Alice in Wonderland

All of you Johnny Depp fans out there must be thrilled at last week’s release of the film Alice in Wonderland! This new adventure film is an extension of the classic novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. The movie is directed by Tim Burton and stars Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen and Stephen Fry.

The original novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was written in 1865 by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pen-name Lewis Carroll. The first version of the story was told by Charles Dodgson to 10 year old Alice Liddell and her sisters during a boat trip up the River Thames. The girls loved the story so much that Alice begged Dodgson to write it down and give it to her which he did over 2 years later. This 1864 version of the story was called Alice’s Adventures Under Ground and was illustrated by Dodgson himself. In 1865, an expanded version of the story was published with illustrations by John Tenniel and the title Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (often abbreviated to Alice in Wonderland). The novel instantly gained popularity and has been popular ever since!

Alice follows a white rabbit wearing a coat and looking at his watch down a rabbit hole to encounter peculiar creatures such as Bill the Lizard, a caterpillar, a grinning Cheshire Cat, the March Hare, a Dormouse, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and more. It is believed that the characters and the places in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland are based on real people and places in Charles Dodgson’s life.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can be read online as part of the Gutenberg Project. As of March 2, 2010 this book took the number one spot in the top 100 EBooks on this website! If you are an Alice fan you can find some fun Art Deco 7321 Alice in Wonderland themed journals, planners, wallets and more at Writer’s Bloc. We also have a couple of notebooks with cover illustrations of tall Alice and Alice & the white rabbit. What is your favorite part of Alice’s adventure?

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Bob’s Your Uncle

"Eight days a week, I lo-o-o-ve you…"

A phrase first coined by The Beatles has been adopted by the fellow Brits of Bob’s Your Uncle to create an awesome organizational system. The moment these new Bob’s Your Uncle products arrived at our store I was in love!

Bob’s Your Uncle is a Boston-based company run by a graphic designer and a former-shoes designer, their creativity combined with a dash of humor and practicality creates products that are fun and functional.

I am especially excited about the 8-Days-A-Week Planner Journal. Firstly, I love that it is undated, spiral-bound, and large enough for me to write everything I need to write. The layout of this planner is clean and colorful, and I find the half-hour increments to be perfect for planning my days (particularly when I have work, class, errands, and other events all in the same day). Bob’s Your Uncle trademark "Someday" is the eighth day of the week, and I imagine that I will use this column to write everything from "Go to Ecuador" to "Wash my car." Finally, I appreciate that the paper is derived from responsibly managed forests (as are all their other paper products).

Try out this great new line of Bob’s Your Uncle products and let us know what you think!

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Art Deco 7321 Journal

Le Petit Prince Journal from Art Deco 7321

From the moment the Art Deco 7321 Journals arrived in our shop I knew I had to have one. The quality cloth bound covers and storybook themes of these journals remind me of books I loved as a child.

The My Roman Collection Journal that I picked out has 120 sheets of ivory color college ruled paper. I’m not sure exactly what weight this paper is, but it must be at least 90 or 100g. The lines do not go all the way to the paper’s edge – there is about a 3/8" margin around the page so the journal paper has a nice solid color appearance on the edges when the journal is closed.

I found that this paper works quite well with fountain pens. I’ve tried using several fountain pens all with different inks and found that with most of the pens & ink I tried there is very little or no ink that bleeds through the paper. One of my very inky LAMY Safaris bleeds through the paper a little bit, and my J. Herbin Vert Pre and Noodler’s Nightshade inks feather a little bit on this paper. Depending on the color of the ink and the width of the nib you can lightly see the writing through the paper, but I write on both sides of the pages without any problems and the writing is easy to read. The ink drying time is pretty fast on this paper, which is important for a lefty like me.

This paper also pairs very well with rollerball pens. I tested it with Pelikan Pelikano, Kaweco Sport and Pentel Tradio rollerball pens, all filled with black ink, and they all performed very very well. 

Another thing I like about the Art Deco 7321 Journals is the size. They are compact enough that you can easily carry them, but they are not so small that they are difficult to open. I like the feel of the cloth cover in my hand. The binding is a good quality stitched binding that you can even turn 360 degrees and not worry about pages falling out.

Art Deco 7321 Journals are a pleasure to use and make great gifts! They are available with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Dear Alice, My Roman Collection and Le Petit Prince covers.

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Quo Vadis Meets Andy Warhol

I was enthralled by the designs of Quo Vadis planners available in Paris that are not available in the USA.  One that particularly caught my eye was a square-shaped academic planner covered by Andy Warhol’s iconic portrait of Marilyn Munroe. The same planner with Andy Warhol’s portrait of Chairman Mao was also available in both the square desk and rectangular pocket sizes.

These planners are splashed with pages of Andy Warhol art throughout the year.

The French version of a Quo Vadis academic planner includes nice color maps of Paris, France and the world.

One potential drawback of planners purchased in France is that the entire planner is in French. I happen to know the days of the week in French so this is not a problem for me.

One of the reasons I love Quo Vadis planners is that they contain super smooth Clairefontaine paper. The paper in this particular planner is 90g, which is ideal for using with fountain pens as there is very minimal see-through and bleed-through of fountain pen ink.

One feature of Quo Vadis planners that I appreciate more than I imagined I would is the tear-off corners. What an easy, quick way to navigate to your current weekly plan! I like the tear-off corners better than a ribbon marker.

Even though Quo Vadis Andy Warhol planners are not available in the USA, if you like square-shaped planners and notebooks like I do you can buy the distinctive square-shaped, English Quo Vadis Executive 2010 weekly planner with either a Soya Cover or a Club Cover. Shinzi Katoh also has an adorable square-shaped Cats of the Atlate undated planner which is suitable for either an academic or a calendar year of planning.

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Rhodia Weekly Notebook

Rhodia Weekly Notebook

The Rhodia Weekly Notebook is a new addition to the line of Rhodia products available in the USA. Those of us that love Rhodia can now stay on top of things and keep organized while enjoying Rhodia’s famous smooth grid paper!

I find the layout of this planner, especially in the 6×9 size, to be perfect for my weekly activities. The left side of the page allows for scheduling a full week of plans and appointments, and the right side of the page has a large grid area with 3 months at-a-glance on the bottom. This is just perfect for my needs since I attend one or two meetings every week where I need to take some notes. Now I can combine my scheduling and note taking into one convenient notebook.

The white acid-free paper has a 90g weight in the 6×9 desk size notebook (64g in the pocket size 4×6 notebook) and works quite well with the fountain pens I carry around in my purse. This paper minimizes any ink bleed through, feathering or ink see-through.

In addition to the nice quality of paper in Rhodia notebooks I just happen to love the color orange! The flexible, leather-like cover of the Rhodia Weekly Notebook is available in both orange and black. The front cover has an embossed Rhodia logo on it and there is also an elastic to keep your notebook securely closed.

Once in awhile I enjoy travelling overseas so I find the extra information included with the 6×9 Weekly Notebook to be very helpful. In addition to world maps there are international telephone codes, average temperatures and holidays I’ve often never heard of. These few pages really help make my travels run more smoothly.

For those that like a compact planner, the 4×6 Rhodia Weekly Notebook tucks away neatly in a purse or pocket. Writer’s Bloc is happy to welcome the Weekly Notebook to the Rhodia family!

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