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Rhodia fans now is your time to shine! We want to see all the places where you buy your favorite Rhodia.

Take a photo of your Rhodia pad and the store you buy them at, use the hashtag #IBuyRhodia, and if you’re on Twitter or Instagram tag us @exaclair! Don’t have Instagram or Twitter? Post your photo on Rhodia Drive Facebook!


Every person who tags their photo with #IBuyRhodia will automatically be entered to win several prizes we have including classic Rhodia pads and notebooks with one lucky winner who will receive a very special exclusive Rhodia pad not sold in the U.S. yet!


We’ll keep the contest going until the National Stationery Show on May 18th which is where we will reveal all the new products we have this year!

There will be nine opportunities to win a prize and one winner of the special prize.We will randomly draw three winners from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on each of the following dates:

  • April 11th
  • April 25th
  • May 9th
  • and the one special prize winner announced on May 18th

The winner will be contacted via the entry platform (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and we will have a round up of all ten winners on May 19th right here on the blog.

Good luck and remember to tag your photos with #IBuyRhodia and @exaclair!

Ideal Pad Size?

airline tray 2

What’s the ideal pad size for writing on airplanes?  A good friend, and fountain pen aficionado, swears by the 5 x 5 size.  His usual 8 1/2 x 11 is too big to fit when the tray is lowered.

The 6 x 8 1/4 works best on tray-size for me; although if I use my preferred No. 18 (8 1/4 x 11 3/4), I compromise by using my bag as a lap desk.

What size is your ideal traveling pad?






Traveling Rhodia

Traveling Rhodia

Our friends at European Paper are doing a cool Rhodia promotion.  Here it is:

“We know Rhodia fans travel all over the world with their beloved orange pads. Here’s a chance to capture the adventure with your Rhodia! Simply use hashtag #TravelingRhodia, and tag @EuroPaper on Instagram or European Paper on Facebook  & we’ll send you a fantastic coupon! Follow European Paper on Instagram : Like European Paper on Facebook :”

*The details :
-Available to US customers only.
-Naturally, submissions must be new, original, and taken by you in order to receive a coupon; your participation in this contest warrants that this is true.
-Every new month, you can get a new coupon if you submit a new photo (one coupon per username per month, three coupons max).
-To receive a coupon, your Instagram account needs to be public (as we’re unable to send coupons to private users).
-The coupon cannot be combined with other offers.
-This coupon incentive is good through 12/31/13.
-Occasionally, we’ll feature our favorite submissions of #TravelingRhodia on our blog – we promise to credit your photo!

Happy Trails!  We look forward to seeing some great photos.  Thank you for your support of Rhodia and our wonderful retailers.



Rhodia On The Road: Where are you?


We have a Rhodia Fan Photo page entitled “On The Road” that is in desperate need of some love. I receive loads of “Favorite Pen” and “In Your Bag” photos but hardly any for “On The Road”. Can you help fix this? Send me a photo (to: stephanie at rhodiadrive dot com) of your favorite Rhodia somewhere interesting or exotic- like Kim’s image above from when she was in Jakarta, Indonesia.You are welcome to be in the photo as well, we’d love to see you!

Earnest Ward – Drawn to Life

Last week I had the absolute delight to speak with Earnest Ward, an artist, writer, calligrapher, educator and adventurer. He is headed off to Crater Lake National Park this May to serve as Artist-in-Residence. Earnest will be taking some of our notebooks with him for notes and sketches. EWcanoe

Talking with him made me homesick for Alaska, and the wide awesome expanses of the western part of the US. I hope Earnest and his family have a great time at Crater Lake. We had a wonderful family trip there many years ago, hiking around and getting out on the lake. I remember the island in the middle of the lake was called “Shaman’s Hat.”

During his residency he will be “observing and reflecting upon the natural and cultural history of the Park’s unique ecosystem” through my onsite journaling, and sharing experiences with his readers through regularly posted blog articles.

I plan to follow along in his footsteps and hope that some Rhodia Drive readers will join in his explorations and adventures.

Earnest’s blog is and his website is

Rhodia “On the Road”

Rhodia – our parent company – prepared this video as part of a contest for French customers.  See it here.

It’s a cute video. (Spoiler) – the cute orange pad ends up with the ride!

Can you see a different ending or new episode?





Where in the World is your Rhodia?

From our friend Kim King of the blog Consider the Lilies:

“Rhodia in Jakarta!  Specifically, just outside the entrance to Taman Mini, an incredible Indonesian cultural center.  More to write to you later about a really cool sounding ink made from concentrated smoke… read about it and saw writing done in it in one of the displays.”

I’ve also added this image to our “On The Road” Photo Page which is in dire need of submissions. Will you send me your photos of where in the world your Rhodia is? Send via e-mail to stephanie at rhodiadrive dot com.

Be sure to check out Kim’s blog if you would like to read more about her journeys while in Indonesia – and I can’t wait to hear more about that ink!

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