Tuesday Talk Back: Keeping it in, or tearing it out?


Today’s Talk Back subject: Do you keep all of the pages intact in your notebooks/tablets or are you ok with removing them?

In a perfect world I’d like to keep everything intact in all my tablets, spiral notebooks and bound journals. Why? Because in my mind, there is something both powerful and rewarding about seeing a tablet or book filled with ideas representational of a specific period in time.

In reality, my only rule is to keep bound books intact and sometimes spiral notebooks fall into that category, sometimes not. Tablets on the other hand, are regularly cannibalized for whatever task at hand.

I am most effective when I am able to work visually – which means sometimes spreading 53 individual pages out on the floor (or taping them to a wall) so I can get a better sense of how things fit together. These sheets can often be found clipped together and somewhat embarrassingly stored in gallon sized zip-lock freezer bags. (Though they are not stored in the freezer.) 

What works for you? In or out?

Week 7 of The Paper Project: FREE Samples of Rhodia Meeting Book Paper

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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 and 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. *Note: The Paper Project will be on holiday the weeks of December 22 & 29 and will resume with Week 10 on January 5th. 


Week 7 samples for the Paper Project include 1 sheet from each of the A5 6 ½ x 8 ¼” Classic Rhodia Meeting Book and the Rhodia Meeting Book 90 

Characteristics for both the Classic Rhodia Meeting Book and the Rhodia Meeting Book 90 include:

  • 2 sizes: Compact 6 ½ x 8 ¼” and Large 9 x 11 ¾”
  • 80 Pre-printed lined sheets include: Date + Notes + Action
  • Micro-perforated sheets for easy and clean removal

Differences between the Classic Rhodia Meeting Book and the Rhodia Meeting Book 90 include:

  • The Classic Rhodia Meeting Book has orange or black coated and waterproof card covers and 80g paper.
  • The Rhodia Meeting Book 90 has a black polypro cover and 90g paper.

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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 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?

Fun with Paper Samples from Rhodia Drive 

“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.”

#rhodiapaperproject week 4 at Penguin Girl

“There are improvements in printing the grid lines over the past 18 years, the line is sharper and I think very slightly finer. ”

Rhodia week#4

“This is an interesting week of paper choices. The tabbed notebook page is a bit out of context. I find myself wondering if I would like the tabs in the context of the whole book.”

You can also check out the reviews that people are posting in the comment section of the Week 1 Week 2,  Week 3, and Week 4 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!) 

Rhodia on JustDaveyB’s Desk


This is David’s desk. David is also known as JustDaveyB. (<– Check out his blog) Does your desk look like David’s? If yes, Rhodia thanks you.

“Just a few Rhodia pads on the desk” – David

(From left on the desktop)

Rhodia No18 Orange Blank – used to print my writing sample pages
(Under above)
Rhodia No19 Blank Dotpad – used for general writing and dip penning of inks
(at Bottom of pile)
Rhodia No38 Orange 5×5 – my blotter on occasion
Rhodia Webbie Black A5 Blank – my daily journal

(In the red desk tidy)

(front row)
Rhodia No11 Orange 5×5 – for quick scribbles
Rhodia No12 Orange Dotpad – for scribbles that need more space
Rhodia No12 Black R lined – for scribbles that need 90gsm ivory paper

(second row)
Rhodia No14 Black lined – for lists
(behind above)
RhodiaNo15 Orange lined – for longer lists
Rhodia No16 Orange Dotpad – for my weekend Ink in use writing samples
(and on the lean)
Rhodia No8 Orange 5×5 – for really,really long lists. :)

Link Share Friday: February Edition


Rhodia Meeting Book at Office Supply Geek

J. Herbin Encre Rouge Ink Review at The Pen Addict

Preventing Hand Fatigue During Long Writing Sessions at Pentorium

More on Finishing Notebooks at Notebook Stories

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – White Body, Black M Nib at No Pen Intened

Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Marker at A Penchant for Paper

Quo Vadis Exatime 17 (personal size Filofax compatible) 2014 week + notes diary insert at Plannerisms

Review of the Clairefontaine Calligraphy Pad at Life Imitates Doodles

15 Quick and Dirty Writing Tips at Writing Forward

Faber-Castell brings two new colors to the affordable Loom lineup at Fountain Pen Geeks

Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules of Writing at Brain Pickings

Review: Rhodia No. 18 Uni-Blank Pad at The Well Appointed Desk

Sketchbook Exercises at Nordljus

Responsive ‘Hexi’ Wall Ripples and Wobbles Based on Nearby Motion at Colossal

Family Connection — Another Reason To Write Our Memories at Writing Through Life

Faber-Castell Loom Fountain Pen at Write to Me Often

Intro to the Monteverde Impressa Fountain Pen at Ink Nouveau

Rotring 800 0.5mm Pencil Review at Ed Jelley

Image courtesy of laurazigman on Instagram


David Allen of GTD on Rhodia

Getting Things Done

David Allen is a productivity consultant who is best known as the creator of the time management method known as “Getting Things Done”.

David comments on the Rhodia Meeting Book: “I love this Rhodia pad. First, the paper stands up to my fountain pen ink without bleeding through. It’s a great size for taking notes at all sorts of meetings; the perf-ing is very functional (important for processing notes through my in-tray!) Great tool.”

and on the Rhodia Reverse Book: “I love the Rhodia Reverse Book. Not only is it great for “lefties” in our workshops, it’s a great size and graphics for creative mapping, note-taking, drawing, etc. And, as usual with your paper, it lets me play with my fountain pen without bleed-through!” Visit the GTD Times Blog. 

Which Rhodia Meeting Book Do You Prefer?

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Rhodia is currently offering two versions of their widely popular Meeting Book with its concise note-taking system.  Which do you prefer?

Invented by a CEO for his own use, these notebooks are designed to be an all-in-one record of meeting discussions, decisions & action items. Easy to review at one glance, with space for action items and room to organize notes on the side, these are the optimal tool for efficient meetings.

The Original Meeting Book
• Card covers are coated & waterproof (Available in orange or black)
• 80 g extra white paper, smooth satin finish
• Microperforated for easy and clean removal
• Double wire-binding – never snags
• Pre-printed pages: Date + Notes + Action
• 80 sheets lined, 2 sizes (6 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄4″ and 9 x 11 3⁄4″)

The NEW Meeting Book 90: Premium quality, sharp styling and superior strength.
• Extra strong black textured PP cover
• 90 g extra white paper, smooth satin finish
• Microperforated for easy and clean removal
• Double wire-binding — never snags
• Pre-printed pages: Date + Notes + Action
• 80 sheets lined, 2 sizes (6 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄4″ and 9 x 11 3⁄4″)

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

Meeting Book paper in staple bound format – Your Thoughts?

Rhodia Meeting Book

We recently received a request for the Rhodia Meeting Book format to be offered in a staple bound version. Is this something that would interest you? We always appreciate hearing your suggestions, comments and feedback about out products.

Remember – today is the last day to enter my Anniversary Giveaway to win one of 20 Rhodiarama Webbies! 

Bullet Journal Method: Your Thoughts?

From the Bullet Journal website: For the list-makers, the note-takers, the Post-It note pilots, the track-keepers, and the dabbling doodlers. Bullet journal is for those who feel there are few platforms as powerful as the blank paper page. It’s an analog system for the digital age that will help you organize the present, record the past, and plan for the future.

This method seems simple enough – think you might give it a go it in a DotWebbie?


– See more at: http://www.bulletjournal.com

Read the recent article about Bullet Journal on LifeHacker.


Have you tried a Rhodia Pad Holder Yet?


Did you know that Rhodia makes pad holders for a variety of our top stapled notepads? Available in orange and black lightly grained imitation leather with an embossed Rhodia logo, the covers are flexible and smooth. They include an inner pocket for notes, business cards, or receipts. Each holder comes with a pad. Rhodia pad holders are available in the following sizes:

  • N° 08 – 3 x 8 ¼” (Long Skinny)
  • N° 11 – 3 x 4″
  • N° 12 – 3 ⅜ x 4 ¾”
  • N° 13 – 4 x 6″
  • N° 14 – 4 ⅜ x 6 ⅜”
  • N° 16 (w/ Pen holder) 6 x 8 ¼”
  • N° 18 – 8 ¼ x 11 ¾”
  • N° 21 (Le Carre) – 8 ¼ x 8 ¼”


Rhodia also offers a special “R” Premium Pad Gift Set which includes a No. 16 (6 x 8 ¼”) R pad and a Rhodia pencil.

Announcing the 20 Winners of the NEW Rhodia Meeting Book 90

Rhodia Meeting Book 90

Big thanks to all of you who entered our Meeting Book giveaway – extra special thanks to all of you who shared the contest on your own social media sites. And now the winners!

Matt T from Richmond TX
Star from Sebastopol CA
sergei gee
Betsy from Augusta GA
JL Hall
Samuel Robino
Dan G. from Bedminster NJ
Sharon A. from Long Beach CA
David Long
R.S. Robertson
Bill S. from Randolph, MA
Mina W
Nick K. from Brookfield IL
Beth P from Lethbridge Canada
Bob from Milwaukee
StephL from Birmingham AL
R. Lovell
Sharon Faulk

April Giveaway: The NEW Rhodia Meeting Book 90! Enter now for your chance to win 1 of 20

Rhodia 90 Meeting Book

The all NEW Rhodia Meeting Book 90 – How is it different than our standard Meeting Book? Subtlety ribbed black polypro cover, black spiral binding, 90g ultra smooth white paper. Features found on both versions? 80 sheets/160 pages, Pre-printed two-color pages: Date + Notes +Action, Micro perforated pages for easy and clean removal. Available in two sizes: Compact 6 ½ x 8 ¼” and Large 9 x 11 ¾”

Would you like to try one? We are giving away 20 of the Compact 6 ½ x 8 ¼” NEW Meeting Book 90’s!  Continue Readering »

Options for using the No. 8 Rhodia pad

Rhodia Pad List

At approximately 3×8″ the Rhodia No. 8 pad is no doubt the ultimate list-making tablet, but as I started thinking about what other purposes this narrow pad might serve, “Note Taking Bookmark” came to mind. I read a lot of non-fiction and I am always underlining, highlighting, and writing notes in the margins – especially when I don’t have a notebook close at hand. A single sheet from a No. 8 pad tucked inside the cover of a new book would serve the dual function of holding your place while also giving you a surface to jot down notes while reading.

Have you found any other uses for the No. 8? What if you turned it sideways?

No. 8 Specs:

  • 74 x 210 (3 x 8 ¼”)
  • 80 sheets of 80g RHODIA superfine vellum paper
  • Available in grid or lined ruling
  • Original coated card cover in orange or black
  • Card board backed
  • Micro-perforated sheets
  • A great pad for To Dos, tasks, shopping lists or to write down orders.

Holding it all in the head


I have a not-so-helpful habit of keeping my to-do lists, appointments, etc., in my head. I try writing things down but always seem to leave the list at home or in the car OR I forget that I’ve made a note on my iPhone. Over the years I’ve tried using a variety of planners and while I often get off to a great start, things often quickly fizzle out. While I believe my life could greatly benefit from a healthy dose of quality organization and better time management skills, I often wonder why I can’t seem to make a real commitment towards making that happen.

This is the best I can come up with:

Maybe I don’t like to be told what to do, and so I resist accountability for my actions by not keeping them neat and organized.

Perhaps I have not learned the value in taking the time to plan & organize my life.

I might be afraid of writing everything down and becoming dependent upon a system that could get lost or deleted.

Or, I could just be lazy.

Those are speculative but these I know for certain:

 I struggle to do certain things when I’m not motivated to do them. (But when I am motivated, the quality of my efforts is top notch) 

I don’t want to be one of those people who lives out of their day planner. I need spontaneity. (Though does forgetting to pay the electric bill count as being spontaneous? More like forgetful…) 

Am I the only one who struggles to keep organized? One who keeps everything they need to do in their head and often relies on visual clues to take action? I suppose that if what I forget starts to outweigh what I remember, I might be forced to adopt some kind of regular system.

Do you have a regular system for keeping your life organized?

Image of the Rhodia WebPlanner courtesy of bakanekosan on Instagram

Do you plan your day?

Part of the charm of being a self-employed creative is that I don’t have to plan my day – but I’m not saying that’s necessarily a decent strategy for success. In fact, I know that I could probably be a lot more productive (and efficient) if I started to lay down even the simplest of guidelines for what needs to be done instead of constantly reacting to what has to be done. And then of course there’s that whole having to rely on my 43 year old mind to even remember what needs to be done.

I’m one of those strange mixes of left/right brain that allows me to be creative yet very analytical. The downside to this is that the creative side doesn’t like to be constrained. Ever. It doesn’t like deadlines and wants to stay up till 3 AM working to develop a new project. It laughs at to-do lists while ripping them to pieces to be used in a future collage project.

But I digress.

If you were to offer a few simple words of advice to someone wishing to be better organized with their time, what would they be?

Image courtesy of bgiglio on Instagram

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