The Comprehensive Pen Experiement

Which purple pen is best? Read my reviews and see if you agree!
I am guessing that a decent number of you are like me in that you are on the constant search for the best writing instrument for all of the teachery things that you need to do. And for your planner. And for your doodling. And if they come in purple, that's even better!

I decided to test drive write a dozen different types of pens to find the one(s) that I absolutely cannot live without. My "official scientific" results may (or may not) surprise you! Although these come in different colors, I used purple exclusively. Because honestly, I really don't care about the other colors.

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Pilot FriXion
Ink: Gel
Thoughts: My students thought that I was committing some sort of sorcery when I was writing a math problem and erased a mistake. It is not 100% erasable, but it's close enough to be a really awesome thing. Doesn't always have the smoothest ink flow with the ball point, especially when you start writing.



Pilot B2P
Ink: Gel
Thoughts: I like how this is made from recycled water bottles. Purple ink is more of a violet. The textured barrel gives you somewhat of a grip, but I found my hand still slipping a bit after a lot of use. I will probably gift these to our social worker since they're her favorite.



Pilot Precise V5 RT
Ink: Ink
Thoughts: This particular pen might be a little too fine for my everyday writing. Ink flow seems to be decent. I like it for doodle notes and other detailed doodling.



Bic Intensity
Ink: Marker
Thoughts: I love how this pen writes. However, the barrel is too slick in my opinion.



Sharpie Pen
Ink: Marker
Thoughts: This used to be my favorite pen, but I don't find myself reaching for it as much anymore. They are thin and don't have a grip. They aren't as comfortable for writing over a longer period of time. But I really do love the smooth writing and color.



Pentel EnerGel
Ink: Gel
Thoughts: Purple color is more violet. Nice grip. Also fun for doodling. Another one I reach for regularly.



uni-ball Signo
Ink: Gel
Thoughts: Nice grip. Ink flow isn't as smooth with the ballpoint. Not in my regular rotation at the moment.


uni-ball Vision Elite
Ink: Ink
Thoughts: Very deep purple... almost hard to tell that it is purple. Lots of ink comes out to make a wider line. It takes a while to dry. Overall, not a fan.



Paper Mate Flair
Ink: Water-based ink
Thoughts: You can't go wrong with a Flair.









Paper Mate InkJoy
Ink: Gel
Thoughts: Smooth writing (although sometimes a little globby), pretty deep purple color. It makes me want to doodle and add swirls to my writing. I find myself reaching for it the majority of the time... even over my Flairs!



Paper Mate InkJoy
Ink: Ink
Thoughts: Triangular barrel with no grip makes it a little tricky to keep from sliding around in my hand. Another ball point that is just okay.



Paper Mate Profile
Ink: Ink
Thoughts: Violet color and standard ink ballpoint, which means that the ink flow isn't as smooth. I put these out for my students to "borrow".



How did I do? Did I try your favorite? Let me know in the comments!
Which purple pen is best? Read my reviews and see if you agree!

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How to Create Bitmoji Brag Tags

How to Create Bitmoji Brag Tags
First of all, I need to give credit to littlemissfiesta_ on Instagram for her idea of making Bitmoji stickers. While I was making those, I got an idea to make Bitmoji brag tags for our upcoming Valentine's Day celebration.

I started by opening the Bitmoji app on my phone and selected one to use. I will also be doing birthday ones and other holidays when those are added. They would also be great for the Bitmojis I made into stickers.
How to Create Bitmoji Brag Tags
Then I shared it with my laptop using AirDrop.
How to Create Bitmoji Brag Tags
I opened the single tag template from my {brag tag template} and dropped in the Bitmoji from my Downloads folder. I also decided to make it larger and crop it (although you really don't have to crop it). Make sure to align it to the bottom of the template so you don't get a hole punched in your head ;)
How to Create Bitmoji Brag Tags
Save your template as a picture.
How to Create Bitmoji Brag Tags
Open the sheet of brag tags and select all of the rectangles.
How to Create Bitmoji Brag Tags
Insert your single tag template.
How to Create Bitmoji Brag Tags
How to Create Bitmoji Brag Tags
Now you have a full sheet of tags ready to laminate, cut, and hand out!
How to Create Bitmoji Brag Tags

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