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Testing Out New G. Lalo Papers – Toile Imperiale, Velin de France, Velin pur coton

This was a post that was on my list for over the break, but things got moved around a bit, and here we are mid-January. It’s Sunday afternoon, and I’ve got a warm and furry beast beside me (Super), and Jon has gone out to pick up coffee, so it’s kind of like a break.

I had planned this post over the break because over November and December, I had special ordered some new G. Lalo stuff to try out, and with the holiday madness, I didn’t have a chance to really get into it all.

Sometimes there are people who are more interested in pens or inks or paper, over the other two. By coincidence, it seems like demographically we have more males into pens, and more females into inks & paper. While fountain pens & inks need each other, everyone with a ballpoint or pencil could use a notebook, so we get a lot of non-fountan pen users who like to browse the stationery. But that’s just me rambling, based on casual observation, and I could be completely wrong.

Personally, maybe because of my situation being exposed to new inks and pens and paper all the time, it’s a bit hard to say. I kind of like all three. I have my favourite pens, which I love, and my favourite inks, which I also love, and then I have my favourite papers, which I also love. It’s just love everywhere all the time.

G. Lalo Verge de France is some of my favourite stuff – it’s thick and textured and super for fountain pen ink, especially wet and flexy pens. Imagine my delight when I recently discovered that G. Lalo actually produces three other different types of premium or correspondence stationery! I know, what kind of stationery shop keeper am I?? I am not looking in the right catalogues. Three years in the biz…

G. Lalo Verge de France, Velin de France, Velin Pur Coton, Toile Imperiale Paper at wonderpens.ca Wonder Pens Toronto Canada Stationery Shop

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Midori Brass Index Clips

It’s the middle of the week, and I hope you’re all having a good one. It’s getting pretty warm these days here in Toronto, and we’ve finally turned on the ACs. The baby has been motoring around in his diaper most of the time, which has cut down drastically on the amount of laundry needed for him, but has increased the number of baths he needs a day by around 500%, basically after every time he eats or comes near anything remotely liquid.

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I love Midori stuff: I have two Midori Traveler’s Notebooks, I’ve been loving their MD Notebooks, their brass stuff is great – I use their alphabet and number rulers all the time. If I’ve been writing letters to you, you may have noticed a whole lot of airplanes on your envelopes, which is one of the cut outs on the number template ruler. Jon jokes that I basically only use their number rule to draw airplanes, but actually, FYI, I also use the number ruler to write the numbers for street addresses and postal codes.

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However, one of the most useful products Midori makes are these Brass Index Clips. You don’t really think about them or hear about them often because they’re so understated, but that is part of what makes them so useful! They’re not flashy, but they just sit in your notebooks doing their thing. They hold pages together in their sturdy brass grasp.

Actually, I think these were more designed to be used for organization in an office setting, on files or folders, to note dates and section things off, but I mostly use mine in my notebooks and to keep papers together.

Midori Brass Index Clips Wonder Pens Blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

The front of these clips are used to hold the label of your section, like a tab on a divider. The back of the package shows you how these were designed to be used. The frame can either be clipped so it sticks out from the paper, as a tab, or the frame can be used as the clip, flush with the edge of the paper. See the pictures below.

Midori Brass Index Clip Wonder Pens Blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

Midori Brass Index Clips Wonder Pens Blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

The frame sticking out from the paper as a tab.

But if you don’t want the top of the brass index clip sticking out, you can also use the frame part as the clip.

Midori Brass Index Clips Wonder Pens Blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

The frame flush with the paper. I mostly use mine like this.

I use these in my notebooks as page holders but also to mark different sections – the front of my notebooks is for everyday notes, but I typically have a back section for blog stuff or ideas in general that are ongoing. I’ve been trying to keep a bit more organized in separating between household things and daily business details and bigger ideas for the blog or business.

We’re thinking of taking a train trip next summer to the West Coast, go through the prairies and see the Rockies, and you bet I am excited about that. The section currently says “Train trip next summer planning” and is otherwise blank, but I’m working on it.

Midori Brass Index Clips Wonder Pens Blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

Midori Brass Index Clips Wonder Pens Blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

They are pretty sturdy clips so they can hold several pages together, if you just want to clip them like a paper clip. They’re much heavier than a standard paper clip, so if you just have it on one or two pieces of paper, your paper will definitely flop over.

Midori Brass Index Clip Wonder Pens Blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

I use these clips on my desk to help organize groups of papers or photographs or envelopes together.

I’m hoping for more Midori stock, especially that Blue Cover, sometime soon – maybe in the next few weeks, maybe closer to the end of August. We now carry quite a bit from the Midori brand, but I love that everything from this company, like these Brass Index Clips, is super high quality in material, paper quality, finishes, thoughtfulness – all of the details are just right.

Field Notes Spring Seasonal Edition – Two Rivers

We’ve carried Field Notes for a long time. We have their three-packs and their seasonal editions, their steno pads, and we usually try to keep stock of their pencils, although I’m not so good at that because we’re kind of pen people here.

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Jon uses one of their Memo books, and I like how they look when they get all weathered and beaten up. I’m an inky person, and I like my lines all crisp and shiny, so for me Field Notes paper is okay – it’s really meant for people who are using ballpoints and pencils and gel pens and extra fine or fine fountain pen nibs. They’re memo books for slipping in your pocket and being on the go, pulling it out on the TTC when you come up with that brilliant idea, or remembering you need to pick up milk on the way home from work.

Field Notes has their standard line-up, and over time, I’ve gotten to know a few customers who use these notebooks to get through their daily grind and keep sane. They also release a seasonal edition, which is produced in limited quantity. Because a big part of the culture of the company is made in the US, they often seek out topics or themes that represent pride in their heritage and history and how the notebooks are made. 

This spring’s seasonal edition is called Two Rivers

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I have never truly LOVED a Field Notes…until now.

The Hamilton Manufacturing Company, of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, manufactured typefaces for printing from 1880 up until the mid 20th century. Field Notes partnered with the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum to create this Two Rivers Edition of Notebooks with their set of vintage wood typefaces.

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As soon as this shipment came in, Jon gave me his Liz-be-responsible-you-are-an-adult-and-you-cannot-keep-hoarding-stationery-supplies look. He knew what was coming. It took some convincing (i.e. coercing), but he conceded to a second three-pack under the stipulation that it is to take photos for the blog.

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Each three-pack of notebooks will have three of the four available colours.


There are four different colour sets of notebooks – a yellow/green (my favourite, obviously), an army green/brown, a white/blue and a light blue/purple, and in your three pack, you’ll get three of these four colours. 

Here are some things I love about this edition:

1. None of them are the same. Each and every single notebook is going to be slightly unique, like snowflakes, and like you and I.

2. It’s letterpress! The little I know about vintage types and letterpresses is that you’re not supposed to press too hard. Modern letterpress favours a deep, rich impression, but you keep going on like that with the vintage types, you’ll wear out the crispness of types fast. I can just feel some of the actual letterpress impressions on the notebook covers – I am all about that tactile feeling of paper and notebooks.

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3. It’s all vintage typefaces – so if you’re a graphic designer, lettering artist, into type, this is right up your alley.

4. You’re supporting the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum with the purchase of each three-pack. Helping to support an institution that preserves and shares some of the heritage and history of type and printing – what could be better.

And if that is not enough to convince you, check out the video Field Notes made on the production of these notebooks.

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/121834095″>Field Notes – ‘Two Rivers’ Edition – COLORS Spring 2015</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/coudal”>Coudal Partners</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

You can get it online here or come visit us in the shop. We’ve got limited stock now, but we have more coming in soon. If we’re sold out online, you can sign up for the e-mail alert  to notify you when it’s back in stock. These are a seasonal edition, so once that shipment sells out, they’ll be gone for good!