Rhodia on the Road: Show us yours!

Out on the field

Image courtesy of Robin Massingill – robin_mr on Imstagram

We would love to see where you’ve been taking Rhodia on the Road this year. Send your images to stephanie at rhodiadrive dot com to be added to our Rhodia on the Road Fan Photo Page. Interested in being a guest blogger? Include a paragraph or two with your image telling us a little bit about who you are, how you use your favorite Rhodia products and where you’ve taken them on the road and we’ll review it for publication on the blog. 

PS: On Instagram? Tag your images #rhodia

Rhodia Anniversary Video! Take a look into the Rhodia factory

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Rhodia is celebrating its 80th birthday! Take a look at the video below for a behind the scenes look at the Rhodia factory. See below the video for an English translation of the French.

Here is the newest Rhodia product, with its white color and metallic logo – offering a nod of recognition to the technology (cell phones) of today. For 80 years, the Rhodia brand has stood resilient- watching change after change in the way people communicate with one another, proving that nothing beats a great pad of paper. 

Geraldine Muller product manager: “The Rhodia pad is timeless. – which is the way Rhodia founders wanted it from the beginning.  The Rhodia logo and characteristics have remained the same. The only changes have been the introduction of the black cover in 2007 and now this year in white for its 80th birthday with a silver logo. It is a sort of wink to the digital with whom it gets along very well.”

40 people at the plant have produced 10 millions pads, and other than the color of the cover, the pads have not really changed since 1934 when two brothers from Lyon started with this simple orange pad with 80 sheets, and 80g paper, staple bound at top, To this day, it remains 100% made in France.

Patrick Sartre, plant manager: “We have both the people formed and ‘faithful’ to the company as well as the tools specialized for this product. With this winning combination there is no need to move away in order to stay abreast of the competition.”

Finally the 5000 tons of paper we use are guaranteed to protect the environment and the socio-conomic role of the forests.  Knowing that 11% of forests are harvested for paper, it is a very respectable accomplishment.

More Dots?

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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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Writing Affirmations

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Affirmations are a form of positive thinking and self-empowerment. They are carefully formatted statements which may be both written and spoken aloud. For an affirmation to be most effective, it should be crafted in the present tense, be positive, personal and specific. I will also always write an affirmation acting “as if” the desired circumstance currently exists. This is in response to techniques I’ve learned from reading the book, Creative Visualization.

Do you use affirmations? What are your favorites? Abundance is always at the top of my list.

Should there be a No. 17 Rhodia pad?

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Recent customer comment/question: “I love the notepads you make and the quality that they are crafted with. However, I cant find a size that I need. The no. 18 is too big and the no. 16 is too small for my application.’

This isn’t the first time we’ve had a request for something between the No. 16 & 18. Several people have mentioned the B5 format which is roughly 7″ x 10″. What do you think? Is this a crucial omission from the Rhodia lineup? In what way would a notebook this size better serve your needs? 

The Bloc Rhodia (top stapled) notepads originate in France which utilizes the widespread international ISO 216 standard. (A4, A5, etc.)

  • The No. 16: A5 5.8″ x 8.3″
  • The No. 18: A4 8.3″ x 11.7″
  • The No. 19: A4 Détaché 8.3″ x 12.5″ (In case you were wondering. the #19 has sheets that when detached, are fully A4 in size.)

The ISO 216 B series is less common in office use, and is used for a variety of special situations. B5 (6.93″ × 9.84″) is a relatively common choice for books.

North American paper sizes include:

  • Letter 8.5″ × 11″
  • Legal 8.5″ × 14″
  • Junior Legal 8.0″ × 5.0″

Friday Link Share: July Edition!

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Notebooks Explained at JetPens Blog

The Oxford Comma Controversy at Writer’s Relief

Brilliant Summer Inks And Watercolors at Inkophile

The Tiniest Fountain Pen at The Well-Appointed Desk

J. Herbin Bouton D’or Ink Review at Write to Me Often

Review: Rhodia Ice No. 16 A5 at Gourmet Pens

Episode 10 of Erasable: “The Graphites of Wrath” at Woodclinched

Hey Mr. Postman! at Rad and Hungry

Rhodiarama Notebook Review at Office Supply Geek

Bic Brite Liner Grip Highlighter at A Penchant for Paper

Guilt-Free Creative Work at Daisy Yellow Blog

Art Journal Every Day: Sketching at the Beach at Balzer Designs

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow at Brain Pickings

Journaling Exercise: What Are You Putting Off? at Kaizen Journaling

Listing our Legacy

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“We like lists because we don’t want to die.”

In a 2009 Spiegel interview with Umberto Eco, the Italian philosopher and novelist states “The list is the origin of culture.” And what does culture want? “To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order — not always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists, through catalogs, through collections in museums and through encyclopedias and dictionaries.”

I’ve kept my own book of lists for over a decade by contributing several lists per year of material either relevant to the time or from memory of things past.

Do you keep a book of lists? If not, would you ever consider it?

 

BeefSkin Leather

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Mancrafted in America by a US Veteran, Vince Johnson is the man behind BeefSkin Leather. Vince sent us this photo of Rhodia on his desk. This image has been added to the “On Your Desk” Rhodia fan photo page.

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Vince offers some pretty cool leather accessories like this Shackle Bracelet. Be sure to keep a lookout for new products which are 100% “made in Merica”.

Let’s Talk Flat: NEW Landscape Webbie

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The new landscape Webbie notebook both opens flat to the page and lies flat when you are leaning on it to write. To me, that’s a pretty big deal because I don’t like losing precious real estate in the fold.

How important it it to you that your notebook lie flat? Can you give specific examples of when it might be particularly necessary for the book to lie flat?

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Opens flat: The paper needs no hand pressure for the pages to reveal a flat writing surface.

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If you lean on the book as you write, the spine folds neatly upon itself.

One of the best times of the year for birdwatchers is NOW

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This weekend is International Migratory Bird Day May 10/11th. IMBD is an initiative that brings awareness on conserving migratory birds and their habitats throughout the Western Hemisphere.

As a lifetime bird watcher, I know that Mother’s Day weekend (the 2nd Sunday in May) is a great time to witness the spring bird migration:

“If you are familiar with the birds in your area you know that the change can be abrupt: One morning, the bushes and trees around you are suddenly filled with singing birds that were not there just the day before. They have arrived during the night, following a combination of celestial (by the stars) and magnetic cues that are part of their genetic heritage. The most amazing part of this story is that these tiny birds may have flown thousands of miles to reach your yard, after spending the North American winter in Mexico, Central America, or South America, where the days remain warm and food is plentiful during our cold season.” – eNature.com

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This is a cheat sheet from a day of birdwatching which I will later add into my “bird book”- a small notebook that I started back in the early 1990′s. Birders also typically keep “Life Lists” which are an overall list of each new bird as it has been sighted.

Binoculars, bird book, bug spray. Check! Happy birding!

Orange on Orange

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I’ve been noticing a lot of people experimenting with orange inks recently and have wondered what may be influencing this trend. Do you have a favorite orange ink? I’m partial to J. Herbin’s Orange Indien and Diamine’s Pumpkin.

Image courtesy of Ed Jelley on Instagram – Be sure to also visit his blog edjelley.com.

Rhodia on JustDaveyB’s Desk

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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. :)

Your Rhodia Images: Instagram and Etcetera.

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Your Rhodia images are a big part of this blog and for the last year or so, I’ve found many amazing photos of our products through Instagram. We only ever use them after receiving your permission to do so and lately, I’ve been experiencing a glitch which has resulted in many of my comments being deleted. It is possible that Instagram sees my comments as “spammy” since I am including the http://rhodiadrive.com address when requesting use of the images.

Until I can get that issue straightened out, please feel free to send any images that you’d like me to consider for use to stephanie at rhodiadrive dot com. Please note in the subject line whether or not you prefer your submission to be used specifically on one of our Fan Photo Pages, or if we can use it on the blog and/or our Rhodia Drive Facebook page. Please also include your name so we can properly attribute the image to you.

Today’s images courtesy of yogalarva on Instagram.

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How do you test a pencil?

Rhodia Paper Pencil Test

I prefer hexagon shaped pencils sans eraser. I like the wood to sharpen cleanly and a lead that is slow to blunt for writing, I want the lead to erase cleanly with minimal effort. 

For writing, I like an HB, B or 2B depending on the make of the pencil. Light sketching? 2H. I’m happy with a 2B for drawing & doodling. If I want dark, soft & smudgy, I use something in the range of 6B-9B. Overall, I prefer a certain amount of smooth regardless of the grade.

I think that the best way for me to test a pencil isn’t a side by side chart like the one above but to actually spend time writing and drawing with a variety of pencils on a variety of papers. (any old excuse to keep buying more art/writing supplies) The ones that don’t make the cut are banished to a coffee can in my studio for other people to use.

What particular features are important to you when selecting a wooden pencil for writing, drawing or doodling? What is your preferred method to compare one brand against another?

(#2 pencils are typically graded HB.) 

Rhodia and the BIC Cristal ballpoint pen: A historic pair?

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In 1945, Marcel Bich and his partner Edouard Buffard began manufacturing fountain pens and mechanical pencil parts in Clichy, France. In 1950, Marcel Bich launched the BIC Cristal ballpoint pen. BIC is a shortened version of his own name.

Since Rhodia tablets and BIC Cristal pens each existed in France in 1950, what do you think the odds are that there were people using them together at that time?

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