8 Tips For Using the Leuchtturm1917 Adhesive Pen Loop

The Leuchtturm1917 Adhesive Pen Loop is a easy way to add a handy pen holder to a paper notebook or journal that doesn’t have one. Just peel the backing off the small 1.5″ x 1.5″ square piece of vinyl, stick it on to where you want it and voila, your notebook has a new elastic pencil or pen loop! Here are 8 tips for using your Leuchtturm1917 pen loop:

Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop stuck on a Quo Vadis Habana Journal

Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop stuck on a large Quo Vadis Habana Journal

  1. The Leuchtturm1917 pen loop works best with slender writing tools such as regular size wooden pencils, Staedtler triplus pens, cheap Bic or Paper Mate ballpoints, Sakura Gelly Roll pens, you get the idea. I didn’t like using pens with rubberized or highly textured grips with this pen loop because they are too difficult to slide in and out. Maybe you are more patient than I am.
Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop holding a Staedtler Triplus Textsurfer

Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop holding a Staedtler Triplus Textsurfer

2. I was able to use the pen loop to hold pens with a medium size barrel only if they were cigar-shaped (tapered on the ends) and had a smooth barrel. A couple of examples of this are the Platinum Plaisir fountain pen and Pentel Tradio pens.

Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop holding a Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen

Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop holding a Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen

3. For pens with a wide barrel and squared ends, the best you can do is attach your pen clip to the elastic pen loop. Check out the photo below to see how you can use it with the clip on your LAMY Safari fountain pen.

4. When I use a fountain pen, most often I prefer to write with it “unposted”, or without the cap placed on the top (non-nib) end of the pen. While I’m writing, I’m always looking for a place to put the cap so I won’t lose it. The pen holder is a handy place to attach the clip of my fountain pen cap until I need the cap again.

Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop holds a LAMY Safari by the clip only

Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop holds a LAMY Safari by the clip only

5. Think before you stick. The Leuchtturm1917 pen loop is only meant to be stuck in one place and not removed and stuck somewhere else. I put mine in the center of the back cover of my large Quo Vadis Habana Journal because I am planning on using the pen loop to grasp the center portion of my pen. If you want to use it to grasp the top part of a pen near the clip, you’re better off sticking the pen holder near the top of your notebook. It’s a good idea to figure out what pen you want to use with the holder, put the pen in the loop, and then put it next to your notebook to figure out where you want to place it before you stick it on the cover.

6. Once my notebook is used up, I will get another pen loop to stick on a fresh new notebook. This makes sense, because even if the Leuchtturm1917 pen loop used the best quality materials in the world, over time they eventually wear out.

Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop

Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop

7. The pen loop is not a fool-proof way to avoid losing your pens and pencils. You still need to exercise care so as to not lose your valuable writing tools. Also, if you want to remove the pen loop, don’t expect it to remove cleanly.

Leuchtturm Pen Loop holding an Apple Pencil

Leuchtturm Pen Loop holding an Apple Pencil

8. Even though the Leuchtturm1917 pen loop is designed to be used with paper notebooks, some people have successfully used it on a tablet or smart phone cover to hold a stylus for their device. It does a great job at holding the Apple Pencil! This is a hack, so try this at your own risk.

How do you use your Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop? Do you have any tips or tricks to share?

Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop

Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop

 

 

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Dot Grid Paper is Here to Stay

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.

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.

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 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?

 

 

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Dot Grid Paper: Think Outside the Box and Color Outside the Lines

Have you tried dot grid paper? It’s the new freckled kid on the block! In contrast to traditional wide rule, college rule, narrow rule, French rule, graph, grid, blank or plain paper, dot grid paper has a grid of evenly spaced dots designed to be subtle guides for your writing or sketching. Frequently these dots are spaced at 5mm intervals across the page and could be compared to the intersections of the lines on 5mm graph paper. However, since there are only light colored dots instead of the busy lines on graph paper, the dotted format is a much less intrusive way to guide your pen or pencil across the page.

If you wanted to give dotted paper a try, what options are available to you? This blog post is our shopping guide to some of the dot grid paper we love.

Dot Grid Paper Journals

Rhodia Webnotebook - Medium, Orange, Dot Grid

Rhodia Webnotebook with Dot Grid Paper

The dotted Rhodia Webnotebook has deliciously smooth ivory colored 90g paper that pairs well with fountain pens. The Italian leatherette hard-cover comes in either orange or black, and the journal comes in both medium and pocket sizes.

 

Leuchtturm 1917 Hard Cover Dots Notebook - Gray Cover

Leuchtturm 1917 Hard Cover Dots Notebook – Gray Cover

Leuchtturm1917 makes a classy hard cover journal with quality 80g off-white dot grid paper. A cool feature of these journals is that they have numbered pages and a blank table of contents so that you can easily find your place when you need to.

Dotted Reporter Style Notebooks

Rhodia Webnotepad - 3.5 x 5.5, Black, Dot Grid

Rhodia Reporter Style Webnotepad – 3.5 x 5.5, Black, Dot Grid

When you need to take notes or make sketches on the go a reporter style notepad sure comes in handy. Take some dotted paper on the road with the Rhodia Webnotepad.

Dot Grid Top-Stapled Notepads

Rhodia DotPad No. 18 - 8.25 x 11.75" Black Cover

Rhodia DotPad No. 18 – 8.25 x 11.75″ Black Cover

Rhodia DotPads have bright white paper with a 5mm grid of pale violet dots. These notepads are so versatile you can use them just about anywhere!

Dot Grid Sketch Pads

Clairefontaine Graf it 90g Sketch Pad - 6x8, Dot Grid Paper

Clairefontaine Graf it 90g Sketch Pad – 6×8″, Dot Grid Paper

When you frequently use a pencil for writing or drawing, paper with just the right amount of tooth is much appreciated. The Clairefontaine Graf it Sketch Pad has white 90g acid-free paper with a subtle grid of pale violet dots. These notepads are versatile enough to be used as either a sketchbook or a notebook.

What’s your favorite dot grid paper? What do you like to use it for?

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A Shopping Guide for Choosing the Perfect Appointment Book or Planner

Exacompta Forum Journal Undated Planners

There are currently so many styles of appointment books, diaries and planners to choose from. If you don’t already have a favorite how can you find a format that is just right for you? Here is a shopping guide that groups a bunch of our favorite planners into categories that will help you get just what you need. In each category the planners are listed from the smallest (at the top) to the largest in size.

DAILY PLANNERS

For Detailed Schedules

Exacompta Journal 21

For General Plans

Alice’s Diary – 7321 Design (undated)
Quo Vadis Notor
Exacompta Forum Journal (undated)

With Room For Notes

Alice’s Diary – 7321 Design (undated)
Quo Vadis Notor
Exacompta Forum Journal (undated)
Exacompta Journal 21

WEEKLY PLANNERS

For Detailed Schedules

Exacompta Visual
Quo Vadis Minister
Bob’s Your Uncle 8-Days-A-Week Planner Journal (undated)
Quo Vadis Trinote
Quo Vadis Prenote

For General Plans

Quo Vadis Miniweek
Bob’s Your Uncle 8-Days-A-Week Mini Planner (undated)
Quo Vadis Business
Rhodia Webplanner
Exacompta Space 17
Quo Vadis Biweek
Quo Vadis Executive
Leuchtturm 1917 Weekly Planner & Notebook
Quo Vadis Hebdo
Exacompta Space 24
Quo Vadis IB Traveler Pocket Planner

With Room For Notes

Rhodia Webplanner
Exacompta Space 17
Leuchtturm 1917 Weekly Planner & Notebook
Exacompta Space 24
Quo Vadis IB Traveler Pocket Planner

MONTHLY PLANNERS

For General Plans

Quo Vadis Visoplan
Quo Vadis Monthly 4

With Room For Notes

Quo Vadis Monthly 4

SPECIAL NEEDS

If it is important that your appointment book contains fountain pen friendly paper take a look at this list of suggestions: Fountain Pen Friendly Planners

If you’re looking for a planner that covers a school year (starting the year in July or August) check out this blog post: What is an Academic Planner?

If you would like to know if an “undated” planner is suitable for you can read more about them here: Undated Planners featuring Choo Choo Diary Season V.

What is your favorite planner format?

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Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook Review

Leuchtturm1917 Jottbooks - Earth Colors in Pocket Size & Large

Leuchtturm1917 Jottbooks – Earth Colors in Pocket Size & Large

Leuchtturm1917 has a collection of slim, light-weight notebooks called Jottbooks. They fit the definition of a cahier according to Google – an exercise book or notebook – except they do not have the visible stitching on the spine that Americans often think of when they hear the word cahier.

The Jottbook is a little different than the typical cahier notebook because it is paginated. In other words, there are 60 numbered pages and a blank index in the front that can be filled in to help you find the contents in your journal later.

The Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook is Paginated

The Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook is Paginated

In the lined Jottbook, each numbered page has rules that go to the edge of the page and they are narrow ruled – about 6mm apart. The color of the lines is a subtle light grey that serves as a light guideline and doesn’t interfere much with the appearance of your writing. The pages have a little extra space at the top where the date can be written if you need it.

The paper is off-white, acid-free and 80 gsm. The manufacturer description says that it is “ink proof” or no bleed, but I would have to say this paper would not be my first choice for fountain pens. There was a bit of feathering with some inks as well as some bleed through. You can take a look at the scanned writing sample and decide for yourself. It definitely does better with some ink than others. I thought it worked fabulously with the mechanical pencil. (I think the ink I described as Violette Pensse in my writing test got mixed with blue and I had forgotten about it – sorry!)

Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook - Caramel, Large

Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook – Caramel Large Size with cover stickers and Namiki Falcon Fountain Pen

The Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook is thread-bound which allows the notebook to be opened flat and prevents pages from falling out. If you need to remove a page, 32 of the pages are perforated and can be cleanly removed from the Jottbook.

The cover of the Jottbook is made from a flexible laminated stock that has a slight texture and it is plain except for the brand name Leuchtturm1917 embossed on the bottom of the back cover. The corners are rounded and inside the front cover there are spaces for your name and address. There are also a couple of stickers included with the notebook – one blank and one lined – in case you would like to label it.

Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook Caramel - Back Cover Close Up

Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook Caramel – Back Cover Close Up

From the Leuchtturm1917 website: current cover colors include black, white, caramel, red, pink, lavender, lime, turquoise, cornflower, navy, tobacco and taupe. Sizes include A4 (210 x 297 mm), pocket size 3 5/8″ x 5 7/8″ (90 x 150 mm) and large 5 5/8″ x 8 1/8″ (145 x 210 mm). Paper is available as ruled, squared or plain.

Writer’s Bloc has both the lined pocket size and large Leuchtturm1917 Jottbooks available in sets of 3 earth cover colors which include one black, one white and one caramel. We’ve used Writersblok Bamboo notebooks and Moleskine cahiers in the past, and we are currently enjoying the Jottbook. What is your favorite cahier notebook?

Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook Writing Test - Front

Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook Writing Test – Front

Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook Writing Test - Back

Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook Writing Test – Back

 

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Leuchtturm1917 Large 18 Month Weekly Planner Review

(Leuchtturm1917 Large 18 Month Weekly Planner)

The Leuchtturm1917 Large 18 Month Weekly Planner has a practical multipurpose design. The 2012 planner begins with September 1, 2011 and runs all the way through the end of February 2013. This allows it to be used as either an academic planner or a yearly planner. If you happen to lose your yearly planner before the year is over, the Leuchtturm1917 18 month planner steps in with plans starting in September to help you out. If you procrastinate and put off buying a 2013 planner until the new year has already begun, it gives you some breathing room until you can find a new planner.

Its basic design is similar to a lot of other black-cover notebooks. The black cover is lightly grained to give it a leather-like appearance and the only writing on the cover is a small “Leuchtturm1917” on the bottom of the back cover. It has rounded corners, is held closed with a black elastic and has a matching black ribbon book marker. Inside the front cover there is a place to write your name and address and a handy expandable pocket is found inside the back cover. The cream color of the end sheets matches the cream color of the paper. It is about 5.75” x 8.25” in size and about 0.5” thick. I appreciate the fact that the hard-cover is very slim to make this planner as compact as possible.

(Monthly Plan)

When you open this Leuchtturm1917 planner you discover that it has a stitched binding which helps it to open flat and keeps pages from falling out. The ink-proof, acid-free paper is cream colored and has gray printing. It is most likely 80g like the paper in many other Leuchtturm1917 notebooks.

The first printed information is three pages of yearly calendars: 2011, 2012 and 2013. These calendars list the week number for every week of each year. Following these calendars is a six page monthly plan that runs from September 2011 to February 2013. This monthly plan shows you the phases of the moon in case you need to know that information.

(International Holidays)

Next comes six pages listing three years worth of international holidays in close to 60 countries. This comes in handy if you are a business traveller or are planning a fun international vacation.

(Project Planner)

The Project Plan spans two pages and covers September 2011 to February 2013. It has 29 lines worth of projects to plan.

(Weekly Plan)

Each weekly plan is two pages, begins with Monday on the left and ends with Saturday/Sunday on the right. Each day gets a column of hourly planning from 07:00 to 22:00 hours with a space for notes at the bottom, except for Saturday and Sunday which are combined into one column on the right. Saturday has four unmarked lines for plans plus notes and Sunday has three lines plus notes. At the bottom of the notes space for each day are country codes indicating which days are holidays in which countries. The bottom right corner of each weekly plan has a calendar of the current month with the current week highlighted. The bottom right corner also includes the week number of the current week.

(Stickers for labeling front & spine and lined/graph template)

The back of the planner has 15 blank pages for taking notes. If you can’t write in a straight line there is a lined/graph template included that can be placed behind these pages as a guide while you’re writing. The Leuchtturm1917 website says that these pages are perforated so they can be removed, but honestly I cannot see any perforations here.

If you like to archive your planners, the Leuchtturm1917 18 month planner includes handy stickers for labeling the cover: three stickers for the front cover and three stickers for the spine.

(Writing test – front)

(Writing test – back)

The paper seems to perform quite well with a variety of writing instruments including fountain pens. Very little bleed through or feathering of ink, however, there is some show through since the paper is 80g. I personally find I can use both sides of the page without it bothering me, but if you are very particular it could be bothersome. I especially appreciate that ink dries reasonably quickly on this paper so I can write without a bunch of smearing (I’m a lefty).

If you like to have a pen holder, Leuchtturm1917 makes self-adhesive pen loops in 6 different colors that can easily be added to your planner.

Leuchtturm1917 makes a variety of quality notebooks and planners where “details make all the difference.” What’s your favorite Leuchtturm1917 product?

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Fountain Pen Friendly Planners

Many people consider paper to be fountain pen friendly if it has the ability to prevent the following three problems: ink feathering, ink bleed through and show through of your writing (so that you can clearly write on both sides of the page).

Quo Vadis, Exacompta and Rhodia planners all have very high quality paper, and I would have to say their planners with 90g paper are the most suited for use with your beloved fountain pen. I’ve compiled a list of which of these planners contain 90g paper:

Weekly Planners with white 90g paper:

Rhodia WebPlanner 6×9
Prenote #24
President #16
Trinote #48
Minister #15
Executive #14
Hebdo

Weekly Planners with colored 90g paper:

Space 24 – soft green paper
Visual – soft green paper
Note #27 – ivory paper
Minister #15 – cream paper for the Habana and Smooth covers (discontinued)

Monthly Planners with white 90g paper:

Monthly 4 #76
Visoplan #67

Academic Planners with white 90g paper:

Academic Minister #34
Septanote #49
Principal #31
Scholar #55

I must also mention that the Quo Vadis Exaplan #66 21-month planner has 85g white paper. This paper likely performs almost as well as the standard 90g Clairefontaine paper.

As as lefty over-writer, my own personal requirements for fountain pen friendly paper are a bit different. In addition to the three requirements mentioned in the first paragraph, the ink must also dry fairly quickly on the paper to avoid smearing or I end up not wanting to use it. I compensate for this partly by choosing ink that dries reasonably quickly, but I am willing to compromise somewhat on the bleed-through, feathering and show-through issues to speed up the ink drying time.  I do well with the ink-proof paper inside Leuchtturm1917 planners. I believe this paper is typically 80g, so there is more show-through compared to a 90g paper. This issue may bother you, however to my liking, ink seems to dry more quickly on Leuchtturm1917 paper than it does on Clairefontaine paper.

While they are still in stock many of these planners with a variety of different covers can be found at Writer’s Bloc. If you see something you want and we don’t have it please feel free to ask if we can special order it. Planner season is upon us (what happened to summer?) – get your fountain pen friendly planner now before they’re gone!

What’s your favorite fountain pen friendly planner?

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LEUCHTTURM1917 Dot Grid Medium Notebook Review

 

Leuchtturm is based in Germany and has been producing quality stationery products since 1917. This family-run company has the motto “details make all the difference.” Let’s see what details the LEUCHTTURM1917 medium dot grid notebook includes.

The first thing I noticed about this notebook that distinguishes it from many other similar notebooks is that the pages are numbered, 1 through 249. To make it easy to find your notes there 3 pages in the front with a blank table of contents that includes a column to jot down the page number and another column to make a note of the “topic”. This is a really handy feature to have if you need to refer to specific things in your notes in the future after you’ve forgotten where everything is.

The binding of the LEUCHTTURM1917 dot grid notebook is thread-bound, which means that it will open flat and the pages will not fall out. If you need to tear out a page, there are 8 perforated sheets in the back that can easily be removed.

The slim hard cover is made with a synthetic, very lightly textured material that comes in five colors: Lilac, Lime, Caramel, Pure White and Turquoise. The cover is plain except for a small embossed “LEUCHTTURM1917” on the bottom of the back cover. An elastic attached to the back cover wraps around the front cover to keep your journal closed. Inside the back cover there is an expandable pocket for keeping notes, receipts, programs etc. Inside the front cover is a space for writing your name and address.

The LEUCHTTURM1917 dot grid notebook includes some labels for the cover so that you can identify the contents of your notebook. There are three labels for the spine (approx. 3/8” x 7 1/2” each), two ruled labels and one blank label for the front cover (approx. 1 7/8” x 2 3/8” each). There is a matching ribbon bookmark to help you find your place. The size of the medium notebook is approximately 5 3/4” x 8 1/4” and it is about 3/4” thick.

The paper is ivory color with a light grey 5mm x 5mm dot grid pattern that doesn’t quite go to the edge of the page. It is acid-free, 80g and is called “ink-proof paper” that can be used with your fountain pen. I tested it with several fountain pens and found it has better quality paper than the LEUCHTTURM1917 notebooks of a few years ago, but it is not as good as Clairefontaine or Rhodia paper for use with fountain pens. There was a little bit of feathering, a little bit of bleed through, but mostly the problem was with show through on the back side of the page. 80g paper makes it possible to have 249 pages in a nice compact size, but it might be better to have fewer pages and thicker paper. I was able to use both sides of the page as long as I carefully selected the ink color and nib size that I used. This journal is probably not the best choice if you want to write on both sides of the page with a fountain pen. However, there are plenty of other features to like about the LEUCHTTURM1917 dot grid notebook!

What is your favorite LEUCHTTURM1917 stationery?

NOTE: Since this article was published, Leuchtturm has discontinued the turquoise cover on the dot grid notebook but is still making it with black and many other color covers.

 

 

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