» Number 38

The Rhodia Bloc Rhodia Pad Nº 38 is 16.5 in. x 12.5″ and available in classic graph paper or the new dot grid. Large enough to span the top of my desk, it could be used for many things. Planning a garden, technical drawings, event planning, brainstorming… Do you have one of these? How do you use it? How would you use it if you had one?

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Posted on March 18th, 2011 by Stephanie
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I like to write out my editorial calendar for my blog, so I would use the Rhodia Bloc Rhodia Pad Nº 38 for that. (and for doodling, because doodling is in my blog.)

I have one and LOVE it. At first I bought it because I thought it would be funny and I couldn’t resist such a giant Rhodia pad but now I use it all the time.

It make a great Desk pad and I always have somewhere to jot notes will working.


Massive mind-maps! Probably for getting the outline of my annual descent into NaNoWriMo sorted out. I dislike trying to make conventional outlines for creative projects, since I inevitably think of something else to squeeze in. Mind maps let you stuff in new branches, doodles, brainstorms, etc. non-linearly. And you need a BIG piece of paper to do it right. It comes in dot now? Oh, I think I need to sit down for moment…

I need to get my hands on one of these come come late September. This looks ideal.


I love that idea! Mind maps are useful and intriguing. I’ve never done one on a large piece of paper like this, but I think that would be totally awesome!


It’s been said that less is more. Well, if less is indeed more, then can you imagine how much more more is?

For me … I really like the idea of it … however, I need to either canter/tilt the writing surface to the left, or write on the surface with all my scribbling pointed left. Given the aforementioned, the smaller the pad the better for my condition. I really am tempted, though.

BTW: I know I’m an old New England curmudgeon, but has anyone figured out a way to use the other side of the sheet for these stapled pads? I’ve only been able to tear them out to use the opposite side. Thanks.

In addition to work/adult creativity, I am imagining how wonderful these could be if you had children… talk about great placemats!! Couple crayons or colored pencils at the table…

How did I miss these? DEFINITELY want one for my desk top. Both pad and “think pad” where I can take notes, doodle, plot, test pens, all on one sheet on one pad.

By TubbyMike on March 18th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

No. 38 Dotpad? Flowcharts, flowcharts, flowcharts. I always need more space to squeeze in boxes and arrows. On the hobby side, designing flags for my A Very British Civil War factions. So much space to work in the detail before transferring to the computer. Excellent.

I use the Rhodia 38 DotPad to prepare cross examinations for court, or to draft an oral argument: I like to prepare in the form of “if”–> “then”, and the 38 is a perfect tool for that!

Also, as I conduct phone calls, I doodle on it some pointers, that I later copy to my Webbie – which is my to-do journal.

Ohh wow I would use them to jot down my outline and sequences for essay exams. Those look sweet!

I just bought an antique writing desk and I’m worried about protecting the writing surface. I like the idea of using a No. 38 as a desk pad. I’ll probably be making a purchase in the next few weeks.

Where can I get one? I want the grid not the dot. I can’t find them online.

I know offhand that Goulet Pens has them, and you can check out other online retailers here: http://www.rhodiapads.com/buynow.shtml

The No. 38’s A3 page is not that large – it is akin to using both sides of an A4 notebook.

I wish something larger was available from Rhodia – I would certainly buy it! I see that “Manufactum” in Europe sells A2 sized pads.



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