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!) 

Punching Rhodia


I discovered this log of ink/pen combinations on Instagram and upon closer examination, realized it’s on Rhodia dot paper.

Per Charles Barilleaux, “The disks, covers, and dividers are Levenger Circa. I have some pocket pages from Staples’s Arc line. I also have an Arc punch, which I use for the paper, harvested from a Rhodia A4 pad.

The dot is a good compromise; not unstructured like blank paper or overly prescriptive like lines. The grid doesn’t work for me, as I wind up spending meetings filling in the squares.”

Do you use a punch to include Rhodia pages in a preferred binder system?

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. :)

Snow Day(s)

Snow Day

10-15″ of snow has been forecasted for today/tonight in Eastern PA, all of the schools have been closed, and many non-essential businesses are also closing early. I am sitting here with a cup of tea (orange ginger rooibus) and a pot of boiling beans on the stove woefully thinking about digging in my garden on a hot sunny day.

The image above shows two sections of my (first ever) garden from last year. The a-frame structure was what I built for my cucumbers which rapidly grew up, over, and then continued to sprawl in every direction. (I could hear them laughing as their clingy tendrils latched onto the neighboring tomato plants.) The plant in the image is one of my two rosemary plants that I don’t think is going to survive the winter. Next summer I will grow it in a bucket and then move it into the ROOT CELLAR that I just discovered in the house we’ve been living in for the last 23 years. It had never occurred to me what that storage space under our house might have been used for until I saw a picture of a root cellar online. With a house over 125 years old, I now can’t image it would have been used for anything else.

Today will be a good day to start planning this year’s garden. Am most likely to use a Rhodia dotPad to map it out.

If you are also home because of a snow day, what are you doing to keep yourself occupied?


Meeting Book paper in staple bound format – Your Thoughts?

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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.


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 »

Friday Link Share

Handmade Fonts on Behance
Why I Use Fountain Pens on FPGeeks
Embroidery on the Fashion Figure on CopicMarker.com
Music Ink in Music Nibs at Leigh Reyes My Life as a Verb
Safety Flair: Our Favorite Reflective Cycling Gear at Bicycling.com
Is Your Writing Timeless? at GoinsWriter.com
A Young Colorist, Antennas Aquiver at The New York Times
TS Eliot’s fountain pen gets first outing at Royal Society of Literature at The Guardian
This Old Notebook at Patrick Rhone
Write for Palimpsest at Palimpsest
To Do Lists at Onigiri Sama & her 21Kittens
Follow the Leaders: Faber-Castell e-motion Fountain Pen (M nib) at From the Pen Cup
Are You Honest In Your Journal? at Kaizen Journaling
New Rhodiactive Professional Business Collection – Meeting Book Review at Writer’s Bloc
Experimenting Every Time at Urban Sketchers
Talking with Tom Hanks about What Really Matters at Psychology Today
The Battle Between Japan’s Big 3 at Pentorium
Recent Acquisitions, Massive Edition at A Penchant for Paper
Anne Frank, Danville, Ohio & the Letter Writers Alliance at Pentamento
My Fountain Pen Education: The Edison Pearl at The Pen Addict
Budget Fountain Pen Showdown at The Well Appointed Desk
The letter: an abstract gift of time at The Missive Maven: Epistolary Exultation
Papeterie nouvelle: Georges & Co. thinks—& inks—differently at Felt & Wire
The Claustrophobic Notebook at Notebookism

Oh, and then this happened…

 Image above of a Rhodiarama Webbie and a Nikon D5000 courtesy of Courtney Oliver, (designwinesunshine on Instagram) who also happens to design for one of our retailers – European Paper Company 

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

Friday Link Share

Vintage Office Supplies and Stationery Tin Box available from Lito Apostolakou’s Etsy shop Inklinks

Connect Score: Pencil And Paper Game For The People. at Pencil Revolution

Stick to the 3-B Plan when Emailing Busy People at Lifehacker

Adora Svitak on developing creativity: We need ‘childish’ thinking at Talent Development Resources

Quintessential Conversion: The Ultimate Warehouse Loft at WebUrbanist

Pencil Review: Staedtler Mars Lumograph at A Penchant for Paper

Wishing and Knowing — poetry {and art journaling} by Shelby at Right Brain Planner

Lamy Studio Royal Red Giveaway! at Ink Nouveau

Photos found at flea-market merged with modern-day views depict haunting images of war at news.com.au

Shateek Palmer: A Teenager Writing in Notebooks at Notebook Stories

How to Hold Productive Meetings That People Don’t Actually Hate at Duct Tape Marketing

Found: World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle, Part of 1914 Citizen-Science Experiment at The Atlantic

Cordoba’s Towers at Urban Sketchers

Connect with Your Creative Source at Art Asana

Caves of Vietnam at Flickr Blog

Die kleine Luxusdinge: Papier von Rhodia at Just Another Pen

Remembering Janis Joplin: Some Classic Live Performances and Previews of a New Joplin Musical at Open Culture

Creative Things to Do in 15 Minutes: List It Tuesday {Thursday Edition} at Daisy Yellow

and if you want to peruse even more interesting links…

Ink Links Double Dose at The Pen Addict

A Few Random Morning Links … at The Pretense of Knowledge

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

Congrats to the 20 Winners of the Rhodia Academic WebPlanners!

Thank you to all who entered this month’s giveaway for one of the Rhodia Academic WebPlanners!

The winners are as follows: Continue Readering »

Rhodia Four Color Book

“I used the four colored notebook when I was I was studying. …I like all my scribbles in the same place. So it’s nice to use the 4 colors to separate things. I spilled coke on this notebook and nearly cried! Dried it and ironed it out.”

Ever try one of our Four Color books? How do you use them?

  • 4 distinct parts for easy identification of different projects!
  • Frame and margin along the top: space for subject titles and better note organizing
  • Micro-perforated sheets: for easy tear off
  • Sheet size is 8 ¼ x 11 ¾ “
  • Orange or black covers
Image and feedback courtesy of rehanu on Instagram.

Exacompta Basics Pocket Sized Portfolio

When I first saw these folios in the 2011 Exaclair catalog I thought they were so cool. Knowing that I am typically a mess of small bits of paper & receipts I asked Karen if she might send me a few to test and review. Continue Readering »

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