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Love Cavallini’s Calendars? Fall for Cavallini 2013 Planners, Too

20 Oct

Shop all Cavallini 2013 Planners on EuropeanPaper.com

Portable and easy to find with their distinctive vintage cover designs, Cavallini’s 2013 Planners will all inspire new ways to plan your year.

With a horizontal layout of one week across two pages and monthly planning pages, you have plenty of space to keep track of notes, appointments, and daily inspirations. Small features such as the black elastic closure and soft cream paper enhance the weekly planner and make it distinctly Cavallini. The Cavallini 2013 Weekly Planners also include sections for addresses and notes, plus transit maps for Paris, London, and New York. Enjoy planning out the new year with Cavallini’s perfectly pocket-sized weekly planner.

What You’ve Been Waiting For: Colored Moleskine 2013 Planners!

10 Oct

Moleskine 2013 Planners on EuropeanPaper.com

Moleskine fans, your wish is granted! The below Moleskine 2013 Planners are now available in different cover colors than just classic black and red.

DAILY – With plenty of space to fill in meetings, notes, and daily inspiration, the Moleskine 2013 Large Hard Cover Daily Planner (5 x 8.25 inches) is the dated day-per-page planner/diary you’ve been looking for. Match it with your style and choose from Green, Violet, Orange, Magenta, Black or Red covers!

Stay organized with a fresh new page per day with the date in the upper hand corner of the page, plus a matching elastic closure and cloth ribbon placeholder. Each 2013 Large Hard Cover Daily Planner includes an address book insert, plus sewn binding to lay flat when open, and a rear expandable inner pocket to keep extra papers and receipts tucked safely inside.

WEEKLY – The Moleskine 2013 Large Horizontal Weekly Planner (5 x 8.25 inches), dated from January to December 2013, is not only available in the classic Moleskine Black Cover, now you can choose from Green, Violet, Orange, or Magenta covers, too!

This popular planner style is perfect to have the week in a quick view as it’s formatted with each week on a two-page spread: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday on the left page, Thursday, Friday and Saturday/Sunday on the right side. With a matching elastic closure and cloth ribbon placeholder, the 2013 Horizontal Weekly Planner will keep you organized while you’re on the go. Plus, the expandable inner pocket houses an address book insert that you can remove and use it again in the years to come.

Looking for a different size or style of Moleskine? Shop all Moleskine 2013 Planners here!
… And as an added bonus

For a limited time, Save 15% off Moleskine Writing Instruments with the purchase of any Moleskine Planner! Use code WRITE15

 

Learn to Love Planner Shopping With 5 Guidelines to Choosing Your Ideal Planner

5 Jul

Nothing is better than the thrill of picking out a new planner.  What color, type, and brand should you get?  However, with so many planners to choose from, which one is right?  As exciting as it is, it can also get overwhelming, and you may just pick up the first one you see.  But that may not be the best idea.  If you take the time to pick out a good planner, you will relish using it.

Planners and Datebooks on EuropeanPaper.com

When picking out a planner, you should take several things into account beforehand.  What size do you want?  How about a planner for business or personal use?  What kind of design do you prefer, something classic, or something that reflects your personality?  How much money are you willing to spend?  Do you require special function areas – like a pouch, contacts, To Do list, or a notes section?  Do you want a refillable one?

So many options exist, so let us get started!

Size

I generally start with the feature that is the most important to me – size.  You can get planners that can fit into the back pocket of your jeans, get tossed into a small purse or the size of a book!  How do you plan on using your planner?  Do you keep your life in your planner?  If so, something sturdy and relatively bigger would be easier to write all the details in.  Do you prefer to keep your planner at home?  I keep stamps, maps, stationery, pictures of my family and random musings in the pockets of my planner.  So I wanted something that I could toss into an everyday purse!  And on days when I want to streamline, I take index cards and write out my day so I can keep track of my life.

Design 

Ahhhh, design.  You can find planners with Hello Kitty designs to planners that are a solid black/brown/red.  Design reflects personality.  I personally chose a black planner but I have added my own personal touches to it, by adding pictures, and inspirational quotes on the inside. I can still be professional while maintaining my own personality!

Money

Planners can cost from a simple $1 to leather, refillable planners that retail at $500.  How much money are you willing to spend is entirely dependent on your preferences.  You can find a moderately priced, sturdy planner for around $30.  Make sure it has everything you want and then shop around; there are some amazing planners out there for a steal!

Special Functions

What are the little extras you want?  Most planners come with the standard contacts/addresses area and perhaps a page or two for notes.  Do you want a pocket to stash business cards, notes, stamps, stationery?  Do you want a special projects page?  If those extra features matter to you, make sure you look at planners that have those first.

Refillable

Another option is getting a refillable planner and just update the inside paper sections every year.  Those can be convenient and, if you invest in a good quality planner early on, can last you for years.  You can add pockets for business cards and envelopes for your everyday bric a brac, too.

At the end of the day, the planner that you pick is the one that speaks to you.  As long as it holds everything you need it to hold, you have picked the right one.

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Meet the Writer: Akhila Jagdish is a writer and editor in the process of starting her own editorial services company, The Crafted Word. She loves making lists, collecting journals, reading, drinking wine and cooking. 

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Exacting Excellence with Exacompta

22 May

Exacompta Brand Story on EuropeanPaper.com

Exacompta is a French company with roots in the professional world and connections to Clairefontaine, Rhodia, G. Lalo, and more. Founded in 1928 by Charles Nusse, great-grandson of Clairefontaine founder Jean-Baptiste Bichelberger, the company got its start mass manufacturing high quality ledgers for accounting firms in Paris.

Famous Roots & Branches

See all Exacompta 2012 and 2013 Planner Refills on EuropeanPaper.com

See all Exacompta 2012 and 2013 Planner Refills on EuropeanPaper.com

The brand quickly became a popular choice due to their high quality paper and sturdy bindings (let’s face it – with direct roots from Clairefontaine, Exacompta was always destined to use the best paper). The Exacompta company name was inspired from a combination of the French words comptabilité and exacte, which mean accounting and exact, respectively.

Those two values are represented clear as day in all their fine products, and took hold in their early days. Their original books were bound with durable and smooth paper and became synonymous with excellence. Nusse grew his personal company, Ets Charles Nusse, with Exacompta and in 1950 Clairefontaine was added to the group. Today, Exacompta is still run by the Nusse family, and they are now part of a larger group of several European paper manufacturing companies, including Rhodia and G. Lalo.

Working by the French philosophy “savoir vivre,” meaning knowledge of good life, Exacompta set out with an objective to make even the simplest tools well-designed and a pleasure to use. Through this mindset, Exacompta has carved a unique niche between paper and professional by manufacturing notebooks, datebooks, and filing accessories.

Professional Office Tools & Accessories

Exacompta notebooks and datebooks are perfect for the professional setting. Simple and sleek, most of the notebooks and datebooks are also refillable, making them customizable by nature. Fill your Exacompta with undated calendar sheets, plain pages, graphed pages, or mix and match to create a notebook that fits your needs!

Exacompta Exacard Wirebound Business Card Holder on EuropeanPaper.com

Exacompta Exacard Wirebound Business Card Holder on EuropeanPaper.com

Exacompta datebooks can be filled with two unique types of paper that reiterate Exacompta’s original accounting focus. The first is Registre Azur. This paper has a mint green tint designed for ease on the eyes. The other paper is Ivoire Satine, a fine, lightweight paper with extraordinary strength.

Though notorious for their paper products and journals, Exacompta also makes phenomenal office accessories that aid in organization. Business professionals and students can find the perfect match for their organizational preference choosing between the Exaboard, Exafolio, and Exacard. Exacompta filing accessories are wear- and water-resistant and will protect important documents, plus accessories from the Green Filing Series are made from 80% polypro recycled materials!

With a focus of products that encourage professional development through organization and protection, Exacompta helps business as usual carry on with ease. A refreshing dose of simplicity in today’s complex world.

Quo Vadis: Planners Made Perfect

15 May

Quo Vadis Brand Story on EuropeanPaper.com

In 1952, the commonplace planner was kept in a diary style format, with activities logged on one page for every day. A French doctor by the name of F.G. Beltrami was struggling to manage the activities of both a hospital and a dental school in one of these diary-style planners as the format simply didn’t suit his needs. Frustrated with the lack of planning abilities in a diary, Beltrami attempted combining the ideas of a calendar and journal.

Quo Vadis Datebook Refills on EuropeanPaper.com

See all Quo Vadis Datebook Refills on EuropeanPaper.com

After some brainstorming and blueprints he began hand-stamping his own weekly layout on the blank pages of a journal, resembling what is known today as the “Agenda Planning Diary.” Noticing that friends and family were also delighted by this planner, Beltrami decided to leave his profession as a doctor in 1954 in order to start selling planners; thus, Quo Vadis was born!

The phrase “Quo Vadis,” derives from Latin roots, and literally translates to “Where are you going?” With Beltrami’s new planner format, you could see “your week planned at a single glance” and actually answer that question! This insight built the foundation for Quo Vadis and transformed the modern planner, but with nearly every notebook company following this format today, how does Quo Vadis stand out?

One reason is that they use Clairefontaine paper. Produced from a mill in Vosges, France, this paper is a delight to write on due to its smooth surface and eco-friendly features. Also, a large number of Quo Vadis planners are refillable, meaning that when that one journal you absolutely love is full, you don’t have to quit using it! Quo Vadis are truly the planner experts. Features such as micro-perforated tear-off corners allow you to easily find the date, and little details like the time frame for each day make organization amazingly easy.

Quo Vadis Habana Large Ruled Journal 85g on EuropeanPaper.com

Quo Vadis Habana Large Ruled Journal 85g

As an extremely busy man, F.G. Beltrami had a true sense of the importance of time management. An excerpt from an old promotional brochure for Quo Vadis, posted on the official QV blog, expresses his advanced understanding of it:

“Too much to do, and too little time to do it. It seems like that is what work, and modern life in general, is all about. That is why we have to fight back, and regain a sense of control.

As a doctor, I have a pragmatic outlook on people. We are all just simply… people. We all tend to do what is easy rather than what is more difficult.

I believe in taking simple steps to accomplish what is truly important.”

As an organizational companion, Quo Vadis helps you remember all the little things that always add up! With myriad daily, weekly, and monthly formats (not to mention journals, too), Quo Vadis is a staple you’ll always want to have on hand. Whether it’s a lunch meeting this Thursday or your personal goal to be at the top of the company by the end of the year, with Quo Vadis planners, you know where you’re going!

Moleskine Academic Planners to Get You Prepped for 2013

9 May

Moleskine 18-Month Academic Planners on EuropeanPaper.com

Clockwise from top left:

1. All Moleskine 18-Month Academic Planners on EuropeanPaper.com

2. Moleskine 18-Month Extra Large Soft Cover Weekly Planner (7.5 x 10)

3. Moleskine 18-Month Pocket Red Horizontal Weekly Planner (3.5 x 5.5)

4. Moleskine 18-Month Large Soft Cover Weekly Planner (5 x 8.25)

**All 18-Month Academic Planners are dated July 2012 through December 2013.

Friday Blogger Tuck-ins

24 Feb

1 –>  A bit of neat history this week from Annie at Scribbling Glue about zip codes: The Life and Times of Mr. Zip (a.k.a. Zone Improvement Plan).

2 –> Over at the Good Pens blog, Seth interviews the pen guys from Baltz Fine Writing.

3 –> Misty, a.k.a. The Pen Thief, made some great points regarding whether or not the Post Office should cut Saturday’s service. It is a must-read for all snail mailers, mail artists, and writers alike.

4 –> This is Colossal shared the Alphabet Typography (pictured below) created by Yale graduates Caspar Lam and YuJune Park. “Alphabet Topography is a physical examination of letterforms as it relates to usage frequency.”

See more of the project by clicking the image.

5 –> Laurie at Plannerisms gives some tips on how to create your own planner layout within a regular notebook.

6 –> FPGeeks went above and beyond at the 2012 LA Pen Show and photographed some lovely pens, plus they’ve got a couple of videos of the show you should check out too. Here is their Friday Recap, Saturday Recap, and Video Highlights.

7 –>  We thought you’d get a kick out of Mary Katrantzou‘s latest fashion show for Fall 2012 where she uses images of pencils, typewriters, circular telephone dials, and more. (Originally seen on Honestly WTF blog.)

Click the image to see more images on Honestly WTF's blog.

8 –> Blackwing wrote up a phenomenal post tracking the history of their Blackwing 602 pencil (h/t MLeddy at Orange Crate Art).


 

Leuchtturm Love Letter Planner Winners!

31 Jan

Last week we started the contest “Submit Your Love Letter to Win a Leuchtturm Planner!” and we received some great entries! Below are the 4 winners of the Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planners. Thanks to everyone who entered! Click here to read all the entries (in the comments).

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway(s) and spread the word! We’ve got loads 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!

 

Monday Morning Review Round-up

30 Jan

Ink Reviews

Seize the David: Rohrer & KlingnerVerdigris

East, West, Everywhere: Caran d’Ache Storm

Notebook/Planner Reviews

East, West, Everywhere: Mood Journal

Stationery Review: Clairefontaine “Life. Unplugged” – Duo A5

The Gear Locker: Rite in the Rain Notepads

Plannerisms: 2012 Moleskine Bakin weekly planner

No Pen Intended: Daycraft 2012 Signature Diary

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Does This Pen Write: Sharpie Stainless Steel Pen!

East, West, Everywhere: Pelikan M205 Duo Review

FPGeeks: Monteverde Invincia Stylus Fountain Pen – The Awesome Review

A Penchant for Paper: Pentel Superb and Wow Ballpoint Pens

Grease Monkey Hands: Namiki Sterling Dragon

Multi Pen Dimensions: Zebra SK – Sharbo + 1 2 Color 0.7 mm Ballpoint Multi Pen + 0.5 mm Pencil Black & Zebra B2A1 2 Color Multi Pen

No Pen Intended: Parker Reflex Fountain Pen & Palomino Blackwing Wooden Pencil – 602 Model

Economy Pens: Sharpie Pen – Stainless Steel

PenInkCillin: Jinhao X750 fountain pen review

Pocket Blonde: Sheaffer Craftsman Touchdown FP & Waterman Hemisphere Agnes B Fountain Pen

Gourmet Pens: Pilot Precise BeGreen Liquid Ink Roller Ball Pen & Parker-Compatible Gel Ink Refills – Water Tests

Rhonda Eudaly: The Pelikan School Fountain Pen – Right Handed, Fine Point & The Monteverde One Touch Ballpoint Pen

Economy Pens: Alvin Draft-Tec Retrac .5

Stamps

Delphine: 2012 USPS Postage Rates for Wedding Invitations

LWA: U.S. Stamp Rate Increase and Stamp Releases

Pen Thief: Sojourner Truth

Piccadilly Post: The Wild Stamp Chase

Missive Maven: New U.S. Postage Rates

 

Submit Your Love Letter to Win a Leuchtturm Planner! [Closed]

26 Jan

Submit a love letter in 10 words or less and you could win a Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planner!

We have four Leuchtturm1917 Large Hard Cover 2012 Weekly Planner + Notes (5.75 x 8.25) to give away! We have one pink, one light blue, one green, and one black planner so be sure to let us know which color you’d prefer when you enter this contest.

Contest Details:

  • In the comments of this blog post, submit a love letter in under 10 words.
    • Include a valid email address when you post your comment, and which color planner you prefer.
  • Please keep the love letters PG.
  • The love letter must be of your own original work.
  • The deadline is noon on Monday, January 30th.
  • Four winners will be announced Tuesday, January 31st.
  • This contest is open only to U.S. residents.
  • Have fun!

 

Friday Blogger Tuck-ins

13 Jan

1 –>  Daisy Yellow had a nice post about “Taking Stock” of 2011 with her post showing off every single journal, sketchbook, and scrap notebook pulled out. Check it out here. Also, Laurie over at Plannerisms did a Planner Tally, which we have to admit is impressive! Have you ever done something similar to taking stock of all your planners, notebooks, or journals? If we pulled out every finished and in-use notebook around the office here, it’d get pretty crowded around here!

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2 –> Leigh Reyes has a couple interesting post this week: One with a nod to her art sensei, and another showcasing the Caran d’Ache Grafcube.

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3 –> Colossal has become one of our new favorite art and design blogs. Check out this wonderful fictional landscape creation from Kyle Kirkpatrick we first saw on This is Colossal.

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4 –> Matt  [A Guy's Moleskine Notebook] had a great post outlining the World Book Night 2012 that’s coming up on 4/23/12. It’s an annual celebration “designed to spread a love of reading and books.” If you’re interested in participating, check out his post for the full list of books.

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5 –> For all you ultralights out there (ultralight backpackers, we mean) we came across a neat Rite in the Rain Notebook Hack post by Stick. Which then led us to an even cooler Fisher Space Pen Refill Hack on Brian’s Backpacking Blog. Even if you’re not an outdoorsy type, these hacks are neat to check out to get a sense of the incredibly broad range of what people do with pens, paper, and notebooks.

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6 –> Misty [The Pen Thief] found these adorable Animails, which look eerily similar to one she posted to Limner not too long ago actually. Read all about the flying pig here.

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7 –>  From Dana [Save Snail Mail] we found out about LWA’s Mail Art contest to celebrate their 2,000th member! See Dana’s post on it here, and LWA’s deets about it here.

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8 –> Margana [Inkophile] did a poll last month asking what your favorite ink brand was and not surprisingly Noodler’s came in first! It was pretty heavily weighted toward Noodler, but check out her post to see who came in #2-9.

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9 –> And, of course, we have to do a call-out to Rhodia Drive’s Official 2012 Journal Swap. Long story short, Rhodia Drive will choose 12 people to each receive a large dotgrid webnotebook that the participants will then create art or write on a specified number of pages; then it’s on to another person for another set of pages. This repeats until the book is complete and it’s sent back to the original author. It sounds like a ton of fun so be sure to head over to their blog and sign up!

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10 –> And we’ll leave you for the weekend with a lovely ink&paper video, as first seen on Felt & Wire’s blog.

 

Friday Blogger Tuck-ins

6 Jan

1 –> Troy [Penpalling-Dad] takes an honest examination of where he’s at, planners over the years, and organization for 2012 in his post Getting Organized for 2012! Glad we could help with the spark.

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2 –> Leigh Reyes shared some lovely fountain pen images from her blog for enthusiasts to use as wallpaper. Check out her post, Fountain Pen Wallpaper for 2012, for the downloads.

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3 –>  Both the Missive Maven and the Misty [Pen Thief] had great blog posts about how they log all their incoming and outgoing mail. Both are definitely posts to read if you’re looking to increase the amount of mail you send & receive in 2012, not to mention if one of your resolutions had “organization” in it! –> Missive Maven’s post 2011: A Year in Mail, and The Pen Thief’s post Mail Log 2012.

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4 –>  Julie O [Pen, Paper ... Whatever] crafted a wonderful blog post called Welcome to 2012 filled with pen, paper, and ink community references. Check it out for a list of forums, blogrolls, pen clubs, and more.

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5 –> The boys over at FPGeeks.com showed off a neat Moleskine hack for those more interested in a pen case. Here’s the main image (on the left), but click over to their site to see more. If you’ve never heard of FPGeeks.com, read this post first to get properly introduced to their style: BLACK Noodler’s Ahab Prototype Found in Local Bar.

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6 –>  It looks like Margana [Inkophile] is putting the Moleskine Pocket Weekly Planner + Notes she won in one of our past giveaways to good use. Hop on over to her post – A Moleskine Planner Is Reporting For Duty - and join the conversation.

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7 –> Since this is our first Friday Blogger Tuck-ins post in the new year, we’ve got to include some resolution posts! Millie [Ms. Logica] recaps how she did with her 2011 resolutions in her post My 2011 Resolutions Review. Rhodia Drive asked what were your Favorite Rhodia Products of 2011. Scribbling Glue jots down 7 Projects to Tackle in 2012. And Stephanie [Biffy Beans / Rhodia Drive] describes her Manifestation List for 2012 (instead of a ‘resolution list’).

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As we mentioned in our last Friday Blogger Tuck-ins post of 2011, we’re moving the pen, ink, and notebook review links to another day as there are so many of them! Be on the lookout for them either Monday or Wednesday of next week … we haven’t decided which yet. Let us know what day you prefer in the comments! Happy New Year to everyone!