Dot Grid Paper is Here to Stay

Rhodia dotPad
Rhodia dotPad

2010 is when Rhodia first introduced us to the dotPad: a familiar Rhodia bloc filled with a paper unfamiliar to many, dot grid. What is this dot grid paper you say? Instead of lines or graphs or nothing at all this paper has a grid of tiny dots that guide your writing, notes and sketches. It feels less cluttered than lined or graph paper, but it still provides a subtle way to organize where to place things on the page.

Rhodia Webnotepad with Dot Grid Paper
Rhodia Webnotepad with Dot Grid Paper

The original dot grid paper offered by Rhodia is 80g bright white with a 5 mm x 5 mm grid of pale violet dots. The following year, in 2011, Rhodia brought us Webbies with 90g ivory paper and a 5 mm x 5 mm grid of pale grey dots. Both of these types of paper live up to Rhodia’s high standard of quality and are fountain pen friendly.

Clairefontaine Graf it Dot Grid Sketch Books
Clairefontaine Graf it Dot Grid Sketch Books

For those of you who like to do your drawings and notes with a pencil, Clairefontaine created Graf it Sketch Pads with 90g dot grid sketchbook paper. They have matte textured paper with a bit of tooth to it, making it especially suitable for drawing with pencil. We stock both the large and medium size sketchbooks.

Leuchtturm1917 Hard Cover Dot Grid Journal
Leuchtturm1917 Hard Cover Dot Grid Journal

When it comes to dot grid paper, another company worth noting is Leuchtturm1917 from Germany. They have many colors of classic hardcover and softcover journals that include 80g off-white dot grid paper. These notebooks have numbered pages and a table of contents to help you find your notes. (We’re expecting more to arrive in July.)

Leuchtturm1917 Whitelines Link Dot Grid Journal
Leuchtturm1917 Whitelines Link Dot Grid Journal

Leuchtturm1917 also has a Whitelines Link journal that contains light grey paper with a subtle 5mm grid of off-white dots to guide you while you are sketching or writing. The dotted background disappears when you copy, scan or fax this paper. Handwritten sketches and notes can be digitalized using a smartphone app with automatic capture and then the dots disappear. Pretty high tech for a notebook!

Dot grid notebooks first arrived in our shop way back in 2010 and they have been best sellers ever since. What’s your favorite dot grid notebook?

Leuchtturm1917 Whitelines Link Notebook
Leuchtturm1917 Whitelines Link Notebook

 

 

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New! Choose Your Clairefontaine Notebook Cover Color

Clairefontaine Wirebound Notebook - Blue-Grey
Clairefontaine Wirebound Notebook – Blue-Grey

If you are particular about the color of your paper notebook covers here is some good news for you: Clairefontaine now has a limited selection of popular notebooks that can be purchased by individual cover color. Yes, you heard that right, you can now buy the cover color of your choice.

Here is a list of Clairefontaine notepads currently available by cover color:

The Clairefontaine Classic Side Wire Notebooks are pretty much the same as other Clairefontaine side wire notebooks, but it’s worth noting that these particular notebooks have a generous 96 sheets of paper in them. In comparison, other side wire notebooks have anywhere from 48-90 sheets.

We’re not sure if Clairefontaine will expand their offering of notebooks available by cover color. In the meantime, this is a pretty good selection to start with. We will continue to do our best to fulfill cover color requests from our customers for other kinds of Clairefontaine notebooks. If you’re like us, you love Clairefontaine notebooks not for the cover outside, but for the wonderful ultra-smooth paper inside!

Clairefontaine Wirebound Notebook - Red
Clairefontaine Wirebound Notebook – Red
Clairefontaine Wirebound Notebook - Black
Clairefontaine Wirebound Notebook – Black
Clairefontaine Wirebound Notebook - Blue
Clairefontaine Wirebound Notebook – Blue
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New! Rhodiarama Soft-Cover Notebooks

Rhodiarama Soft Cover Notebooks - Lilac & Purple
Rhodiarama Soft Cover Notebooks – Lilac & Purple

I am in love with the new Rhodiarama Soft-Cover Notebooks now available in the USA! I’ve been test driving one for a few weeks now and definitely foresee myself continuing to use these extraordinary paper notebooks into the future.

The cover material is an Italian leatherette that has a soft feel to it – similar (or the same) as what’s used for the covers of Rhodiarama Webbies. Even though it’s not real leather all of my friends thought it was the real thing. The cover is thin and flexible which helps to make this notebook nice and compact for slipping in an out of a purse or briefcase. There is enough support provided by the soft cover that I was able to take notes even when the notebook was sitting in my lap. The cover is plain, without any printing, except for an embossed Rhodia logo in the center of the front cover.

Rhodiarama Soft Cover Notebook - Lilac
Rhodiarama Soft Cover Notebook – Lilac

The ivory colored paper inside the Rhodiarama soft-cover notebook is luxuriously smooth, fountain pen friendly 90g Clairefontaine paper. I could write on both sides of the page and the inks that I used did not feather or bleed though the paper. This paper is also pH neutral, acid free and PEFC certified. The grey lines inside the ruled notebook do not go all the way to the edge of the page and are spaced 7 mm apart. For my medium size handwriting this is perfect!

Rhodiarama Soft Cover Notebook
Rhodiarama Soft Cover Notebook

This soft-cover notebook has matching Rhodia orange endsheets, orange ribbon bookmark and orange elastic closure. Inside the back cover is an expandable orange pocket. I love that the interior pocket helps to cover the small bumps created by the elastic band closure so even when you’re writing in the last few pages of the notebook the bumps created by the pocket and elastic are very minimal (unless of course you’ve packed the pocket super full).

Rhodiarama Soft Cover Notebook - Orange Pocket & Endsheets
Rhodiarama Soft Cover Notebook – Orange Pocket & Endsheets

Rhodiarama’s soft-cover notebook contains 80 sheets of lined paper. It is described as having a glued spine and you can see that the cover material is indeed glued to the spine of the notebook. The binding itself is sewn and the notebook easily opens nice and flat.

The medium A5 size notebook is about 3/8″ thick, 5 3/4″ wide and 8 1/4″ tall. (In contrast, a medium size Rhodia Webbie is about 3/4″ thick, 5 1/2″ wide and 8 3/8″ tall.) It is currently available in 16 different cover colors: Yellow, Orange, Tangerine, Poppy, Raspberry, Lilac, Purple, Iris, Sapphire, Turquoise, Anise, Beige, Taupe, Chocolate, Black and Silver.

We keep selling out of these great Rhodia notebooks, but don’t worry we’ll be ordering more!

Rhodiarama Softcover Notebook Writing Test - Front
Rhodiarama Softcover Notebook Writing Test – Front
Rhodiarama Softcover Notebook Writing Test - Back
Rhodiarama Softcover Notebook Writing Test – Back
Rhodia Webbie compared to a Rhodiarama Soft Cover Notebook
My old Rhodia Webbie compared to a new Rhodiarama Soft Cover Notebook
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Best Paper Tablets for Writing Letters with a Fountain Pen

R by Rhodia - Medium Size, Black Cover
R by Rhodia – Medium Size, Black Cover

Many of us that write with fountain pens still appreciate things like the value of good penmanship and how meaningful a handwritten letter can be. Since electronic communication has replaced much traditional correspondence that was previously written by hand, where does one still find a paper tablet worthy of a personal letter written with a fountain pen? In case you haven’t already discovered them, we want to introduce you to two paper tablets that will inspire you to put your fountain pen to paper and write a letter to a friend!

Clairefontaine Triomphe Stationery Tablet
Clairefontaine Triomphe Stationery Tablet

Clairefontaine paper is considered by many to be the best paper in the world for writing. Their affordable Triomphe Stationery Tablets contain exceptionally smooth velin veloute paper that will make your fountain pen glide across the page. The calcium carbonate in the 90g paper minimizes any fountain pen ink feathering, bleed through or show though that can be a problem with other papers. The paper is bright white which allows your ink colors to really stand out. Clairefontiane paper is acid-free and made from pulp and wood by-products from sustainably managed forests. Triomphe Tablets have a sturdy back cover to give support while writing and the glue binding allows sheets to be easily removed. Each Triomphe Table contains 50 sheets of paper and is available with blank or ruled paper, in 5.75″ x 8.25″ or 8.25″ x 11.75″ sizes. Matching Triomphe envelopes are also available.

Clairefontaine Triomphe Stationery Tablet - Large, Blank Paper
Clairefontaine Triomphe Stationery Tablet – Large, Blank Paper

The paper contained in R by Rhodia Premium Notepads is manufactured by Clairefontaine so you know it’s going to be top quality! It is also a super-smooth 90g that is fabulous when paired with fountain pens, but instead of bright white it is a soft ivory color. These notepads are stapled at the top and each sheet is microperforated so that it can be removed from the notepad with ease. R by Rhodia Notepads have cardboard inside the back cover for extra support and the front cover is scored so that it folds back neatly. Each notepad contains 70 sheets, comes with either blank or lined paper, orange or black cover, and is available in the following sizes: 3.38″ x 4.75″, 6″ x 8.25″, 8.25″ x 11.75″. For more in-depth information about R by Rhodia read our previous blog posts: Introducing R by Rhodia and R by Rhodia vs Original Rhodia Notepads.

R by Rhodia Notepad - Medium Size, Lined Paper
R by Rhodia Notepad – Medium Size, Lined Paper

Do you like to snail mail hand-written letters? What’s your favorite paper writing tablet?

R by Rhodia Notepad - Medium Size, Orange Cover
R by Rhodia Notepad – Medium Size, Orange Cover

 

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Quo Vadis Monthly 4 Calendar Review

Quo Vadis Monthly 4 Planner - Black Club Cover
Quo Vadis Monthly 4 Planner with a Black Club Cover and elastic bookmark

The Monthly 4 Calendar from Quo Vadis provides 18 months for scheduling beginning with July of one year and ending with December of the next. It has the flexibility to be used to plan out a school year starting in August or September, or it can be used as a regular yearly planner.

Quo Vadis Monthly 4 Planner open to a calendar planning page
Quo Vadis Monthly 4 Planner open to a calendar planning page

As its name indicates, this is a monthly planner, which means that it displays an entire month over 2 pages for making notes about activities and appointments. It is a compact and useful tool for those that don’t need to keep extremely detailed records for each day. Each week of the monthly calendar indicates which week of the year it is (ie 34th week etc), begins with Monday and ends with a smaller space for Sunday. Each day indicates which day of the year it is and how many days are left in the year. Lunar cycles and holidays are also noted. On the right side of each month there is space for notes such as phone numbers, websites and expenses as well as small displays of the 2 previous months and 2 upcoming months. The bottom of each month has a space about 1.5″ tall for taking notes.

Quo Vadis Monthly 4 - Annual Planning Pages
Quo Vadis Monthly 4 annual planning pages

The first few pages of this planner include a page for personal information and a year and a half of annual planning pages that correspond to the 18 months in the planner. After the final calendar month of December in the planner there are annual planning pages for the following year.

Quo Vadis Monthly 4 world time zones & map of Canada
Quo Vadis Monthly 4 world time zones & map of Canada

The back of the Monthly 4 planner has a chart of international holidays for 31 different countries, international telephone access codes, world time zones and 8 pages of world maps. There is one page that displays 3 yearly calendars, an A to Z address book of 5 pages and 16 ruled pages for notes.

Quo Vadis Monthly 4 address & notes pages
Quo Vadis Monthly 4 address & notes pages

The smooth white 90g paper in the Monthly 4 planner is noteworthy because it is made by Clairefontaine. This means it is really great if you like to use fountain pens! Clairefontaine paper is acid free, chlorine free and PEFC certified. Each page in the planning section of the Monthly 4 has a perforated lower right corner. When you tear the corners off as you progress throughout the year it will help you to easily open the planner to the month in progress. Take a look at the very bottom of this post for a writing test we did with the paper in this planner.

Quo Vadis Monthly 4 map of Africa & 3 yearly calendars
Quo Vadis Monthly 4 map of Africa & 3 yearly calendars

A feature that is appreciated by many is that the sewn binding allows the planner to lay flat when it’s open. The Quo Vadis Monthly 4 can be purchased with a variety of refillable covers or it can be purchased as a refill without a cover. My planner has a Bamboo Green Texas cover that has a soft, suede-like feel to it. It’s the slimmest, most flexible and most light-weight of the available covers. The leather-like Soho and Club covers have stitched edges and are sturdy enough to be paired with a Quo Vadis elastic bookmark. The size of this planner is approximately 7″ x 9.38″ so it will slip into a medium size purse, backpack or briefcase.

Quo Vadis Monthly 4 Planner with a Bamboo Green Texas Cover
My own personal Monthly 4 Planner after a year & a half of use – still looks good!

Do you like to use a monthly planner? If so, which one is your favorite?

Quo Vadis Monthly 4 writing test - front of the page
Quo Vadis Monthly 4 writing test – front of the page
Quo Vadis Monthly 4 writing test - back
Quo Vadis Monthly 4 writing test – back of the page
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