March Papergang Unboxing

I’m back today with a post about the March Papergang subscription. If you haven’t heard of it before Papergang is a monthly subscription service from OhhDeer.com and it is basically a box full of lovely paper goods. The subscription costs £9.95 a month and it usually works out cheaper to buy the box rather that buying the items individually through OhhDeer.

I suppose the only downside about this box is that you don’t know what will come in it. You got a really nice thank you card with gold foiling and the riso printed monthly calendars. But I didn’t like the fact that it also came with three notebooks. I love notebooks but I am very quickly getting more than I could ever hope to use, I haven’t finished using the notebook I got in November and in the last month I’ve gained three more.

I realise that Papergang is all about the stationery but at the minute I’m seriously considering cancelling my subscription when it comes time to renew. Though next month seems to be going back to the tropical theme which I am slightly obsessed with just now.

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Beauty and the Beast | Illustrated MinaLima Classic

So remember back in August I wrote about the MinaLima editions of Peter Pan and Jungle Book, at the time I said I would literally buy every book MinaLima released. Well two days ago I found out MinaLima had released a new edition of The Beauty and the Beast (I presume to go along with the movie), any way I found out about it and immediately bought it.

The thing I’ve been learning a lot about in class just now is how to use design to make something feel expensive. Good design can turn something normal into a premium product. This is a good example of it because though it’s only £20, compared to something like the wordsworth classic which retails around £2 it is much more expensive. And you’re not paying for the story, these classics are out of copyright which means you can get them for free. What you’re paying for is the thing that contains the content. In this case the book.

And it’s not just the design which makes it premium. The actual materials it is made out of are part of that. Think of the really cheap mass market paperbacks with the terrible low quality paper. Then compare it to this with the slightly textured cover and the thick pages. It even has cut outs and 3D parts which tie into the story. Even the design which is unique to MinaLima adds to that premium feel. This is a book which makes it quite clear it’s expensive and it does it in a very good way.

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Yeah I don’t even know if this post was any good. I’m trying to write more about graphic design and this is the result. Let me know in the comments if you liked it. 

A March Wrap-Up

March has been a weirdly busy month, I say weirdly because it hasn’t actually been that busy. I’ve just been ill for most of it so I’ve had lots of work to catch up. It’s also been a pretty weird month for weather too. Only in Scotland could you go from snow storms to blazing sunshine within a few days.

The month started off with a little trip to GOMA. I’m not actually a fan of modern art but this museum is free to get into so it’s always worth a visit. The particular exhibition we went to seemed to be about rubbish being turned into art (rubbish isn’t art imo), but they had covered the windows in paint which looked pretty cool.

March was also the month where I hit 500 posts on my blog. My 500th post was actually my March: Plan With Me. I had been planning on doing a big post round up but haven’t had time so I’ve decided to shelve it for now. My blog will also be turning 5 at the end of this year so expect something big then instead.

I finally wrote a post about how I edit my Instagram photos. But in a weird turn of events I haven’t actually uploaded anything to Instagram since. I got into a habit of putting things on Twitter instead. I should really go back to using Instagram though cause I like it.

I went to see Beauty and the Beast a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I’m going to do a post about it at some point but it will be similar in style to the I Didn’t Like Cinderella post. Everyone seemed to really like that style of liveblogging a movie which is good because I enjoyed writing it.

I spent about a month creating the logo for the Anti Fascist Babe Club run by Liv over at Petticoats and Patriarchy and I finally got to write a post all about it. I really enjoyed working on that project and it you’re interested in finding out more about the AFBC you should definitely sign up to the newsletter.

In my March PWM I mentioned that I was transitioning from a bullet journal style planning system to the more classic Filofax style. Well I ended up buying a Dokibook from Love Doki and it’s gorgeous. I could do a blog post on how I’ve got it all set up but it won’t be anywhere near as interesting as my bullet journal posts. It’s really just lists and lists and more lists. #artstudentlife

I’ve also been working on a few fun projects just now for class. One involved redesigning the cover of To Kill A Mockingbird which is much much harder than it sounds. The other was all about editorial design which is seriously the most fun. Like I think I’m going to try making a zine at some point this year because I enjoyed it so much.

And the most exciting thing to happen in March was my sister getting engaged. Which also means I may be turning into Bridget Jones.

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Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald

Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Format: ebook
Published: 28th March 2017
Book Depository | Goodreads

A Dragon is dead.

Corta Helio, one of the five family corporations that rule the Moon, has fallen. Its riches are divided up among its many enemies, its survivors scattered. Eighteen months have passed .

The remaining Helio children, Lucasinho and Luna, are under the protection of the powerful Asamoahs, while Robson, still reeling from witnessing his parent’s violent deaths, is now a ward–virtually a hostage– of Mackenzie Metals. And the last appointed heir, Lucas, has vanished of the surface of the moon.

Only Lady Sun, dowager of Taiyang, suspects that Lucas Corta is not dead, and more to the point—that he is still a major player in the game. After all, Lucas always was the Schemer, and even in death, he would go to any lengths to take back everything and build a new Corta Helio, more powerful than before. But Corta Helio needs allies, and to find them, the fleeing son undertakes an audacious, impossible journey–to Earth.

The Luna series is set in a futuristic version of our own world where the moon is ran by 5 family owned companies. These books focus on the Corta family whose business; Corta Helio mines helium which is sent to Earth and “keeps the lights on”. The end of Luna: New Moon saw Corta Helio collapse and family members scatter all over the moon. Wolf Moon is the story of these characters trying to rebuild their lives.

I think the thing I liked most about this book was the sense of scale. Everything feels epic. From the descriptions of the underground cities, to events like a massive foundry explosion and satellites raining down on the Moon. Then you have the more abstract things like a character born on the moon going to Earth despite this being technically impossible and describing what it’s like to stand on another planet and look up at their home. That was cool.

My only problem with this book is it felt like the first half was you checking in with each character to see what they had been doing over the 2 years since the last book ended. It felt like the plot took a long time to get going. But I would still highly recommend this book. Also you should definitely start out with Luna: New Moon if you haven’t read it yet.

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Large Constellations Dokibook Unboxing

Back on my March plan with me post I mentioned that I was changing up my organisation system and how I use my bullet journal. As part of that I wanted to move all my blog related things to a separate planner. Because of this I started doing some research into ring bound planners and came across Dokibook.

This is a company based in China who make ring binders similar to the Kikki.K and Filofax. I admit I was a little dubious at first because this was coming from China but I came across a number of people in the UK who have ordered from them. Fortunately I had nothing to worry about, the shipping from China was extremely quick. I got this within a week of ordering it. Another pro of using Dokibook is their ring binders are much cheaper than the Filofax alternative. This ended up being half the price of a similar Filofax I looked at, and that was including shipping.

The ring binder I picked out was the Constellations in the large size. The large is the equivalent of the A5 filofax. Pretty much as soon as I saw this binder I knew I had to buy it. I will pretty much buy anything with stars on it.

One downside of the Dokibook is that it doesn’t come with inserts, you have to buy them separately. I suppose this is a good thing if you have specific inserts you prefer. The binder did come with a plastic page marker and a top loading pocket. It also came with 6 plastic page dividers and though they are pretty nice, I will be making my own as soon as I get paper that matches this cover.

If you’re looking for a cheapish ring bound planner this is definitely one shop to look at.

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