The Crazy Suburban Mom: Filofax + Clairefontaine = Love

Monday, December 17, 2012

Filofax + Clairefontaine = Love

One of the easiest things about working with personal size Filofax planners is adding pages.  There are a blissful lot of ready made options and making pages is pretty much a breeze.  

Last week I ran out of A5 Clairefontaine graph paper and looked around on eBay for something closer to the right size.


And I found some.


This notebook is very economical (two notebooks of 192 pages each for $12 with free shipping) and I've not seen this configuration before.  The information is all in French so perhaps it's not readily available in the US.  


It's not micro-perforated but taking it apart is similar to taking apart Moleskines and easy.  The paper is bound with thread in bundles.


You can take bundles out individually which keeps the notebook intact until you need more pages.


The easiest way to get the bundles apart is with a seam ripper (used for sewing) but lifting the thread with a needle and then cutting works as well.


The page size is very similar to branded Filofax paper.


You can cut so the rounded corners remain or cut a little off both sides for squared off pages (which is what I did.)


Clairefontaine paper is a joy to write on.  Information from the website: "The Clairefontaine mill has been making paper since 1858 and stationery products since 1890. The company is best known for making the first school notebooks in France. Clairefontaine is currently the only European manufacturer making its own papers for its own products.
Clairefontaine Notebooks feature:
  • A perfect satin finish for maximum smoothness in writing
  • 90g paper –fountain pen friendly
  • pH neutral, chlorine-free paper. A gift of nature, calcium carbonate, gives Clairefontaine its trademark qualities of extra white and ultra smooth
  • Opaque, write on both sides of a page
  • Ruled, ruled w/margin, graph, graph w/multi-subject, blank, and seyes (French ruled).
  • Staple bound, cloth bound, spiral bound and hardcover
  • 10 sizes – 3 x 4 ¾” to 8 ¼ x 11 ¾"
This is paper heaven to me; it takes all kinds of ink (including fountain pen) very well and the smooth surface is effortless to write on.  I think kids who have writing/hand fatigue issues in school would benefit from using it a lot.  

I have a strong preference for graph to-so sheets but Clairefontaine paper is available ruled and blank as well.  I know many people are familiar with this paper but if you haven't, give it a try... You won't be sorry!


Steve Morton 12/17/12, 9:37 AM  

I will have to look out for those note books here in France. I know some of their products we can get in our local Supermarket.

But there is a better stationery store in town which I'm sure will have them.

Not sure what the price will be but I will let you know.


Tracy Reinhardt 12/17/12, 9:44 AM  

Definitely, Steve! Let me know, and thanks!

mary jane ong 12/18/12, 3:34 PM like this?

mary jane ong 12/18/12, 3:35 PM  

hmm well that didnt quite work out -- the link i mean.. it looks like the goulet's may have what you are looking for? Goulet Pens

Josh 12/18/12, 3:54 PM  

I discovered Clairefontaine when I was a student in Rome and bought a quadrille ruled notebook (A4) and just loved it. I came back to the USA and used our total crap notebooks for years before I discovered CF again online, and subsequently at the local pen-and-stationery shop. I buy big 8.5x11 3 hole punched spiral bound notebooks for my classes in Paralegal School and use smaller clothbounds for journals and, recently, bought a whole 10 pack of staple bound 11x17cm 96 page notebooks in ruled which I chop up like you do and punch for my personal filofax. I *really* wish that Clairefontaine would issue personal size paper pre-punched but in the meantime I'll keep chopping up small notebooks. The paper is totally superior to any other product on the mass market. I'm considering using one of Ray and Steve's templates to print out diary and other inserts for my filofax using blank CF paper. It's *that* good.

mary jane ong 12/19/12, 7:12 AM  

hmm to the above poster if you do that... let me know how that works im considering too.. (well that and the amout of notebooks you use up doing that anyway)

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