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Archive | March, 2013

Just In: New Colors of G. Lalo Mode de Paris Boxed Stationery

28 Mar

G. Lalo Mode de Paris Boxed Stationery (3.75 x 6) new colors (extra white, graphite grey, raspberry) on EuropeanPaper.com

Get them while they’re hot! New colors of the G. Lalo Mode de Paris Boxed Stationery just came in! The new colors are: Extra White, Graphite Grey, and Raspberry.

The luxe Mode de Paris stationery is perfect for expressing your sentiments in a memorable way. Elegant and classy, the Mode de Paris boxed stationery comes with 30 flat note cards and 30 matching lined envelopes for exceptional correspondence your family, friends, and penpals will want to keep at hand for years. Check out all G. Lalo Stationery here!

And a huge thank you to everyone at the Quo Vadis Blog for their wonderful shout-out to us yesterday – see it here!

Monday Notebook, Pen, & Ink Review Round-up

25 Mar

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Life Imitates Doodles: Review of Stillman & Birn’s Zeta Paper #Stillman&Birn

EdJelley: R by Rhodia No. 18 Lined Notepad – Handwritten Review

Plannerisms: Moleskine Action Planner

Pen/Pencil Reviews

FPGeeks: Edison Beaumont Pneumatic – The Awesome Review

Well Appointed Desk: TWSBI Mini Review…Finally

Ink of me Fondly: Lamy Safari & Al-Star Nib Size Comparison

Fine Points: Review: Pentel Slicci .25

Built from Ink and Tea: Review of the Hero 616 Jumbo Fountain Pen

Gourmet Pens: Review: Airmail 444 Eyedropper Fountain Pen – Flex

Fountain Pen Quest: Review: TWSBI Vac 700

From the Pen Cup: Icon: Lamy 2000 (Makrolon)

Pentorium: Fountain Pen Guide Series, Session 2: The Difference A Filling System Makes

Ink Reviews

EdJelley: Noodler’s Apache Sunset – Handwritten Review

Built From Ink and Tea: Review of Noodler’s Blue-black Ink

Fountain Pen Quest: Ink Notes: J. Herbin Cafe Des Iles

Pentorium: Ink Review: Noodler’s Bulletproof Black

 

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Perfect Productivity Tools: Exacompta Exabox Storage (Green Filing)

22 Mar

Productivity Tools for Everyday Life brought to you by EuropeanPaper.com - Rhodia A4 Meeting Notebook

Exacompta Exabox Filing Storage (14 x 10.5) on EuropeanPaper.com

Deconstructing Palomino Blackwing 602 & Blackwing Pencils

20 Mar

Deconstructing a Palomino Blackwing Pencil from the Bottom Up on EuropeanPaper.com/Blog

“Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed,” is the iconic tagline for Blackwing Pencils and is still true to this day.

If you’ve got a minute, we encourage you to read the intriguing story of the original Blackwing Pencils and the company, Palomino, that revived them in our brand story here. But the short version is that the classic Blackwing 602 Firm Graphite Pencil made by Palomino is a tribute to the iconic Eberhard-Faber Blackwing originally popularized in the mid-1900′s by famous writers like John Steinbeck and famous artists like Chuck Jones.

Palomino created the Blackwing Soft Graphite Pencil first, but it was slightly off from the Eberhard-Faber Blackwing Pencil (first made in the 1930′s), thus Palomino designed the Blackwing 602 Firm Graphite Pencil to be closer to the original. So you’ll find slight variances between the two. The Blackwing 602 Firm Pencil obviously has a harder graphite core, is best for writers, and has a grey metallic lacquer finish; the Blackwing Soft Pencil has a softer graphite core, is ideal for artists, and has a black metallic lacquer finish. Both are made with genuine incense-cedar wood casings, have gold lettering along the sides, and use the unique ferrule that holds a replaceable eraser.

Have you used Blackwing Pencils before? What do you love (or dislike) most about them?

Shop all Palomino and Blackwing products on EuropeanPaper.com here!

Choosing the Right Paper Format to Match Your Style

18 Mar

Notebooks, journals, and loose sheets of paper can be bought blank, lined, dotted or gridded (also known as plain, ruled, dot grid, and squared). Some alternates such as diagonal grids are also available, plus variations within the options previously mentioned (wide-ruled or college-ruled lines, for example), but the main four paper styles/formats are the focus for today.

Choosing the Right Paper Format to Match Your Style: Written by Cole Imperi, posted on EuropeanPaper.com/Blog

With multiple formats to choose from, how do you know what you’ll like? Paper format can be strongly reflective of your personality, but the first place to start is to look at the things you most often write. From there, I can better guide you to a potential ‘perfect’ notebook match. 

I Make Lists

If you make lists, technically any type of paper styling will work for you but it depends on how you naturally make those lists to figure out what is best. If you tend to take a simple approach to lists—items listed all in a column that you cross off as you go—then lined is perfect for you. It will help keep your lists orderly.

If you like to (or tend to) doodle in the margins, or add in notes on the side, try blank paper. The big concern folks have with blank paper is that things can look sloppier without lines to guide you. I also think there’s something intimidating about a big blank page if you aren’t used to working with them. If you would describe yourself as creative, blank paper might be your go-to notebook type so you can really have fun with your list-making.

If you need the guidance that lines provide then lined or gridded paper will be your comfort zone. Be aware that it is possible to find some notebooks with lines on one side of the page and nothing on the other; and that might be the perfect compromise.

I Write Notes, Descriptions or Journal Entries

Lined will be your friend here. When you write blocks of text, lines are what help you keep things orderly and more importantly, aid in readability for when you go back to read what you wrote. The difficult part comes in finding the right lines. Meaning, how much spacing they have and how dark the actual line is.

You can find notebooks that have white lines, grey lines and sturdy dark black lines. You can find dotted lines and dashed lines too. If dark lines distract your eye away from what you’re writing, definitely aim for light grey lines or even reversed out white lines on grey paper. And on the flip-side, if you love structure, darker lines are ideal. The type of line you prefer is really just personal preference.

I Do a Lot of Scratch Work

If you keep multiple random pads of paper lying around, trying out just one graph notebook might be best for you going forward. If you find that you make little lists, write a few reminders, do a bit of arithmetic and doodle, you have a creative mind. The grid will help you organize your thoughts better because you will have more of a visual guideline to work with. You might start to notice yourself grouping things on a squared page rather than a blank (doodles in one corner, list in the other, notes and reminders in another, etc.).

I Doodle Constantly

As you can imagine, a blank notebook is the best option for sketching, casual doodling, and other art endeavors. The blank gives you the most space to draw with the least amount of restriction. You might find that lines or grids ‘restrict’ your doodles and drawings so just get rid of them.

I Don’t Know What I Want but I Know I Don’t Like What I Have

Try graph or dot paper. I am suggesting this because so many people never give these types of paper a try. Graph paper is typically associated with math and you can see why; the vertical and horizontal lines offer the maximum amount of ‘restriction’ on the page. But if you are coming from a lined or blank notebook camp, let this be an excuse to try something different.

Dots are great for writing out notes and descriptions because you have enough guidance to keep your text readable and without a slant. It also lets you create lists quickly and you can connect the dots to make actual check boxes. Dots also give you drawing or doodling space too but not as much ‘freedom’ as just a blank page which can scare some folks away.

I Have a Ton of Notebooks and I Use Them All

If you have a stack of notebooks, but none that are ever filled up, you might want to give one solitary dotted notebook a try. That is, if having so many unfinished notebooks bothers you. The reason you may have so many notebooks is because you are a ‘multitasker’ and none of your notebooks is a good ‘fits all’ solution. Dotted notebooks are a really good candidate for being an all-in-one solution.

Finally, no matter what camp you are in, pay attention to what and how you write. And if you’ve been writing with the same sort of notebook or paper type over the years, there might be something better out there for you.

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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.

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Perfect Productivity Tools: Moleskine Folio Sticky Notes (Semi Color)

15 Mar

Productivity Tools for Everyday Life brought to you by EuropeanPaper.com - Rhodia A4 Meeting Notebook

Moleskine Folio Professional Semi Color Sticky Notes on EuropeanPaper.com

Just In: Exacompta Club Cover in 5 Refreshing Colors

14 Mar

Exacompta Club Leatherette Forum Journal (5 x 7) on EuropeanPaper.com

Announcing the Paperblanks Pocket Journal Giveaway Winners!

11 Mar

We were THRILLED with all the wonderful quote submissions on both our blog and our Facebook page for chances to win a Paperblanks Pocket Embossed Journal.

It was difficult to choose any one quote over another, so we randomly picked one winner from the blog entries and one winner from the Facebook entries.

Here is the winner from the blog comment entries: (see all of the submissions here)

Paperblanks Pocket Embossed Journal Winner from Blog Entries on EuropeanPaper.com/Blog

Visit our Facebook page today to discover the winner from the Facebook comment entries!

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Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and spread the word! We have more giveaways, articles, tips & tricks, etc. on the way, so check back frequently. To keep in the loop, follow us on Twitterlike us on Facebook, subscribe to our RSS feed, and/or sign up for our weekly newsletter.

If you have any ideas or feedback, definitely let us know in a comment on this blog, or you can email us at info@europeanpaper.com!

Last Day to Enter the Paperblanks Journals Giveaway!

8 Mar

Just a reminder that today is the last day to submit any quotes on our blog or on our Facebook page to be entered for a chance to win a Paperblanks Pocket Embossed Journal.

Enter on our blog HERE and enter on our Facebook page HERE. Good luck!

Paperblanks: Special Journals for Special Writings

6 Mar

Special Paperblanks Journals on EuropeanPaper.com : filled with details to make your writing special

We know how it feels to write something special; something we want to pay justice to when we commit it to paper. It can be gratitude from daily interactions, the spark of a new hobby or passion, or the beginning of a new chapter in a novel. Whatever inspires the pen to be put down on paper, Paperblanks Journals are there to capture thoughts, dreams, and future goals. And Paperblanks makes it that much more special with the amazingly small, but powerful, details of their journals, such as the beautiful laid paper, durable sewn binding, and perfectly worn covers. Try just one Paperblanks journal and we guarantee you’ll know what we’re talking about (and you’ll be hooked!). Enjoy Paperblanks here >>

Monday Notebook, Pen, & Ink Review Round-up

4 Mar

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Ink of me Fondly: Clairefontaine Collection 1951 Notebook Red Coral

FPGeeks: Whitelines A4 Side Wirebound Grid Notebook

EdJelley: Leuchtturm Jottbook Handwritten Review

Gourmet Pens: Whitelines Link A5 Notebook

Ethereal Voices: Rhodia Weekly Notebook Calendar

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Inktronics: U.S.S. Constitution Fountain Pen Review

From the Pen Cup: Inspired: Lamy AL-Star Ruby Red Limited Edition Fountain Pen

Pentorium: The Battle Between Japan’s Big 3

Fountain Pen Quest: Waterman Liaison Cobra

Palimpsest: Montblanc Meisterstück Classique Platinum Fountain Pen

Ink Reviews

Inkophile: Can You Match Pen Or Ink To Pantone Emerald?

EdJelley: J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean Handwritten Review

Ink of me Fondly: Diamine Violet Ink

Built from Ink & Tea: Noodler’s Van Gogh Starry Night Ink

Misc. Reviews

Comfortable Shoes Studio: KUM Oval Pencil Shapener- 2 Hole

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GIVEAWAY: Quotes Galore for 2 Paperblanks Pocket Embossed Journals

2 Mar

Giveaway: 2 Paperblanks Pocket Embossed Travel Journals to give away on EuropeanPaper.com's blog and facebook page! Enter by leaving a comment with your fave quote

Giveaway Details:

  • Enter by leaving a comment below with one of your favorite quotes for a chance to win one of the journals. 
  • AND for a second entry, head on over to our Facebook Page and comment with another of your favorite quotes!
  • We’ll choose one winner from the blog comment entries, and one winner from the Facebook comment entries. Good luck!
  • This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents.

Note: Comments are moderated on this blog, so if yours doesn’t pop up immediately, don’t worry! We’ll get to approving it ASAP!