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Giveaway: 10 Moleskine 2011-12 Academic Planners! [Closed]

14 Nov

Moleskine 18-Month Pocket Soft Cover Weekly Planner on EPC

Moleskine 18-Month Pocket Soft Cover Weekly Planner on EPC

The closer we get to the end of the year, there’s always more talk of datebooks, organization, renewal, and resolutions. We want you to be prepared. So get started early with one of 10 Moleskine 18-Month Pocket Soft Cover Weekly Planner we’re giving away! That means 10 lucky winners each will receive one (1) of these academic planners.

Featuring the wildly popular Weekly Planner+Notes format, this datebook covers July 2011 to December 2012. The Weekly Planner+Notes format shows the week’s appointments at-a-glance on the left, complemented by a page for notes and ideas on the right. Also included is an annual overview for 2011-2013 (1 page per yearly view), plus a monthly overview for the 18 months (July 2011-Dec 2012), in calendar format with 1 page per month.


Perfect for throwing in your bag to always have on hand, this pocket-sized planner is 3.5 inches wide by 5.5 inches tall and is just right to help keep your life organized. And did we mention its durable soft cover? That means it can handle traveling with you in any situation and is a bit lighter to boot.

To enter:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post & include your email address.
  • Tweet the following: Giveaway of 10 #Moleskine Academic Planners on @EuroPaper Check it out! http://wp.me/p1PnL4-7j
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook and tag European Paper Company
  • Post about this giveaway on your own blog and link back to this giveaway post (if you don’t link back to EPC’s blog, we can’t see the entry).

We’ll choose random winners from all of the entries. This contest is only open to US residents, and you’ve got until the end of this Thursday 11/17 to enter as many entries as you can. We will announce the winners on Friday 11/18/11!

 

Brand Feature: G. Lalo

12 Nov

G. Lalo Brand Story on EuropeanPaper.com

Originating in Paris in 1919, G. Lalo quickly rose to be ‘de rigueur’ for social stationery in Paris and in the royal courts across Europe with its handcrafted stationery. Two aspects of G. Lalo stationery contribute to its fame: the quality of its papers and the elegance of its presentation. A paper is selected and allowed to bear G. Lalo’s exclusive watermark only after exacting examination of its texture, weight, finish and color.

Double Bordered Correspondence Cards

Colorful Parisian panache with the chic G. Lalo laid finish: These Double Bordered Correspondence Cards are both thoroughly modern and impressively elegant.  At a substantial 250 g, they are perfect for invitations, thoughtful missives, and cheerful notes.  You’ll find these lovely, lively cards available in sets of 10 with matching tissue-lined envelopes.

Verge de France Correspondence Sets

The new G. Lalo Verge de France Correspondence Sets come in myriad colors for you to choose from, and all are appropriate for invitations, announcements, love letters, or a simple hello. Elegantly understated, the Correspondence Sets speak for themselves with a deckled edge, heavy card stock (300 gsm), and a laid paper finish. Choose from an array of colors, all presented in sets of 10 flat note cards with 10 matching tissue-lined envelopes. A perfect gift for yourself and others to enjoy!

G. Lalo Stationery on EuropeanPaper.com

Verge de France

Verge paper has the look and feel of handmade paper. It even has the grid of parallel translucent lines (“vergeures”) made as the paper was laid to dry. These grids are very helpful as guides for handwriting. Verge paper was made by hand in huge vats, and today, G. Lalo makes the same paper according to traditional methods but with modern techniques.

Borghese Stationery

This is the stationery set that makes you want to write to everyone you know. From royal stationers G. Lalo, these deckle edged cards are a full 160 pound cardstock with a laid finish. The matching envelopes complete the picture. The beautifully boxed set contains 50 flat cards and envelopes measuring 3.75 x 6 inches in blue, ivory, or white. It’s a wonderful canvas on which to send your sentiments, one that the lucky recipient will truly appreciate.

Mode de Paris Stationery

Luxurious G. Lalo stationery is the perfect canvas for expressing your sentiments in a memorable way. Elegantly understated, it speaks for itself with a deckled edge, heavy card stock, and a laid paper finish. Choose from an array of colors, all presented in a lovely box.

Have a box of G. Lalo stationery, but don’t know what to write on it or use it for? Read our article “Beautiful Paper, Perfect Pen … Now What?”  for some inspiration. And let us know your ideas!

Friday Blogger Tuck-ins: Veterans Day

11 Nov

 

1 –> November 11 … Veterans Day … the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. Today is a day of remembrance for those who have served. Today is also a day of pride and respect for those currently serving. And the blogosphere remembers.

Dana on Save Snail Mail has put together a short & fab list of websites “that help you send letters and care packages to current service members overseas.” She also found a PostSecret video we wanted to share as well here.

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2 –>  Stephanie over at Rhodia Drive posted a very sweet message for Veteran’s Day, and included a video from the Department of Veteran Affairs explaining the meaning of Veterans Day. It’s a great video to watch and if you click through to it on Youtube they have multiple other Veterans Day videos to check out.

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3 –> Misty of Confessions of a Pen Thief has compiled a lovely grouping of related postage stamps here.

Have a blog post related to Veterans Day? Post it in the comments and we’ll add it to our Blogger Tuck-ins today!

 

Beautiful Paper, Perfect Pen … Now What?

10 Nov

The timing couldn’t be better. You have a free hour to spend as you please. On the desk in front of you is some of the most beautiful paper you have ever had. It might be a sheet of Amalfi watermark stationery or a tablet of G. Lalo Verge De France. In your hand is your tried and trusted fountain pen. You are ready to spend your hour writing.

G. Lalo Fine Stationery on EuropeanPaper.com

G. Lalo Fine Stationery

But—writing what?

Chances are you have some type of correspondence waiting to be written—most people do. Think about it for a moment. Perhaps you owe a few thank you notes to some people? Maybe a reply letter to a distant friend or relative? Perhaps you’d like to write a love letter to someone special? In these modern days of texting, instant messaging, emailing and Twittering, a handwritten letter is still a treasure many people appreciate.

The post office is struggling at the moment, but there are thousands of devoted people around the planet who are doing their best to keep it going, and you can be one of them. Many people sit down and spend an hour—or two or three—writing to someone in another city, state, or country. They share their thoughts and dreams, their daily activities, their opinions and philosophies, and much more—all just a sample of what you, too, can write. While many people pen letters to friends and family who have moved away, a number are also corresponding with friends they have only met through the mailbox.

Here are a few tips to help you put pen to paper:

Before you start composing, give your words some thought. What would you like to express to this person? If you are not sure how to phrase it, try jump starting those creative juices by taking a walk outside (nature can be amazingly inspirational!). As you walk or after you return, jot down a short list of points you want to cover in your letter so that you don’t get to the end and realize you forgot something important.

For a fairly brief letter, perhaps one to thank someone for doing something kind, consider drawing a swirl or border on your border to personalize it. You can also add a wax initial stamp to the bottom. Also, If you have trouble writing straight on unlined paper, you can often find a line guide in high-end paper, or you can create your own on the computer and place it behind your paper as a guide to follow.

G. Lalo Correspondence Sets on EuropeanPaper.com

Example of deckle-edged G. Lalo Correspondence Sets.

If you are using a fountain pen, make sure you have adequate amounts of ink on hand. If you have multiple pens with different types of ink, consider writing in one color and adding that swirl or border in another tone. Check that your ink has dried before carefully folding your letter into the envelope. You might want to embellish the envelope with the same swirl or border to create unity between container and contents.

Remember that while you want your correspondence to look lovely and delight whoever receives it, this is not English 101. You will not be graded on your perfect punctuation or vibrant vocabulary. Simply speak from your heart and let the words flow from your hand through the pen to the paper. After all, beautiful paper is like a sailing ship sitting in a harbor. It wasn’t meant to just sit there. Instead, add your words to it and then send it off on a journey.

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 Meet the Writer: Tamra Orr is a full time writer and has written more than 300 books for readers of all ages. She is also mom to four and writes an average of 50 letters or more a month.

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One Reason to Choose Eco-Friendly Journals

8 Nov

Losing yourself in the wilderness is one of the greatest joys of life.  It allows the mind a chance to think, it gives the soul a reprieve from everyday life, and it allows the body to relax.  Getting lost in the woods, temporarily at least, can provide a much-needed respite from the rush of everyday life.

See all Eco Journals on EPC by clicking this image

Top down: Poo Poo Paper Journal, Lama Li Hemp Journal, Handmade Lokta Journal

To continue enjoying the raw beauty of nature, we must turn to sustainable choices in our lives, large and small. Each year approximately 300,000 acres of trees are turned into paper in the United States alone.  This paper is mostly used in offices when pure white copy paper is needed, and much of it is then tossed into the waste bin shortly after use. However, in our daily journals, weekly planners, and random note-catchers, we don’t need to be so frivolous. Plus, for an enhanced experience when writing in journals, notepads, or on stationery, I want paper that has some texture and a story behind it.

And if you’re like me when you walk into the woods with a journal, it’s easy to understand alternative paper options when standing amongst nature.  Trees are a renewable resource, but there are several options out there that are even more sustainable that might surprise you.

With a little creativity, and by combining new and old techniques, it is amazing what can be made into paper.  Paper sources have a wide range – here are just a few:

  • Fiber from coconuts, mango leaves, banana tree-trunks, and many other fruits & vegetables.
  • Cotton, flax, bamboo stalks, and hemp.
  • Bushes like the lokta plant.
  • Recycled clothing rags.
  • Animal dung (there is a particularly high yield from elephant dung, and yes, even poo can be cleaned up and turned into a writing medium).

As easily renewable resources—and some that are harvested as waste or recycled products—all of the above paper sources make the argument for choosing an alternative form of paper that much stronger. The availability of tree-free alternatives in a sustainable harvesting fashion is so immense that if the demand increased for them, it could dramatically reduce the demand for paper made of trees.

We can choose to buy a journal, notebook, or other paper product that is made from new paper, OR we can choose to purchase an eco-friendly journal. Whether it is from 100% recycled paper originally made from trees or made from a sustainable alternative fiber, we as consumers have access to more alternative options than ever before (not to mention, more to weigh on our conscious with this information).

Getting out and enjoying nature at its finest is wonderful.  Taking a notebook or journal to document the trip can create memories that will last a lifetime.  But if trees are destroyed just to create those journals, nature can, and will, quickly disappear.

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 Meet the Writer: Scott Sery is a native to Billings, Montana, where he enjoys amazing access to the great outdoors the area has to offer. With years of wandering in the backcountry, and a love for the environment, he transfers his experiences exploring the great outdoors to guides and stories of surviving in the wilderness.

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EPC is now on Google Plus!

7 Nov

EuropeanPaper.com on Google Plus

Google Plus has finally been opened (officially) to businesses, and we’d love to connect with you on G+ now, too! Click here for our G+ page.

Let us know what you prefer though – Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, email, phone or snail mail :) We’re always available for y’all.

 

Friday Blogger Tuck-ins

4 Nov

 

1 –> Courtesy of Inkophile not long ago, we came across Leigh Reyes’ spectacular video creation combining the lyrics of ”I Have Never Loved Someone” by My Brightest Diamond with fountain pen, water, and paper. Prepare to swoon when you watch the video, and check out Leigh’s blog to pay tribute.


2 –> We’re incredibly fond of papercuts, and Discover Paper frequently features artists of all types of papercut creations. Yesterday on Discover Paper, Donaville (the blog owner) featured the amazing fingerprint papercut work of Lori Danelle. They’re incredibly intricate, and what a great idea for a very special occasion!

3 –> PetaPixel.com, a photog blog, shares some incredibly neat DIY projects, like this DIY Wooden Picture we thought y’all would enjoy.  Grab a block of wood,  a gel medium, mod podge, and print out a picture on regular copy paper (via a laser printer or copier rather than an ink printer), and you’re good to go!

 

Penmanship & Calligraphy: Where to Start

3 Nov

Penmanship & Calligraphy Series by Cole Imperi on EuropeanPaper.com
Have you ever gotten a note from someone who was both thoughtful and handwritten? I know I have, and I probably saved every single one. No matter the handwriting, whether big and loopy or small and abrupt, the handwriting is unique to the person writing. It’s a lot like a fingerprint.

If you’re at a spot in your life where you might want to work on your penmanship a bit, then you are in the right place. Or maybe, you just want to do justice to your nice pens and paper. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to talk about penmanship and calligraphy. And this first post? It’s all about where to start.

Where to Start

What is the difference between penmanship and calligraphy? Penmanship is your specific and unique style of writing. Calligraphy is taking a particular style of writing and basing your strokes directly off of that. It’s that simple.

So to start, we’ll focus on penmanship. Know that you have a unique style of writing and the purpose of working on your penmanship is not to erase that uniqueness, but perhaps just to work the craft a bit more. Spending time on your penmanship results in a style of handwriting that is even more uniquely you—it’s just polished. Think of some of the great painters. They all had a unique way of working with their paintbrushes and paint. They all spent time on their craft. They all had a very distinctive style that was all their own.

You’re all great painters; you just haven’t worked on your craft enough. But the goal of penmanship is not to copy someone else’s style—it is to refine your own.

What Tools Do I Need?

You’ll need a pen and some paper. And no, you don’t have to use a calligraphy-specific pen, any pen will do. I keep plain white notecards and envelopes in my desk drawer at all times for basic correspondence. I also love Rhodia’s Dot Notepads for writing little bits and bobs and for practice. My favorite journal paper can be found in the Moleskine Volants. I love this paper with ballpoints, fountain pens, and pencils equally.

Does the Type of Pen Matter? Does the Type of Paper Matter?

A random piece of my handwriting to analyze the penmanship.

The answer is both yes and no. Personally, when I write something important, I use ‘important’ tools. I pick up a fountain pen rather than a cheap plastic ballpoint pen. There are a few reasons for this, the most important being that a nicer pen will generate a better flow of ink and can show more variation in your strokes. If you write with a ballpoint, the intricacies and nuances of your natural handwriting very often become lost. The same is true for paper. If you are using standard computer paper, you are more likely to run into problems (like tears, bleeding ink, and smudges). Nicer paper is actually designed to hold ink and deal with the point of the pen scratching the surface of the paper.

Finally, it is good practice to find some of your recent handwriting and take an extra minute to notice the details. For me, it’s a to-do list I made last week (pictured). This is my writing in its natural state, written just for me. I will take a look at this and look at some of the letters I naturally (and therefore comfortably) tend to embellish a little. This is what you should do with your writing. Look at your tendencies.

Next time, we’re going to talk more about penmanship and calligraphy from a historical standpoint and where it stands today.

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Meet the WriterCole Imperi is a business owner and a proponent of the handwritten word. When not at Doth Brands, a Branding & Identity firm catering to the health, wellness & deathcare professions where Cole works as Owner and Creative Director, you might find her on her yoga mat teaching yoga or behind a laptop writing for Simplicity Embellished, a letter-writing and lifestyle blog.

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Details Make all the Difference with Leuchtturm1917

3 Nov

Leuchtturm1917 Brand Story

“Details make all the difference.” Founded in 1917, the eminent German company Leuchtturm (which means lighthouse in English) is known for high-quality archival storage albums. Adapting their experience with archival paper quality to a versatile line of notebooks and datebooks, Leuchtturm has an eye on every detail.

Leuchtturm Notebooks on Europeanpaper.com

Leuchtturm Notebooks on Europeanpaper.com

Known as the “world’s leading supplier of postage stamps and coin albums” Leuchtturm1917, which is still family owned, has designed their products to fit every lifestyle. Whether you are a student, professional, stay-at-home dad or mum, or just a notebook enthusiast, Leuchtturm’s modern line of journals and datebooks can be for you.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Choose from hard or soft covers.
  • Each notebook has numbered pages and a blank Table of Contents.
  • Matching elastic closure & cloth ribbon placeholder.
  • Eight perforated pages in the back for quick notes.
  • All notebooks & datebooks are threadbound for durability & so you can lay the book flat.
  • Labeling and archival stickers for the spine and front of the book are included.
  • Rear expandable pocket in all Leuchtturm books for mementos, notes, or receipts.
  • Bleed-proof, acid-free paper.
  • And soo much more … :)

From durable thread-bound construction and fountain pen friendly paper, to numbered pages and a table of contents, Leuchtturm’s range will grab your attention for uses in the home, office, and abroad. Check it out for yourself on EPC.

 

What Does Your Journal Reveal About Your Personality?

1 Nov

For those of us who revel in scouring through the various styles of journals and notebooks, selection requires thought and consideration.  From the type of cover to the page styling, a journal or notebook can be as distinctive as our individual personalities and encourage us to become more creative and/or more organized.

Journals and Personality by Beth Hempton on EuropeanPaper.com

It all starts with your purpose. Why are you purchasing the journal or notebook? Will you be recording your deepest thoughts, mapping out a novel, or making daily lists? Are you an artist who needs a place for initial sketches or a mathematician working out formulas?

As you shop for journals and notebooks, consider the following to determine the best style for your next project:

  • Cover Color – Whether you’re sitting in a meeting, at the airport, or in a coffee shop, the physical appearance of your journal reflects your personality. The cover graphic may beckon you with its memorable style, perhaps you’re a wordsmith who desires a journal with Poe’s writing gracing the cover for inspiration, or you’re a conservationist who prefers an eco journal with a hemp cover. Personally, I purchase the same blue notebooks regularly to keep my life in order. I recently received a gift of notebooks, but my friend chose red covers instead of blue. I found I struggled with the red because it’s not a color that helps me focus. So, if you’re sensitive to color, be sure to choose one that matches your disposition.
  • Cover Style – As a diehard journal user, I own both hard and soft cover notebooks and journals. You may find that hard covers work best for your desk or bedside due to their sturdiness, while soft covers are lighter and travel well. For me, hard covers stay home and soft covers work in my purse and computer bag.
  • Size – Whether you want a notebook or journal for your bedside, backpack, purse or pocket, choosing the most comfortable size is vital. Your purpose may define your notebook size. If you’re just keeping a list on the run, a small version like the mini size or pocket size might be the most comfortable, but if you’re making sketches around town, a larger notepad in the A4 to A3 range could be ideal. If you’re traveling, a smaller version of your normally large bedside journal may suffice for keeping your memorable vacation thoughts.
  • Journals and Personality by Beth Hempton on EuropeanPaper.com

    Page Style – Blank pages, graph paper, dots or lines … which works best for you? If you’re a freestyler, combining words and drawings, blank pages could be ideal.  For more organized note taking and calculations, dotGrid or graphing styles offer structure.  The standard lined page helps writers and list makers keep their thoughts in order.

  • Closure System – How you handle your notebooks and journals can determine the closure system you prefer. A wrap closure offers the greatest protection of your pages. If you tend to toss your journal in a bag or tuck it under your arm, a wrap will keep pages from getting messy or warped. An elastic closure offers some protection and keeps pages flat. If your journal sits in one location, such as on your desk or bedside, you may not desire a closure. Security may also be a reason to select a closure. A wrap may deter someone from picking up your notebook and glancing at it. Closures tend to send the message that the information within the journal is private.

So, what will your next journal or notebook reveal about you? Choosing your journal or notebook wisely could encourage you to finish that school project, write that novel, or become more organized! Share your favorite notebook or journal styles and be sure to tell us how they reflect your personality.

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Meet the Writer: Beth Hempton is a freelance writer and educator residing on Johns Island in South Carolina. She writes about education, health, food and lifestyle topics for websites, blogs, e-zines and print magazines. Having worn many writing hats from authoring curriculum to newspaper journalism, she views writing as a life skill and as an art form.

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