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“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today (and everyday) is a good day to be grateful.
What are you grateful for?
Our catalog development process will swing into gear in the next 3-4 weeks. I would like to reach out to our Rhodia fans and get your input for the catalog. What products do you see on the French catalog and French Rhodia website that you wish were available in the U.S.? Please let us know by commenting on this post; or feel free to write to me directly at email@example.com.
We cannot make changes to current products, although we can and do forward your requests, praise and complaints to the product chief in France. We also can offer fan suggestions for new types of Rhodia products. Do you have any you would like to see Rhodia manufacture?
Thank you so much for your help and support.
Exaclair currently offers a limited variety of Rhodia wirebound (spiral) notebooks and we’d like to know if you like them, how you are using them, and whether or not you’d like to see additional options made available in the future. I myself would love to see anything blank or dot- especially a dotReverse.
Current options can be seen here and include products such as the Wirebound Notebooks, 4 Color Book, Elasti Book, Reverse Book, Top Wirebound Pads and two versions of the Meeting books.
I know that many of our fountain pen friends enjoy switching out their inks to mark the changing seasons. Did you have any favorite brands/colors that you used or discovered this summer? Did you make any recent purchases that you are looking forward to using this fall?
Did you discover any new all-time-favorite ink colors at any of the recent pen shows?
The Rhodia R series of premium tablets boast super smooth off-white 90g paper and a ”Soft Touch” coated cover. Have you tried them yet? Do you like them? Would you be more inclined to buy them if you had a few more options on cover color? Which colors offered, (you can see them all here) would you like to see most?
As much as I love purple, I’m really digging that red.
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.
I love a lot of things vintage for their classic design. Classic, as in that sweet combination of simple, practical and durable.
When I first started writing with fountain pens, I wanted nothing more than to exclusively use vintage, but it never seemed to work out for me. One after another I’d buy a vintage piece (typically on the cheap) that would work for a while then ultimately, a seal or sac would break, the nib would bend or get scratchy, or the ink would stop flowing properly. I began to see vintage pens as fragile creatures and became reluctant to invest in their restoration. As much as I love vintage, there was a part of me that didn’t like knowing that a favorite tool would be difficult to repair or replace and so I began to favor more modern designs like Lamy’s Safari, Pelikan’s M200 and the Sailor Sapporo – though I can’t tell you how many times I’ve poured over the offerings on sites like Vacumania, longing for a silver celluloid Parker Vacumatic, or a fully functional Parker 51. (Mine has a cracked front section and needs a new seal/sac)
Do you have a favorite vintage pen? If you take a picture of it and send to to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll include it on our Favorite Pen Fan Photo Page.
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.)
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
Recent customer comment/question: “I love the notepads you make and the quality that they are crafted with. However, I cant find a size that I need. The no. 18 is too big and the no. 16 is too small for my application.’
This isn’t the first time we’ve had a request for something between the No. 16 & 18. Several people have mentioned the B5 format which is roughly 7″ x 10″. What do you think? Is this a crucial omission from the Rhodia lineup? In what way would a notebook this size better serve your needs?
The Bloc Rhodia (top stapled) notepads originate in France which utilizes the widespread international ISO 216 standard. (A4, A5, etc.)
- The No. 16: A5 5.8″ x 8.3″
- The No. 18: A4 8.3″ x 11.7″
- The No. 19: A4 Détaché 8.3″ x 12.5″ (In case you were wondering. the #19 has sheets that when detached, are fully A4 in size.)
The ISO 216 B series is less common in office use, and is used for a variety of special situations. B5 (6.93″ × 9.84″) is a relatively common choice for books.
North American paper sizes include:
- Letter 8.5″ × 11″
- Legal 8.5″ × 14″
- Junior Legal 8.0″ × 5.0″
- Does the color of an item influence your decision making processes when purchasing items for daily use?
- Have you ever allowed the color of an item inspire you make an impulse purchase?
- What do you think about Rhodia offering products in colors other than their classic black and orange?
- What is your favorite color?
Some during August-September I will be organizing a project to compare the different Clairefontaine, Rhodia, Quo Vadis and G. Lalo paper surfaces and how they interact with different writing instruments and inks.
We will collect the comments of as many people as possible on their experience with an individual product paper–how it feels to the touch, how their pen (pencil or other writing instrument) moves across the surface and interacts with it; basically–what is their experience, and what they like (or don’t like) about it.
The summary of the comments can be a good reference not only for people getting started with journals and notepads, but also for expert practitioners to exchange experiences with each other.
The products I am thinking of including for this comparison are: classic Clairefontaine notebook paper; Clairefontaine Triomphe pads, R by Rhodia pads, classic Rhodia notepads, Rhodia Ice, Rhodia Webbies, Quo Vadis Habanas, G. Lalo Verge de France pads, and G. Lalo correspondence cards.
People can test each sheet with their favorite writing instruments (fountain pens, rollerballs, pencils, etc.) and contribute feedback via an online form. We will publish the results on both Quo Vadis Blog and Rhodia Drive either in December 2014 or January 2015.
Each person would be limited to three or four different sheets per month (that I can send in a first class letter), but can sign up each month for other papers to sample and add their thoughts.
What do you think? Are there specific questions we should ask? Are there any other product papers you would like to try? Your input at this stage is very much appreciated and welcome. As always, thank you for your thoughtful suggestions, help and support.