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Introducing Field Notes National Crop Box Set

30 Sep

Introducing Field Notes National Crop Box Set Notebooks on

A special tribute to U.S. agriculture, the Field Notes National Crop Box Set consists of six memo books celebrating American farmers and the six leading crops they grow.

With 48 pages each, a different cover color per book, and a strong 3 side-staple binding, Field Notes Memo Books have a “go anywhere” attitude. The light-tan lined graph paper inside each notebook is perfect to record notes, keep track of your to-do lists, or organize your plan for world peace.

Packaged in a custom box and with an included souvenir reference map, this special National Crop Box Set is full of information about American corn, soybeans, hay, wheat, cotton and sorghum.

Made in the USA, Field Notes is a collaboration between Portland, Oregon’s Draplin Design Company and Chicago’s Coudal Partners. An instant classic, Field Notes harkens back to the days of agricultural memo books and simple pocket notebooks. With a bit of cheeky humor and a whole lot of personality, Field Notes’ tagline says it all: “I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now.”

Read our brand story on Field Notes here, and shop Field Notes memo books on here!

Leuchtturm: Precision Engineering for the Most Particular Writer

26 Sep

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Have you ever heard of Leuchtturm? The eminent German notebook manufacturer, founded in 1917, is primarily known for high-quality archival storage albums, but is quickly rising in popularity among journalers, writers, students, and professionals.

Adapting their experience with archival paper quality to a versatile line of notebooks and datebooks, Leuchtturm has an eye on every detail. From durable thread-bound construction and fountain pen friendly paper, to numbered pages and a table of contents, Leuchtturm’s range is sure to grab your attention for uses in the home, office, and abroad.

Plan ahead with the Leuchtturm 2013 Daily or Weekly Planner, pick your favorite cover color and have fun with Leuchtturm Notebooks of all sizes, and add a touch of warmth with their new Linen Journal. Shop all Leuchtturm here!

Have you ever used a Leuchtturm notebook or datebook before? Tell us your thoughts about them in the comments below!

Monday Morning Review Round-up

24 Sep

Pen/Pencil Reviews

PenSwag: Uniball Jetstream RT 0.7mm Blue

A Penchant for Paper: Earthzone Recycled Pencil

East, West, Everywhere: Waterman Fountain Pen

Ms Logica: Fisher Anniversary Space Pen

FPGeeks: Sailor Pen Co. and the Spirit of Manufacturing

No Pen Intended: Premier Pen P1 Black

From the Pen Cup: Simple(ish): Stabilo All 8008 Pencils (Graphite)

Palimpsest: KUM Blue Ocean Pencil Review

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Life Imitates Doodles: Daycraft Expresso Notebook & Round 08-Rhodia Journal Swap-Page 1

NotebookStories: New Homes … for me & my notebooks!

Kate’s Place: Moleskine vs. Leuchtturm 1917

Ms Logica: Tenues CoolNotes Notebook

Quo Vadis Blog: Guest post: A review of the Academic Minister

Ink Reviews

Inkophile: J. Herbin Ink – Past And Present

FPQuest: Ink Notes: J. Herbin Lie De The


Party on with Rhodiarama!

21 Sep

Rhodia Rhodiarama Pocket Webnotebook (3.5 x 5.5) on

Known for its uber-classic orange and black covers, Rhodia is breaking out of the box with their new Rhodiarama Webbies! Spice up your Rhodia collection with your choice of cover color: Anis Green, Poppy Red, Regal Purple, Sultry Taupe, Turquoise Blue, or Canary Yellow.

This pocket-sized A6 journal is perfect for traveling or just journaling at home. Filled with functionality such as the classic Rhodia orange elastic closure, ribbon bookmark, and convenient expanding rear inner pocket, the Rhodia Webnotebook is a simple and sophisticated notebook for everyday life.

The hard leatherette cover is embossed with the iconic Rhodia logo, and each Rhodiarama Pocket Webnotebook is filled with 90 gsm, ivory-colored, acid-free and pH neutral paper for a wonderfully smooth and enjoyable writing experience. Brighten your days with Rhodiarama!

Shop Rhodiarama or you can shop all Rhodia!

What do you think of the Rhodiarama Journals? Do you love to pick out your personal cover color, or do you prefer Rhodia’s normal orange or black covers?

All New from Palomino! Shop the Blackwing Notebook & HB Pencils

19 Sep

Shop What's New from Palomino including the Blackwing Luxury Notebook and HB Pencils

Add to your Palomino Blackwing Collection with the new Palomino Blackwing Luxury Notebook!

Enjoy the same prestige and class found in Palomino Blackwing Pencils. Available in plain, ruled, and squared page stylings, the Blackwing Luxury Notebook can be used for sketches and drawings, endless writing, and art journaling. With 160 acid-free, 100 gsm pages to play on, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with this instant classic. Also, check out Palomino’s stellar pencil selection:

Graphite HB Eraser Tipped Pencils (orange & blue sets – each w/ 12 count)

  • Available in brilliant blue or a commanding orange lacquer, Palomino’s Graphite HB Eraser Tipped Pencils come in a perfect package of 12 pencils.
  • Made of genuine incense-cedar
  • High quality Palomino HB graphite core
  • Sleek lacquer finish with embossed lettering on the side
  • White eraser to clear away any mistakes

Graphite Mixed Grade Pencils (8 count)

  • Made of genuine incense-cedar wood
  • Included: 2H, H, HB (2), B, 2B, 4B and 6B Graphite Pencils
  • Sleek finish with embossed lettering on the side
  • Orange Lacquer Finish
  • Set of 8 Pencils

AND as an added bonus, grab the Palomino KUM Pencil Sharpener for 20% off when you also buy any Palomino Pencils!

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Review Round-up Special: Lamy Love

18 Sep

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While drafting yesterday’s Monday Morning Review Round-up, we noticed a plethora of Lamy related reviews and posts popping up on our feeds. We love Lamy as much as the next pen and paper aficionado, and wanted to give Lamy a little nod with their own round-up. Here are just a few of the more recent related posts from the blogosphere:

From the Pen Cup: Lamy Safari Charcoal with Private Reserve Tanzanite Ink

A Penchant for Paper: Lamy Safari Fountain Pen – Green Body + Fine Nib

FPGeeks: Lamy 2000 and the Origins of “Lamy Design”, Part 1

Inkophile: Lamy Pens Beat The Summer Heat

CS4819: Lamy Vista Fountain Pen Review

Rants of the Archer: Lamy Safari 2012 Limited Edition Green

Sparkling Silvia: Lamy Pen Tutorial

Gourmet Pens: Lamy Extra Fine Fountain Pen

Have you done a review on a Lamy product and want to be included in this list? Add it in the comments and we’ll bump it up here!


Shop all Lamy Fountain Pens, Inks, and Accessories on here


Monday Morning Review Round-up

17 Sep

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Pen and Design: Parker Frontier Review

On Fountain Pens: AOPO Big Boss Signature Pen 1.0mm

Palimpsest: Montblanc Turbo Ballpoint Review

Dave’s Mechanical Pencils: Faber-Castell Alpha-matic and TK-matic

Lady Dandelion: cracked star: montblanc 244

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Stationery Review: Moleskine Evernote “Smart” Notebook – Preview and Thoughts

Notebook Stories: Palomino Blackwing Sketchbook

Filofax Fixation: Leuchtturm 18 month planner

Seize the Dave: blog carnival of pen, pencil, and paper

Ink Reviews

East, West, Everywhere: Iroshizuku Kiri-Same

Save 30% and Create Success with Moleskine Academic Planners!

12 Sep

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Shop Moleskine Academic Planners and save 30% with code SUCCESS

How to Write: A Letter of Resignation

10 Sep

How to Write: Letter of Resignation by Cole Imperi on from something – whether it’s a job or a volunteer position with a local non-profit – is an occasion that should be given some care and attention. In most cases, your letter of resignation will be kept on file permanently and is something that could potentially resurface in the future. Here are a few essential components to any good resignation letter and a few best practices as well.

1. Formatting

Format the resignation letter formally. If you use a word processor like Microsoft Word, you can use one of the pre-installed templates. There are several that will work; one in particular is called ‘Formal Letter.’ Use a heavier, decent paper when you print it off as well to add a more professional look.

2. Keep it Simple

There is no need to detail any specifics in a resignation letter. You might want to describe a situation or take time to write something a bit lengthier – don’t. Save that for your exit interview if you wish. If there is no exit interview, perhaps offering up those additional details would be better delivered in person verbally or through a thoughtful email. Ask yourself if anything more really needs to be said.

3. Include Basic Information

Make sure your full first and last name, current mailing address, date, the name of the company or organization you are resigning from, their address and your signature (in ink) are all listed in the letter.

4. List Your Resignation Date

It’s very important that you list the date your resignation will be effective. Whether you already told your employer in person is no matter, you need to have it in writing. If your employer has requirements for giving notice (the standard is two weeks), this letter will serve as proof that you gave enough notice.

5. Be Positive

Even if you are leaving on bad terms, it’s important to not be negative in your resignation letter. Imagine if a future employer saw this letter. Would they be left with a bad taste? If you are finding it hard to be positive, at the very least thank the company or the organization for the opportunity and leave it at that.

6. Offer to Help

Offer to assist in finding a replacement or to train your replacement. It’s important to show that you are a team player and are trying to avoid leaving the company in a lurch.

7. Clarify Final Duties

It is good practice to not only list your date of resignation, but to note that you need clarification on your final duties and any other final matters before you go. This helps the company or organization know that they need to figure out what is left as well. If you’ve already discussed your final duties and responsibilities, it would be appropriate to list those out in writing in your resignation letter.

Here’s the thing about resignation letters. You never know when – or how – you’ll cross paths with your former boss or coworkers in the future. The fact is, you may never, but the world is a very small place sometimes. If you leave anything in writing, make sure it’s positive and professional.

Below is a basic example of a resignation letter (click to enlarge). What experiences (positive or negative) have you had with resignation letters?

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Meet the Writer: Cole 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.


Editor’s Note: This article is part of the How to Write series. Read the others here:

How to Write: Sympathy Notes

How to Write: Ideal Business Correspondence Notes

How to Write: Friendship / Appreciation Notes

How to Write: Thank You Notes

How to Write: With a Fountain Pen

How to Write: To a New Penpal

How to Maintain Your Pen Collection

How to Write: Improving Your Cursive Skills

How to Write: Improving Your Cursive Skills

7 Sep

How to Write: Improving Your Cursive Skills on

Cursive is a word that basically just means the letters are joined. So, whether your cursive is bubbly and wide or teeny and scratchy; as long as those letters are connected, you, my friend, are writing in cursive.

Having a solid cursive writing style at your fingertips is useful. Cursive is nice to bring out for special occasions, like birthday cards and letters, and once you really get it down, it can become a beautiful style of day-to-day writing.

What tends to be most frustrating about this style of writing is that things can look a bit uneven. If you look at your own natural cursive and you aren’t happy with something, can it be attributed to uneveness? In my experience as a long-time letter writer, penmanship and calligraphy instructor, and type designer, this is exactly the case. Here are my best tips for improving your cursive.

 Slow Down

Whether you are printing or writing in cursive, this tip will always ring true. Take something you’ve written in cursive and set it down next to you. On another sheet of paper, write the same exact thing but slow down when writing it. Compare the two. Is there a difference? When we slow down to write, it gives our hands time to create smoother strokes and more consistent connections. Get used to writing slower and you’ll soon be able to speed up without losing any quality in your penmanship.

 Same Angle, Same Position

When you are writing in cursive, take note of the angle of the pen and the angle of your hand. Whatever angle you start with—keep it throughout the entire piece of writing. You see, when we change the angle of writing mid-stream that’s when we have problems.

 Be Cognizant of Connections

Cursive is all about connections. If you have uneven connection points, those can be fixed by either slowing down or keeping a consistent angle. If you find yourself having to draw longer connections sometimes, you probably have changed your angle. If you find yourself with short and rough connection points, you need to slow down. These connection strokes in cursive are what make cursive cursive. They are what make this style of penmanship beautiful. They make it this way because they provide rhythm and repetition. Do you know what happens in a song where the drummer can’t keep a consistent beat? It doesn’t sound right. Same with cursive, keep that consistent stroke and connection going on.

 It Takes A Little Time

Slowing down at first will give you some ‘breathing room’ in properly developing your style of cursive. If you don’t slow down at first, it’s like building the walls of the house before the foundation. Slowing down does not mean you are not a good writer or you are not capable of writing faster, it just means you are taking time to really master something well so that in the future, when you do speed up, you’ll be prepared and will be producing something that is the same quality as what you produced at a slower speed.

Your Cursive Will Be Different Than My Cursive

If you’re like me, you were taught cursive in second grade. We all were taught based on the same model and were graded on how close we were to that model. Don’t approach your penmanship the same way.

How I write cursive will not be how you write cursive. It can be helpful to look at other writing samples for ideas or as ways to diagnose connection problems (i.e. how others connect an ‘r’ to an ‘s’), but you should really work on developing your cursive independently. Go into it with the mindset that you are honing your own cursive; not that you are honing someone else’s cursive.

Find a Rhythm

One thing that may help you improve your cursive quickly is to find a rhythm in the way you write. Have you ever sat down to write and you noticed that words you were writing were flowing onto the page with ease? Did you notice that your hand might have fallen into a ‘rhythm’ of upstrokes and downstrokes? If you can write in a way where your upstrokes and downstrokes take the same amount of time, your writing will reflect this style. Because this tip is a bit abstract, I’m going to explain a simple exercise so that you can actually ‘hear’ your cursive. All you need is a felt tipped pen of some kind (or any pen that will give some squeak or scratch), any kind of paper and some quiet. Write in your natural cursive and ‘listen’ to your letters. Listen for your upstrokes and your downstrokes as you write. Does it sound smooth and consistent? Try writing in a way so that you ‘hear’ a rhythm in the way you write.

I’ve included an image of the ‘traditional’ model of cursive for you to take a look at. Chances are, you naturally do not write your capital Z like shown. That’s OK. Write how you write.

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Meet the Writer: Cole 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.


Editor’s Note: This article is part of the How to Write series. Read the others here:

How to Write: Sympathy Notes

How to Write: Ideal Business Correspondence Notes

How to Write: Friendship / Appreciation Notes

How to Write: Thank You Notes

How to Write: With a Fountain Pen

How to Write: To a New Penpal

How to Maintain Your Pen Collection

Make a Statement with the Fisher X-750 Pen + Save 10%

5 Sep

Fisher X-750 Space Pen on

Stylish and balanced, the Fisher X-750 Space Pen is a compact capped pen to make a statement in the office, at home, or on the go. The X-750 Pen features a rubberized grip for a comfortable writing experience, and an integrated clip so you never lose your new prized posession. The X-750 Space Pen comes with Fisher’s pressurized medium point, black ink cartridge so it’s ready to write straight out of the beautiful moonscape packaging. The X-750 Series Pen is available in classy chrome plating, classic matte black, or brilliant blueberry.

Art History Lesson Part 2: Cavallini Botanica Calendars

4 Sep

Cavallini & Co., known for their high quality and exquisite craftsmanship, celebrates the work of renowned artists in their beautiful calendars. Two popular calendar designs feature inspired global artwork. These two calendars hail from very different points in history, but both honor a rich artistic tradition. The first I posted about was Cavallini’s most popular calendar prints: Japanese Woodblocks. The second, today’s post, is Cavallini’s Botanica print calendars.

Cavallini Botanica’s Beginning

Cavallini 2013 Wall Calendar - Botanica on EuropeanPaper.comBorn in 1746, William Curtis began his career in England as an apothecary. Soon he branched off into natural history, and he developed a specific interest in botany. In 1779 he established his own botanic garden.

In 1787, Curtis founded The Botanical Magazine. The publication featured hand-colored plates of floral prints and journal articles about gardening and botany. Later, the publication was renamed Curtis’s Botanical Magazine.

Botanical illustrators provided finely detailed plates, and descriptions accompanied each rendering in the publication. This highly regarded publication was one of the first to introduce such illustrations to the general public.

Curtis only lived to see the first 13 volumes. However, Curtis’s Botanical Magazine is still published today by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. According to the publisher, “Now well over two hundred years old, the Magazine is the longest running botanical periodical featuring colour illustrations of plants. Each four-part volume contains 24 plant portraits reproduced from watercolour originals by leading international botanical artists. Detailed but accessible articles combine horticultural and botanical information, history, conservation and economic uses of the plants described.”

The first 164 volumes of the publication are collected and housed at the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Maryland. In addition, several of the publication’s earliest issues are available online through The Gutenberg Project.

The beautifully illustrated floral prints in the Cavallini calendar first appeared in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. See them all in Cavallini’s Botanica Wall and Easel Calendars.

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 Meet the Writer:Maggie Marton is a freelance writer who lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband and their three darling dogs. View more of Maggie’s work at