Monday, November 17th, 2014

The Paper Project Week 5: “Size Matters” Your Chance to Sample 4 Different Size Rhodia Pads


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The Paper Project is our way to offer a variety of Exaclair paper samples to 50 people each week. Every Monday, we will be offering paper samples from 1-4 products to 50 people on a first come, first served basis. (There is no limit to how many weeks you can participate!) Samples will be mailed once we reach 50 participants with recipients being notified via e-mail.


This week’s Paper Project: “Size Matters” 

Since we know that many of you make your notepad selections by size in order to suit specific writing needs, this week, we are offering a variety of sizes of the classic head stapled Rhodia pads for you to try because who knows, you might just find a new size that you can’t live without! 

Week 5 samples include 1 sheet each of 80g white Rhodia line ruled paper from each of the following sizes: 

  • No. 8, (3 x 8 ¼”) 
  • No. 10 (2 x 3″)
  • No.16 (6 x 8 ¼ “)
  • No. 19 (8 ¼ x 12 ½ “) 

If you have been chosen to receive samples in any given week, please come back and leave comments on the corresponding week’s page. We also welcome you to blog or share to your favorite social media sites about your experiences.

Tag #rhodiapaperproject on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’d like us to see your Paper Project blog posts, post your links in the comment section on corresponding week’s page OR to our Rhodia Drive Facebook page.

What kind of comments are we looking for?

  • How would you use all these different sizes?
  • Tell us what you like/don’t like about the paper.
  • How do you like using pencil/pen/fountain pen on it.
  • Would you use it to write/draw/doodle/sketch etc.?
  • …and anything else you think we should know.

Need a few recent reviews for inspiration?

Rhodia Paper Project Week 1 at Nerd Uprising

re: Rhodia Ice “I love that the grey graph is dark enough to guide my lines but not so pronounced as to distract from the words themselves.”

Week #1 sampling group for The Paper Project at bjw-draw

“maybe the best paper I have ever used for ink drawings. It accepts all the types of ink I depend on in my work.”

You can also check out the reviews that people are posting in the comment section of the Week 1 Week 2 and Week 3 posts. 

If you are viewing this post via e-mail or on a mobile device, you may need to visit Rhodia Drive directly to see the entry form. (Entries must be received through the form – please do not post your name and address in the comment section of this post to receive samples. Thank you!) 


5 thoughts on “The Paper Project Week 5: “Size Matters” Your Chance to Sample 4 Different Size Rhodia Pads

  1. Numbers 19 and 16 are best for my use – writing. Lots and lots of writing. More on those in a second.

    #8 is probably best for people who need to make lists – lots of short items. The shape simply did not work for me other than possibly a bookmark where I would want to keep notes in a borrowed book where I could not write on the page.

    #10, which is the 2×3, is much like a fountain pen friendly post it only without the glue. Strangely, it seems a more useful size than the #8, as it’s a good size for a single idea on a bedside table notebook. There’s even smaller, but that ceases to be functional with my handwriting.

    So back to the 8×12 size. I suspect this will become my note-taking size when I’m not using Webbies or Habanas. Perfect for those times when I need to tuck handouts between the pages, take copious notes at speed on one side of a page and be able to flip the page up one handed so I don’t lose time turning pages and trying to drag the notebook back to write on the backside of a page.

    Perfect for my writer’s mind is the 6×8. This seems to be the size that does not intimidate my brain with empty-page brain freeze, yet provides sufficient space to write. I seem to come back to this size over and over again for creative projects.

    The lines weren’t distracting, the paper held up to even a 3B Pelikan splashing down the wettest of inks and I don’t fixate on drying time like some. Best of all, the paper was easy on the eyes for transcription and fitted neatly on one of those old fashioned clip stands many of us place next to our computers when it comes time to turn our notes into brilliance on the page. :-)

    I had hoped to provide pictures on my website, but the site overhaul to WordPress is taking a teensy bit longer than anticipated. Hopefully in the new year!

    Until then, this is an interim report back and thank you for the samples. I think I’ve found a new size for scattering about the place so I have jotting spots for those ideas that come to me at inconvenient times and places – like 3 AM in bed when I get that brilliant thought and never have paper or pen to jot it down!

  2. It’s been a while since I received and played with the paper samples from Week 5, but better late than never. I got the samples in mail the night before Thanksgiving. Thanks to Rhodia Drive and Karen for the Thanksgiving gift. :)

    Overall, the paper seems to be the same, great as usual for various types of pen writing. The lines have soft colors and are gentle on the eyes. The paper itself is white. I like how purple ink (J. Herbin Voilette Pensee) looks on it. As size is the theme of Week 5, my comments for each sample would be focused and brief.

    – No.8 (3 x 8.25) : Haven’t used it yet, but I’ve seen people using a grid version of No. 8 in landscape for writing down quotes, which I think is a nice hack and wanted to try at some time. I also like that it has the same length with No.16 (A5) and thus can be kept together organized. With the line ruling its usage seems limited — maybe it would be best for lists?

    – No.10 (2 x 3): This one is really tiny! I personally think this size is not very useful. Especially when using it from a pad, I may not find a comfortable position to rest my palm. For quick notes, I’m much more likely to turn to post-it.

    – No.16 (6 x 8.25): I like No.16 (A5) the best among the four samples, and in general. Most of my notebooks are in A5. This is a versatile size that accommodates a reasonable amount of contents, yet is handy and portable. I’m not a big fan of the vertical margin, though. I used this sheet to jot down some of my shopping list, where the margin was neat. But for many other uses like taking notes or writing memos, I could see myself restricted by the margins (and ended up losing writing space).

    – No.19 (8.25 x 12.5): It feels too large. The sheet barely fit on my clip pad holder so it felt okay when writing. I used it to keep record of the card game my friends and I played during the Thanksgiving break. But I couldn’t imagine how this huge sheet could be used in everyday scenarios. Maybe it would be good for sketching diagrams?

    So these are my two cents. My ranking for the four sizes would probably be No.16 > No.8 >> No.19 >> No.10, with the fine print that I’d prefer grid rulings for No.8. Or even better, is there going to be a dot grid for No.8?

  3. This paper has a smooth finish, almost feels coated and is lightweight. I thought it would not be opaque enough for fountain pen ink, but none of the four I tested bled through. The ink laid done smooth, did not feather and dried in a reasonable amount of time.I may have found a new favorite brand.

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