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Is Summer a State of Mind?

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I keep hearing people referring to Labor Day as being the last day of the summer. Technically, Fall doesn’t start until September 23rd, and that’s three full weeks plus one day away!

What do you think is unique about the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day that can’t be experienced at other times throughout the year?

Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country. – Per Wiki 

Link Share Friday: August Edition

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First impressions with J. Herbin Stormy Grey at FPGeeks

First Day of School Pencils, Take Two. at Pencil Revolution

Orange Delights From Ink To Paint at Inkophile

Guest Post: “I think I want to try out this whole fountain pen thing.” at The Pen Addict

Pilot Dr. Grip Full Black Dual Layer Grip Shaker Mechanical Pencil – 0.5 mm – Blue Accents at No Pen Intended

Cursive: Is it really that important? at The Well-Appointed Desk

Journaling Exercise: Write A Review at Kaizen Journaling

Traveling pencils at Palimpset

Shades of White at No Pen Intended

How Much Do You Spend On School Supplies? at One Hundred Dollars a Month

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Review at Write to Me Often

DIY Pen Storage V.2! at EdJelley

6 Ways Your Brain Tries To Kill Your Ideas And How To Fight Them at FastCompany

Flight Delays in My Sketchbooks at Balzar Designs

An Introvert Goes to the Pen Show at From the Pen Cup

Check out FPGeeks on YouTube for videos from the 2014 DC Pen Show

Doodle Power!

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My ferocious appetite for doodling kicked in about ten years ago when I worked in a cube. (Technically more of a triangle…) Doodling while sitting in on seemingly endless conference calls, my focus and recall was always better than if I sat there and just “paid attention.”  My belief is that the benefits of doodling are similar to any other focused meditative practice; calming both to the mind and spirit.

Image courtesy of marianmachismo on Instagram.

The Power of the Doodle: Improve Your Focus and Memory

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993/1 is Famous!

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One of our office mates, Jim Burke, spotted one of our Exacompta cloth bound journals on a promo for the new ABC television show, “Selfie.”   Here is a clip of the promo.  They show the journal at a distance and close up.

This journal is the cousin of Exacompta sketchbook that has been discontinued, much to the sorrow of its many fans.

The paper is off white, laid finish, 25% cotton and 100 g.  The line width is rather wide – 3/8″ inch, so if you have big handwriting or like lots of line room, this book is for you.  The journal includes a bookmark, and gold edge pages.

Available at Writer’s Bloc; Goulet Pen Company and Classic Office Products.

 

 

 

 

 

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Back to School?

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A lot of children in our area are going back to school today. Since I don’t have kids, I only know this from seeing everyone’s “First Day of School” pictures on Facebook and Instagram. Seems odd for them to be starting in August, I don’t remember ever going back to school at any other time than after Labor Day weekend.

This got me thinking about one of the things I enjoyed most about going back to school- shopping for new school supplies. Three ring binders, loose leaf paper, pencils, pencil cases, pink erasers, Trapper Keepers and EraserMate pens.

I was artist in residence for a day this past spring at a local private school (Pre k through 8th grades) and the older kids all carried iPads. No paper, no pencils. All of their school work was done on the iPad.

This left me wondering what types of school supplies, if any, are still being used in schools across the US or abroad.

Clairefontaine Staplebound Notebook with Vintage Design

Photo: Clairefontaine 1951 with Pencils and clips

Monday’s product spotlight post about our Rhodia Classic Staplebound Notebooks included a typo. What I mean to say, was: Do you use them for a specific purpose? when instead, I wrote Do you use them for a specific purple?

This caught the attention of Beth Treadway who asked, “Purple? Is that typo a Freudian slip that we may someday get these in colors?” Not that I’m aware of Beth. Although, there is a purple version of the Clairefontaine 1951 staple bound notebooks which might be of interest to some of my fellow purple fanatics. (Purple is my favorite color, which probably explains the typo.)

• 90 g pH neutral, acid-free lined white paper with a smooth satin finish
• Grained paper cover with front label
• Vintage look and feel
• 48 sheets, lined, in two sizes and seven colors:  3 1⁄2 x 5 1⁄2  and   5 3⁄4 x 8 1⁄4 

Read a review of the 1951 Notebook at Life Imitates Doodles

More Dots?

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We know that you love our dots, but how could we make you love them more? I myself would like to see Rhodia spiral bound dot notebooks. Are you familiar with the Exacompta index cards? I would love to see dot versions of these as well. (Exacompta, Rhodia, J. Herbin and Quo Vadis, are all brands under the Clairefontaine parent company umbrella. Decopatch and Brause too.)

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Optical Character Recognition and Colored Inks

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Optical character recognition, (OCR) is the mechanical/electronic conversion of scanned or photographed images of typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded/computer-readable text. It is widely used as a form of data entry from some sort of original paper data source, whether passport documents, invoices, bank statement, receipts, business card, mail, or any number of printed records. It is a common method of digitizing printed texts so that they can be electronically edited, searched, stored more compactly, displayed on-line, and used in machine processes such as machine translation, text-to-speech, key data extraction and text mining. (Per wiki)

If you are using an OCR app to digitize your handwritten notes, have you taken notice whether there are any issues when using colored inks? What about colored inks on white versus ivory or yellow paper? Do you have any favorite OCR apps or software that you’d like to recommend?

Creative Prompt: Take the road not travelled

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Today’s creative prompt is going to be a little bit different. Are you ready?

If you are anything like me, and often travel the same route to get somewhere, you might occasionally notice a road that appears to lead somewhere interesting but isn’t able to be explored in that particular moment.

My challenge to you, is to take the time to go back to that location and take that road not yet travelled. Notice everything you can about the surroundings. Be playful and explore.

The when you get home, take just a bit more time to write down a few words about your experience. What did you see? What new things did you discover? Is it a place you’d like to go back to, or one that you never wish to visit again?

Please feel free to comment with your experiences. We’d love to know what you find.

Writing Affirmations

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Affirmations are a form of positive thinking and self-empowerment. They are carefully formatted statements which may be both written and spoken aloud. For an affirmation to be most effective, it should be crafted in the present tense, be positive, personal and specific. I will also always write an affirmation acting “as if” the desired circumstance currently exists. This is in response to techniques I’ve learned from reading the book, Creative Visualization.

Do you use affirmations? What are your favorites? Abundance is always at the top of my list.

The Staycation

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Have you ever taken a staycation? As in, scheduled more than a few days off with no specific plans? That’s just where I’ve been for the last two weeks- nowhere but here, and it was great!

Granted, it is somewhat a challenge for self-employed folks like me to ever really “stop working”, but I did what I could to clear my plate and free myself up to do as little or as much as I wanted on any given day. I spent time reading, resting, working in the garden, writing in my journal, and painting. I walked around a local music festival, watched a few movies and cooked a few really tasty meals.

Taking time for oneself doesn’t need to be complicated.

 

Does Writing Things Down Make You Smarter?

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A recent post on mypenneedsink.com about writing things down caught my eye. I asked the writer if I could have permission to use the first paragraph of his post to share with all of you on Rhodia Drive. I thought his ideas might spark some good conversation and insights from the group, on whether is notebook system, and writing things down vs. typing on a keyboard has additional benefits besides the pleasure of writing.   As our conversation progressed, I asked him if he would like to write about the topic on Rhodia Drive.  I am delighted to introduce Bob, from My Pen Needs Ink. Visit him there for other pens, paper and ink adventures.

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Hello from a guest poster you may not recognize, though I hope to change that in the future.  I’m Bob and I blog over at www.mypenneedsink.com about pens, paper, writing accessories and life experiences of a pen enthusiast.  I was honored to be asked by Karen to guest post here on Rhodia Drive about my use of project notebooks.  I hope to hear from you and get the opportunity to share experiences.

I think writing things down makes me smarter. OK, maybe not really smarter but at least a better retainer of information.  I have always had a To Do list personality but I get more benefit from penning thoughts than just writing tasks down and crossing them off later. I seem to retain knowledge better when I record my thoughts with ink on paper.  I have recently converted to a journal or notebook for each of the variety of projects that keep me busy.  The board of my home owners association, my daughter’s wedding, longer term home improvement projects and the like. These usually require meetings or visits outside my home or office whether it’s over lunch with my daughter or at the home center for that next piece of lumber.  I just grab the appropriate project notebook, my favorite pen and I’m ready.

One could successfully argue that the safety of paper notebooks is risky due to loss or damage but I would call it a wash since electronic media can crash, get damaged and get lost as well.

My preferred format is the side staple bound notebook with fountain pen friendly paper. The side staple format lays flat in my briefcase and stacks easily on the desk. Each notebook has a label on the front and the back courtesy of the little plastic tape label makers you can get at any of the office supply stores. Labeling front and back helps with quick retrievals when fumbling around in my briefcase.

All my entries start with a date and after that it’s free form.  It could be a contact phone number, a window treatment measurement, a drawing, a price quote or any type of information that is hard fro me to keep track of in the different formats of the electronic project management software/apps.

I’m not building space shuttles but for me juggling right at my capacity of what I want to do and what I need to do these notebooks work great for me.

What do you think? Have you found writing things down help build your knowledge base?

“No. 80″ – Rhodia’s 80th Anniversary Pad

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Besides Rhodia Ice (which people love for the striking cover and the faint grey lines), Rhodia has introduced a second notepad to celebrate it’s 80th anniversary.  Appropriately called “No. 80,” this limited edition gift set includes a notepad in classic grid, plus an 80th anniversary pencil.  Copper-colored Rhodia name and logo appears on both sides of the pad with a special 80th anniversary emblem on the back cover.

The No. 80 is the same size as the No. 16 – 6 x 8 1/4″ or 14.8 x 21 cm.  It is made with premium 90g ivory paper. No. 80 will be available by August 15, 2014.

Sunny Huang of Exaclair will bring a sample to the DC Pen Show for people there to have a first-hand look. You can also see the “80″ at the New York Gift Show later this month.  And, as an added attraction, Sunny will also have a bottle of the new 1670 ink – “Stormy Grey.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doodle Pads: What is your surface preference?

Photo: Kaweco Pencil, Rhodia R Pad and Clairefontaine Graf-It Pad

I am the type of person who will literally doodle on anything and everything because mark making is a necessary part of my human existence. When offered a preference, I’ll take a paper with a slight tooth like the Clairefontaine Graf-It tablet shown above because I find it pleasant to use with just about any type of writing or drawing implement.

Do you have a preference for the paper you like to doodle on?

 

Requested: Fountain Pen Friendly Sticky Notes

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Dear Rhodia, I am an avid user of your paper at work and home. I am in need of fountain pen friendly Post-It type notes. Have you ever considered making sticky notes with your paper? I really need it as some of my pens do not play well with Post-It note paper. Please make blank sticky notes in several sizes..PLEASE. – Maria

Are fountain pen friendly sticky notes something you would buy? 

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