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Eco-Friendly Natural Fibers : Valley Paper

12 Jun


This amazing paper is one of our staff faves. It’s a unique eco-friendly paper created from the fibers of fruit and veggies! The tooth & texture is beautiful, the weight is divine. Available in letter size pages and corresponding envelopes. Shop Valley Paper here »

Plus, for a limited time, save $5 off your order of $50+! Use code VALLEY5 at checkout.



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.


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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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



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.


‘Best of 2012′ Pen & Paper Community Link Love Edition

14 Jan

Image Sourced via Creative Commons User MaxxTraffic - click the image for more of his work2012 was such an amazing year for and we want to thank all of YOU, our readers and customers, who helped get us to where we are today.

  • We added multiple brands to the website that included Field Notes, Blackwing and Palomino, Lamy, Whitelines, and Stillman & Birn, among others.
  • Rhodia and Moleskine continued to lead the pack as our top selling brands, and we revamped our website toward the end of the year with easy-to-search product filters, integrated brand stories, and so much more!
  • Not to mention we added over 200 new blog posts throughout 2012, and our busiest day on the blog culminated in 1,500+ blog views!

And that’s just a taste of what’s to come in 2013 on! To start, we’ve got tons of blog posts with productivity tips to get your year started on the right foot, new brands and new offerings from current brands, and plenty of fun giveaways and contests to keep you delighted. We’ll keep you updated as we go, and if you ever have comments, requests, or questions, you can always leave a comment on our blog or email (and if you want to guest blog with us, email specifically).

Cheers to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2013 for everyone! And have some fun perusing the below ‘Best of 2012′ Pen & Paper Community Link Love Edition we pulled together.


Inkophile: A Simple 2013 Fountain Pen Resolution
A Bunch Of Links Including Your Favorites And My Lists

A Penchant for Paper: Best of the Blog 2012

Kaizen Journaling: What I read in 2012 & KJ Book Awards

Leigh Reyes: 2012 Top Ten Pens & 2013 Fountain Pen Wallpaper

Plannerisms: Goal, Resolution, Project, Task: Definitions and Examples

52 Letters Project: Happy New Year from The 52 Letters Project!

Well Appointed Desk: Top Ten Most Popular Posts for 2012

Papered Thoughts: The Resolution

On Fountain Pens: Top 10 pens of 2012

Ink Circles: End of the World Remix

Letters from a (Someday) Editor: 30 Lessons 2012 Taught Me


Did we miss your Best of 2012 blog post? Leave the link in a comment below and we’ll add it!

Monday Morning Review Round-up

30 Apr

Ink Reviews

PenInkCillin: Private Reserve Electric DC Blue

Seize the Dave: De Atramentis Aubergine

Notebook Reviews

East, West, Everywhere: Kokuyo Campus High Grade MIO Paper A5 Notebook

Ethereal Voices: Canson 5×8 Sketchbook

Plannerisms: Planner Pad

Tyler Dahl: Apica Mini

Pen/Pencil Reviews

On Fountain Pens: kikki.k: Kontor Fountain pen and Silver Flower Gel pen

Rhonda Eudaly: Blue Timber Wood Studios Cigar Style Artisan Pen

Gourmet Pens: PaperMate InkJoy 700RT 1.0mm Ballpoint Pens

Stamp Reviews

Your Postal Blog: Remaining Stamp Releases for 2012 & The José Ferrer Stamp

Letter Writer’s Alliance: Twentieth-Century Poets, The Civil War:1862, & José Ferrer


Monday Morning Review Round-up

16 Apr

Ink Reviews

East, West, Everywhere: Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdgrün (Emerald Green) & Pelikan Edelstein Turmaline, Ink of the Year

Seize the David: rohrer and klingner salix

Notebook/Datebook Reviews

Notebook Stories: Moleskine Monday: 3-Piece Diary/Planner Review

Ms. Logica: Notes For My Daily Life Notebook

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Multi-Pen Dimensions: Terzetti Peek-A-Bo Expanding Ballpoint Pen

Peninkcillin: J Herbin glass dip pen review

The Fountain Pens: Visconti Diamond Jubilee and Pelikan M205 Duo Highlighter

A Penchant for Paper: Uni-ball Signo Broad White

Palimpsest: Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen

Gourmet Pens: Retro 51 Green Crocodile Tornado Rollerball Pen

Stamp Reviews

Three William H. Johnson stamp reviews! Your Postal Blog, Pen Thief, and 16 Sparrows.

Monday Morning Review Round-up

9 Apr

Ink Reviews

East, West, Everywhere: Sailor Jentle Shigure

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Multi Pen Dimensions: Rotring Tikky Rollerpoint EF Liquid Ink Pen

Rhonda Eudaly: The Apen a4 Digital Pen System

The Fountain Pens: Waterman 52 1/2v RHR

Woodclinched: “How to Sharpen a Pencil” reviewed: Flawless marriage of parody and informational writing

A Penchant for Paper: Pentel Aquash Waterbrush

No Pen Intended: Another Look at the Platinum Preppy

Notebook/Datebook Reviews

Modern Vintage Man: Quo Vadis Weekly Planner Review

Economy Pens: April Carnival of Pen, Paper, and Ink

Inkophile: Martha Stewart Home Office Supplies

Friday Blogger Tuck-ins

6 Apr

1 –>  Economy Pens: April Carnival of Pen, Paper, and Ink

2 –> Because I Really Felt It: Mobile Letter

3 –> Paperblanks: How to Spot High-Quality Paper

4 –> Leigh Reyes: Pen People Ethnography

5 –> Wired: Rite in the Rain: A Weather-Proof Paper Notebook Full of Badass

6 –> PenInkCillin: 3 dollar nib flossing tool

7 –> Well Appointed Desk: Travel Week: Flying With Fountain Pens

8 –> Your Postal Blog: Service With a Smile

9 –> Inkophile: Fountain Pen Nibs – It’s All Relative

Monday Morning Review Round-up

2 Apr

Ink Reviews

Seize the David: Noodler’s Black Revisited

Does This Pen Make Me Look Fat?: My Favorite Inks: DeAtramentis Jane Austen

East, West, Everywhere: Iroshizuku Ku-jaku

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Leigh Reyes: TWSBI meets vintage nib

Economy Pens: Paper Mate InkJoy 700 RT 1.0 Black

No Pen Intended: Lamy Pico Pocket Size Extendable Ballpoint Pen & Pilot Vanishing Point Yellow Body Broad Nib Fountain Pen

Well Appointed Desk: Kaweco Guilloch 1930 EF Fountain Pen

Stationery Review: Lamy Nexx

Writing Instruments: Noodler’s Ahab Fountain Pen

Recording Thoughts: Parker Duofold Pen

*We also wanted to wish Brad Dowdy [The Pen Addict] all the best on his new adventures (he’s looking for a new job currently).

European Paper Co.’s Eco-Glossary

20 Mar

Acid Free

Acid-free paper is paper that has a neutral or basic pH (7 or slightly greater) and is lignin- and sulfur-free. Acid-free paper production neutralizes the acids that occur in wood pulp to create longer-lasting paper that won’t yellow over time. The paper itself can last from 500 to 1,000 years, which has made it appealing to archivists and scrapbookers. The process to make acid-free paper is significantly more environmentally friendly than the process to produce standard paper as waste water and byproducts of the papermaking process can be recycled; energy can be saved in the drying and refining process; and alkaline paper can be more easily recycled. However, acid-free paper is an industry standard now, so don’t choose paper simply because it’s acid free; choose a paper that is environmentally responsible in some other way and is acid-free.

ACID-FREE BRANDS: Moleskine, Rhodia, Leuchtturm1917

Carbon Neutral

“Carbon Neutral” is a term used when referencing offsetting or eliminating those production processes that release carbon dioxide.  Carbon neutrality, or having a net zero carbon footprint, refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels with renewable energy that creates a similar amount of useful energy (or just using all renewable energy sources like wind or solar power), or buying enough carbon credits to make up the difference.

CARBON NEUTRAL BRANDS: Quotable Cards, Whitelines

Chlorine Free

You might see a number of chlorine-related claims on paper products. The bottom line: The chlorine bleaching process produces tons of toxins that may disrupt our immune systems. If you’re looking for top-shelf eco-friendly paper products, you want to find the “100% chlorine free” claim, which means the virgin paper wasn’t bleached with chlorine at any point, or – even better – the “processed chlorine free” claim, which indicates that the recycled content wasn’t bleached with chlorine. In researching chlorine-free paper further, you’ll find the following chlorine-free related terms:

“Elemental chlorine free (ECF) is a technique that uses chlorine dioxide for the bleaching of wood pulp. It does not use elemental chlorine gas during the bleaching process and prevents the formation of dioxins and dioxin-like compounds, carcinogens. Totally chlorine free (TCF) is a technique that uses no chlorine compounds for the bleaching of wood pulp for paper production. This prevents the formation of dioxins, highly carcinogenic pollutants.” [Wikipedia]

Recycled Content

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), paper labeled as “recycled” must be made from at least 30% post-consumer waste. That means that 30% has been used by a consumer, turned into a recycling program, and then reused to make new paper. Pre-consumer waste, on the other hand, uses paper materials that were discarded before they reached the consumer. A third term you don’t hear often is Mill Broke, which is paper trimmings and other scraps collected during the paper manufacturing process, and is recycled internally in a paper mill. While it’s good to use up that pre-consumer and mill broke waste, it’s even better to eliminate it from the paper production process altogether (since those are still using virgin paper), which means buying recycled paper with the highest post-consumer waste content that you can find is the most ideal situation. For example, Mudlark notecards are made with 80% post-consumer content and Quotable Cards boast 100% post consumer content, both very eco-friendly choices for writing that thank you note!

You might find paper products labeled with a “recycled content” or “contains recycled content” claim. In these cases, the product usually has less than 30% post-consumer waste or contains only pre-consumer waste. While it’s great to buy products that use any amount of recycled content, these paper options are on the low-end of the eco-friendly paper scale.

RECYCLED CONTENT BRANDS: Mudlark, Quotable Cards

Soy-Based Ink

Traditional ink is petroleum-based, so soy and vegetable based inks are a gentler alternative. Soy crops take considerably less impact on the environment, they are available in bright colors, and make the paper they are printed on easier to recycle. To make soy ink, soybean oil is slightly refined and then blended with pigment, resins, and waxes. Even though soybean oil is an edible vegetable oil, soy ink is not edible or 100% biodegradable because the pigments and other additives that are mixed with the oil are the same as those used in petroleum-based inks.

SOY-BASED INK BRANDS: Quotable CardsMudlark, Rite in the Rain

Sustainable Certifications

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) are both non-profit, non-governmental organizations that promote responsible forest management. Seals from these organizations indicate that paper has been approved in their certification processes. As is the case whenever multiple organizations provide the same function, there is significant debate over which certification is better; in North America, it seems the preference is for the FSC seal.

FSC Certified: The Forest Stewardship Council is an international non-profit promoting responsible forest management through its developed principles and wood tracking system. This logo identifies products that contain wood from responsibly managed forests that have been independently certified according to the rules of the FSC.

FSC CERTIFIED BRANDS: Moleskine, Rite in the Rain, Paperblanks

PEFC Certified: The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes is an international non-profit that incorporates multiple national forest certifications intended to make the forest certification easier and more applicable to different types of forests.

PEFC CERTIFIED BRANDS: Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Exacompta

Tree-Free Fiber

A tree-free fiber claim on a paper product means that material was derived from a source other than trees. These tree-free options are usually a little more expensive but provide you with the most sustainable paper option over the product’s life cycle. The benefits of using non-wood sources are much more than just saving the world’s forests. Tree-free paper production processes are also more environmentally sound, requiring fewer chemicals and less energy. Traditionally, the plant sources of tree-free fibers regrow rapidly and the harvesting of the plants does not disrupt natural ecosystems (a perfect example is the lokta bush).

Tree-free paper comes from four main sources: Agricultural Residues (bamboo, straw, wheat, etc.), Fiber Crops (hemp, soybeans, etc.), Textiles (cotton, textile scraps), and Vegetable or Fruit Fiber (banana stalk, mango leaf, pineapple husk, etc.).  A notable fifth source has only recently been established – that of animal dung with PooPooPaper at the forefront.

TREE-FREE BRANDS: Nepali Lokta Paper, Lama Li, PooPooPaper


Editor’s Note: The eco icons you see in this article are the exact logos you will see on products on – so you can clearly identify eco products to aid you in your green shopping! Check out the PooPooPaper Elephant Journal and Moleskine Classic Pocket Ruled Notebook for two examples. This eco-glossary includes content from Maggie Marton’s Guide to Recycled Paper, published here on European Paper Company’s Blog.

Monday Morning Review Round-up

19 Mar

Ink Reviews

Pocket Blonde: De Atramentis Australian Red

East, West, Everywhere: Ink Organization Part Deux: Cataloging

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Pencil Talk: Field Notes Brand vs. the office supply cabinet

A Penchant for Paper: Field Notes Memo Books

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Gourmet Pens: Pentel EnerGel Euro Black 0.5 mm Needle Point

Daydreamers Welcome: PaperMate InkJoy 300 RT 1.0mm

A Penchant for Paper: Uni-ball Signo DX 0.28mm Emerald Green

Ms. Logica: A Look at Lamy’s Interchangeable Nibs

PenInkCillin: Pilot Varsity and Noodler’s HoD revisited

Does This Pen Write: Change of Heart: Barnes & Noble Colored Pencils

Recording Thoughts: Uni Kuru Toga .5mm with Auto Rotate


Monday Morning Review Round-up

5 Mar

Ink Reviews

Rants of the Archer: J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie

East, West, Everywhere: Postscript: Scabiosa and Poussiere de lune

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Gourmet Pens: Comparison: Large Brown Midori Traveler’s Notebook vs. Large Burnt Cognac Pelle Leather Journal & Mailbox Goodies: Pink Ikea Sketchbook

Plannerisms: Quo Vadis Executive weekly planner

Pen/Pencil Reviews

A Penchant for Paper: Pentel EnerGel 0.7mm Black

FPGeeks: Lamy AL-Star the Awesome Review

Multi Pen Dimensions: County Comm Embassy Pen (Rev. 2) Black & Tombow Egg Rollerball Matte Black

Does This Pen Make Me Look Fat: The Bexley Jitterbug!

Pocket Blonde: Lamy CP1

Rhonda Eudaly:  The Pilot Plumix – Medium Nib Beginner Fountain Pen & The Palomino Blackwing Wooden Pencil

No Pen Intended: Sharpie Liquid Pencil


Your Postal Blog: Submarine Mail in New Mexico

Pen Thief: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!