Wednesday, February 18, 2009

writing instrument choice

For some reason, I cannot be content with a pen for very long. I fall in love with one and think it will last me a lifetime--until I find another one I just happen to like better. Take, for instance, the pens in the above picture, from left to right:

  • The red (a favorite color!) gel pen was great--until I didn't like its thick line.
  • The thinner red uniball pen seemed to be a better option--until I didn't like it bleeding through the pages.
  • The brown gel pen was fabulous for our wedding, and I still like to use it for various crafts. But it is too wide and "wet."
  • The TUL pen was something my friend Crystal introduced to me. I have loved it for the last two years, but recently, I don't think the ink line is substantial enough for some writing purposes.
  • The BYU Romney Institute pen on the far right is a current winner--but only on the big yellow notepad I use for making notes while preparing class lessons. I do NOT like using it to write on anything else.

Now, I may be picky about my pens (and a bit capricious), but I have always loved the wooden pencil. I used a mechanical pencil in high school for math problems, but I simply LOVE the feel and unique writing results of the wooden pencil.


Meredith said...

Haha, you're so funny! How is the teaching going? What class is it?

Michael said...

mechanical pencils are the best!!!

Dad said...

Like father, like daughter! I too move from pen to pen in trying to find one I like the best. As for pencils, I haven't used the old wooden ones for years, but now working at home, that's about all I use - I really like them.

P.S. Love your blog, kids, keep it up. It's been a while since I've visited, and it was like a breath of fresh air for me.

BBC said...

Tricia! Here's the answers to your questions!
What program(s) do you use? I uses Adobe Photoshop Elements. It's a relatively simple program to use and is well priced compared to many of the other programs out there. I believe you can buy it at Costco for like $50. How do you organize (maybe the computer program helps with that)? I really don't have any specific way in organizing it. I just created a folder on my computer for all my graphics and all completed pages. How do you create such awesome designs? Thanks! Really it's just practice. I look at other designs and try to recreate or copy what other people did by playing around with my tools. I recommend starting with They have lots of freebies and fun galleries. My other friend also posted some great info for places to check out:

Good Luck!