More Dots?

dot Webbie 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.)

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What format do you use for taking the minutes at a meeting?

Meeting Notes

I just left a meeting where I had volunteered to take notes. I probably captured more information than was really necessary, but who determines how much is enough? While I’m guessing more is probably better than less, a lengthy list of notes might be too much to review for those not in attendance.

Do you have a specific format that you follow for taking meeting minutes? No? Check out the links below for tips:

How to take meeting minutes

Taking meeting minutes

How to take notes in meetings

Geometric Doodles on a Rhodia Graph Pad


Charles – could this be one of your old graph pads?

Last week, Charles Barilleaux voiced his preference for our dot paper stating, “The grid doesn’t work for me, as I wind up spending meetings filling in the squares.”

Anyone else enjoy coloring in the squares like this?

(This image actually belongs to kaiser5081 on Instagram.)

Clairefontaine dot? Quo Vadis dot?

Clairefontaine grafit dot

Other than the up and coming Clairefontaine dotGrid Graf-It pads, dot ruling is exclusive to Rhodia.

If you prefer Clairefontaine, Quo Vadis or Exacompta papers, would you like them even more if they were available with dot ruling? If yes, please tell us which specific product- including anything in the Rhodia line that isn’t yet available in the dot format.

A Change in Handwriting?


Has anyone else noticed any changes to their handwriting over the years? Has it become neater, messier, or perhaps more stylized? I know that I began to use a combination of printed/cursive letters sometime when I was an early teenager. Since that time, I believe that my writing has become somewhat more stylized and I am now able to write straight across the page when using blank paper. My signature on the other hand, has disintegrated into only a few recognizable letter forms. 

(This is one of those times when my notes about a post actually becomes the post.)


Creating a Manifestation List for 2014


The definition of resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something.”

The definition of manifestation is “an event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something, esp. a theory or an abstract idea.”

Instead of making resolutions for the new year, I make a manifestation list. I put things on the list that embody not only who I want to be (compassionate, full of energy) but also things what I want to do, like visiting the museums in NYC or taking a personal retreat. The key is to word each item on your list in a way where you are allowing yourself to think and act “as if” the thing you want already exists or has already happened. I like to start the list with something along the lines of “In 2014 I have…” or “In 2014 I…” even “In 2014 I am…”

You want to avoid using word like “want” because according to the law of attraction, (like attracting like) to declare that you “want” something keeps you “wanting” it. If I want to take a retreat in the new year, I might add it to my list as “feel great after a week in upstate New York at the retreat center.” or “attend a relaxing retreat.” Want a new job? Imagine cashing your paycheck with an air of renewed self confidence. Think about what you will pack for your daily lunch. What color sweater you will be wearing on your first day. The more real you can make it in your mind, the more likely it is to happen.

Make sense? Have you ever used creative visualization techniques such as this one?

Tropen Scholar Fountain Pen on dotPad


Tropen is (or maybe was?) a German pen company which started in the mid-20s  and was manufacturing a variety of pen types up and through the late 80s and maybe longer – but there doesn’t seem to be much information on the web about them.

Tropen Fountain Pen – discussion on the Fountain Pen Network 

History of Tropen Scholar?  – discussion on 

Tropen Scholar on Writing Without Rhythm

Image courtesy of linckchau on Instagram

Rhodia Reporter Style Webnotepad – How are you using it?

Rhodia Webnotepad

Our reporter style Rhodia dotGrid Webnotepads can easily be used vertically or horizontally. Which way are you using yours?

  • Hard-back Italian leatherette covers in orange or black
  • Luxury 90g ivory vellum paper, super smooth, acid-free, pH neutral
  • Light grey dot grid with 5mm intervals
  • 96 micro perforated sheets
  • Matching elastic closure holds pad secure
  • Two sizes: pocket or palm A6 – 3 ½ ” x 5 ½ ” (9.0 x 14.0 cm) and A7 – 3 ” x 4 ¾ ” (7.5 x 12.0 cm)

Checking in on Ruling: Graph, Lined, Dot or Blank?


What is your favorite Rhodia ruling? Is it graph, lined, dot or blank, and how do you use them? My ultimate favorite is blank – perfect for writing or doodles. 2nd favorite is the dot grid – also for writing/doodles.

Favor? Help us share this question with your friends.

Image courtesy of jiminellie on Instagram.

We Want Your Feedback: Clairefontaine dotGrid Graf-It Pads

dot Grid graf it Clairefontaine

There are always lots of goodies to be found within the French Clairefontaine Catalog and the good folks at Exaclair (The North American distributors of Clairefontaine, Rhodia, J. Herbin, etc.) have their work cut out for them when deciding which products to import from France. I find it almost painful to flip through page after page of what I refer to as “The Big Book” screaming like a young Veruca Salt “I want that! and that! and THAT! I want that and I want it NOW!”

*Ahem.* (Taking a moment to calm my composure.) So what do you think of these new Clairefontaine ‘Graf it’ Pads? Would you buy them?

Translated from the French Clairefontaine catalogue:

Graph It Dot Grid stapled pad is the perfect companion! Simple, modern & very practical. 80 sheets of white drawing 90gmm 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

What was your first Rhodia experience?


My first Rhodia experience was a pair of small gridded No. 11’s that I purchased at Dick Blick. I bought them after reading that one of my favorite jewelry designers kept one in his back pocket at all times. Mine lived in my purse. A few years later, I’d explore additional Rhodia/Clairefontaine options once I’d started writing with a fountain pen and discovered that all paper wasn’t so friendly with water based fountain pen inks.

What do you remember about your first Rhodia experience?

The image above is courtesy of Be sure to visit the blog whose author loves books, cats, stationery, pens, fountain pens, inks, sufi tradition, myths, religions, occult and everything!

Pen Tests Are Part of The Fun


I believe one of the joys of writing with a fountain pen is being able to explore so many different options. From the various nib types to literally hundreds of different ink options in every imaginable color, this allows you to customize your experience which in turn, can make every writing task seem less of a chore and more like like something to look forward to. Rhodia and Clairefontaine papers are consistent performers when paired with these water based inks and can help make your writing experience become even more enjoyable.

Do you have a pen test page like the one above? This is always a fun way to compare which inks are your favorites in which pen. I know some people who choose famous quotations when trying out new inks. Me? I always found myself writing the alphabet or doodling with a new pen/ink.

Image courtesy of heymatthew on Instagram

Knit One, Purl Rhodia

We love seeing how people use our products and I found it pretty interesting that a dotWebbie was helping to maintain the structure of a new knitting pattern. (With Bleu Pervenche ink?)

Though I’ve always wanted to learn to knit, I’m not the type that can tolerate the discipline needed to follow a pattern. My sweaters would come out with three arms, socks with extra toes… you know where I’m coming from? Until that time, I’m happy to buy pretty knitted hats and scarves from local fiber artists.

Do you knit?

Image courtesy of Shangching CH – follow bakanekosan on Instagram.

Enter Now to Win! Stephanie’s 3rd Anniversary Big Giveaway: A Few of My Favorite Things

Can you believe it’s already my 3rd year anniversary writing the Rhodia Drive blog? Guess that means it’s also time to give away a few more of my favorite things!

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Exaclair Giveaway at Life Imitates Doodles

Sandra Strait is a member of our Rhodia Journal Swap and an avid Zentangler. She recently reviewed on her blog Life Imitates Doodles, the Exacompta Pocket Portfolio which she turned into a beautifully decorated sketchbook. In the same post she is also offering a giveaway of one of the portfolios, a small Rhodia dotWebbie and also a set of 6 Spectrum Noir alcohol markers – be sure to visit her blog for your chance to win!

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