What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Journal

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today (and everyday) is a good day to be grateful.

What are you grateful for?

Question for today: How Important is Color in Your Life?

Purple Rhodiarama

  • Does the color of an item influence your decision making processes when purchasing items for daily use?
  • Have you ever allowed the color of an item inspire you make an impulse purchase?
  • What do you think about Rhodia offering products in colors other than their classic black and orange?
  • What is your favorite color?

Let’s Talk Flat: NEW Landscape Webbie

Landscape Webbie

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?

Landscape Webbie

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

Landscape Webbie

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

Dispatch from the NSS: Things to look forward to.

Rhodia white ice

There were several new products on display in the Exaclair booth at the National Stationery Show that I had the opportunity to drool over today, including the new “pictures can’t do them justice” Rhodia Ice. They look AMAZING in person. Continue Readering »

Enter Now to win 1 of 20 Rhodiarama Webbies in Stephanie’s Anniversary Giveaway!

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In celebration of my 4th anniversary writing for Rhodia Drive, I’ve got 20 assorted Rhodiaramas to give away! 

What are the Rhodiarama Webbies? A 3 1/2 x 5 1/2″  notebook somewhere between orange and black…

  • 96 sheets of 90 g ivory paper, acid-free, pH neutral,  lined or blank
  • Italian leatherette w/ signature orange elastic closure
  • Embossed Rhodia logo
  • Inner pocket, printed full color flyleaves
  • Round corners and an orange ribbon marker

The contest will be remain open until midnight EST on Tuesday 10/08/13. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Thursday 10/10. One entry per household please. 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. As the color/ruling options are limited to the 20 Rhodiaramas currently on hand, we will make every effort to offer your preferred selection  - though no guarantees.

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Image courtesy of keiim on Instagram

Rhodiarama Giveaway! Enter Now to Win 1 of 15!

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We are giving away 15 line ruled Rhodia Rhodiarama Webnotebooks, one in EACH color! (Rainbow Webbies yaay!)

What are the Rhodiarama Webbies? A 3 1/2 x 5 1/2″  notebook somewhere between orange and black…

  • 96 sheets of 90 g ivory paper, acid-free, pH neutral,  lined or blank
  • Italian leatherette w/ signature orange elastic closure
  • Embossed Rhodia logo
  • Inner pocket, printed full color flyleaves
  • Round corners and an orange ribbon marker

The contest will be remain open until midnight EST on Tuesday 03/05/13. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Thursday 03/07. One entry per household please. 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.

*Note You have the option of entering your 1st & 2nd preferred colors but we only have one of each to give away -and it will ultimately be our choice of who gets what. (We predict all the winners will be happy, though some happier than others.) 

Help us to get the word out?  Please feel free to Tweet, blog or share this post via Facebook.

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Knit One, Purl Rhodia

We love seeing how people use our products and I found it pretty interesting that a dotWebbie was helping to maintain the structure of a new knitting pattern. (With Bleu Pervenche ink?)

Though I’ve always wanted to learn to knit, I’m not the type that can tolerate the discipline needed to follow a pattern. My sweaters would come out with three arms, socks with extra toes… you know where I’m coming from? Until that time, I’m happy to buy pretty knitted hats and scarves from local fiber artists.

Do you knit?

Image courtesy of Shangching CH – follow bakanekosan on Instagram.

My New Attitude for Gratitude

As the Thanksgiving holiday grows closer, an infectious attitude of gratitude seems to be rapidly spreading across the various social media sites I utilize on a regular basis- especially post Hurricane Sandy.

I will admit that while I’ve kept journals and notebooks for all different purposes, I’ve never kept a gratitude journal until now. I started it on 11/01 after our power had come back on because I felt the need to count my blessings after the storm. I am using an orange pocket-sized dotWebbie and have decided to use one page per entry. The book will be housed on my desk and I will add to it as often as I remember.

Do you keep a gratitude journal, or have you ever considered starting one?

Moving Time

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It has once again become time for me to move out of one journal and into another. I have been working in a blank Quo Vadis Habana since the beginning of the year and take note- this is highly unusual for me to have spent over 8 months in a single journal. Why so long? It most certainly isn’t for a lack of things to say. In fact, I probably have more stuff that needs to be purged from my brain than ever before. Crazy as it may seem, I think sometimes I become afraid to say what’s on my mind- like I’m playing a game of sorts. If I have a thought and write it down, it makes it more real –> then I have to give my focused attention to it –> which could lead to additional responsibilities OR having to give more attention to the painful bits. Historically, daily writing has proven to be an extremely significant factor (read inexpensive therapy) to my personal growth and overall well being and I would like to make a concentrated effort to write more, and write honestly- painful bits and all.

the choicest of relics…

“A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It is the work of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips; — not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods

Enjoy your weekend everyone, it’s summertime!

Image courtesy of Colin Harris – Digitalnative on Flickr.

Limited Edition Visconti Portofino and Rhodia

What do you think of this pen? Our friend Mike in Chi Town sent us this image of his recent acquisition.

“This is a Visconti Portofino L.E. # 26 of 150 made exclusively by Visconti for the Fountain Pen Hospital c2001.

What is so UNIQUE about this pen is Continue Readering »

Julie’s Favorite: Webbie and a B2P

Our friend Julie sent us this image to be shared on our “Favorite Pens” photo page and speaking of which,  have you sent me a photo of your favorite pen yet?

“Right now my favorite pen is the Pilot B2P (Bottle 2 Pen). I’ve been using it with my journals now for about three months. I came across them by chance one day when buying supplies. They are made from recycled water bottles, and are refillable, so, I feel a little more earth friendly & minimalist when using them. They also write pretty smoothly. The B2P’s don’t have the sleek look of the metal or aluminum, but they have their own unique look. The cool thing is, no one else carries them at my job, so if i misplace my pen, it always finds its way back to me. Same with my notebook, because no one at my job rocks Rhodia Webnotebooks, either!”

We love hearing from you!

We love hearing your feedback as it allows us to tweak our products and expand our offerings to you. It is because of your comments and feedback that we have specifically improved upon the quality and expanded the variety of options on the Webnotebook. Your enthusiasm for our dot grid format has allowed us to offer the dotPad in additional sizes and we’ve even added an additional cover option in Rhodia’s signature orange. Continue Readering »

Follow our Rhodia Journal Swap on Tumblr

We’ve got 12 people from all over the US writing, drawing, and creating collages dedicated to their “Favorite Things” in our first ever Rhodia Journal Swap. The dozen members of this project are all working in large Rhodia dotWebbies and are documenting their creations on the group Tumblr blog that we set up for the swappers. Each person is working on several pages in each book before sending it on to the next person. Continue Readering »

Quo Vadis Habana Journals

One of my favorite non-Rhodia products from Exaclair is the Quo Vadis Habana. They are a slightly different animal than Rhodia’s Webbie. First off, they have stiff, but not hard covers – take note that the cover on the small Habana is stiffer than on the large.

The paper in the Habanas is an 85g off-white versus Continue Readering »

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