Supplies for a French Class

I’ve been taking a weekly French class since the beginning of this year, which clearly necessitated new stationery. It brought me back to the start of term in college – choosing the best and most useful supplies while still keeping out an eye for beauty. The tools I chose for my French class hearken back to those moments.

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When I was choosing my supplies, I knew I needed something light enough to be carried with me, as my class is in the evening and I would have to carry not only my standard Every Day Carry, but also my class supplies with me to work all day. Enter: The Baron Fig Composition Vanguards, a soft cover, stitch-bound carnet that is smaller than an A5 but bigger than an A6 or pocket notebook. It’s the perfect size for my work tote, and I’ve been filling it rather quickly with notes and homework. Plus I love the look – the yellow is happy and bright, and the cloud print pattern and tape-style black stripe on the binding is nostalgic and fun.

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I like using pencils with Baron Fig products (and also because I make a lot of mistakes en français), and I wanted pencils that had good point retention, minimal smearing, and a nice dark line. The Blackwing 602 is my favorite pencil to use for all writing, and the Blackwing 16.2 is gorgeous and has a nice firm core. I can take notes without a problem for long periods of time before feeling my pencil dull. And when I do sharpen them, a few quick turns and I’m back to writing.

Muji gel pens are spectacular to use, and this turquoise is bright and smooth. I use it mostly for marking, if I’m correcting a homework assignment or fixing a sentence, but I also use it to underline and note articles and excerpts given by my teacher.

For the accessories, this Faber Castell sharpener I bought in Paris is my favorite sharpener to use. It produces a medium length point, and it’s small enough to fit in my Viking case from CW Pencils. I usually use the erasers on the back of my pencils… but sometimes you just need a big eraser. The Eiffel Tower paperclip is mostly for fun, but it also keeps handouts and reference sheets in my notebook.

That’s it! The carry is light yet pretty comprehensive for everything I use for my weekly class.

New Year, New Notebook… New Blog!

The beginning of a new year is a great time to start a new notebook. A blank page has so many possibilities and room to explore and create. But it can be a bit daunting. Kind of like starting a blog about notebooks.

Nevertheless, I’m happy you’re here. If you’ve found this little corner of the World Wide Web, then you likely share my love and enthusiasm for stationery – especially notebooks and the accompanying accoutrements of pens, pencils, and the like.

I’m not only interested in the “what” of lovely hobby of analogue writing artifacts, but in the “why.” You’ll not only find articles reviewing products, but the stories about those products and the reasons we use them, why they are so important and integral to our daily lives. Someday soon, I will tell you my own stationery story, but for now I’m happy to have you here.

I would love to hear from you – tips, tricks, ideas, and your own stationery stories. Feel free to reach out by using any of the following:


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