Rhodia Goal Book: A Review

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Rhodia Goal Book in Iris

I’ve been wanting to try the Rhodia brand of notebooks because I heard they were good for fountain pens.

I bought a Rhodia Goal Book from Scribe, here in Manila.  It came in so many beautiful colors and it was really hard to decide but I finally settled on the Iris.   I love touching its soft leatherette cover!

The Goal Book comes in A5 size with 240 pages: 224 numbered dot grid pages, a table of contents, and undated annual and monthly calendars.  It also has an expanding inner pocket at the back.

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The Rhodia Goal Book as My Common Place Notebook

The Goal Book is fitted with premium 90 g. ivory, vellum paper.   The paper is so smooth to write on.   I used my Pilot Kakuno Clear Fountain Pen with a F nib and Versamagic inkpad in Midnight Black.   Love how there is no bleed through and the show through is very minimal.

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No bleed through

I decided to use my Rhodia Goal Book as a Common Place Notebook.  It’s basically a journal where you can jot down notes that you think you can use at a later time.  I read a book by Regina Brett recently and I decided to copy the passages I liked into the Goal Book.

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From Regina Brett’s book: Be The Miracle

If I could change anything about the Rhodia Goal Book, instead of being orange, I wish that the ribbon markers and elastic closure matched the notebook color.   I love this journal so much.  Stationery lovers, grab yours now!

You can check out the Rhodia Goal Book in detail here.

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Taipei Shopping Guide: Where To Buy Books and Stationery

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Visiting Taipei for the first time?    I dreamt of visiting Taiwan years ago, not for the delicious food nor the famous Taipei 101 but because I have been inspired by stationery and journaling personalities from Taiwan on Instagram.   I  was convinced that this is the book and stationery heaven I’ve been looking for!  Guess what?  It is!!!!

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Here’s my book haul.  I bought these foreign books for the illustrations.  Eslite trip = success!!

Here are my Taipei must buys: chinese/japanese illustration books, stickers, washi tape, Traveller’s Notebooks, Hobonichi items, La Dolce Vita stickers, Bear stamps.   You can also buy the following Kaweco fountain pens that are exclusive to Taiwan and Hongkong: Rose Gold, Rose Quartz, Serenity Blue and Lagoon Blue.

I”ve compiled a list of places you can check out if you are a stationery and book nerd like me.  Click on the addresses to open a link to its location on Google Maps so you can plan your trip accordingly.    Easy right?  You’re welcome!!! 🙂

Xinyi District

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Spot the Eslite Bookstore – Xinyi in my washi map

I’m sure that you’ll be visiting the famous Taipei 101.  You’ll find these places a short walk away.

  1. Eslite Bookstore, Xinyi Branch

If you have limited time to visit other book and stationery shops, then I suggest that you at least drop by at this Eslite branch.  Among the shops I have visited, this store has everything.  There is a stationery section where you can buy journals, Rifle Paper cards, etc.   There are English titles at this bookstore, but I was personally hunting for Chinese/Taiwanese/Japanese books on illustration and scrapbooking for art inspiration. You’ll find a lot of those here.     Btw, it’s pronounced “Elite” not “Es-Lite”.   Hehehe!

Website:   www.eslite.com

Address:  No. 11 Songgao Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei

2.  Hands Tailung

Hands Tailung is the Taiwanese branch of Tokyu Hands from Japan.  In here, you’ll find your usual bargain beauty and homeware items.  They also carry affordable stationery items as well.  Traveller’s company TNs are stocked in this place too.  However, Hands Tailung’s inventory is not as impressive as their Japanese counterparts.

Address:  No. 12 Songshou Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei

 

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Sunday Paper Travel Journal

 

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Japan has always been one of my family’s dream destinations. This year, we made a spur-of-the-moment decision and made our travel dream come true. I had to plan for our entire trip in three weeks!

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I used my Sunday Paper Travel Journal to jot down my plans for my trip. It has been my personal tradition to make a detailed illustrated itinerary for each new place I visit. I used the dotted and graph sections for illustrating the landmarks I planned to see. I was very happy that the paper is suitable for watercolour illustrations.

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I loved that the journal came with a canvas pouch so you can also bring your basic journaling kit in case you have time to do journaling on the go. I kept my travel ephemera (receipts, tickets, stubs, calling cards, maps, menus, etc.) in it as well.

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I put in 2 of my most favourite pictures from Kyoto and Osaka as souvenir photos to commemorate my trip.

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Travel Journaling Tips

  1. In some countries like Japan, there are stamping stations at famous tourist landmarks and train stations for decorating your travel journal.
  2. Collect ephemera in the form of travel tickets, menus, stubs, receipts, calling cards, maps and brochures. You can attach these to your journal to make it even more authentic.
  3. I like working on my travel journal before and after a trip. It’s more important for me to enjoy the place while I am there. I write down small notes about the highlights of each day in a notebook so I can journal about them when I am back home.

You can order your own Sunday Paper Travel journal here.

A Sticky Situation – Organizing My Sticker Collection

Stickers have always been one of my neglected craft materials because I’ve always been afraid to use them.  I would think they are “too pretty to use” or that “they might run out”.  Lately, I’ve been using them a lot in my art journaling and creative planning so I decided to put them all together in one place to keep them organised, thus easier to use when crafting.  I went through all my scrapbook stuff and gathered all my stickers together.

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A beautiful mess

Once I had them all scattered on the floor, I realized that they could be lumped into categories: planner, clear, label, illustrations, phrase and alphabet.  I’m putting them by category in  an A5 sized clear book, very handy to bring anywhere (an idea I got from my art titas, Rianne and Lai.)

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Planner stickers from Me and My Big Ideas

 

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Clear stickers look wonderful on photos.

 

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Label Stickers

 

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Sticker Illustrations – best for art journaling!

 

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Phrase stickers

 

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My new addiction: Alphabet Stickers

I ran into a bit of a problem when I saw that I had stickers that would not fit into the A5 clear book because they were 6 x 12.  I decided to just separate these sticker sets and place them in an A4 clear book instead.

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6 x 12 sized sticker sets

It’s so much easier to use my stickers now because I just need to take my A5 clear book with me whenever I journal.  Seeing all my stickers at one glance gives me a picture of how much I have already accumulated.  I’ve trained myself to think that going beyond one A5 clear book for stickers would be hoarding already.

How about you? How do you store your stickers?