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Rhodia Ice Has Arrived!

9 Oct

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We’ve heard our avid Rhodia fans have been waiting for this, and here they are! Celebratory Rhodia Ice Notepads are ready to ship. We’re so thrilled about the crisp white covers and silver screen print logos we can’t get enough! Our entire staff feels they’re the most special notepads we’ve ever seen, (note : we’re all among the avid Rhodia fans aforementioned) they’re so special to us indeed, it’s hard to write our first character in them! Shop all 5 sizes of Rhodia Ice Notepads right here »

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Plus! Enjoy $5 off orders $85+ with code ICE5. Hurry, this offer ends 10/15.

 

Sketching with Rhodia – What You Need to Know via Rhodia Drive

1 May

We stumbled upon this interesting article via Rhodia Drive and wanted to share it with our audience as well! It’s helpful for {paper-particular} artists searching for their perfect Rhodia pad. Below is a snapshot from artist Alberto Lung, who enjoyed sketching with the Rhodia Pencil + Dot Pad combination.

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From Rhodia Drive : In regards to Rhodia products imported into the USA, white and yellow Rhodia papers are typically 80g and ivory Rhodia paper is 90g. All of these papers are fountain pen friendly, acid free and PH neutral. For the reasons that these papers are fountain pen friendly, it also means that you may notice a slight delay with how long it takes the ink to dry. The size of the pen’s nib in combination with the type of ink may also play a factor in drying time. (Some inks dry faster than others. Humidity is also to be considered.)

When we say “fountain pen friendly” we mean that water based fountain pen inks will not feather or bleed through to the other side of the page, Note that there may be exceptions to this rule if you are using a very broad wet nib.

The 90g papers are reported to be the smoothest of the bunch with the 80g right on its heels.

Speaking as an artist, pens, pencils and markers all pretty much glide across the smooth white and ivory Rhodia papers. It will be a matter of personal preference whether or not this is a desirable attribute while sketching. (For what it’s worth, I’ve doodled quite extensively in my Webbies using a variety of fountain pen inks. I also enjoy using drawing pens such as Faber Castell Pitt Pens and a variety of Japanese calligraphy pens,) 

Paper colors and availability:

80g White Rhodia paper is available in the widest variety of sizes and formats: head stapled pads, (aka “Bloc Rhodia Pads”) side stapled padsspiral pads… 

90g Ivory Rhodia paper: is available in a head stapled tablet known as the “R” Premium Pad. It is also available in the following hard covered books: Webnotebook (Webbie), and the Rhodiarama.

90g White Rhodia paper is only available in one product in the USA: The Rhodia Meeting Book 90.

 

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Lucky Greens : Shades of March for Your Desk

12 Mar

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Lucky greens for spring! The color of stationery around our office this season :

1. Apica CD-15 Series Notebook Set »
2. Moleskine Classics »
3. Conklin Mark Twain Crescent Filler Fountain Pen »
4. Original Crown Mill Stationery »
5. Fabriano EcoQua Side Spriral Notebook »
6. Paperblanks Jade Wrap Journal »
7. J.Herbin Bottled Ink »
8. Word. Pocket Notebook Set »

Apica – An Extraordinary Japanese Notebook

20 Jan

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If you’ve ever held an Apica Notebook in your hands, you know the luxurious feeling of the cover, the slick sensation of the exquisite vellum paper, and the overall appeal of the lightweight/easy to roll, pack, and go notebook that we love. Acclaimed by stationers and fountain pen lovers alike, it’s one of those notebooks that your pen will want to live in!
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If you love the traditional style, be sure to check out the Apica Premium Notebooks, donned in gorgeous metallic embossing.

Choose your paper like you would a good pen.

7 Ways To Make the Most Out of NaNoWriMo

29 Oct

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NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, takes place every November. The entire purpose of this fun, funky non-profit project is to encourage people to write a draft of a novel—50,000 words—between November 1 and November 30.  It costs nothing to sign up at http://nanowrimo.org/ and roughly a half-million people on all continents (including Antarctica!) are expected to take part this year.  The goals are enthusiasm, determination and a deadline—not gorgeous prose—but NaNoWriMo is responsible for germinating bestsellers Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. We turned to a NaNoWriMo veteran, Yu-Han Chao, for her best advice on tackling a novel-in-a-month.  

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There are many ways to come up with ideas for novels. Try coming up with a few ideas using any of the below methods, then choose the idea you’re most excited about.

1.  Start with a title or opening lines: Sometimes a title or opening line comes to you; imagine the story that would go along with it.
2.  Read a book, magazine, or newspaper: There’s probably a good story in there, and if not, ask “what if?” about something or someone so it becomes a good story.
3.  Character: Visualize a character, then imagine the worst thing possible happening to your character.
4.  Passion: Write about what you are excited or passionate about.
5.  Steal: Rewrite another plot/story, but avoid clichés.

2. Develop Your Character, Central Conflict, & Setting

1.  Develop your characters into round, not flat ones, by asking yourself questions about them: What does my character look like? What is my character’s background and psychology?
2.  Decide on the central conflict of the story: Main Character + Goal + Opposition = Conflict. The main character wants something, the opposition thwarts your character’s plans and raises the stakes, and this allows your story to rise to a climax.
3.  Decide on the setting: When and where. Jot down some notes about important settings, and later work these skillfully into action and dialogue (avoid boring, clunky paragraphs describing nothing but landscape).

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Why outline in the first place? It saves time, something you can’t afford to waste during NaNoWriMo. Making plans ahead of time can be hard work, but it will save you the major writer’s block and possible inconsistency that may result from deciding on these things WHILE trying to write your novel. Not to mention, if something sounds like a bad idea, you can fix it right away in the outline, and not everywhere in a 100k word draft.

So plan and plot ahead. Try Aristotle’s three act structure–it’s old, but it works.

Act I. The Beginning: Present your world, establish the tone of the novel, introduce your main character & opposition, and have some kind of disturbance/conflict happen that pushes your main character across the first threshold.

Act II. The Middle: Confrontations happen, relationships deepen. A second threshold leads your story inevitably towards the climax.

Act III. The End: After that long awaited climax, pick up broken pieces and tie up loose ends for closure.

4. Maximize Word Count

Since writing an outline for your novel helps at the macro level, try it at the micro level as well: spend five minutes at the beginning of each writing session deciding and summarizing in a few sentences what will happen in the scene you’re about to write.

Basically, plan what you will write, then write it.

conklin-mark-twain-black-chase-crescent-filler-fountain-pen-pco1135-15. Writer’s Block

If you still feel stuck, read something awesome, something you love, something similar to the novel you’re writing, for inspiration.  If you’re genuinely stuck, there are two common reasons:

1.  There is something wrong with your plot/scene/character/story.

This is difficult to admit to yourself, but deep down in your gut you know that something in your novel or story isn’t working, and that’s why you’re resisting. Try to diagnose what is dragging you down, fix it (which may be hard work, but so worth it), and write on!

2.  You are lazy. (We all are sometimes!)

Try forcing yourself to sit down and write for five minutes—tell yourself to just try it for five minutes—and often that’s all you need to get started.

6. Revision

Yes, you are brilliant and talented, but your first draft is nowhere close to its full potential. Before sending your completed NaNoWriMo draft to a beta reader or agent or publisher, read through it and fix things that need fixing, ideally several times. This may take months or even years, but you’ll be glad you did.

7. Know the Industry

Please do not self publish or query an agent until you’ve not only finished your novel, but made it as good as it can be. At that point, you’ll need to research and make decisions about publishing (self or traditional?) and querying agents.  But you can worry about all that later—for now, plan a little before you write, have fun, and happy noveling!

 

Meet the Writer:  Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Yu-Han (Eugenia) Chao received her MFA in fiction from Penn State and teaches a novel writing class at The University of California, Merced. She made a yearly event of NaNoWriMo until she had a baby and no longer had time. Her stories have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Zyzzyva, and other venues. The Backwaters Press and Dancing Girl Press published her poetry books and chapbooks. Her website is www.yuhanchao.com.

Got an Adventurous Rhodia Pad? Log Its Journey & Get a Coupon!

5 Oct

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We know Rhodia fans travel all over the world with their beloved orange pads. Here’s a chance to capture the adventure with your Rhodia! Simply use hashtag #TravelingRhodia, and tag @EuroPaper on Instagram or European Paper on Facebook  & we’ll send you a fantastic coupon!

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The details :
Available to US customers only.
Naturally, submissions must be new, original, and taken by you in order to receive a coupon; your participation in this contest warrants that this is true.
Every new month, you can get a new coupon if you submit a new photo (one coupon per username per month, three coupons max).
To receive a coupon, your Instagram account needs to be public (as we’re unable to send coupons to private users).
The coupon cannot be combined with other offers.
This coupon incentive is good through 12/31/13.
Occasionally, we’ll feature our favorite submissions of #TravelingRhodia on our blog – we promise to credit your photo!

Grab a FREE Vintage FAF Pad Refill for a Limited Time!

2 Oct

131002-epc-SoMe-blog-FAFFor a limited time, order a Vintage FAF Pad, and receive a FREE FAF Pad Refill!
Use code FREEFAF and enjoy! Shop Exacompta Vintage FAF pads »
(Pssst… early bird gift shopping? These make wonderful gifts for #paperlovers!)

Free FAF Refill Instructions:

1.      Add an Exacompta FAF Pad – Item: pex2113 to your shopping cart

2.      Add a FAF Refill – Item: pex2213 to your shopping cart

3.      When you are ready to checkout, simply enter coupon code: FREEFAF in box #7 of the checkout page (titled Coupon Code) and hit apply.  This will instantly add a discount of $8.00 to your order

4.      Finish completing the checkout page process

Easy as 1,2,3  – You’re Finished!!!

As always, we will take care to package items carefully and ship your order promptly.  Thank You for shopping with Europeanpaper.com!

Pugly Pixel Loves Rite in the Rain!

29 Sep

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One of our most loved web designers & bloggers, Katrina of Pugly Pixel recently blogged about her love of Rite in the Rain’s waterproof covers and overall packaging. We love her beautiful images and how enthusiastic she is about Rite in the Rain notebooks for her climate in the Pacific Northwest, saying…

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Read the full review on Pugly Pixel »
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All of these beautiful pictures are from Pugly Pixel.

Rhodia Featured in Oprah Magazine + Our Rhodia Travel Faves

18 Jun

Rhodia notepads are the perfect hard-working travel companion. Recently they were featured in Oprah Magazine as a fave of for Malia Mills who fell in love with Rhodia while traveling in Paris. Their durable cover, four paper formats, brilliant orange color, and various sizes make them easy to find, ready for anything, and easy to pack. Let’s not forget to mention the super-smooth paper inside – absolutely exquisite! Here are our fave 6 top staple bound pads for pockets, purses, briefcases, and carry-ons :

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No. 10 (2 x 3) Rhodia Notepad »
No. 11 (3 x 4) Rhodia Notepad »
No. 12 (3.375 x 4.75) Rhodia Notepad »
le Carré (5.75 x 5.75) Rhodia Notepad »
No. 13 (4 x 6) Rhodia Notepad »
No. 14 (4.375 x 6.375) Rhodia Notepad »

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Monday Notebook, Pen, & Ink Review Round-up

13 May

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Gourmet Pens: Review: @Exaclair G. Lalo Verge de France A5 Tablet – Blue

EdJelley: Clairefontaine Classic Notebook – Handwritten Review

These Beautiful Pens: More Paper Love: Le Typographe Writing Pad & Journal

Ink of me Fondly: Rhodia No.11 Notepad

Notebook Stories: Review: Piccadilly Softcover Notebook

Pens, Paper, Inks, Whatever: Clairefontaine Back to Basics 1951

Rants of the Archer: Review: Unlimited Notebook by Rhodia

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Comfortable Shoes Studio: Review: Palomino Blackwing Pencils

Well Appointed Desk: Ticonderoga Sensematic Mechanical Pencil  and Vintage Parker 21 Review

Ink of me Fondly: Lamy Raspberry Al-Star with J. Herbin Rouge Opera

Pencil Revolution: Review of Palomino Blackwing 602

Built from Ink and Tea: The Grand TWSBI Review – Part 2. A Review of the TWSBI Diamond 530 Fountain Pen

EdJelley: Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen – Handwritten Review

Pentorium: TWSBI VAC 700: Unboxing, First Impressions, and Writing Test! (Video) and TWSBI VAC 700 Long-term Review

On Fountain Pens: Review: Platinum Pocket Pen – from the 1970s!

Ink Reviews

EdJelley: J. Herbin – Terre de Feu – Handwritten Review

Ink of me Fondly: Tchaikovsky – De Atramentis Ink Review

Inkdependence: De Atramentis Moss Green and Noodler’s Gruene Cactus Eel

Inked Up & Happy: Requested review: Iroshizuku´s Ku-Jaku

FPGeeks: Inkcyclopedia: Cross Blue

Built from Ink & Tea: Review of Noodler’s Nightshade Ink

PenInkCillin: Private Reserve Invincible Aqua Blue

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Have a review you’d like included in the round-up? Post the link and title in the comments and we’ll add it here! Note that our comments are moderated, so if it doesn’t show immediately we’ll get to it soon.

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Just Released! Rhodia Premium No. 16 Notepad & Holder Gift Set

17 Apr

Just Released! Rhodia Premium No. 16 Notepad & Holder Gift Set (6 x 8.25) on sale at EuropeanPaper.com

Free Rhodia + Instagram: Action on Set!

15 Apr

While supplies last, we’re adding one FREE Rhodia No. 11 Top Staple Bound Notepad into EVERY order from EuropeanPaper.com! On top of that, when you receive your free Rhodia notepad, snap an Instagram of it in action, tag us at @Europaper and #EuroFreebie, we’ll send you a personalized coupon for your next order! Awesomesauce, right?!