Posted March 8, 2013 by Leah Hoffmann
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If winter’s gray skies are giving you the blues, check out this colorful review from California, where Erin of La Plume Etoile tries out J. Herbin’s pearlescent inks.
I really enjoyed testing these inks and plan to use them for special occasion items such as when writing someone a special card… If you are interested in them, I would recommend giving them a chance and playing with the right nib and paper combinations.
Meanwhile, it’s not surprising that you’d say nice things about a company that gave you a prize (which is not to say we expect our own contest winners to rave about their loot if they don’t like it!) but I enjoyed reading this blurb about a UK contest winner all the same. Her name is Sheila English, and she won something we don’t make — an iPhone. Here’s what she had to say about the pleasingly named Europa Minor notepad she bought when she entered the contest:
I am always making notes and was looking for something that I could easily carry in my handbag, and the Europa Minor Pad was an ideal size (plus came in purple, my favourite colour!)
(Europa Minor is a notebook by Tollit and Harvey, an Exacompta subsidiary whose products we don’t import in the US.)
Posted December 17, 2012 by Leah Hoffmann
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Waste not, want not: for those of you looking for a novel gift for the kids in your life, consider doing as I did, a few years ago, and pick up some Poo Poo paper. Made from animal dung, the paper is thick and toothy and perfect for little art projects. It’s also sure to interest kids when they learn about where it came from.
From the Poo Poo Paper website:
Elephants, horses, cows, donkeys, pandas, and other animals eat large amounts of fibrous vegetation everyday. They also have relatively inefficient digestive systems which means that when they poo (it’s not gross since these animals don’t eat meat, fish, cheese and other stinky things) it’s filled with lots of intact fiber. Well, this fiber makes for great pulp for paper making.
Pictured above is an elephant dung notebook I bought years ago for my niece; I figured the holidays were a good time to blog about it. In case you’re curious, I wrote her name with my Waterman Phileas, and there was neither show- nor bleed-through.
Posted December 14, 2012 by Leah Hoffmann
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Lots of meat in today’s reviews! Let’s dive right in.
- Sandra shares a lovely ink-and-pencil piece she made on a large Habana. “I do like this size immensely — it’s large enough that you have plenty of room to expand and explore, but small enough to fit on my scanner. It’s light for its size and I wouldn’t hesitate to carry it around.”
- Heather of A Penchant for Paper isn’t sure that the large Habana is the best size for her, but enjoyed the experiment: “It did feel freeing to have so much space to draw in, but I think it will take some time for me to become used to working in such a large notebook.”
- Aisazia reviews the Space 24 she won in one of last year’s giveaways. “I’ve grown fairly fond of this planner. It’s super convenient to carry around and perfect for a bag. The paper is fountain pen friendly which means generally all ink friendly as long as it dries. It has all the bells and whistles of a typical planner and a little extra.”
Posted December 13, 2012 by Leah Hoffmann
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I’m an equal opportunity notebook fan, but thanks to Karen’s unflagging generosity, my husband has gotten hooked on the large lined No. 18 Rhodia pads. He tried to pretend otherwise, but when he ran out of them recently and realized I didn’t have any extras, he looked a little doubtful.
“I guess I can go back to the legal pads they have at the office.”
Of course, the stationer’s fairy godmother soon came to the rescue, but it prompted me to recall the dark, pre-Exaclair days of uncertain quality and provenance. Though I don’t regularly consume expensive bottles of wine, I do remember the first time I tried one: it was really good. Good stationery, at least, is a modestly priced indulgence.
Posted November 30, 2012 by Leah Hoffmann
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Today’s links aren’t reviews in the truest sense, but they’ve still got lots to say!
- You heard it from Kate: “lookit here!” at photos of her favorite Rhodia, QV, and Clairefontaine notebooks.
- We make mistakes, but we always try to make it right when they happen: here’s Mark of Eating Cleveland on Karen’s dedication to customer service.
Many thanks, and keep it coming!
Posted September 14, 2012 by Leah Hoffmann
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I’ve been ignoring most things digital since the birth of my son (when I get a spare moment with my laptop or my iPad, I’m usually looking up baby-related info or hastily placing an order for things I don’t have time to buy in person), so I’ve managed to overlook a lot of great Tweets and reviews… Here are some of the ones I came across while playing catch-up this week; if you’ve seen or written others, let me know so I can share them!
Posted June 15, 2012 by Leah Hoffmann
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With today’s reviews, we welcome back two old friends — author Stephen Lloyd Webber and organizer Margarita Ibbott.
Stephen, who’s currently at his retreat in Italy, sent us an email to say:
I was in a book shop earlier today in Siena and I saw a few EQUOLOGY notebooks for sale. I bought one, naturally. I am glad to see how clear the packaging is with regard to the ecological sensitivity of the product. Its features are phenomenal — recycled paper, biodegradable, plant-based ink, ISO certified for quality and ecological respect. And, of course, the paper is wonderful and the journal feels exceptionally constructed.
Margarita, meanwhile, participated in June’s Professional Organizers blog carnival with her review of the Canadian Minister Prestige: “Quo Vadis has this way of producing this ivory colour paper that is smooth as silk and a joy to write on… I love my planner…”
Posted June 7, 2012 by Leah Hoffmann
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Stephanie recently blogged about two phenomena that seem, to my mind, intertwined: blank-page anxiety and fancy paper syndrome. After all, how often do you get performance anxiety when you’re using a cheap legal pad?
Anyway, it got me thinking about writing and context… are you more prone to hesitation when you start a new journal or when you start an idea notebook? Is a sketchbook easier to start than a hand-written novel or story?
Most of my non-work notebooks are multipurpose idea/exploration/composition books, but I know I’d be hard pressed if I ever decided to start keeping a journal, for instance…
Posted May 9, 2012 by Leah Hoffmann
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Speaking of retailers… one of the questions that comes up again and again is where to buy our products and what to do if you’re not lucky enough to live near one of the independent local stores that stock them.
On our website, we try to make the connection as seamless as possible not just by listing online retailers but by noting the places that carry specific products and even specific planner/cover combinations. But there is still a jump between our site and theirs, and we aren’t able to list prices because prices are set by each outlet. There are multiple reference numbers because each combination has a different number even if it’s the same planner insert, or a refill only.
And then there’s the problem of shipping, which Karen has already tackled at length.
All this to say, I guess, that we hear your frustration, and we know it isn’t easy. If you’re having trouble tracking something down, you can always contact us for help. Over time, many fans of our products find particular outlets whose service and selection they appreciate, so if you’d like to solicit advice from your fellow consumers, you can always check the Fountain Pen Network.
Posted May 7, 2012 by Leah Hoffmann
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A lot of you like to give your old planner covers new life by reusing them on notebooks, and there are a number of different combinations that work.
So what if you want to buy a new cover on its own, either to replace one that’s damaged mid-year or to use alone on a notebook? Generally, this is a question we’re hard put to answer, because we rely on retailers to distribute our products, and those retailers tend to sell covers and planners together since that’s what most people want.
However, we’ve been able to confirm that New Jersey based Classic Office Products is willing to fill special covers-only orders. If that’s something that interests you, I’d suggest you email their service department at customerservice [AT] classicofficeproducts [DOT] com or call 888-285-6330.