’t the original format that I was familiar with created by Ryder Carroll which I felt was more functional, the Boho Berry format seem prettier.

Below are links to several useful Bullet Journal videos and articles that I wanted to share if you are considering Bullet Journaling.

Bullet Journal Flip Through - Boho Berry

June Plan with me - Boho Berry

We are all bullet journalists - Boho Berry

My Blog and Business Bullet Journal - Tiny Ray of Sunshine

Bullet Journals - Bureau Direct’s May run down of all things Bullet Journaling

Mays Bullet Journaling tools 

Mays Bullet Journaling tools 

My May Bullet Journal Tools

For May I used a Mishmash Stretch Me notebook. It was sat unused on my desk and the size was perfect.

For pens I have been using the Uni-Pin drawing pen in 0.3mm, a few of my Stablio Point 88 fine liners and my TWSBI 580 RB with an EF nib and Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro ink.

These tools have worked well. They are not part of my usual everyday stationery toolkit so it has been a chance to use more of my stationery. I can carry them with me without risk of spills and quickly scribble down notes on the page. The fine liners are great for doodling and drawing adding a lovely pop of colour to each page.

My first couple of Bullet Journal pages - May log and Projects 

My first couple of Bullet Journal pages - May log and Projects 

My May Set-Up

I opted to set the Bullet Journal up in the most simple format. I included a May Log, a Projects page, May memories, a habit tracker and then my weekly and daily pages. I didn’t include anything too detailed or specific as I wasn’t sure what I would and wouldn’t like, or what I wanted to see in there.

My weekly pages view 

My weekly pages view 

A view of my dailies 

A view of my dailies 

What I liked?

A lot of the Bullet Journal system is functional. It has been about planning out my to do’s and trying to find the best way to fit them into my week. This has been valuable, but actually this hasn’t been the reason I have liked the Bullet Journal system.

May's habit tracker 

May's habit tracker 

Some of the elements I really liked from my May Bullet Journal are the habit tracker and the memories page. The habit tracker is a great visual representation of what I want I feel I should be doing each day and what I have actually managed to achieve. By filling this in at the end of each day I can see where I am spending time, what I am actually doing and what gets pushed to one side. You can also include some simple reminders on there to prompt you to do something through the day, such as drink fluids, something I am very bad at.

A view of May's memories 

A view of May's memories 

With the memories page it was really nice to add small snippets of my month onto this page. In our busy lives it’s easy to forget what you do and achieve in any given month. Looking back at this page now I am genuinely surprised by how much I was able to include on this page. I was a bit skeptical at the beginning of the month when I added this page in, but it turns out it’s quite easy to fill. I can imagine looking back over a period of months this could be a really nice way to review a year and remember everything you have done.

Monday close up

Monday close up

I have also enjoyed including Boho Berry’s hourly view of my day. It’s not a big thing and takes seconds to scribble out with my dailies but it gives me a view of how my day is split. With a very simple colour coded scheme I can see how much I sleep, work and carry out tasks such as blogging.

What I haven’t enjoyed so much…

My first complaint is actually nothing to do with Bullet Journaling but about the tools I used. One thing I noticed from using the Mishmash Stretch Me notebook is that you need some sort of grid system notebook. The Mishmash notebook has blank pages which really didn't work well. For certain page set-ups such as the habit tracker having a grid system would have made filling this in a bit easier.

I have found the planning of my week helpful through the Bullet Journal system. It has forced me to consider what activities need to get done, where I may be that week and find space for the smaller things. I am still a little skeptical as to whether I will be able to keep this up in the long term. Sometimes it feels like this level of detail and planning is a little restrictive.

Moving into June

I will be continuing on with the Bullet Journal in June. So far I am enjoying the the format and have found it quite a good way to organise my tasks for the week. I really like playing around with different headers and banners, using a different range of my stationery tools and it’s become another excuse to play. I am by no means an avid Bullet Journaler and this may not last, however I am happy to push on a little longer and see if during June I find new ways to adapt and change things. There are some changes I have already decided on and I have begun to plan the layouts I would like to use. Later on this week I will publish a part 2 of this post showing you how I have set up my June Bullet Journal.