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.


V is for… Visconti


V is a shockingly difficult letter to find a stationery brand/company for. I am of course running behind schedule – but I would like to complete the challenge in full even if I have ended up running late.

For V I have chosen to share more information about Visconti. Another fabulous Italian company that produces beautiful pens.

Till 1988 Visconti, the firm that brought writing back to Florence after a period of oblivion lasting over thirty years, has turned Florentine craftsmanship into a icon of its output accompanying its fundamental values of passion, art and technology.

For over twenty five years the name ‘Visconti’ has been synonymous of extraordinarily elegant writing instruments coming from very intense historical and technological researches, fountain pens, rollers and ball-pens. Visconti offers a broad assortment of high quality items all showing strong characters and features.

find out more on their website at Visconti.it.

U is for Uniball


I struggled to think of a notebook brand or company for u. Therefore I have chose the brand Uniball. Uniball is owned by Mitsubishi Pencil Co U.K. Limited.

one of the biggest players in the UK Rollerball Pen market.  uni-ball consistently holds the number one position of the branded rollerball sales charts by volume

Established in Tokyo in 1887 Mitsubishi Pencils uni brand derives its name from the word unique. Our exclusive product variety is indicative of our desire to create products that uniquely match the needs of the individual user.

Today company headquarters, R&D and production facilities are based in Tokyo, Japan, with the European head office being based in Milton Keynes, U.K. The company has subsidiaries and distributors world-wide.

Uniball pens can be sourced from most stationery stores and supermarkets.

T is for… teNeues


teNeues Notebooks from teNeues publishing are simple practical notebooks. All the notebooks that I have purchased from teNeues I have used cover to cover. So lets find out more about this publishing company:

For more than 50 years now the teNeues brand has been synonymous with the publication of finely produced illustrated calendars. From this original core business has grown an internationally established publishing group that annually markets approximately 500 illustrated calendars on a wide variety of themes. At the same time, teNeues’s book publishing arm, with its illustrated books on photography, design, lifestyle and travel as well as high-end stationery such as blank books, journals, post cards and greeting cards, has become one of the leading international book publishers.

With over 130 employees, and overseas offices in London, Paris and New York, and the teNeues stores in Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich, as well as an important business presence in more than 70 countries, the company is a worldwide player represented in all important markets across the globe.

It’s fascinating to trace the evolution of this international publishing powerhouse. In 1931 when Dr. Heinz teNeues, grandfather of the current managing partners, Hendrik and Sebastian founded the teNeues offset printers in Krefeld, nobody could have guessed the direction the firm would take. Destroyed in the war, the printing plant was rebuilt 12km away in Kempen by Dr. teNeues and his son Manfred. It was from here that in 1958 the first teNeues art calendar–and towards the end of the sixties–the first greeting cards were produced. Under the far-sighted guidance of Dr. Manfred teNeues the firm prospered. In 1977 the teNeues publishing division was separated from the printing plant. It was at this stage that the basis for international expansion was set: in 1982 Dr. Manfred’s eldest son Hendrik set up the teNeues Publishing Company in New York. Other subsidiaries quickly followed in London and Paris.

Nowadays the first foreign office in the “Big Apple” employs 10, having expanded from cards, posters and blank books into the area of art publications. In 1995 the teNeues book line (with an emphasis on photography) was founded. In this same year the first book title “Studio 54: The Legend” hit the stores. 1995 was also the year Sebastian teNeues (youngest son of Dr. Manfred teNeues) joined the company.

Today the two brothers Hendrik and Sebastian teNeues jointly manage the company. They’re supported by an active board that counts among its members Dr. Manfred teNeues and Werner Klatten (managing director of the German Sports Council) as well as other experienced members of the business community. The family continues to play a significant role in the company. “Certain standards are crucial when the firm carries your family name. That’s certainly an opportunity–but it’s also a responsibility–and a challenge as well” emphasizes Hendrik teNeues. Side by side the two brothers strive to continue the successful legacy of the teNeues publishing group.

Read the full story on their website


S is for… Smythson


If you want luxury stationery products – why not try Smythson.

In 1887, Frank Smythson had a pioneering vision to create the extraordinary. An enthusiast of meticulous craftsmanship and exceptional quality, he established a brand with an aspiration to make the beautiful functional and the luxurious timeless.

Frank Smythson created the world’s first practical, portable diary. Known as ‘the Panama hat of books,’ the remarkable pliability of its hard-wearing binding allowed it to be squashed, folded or rolled up without becoming marked or misshapen. The epithet quickly caught on, and was adopted as the name of the diary as well as the leather in which it is bound – both of which remain virtually unchanged to this day. The Panama diary was the first to contain our iconic pale blue Featherweight paper, and was specifically designed to fit perfectly inside a gentleman’s breast pocket ‘without causing the least disfigurement’.

Read the full smythson story here

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.