Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: Rhodiarama Pad Holder with No. 12 Dot Grid pad #Rhodia #Giveaway #DotGrid

For the last five years, I've been hosting giveaways for Exaclair, Inc's line of products, and it's time to start on the sixth year!  I've been so blessed to be receive these samples for review, and to be able to share some of the products with you.  I want to thank Exaclair, Inc., and especially Karen, who is one of the nicest people I've ever corresponded with.  I hope I can meet her in person someday.

I'm really excited about the product I'm giving away this time.  It's small, but handy (literally - it's about the size of my hand, lol).  It's a Rhodiarama Pad Holder with No. 12 Dot Grid pad.
(I'm sorry, but the giveaway is now closed).

Pen NOT included

Specs
Pad Size: 33 x 5 1/4 inches
Paper Size: 3.3 x 4.7 inches / 8.5 x 12.0 cm (No 12 dot grid orange Rhodia pad)
Paper: 90 g Clairefontaine ivory paper, acid-free, pH neutral
No. of Pages: 80 sheets/160 pages
Format: Dot Grid
Cover: Sewn Italian leatherette in Turquoise with contrasting orange thread and orange lining.
Other: Embossed Rhodia logo on front cover, pen loop,Inner pocket (business card size.
NOTE: Pen NOT Included

Look and Feel-The Pad Holder
The Pad Holder has the soft leather-like feel of the Rhodia webnotebooks, but it's thin so most of the weight comes from the paper.   I know from experience with other Rhodia products that these covers hold up well, but will pick up scuffs and dings if carried in a purse like mine (since I carry everything but the proverbial kitchen sink).  Carried in a pocket, they stay pretty nice.

As I mentioned above, it is about the size of my hand, making it an easy carry.



It's turquoise on the outside and orange on the inside, and there is a nice sewn trim with orange thread. The only marking is the Rhodia logo embossed on the front.

There is slit in the inside bottom that can be used as a pocket for business cards or receipts.  It does open out a bit, but you wouldn't be able to keep too much in it - maybe up to 5 business cards.



There is a pen loop on the side.  It's sized for a slim pen, like a Bic ballpoint.  It isn't large enough for a Pigma Micron, so that's about the only thing I believe could be improved.  I can understand it though.  Most users probably use stick pens and with a larger loop, the smaller pens would fall out.

A No. 12 Rhodia Notepad comes with the pad holder.  It easily slides in and out of a slit in the cover.





Look and Feel-The Rhodia No. 12 Notepad

The No. 12 Rhodia notepad, that comes with the Rhodiarama notepad, has the traditional orange cover.  It's a light but sturdy card stock.  The pad is stapled.



The pad cover is scored so it can easily be folded back, out of the way while you write or draw.


Normally, the Pad Holders come with the lined pad, but Karen very kindly replaced them with dot grid pads for this giveaway, knowing how useful they are to my tangle-happy readers.  The dots are a light purply/brown/gray that can be used as a guide but tends to fade away from notice when you are looking at what is written or drawn.  

The paper is perforated for tearing off.  I held a sheet by one corner and bounced it up and down with no tears or separation, but could easily tear off a sheet when I pulled with pressure at the corner of the perforation.

Some people find the dots too light, so if you have fading eyesight, this might not be a good format for you.  It's one of my favorites, so I hope my own eyesight continues strong for long time!


The paper is Clairefontaine.  All the Rhodia notebooks and notepads come with this paper, so I've had plenty of experience with it.  It's very smooth, and fountain-pen friendly, which means most inks won't bleed through to the back.  It's formulated for pen ink, but I've used it for watercolor, colored pencil, and mixed media.  While the paper is a bit slick for those mediums, it handles them decently.

I enjoy writing on it and drawing on it.  Most of my tangle patterns, and tangle drawing are done on this paper these days.


Performance
Normally, I try to do several kinds of examples, but this is the kind of item that people tend to have in their pockets and purses for using on the go, so I decided to use it that way myself for a few days and keep my examples simple.

Lists, Quick Notes and Reminders (duh)
Of course, this notebook would be perfect for shopping lists, notes, and reminders.  I do have a planner, but I prefer to keep that for noting actual dates and times. For reminders, I like having paper I can detach and toss once I'm done.



Zentangle®
At 3.3 x 4.7 inches, the Rhodia No. 12 pad isn't quite the size for the traditional method, but it's close enough if you don't have any Zentangle tiles with you.  The light grid is nice if you are practicing a new tangle, but it is light enough that it won't distract if you don't need it.


Tangle Pattern Step-outs
The Rhodiarama No. 12 is a bit small for drawing step-outs, but it works for simpler patterns.  If you are like me, inspiration hits and if you don't write it down im-MED-iately, you forget.  I saw this pattern on a rug, and was glad I had my Rhodiarama pad.




Doodling
Again, the size isn't going to allow you to draw anything too complex, but it's a great size for doodles or simpler drawing.  Every day I put a small doodle drawing of one of Earth's strange creatures into my husband's lunch bag.  I know - he's almost 60 years old, but he still appreciates the effort, lol.



Overall
The Rhodiarama Pad Holder with the No. 12 Dot Grid Pad is a handy size for carry, elegant looking and sturdy.  It would grace any pocket or purse and be great for tangling, doodling or writing.

If I could have anything changed, I would like a larger pen loop (though many would not).

Personally, I fell in love with these the moment I saw them and am tickled pink to have on in my purse. Even though I have a planner, for shopping lists, quick reminders and notes, I prefer something I can throw away afterwards.  

I know my pad holder will be drawing attention when I use it.  


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