Kickstarter Finds 13-12-2015


As always there is a great selection of notebooks and other stationery products being launched on Kickstarter.

At the moment there is a wide range of products from notebooks to pens and pencils. I have personally backed 5 of the above projects – and I would encourage you to check these out these exciting projects – there is something for everyone.

W is for… Whitelines


W is for… Whitelines.

I enjoy using Whitelines Notebooks and I have used a Whitelines notebook as one of my Monthly Notebook in the past. The idea behind Whitelines Notebooks is straightforward grey paper with whitelines distracts less.

Whitelines® was founded in January 2006 by three friends in Stockholm with one ambition: to make a contribution to a better world, no matter how small. The means to this end was a simple but very effective idea – a new kind of writing paper which, through its remarkable clarity, could support everyone’s writing, drawing and thinking. Why not take one of the mainstays of everyday life and improve it? Whitelines® is today based in Stockholm, Sweden, working to support your ideas for the future.

It took me a few goes to get used to using Whitelines Paper. The first Whitelines notebook I bought (back in 2010) I didn’t finish until 2012 when I tried again and only in 2014 did I purchase a Whitelines A5 notebook (this time the lined version) and use it from cover to cover. The second time round I really enjoyed using it. Of course the notebook is a standard high quality notebook (80 g paper)and is available in a wide range of binding and size options. It is similar to a large number of products in a similar price range therefore the choice one makes to use this notebook over the other options is purely personal choice as a result of favouring the page colouring of a Whitelines notebook over another. Whether this is because you find it less distracting or easier on your eyes, or whether practically this type of paper simply suits your needs better. (After all the end result of less distracting lines can be a required advantage if you are scanning/copying the pages). The choice is yours.

Not tried it yet? Download the paper for free.

R is for… Rhodia


Rhodia notebooks are the french orange notebook with a cult following. I believe it is simply impossible to have a passion (or even an interest) in notebooks and not to have come across the Rhodia Notebook brand. The orange cover dates back to 1934.

The stationer known as “Papeteries Verilhac Freres” was founded in Lyon, France in 1932 by two brothers, Henri and Robert Verilhac. They came from a family of paper merchants, with two brothers from the previous generation having set up a family business selling paper mainly in the southern part of France and North Africa.

In 1934, the company moved from Lyon to Sechilienne near Grenoble in the French Alps. The name “Rhodia” comes from the Rhone, a river flowing by Lyon dividing the Alps from the Massif Central. Production of their notepad began that year.

Rhodia was purchased by Clairefontaine in 1997 and production transferred to Mulhouse, in Alsace, France. Members of the Verilhac family still work for Rhodia. The Rhodia logo dates back to 1932. Legend has it that the two Rhodia fir trees symbolize the two founding brothers.

People love Rhodia pads and notebooks for their grids, smooth paper & iconic cover.

Rhodia Notebooks

What is even more exciting about the Rhodia Brand is the online following, the social media presence and the great Blog: Rhodia Drive.

If you are based in the UK you can find all you rhodia needs at Bureau Direct.

Q is for… Quo Vadis


Quo Vadis. Another fantastic diary / planner.

The unique Quo Vadis Agenda Planning® diary format was invented by a French doctor, F.G. Beltrami in 1954. Dr. Beltrami found appointment books with their cramped, impractical format did not serve the needs of professionals. So he created his own system that is simple, practical and easy to use featuring the day’s priority, special headings for activities, daily notes, and a perforated corner to open to the week in progress. It allows you to organize your week precisely, and write notes without cluttering the appointment schedule – all at a single glance.

For the last 50 years, Quo Vadis has earned a worldwide reputation for “Agenda Planning Diaries®” combining quality materials, durability and innovative design. You can schedule your appointments, priorities and plan your weeks activities simply, effectively. Agenda Planning diaries® are stitched and bound; you can therefore open your Quo Vadis planner without damaging the spine. Choose from a variety of models and layout styles: desk diary, pocket size and academic year. No matter what model you choose, all have numerous planning features that are easy to read and easy to use.

Quo Vadis Website

Quo Vadis joined the Exacompta-Clairefontaine group in 1999 which you can read about earlier in the challenge. Quo Vadis is a planner. The textagenda planner is a functional planner with clairefontaine paper. 🙂 The paper makes the writing experience awesome and the planner is designed in such a way that it is great for time management.

SInce we are talking about planners today – why not share you favourite planner in the comments or if you have tried a Quo Vadis planner – share your experiences.