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Battle of the Best-Sellers: Moleskine & Rhodia

21 Aug

Best in Class: Moleskine & Rhodia Available at EuropeanPaper.com

The Moleskine Classic Large Ruled Notebook is known for being the quintessential little black notebook that you see everywhere. With 240 acid-free pages in its uber portable 5.25 x 8.25 inch size, use this notebook at home as a personal diary, at work to jot down notes and ideas throughout the day, and at school to keep track of new friends and schedules. Moleskine’s legendary hard cover notebook includes several features you’ve come to know and love: the ribbon placeholder, elastic closure, and rear expandable pocket. What do you use your Moleskine for?

Rhodia’s No. 18 Notepad is a versatile notepad ideal for taking long scores of notes, keeping track of your to-do lists, and generally keeping you organized. Known for its 80 gsm extra white, acid-free and ink-friendly vellum paper, you can use any type of pen or pencil on Rhodia’s #18 pad without worrying about bleedthrough. Plus, each page is micro-perforated for easy removal and all Rhodia’s Staplebound Notepads have reinforced staples at the top, a scored front cover that neatly folds back, and a stiff back cover allows for easy writing or sketching on-the-go. Why is Rhodia your favorite?

Which do you love more? Moleskine or Rhodia?

Connect the Dots with Rhodia dotPads [Poll]

17 Jul

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For other ideas on how to use dot paper, check out Bonnie Jean’s guest post here on our blog, The Joy of Dots.

Guest Post: The Joy of Dots

9 Jul

I have filled up thousands of pages of notebooks with what seems like every kind of paper.

 Image Courtesy of the artist and guest blogger, Bonnie Jean Woolger

 Most wilted under the weight and wear of all the pens and glues I put on them.  Many of the bindings stretched or fell apart or at least became misshapen.  I have been enamored with graph paper of all types but most lines simply want to be more prominent in the drawing than I want them to be.

Enter the Rhodia Dot paper. It loves my pens, smooth but slightly textured, the dots are ready to be a surface — a subtle ground to hold the drawing but not interfere with the story the image tells.

 Image Courtesy of the artist and guest blogger, Bonnie Jean Woolger

Just as quickly, the dots can be a starting place for a new drawing.  They can be used to create an open space, a surface that allows the first pencil marks to open up the space on the page to become its own new world.

Finally, in a drawing with curves and organic shapes, the dots become invisible to my creative eye and are a silent partner in the creative process.  In this world of dots on smooth slightly textured paper, the dots can vanish under the lines of my pen and become the structure of a drawing.

 Image Courtesy of the artist and guest blogger, Bonnie Jean Woolger

 Thank you Rhodia Dots.

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Meet the Writer: Bonnie Jean Woolger lives in Decatur, Ga., with her three dogs, one kitty, and her partner. She fills every sketchbook that she can get and makes pens out of wood. By day she works in a university library digitizing books.

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Get Prepped (and Psyched) with Rhodia’s Academic Planners (2012-13)

6 Jun

Dear Diary,

I’m so excited to get this planner and get organized. I didn’t get a planner in January and am excited for a fresh new start in August; ready for a great rest of the year!

xoxo, EPC

Rhodia 2012-13 Academic Pocket Weekly Planner (4 x 6) on EuropeanPaper.com

Rhodia 2012-13 Academic Pocket Weekly Planner 4 x 6 in. on EuropeanPaper.com

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Dated August 2012 to July 2013, Rhodia’s Academic Weekly Planner is the perfect go-to datebook for paper-loving students and professionals. The sewn binding allows the Rhodia WebPlanner to lay flat when open, and the matching elastic closure keeps any loose notes tucked inside when closed.

Printed in crisp grey and orange, the Rhodia 2012-13 Pocket Weekly Planner has the week (Monday through Saturday) on the left, and a large grid area for notes (plus Sunday) on the right. The Large Weekly Planner is slightly different as it has the whole week (Monday through Sunday) on the left, and a whole grid page on the right for notes.

See your plans clearly on the white, 90 gsm, acid-free paper and easily go to the week in progress using the tear-off corners.  Keep track of your essentials with the classy Rhodia 2012-2013 Academic Weekly Planner! See all our Academic Planners on EPC here!

Rhodia 2012-13 Academic Large Weekly Planner (6.25 x 9.5) on EuropeanPaper.com

Rhodia 2012-13 Academic Large Weekly Planner 6.25 x 9.5 in. on EuropeanPaper.com

And the Winner of the Essential Rhodia Box is …

28 Oct


Congratulations to Wendyvee @RoadsideWonders , winner of the Essential Rhodia Box from this week’s giveaway!

Out of 44 comments on our blog post, 15 Twitter entries, and 6 Facebook entries, the randomly generated number was 31, which turned out to be Wendyvee!

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and spread the word! We’ve got loads more giveaways, contests, etc. on the way, so check back frequently. To keep in the loop, follow us on Twitter, like 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!

Giveaway: Rhodia Treasure Box! [Closed]

24 Oct

Giveaway Alert: We’re giving away one Essential Rhodia Box! Open up the sturdy orange case (that looks like a big Rhodia pad) and you’ll find 4 classic Rhodia notebooks–a No. 8, a No. 16, two No. 11s (all with graph paper interiors)–PLUS, 2 Rhodia pencils! Rhodia’s signature orange dates back to the 1930s – it was a standard hue for cardstock at the time and remains unchanged to this day.

To enter:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post & include your email address
  • Tweet about the giveaway and tag us @EuroPaper
  • Mention us on Facebook and tag European Paper Company
Do all three and you’ll have a total of 3 entries! {You must live in the U.S. to win.}

A big thanks to Rhodia Drive (Rhodia’s official blog) for the giveaway shout-out! The giveaway winner will be announced this Friday Oct. 28!

 

Orange You Glad for Rhodia

17 Oct

Rhodia Brand Story

Since the 1930′s, Rhodia has been a favorite among writers, artists, and designers alike. Easily recognizable by their original orange covers, Rhodia has become a symbol of excellence throughout the world. It doesn’t just stop at the orange or black covers, though – inside is renowned Clairefontaine paper with an extra-smooth finish that provides the perfect surface for your pen to dance.

History

Rhodia was founded in 1932 by the brothers Henri and Robert Verilhac, who founded the Verilhac Paper Mills in the French Alps. The name was inspired by the Rhone River – legend has it that the two Rhodia fir trees of the logo symbolize the two founding brothers.

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& It’s Eco-Friendly, Too!

Rhodia was purchased in 1997 by the historic Clairefontaine company, located in the Vosges region of France. This was a match made in heaven. A paper-making legend itself, Clairefontaine was established in 1863 on the site of a 16th century paper mill and continues to this day. In fact, it’s currently the only manufacturer making its own paper for its own products. This guarantees not only consistent product quality, but also controls the environmental impact of the manufacturing process.

Clairefontaine only buys pulp from sustainable forests that are certified according to recognized international standards (PEFC, FSC, etc.) These certifications also ensure that endangered wildlife habitat is protected, worker health and safety laws are kept, and the rights of indigenous communities are respected. The river Meurthe is the source of water supply for the Vosges mill – the water is so clean when it leaves their facility that local people can swim within sight of it.

Shop Rhodia Pencils on EuropeanPaper.comWhy Orange?

Turns out that it was a standard hue for cardstock at the time and it remains unchanged to this day.

Form & Function

The Rhodia notepad, originally a sideline for Rhodia, was to become its most famous product. The Rhodia pad was considered a professional tool, and so was designed to be easy to use and durable, incorporating details like a fold-around cover, hard coated-board backing, and nice paper. It immediately overshadowed other notebooks of the time because of its quality materials and the innovative design of the scored folding front cover. Over time, Rhodia has become the most popular pad in France. Today, Rhodia has branched out into dozens of styles and covers, all melding signature form and function.