Yep. Me too. Unfortunately, they don’t exist… yet. To expedite the process, my suggestion is to leave a comment below on how much you’d love one and that you’d promise to buy three dozen each year to give away as gifts to all your dearest friends.
Seriously though, I know I’m not the only person clamoring for a spiral Rhodia notepad with the dot grid.
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.
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The Best Writing Advice Pico Iyer Ever Received at Open Culture
Make Your Writing Pop: 8 Tips at Inc.com
How Small Can You Write? at A Penchant for Paper
The History of the Trapper Keeper at Mental_Floss
Rhodia R Premium Notepad Review at The Pen Addict
How to Keep an Effective Travel Journal at Kaizen Journaling
“New York City” at Ingrid Dijkers
Kenners 1960s Spirograph at My Supply Room
Journaling with a TWSBI Fountain Pen at Gourmet Pens
Review of Helix Pencil Top Sharpener Combo. at Pencil Revolution
Journaling: The Cure for Writer’s Block at Creative Write Now
I’m not sure if I have enough ink… at Pens Paper Inks…Whatever!
What’s the Difference Between Writing and Editing? at Daily Writing Tips
Another Vintage Auction score: lot of Eagle “Chemi-Sealed” Turquoise 3B pencils at Lung Sketching Scrolls
Discovering Your Story: 5 Ways to Find the Missing Pieces at Writing Forward
Image courtesy of lancepinto on Instagram
I could be wrong, but that sure looks like a Pilot Varsity in the above photo. The Varsity was technically my first fountain pen though I usually don’t credit it as such since it is a disposable pen. Karen Doherty, Exaclair’s VP of Marketing who knows I have a love for all things purple, recently sent me a Varsity with purple ink and it made me think of the store where I bought my first one – a local art and stationery store which has since gone out of business.
It’s sad reality that brick and mortar specialty stores are becoming harder and harder to come by – especially when huge iconic stores such as Art Brown International are forced to close their doors after almost *nine* decades of serving their customers.
To look on the bright side of things, many local businesses are looking for ways to grow with the times and can often be found serving a different kind of “local” community by focusing on online sales. (There once was a time when most people bought what they needed to live from a single mail order catalog...) No, it’s not the same as being able to walk in and touch things and try them, but I’d rather be able to buy what I want or need rather than not at all. Online retailers such as Goulet Pens, JetPens, these I believe are the *New* breed of Mom & Pop shops which I am happy to support and I hope you will too.
How about you? Do you shop the Mom & Pop online shops for your specialty goods? Which are your favorites? If no, why not?
Find online or local retailers for Rhodia and other Exaclair products here.
Image courtesy of marchedees on Instagram.
Today is a sad day as the iconic Art Brown International Pen Shop forever closes its doors in New York City.
I’d only ever visited Art Brown on one occasion but that trip made a tremendous impression on me as it reminded me of the local stationery stores of my youth. For fountain pen lovers, this was *the* place to shop when visiting New York City with its ability to create an instant ear to ear grin at all of their available pen, paper and ink options.
Will you share your favorite memories of visiting Art Brown? What will you miss the most about this store?
Sometime back in grade school, I collected stamps and had a subscription to receive them “on approval” – this meant that businesses like the Jamestown Stamp Company would send you an envelope filled with stamps that you could either purchase or send back.
One of the coolest things I discovered in those approval packages wasn’t a stamp, but an envelope that had the remnants of a red wax seal. My Mom told me that those types of seals were once used by kings to seal important messages and I remember running my finger over the broken wax wondering what important documents that envelope might have once held.
A special 3 month promotion which started July 11th has a variety of pocket sized Rhodia products (Unlimited, “R” and Rhodiarama Webbies) available in 31 WHSmith locations throughout the UK. (WHSmith is the UK equivalent of Hudson News.)
Edinburgh Airport Airside 1
Manchester Airport T1 IDL
Heathrow T3 Main IDL
Belfast International Airside Main
Stansted Airport Airside
Victoria Island – Ground
Dublin Airport IDL
Manchester Airport T2 Airside Main
Heathrow T4 Airside NE Central
Newcastle Air Airside
QE Hospital Birmingham Main Store
St Thomas Hospital
Glasgow Airport Airside Main
Liverpool Air Airside
Heathrow T5 C
Liverpool Street Broadgate
Manchester Airport T1 Term 3 Airside
Reading Rail Main
Birmingham Air T2 Airside
Luton Airport Airside CTN
Manchester Airport T1 Airside 1
Manchester Airport T2 Airside 1
North Middlesex Hospital Main Store
Did you see it coming and were you prepared for it? Or were you taken by surprise? I have a habit of always buying more than I currently need when it comes to paper because I can’t bear the thought of running out when I have something that needs to be written down- a thought, a quote, a phone number, a grocery list or a Thank You note, I want to ensure there’s always more than enough paper to suit my needs.
Do you keep enough on hand, or do you find yourself scrambling to replace your favorite tablets once you run out?
Image courtesy of bakanekosan on Instagram.
I’ve been finding lots of pictures of your Rhodiarama Webbies on Instagram. People seem to be really enjoying showing off their favorite colors. Have you picked a favorite yet? I’m partial to purple and red myself.
The Rhodiarama Webbies are currently only available in the 3×5″ size, but what if these were available in the larger 5×8″ version? Would you buy matching or complementary colors?
Image on top courtesy of Delectablepens on Instagram
The National Stationery Show® held at the Javits Center in NYC, is the world’s most comprehensive collection of social stationery and related products for gift giving and self-expression. The show is open to retailers and wholesalers and if you are are going, be sure to stop by Booth # 2637 to check out a few new Clairefontaine and Rhodia products that we are thinking of importing. As always, we welcome and appreciate your feedback!
While at the show, we will be doing some live Tweeting and also sharing photos and Vine clips on our @Exaclair Twitter account. Karen Doherty (our VP of Marketing) will be at the show on Sunday, May 19 from 9-3 pm and Tuesday May 21st from 9-11:30am if you’d like to meet her, but please feel free to stop by the booth any time the show is open.
More good news: Pen World is publishing an article on Exaclair’s stationery. The edition should be distributed at the show.
The show hours are Sunday-Tuesday, 5/19-5/21 9:00am – 6:00pm and Wednesday, 5/22 9:00am – 12:00pm
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.
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
Betsy from Augusta GA
Dan G. from Bedminster NJ
Sharon A. from Long Beach CA
Bill S. from Randolph, MA
Nick K. from Brookfield IL
Beth P from Lethbridge Canada
Bob from Milwaukee
StephL from Birmingham AL
The National Stationery show is about a month away (May 19-23, 2013 – Jacob Javits Center – NYC). We will be bringing in a number of new products from France, and use the show to gauge buyers’ interest.
But I am also interested in the feedback we receive from Rhodia fans on this blog and our Facebook page. Your opinion counts.
If you would like to recommend products for Exaclair to import later this year or beginning January 2014, please have a look at the interactive catalog on our French parent’s website: bloc-rhodia.com. Please let me know what product(s) appeal to you.
As always, thank you for your time and support.
There was a time when I thought journal writing was pretentious. It seemed silly and self-absorbed and for someone who’d end up with a career as a professional writer, it’s almost comical how much I didn’t “get it.”
In the late spring of 2004, I’d find myself sitting at The Hacienda in Pasadena, California at my dear friend Lisa’s wedding. Lisa’s brother was sitting and talking with my friend Lorraine at our table about the gift of a new journal and my eyes were rolling back in my head at the thought of, “Oh no, not them too.” Back then, it seemed that no matter where I was, I kept hearing about people and their journal writing. It probably didn’t help that I was also seeing a plethora of black notebooks in the “What’s in your bag” photo group on Flickr.
But the thing that finally pushed me over the edge, and into the realm of the inky pen happened while I was watching TV. Flipping through the channels, I stopped on one of the shopping networks and they were selling, get this- a gardening journal. I watched as the host oohd and ahhd over this book like it was the greatest invention since sliced bread and I laughed out loud. A gardening journal? That’s just ridiculous!
But something about that book stuck with me that I can’t explain. I think it was a five year journal and it might have been something about being able to see things from one year to the next within the same book- a comparison of sorts, because not long after, I found myself at Blick (on Sept. 14th 2005 to be exact) standing in front of a display of black notebooks. Sitting in my car and taking the plastic off of the book, what I didn’t know then was that my entire world was forever changed in that moment – the moment I’d become a writer.
Writing has been my creative outlet, my therapy, and a big part of my career.
Back to the gardening journal – I totally get it now, because I wish I was keeping one for my first ever gardening experience this year but I just haven’t had the time. I wanted to document which seeds I bought from each company and why I’d chosen them. The dates I’d planted each seed. Which method I’d used to start them, (peat pellets or garden soil) and how long until each sprouted. Which products I’d used to prepare the garden beds. Why? Because it is exciting to describe an event or process and then look back upon it to see how it’s grown. Both literally and figuratively.
Do you keep a gardening journal?
In my mid 1970′s elementary school, we called these acorn clips. Apparently, this was an extremely isolated phenomenon as no one I’ve ever met has ever heard of these brass paper fasteners being referred to by that name. Googling “Acorn clips” and “brass acorn clips” results in zero images of this product but I swear I’m not making this up. I’m not even sure I can explain why these may have been called acorn clips- save for the fact that they look a little bit like the stem from a pair of acorns.
Do they still even make these? (They do) I got these from one of my friends who found a box at a thrift shop.
According to Wiki, they are also known as “split pins” and are an industry standard in binding screenplays in film industries across the globe.
Here’s a magic trick using a brass paper fastener.