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.

4 comments:

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 www.digitalscrapbookplace.com. They have lots of freebies and fun galleries. My other friend also posted some great info for places to check out:

http://jonandem.blogspot.com/2009/02/scrapbooking-101-fonts.html

http://jonandem.blogspot.com/2009/01/scrapbooking-101-freebies.html

http://jonandem.blogspot.com/2008/04/digital-scrapbooking-101.html

Good Luck!