Punching Rhodia

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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

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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. :)

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?

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?

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- 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

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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 »

New Rhodia Circa Meeting Books now available from Levenger!

Check these out! Exclusive to Levenger are the new Circa Rhodia Meetings books!

From the Levenger website:

When Circa met Rhodia It was a match made in heaven…pairing Rhodia’s classic orange and black notebook with the convenience of Circa organization is a winning note-taking combination. This Circa notebook features deliciously smooth Clairefontaine paper, printed in Rhodia’s signature purple.
  • Annotation margin is compatible with the Cornell method of note-taking
  • 60 Circa-punched sheets of 90-gsm Clairefontaine paper, milled in France
  • 1/2-inch Circa discs can hold up to 80 sheets
  • Durable translucent cover with Rhodia orange cover sheet
  • Pages are printed in Rhodia’s signature purple
  • Printed and assembled in the USA
  • Junior: Paper, 5 1/2W x 8 1/2H; cover with 8 discs, 6 5/8W x 1/2D x 8 5/8H
  • Letter: Paper, 8 1/2W x 11H; cover with 11 discs, 9 5/8W x 1/2D x 11 1/4H

So what do you think, will you buy one? I myself am a big fan of the Meeting Books and also of the idea that I can rearrange things at will.

Web Planner Review from Sandra Strait of Life Imitates Doodles

Sandra Strait, author of the popular Zentangle inspired blog Life Imitates Doodles recently reviewed our new Rhodia WebPlanner.

(The WebPlanner) “has Rhodia’s signature silky smooth paper, and the overall look aims at elegance rather than flash.  You’d think elegance would be difficult when some of the print is orange.  However, combined with gray print, it has a surprising sophistication.”

Sandra – we just love your tangle designs in our Rhodia products! Please visit her blog for the full review – maybe even stick around and peruse her amazing tangle designs which are all accompanied with step by step patterns on how to create them.

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