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Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), with a Paperblanks Anniversary Journal

Paperblanks uses its notebook covers as a canvas to celebrate the worlds history, culture and art. Auguste Rodin, the French sculptor has influenced many and of course his sculpture of the Thinker is even more famous, than the artist himself. Paperblanks offers an Ultra(7 x 9 inch) and a Midi (5 x 7 Inch) size journal in both blank and lined paper. Paper is extra special at a 120 gsm weight. Each journal has a nice period antiqued metal clasp closure. These hard cover bound journals have an excerpt of a letter from Rodin to his contemporary the poet Rilke on the front cover and an image of the Thinker with the Signature of Rodin on the back. Based on the fact that last years Paperblanks Shakespeare special anniversary edition sold out quickly, these handsome journals may not be around that long. If you love Rodin or the image of the thinker this journal is a must have.

Paperblanks Rodin Journal open flat with pens and an artist wood figure

Auguste Rodin honored with a Paperblanks Journal on his 100th Anniversary

 

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Paperblanks 2016 Day-planners are in stock

2016 Paperblanks Dayplanners on the beach

Get organized with a paperblanks 2016 Planner

School has started summer is in the rear view mirror the perfect time to take a deep breath and prepare for…2016 Paperblanks, the maker of finely crafted journals and day-planners in gorgeous covers, has you well covered. Paperblanks offers 60 Day planners divided over its usual sizes; Grande 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″, Ultra 7″ x 9″, Maxi 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ Midi 5″ x7″, Mini 4′ x 5 1/2″ and its slim model which measures 3 1/2″ by 7″.

In Layouts There is the vertical weekly layout with the days in vertical columns with half hour increments Monday through Thursday on the left page and Friday through Sunday and a column for notes on the right page. This layout is ideal for professionals that use their planners to set appointments and is available in Grande and Ultra size.

Paperblanks also offers the traditional horizontal weekly format 2016 Planner with Monday through Thursday on the left and Friday and Weekend on the right allows for a more free-style use of the Day planner and has proven to be the most popular layout for Paperblanks. This lay-out is available in the Maxi, Midi, Mini and Slim size.

For those of us who need some serious room to write there is the Day-at-a-time layout with a full page to write each weekday and a split page for the weekend. Paperblanks 2016 Planners available in this layout are the Midi and the Mini size.

All 2016 Paperblanks planners have additional features that make them even more useful. Things like two page markers, to allow for quick referencing, think of it as an analog toggle, a storage pocket on the inside back cover and depending on the model an elastic band or magnetic flap closure.

Based on our customer feedback the clear layout of the monthly planner in the front of each Paperblanks Day-planner is also much appreciated. This year fabulous array of choices is complemented by six brand new covers. In short a wealth of choices to get 2016 started right.

Saturday, September 12th, 2015 Dayplanners, organization and time management, Paperblanks, Products, reviews Comments Off on Paperblanks 2016 Day-planners are in stock

Paperblanks Journals: New for Fall 2015

Paperblanks Ultra Journal | Victor Hugo

Paperblanks Victor Hugo Journal back cover

Our air conditioning is running full blast and it has been hot, very hot, but we have Autumn on our minds as it is time to take a look at Paperblanks Fall Collection. The Vancouver Canada based Paperblanks is known to find known, and lesser known works of art and patterns out of the treasure trove of our World’s cultural heritage, and transform them in beautifully bound and exquisitely executed Journals.

Paperblanks paper is of excellent quality and comes from sustainable forests. The Paper has a great feel and plays well with all the tools we regularly use, Roller-ball, Ballpoint, Fountain Pen and Pencil.

This Seasons cover art ranges from the more familiar; Les Miserables, with original Victor Hugo Handwriting and Signature, to the less familiar, at least to us, Miroku Buddha Statue. The Paperblanks Fall collection includes four different covers with Alistair Bells haunting poetic renderings of boats and animals. We were not that familiar Alistair Bell, but are delighted to be introduced to his art. Alistair Bell is a giant among 20th century Canadian print makers and his work can be seen in The New York Museum of Modern Art and London’s Victor and Albert Museum. Rounding out the new Paperblanks Fall collection are wonderful Fall foliage patterns by 19th century French bookbinding artist Henri Francios Marius Michelle and two wonderfully extravagant Rococo style patterns, which envelop you with luscious luxury. The entire Paperblanks collection including the new styles for Fall 2015 are available through our online store lovenotebooks.com

Alistair Bell

Paperblanks Midi sized journal Alistair Bell Boats and Reflections


Fall Foliage Journal

Paperblanks Autumn Foliage Journal


Paperblanks New Journals | Miroku

Paperblanks Miroku Journal


Paperblanks New Journal: Rococo

Paperblanks Red Rococo Journal

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Thursday, August 13th, 2015 Journaling, Products, reviews Comments Off on Paperblanks Journals: New for Fall 2015

Paperblanks 18-month Academic Dayplanners available now

Paperblanks Academic Planners are sure to get you organized.

2016PBAcademic planners are created for college students and teachers and they run a full 18 Months starting with the Academic year on the first of July. We have discovered through feed-back from our customers, that academic planners work great for many people not just the college student. Academic Planners are great for procrastinators; did you mean to by a planner, that started January first, but never got around to it? An academic planner will get you off to a fresh start this summer. For the frugal saver the academic planner is a great opportunity to get 18 months of organization for a price not very different from a 12 month planner. Academic planners are also the perfect gift for the new graduate. As new graduates enter the world of work, they are most likely to do so in July and being organized, while searching for or starting a new job, increases the chance of success.

Paperblanks Academic planners are offered in 3 sizes, regardless what size they all have hard covers, are smythe-sewn, which makes them strong and open flat, have two page markers for easy reference and a pocket on the inside back cover. Finish is as expected, which Paperblanks fans know means impeccable. Paperblanks paper handles roller balls, ballpoints and fountain pens well:

Paperblanks Maxi Academic Planner

First size up, the Maxi, measures 5.5″ wide by 8.25″ tall with 208 pages and is available in a vertical layout over two pages; a column for each work/school day starting at 8am and running until 8pm in half hour increments and one column for the weekend. At the bottom of each page is a handy monthly calendar with the current week indicated with a line around it. Each maxi size planner has an elastic band closure. There are 4 cover designs in the Paperblanks Maxi size to choose from.

PB29519 Paperblanks Grolier Maxi 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Grolier

PB29526 Paperblanks Foiled Maxi 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Foiled

PB29533 Paperblanks Flutterbeyes Maxi 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Flutterbyes

PB29540 Paperblanks Shiraz Maxi 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Shiraz

Paperblanks 18-Month Planner

Vertical Layout Paperblanks Maxi 18 Month Planner


Paperblanks Midi Academic Planner

Next size down in the Paperblanks Academic planners is the Midi, which measures 5″ x 7″, also has 208 pages and is available in a horizontal layout over two pages and 6 different cover designs all with elastic band closure.

 

Paperblanks Planner layout horizontal for Midi and Mini

Paperblanks Horizontal Layout for Midi and Mini

Paperblanks Ocean Song 18-Month Planner

Ocean Song Midi

Paperblanks Silver Filigree Blush Pink 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Blush Pink Midi

Paperblanks Laulima 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Laulima Midi

Paperblanks Carmine Midi 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Carmine midi

Paperblanks Black Moroccan 18-Month Planner

Black Moroccan Midi

Paperblanks Fili?gree Floral Ebony 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Fiigree Midi


Paperblanks Mini Academic Planners

The smallest size in the Paperblanks Academic 18 month planners is the Mini, which measures 4″ x 5.5″ and also has 208 pages. The mini has a horizontal layout, week over two pages, same as the Midi size. The Paperblanks Mini is available in 8 cover designs, all with elastic band closure, except for the Darwin Tree of life, which has the classic Paperblanks magnetic flap closure.

Paperblanks Foiled Mini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Foiled Mini

Paperblanks Black Moroccan Mini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Black Moroccan Mini

Paperblanks Hummingbird Mini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Hummingbird Mini

Paperblanks Safavid Mini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Safavid Mini

Paperblanks Maya Blue Mini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Maya Blue Mini

Paperblanks Mini Blue Cats 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Blue Cats and Butterflies Mini

Paperblanks Mini Darwin 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Mini Darwin, Tree of life

Paperblanks Filigree Floral  IvoryMini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Filigree Floral Mini


Paperblanks Academic Planner -great features, that get you organized.

Regardless of the size or layout of the Paperblanks Academic planner, they all have a great deal of features, that will help you plan your (school) time better. Besides the expected world holidays, measurements, dialing codes and world time zones we really love the 6 different planning tools: Full year planner, extra room for notes, monthly Planner, weekly schedule planner, travel planner and full year calendar for 2016 and 2017. To sum up, quality, 3 different sizes, two different lay-outs and 18 cover designs, the new Paperblanks Academic planners are easy on the eyes and sure to get you better organized, whether attending college or already enrolled in the school of life.

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Full year Planner

Full Year planner

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Additional room for notes

Room for notes

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Monthly planning pages

Monthly Planner pages

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Scheduler

Class Schedule pages

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Travel Planner

Travel Planner

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Full Year Calendar for both 2016-2017

Full year Calendar for 2016 and 2017

 

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Thursday, March 12th, 2015 organization and time management, Products, reviews Comments Off on Paperblanks 18-month Academic Dayplanners available now

Business Week Loves Ten Design Roll-Stylus on lovenotebooks.com

Ten Design Roller Stylus just received a very nice write up in Business Week Magazine.

Ten Design Roller Stylus_review in Business_Week_Magazine

The Roller-Stylus by Ten Design has faceted aluminum barrel and fun and useful magnetic caps for both the roller-ball and stylus end of the pen.

The roller stylus comes with a German made Schneider top ball refill, but also fits a Schmidt ceramic tip roller ball refill.

We especially love “the hexagonal shape was the most comfortable shape we tried” Ten Design makes an award winning collection wonderful ergonomic Pens by  young woman Designer Pinky Wan.

Lovenotebooks.com has an extensive pen collection including pens by Ten Design and Troika. A nice Pen/Stylus makes a great, useful gift. You can find the business week article here

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 Products, reviews, Writing Comments Off on Business Week Loves Ten Design Roll-Stylus on lovenotebooks.com

It’s Hip to Be Squared

How do you like your notebook pages: plain, lined, or squared? I’m personally a big fan of squared/graph paper notebooks and pads, since they’re very versatile for writing, drawing, and copying over Sudoku and KenKen puzzles when you’ve made a mistake and have to start over! I’ve used many brands, particularly Moleskine, as for a long time they were the only pocket sized hardcover notebooks I could find with graph paper. Now, of course, there are more choices available, and due to some design choices at Moleskine, some users might be considering other options.

I recently posted a link on my own site about the blogger at Recording Thoughts, who decided to switch to Leuchtturm after noticing a change in Moleskine’s squared notebooks: Moleskine Monday: Hello, Goodbye.
My own observations confirmed what I read at Recording Thoughts: the graph lines on newer Moleskines are darker. You might think this sort of thing wouldn’t be noticeable, but it really is! Below you can see an old Moleskine in the foreground, and an older one underneath.


When I started using my new Moleskine, I was immediately bothered by the darker lines– I use very fine point pens, so the weight of the graph lines really competes with what I’m writing.

I thought the dark lines might be a defect confined to a particular print run, so I submitted a query via Moleskine’s quality control page on their website. A day or two later, I received a reply informing me that the darker lines were not a defect, but in fact a design change prompted by complaints from people with “sight problems” who found the old lines too faint!

I guess that goes to show that you can’t please everyone all the time. But since I care about pleasing ME, I immediately contacted LoveNotebooks to see if their stock of Moleskines included the older versions with faint lines. And here’s the good news: if you use pocket size squared notebooks, you can get the ones with faint lines at LoveNotebooks (while supplies last). If you use the large notebooks, their stock on those has the darker lines.

In the meantime, I’ve still got about 2/3 of my current notebook left to write in. For the first few days those darker lines were really driving me nuts, but I’ve started to get more used to them now. I’ve also been using a wider pen and writing bigger, to compete with those dark lines, and to use up my pages faster!

Guest Blog Post by Nifty, follow her passion on www.notebookstories.com

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Monday, November 14th, 2011 Products, reviews Comments Off on It’s Hip to Be Squared

Deafmessanger notebook review

I first discovered Deafmessanger notebooks on Notebook Stories blog, and quickly became obsessed. These notebooks are made by hand in Prague by an artist named Kucin. The books have a very cool, street art look to them. I wanted to order one of their 2011 planners but by the time I got around to it they were already sold out, much to my disappointment.

So when the kind folks at Lovenotebooks offered to send me one of the Deafmessanger noteboooks to review, I jumped at the chance! They very generously sent me the Square Journal Cykorka to review. I was so excited to get it and check it out! I’ve never seen a notebook like this before.

The notebook is 6 ¾ by 6 ¾ inches, which is a great size to carry in your bag with you to write or sketch in anytime inspiration strikes.

Deafmessanger Cykorka notebook

The stiff cardboard cover has a stenciled design on the front (I love the bird). The cover is held securely shut at the corners by red elastic.

Inside, the message “Treasure Inside” makes you want to come up with a Very Special Purpose for this book. There’s even a pencil included so you can get started right away!

Treasure Inside

There’s a red ribbon placemarker to find your current page easily.  The recycled paper is surprisingly smooth and nice. You can see little flecks in the paper, giving it away as recycled, but it is smoother than I expected it to be. This was just one of the many pleasant surprises inside this book.

Throughout the book there are bits that were found by the artist that have been bound into the book on the rings, not stuck on the pages. This has the double benefit of not covering any precious page space, and allowing you to see both sides of the object (all of which are fascinating and unique).

The bits include things like old post cards, maps, and magazine pages. My favorite is this hand-written page from a ledger of some kind:

Ledger page bound on rings

In addition to the items stuck in, on random pages there are hand-stamped quotes designed to inspire and get your creative juices flowing.

“Stories Are Maps”

The last page has a stamped signature and message against animal suffering. At the bottom of the page is the stamped message, “to be continued…” which reminds us all that creativity is always a work in progress.

“to be continued…”

The edge of the inside back cover has the artist’s website and email address. I strongly encourage you to check it out:

www.deafmessanger.com
info@deafmessanger.com

Back cover

The back cover has the stenciled message, “what u risk reveals what u value.” There’s also a tag attached to the back cover that says, “Made from Prague, Made in Prague.” That’s important to point out: the bits stuck into the book are from Prague, so in the book you get a part of the artist’s home, and in his art you get a part of the artist himself.

The result is an absolutely unique book that’s hand made for only you. It feels like a personal gift from a good friend.

You can now buy a wide selection of Deaf Messanger notebooks in a variety of sizes and styles at LoveNotebooks! Click here to see the product page.

Many thanks again to my friends at Lovenotebooks for giving me the chance to review this awesome notebook!

Post by guest blogger and fellow lover of fine paper goods Laurie from plannerisms.com

 

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Sunday, September 11th, 2011 eco-friendly-recycling, Hacks-DIY, Journaling, Products, reviews, Writing Comments Off on Deafmessanger notebook review

Christian Lacroix Papier Astrology Journal review

The kind folks at Lovenotebooks sent me this Christian Lacroix Astrology journal as a sample to review, and wow! This journal exudes decadence and luxury.

The hard-cover book is big and substantial. The cover has velvet textured fabric and whimsical art.

Astrology journal cover

Inside the front and back covers of the book are richly-colored illustrations giving you a preview of scenes throughout the book.

Inside cover

Throughout the book are pages with amazing illustrations of each sign of the zodiac, with an acetate overlay for each:

Taurus

So when you open the acetate you can see mirror images of each scene:

Libra open

The pages are wide-ruled with margins, gilded edges and the Christian Lacroix logo at the bottom of each page. There is a woven fabric bookmark to mark your page.

Lined pages, woven bookmark

The book is a total sensory experience in the true maximalist Christian Lacroix style.

This book would make an amazing gift or an excellent addition to your own collection.

LoveNotebooks has a wide selection of Christian Lacroix Papier notebooks and stationery items that must be seen to be believed!

Many thanks again to Lovenotebooks for giving me the chance to review this spectacular notebook!

Product review by Laurie from Plannerisms

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Monday, May 23rd, 2011 Products, reviews Comments Off on Christian Lacroix Papier Astrology Journal review

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