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Week 12 of The Paper Project: Free Samples of Blank Papers!

Exacompta FAF Pad, Clairefontaine Triomphe and Graf it Pads

Exacompta FAF Pad, Clairefontaine Triomphe and Graf it Pads

The Paper Project puts FREE Exaclair paper samples in your hands – allowing you to try before you buy. Each Monday, we will be offering samples from 1-4 Exaclair products to the first 50 people who sign up within that week. There is no limit to how many weeks you can sign up, and each week’s participants will be notified via e-mail that the samples are on their way. 

Week 12 samples for the Paper Project include: 1 blank sheet from each of the 6×8″ Clairefontaine Graf it and Triomphe pads, and 1 blank sheet from the the 4 1⁄4 x 7 1⁄4″ Exacompta FAF pad

How do these papers compare for your every day needs? We can’t wait to hear!

If you have been chosen to receive samples, please come back and leave comments on the corresponding week’s page. We also welcome you to blog or share to your favorite social media sites about your experiences.

Tag #rhodiapaperproject on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’d like us to see your Paper Project blog posts, post your links in the comment section on corresponding week’s page OR to our Rhodia Drive Facebook page.

What kind of comments are we looking for?

  • Tell us what you like/don’t like about the paper: surface texture, ruling, ink, etc.
  • How do you like using pencil/pen/fountain pen on it.
  • Would you use it to write/draw/doodle/sketch etc.?
  • …and anything else you think we should know.

Need a few recent reviews for inspiration?

Rhodia Week 6 at bjw-draw

“My favorite paper this week was the french rule. I could not resist using the grid to create a drawing. It is a back ground and it is a map to a drawing. The blue of the ball point pen complemented the blue of the french rule. If you like graph paper this should be on your must try list.”

Fun with Paper Samples from Rhodia Drive  at K.C. Dockal: Scribbling by the Bayou

“European paper makers come through with great stuff. No big surprise there. Is this Big Box, grade-school priced stuff? No. They aren’t ridiculously expensive either. All three are worth giving a go if you love to write letters and/or draw.”

#RhodiaPaperProject Week 4 at Squirrel Sentiments

“I have tried several papers from several manufacturers and Exaclair remains my personal standard to which all other paper is compared.  The supercalendaring they do puts a smooth and buttery finish on the pages.  They achieve this while maintaining the paper’s ability to absorb ink, but not feather, and dry relatively quickly.  All this while holding international best in class environmental consciousness and sustainability.”

You can also check out the reviews that people are posting in the comment sections of posts from Week 1 Week 2,  Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8 and Week 9

If you are viewing this post via e-mail or on a mobile device, you may need to visit Rhodia Drive directly to see the entry form. (Entries must be received through the form – please do not post your name and address in the comment section of this post to receive samples. Thank you!)

Tuesday Talk Back: What are you writing?

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Pencil or pen in your hand, we know there are words making their way onto the page in one form or another, every day in every way.

What are you writing?

In your Webbie: Do you keep a diary noting daily events? A journal filled with personal reflections? A notebook filled with favorite quotes? A sketch diary? A dream journal next to the bed to document your nocturnal travels?

Is your No. 8 almost empty from jotting down shopping lists for trips to the local farmers market? Lists of wines to buy again stuck behind a magnet on the refrigerator? Notes to UPS to leave the package with a neighbor?

Do you use the Unlimited notebook you keep in the glove box to keep track of the business mileage on your car? To record rare bird sightings at the local conservatory? Write down books read, books to read?

Are you taking full advantage of the 16×12″ No. 38 by sketching out your dream house? New garden? Mind mapping a new business idea to start a pay-what-you-can-afford restaurant?

Maybe you use a No. 18 yellow legal pad to take notes at meetings? Brainstorm new project ideas over a brown bag lunch? Or maybe you are reworking your resume or drafting a cover letter for that job you really want?

Using the No. 16 to write a bio for that online dating service? A new poem for tomorrow night’s spoken word event? For sketching the old woman sleeping on the subway? Crafting a new menu for the week?

All this and more… What are you writing?

The Art of Journaling: Doodling to Relieve Writer’s Block

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Is writer’s block real? What do you think causes it? And what are your favorite ways to move through it? I’m not sure I have experienced it in the way others have spoken about it. When I get stuck on one thing, I simply shift to the next. By working on a myriad of creative projects at any one time, this typically frees up energy surrounding the “block” and permits the mind to relax enough for the ideas, words, etc., to begin to flow again.

Need some inspiration to get over the hump?

Top 10 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Breaking Out Of Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block Breakthrough: 18 Ways To Cure Writer’s Block

One of my favorite ways to move through the “stuck” is by doodling. (For me, this simple exercise of mindless mark making ended up becoming a foundational element in an entire career based on creativity.) Doodling engages the brain and helps to calm a restless mind. Doodling helps focus our attention which can in theory, help you break through writer’s block.

 

In this quick TED Talk, author and visual thinker Sunni Brown argues that doodling not only helps people stay mentally focused on the topic at hand, it also improves their ability to process information, and enhances our creative problem-solving.

Tuesday Talk Back: Do you THINK better on paper?

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“Writing is thinking on paper, or talking to someone on paper. If you can think clearly, or if you can talk to someone about the things you know and care about, you can write – with confidence and enjoyment.”  – William Zinsser

In Saturday’s interview with Ian Hedley, he mentioned being able to think better on paper. Do you agree?

As a visual person by nature, words on a screen can often feel very one-dimensional to me. When I put pencil to paper, I can doodle in the margins, circle great ideas, cross out the not so good ones, and rearrange a series of papers on the floor to see which part of a project should come first, next, etc.

“Sketchbooks are not about being a good artist, they’re about being a good thinker.” – Jason Santa Maria

Good Ideas Grow on Paper:  “Great designers have one thing in common: their design process is centred on ideas; ideas that are more often than not developed on paper.”

The Magic of Thinking Paper 

“you slow yourself down so you can consider each thought” 

Doris Plumb uses a writing process that involves writing quickly in a journal, without thinking, so students’ ideas come out fast.

Tuesday Talk Back: Ethical Shopping – How much does it matter to you?

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Which ethical considerations are most important to you when you shop? Are you strict to those rules, or do you allow them to bend if and when time or price is a concern? 

Clairefontaine is currently the only European manufacturer making its own paper for its own products. This guarantees not only consistent quality, but also controls the environmental impact of the manufacturing process.

  • Materials sourced from certified sustainable forests
  • Better manufacturing processes
  • No bleaching
  • Natural inks
  • We supply most of our own energy
  • Commitment to waste reduction and recycling

(Note: Rhodia paper is manufactured by Clairefontaine. What’s the difference? The paper in Clairefontaine products is all 90g and bright white. Rhodia papers are either white 80g or Ivory 90g with one exception: The paper in the Rhodia Meeting book 90 is 90g.) 

Rhodia Weekly Planners

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We are sold out of the orange cover Rhodia Weekly Planner (or Webplanner) in pocket and large.  It is still available in black.

A number of people wrote to complain about the missing inside back pocket.  The reason it was removed is that continuing to include it would have added an additional $4 to the price of each book.  Presently, the suggested list price for pocket versions is $18; the large or desk size is $26.  If we kept the inside pocket, the prices would have been $22 and $30 respectively.

Question:  would you pay the extra $4 for the inside pocket?

Tuesday Talk Back: Who Are You?

Stephanie Smith

The subject of today’s Talk Back post is: Who are you, and what do you do? 

I am Stephanie Smith, and I am your Rhodia Driver. When people ask what I do, I often struggle to put it into a single word or phrase. The simplest answer would be, “I’m creative.” But that tends to not make sense to a lot of people.  A slightly longer answer would be something along the lines of, “I’m a writer. I’m also an artist, and I develop and offer creativity workshops designed to inspire, empower, and support people along their path.” Rhodia Drive and I found each other because of my intense love for tools that feed my creativity.

I believe creativity flows easier when working with tools you love.

I’ve been using Rhodia 8+ years and one of my current favorite products is the No. 16 top stapled pad in blank or dot. Cover color doesn’t matter. How do I use these? Typically to scrawl ideas for new projects and I’ve gone through a ton.

I also use the No. 18 (blank) the Classic Meeting Books, R pads… As long as it’s blank or dot, it’s high on my list. I am patiently waiting for spiral bound dot pads….

Now that I’ve had a moment to share, will you tell us a bit about yourself? Who are you, what do you do, and which is your favorite Rhodia product?

Tuesday Talk Back: What other Exaclair papers would you like to sample in the Paper Project? and, Oberon cover winners!

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8 weeks ago, we initiated The Paper Project; a weekly program which would permit people all over the world to sample a variety of Exaclair papers and so far, so good. Judging by the feedback we are receiving, you really appreciate the opportunity to try before you buy, and we really like hearing what you like and don’t like about the products you are sampling.

For today’s Talk Back, we’d like to know what other papers or products would you like to sample? G Lalo Stationery cards? Something from a Quo Vadis Planner?

Take a look at the Exaclair catalog here, and tell us what you’d like see offered in an upcoming week of The Paper Project.

Take note! The Paper Project will be on holiday hiatus starting December 22nd and returning on January 5th.

  • Week 8 Dec. 8th
  • Week 9 Dec 15th
  • On Hiatus Dec 22nd
  • On Hiatus Dec 29th
  • Week 10 Jan 5th

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PS: Winners of the 2 Leather Covers from Oberon Design are: Ashley Shell & smwebb! Congratulations! Each will include a pocket Webbie. 

 

Tuesday Talk Back: Big, Little, or Somewhere in Between?

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If you regularly use a bound notebook or journal, what size do you prefer, and why?

Shown above is a purple pocket sized (A6 3 ½ x 5 ½ ”) Rhodiarama Webbie, a large (A5 8 ¼” x 5 ½”) Landscape Webbie and an extra large (A4 8 1/4 x 11 3/4″) Quo Vadis Habana.

My go-to size for a long time has been A5. 5×8″ books allow for me, a decent amount of real estate to write as large as I like and/or to sketch without feeling cramped. I also think this size isn’t too large to stick into a purse or backpack. I find 3×5″ books a bit too small for my needs, – though I do like and have occasionally used the 4×6″ Habanas, which are even better for portability.

The 8×11″ Habana shown above? I’ve had it for quite a while but haven’t yet committed to a use for it. Fear of The Blank Page? Perhaps…

Tuesday Talk Back: Leather Rhodia Covers & Pen Accessories

 

rhodia_leather_02_750Leather covers and pen accessories for Rhodia products is a fast-growing niche. In fact, we plan to dedicate a page on Rhodiapads.com for fans to find the perfect cover or gift.

Artisans I have identified so far include – Gfeller Casemakers, Hidebound, JUL Designs, The Clicky Post, Inkleaf Leather, Sula Jane and Earl, Oberon Design, Quiver Pen Holders and Ateleia Craft.

Do you have other shops and craftspeople you would like to recommend?  Do you make notebook covers or pen accessories and would like to be included?  Please let us know!

Thank you for your recommendations.

 

 

Tuesday Talk Back: What is your preferred ruling width?

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Over the years, we’ve received a number of requests for ruling in a wide range of widths, (anywhere from 4mm, to 9mm) and I’m guessing that a preference for a specific size of ruling is primarily related to the size of one’s handwriting.

While I prefer blank paper, (so I can write as big or as small as I want) I have no problems working with 7-8mm lined ruling. 9mm makes me feel like I’m back in grade school, and 4mm makes my eyes go buggy because all I see are lines.

Do you have a preference for a particular line width? Do you need this width for reasons other than the size of your handwriting?

Read about Ruled Paper on Wikipedia

Read about ruling in Materials and Techniques of Manuscript Production

Google Answers a Question on The History of Ruled Paper 

A Brief History of Lined Paper 

Tuesday Talk Back: Ink Colors on Ivory Paper – Yay or Nay?

Ivory Rhodia Paper

I’ve always been a big fan of the way ink colors look on off-white or ivory paper and I’m glad to know that some of the folks from week 1 of The Paper Project discovered that they liked it as well.

“…first time trying ivory paper and I liked it a lot! I noticed that it really brought out some of the fountain pen ink colors”

“I agree…that the ivory paper of the Rhodia 80th really made the colors of the inks (gels and ballpoints) pop.”

“I was surprised with how the colors I like to use (relatively muted greens and greys) actually looked nice on the Rhodia 80th Anniversary ivory/grey/graph paper.”

“…although I prefer a lighter ivory paper, warm-toned inks look great on this one!”

“I really love Ivory paper, my absolute favourite in the lot. It enhances fountain pen ink colors.”

What do you think about using colored inks on ivory paper? Does it enhance the way the ink looks, or do you find it distracting? When choosing inks, do you think about how they will look on a warmer toned paper?

UPDATE: The Paper Project Week 3: Your Chance to Sample 3 Different Rhodia Papers

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The Paper Project is our way to offer a variety of Exaclair paper samples to 50 people each week. Every Monday, we will be offering paper samples from 1-4 products to 50 people on a first come, first served basis. (There is no limit to how many weeks you can participate!) Samples will be mailed once we reach 50 participants with recipients being notified via e-mail.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST – WE HAVE REACHED 50 PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS WEEK. TUNE IN NEXT MONDAY FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THE PAPER PROJECT 

EEK! I inadvertently noted the incorrect products for this weeks samples: 

Week 3 samples will include sheets from the : 5×8 Webnotepad Lined, (same as Webbie paper) 6×8 Lined R, 6×8 Lined Rhodia 80g

Week 3 samples will include 1 sheet each from the 5×8″ lined, blank and dot ruled Webnotepad. This is the same paper found in our much loved Webbies. (Webnotebooks) 

Psst: Please share this post to your favorite social media sites. Thank you! 

If you have been chosen to receive samples in any given week, please come back and leave comments on the corresponding week’s page. We welcome you to blog or share to your favorite social media sites about your experiences.

Tag #rhodiapaperproject on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’d like us to see your Paper Project blog posts, post your links in the comment section on corresponding week’s page OR to our Rhodia Drive Facebook page.

What kind of comments are we looking for?

  • Tell us what you like/don’t like about the paper.
  • How do you like using pencil/pen/fountain pen on it.
  • Would you use it to write/draw/doodle/sketch etc.?
  • …and anything else you think we should know.

Need a few recent reviews for inspiration?

Rhodia Paper Project Week 1 at Nerd Uprising

re: Rhodia Ice “I love that the grey graph is dark enough to guide my lines but not so pronounced as to distract from the words themselves.”

Week #1 sampling group for The Paper Project at bjw-draw

“maybe the best paper I have ever used for ink drawings. It accepts all the types of ink I depend on in my work.”

You can also check out the reviews that people are posting in the comment section of the Week 1 and Week 2 posts. 

If you are viewing this post via e-mail or on a mobile device, you may need to visit Rhodia Drive directly to see the entry form. (Entries must be received through the form – please do not post your name and address in the comment section of this post  to receive samples. Thank you!) 

 

Tuesday Talk Back: Covering Your Notebooks: Yes or No?

Gfeller Webbie

How important is it to you to cover your tablets and notebooks? While Rhodia offers several options of covers for the top staple bound pads, and Exacompta makes a clipboard folio for the Rhodia No. 18 pads called the Exaboard, we seem to mostly hear people talk about wanting covers made of leather.

If you’d like a leather cover for your favorite Rhodia products, check out these companies below. Don’t see what you’d like, or want something customized? Don’t be afraid to ask these folks to handcraft something just for you.

The Rhodia Webbie shown above, is adorned in a leather cover from Gfeller Casemakers – currently offering hand-made cases for 9 different Rhodia offerings.

Hidebound Leather

Hidebound Leather offers a variety of covers and folios for several Rhodia products.

Sulu Jane and Earl

A variety of colorful leather covers from Sulu Jane and Earl fit pocket sized Rhodia notebooks.

Ateleia

Ateleia Craft & Design just recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to manufacture a sweet brass pen, and also the leather journal shown above.

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If you are a fan of Circa Rhodia, Renaissance Arts makes several covers for the disc bound products from Levenger.

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InkLeaf Leather offers leather covers for small and large sized Rhodia Webbies. 

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A personal favorite of mine, is this one of a kind leather case made by Michael Martinez,

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as is this AMAZING custom folio by Cary Schwarz, a saddle maker from Salmon, Idaho.

The Paper Project Week 2: Your Chance to Sample 3 Different Blank Papers

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The Paper Project is our way to offer a variety of Exaclair paper samples to 50 (FIFTY! We’ve increased it to Fifty!) people each week. Every Monday, we will be offering paper samples from 1-4 products to 50 people on a first come, first served basis. (There is no limit to how many weeks you can participate!) Samples will be mailed once we reach 50 participants and recipients will be notified via e-mail.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST – WE HAVE REACHED 50 PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS WEEK. TUNE IN NEXT MONDAY FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THE PAPER PROJECT 

Week 2 samples will include 1 sheet each of these 3 6×8″blank Exaclair products:

  • Clairefontaine Graf It 
  • G Lalo Stationery (white) 
  • Clairefontaine Triomphe

If you have been chosen to receive samples in any given week, please come back and leave comments on the corresponding week’s page. We welcome you to blog or share to your favorite social media sites about your experiences.

Tag #rhodiapaperproject on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’d like us to see your Paper Project blog posts, post your links in the comment section on corresponding week’s page OR to our Rhodia Drive Facebook page.

What kind of comments are we looking for?

  • Tell us what you like/don’t like about the paper.
  • How do you like using pencil/pen/fountain pen on it.
  • Would you use it to write/draw/doodle/sketch etc.?
  • - and anything else you think we should know.

If you are viewing this post via e-mail or on a mobile device, you may need to visit Rhodia Drive directly to see the entry form. (Entries must be received through the form – please do not post your name and address in the comment section of this post  to receive samples. Thank you!) 

 

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