Thursday, July 7, 2011
I've been looking at the Levenger Rhodia Circa Notebook for some time, and finally went with a Junior, as it seemed to be a handbag-friendly size. The entire assembly is fun, with larger, clear front and back covers that keep the orange Rhodia cover from becoming worn out while also making the notebook a bit more sturdy. It's not a hard cover journal by any means, but it's a great-looking notebook that stands out.
The Junior Circa has lots of different numbers: the outer, clear cover measures 8.75 inches long by 6.5 inches wide (measuring from the outside of the disc so as to have a truer measure of width). The paper 8.5 by 5.5, basically a nice sized journal. The left-hand blank annotation column measures 1.25 inches wide, so you have a lot of room for additional notes or doodles or whatever you want to add to your original musings.
The paper is fantastic, the Rhodia 90gsm satiny-smooth paper that's fountain pen friendly but not overly bright white. I like the pale violet lines, especially the shadow effect at the top where you can write in headers and dates (or whatever you want). The side column is a fantastic addition, utilizing the "Cornell" notetaking method for annotation. I like to doodle in the column, but also find it helpful when I've left out something or haven't made my thought clear and need to work on it a bit more.
I love the way these discs work, keeping the notepaper in place firmly but not rigidly. The paper doesn't come out easily, but actually pulls out in a smooth, gliding motion without any ripping or shredding of edges. So there are no unsightly tears on the pages, which can be moved around or tossed out.
Finally, the back cover carries the Levenger logo with a green tree. While it's not a pine tree, it's a great design detail that reminds you of the company without any blaring commercialism. This combines Rhodia's great quality and well-known orange color with Levenger's ingenuity, and I've been thrilled by the way both come together to make this a fantastic notebook.