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Original Crown Mill Classic Laid Writing Paper

We’ve just brought in some new things from Original Crown Mill! We have the Classic Laid and the 100% Pure Cotton.

I’m a sucker for the really nice writing paper. The Classic Laid in cream is what I’m talking about today, mainly because I love textured paper and having just a bit of feedback when I write – the sound and feel of the nib against the paper! If you’re going for smoother paper, you will want to look at the 100% Pure Cotton.

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Original Crown Mill Classic Laid Writing Stationery – in cream or white!

We had been thinking about Original Crown Mill Paper and debating back and forth on it for a while now. We had been holding off on it because we had already had G. Lalo stationery in, but the recent delays in getting the A5 G. Lalo papers in spurred us to bring in the new line.

The paper is replicated from the very original handmade sheets made by monks in Belgium, which may be the ultimate in romantic beginnings. It’s now made by Pelletier, a Belgium company, who has expanded the line to include envelopes and cards and other paper things. The Classic Laid Paper is available in cream or white, with corresponding envelopes.

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A sheet with guide lines on it for the neatest writing.

I love that a tablet or pad of this paper comes with a guide sheet of lines! It’s the first page you tear off, and it is very, very useful. You tear it off and place it directly underneath the sheet you’re writing on so you can just see the shadow of the lines underneath. I know school teachers are supposed to be able to write in straight lines, but it never hurts to have some help 🙂

However, you can see the grid of textured lines across the page, which should help you write neater lines even without the guide sheet. It has lines as the Verge de France paper from G. Lalo. They’re not quite as pronounced as the G. Lalo, but it’s still quite evident.

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You can just see the texture of the paper.

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Writing Sample on Original Crown Mill Classic Laid Writing Paper with a Serwex 362 and Sailor Jentle Ultramarine.

The writing sample is done with a Serwex 362 and a fine nib, and the ink is Sailor Jentle Ultramarine. The Serwex is quite a wet writer, and combined with the absorbency of the paper the lines look like a medium –and without any feathering! The paper really is quite absorbent, but handles the ink quite well. You can see the sheen of the ink just on the edges of the letters, where the ink has pooled slightly – nice and crisp.

The absorbency also means pretty good dry time – not that you would want to rush any of those letters. It might not fare so well with drier pens or EF nibs, as it just soaks up the ink. It’s nice and thick 100 gsm paper, so no bleed through at all from this writing.

The “vergeures” or lines are just slightly less than the lines from the G. Lalo Verge de France paper.

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Perfect for a thank you or a note to brighten someone’s day.

In addition to the beautiful paper, the beautiful design of the Original Crown Mill name on the packaging makes me think that a set of paper and envelopes would make a great gift – mailed to a friend or family member, what a wonderful way to begin a correspondence across a distance.

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Thank You for Being Wonderful

The Art of a Thank You Note, or How to Write a Thank You Note

While some might argue that paper and writing and pens are becoming archaic (and what of the fountain pen!), I think everyone can agree that good manners in the form of a thank-you note will always be classy.

Nowadays, a handwritten note stands out all the more because it is so rare, and a handwritten thank you note is one small thing that keeps good will and gratitude flowing around our world.

There are all sorts of articles about the proper etiquette of what you can and can’t say, and the order of your sayings and all of that, but I think a thoughtful appreciation does the trick.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Be personal and specific – simply saying “thank you for the gift” is wonderful, but all the more so when you can add a personal detail in it. Was there something about this gift that stood out or how you plan on using it that might interest the giver? For example, a student’s parent brought a hot lunch to the school for me:

Thank you so much for the biryani! It’s a rare and tasty thing to get such a delicious (and hot!) lunch in the middle of a busy day. Your daughter must be sure to learn your recipes!

2. Consider moments where a thank you note might be surprising and meaningful. Did a co-worker or friend give you some tough advice that made a difference in your thinking? Does your mailman or service person go out of his or her way for you? You might just make someone else’s day.

3. It’s never too late. While you might be embarrassed to give a thank-you note weeks or months after, people appreciate a hand-written note at any time. It might also potentially rekindle a relationship that has gotten distracted by our busy lives.

4. Use good paper and an inky pen. I’m not talking about high quality notepad paper, I’m talking about correspondence stationery and an envelope. I know I’m a retailer, so please take this with a grain of salt, but there is nothing more pleasing than a handwritten note on beautiful, textured paper. It speaks to the care and respect that the writer has taken.

5. Mail it! Unless it’s unreasonable (for example, you work with the person everyday and they have an office mailbox), a hand-addressed envelope is always a lovely surprise to find among the bills and flyers.

Other places to look:
C.S. Lewis & The Art of the Thank You Note
The Art of Manliness and the Art of Thank You Note Writing

In praise of the handwritten note

Toronto Star wrote an article “In praise of the handwritten note” – which speaks perfectly to the vision of Wonder Pens.

The article actually focuses on PAL-SAC, a social club that meets in Toronto and locations around the world to write handwritten letters to loved ones and important people in the world (and sometimes they are the same!).

Write us a letter, and we’ll write back!

185 Carlton Street
Unit 3
Toronto Ontario
Canada M5A 2K7

*As of May 2015, we’ve moved to:
105-250 Carlaw Ave
Toronto, ON
M4M 3L1

(You could also send us an e-mail, if you need a faster response…)

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