February 19, 2015

Pilot FriXion Light Erasable Highlighter Review

At the beginning of this semester I purchased these pastel FriXion light erasable highlighters, made by Pilot, off of Amazon. I've been wanting some highlighters that are more subdued than the typical fluorescent ones.

Note: this is not a sponsored post, I receive no compensation for this post, and all opinions are entirely my own.

I purchased the "soft color" set, which contains 6 colors: Soft Pink, Soft Orange, Soft Yellow, Soft Green, Soft Blue, and Soft Violet.

They have a good chisel tip that is narrow enough to write with.

Additionally, the highlighter ink doesn't bleed much and isn't easily smudged. For highlighting, they have the tendency to smudge roller gel pens, but work great on everything else I've tried them on.

The ink goes on smoothly, dries quickly, doesn't bleed through, and doesn't smudge easily.
The ink is thermosensitive. To erase the ink, there is a rubbery "eraser" tip that generates heat from friction, causing the ink to disappear.

If you didn't use the highlighter over other ink or only over printed text, it erases very easily. But, if you used it on roller gel, things get a little messy. Also, it doesn't erase pencil, but it does smudge the writing a little bit.

Overall, I really enjoy these highlighters and would recommend them.

Favorite Features:

  • Ink colors.
  • Erasable.
  • Comfortable to use.


  • Doesn't work well over roller ink.
Have you used these highlighters before? If so, what did you think of them? 

February 12, 2015

How to Keep Your Flashcards Organized

Hello, today I would like to share with you a few tips for keeping flashcards organized.

1.)  Get an expandable coupon file

Use a coupon file to keep all your flashcards together. It is great for transport because it prevents cards from becoming bent or lost. Additionally, the tabbed pockets make it easy to keep everything organized. You might want one for each course you are taking.

Using coupon files for flashcards

2.) Color Code

Use highlighters or colored pens to color code flashcards into sets based on their material. This is really helpful to quickly sort cards if they've been mixed up. It is also nice to be able to visually identify what set the cards are from. There are a couple different ways I implement color coding, depending on the class.

- One way is to color code based on chapters. I find that this method works well for classes that cover the chapters in order. It is also good for classes that have heavy textbook use. The downside is if there are a lot of chapters, you might end up having to repeat colors.

- Another method, which I think is good for classes where the professor uses PowerPoint, is to color code based on lectures. If I have a copy of the slides, I mark the corresponding card color at the top. Otherwise, I mark the both the beginning and end in my handwritten notes.

Color coding flashcards
 I had a biology test this week and I used the lecture PowerPoint method to color code and organize my flashcards. I also have a post about the highlighters pictured above.

3.) Use an App

Another option is to ditch the hard copy approach and use a flashcard app. Besides being able to sort your cards into sets, it also helps you stay clutter-free. The only downside to this approach is that typing your flashcards may not be as effective for helping you remember the material as handwriting them would be.

Do you use handwritten flashcards or do you type them? How do you keep your cards organized?

February 5, 2015

Valentine's Day Free Printables

Hello! I created these Valentine's Day printables for making cards and wanted to share. Lately I've been getting into typography and creating subway art. It is so much fun!

 Download the PDF files:
1. White with pink text   2. Pink with white text
3. Red with white text  4.White with red text
 Free for personal use. Not to be redistributed.