Fredric Pitts: Review of two Rhodia No. 19 pads of lined paper – one white and one yellow.
“When I sat down to write with these two papers I will admit that I had preconceived ideas about how the experience would go… and I was wrong. I thought that the white paper would be great for fountain pens and, thus, my favorite. The yellow, reported to be toothier, would be great for pencil but not fountain pens and I rarely use anything but fountain pens. On both pads the lines are nicely spaced for my hand and the page has lots of real estate to write upon which is great for the desk top, not really my favorite size for travel. Continue Readering »
Do you have a list of “To See” movies? American Hustle was at the top of my list and I finally got to watch it the other day. (I am a sucker for any movie taking place in the 70s.) I also would like to see The Wolf of Wall Street, Catching Fire, Anchorman 2, Captain Phillips, Beyond the Sea and Saving Mr. Banks.
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A short while back we received a comment about the texture of the yellow paper in our No. 19 Staplebound Pads. When the person had mentioned that the yellow paper had more “tooth” than its white counterpart, Karen sent me one of each to test and I would tend to agree. While both papers are manufactured by Clairefontaine and are each 80g in weight, the 80g white performs as expected but the yellow does indeed feel “toothier” and is especially nice when used with a pencil.
So here’s the deal: We’ve got 5 pairs of these tablets to give away. If you are located in the USA and are willing to provide us with timely feedback on the yellow versus white paper with whatever media you prefer, (pencil, fountain pen, gel pen, etc.) please enter your info on the form below and click submit. (The form may not be visible when viewed on a mobile device or if you are subscribed to our blog via e-mail. Please visit RhodiaDrive.com to view the form)
This particular offer is open to USA participants and will remain open until midnight EST on Friday February 21st. Participants will be selected at our discretion and notified by e-mail the week of February 24th with additional details on where to submit the product feedback. Testers are also welcome to write their own blog reviews about these products.
10 Words Often Misspelled in Business Correspondence at Daily Writing Tips
A Steel Pen The Most Odious Thing in Nature at Palimpsest
15 Postcards from Famous Authors at Flavorwire
How To-Do Lists Give Us a False Sense of Accomplishment at Lifehacker
Quaker Journals and Diaries via Haverford College
Pencils: Shortened and Well-Utilized at Pencil Revolution
25 Common Phrases Everyone Thinks Are Correct at Lifehack
Early 20th Century Police Detective Log Book and Daily Duties at Cowan’s Auctions
Art Journal Every Day: Started & Finsihed at Balzer Designs
Working With Mistakes and Imperfections in the Art Journal at A Penchant for Paper
Handwriting Day Follow-Up at The Well-Appointed Desk
How to Choose a GTD Tool at GTD Times
Writing With You! at Cold Antler Farm
Too Many Inked Fountain Pens at Inkophile
A Writing Process Makes Your Writing Better at Writing Forward
Artisanal Pencil Sharpening at Rad and Hungry
Three Brothers at Contrapuntalism
Writing in Isolation: Prison Memoir at Pentamento
Lamy Pur Fountain Pen – Aluminum Smooth – EF Nib at No Pen Intended
Traces of graphite – Don Rosa at Bleistift
Rotring Fountain Pens part III at Write to Me Often
Les crayons de la maison Caran d’Ache, Edition No. 2 at PencilTalk
From Memories to Memoirs, Part 1 at Writing Through Life
Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone!
Many thanks for all of your feedback, comments and suggestions throughout the year.
The Creative Experiments Challenge at daisy yellow blog
How to Improve Your Writing Skills at Writing Forward
365 Quotes to Inspire You in 2014 at Inc.com
Wattpad at Quo Vadis Blog
Last Minute Art Journaling Thoughts at iHanna’s Blog
Our 2013 Doodle, Draw and Illustration Year in Review at Doodlers Anonymous
Fountain Pen Experts And Their Favorite Pens at An Inkophile’s Blog
Link Love: Top 10 List Roundup at The Well-Appointed Desk
Nearly never without a Rhodia at Pentamento
How to Buy A Pen That Will Last Forever at Pentorium
Top 10 of 2013 at A Penchant for Paper
Annual 2013 Top Ten List of Popular Reviews at Office Supply Geek
Rhodia Wirebound Business Notebook Review at Write to Me Often
Back to Journaling Basics at Writing Through Life
30 Ideas For Your 2014 Bucket List at Abundance Blog
Overcoming Writer’s Block at The Passive Voice
Review- Four J Herbin Fountain Pen Inks at Life Imitates Doodles
Seeing the Big Picture: When Paper is Better Than Digital at A Penchant for Paper
Faber Castell Albrecht Durer/Caran D’Ache Supracolor/Caran D’Ache Museum Aquarelle Comparison chart at Lung Sketching Scrolls
Pencil Paraphernalia and a Pretty Pencil Pin Pendant at Bleistift
Prophetic Name For a Stationery Store: “Horder’s” at Contrapuntalism
More Pencil Sculptures at Pencil Revolution
Make Your Own Leather Notebook Cover at Notebook Stories
Journaling Exercise: Your Journaling Habit at Kaizen Journaling
Ink Sample Scribbles at Gourmet Pens
Breathing new life into an old bullet pencil at Woodclinched
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The definition of resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something.”
The definition of manifestation is “an event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something, esp. a theory or an abstract idea.”
Instead of making resolutions for the new year, I make a manifestation list. I put things on the list that embody not only who I want to be (compassionate, full of energy) but also things what I want to do, like visiting the museums in NYC or taking a personal retreat. The key is to word each item on your list in a way where you are allowing yourself to think and act “as if” the thing you want already exists or has already happened. I like to start the list with something along the lines of “In 2014 I have…” or “In 2014 I…” even “In 2014 I am…”
You want to avoid using word like “want” because according to the law of attraction, (like attracting like) to declare that you “want” something keeps you “wanting” it. If I want to take a retreat in the new year, I might add it to my list as “feel great after a week in upstate New York at the retreat center.” or “attend a relaxing retreat.” Want a new job? Imagine cashing your paycheck with an air of renewed self confidence. Think about what you will pack for your daily lunch. What color sweater you will be wearing on your first day. The more real you can make it in your mind, the more likely it is to happen.
Make sense? Have you ever used creative visualization techniques such as this one?
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.
Has this ever happened to you? Definitely not cool. I usually wash tissues and money. I find it amusing when I pull out an intact tissue from the dryer when I know that one sneeze would normally rip it apart, but washing a tablet would make me very sad.
“Washed my ￼ notebook with my clothes this weekend. Grrr. Not one of the chores I was hoping to cross off my list.” Image courtesy of joel_wallace on Instagram
Hannah W. recently sent us an e-mail asking if we were aware of any good quality sticky notes – she was hoping that there might have been a Rhodia option that she’d somehow overlooked but unfortunately, we do not currently sell any Rhodia Post-It style stickies.
Do you have anything you can suggest or any comments on her question? I’ve always found most sticky notes to not be very ink friendly – and I’m wondering if it has something to do with the glue…
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.
I usually go to the grocery store without a list and come home with things we need as well as a variety of flexible ingredients that I know can be used in a number of different dishes. Unfortunately, my husband Jeff does not share in this ability and requests that I give him a specific list of things to buy which pains me as much as I’m guessing it does when I tell him to just “go get groceries.”
I decided to try and see if we could meet half way by my showing him a few meals that could be made from common ingredients that could be put on a list of things to “always buy if we are out” when he goes to the store. Knowing how much Jeff loves meatloaf, I also challenged him to search for a recipe so he could better see how these common ingredients are used across different recipes. His first choice was this Martha Stewart Classic Meatloaf recipe which we made together and is in the oven as we speak.
A comment to a recent post mentioned the concept of “Ink it when you think it” which in it’s simplicity, seems to be an absolute golden gem of advice for capturing and retaining our fleeting thoughts. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost what I thought at the time was a brilliant idea because I didn’t take the time to write it down. “Oh, that’s so good, I’ll remember that for sure!” Then POOF! It’s gone.
The frustrating thing about this is that I always have pen and paper close at hand- or at the very least, a note taking app on my phone. So I am capturing some things, but not as much as I would like. In this article by Sam Horn, she mentions the use of a small tablet or notebook carried with you everywhere which if dedicated to this particular process, might not be a bad idea for me to try. (I’m thinking Rhodia Unlimited)
How about you? What is your process for retaining your own fleeting thoughts?
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What’s up with all the zombies? I mean, they’re everywhere. On tv’s The Walking Dead, in the Resident Evil movie series, in books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and games such as Left 4 Dead. I first took real notice of them in George Romero’s 1978 classic Continue Readering »
Remember when I said that I took a day off last week and was brainstorming new Rhodia posts? I must have had some serious Rhodia on the brain because the other day I woke up having had the most amazing dream of being in Hawaii (never been) and I distinctly remember there being 8×11″ Rhodia pads with orange covers in the hotel room. Someone somewhere was recently talking about the disappearance of hotel stationery, so I sent Karen a note asking if there were any hotels that offered Rhodia in the Room and as it turns out, the Delano Hotel in South Beach Florida stocks our Rhodia Webnotebook in their Mini Bar – something along the lines of an in-room shop box. I was thinking more of a dotPad in the desk drawer, but at least I’ve planted a seed!
In recent times, do you ever go looking for the hotel stationery pad?
Image courtesy of indigo_inferno on Instgram, who has a lot of amazing pen/stationery related pictures…
Does this look like you? If so, I want you to know that you are not alone. From the mundane to the incredibly important, I know lots and lots of people that save their notebooks. Why do people hold on to them? I’m guessing each person would probably have a different reason but more often than not, I think it’s probably to look back down the mountain to see how far they’ve come.
Why do you keep your old notebooks?