Zig Memory System Collection review
First impressions of the Zig Memory System 48 piece Collection from CraftingAbility.com.
Seems like a pretty cool collection, nice variety of pen types nice packaging.
12 Calligraphy Markers
12 Writer Markers
6 Journal and Title Markers
6 Scroll & Brush Markers
3 Writer Chalk Pastels
3 Calligraphy Chalk Pastels
Ok, I just jumped right in and threw in a writer pen…. when it comes to my Cricut, I am in for a penny, in for a pound as they say. No point in pussy footing around, it’s either going to work great… or it’s going to turn my nice new pen tips to smush. Only one way to find out.
Ok, so initial impressions…. these pens will not work in the Cricut Explore with the standard adapter.
They will however work perfectly using the Amy Chomas Marker adapter.
SCORE Brownie points for that one Zig.
I’m sure we are all familiar with the poem “daffodil” by William Wordsworth.
I picked this one because it was a well know verse and if I am honest… it suited my pen color preference. I am nothing if not honest and a realist.
If you are going to test a set of pens out.. the first one you pick is the one you are least likely to use. That way if it gets smushed….it’s not such a big deal right!
So I picked the green writer, it’s not a color I am going to use to write on my cards on a regular basis… trust me!
Now the thing with this decision making technique is…. guaranteed the one you smush and think is no big deal… is the one you want NEXT week.
But as luck would have it… these pens are built pretty dang tough. I have had markers with broader tips than these…smush like a pancake after a sentence or two. Not these… even using the fine tip end, 2 verses in and it is still as good as new. SCORE Brownie points for that one Zig.
The Calligraphy markers have a chisel tip, flat and thin and I am excited to try those properly… I just had a quick squiggle with all of the pen types. It’s been years since I tried anything like that, and I will probably suck… but I’ve got all winter to practice getting my handwriting skills back on course.. Texas is heading for a very wet and cold winter by all accounts.
I deliberately picked up products last month that I knew I needed to work on my skills with.. like coloring pens and watercolor paints… knowing this winter would be a great time to get back into lost skills and develop new ones.
These pens will work in perfectly to other projects I have on my todo list… like my Recycled Playdoh Journal and card making.
All of the pens are dual tipped. The brush and Scroll markers are interesting too. The Scroll ones have a kind of forked tip, definitely looking forward to playing with those ones. The variety of tips and colors in this pack is pretty cool, definitely a good kit for people like me who want to try new techniques and ideas. It’s also a great kit for anyone who handwrites on papercrafts and needs a good mix at a decent price. At the regular price, these pens work out at less than $2 a pop.. with the CraftingCircle Exclusive deal… you are talking just over $1.50 a pen… that’s a dang good deal. We all know how much it costs to build up our pen collections.
One of my personal favorites right now, the pastel chalk markers.. these are soo cool. At first I thought I had misinterpreted the description of these pens and they weren’t intended for dark papers afterall. But watch this video…. this is pretty damned cool. My creative director was on hand …. sorry LOL
Now something cool I noticed on the box..in the top left corner at the back.. is this…it says BLENDABLE. Now Steve mentioned something about this and a video… so I shall get that information and post it in a comment later.
As you can see I got a bit distracted and just had to try those big chalk markers too…LOL
I just tested the Illumigraph and the giant orange marker with rubber stamps on the magnet and dark paper…. but enough of that, they will have their own post in a few days 🙂
VERDICT – I like these pens, I definitely need to brush up on my handwriting skills, too many years on computers has made me lazy. I’m looking forward to working with these over the winter months and hopefully I’ll be able to used these in our message board card challenges real soon. I found the scroll ones a bit tricky to use, but I am pretty sure that is more me than the pens, I just need to get used to playing with pens more than I have in recent years. Practice makes perfect right!
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