Pens, Pens & More Pens!

With my Erin Condren life planner, I also ordered a pack of their Party Pop Pens. I have to say, I absolutely love them! I was a bit cautious at first, I was certain that they would bleed through the paper, or they’d blur, but I have to say Erin Condren has really delivered with these. That being said, I do prefer a good ball point, rather than a marker, so the pen hunt continued! Unfortunately for my purse, I am a bit of a pen addict, so I purchased a few more than a couple of ball points.. Which is great for you, my readers! As it means you get an insight into some of the pens I have come across, how they write, whether they bleed through &, of course, how super cute they are!

I spent a lot of time looking for the right pens, I saw a few YouTube reviews on specific types & made a note of the ones I loved the most. This review in particular: “Which pens should I use in my Erin Condren Life Planner? Pen and writing samples by JenPlans” was by far one of the most informative & really seems to be popular amongst the planning community. After watching this, I decided to go with a few different options.

The pens I ultimately ended up purchasing were the Pilot G2 in black & blue, staples of the planning world! Staedtler Triplus Fineliners in pastel colours, Pilot Frixion Highlighters in pastel colours & Sharpie Ultra Fine Permanent Markers. I have to say, with the exception of the Sharpies (of course!), all of the pens were great on the planner paper – Despite rumours of it being thinner than ever. I’ve had no bleed through whatsoever, although I have noticed the Pilot G2 have actually been the worst for shadowing. This surprises me, however, the ink is more gel-like than it is with the markers.

On to the photos!

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First up are the Erin Condren Party Pop Pens, these have lovely colours, although they do shadow slightly. Not really noticeable, and easily covered up with a sticker or more writing on the next page. I do love how these feel when I write with them. Above, you can see how they handled being written over with a highlighter pen. I have to say, the Party Pop Pens seem to have coped the best with the highlighters. Although the Pilot was the only one to actually smudge, the Smash! pen just doesn’t look as good. I have noticed that a day or so after highlighting them, the black does fade ever so slightly. I actually prefer this look, but not all will. The Smash! pen below doesn’t fade at all when you highlight over them.

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Next up, Pilot G2. I’m not as big of a fan of these as I thought I would be. I find them a little scratchy to write with & they do smudge if not left to dry for long enough. Even after I thought I’d left them long enough, I managed to smudge them using one of the highlighter pens, as you can see above. Not a pen I will use with a highlighter in the future! Great for writing notes though, so still a pen I will use.

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Interestingly, this isn’t a pen that I bought specifically for my planner, just one I happened to use for my Project Life. I love these pens & the fact that they have a glue stick on the top, something that I rarely use, but nice to have the option! I adore how they write though & they don’t bleed through, or shadow at all. And best of all, they don’t smudge! Hurrah. These bad boys are pretty cheap from most hobby stores that stock the Smash! range. I got mine from Hobbycraft in the UK.


The Staedtler Triplus Fineliners are a dream! I am so happy that I found the pastel colours on Amazon for a good price. I probably won’t use them an awful lot for actually writing in my planner, but they are great for highlighting special notes. The colours are so vibrant and no bleed through at all! I might be tempted to invest in some of the regular, darker colours to write with in my planner, but for now, these are enough. I think the last thing I need are more pens..

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The Pilot Frixion have to be the best highlighters I have ever had the pleasure to own! And the fact that they are 100% erasable really is the icing on the cake for me. Again, I went for pastel colours, over the more common, fluorescent kind, just because I prefer a more subtle look within my planner. So far I’ve really only used these to highlight the times of events I have planned. So, just a little bit of colour, but I really like the look. Another great pen with absolutely no bleed through or shadowing.

IMG_0367 IMG_0366And finally, the Sharpie Ultra Fine Permanent Marker. There’s not really much to say about these bad boys just yet! I have yet to use them on my Erin Condren Meal Planner, the website recommends using a permanent marker on that. I’m a little nervous about doing that, but it seems most people within the planner community have the best luck using nail varnish remover to get the pen off. It does seem a bit long winded & I’m not likely to have a bottle in my bag alongside my planner supplies, however, if it prevents smudging, or worse, the pen rubbing off onto the pages, then I am willing to do it! The Sharpie was the only pen to bleed through completely to the next page, but I was expecting that. They’re not really designed to be used on the paper itself. I have heard great things about them writing on stickers though. As soon as my stickers have all arrived, I will be doing a haul, so I will include a photo of how they handle that then.


The last photo is the back of my test page, as you can see, only the Sharpie has really bled through – Even then, it doesn’t look as bad as you’d expect it to! There is a little shadowing from the Erin Condren Party Pop Pens, but it’s not completely noticeable, unless you get up close.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed my little pen haul! I think I’m going to have to ban myself from buying any more for the time being.. There will be more posts to come! As mentioned, I will be doing a sticker haul blog post, as soon as all of my stickers have arrived, and I am waiting on another parcel from Erin Condren today! So I will do another post about the other items I have purchased from them.



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