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Archive | February, 2012

Friday Blogger Tuck-ins

10 Feb

1 –>  Our Moleskine Haiku Contest winner was announced earlier this week! Check out the winning haiku here, then pop over to our Facebook album to see ALL of the great submissions!

2 –> Paper Crave is offering an adorable free download for mini Valentines! Nervous about Valentine’s Day? Check out Dana’s [Save Snail Mail] tips & resources on how to write love letters.

3 –> This is Colossal captured us once again by sharing the below image from an installation by Saudi Arabian artist Manal Al Dowayan. Click through the image to see more images and read the intention of the installation, but we’ll give you a nugget here: “‘Suspended Together’ is an installation that gives the impression of movement and freedom. However, a closer look at the 200 doves allows the viewer to realize that the doves are actually frozen and suspended with no hope of flight. An even closer look shows that each dove carries on its body a permission document that allows a Saudi woman to travel. …”

4 –> Margana [Inkophile] has a great round-up of when popular ink companies started offering inks.

5 –> Alex [Economy Pens] shows off his impressive notebook collection.

6 –> The Hike Guy laid out all of his journals filled up during his time hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. If you’re a Moleskine fan, journal lover, or outdoorsy person, you have got to check this out!

7 –>  Karen [Quo Vadis Blog] asks your opinion regarding paper vs. digital journals.

8 –> Azizah [Gourmet Pens] gives suggestions for pens used for guest books, and Kate [In Too Deep] chronicles the saga of her interest in pens and ink … at length.

Keep Your Green Resolutions with PooPooPaper

9 Feb

Shop all Poo Poo Paper on EuropeanPaper.com

 In a time when people are becoming more aware of their impact on the environment, many people will resolve to live a greener lifestyle each new year.  This can involve recycling, using less energy, investing in carbon offsets, and many other resolutions that will require consistent attention throughout the year.  However, it may be easier to simply start small.  Keep your resolution to “go green” by slowly making the switch to more sustainable products.  These products are not only environmentally friendly; they have amazing stories behind them. Take PooPooPaper for example.

Inspiration

PooPooPaper was no accident.  Founder Michael Flancman grew up loving the great outdoors.  From canoe trips and ice hockey near Toronto, to kayaking and mountain climbing in British Columbia, “the outdoors were in my fabric,” Flancman said.  This passion combined with an intrigue of business and manufacturing led Flancman on a natural course to found the Alternative Pulp and Paper Company and PooPooPaper Products.

The process from poop to paper is really quite intriguing.  Basically, animals such as elephants, cows, horses, and donkeys, which have fiber-rich vegetarian diets, produce almost as much poop as the amount of food they consume. Their “digestive systems … don’t really break down the vegetation all that well, [so] their poop has plenty of fiber even after their meal is consumed.” As fibers make pulp, which makes paper, Flancman saw the possibility to make paper without the use of trees, and instead he started using animal dung. After the dung is collected, it is rinsed and boiled, then formed into paper.  The whole process is a little more complex and takes a bit of time to get to the finished product, but it is fascinating to see how it is done.

What Recycled Really Means

Most products now have some sort of recycled stamp on them.  Many boast that they are at least partially made from recycled material, but when it comes down to it, the recycling process can be just as bad as the creation process and the underlying product still relies on tree-based pulp.  Some companies are taking part in what is often referred to as “greenwashing.”

According to Flancman that means, “the act of blatantly and intentionally misleading the public by offering a product for sale that falls well short of the purported sustainable benefits claimed or suggested.”  There could not be a better definition.  PooPooPaper products are the exact opposite.  They are made from the fibrous waste of a variety of animals.  No chlorine or bleach or other harsh chemicals are involved, and even soy-based ink is used exclusively when printing designs.  While these are certainly great achievements, the company is always striving for a more efficient process.

Sustainability as Reality

The driving force behind PooPooPaper is simple, some might say even downright playful, and rightfully so.  It is to create a product that is “immeasurably more sustainable than its tree pulp-based counterpart” while at the same time having fun. Really the best way to explain their motivation is to rely on the slogan: “PooPooPaper – Playfully Outrageous with an Underlying Message of Sustainability.” Not only is the company model sustainable, they donate to several non-profits committed to wild land conservation and animal protection.

Resolving to live a more sustainable lifestyle is a process.  Start by supporting a company that makes sustainability their foundation.  PooPooPaper strives to “spread the word of sustainability to as many people in as many places as possible through our unique, memorable, fun, educational and meaningful products.” Their goal is to spread the word; your resolution is to use a more sustainable product.  Together, both goals will be met.   After all, seeing the paper on the coffee table will be the constant reminder to waste less, save more, and live smart.

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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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Moleskine Love Haiku Winner!

7 Feb

We had such a fun time with this contest and received over 100 submissions! Below is the winner as well as a few more to whet your appetite. Click any of the images to go to the Facebook album that has ALL of the haiku. Tag your haiku when you see it, comment on the ones you love, and submit another one at the end just for fun!

Monday Morning Review Round-up

6 Feb

Ink Reviews

PenInkCillin: Noodler’s #41 Brown Ink

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Well Appointed Desk: Leuchtturm1917 Pocket Plain Notebook

East, West, Everywhere: Miquelrius Eco Notebook

Ms. Logica: Field Notes Memo Book

Life Imitates Doodles: Semikolon Mucho Spiral Notebook

Plannerisms: Signature Gutenberg Notebooks by Daycraft

Pen/Pencil Reviews

FPGeeks: Lamy Studio Fountain Pen

Notebook Esq.: Lamy Studio Rollerball – Stainless Steel Finish

A Penchant for Paper: Pentel Fluorescent Marker

No Pen Intended: Noodler’s Ink Ahab Fountain Pen Lapis Inferno Flex Nib

Multi Pen Dimensions: Tombow Object Rollerball Pen Matte Black

Stamp Reviews

The Pen Thief: John H. Johnson Stamp

 

Friday Blogger Tuck-ins

3 Feb

1 –>  Our Moleskine Haiku Contest ended yesterday and it’s been a BLAST going through the 100+ submissions! Thanks to everyone who participated! We are psyched to announce the winner Tuesday, February 7th and to share all the haiku love!

2 –> Troy [Penpalling-Dad] received a neat “Peek-a-boo” letter recently from Becky [Leaving a Paper Trail] – and while the envelope is interesting (and Becky shows you how to make it here), it’s even better to see bloggers connecting this way so we can sometimes see the path a letter takes!

3 –> The Celebrations at Home blog muses about the 12 paper trends they think we’ll see in 2012.

4 –> Demilked shared this beautiful Cut-Away Leaf Art by Lorenzo Duran. (It was made for an ad campaign by Legas Delaney for Plant for the Planet. The aim of the campaign was to show leaf’s ability to absorb CO2.)

Art by Lorenzo Duran. Click the image to see more of his work on Demilked.

5 –> The Telegraph (UK) introduced a series of art masterpieces created solely with marker pen on a whiteboard. See the artist, Bill Taylor of Durham, North Carolina, and his art in their slideshow here.

6 –> Read all about the rebirth of handwriting in J. Richard Gentry’s report in Psychology Today aptly titled “Handwriting—the Most Elegant Form of Communication.” Here’s just a taste: “E-mailers, text messengers, and skeptics be damned. Handwriting–American style–is born again. So say about one hundred and fifty teachers, administrators, psychologists, master penmen, and researchers from across the country who occupied the Newseum in Washington, DC for the 275th anniversary of John Hancock’s birth.”

7 –>  Rhodia Drive set up a Superbowl bet for this Sunday. “Anybody who guesses the final score will get a new Webnotepad (flip top reporter style with dot grid) when they arrive from France!” (Enter your guess on Rhodia Drive’s blog post here.)

8 –> Demilked also shared an adorable set of pictures by Laurent Laveder called Moon Games (and while it has nothing to do with paper, it’s an incredibly fun set of art).

Created by Laurent Laveder. Click the image to see more of Moon Games on Demilked.


Valentine’s Day Inspiration Collection

1 Feb

Bloggers have lit up the web with Valentine’s Day inspiration before your New Year’s resolutions had time to dry in your journals. Now that we’re in the “month of love” we feel a bit more comfortable adding to the fray. Below is a random smattering of some of our most adored products sold on EuropeanPaper.com to aid you in writing love letters and sweet notes (or writing out your angst with the season). Below that we’ve got a fine selection of blogger’s links to pique your Valentine’s Day interest even further.

Moleskine Volant Pocket Ruled Notebook (Set of 2)

Brause Calligraphy Gift Set

Rhodia Large Webnotebook

Fisher Translucent Bullet Space Pen

Paperblanks Foil Embossed Large Wrap Journal

Mudlark Eco Lola Memento Boxed Note Cards

Jan Petr Obr Red Bicycle Boxed Flat Note Cards

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Oh So Beautiful Paper has had multiple Valentine’s Day collection posts that will warm your heart as you scroll through them. Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and a splendid Part 5.

Similarly, Paper Crave shared tons of Valentine’s Day card designs to get your creative juices flowing. See her round-ups here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3Part 4, and Part 5.

The Sweetest Occasion has a sweet & simple DIY printable for Valentine’s Day; MJ Monaghan offers an interesting twist to the classics in his Valentine’s Card – 6 Special Options post; and Julie of Penpal of the Week did a round-up of some very sweet handmade cards.

Will you be doing anything special with pen & paper for Valentine’s Day? Share with us in the comments!