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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?

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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?

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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?

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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!) 

 

Tuesday Talk Back: Time it takes for ink to dry on the page – Important to you?

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Clairefontaine and Rhodia papers are often cherished by fountain pen users because their water based inks typically do not bleed through or feather on our papers. How does this work? Clairefontaine manufactures the papers in a such a way that it resists more ink rather than it absorbs. (Want to learn more about paper manufacturing processes? Check out Clairefontaine’s Paper Vocabulary here.)

HERBIN Blotter paperDownsides to this process? For some, depending on the size of the nib, type of ink used, and or relative humidity, ink might take longer to dry on the page. (This is why blotting paper was invented. J. Herbin makes blotting paper)

Is the length of time it takes for ink to dry on the page important to you? Have you ever switched to a different paper because of it? Do you use blotter paper?

Great New Opportunities to Sample Some Rhodia!

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Two great opportunities are on the immediate horizon which will allow you to sample Rhodia products, as well as paper from various other Exaclair brands like Clairefontaine, G Lalo and Exacompta. 

First up: In tomorrow’s post, we will be giving away 15 of the limited edition No. 80 Anniversary sets!

And then, on Monday, we are rolling out… The Paper Project!!!  And just what IS The Paper Project?

The Paper Project will offer 30 people each week (first come, first served) the opportunity to test and compare up to 3 sheets of paper from a wide variety of Exaclair products. We will look forward to hearing your feedback and comments about your experiences testing these samples on the giveaway page itself, and as always, you are more than welcome to write reviews of our products on your own personal blogs and or share your experiences with this project throughout your various social media outlets. (Tag #rhodiapaperproject on Instagram)

So… are you as excited about this project as we are???

 

Who would like to see fountain pen friendly Rhodia Engineering paper?

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We received a recent letter from Michael Marchesan asking us to develop an fountain pen friendly engineer’s pad. When Karen Doherty asked why engineers couldn’t use the standard grid, Michael responded as follows:

I used to do all of my math/science on graph paper for years until I began engineering study and realized the beauty of engineering paper. 

Engineering paper has it’s grid on the backside, which you do not actually write on. The grid shows through to the front of the paper which is blank, so you can have the benefits of writing on gridded paper, without actually writing on a grid.

When you tear your sheet off the glued-top-bound pad, it appears as if though you wrote in perfectly straight lines and did all your calculations, figures and measurements with incredible precision on a blank sheet without the distraction of a grid on your work.

The other benefit to this is that the grid does not show up when your work is photocopied from engineering paper.

Each grid on engineering paper is 0.2″x0.2″, with bold grid-lines forming 1″x1″ squares every 5 grids–great for scaling and doing precise engineering calculations and figures.

So who else out there would like to see Rhodia produce a fountain pen friendly version of this specialized paper? Spread the word and tell people to comment on this post.

Feedback wanted: What do you like best about this blog? What would you like to see more of on Rhodia Drive?

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We’d like to know what keeps you coming back to Rhodia Drive – what type of content you prefer: what you’d like to see more of, and what you’d like to see less of.

Judging by the number of comments we receive, we can clearly tell that you enjoy offering your feedback on our products – which we really appreciate. Over the years, your feedback has helped to upgrade and improve product design which creates a win-win situation for the both of us. These posts will now typically be featured as “Tuesday Talk Back.”

We also know that you love our contests & giveaways – that’s a no brainer and we’ll continue to offer them as often as we can.

If you wouldn’t mind taking a moment to offer your feedback on this form, we’d really appreciate it. If you don’t see the form below, please visit the blog directly, in order to submit your responses. Thank you!

Tuesday Talk Back: Light or dark dots? Feedback on new Clairefontane dotGraf-it pads

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I was really excited about the Clairefontaine dot ruled Graf It pads because it’s a really nice light grained drawing paper and after blank, dots are my preferred ruling.

When I received the sample from Karen, I was a bit disappointed because the light violet dots didn’t play well with my eyes. My first impression was that there were inconsistencies in the printing, with some dots appearing to be lighter than others. In a side by side comparison, the grey dots in the Rhodia dotPads look dark by comparison. (That’s the Rhodia on the left and two Graf It’s in the middle and on the right.)

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Since this is a drawing pad, I decided to show this paper to a number of my artist friends. What I saw as potentially bothersome, they viewed as a positive attribute. They all wanted the dots to recede from their field of vision while drawing. They wanted them to be gentle guides and as non-obtrusive as possible.

Have you tried these yet? If so, what do you think? Do you like the lighter violet dots or the slightly darker great ones?

Below, sculptor Virginia Abbott poses with a quick sketch that she created on the Clairefontaine dot Graf It pad.

Virginia Abbott with Clairefontaine dot GrafIt 

Graph It Dot Grid stapled pads: 80 sheets of white drawing 90g PEFC paper with pre-printed lilac light dots. The light geometric dot matrix is used as a skillful guide for your sketches, technical drawings or note taking. This subtle matrix will become almost invisible at scan, or on photocopy to reveal only your sketch.

Dot Grid
160 pages / 80 sheets
90gsm / 41lb white paper
Available in A4 & A5

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