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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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Valentines Day-Favorite Love Poem Contest Results

Paperblanks Chloe and Daphne Journals

Journal together

Thank you everyone who participated in our Valentines Day Contest both on the lovenotebooks blog and facebook page. The lucky winner of a Paperblanks Journal and a Ten Design Pen will be announced on our Facebook Page

After checking everyone’s response we realized you collectively created a great list of love poems. We thought it would be fun to share your list of love poems below in no particular order. Maya Angelou and Pablo Neruda deserve special mention since they came up twice.

Erotikos Logos by Giorgos Seferis

In my Sky at Twilight by Pablo Neruda

Wild Nights by  Emily Dickinson

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet by Thich Nhat Hanh

XVII I do not love you by Pablo Neruda

The Albatros by Baudelaire

Maya Angelou- her work in general was referenced

And of course Mr Willy Shakespeare himself with sonnet 138 (this one made us smile)

Special thanks to those of you who shared your own poems, including one, that reminds us that irons do not make good Valentines gifts.

 

 

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 Love, Valentines, Wedding, Writing Comments Off on Valentines Day-Favorite Love Poem Contest Results

Great Artists Equal Great Inspiration

Paperblanks William Shakespeare Journal

Paperblanks 400th year Anniversary journal of the bard William Shakespeare

Paperblanks celebrates William Shakespeare, Johan Sebastian Bach and William Butler Yeats.

Paperblanks, the Vancouver Canada based Publisher of quality journals celebrating the world’s cultural heritage, is honoring three great artists with their very own journals: William Shakespeare, the composer Johan Sebastian Bach and the Irish Poet William Butler Yeats.

The three Journals are part of the Paperblanks Embellished Manuscript Collection, a series of journals with a magnetic flap closure and a sample of writing in the artists’ own hand on the cover. The magnetic flap features the artists’ signature. The exception is the Shakespeare journal which rocks a very cool period looking magnetic brass hook to close the journal

The Paperblanks William Shakespeare Journal is available for a limited time only and coincides with the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death(1564-1616). Shakespeare’s identity is still a source of disagreement and much speculation and Paperblanks steps right into the debate by embossing an excerpt of the play Sir Thomas More on the cover. The back of the journal features the familiar face of Shakepeare, which may or may not be him. (debate amongst thyselves)

Paperblanks Embellished Manuscript Journal Bach

Paperblanks Journal, Bach, Cantata BWV 112

For the J.S. Bach Journal, Paperblanks choose an excerpt of Bach Cantata BWV112, which is based on Psalm 23. This Psalm is beloved by both Christians and Jews from all denominations: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” will be familiar to most. j.S. Bach was incredibly productive, he wrote over 300 Cantatas alone, in addition to his great choral works. He was known to work long caffeine infused hours. Yes, the coffee quote we added to the image of the Bach journal is really a quote by Bach, the baroque master composer.

Paperblanks Embellished Collection Journals, Yeats

Paperblanks Journal, Yeats, Easter 1916

W.B.Yeats Paperblanks Journal, shows an excerpt of his Easter 1916 poem, which Yeats wrote as he wrestled with the violent 1916  Irish uprising against the British. Three of the four stanza’s end in the hauntingly beautiful line: “A terrible Beauty is born” We choose a more familiar quote for our Yeats Journal image, because we are pretty friendly around here.

The Paperblanks Shakespeare Journal comes in two sizes, Ultra which is 7 by 9 inches and Midi which is 5 by 7 inches. Both sizes are available in Lined and blank paper. The Paperblanks Bach journal is available in Ultra size, in lined and blank paper and Mini size, which measures 4 by 5-1/2 inches in lined only. Lastly, the Paperblanks Yeats journal is available in Ultra and Mini size in lined paper.

You can  view all journals in the Paperblanks Embellished Collection here.

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Thursday, October 27th, 2016 Gift Suggestions, Journaling, Paperblanks, Product reviews, Products, Thoughts Comments Off on Great Artists Equal Great Inspiration

New Paperblanks Journal for Valentines

Hello Ten Design Rollerball Pen Meet the Paperblanks Lace Journal

Match made in heaven, A Paperblanks Journal and Ten Design Rollerball Pen

Love and writing go together like … a beautiful journal and a terrific Pen. Introducing Paperblanks new Lace Allure Journals: Black Lace on a Red Back Ground is called The Paperblanks Rouge Boudoir series and has a little bit of a dark side. Available in Midi 5 x 7 inch , Slim 3-1/2 x 7  inch and Mini 3-3/4 x 5-1/2 inch. We pared a Midi with a Ten Design Roller Stylus in Gold, with a Schneider Topball 850 rollerball refill fine point. This Pen won the Newsweek informal office survey of most comfortable rollerball thanks to its six sided barrel. Ten Design Rollerball Pen-Stylus is also available in silver and black.

Paperblanks Lace Allure also has a white lace on a black background design, which Paperblanks named Ivory Veil. Paperblanks Ivory Veil Journals are available in three sizes: Ultra Format 7 x 9 inch, Midi 5 x 7 inch and Mini 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2  inch

Perfect Wedding Organizer

Paperblanks Lace Allure Accordion Organizer is perfect for all the Paperwork that comes with planning a wedding

Lace Allure Guestbook is works great for a wedding

Lace Allure Guestbook is works great for a wedding

Paperblanks Lace Allure also has what we feel makes a great wedding set. A Guest book 9 x 7″ landscape format and an accordion storage box which is perfect for all the loose papers photos mementos and yes invoices and agreements that come with celebrating and organizing a wedding.

 

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Sunday, January 31st, 2016 Gift Suggestions, Love, organization and time management, Paperblanks, Pens & Pencils, Products, Ten Design Pens, Valentines, Wedding, Writing Comments Off on New Paperblanks Journal for Valentines

Paperblanks Jane Austin Notebooks Review

Paperblanks introduces Jane Austin Journals

Jane Austin Journal

Jane Austin Journal by Paperblanks

Just in time for the Holidays Paperblanks has introduced new notebooks celebrating the work and life of beloved novelist Jane Austin. The English novelist did not achieve fame in her lifetime, but her examinations of domestic issues, romance, marriage and her sense of humor have made her a widely read, translated and taught author. Of course most of us know her from the movie versions of her novels, where actors get to go period and try out their best English accents.

Paperblanks published two sizes the 144 page Ultra 7 x 9″ and the mini which measures 4 x 5-1/2″ and has 176 pages. Each journal also has the magnetic flap closure, which we know is very popular with Paperblanks users.

For the cover Paperblanks imprinted and embossed a reproduction from the manuscript of the 1818 novel Persuasion and for the back a period drawing of Jane Austin, which was drawn by her sister.

All the usual features are present such as the storage pocket on the inside back cover, a ribbon page marker, high quality paper and the high standard of finish and quality Paperblanks is known for.

To quote good old Jane: How quick come the reasons for approving what we like! A great gift for an (aspiring) writer.

 

 

 

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A Gratitude Journal- A record of the good stuff.

Keeping a Gratitude Journal

One of the drawbacks to keeping a journal, at least for me, is that when you use the written word to process and cope with whatever’s going on in your life, you can end up writing too much about problems and negative, stressful things. It may be therapeutic to get all that stuff out, but you’re left with a record of your life at that time that portrays it only as difficult. The comforting, amusing and inspiring things that happened are passed over and forgotten. If you want to make sure you focus more on the positive things in life, a gratitude journal is a great way to do that. It’s also an excellent prompt for those who have difficulty starting to keep a journal in the first place.

What is a gratitude journal? It’s quiet simple– find a notebook you like, and each day, sit down with it for a few minutes to write down two or three things you felt thankful for that day. Maybe it was an email from an old friend asking how you’re doing. Maybe it was a walk on the beach with your dog. Maybe you knocked a few difficult tasks off your to-do list at work. It can be that simple.

It’s so easy for us to feel sorry for ourselves. On a bad day, you might think you have nothing to feel thankful about. But if you can’t think of anything, you’re just not thinking enough about how lucky you really are! Be grateful for your health, your family, your home, your senses and all the things they reveal about the world around you. There are lots of obvious things to be thankful for, but if you stop and think and write about it, you’ll find the more subtle things we should all appreciate but can so easily forget.

A gratitude journal doesn’t have to be kept in any particular way– you can write a lot or a little, draw pictures or paste in a photo. It doesn’t even have to be a separate journal– you could just set aside space on a page in a notebook you’re using for other things. The important thing is just to find a few minutes each day to stop and think about gratitude, to open your mind to new ways of seeing the positive in your life, and to lock in that feeling by putting something on paper.

If you’re really stuck as to how to begin, start by appreciating your gratitude journal itself: the look of the cover, the feel of the pages, and that you have the means to buy it. And in this holiday season, I’m sure you’ll find many more things to be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving special thanks to our Lovenotebooks.com Blog contributors. The above blog post by our guest blogger Nifty from notebookstories.com

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Sunday, November 20th, 2011 Journaling, Thoughts, Writing Comments Off on A Gratitude Journal- A record of the good stuff.

Halloween for Notebook Lovers

Model dressed up in Rhodia Notebooks

Let nothing get between you and your favorite Rhodia Notebook

Have you figured out your Halloween costume yet? Did you jot down some
ideas in a notebook, or perhaps even sketch something in a notebook?
Better yet, are you going to dress up AS a notebook?
I’ve never actually created a notebook costume myself, but here’s a
few ideas I’ve had for how to do it:

Old-fashioned spiral notebook:
I’d buy some thick, flexible aluminum wire at Home Depot. Then I’d
take two big pieces of cardboard and paint them to look like the front
and back cover of a notebook. Punch holes on one side and loop the
wire through, forming it into the spiral binding. Then make some kidn
of shoulder straps so you can wear it! You could also paint your face
white with blue lines to look like lined paper.

Composition book:
I’d find an old black t-shirt and speckle white paint on it to look
like the classic marbled composition book. Then use a piece of white
paper or cardboard to make the rectangular white label in the middle
that says “Composition Book” and tape that to my chest.

Moleskine:
Again, you’d have to dress all in black. You could add a white stripe
running across your shoulders and down one side to represent the white
edge of the pages. Get some kind of thick black ribbon and attach it
to one shoulder for your ribbon marker. If you really want to get
elaborate, make a black “cover” out of cardboard (or even better, a
piece of black PVC!) that you can open up, and then on the inside add
the lines where you write your name and the “if lost” reward. Then
figure out some way to emboss the word Moleskine on your butt!

Of course, the best notebook for any Halloween usage is Rhodia: that
orange and black color scheme is perfect!

Please share your own Halloween notebook ideas in the comments! (Use a
notebook for logging all the candy you collect, perhaps!?)

Blog post by guest blogger Nifty. You can follow her notebook adventures at notebookstories.com

P.S. how about a partner dressing up as a pencil and the kids as a classic eraser or crayon?

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Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 Journaling, Products, Thoughts Comments Off on Halloween for Notebook Lovers

Alternative uses for planners

Anyone who knows me knows I love planners. I’m always thinking of ways to use planners beyond simple appointment scheduling.  Here are some ideas I’ve come up with for using planners in unconventional ways. How many more ways can you come up with?

Your planner can help you get there.  Something that I like to incorporate into my planner is goal-setting. I find it very useful to track my goals in my planner because I look at my planner several times per day, and seeing my goals often keeps them at the forefront of my mind. And beyond just writing my goals, my planner helps me see where I’m going to fit those goal tasks into my day. Whether it’s working out to achieve my fitness goals, writing a blog post to reach my personal goals, or cleaning out the storage room to fulfill my household goals, my planner gets me where I’m going.

Your planner can tell you where you’ve been.  Rather than strictly for planning, planners can also be used to record your day as a logbook, or for tracking specific aspects of your life such as a food journal, exercise diary or expenditures record. Parents enjoy writing milestones and cute things their kids said and did in their planner as a wonderful record of their kids growing up. Many people use a planner as a gratitude journal to help them appreciate each day.

Your planner can help you make money. Freelancers and contractors have to keep track of billable hours on multiple projects at once. Writing this information into a planner provides a chronological, permanent record of billable time.  I have a friend who is a professional dog walker and she uses a planner to keep track of which dogs she walks each day. At the end of each week she easily totals up billable hours for each client. This type of record can be very useful for budgeting time, and should be kept as a record of hours billed for tax purposes.

Scientific records in planners.  Many scientists use planners to record information as field notes. Separate from the detailed notes written in their field journals, planners can record chronological events in the field. Anthropologists use daily planners to record events in their study villages, which becomes very valuable later to see cause and effect. Ornithologists (professional and amateur) can note in their planners the species of birds observed each day, which helps them notice when birds migrate for the winter and return in the spring. Comparing these dates over a period of years shows patterns such as whether birds are migrating earlier or later than usual. Using a planner for field notes creates a permanent record that is portable in any field bag and never needs batteries when you’re out in the field.

Uses for past-year planners. I had a fascinating conversation with Jeroen of Love Notebooks about some of his customers who buy past-year planners. Love Notebooks has past-year planners available for purchase (click here to see) and it was fascinating to hear what people use these for. He said he often gets authors of books and screenplays who want a planner of the year their story takes place, to write the timeline and to have accurate dates of when things take place within the story.  People also use them as movie and stage props for the year the story takes place. (And you know with HD TV now, you don’t want anyone zooming in on the picture to find the planner prop is of the wrong year!)  Also, lawyers working on a case could find it useful to use a planner from the year the events took place to recreate the chronological sequence of events. It’s so interesting to think of ways to use past-year planners! Of course one option is to keep it and use it later–dates recycle every 7 years so you can keep unused planners until the year when the dates match up with the days again!

As a notebook. I know some people who like to use planners as notebooks, ignoring the dates. Some people do this with past-year planners they didn’t use and don’t want to waste, or they particularly enjoy writing on the paper. Something else to consider is that planners typically have a different number of pages than notebooks. Day-per-page planners usually have more pages than notebooks, which is good for people who write a lot and go through notebooks quickly. A 12-month weekly planner usually has fewer pages than a typical notebook, which often results in a slimmer book than can easily slip into a pocket or bag.

Do you use your planner in an unconventional way? Can you think of more uses for a planner?

Post by guest blogger, and one of the Internets foremost experts on everything planners,   Laurie,  from plannerisms.com

 

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Students’ notebooks

Notebooks for students go beyond just taking notes in class (although of course they are great for that too).

Students are in a very creative time in their lives, and notebooks are perfect for capturing that creativity on the go and preserving it for years to come.

My college roommate’s boyfriend carried a hardcover sketchbook with him wherever he went. I was fascinated by it, and loved to flip through the pages. In his book he sketched something reflecting where he went that day, what he was doing and especially people he was with. It was like a visual journal capturing each day. Today it must bring back amazing memories of his college years.

When I was in college I took copious notes in class, partly to stay focused during lecture but mostly because I am a visual learner. I remembered much more material from reading my notes than I ever would have remembered just from listening to the lecture. I’m so visual that during exams I would recall information by visualizing the page in my notes, even which side of the page it was written on, and that would trigger the memory of the correct answer. Despite being a visual learner I don’t have a true photographic memory, unfortunately. That would be very useful!  Because I relied on my notes for learning, I was never without a notebook. When I could afford it I treated myself to a cool notebook with good paper to make the daily task of note-taking pleasurable.

Styles and types of notebooks abound, but it’s worth investing in good notebooks to write notes in, especially in graduate school. Your notes need to last for several years, and will be a record of your research and progress toward your degree.  Make sure you use a notebook that’s up to the task at hand. A couple of examples:

Your research notes are precious, and must be kept in archival books. Leuchtturm notebooks are especially great for science lab notes and research because of the numbered pages, index and archival quality paper.

Students of geology, ecology, archaeology and others whose research and coursework takes them outside depend on an all-weather notebook to capture field notes in any condition. Rite In The Rain notebooks are the gold standard of outdoor notebooks and can handle outdoor use no matter what the weather.

Of course the goal for any student is graduation and life beyond school. Notebooks are a great place to plot your future. Mind maps and timelines are best drawn in notebooks to give you an idea of what needs to be done to help you reach your goals. The open pages give you the freedom to explore and imagine your options, and record them for future reference and further re-working.

Every student should keep a notebook with your list of graduation requirements (including mandatory classes, credits, projects etc.). Each time you complete a class or other requirement, check it off your list and record the grade or result. I found this was especially important when I was in graduate school. At the beginning of my studies, my advisors and I agreed on what my requirements were for graduation. Because I did a multi-departmental degree, it was up to me to keep track of what all of my advisors had agreed on. At the beginning of my final semester when one of my advisors tried to demand I do additional coursework that would have added another semester of classes, I was able to bring out my list of agreed-upon requirements and make my case that I could graduate when they were completed. Good thing I had kept that list or I might still be doing “one more suggested class!”

Notebooks are essential tools for students when taking notes and planning for graduation and your life beyond. They are also a source of creative expression and a way of recording this unique time of your life.

Best of luck to all you students out there on your progress toward graduation and your professional life beyond!

Post by guest blogger and fellow notebook aficionado Laurie from Plannerisms.com

 

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Paris in Spring.

It is no secret, and we are not afraid to admit it, Sara and I love Paris, especially in spring.  As the gray skies in Portland are only slowly and tentatively giving way to the sun and warmer temperatures, we are told are just around the corner(not this one the other corner). We dream of escaping to Paris. Alas airplane ticket prices are sky high and our kids need to go to school, have diapers changed etc. Today we received a newsletter from Paperblanks. We get a lot of newsletters and have to admit, that we do not open them all right away, or at all.  This one we did and we discovered a little gift. A lovely new video celebrating the new Paperblanks Literary Art Deco Notebooks and Paris nostalgia of the 1920’s and 1930’s, which viewed through the hazy lens of history seemed to be a time when the grown-ups were having all the fun. We enjoyed the video and it took us on a little mental trip to a different time. The “Jazz Age” music is so infectious you may find yourself doing the Cake-Walk, the Turkey Trot, and the Bunny Hug all at the same time. While writing this post the sun broke through the clouds feeling better already 🙂

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