The Septanote Way…

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Dear Fellow Enthusiast,    I have the pleasure of reviewing the QuoVadis Septanote Agenda planner. My thanks to the weekly give-a-way sponsored by QuoVadisblog.com., and Laurie Huff for her tremend…

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The Septanote Way…

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Dear Fellow Enthusiast,

   I have the pleasure of reviewing the QuoVadis Septanote Agenda planner. My thanks to the weekly give-a-way sponsored by QuoVadisblog.com., and Laurie Huff for her tremendous work on behalf of QuoVadis!

   At first glance and touch, you know it is a meticulously and beautifully crafted planner. The platform of this “Agenda” planner is thoroughly thought-out, and very detail oriented. Made for those busy people who may be using this planner for personal or business reasons. Either way, it is perfect in it’s lay-out with every minute detail possible. You will not find such a planner as this that offer-up the detail, coupled with beauty and “candy” for the eye!

   My planner came in a vibrant Bamboo green with the smooth and silky “Texas” cover. These planner covers are also available in other colors as well. You have the economical benefit of re-using the cover year after year, simply by buying the insert alone once a year. These covers are quite durable. I have the  “Club” cover which is also available in many colors, and this one has a textured feel to it; versus the Texas cover. Personal choice aside, ALL of their covers will last you many years. I’m on my 5th year with my current cover of choice. By the way: always keep your yearly inserts, as I’ve referred to my older ones from time to time for past information I’ve needed. Such as: contact info, doctors appointments, phone numbers, etc.. Invaluable and smart!!!

   As I’ve said, these planners are re-fillable on a yearly basis. I usually order the upcoming year’s refill in November, as they are harder to get as the old year comes to a close, and the new year is fast approaching… They even incur a back-log almost yearly, as they are in such high demand!  Each new year’s planner also comes with an address/phone book insert as well.

   As I said previously, these planners are very well thought-out: in genius and simplicity. The have a very small, perforated tab at the bottom right-hand corner that you simply tear-off weekly, and your put your thumb on this corner, and you’re instantly on the current week! No need for bookmarks or cumbersome sticky tabs to keep up with and clutter this beautiful planner. P.S. Please don’t dog-ear this wonderful paper, which is made by Clairfontaine in France. A feature that is one of the hallmarks of QuoVadis. Clairfontaine makes the paper for all of their many products.

   As an added feature, this Septanote “Agenda” planner also comes with the address/phone book I mentioned, plus pages in the planner itself that feature many useful pages. Those include: Time Zones, Zip Codes, Maps and more!

   Do yourself a small, yet tremendous favor and get one of these QuoVadis  Septanote Agends planners, or another of your choice. There are many formats to choose from. You will NOT be disappointed. I have many years left on mine, and will never look further for any other!!!

Enjoy and Best Regards,  LeRoy W. Lee

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My Passion~EXPLORED…

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Greetings All,

Since I’ve now resolved myself to settle into a more relaxed style of living, I’m finding I have more free time to devote to my one selfish passion: ALL things pen, pad & paper…

The beauty of fine paper. Pen gliding gracefully along the satin sheets, where words flow smoothly, and with little effort across the pages. Elegant fountain pen in hand, inked with “living’ and vibrant colors as individual and unique as we are…

I’ve recently acquired some wonderful hand-crafted papers and notebooks that are just waiting for review; along with some exciting new inks. Some are bold in color and others subtle in hue to the eye. Just waiting to be appreciated by those who share my enthusiasm…

   I also have some classic and timeless products that I want to share with you as well. Some you will recognize, and others are new to me. I’m looking forward to re-acquainting myself with them, and giving you the pleasure of their graceful lines as well…

Best & Regards, LeRoy  

    

 

 

BASICS: “The Clairefontaine Way”

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basicSIDE1ScanClaire_use   Forgive me. It’s been way too long since my last post… After a bit of research into what I call the “Clairefontaine Way”, I never realized how involved their paper-making process is. Of course, the quality of their products is above par. Clairefontaine also happens to be one of Mother Earth’s best partners. More on that later… The “Basics'” notebooks come in packs of two: Green & Red, Tan & Black. The notebooks are ruled, with a solid cardboard backing. Each has 96 pages of 90g paper that is beautifully smooth…I wrote with several fountain pens using different nib sizes. Each ink having unique and individual properties… The dry times were within the norm, and there was no feathering or bleed-thru. Most of the nibs, even the less expensive one’s; glided across the paper like a liquid metal: mercury. The notebooks are medium-sized at 5 3/4 x 8 1/4. Now a bit of history, my favorite subject. During the early 1600’s, many paper mills were established in the Netherlands to meet the high demand for quality paper. This was known as the “Dutch Golden Age”. Now that Clairefontaine has total control over their paper production at a facility in France and the Netherlands, they are able to retain their traditional values of quality. This is where “Mother Earth” benefits. The paper is completely chlorine-free, ( no bleach), and also uses calcium carbonate which contributes to the papers satiny-smooth and bright finish. All the while, keeping the waters by the mills pure enough to meet the stringent European Union standards. This is the PEFC certification. Using sustainable forests. The calcium carbonate is actually a mineral that gives the paper it’s silken-glass polish. As a side note, the calcium carbonate was once derived from crushed, dried animal bone. Think about that the next time you caress Clairefontaine paper… Actually,  Clairefontaine’s credo says it best: CLASSIC, TIMELESS, LIFE. UNPLUGGED… Regardless of how you plan on using these notebooks; reasonably priced at about $9.00 for the pair, it does: “Take you where no laptop can go”  Enjoy…

    

  

 

Rhodia: “R” is for Premium

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   For unexplained reasons, I’ve always held a fascination for all things writing, especially pens: fountain pens…Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate ALL writing instruments. But, when it comes to paper, I’m a bit more discerning. One manufacturer stands-out: Rhodia, a French company. They produce pads, notebooks, journals and just about all related items in between… My new favorite is their premium line that they refer to as Bloc. The ruled lines are a very light purple and have an ivory-smooth vellum finish. This particular pad, the No.16, A5 measures 5.8″ by 8.3″. I wrote a few strokes with different nibs, pens and inks. They all have very unique properties, but each glided beautifully across the paper. There was no feathering or bleed-thru, even with heavy-handed strokes. I actually had to slow down writing with one of my smooth

Rhodia "Bloc" Notebooks

er pens, as my hand was getting ahead of my thoughts!!! Prices range by size between $4.00 to $8.00 or so depending on seller…If I had one gripe about this line of products, it would be that it isn’t available at my local seller. That’s the drawback of living in a small town…Of course, the internet is fast becoming the source for many of my daily needs. Karen, at Exaclair USA, was kind enough to provide me with this notebook. They import many other fine products as well. Please visit them for great links to other items of “pen”terest at: http://www.exaclair.com/.  You can find other Rhodia products at: http://www.rhodiapads.com/.