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Retailer Spotlight – Anderson Pens

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This week on our Retailer Spotlight we have the lovely duo from Anderson Pens, Lisa and Brian Anderson! For our readers who do not know about Anderson Pens here’s a bit of background from their website and e-store www.andersonpens.net:

“Established in 2010, AndersonPens.net was developed to combine the efforts of Brian Anderson’s Esterbrook.net, and Lisa Anderson’s ProperPads to bring pens and paper together all in one place.”

They have become big enough to successfully open a brand new retail location in Appleton, WI which if you’re in the area you definitely need to check out! Continue Readering »

Rhodia Ice

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Rhodia has designed two new notepads for its 80th anniversary year (1934-2014): a white cover with silver logo pad, and a special 80th anniversary pad, with an interesting orange gold grid pattern on the cover.

We are calling the new “Bloc White” – Rhodia Ice.

Both pads will be featured at the National Stationery Show in New York May 18-21. 2014.  They will arrive from France within the next two weeks.

Rhodia Ice will be available in six sizes:  No. 11, No. 12, No. 13, No. 16, No. 18 and No. 19. The paper is 80g with muted silver grid or lines.

It is the most striking pad I have ever seen, with an elusive beauty and character. It is quite different from anything else–just like Rhodia.

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Retailer Spotlight – JetPens

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We are reintroducing the Rhodia Drive Retailer Spotlight!

To start us off in the inaugural spot is the fan favorite JetPens. You will find a large assortment of Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Brause and J. Herbin over at www.JetPens.com. If you’ve never heard of them or you’re a long time customer here’s your chance to get to know JetPens a little better.

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Thank you for taking time out of your day to chat with us about JetPens today. The website has really taken off in the past couple of years and your presence is felt throughout the blogging community and pen fans everywhere.

RhodiaDrive: How did JetPens get started?

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Life Noted App Spring Sale

 

lifenoted_iOS-inphone-copyThe premium version of our Life Noted app is now priced at $1.99 as part of a special spring promotion.  We want as many people as possible to enjoy this great calendar/multimedia journal app.

Life Noted merges calendaring, note-taking, PDF, photography and video apps into one.  It brings the freedom of paper expression and the convenience of digital mobility to iPhones or iPads.

From one screen, capture a moment, jot down ideas, notes and reminders; import videos and photos; tag and retrieve memories of events, projects and meetings.

Life Noted on iTunes

Life Noted video

 

 

My Name is Andrea and I doodle

Andrea is doodling on a large blank Webbie. To follow her 2014 daily doodle project, please go to http://biggaydragon.tumblr.com.

Thank you, Andrea!

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NEW 2014 Exaclair Catalog is available to view!

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You can now take a look at the NEW 2014 Exaclair catalog and see all of the goodies coming in the new year – like the large Rhodiarama Webbbies, Landscape Webbies, Mignon Refillable Leather Journals, new colors for the Habana, Graf-It dot pads…

Which products are you most excited about? (You must KNOW that I’m excited for the large purple Webbies!)

David Allen of GTD on Rhodia

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David Allen is a productivity consultant who is best known as the creator of the time management method known as “Getting Things Done”.

David comments on the Rhodia Meeting Book: “I love this Rhodia pad. First, the paper stands up to my fountain pen ink without bleeding through. It’s a great size for taking notes at all sorts of meetings; the perf-ing is very functional (important for processing notes through my in-tray!) Great tool.”

and on the Rhodia Reverse Book: “I love the Rhodia Reverse Book. Not only is it great for “lefties” in our workshops, it’s a great size and graphics for creative mapping, note-taking, drawing, etc. And, as usual with your paper, it lets me play with my fountain pen without bleed-through!” Visit the GTD Times Blog. 

To all those who have served in the US Military

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Thank you. We appreciate your service.

Top 5 Reasons to Try Life Noted for Free

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On the fence about another digital app that says it will make your life easier but fails to deliver?

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should try Life Noted for free today and how we plan on making journaling and planning digitally as rewarding and fun as on paper.

  1. Life Noted had a unique Today View lets you see all of your notes, photos, videos and events for that day all on one screen.
  2. Syncs with iCal and all supported calendars. Paired with our note taking feature to create an all in one stop for jotting down ideas and planning out your days, weeks and months.
  3. Search all notes and events by keyword and never lose an important idea or appointment again.
  4. By merging calendaring, journaling, organizing, photo and video apps you can have everything in one place and stop juggling multiple apps.
  5. With our intuitive Month View you can plan ahead accurately and easily. Borders around dates for all day and multi-day events for quick identification. Special feature that allows you to highlight selected calendars to show up in the Month View in a shade of blue so you never forget an important upcoming event again.

Clean and easy to use Life Noted will make recording, retrieving and remembering simple again.

Try it today for free on the App Store.

Wood Turning City on Etsy

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Rhodia Drive reader Tony Thomas recently brought these beautiful pens to my attention. Dale Parrott creates handcrafted exotic wood pens & touch screen styluses and sells them in his Etsy shop: Wood Turning City.

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Description on this pen: “This pen was handcrafted in my shop and not made from a kit. The wood I used is Red Heart (Chakte Kok) with a lacquer finish. The Bic refill this pen uses is easy to replace and available at most office supply stores. This is a large pen with a diameter of a bit over 1/2″ and almost 6″ long. Comes with Black ink.”

“Since grade school I have always enjoyed making things out of wood. Fast forward 45 years and now I have the time to once again dabble and become more proficient at my hobby.”

Exaclair will be at the National Stationery Show 5/19-5/22 in New York City

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The National Stationery Show® held at the Javits Center in NYC, is the world’s most comprehensive collection of social stationery and related products for gift giving and self-expression. The show is open to retailers and wholesalers and if you are are going, be sure to stop by Booth # 2637 to check out a few new Clairefontaine and Rhodia products that we are thinking of importing. As always, we welcome and appreciate your feedback!

While at the show, we will be doing some live Tweeting and also sharing photos and Vine clips on our @Exaclair Twitter account. Karen Doherty (our VP of Marketing) will be at the show on Sunday, May 19 from 9-3 pm and Tuesday May 21st from 9-11:30am if you’d like to meet her, but please feel free to stop by the booth any time the show is open.

More good news: Pen World is publishing an article on Exaclair’s stationery.  The edition should be distributed at the show.

The show hours are Sunday-Tuesday, 5/19-5/21 9:00am – 6:00pm and Wednesday, 5/22 9:00am – 12:00pm

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Ink A Dink A Bottle of Ink

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Antique ink bottles such as this one belonging to Ryan Roossinck are simply beautiful. Take a look at the many different colors, styles and designs of vintage ink bottles at the various links below.

Household Bottles (non-food related)

Antique Bottles: Inks

Pendemonium Vintage Inks and Ink Bottles

Antique Ink Bottles at Collector’s Weekly

1001 Ink Bottles

Antique Ink Bottles

The Blue Ink Bottle (A gift from Karen)

Quiver Pen Holders and Webbies

Quiver pen holders are described as “thoughtfully crafted, hand-made leather pen holders for your treasured notebook.”

I would agree.  Quiver pen holders are gorgeous.  Separately each product is very handsome, but paired together they really enhance each other. LH-1-BLK-RED FAN 2

Quiver pen holders got their start from notebook users who were continually frustrated with losing their favorite pen in the bottom of a bag, or forgetting it on their desk at home.  Clipping it to the notebook cover was awkward or iffy, since the pen clip could break or fall off.

The Quiver pen holder solved the problem of safely and conveniently pairing a pen or pens to a favorite notebook.

Their pen holders come in three sizes: Pocket/Small (A6 size); Large (A5) and Extra Large (A4).  The sheaths are in brown, black or pink leather. The black sheaths have red or yellow stitching.  Quiver is starting to develop holders with orange stitching for your favorite Webbie.

The pen holders are made in Mexico by the same leather crafters who build Saddleback Leather suitcases and travel bags.  Quiver designers worked directly with some of the Saddleback Leather people to gain their perspectives on how to construct a leather product to last many years, even down to the type and strength of the thread and stitch count.

See all the Quiver pen holders on their website – quiverglobal.com.

Please check back on Rhodia Drive tomorrow for a special surprise…!

 

 

 

Memorial Day 2012

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. It is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Meow B Fiercely Protects Rhodia from the Forces of Evil!

Our friend Bill thought he was buying a new Webbie for himself but alas, Meow B seems to have taken full custody of it.

Yep. This one seems pretty much spoken for. Two big thumbs up for brand loyalty! (although cats don’t have opposable thumbs…)

Question to ponder: Do cats use fountain pens?

New to the game? Here’s a detailed review of the Webbie .

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Target? Dick Blick? Borders? Art Brown? We want you to show us where you buy your Rhodia... The next time you are out and about,  snap us a picture of where you buy your Rhodia products so we can assemble an online gallery of local retailers. To... Read on »

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David Allen of GTD on Rhodia

David Allen is a productivity consultant who is best known as the creator of the time management method known as “Getting Things Done”. David comments on the Rhodia Meeting Book: “I love this Rhodia pad. First, the paper stands... Read on »

Chef Hosea Rosenberg on Rhodia

Season 5 (Bravo Network) Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg, originally from Taos, New Mexico, was always good at math. After graduating 3rd in his class at Taos High School, he moved to Boulder, CO to study at the University of Colorado. His dream... Read on »

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Life Noted App

Visit the App Store on your iOS 7 device to download Life Noted

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