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Dodo Pad paper now available for your planner (Very proud reblog)

This post originally appeared on the very influential Philofaxy blog on Monday 11th July 2016. Since I’ve not worked out how to reblog a blog from Blogger on WordPress, here it is in its entirety. Suffice it to say we are a just bit proud of the fact that our new paper was given a resounding A* in comparison to the other papers tested for ink showthrough! Ours is the only paper with absolutely no show through at all! And we were up against Filofax and Rhodia Pad papers.

“You might recall a few weeks ago we featured a post asking for thoughts on Dodo Pad making packs of paper available. Well on behalf of Rebecca at Dodo Pad, thank you to everyone who responded to the post either in the comments or by email to Rebecca at Dodo Pad.

After some hard work the packs of paper are now available on the Dodo Pad website for purchase. Rebecca kindly sent me some samples of the paper to try out and share the results with you.

New Dodo Pad A6, A5 and Personal size 100gsm paper for 6 holed planners

Whilst I’ve done some paper tests in the past I sat down and thought about this one a bit more than the previous ones. I wanted to present the results in a fair and balanced way as possible.

As we all know what pen you use and what paper you use can often bring about some compromises as to what pen you can use with what paper you have in your organiser. We are always on the constant hunt for paper that will take fountain pen ink or gel ink without feathering or bleeding through.

So for this test I set out with a selection of pens, which are predominately fountain pens with medium or fine width nibs. My hand writing is not the best for broad width nibs…. or just bad in general! Yes I know! I included a couple of gel pens which I use on a daily basis and a standard Bic ballpoint as a ‘control’ standard.

I scanned in each sheet using a flat bed scanner and without manipulating the images in any way at all joined the front and reverse sides so you can see the front and reverse in one image.

The scanner of course uses a bright light source to perform the scan, of course on white paper this will show up writing on the reverse side depending on the rate of ink absorption and paper thickness etc. But as each paper sample was scanned in the exactly the same way the results should give you a reasonable assessment of each paper sample.

To give you a better idea of how well the Dodo Pad paper performs I conducted the same set of tests on Filofax white paper (approximately 70 gsm), Filofax Cotton Cream paper (80gsm) And Rhodia lined pad paper (80gsm) as well of course as the Dodo Pad paper (100gsm)

So here are the results starting with Filofax white paper:

Filofax White (60-70gsm)
Filofax Cotton Cream (80gsm)
Rhodia Pad (80 gsm)
Dodo Pad (100gsm)

The results are not too surprising. The Filofax White thin paper can not take any form of wet ink without bleeding through, it is almost like blotting paper!

Filofax Cotton Cream is slightly better. But paper weight isn’t obviously the only factor for the performance of paper with regards to wet inks. Compare the Filofax Cotton Cream with the Rhodia Pad paper, it is the same paper weight yet the Rhodia pad shows no bleed through at all. On the Rhodia paper there is a faint shadow of the writing of all pens, but in every day use I doubt if this would bother most users.

And finally a clear winner in this test the Dodo Pad paper, no bleed through and no shadow at all.

The Dodo Pad paper as you can see is square ruled on one side with a discrete logo in the lower right hand corner and plain on the reverse side.

It comes at present in three sizes, Personal, A6 and A5 sizes. It is available in packs of 25 sheets or at a discount if you order it in packs of 50 sheets.

So how much does this wonderful paper from Dodo Pad cost?  A pack of 25 sheets of Personal size or A6 size will cost £3.75 per pack or £4.50 for 25 sheets of A5 paper.

If you buy two packs at the same time you save 10% on the overall product cost.

Dodo Pad have also given buyers a special offer on their delivery charges.

Their standard UK postal/processing charge is £3.50. They realise that this is quite high if you just want to try the paper out, so they will reduce the UK delivery cost for up to three packs of paper or a shopping cart value of £10.50 (whichever is the greater) by 50% to £1.75. Enter 16PPR at checkout This code will work until 31st March 2017.

You can find the whole range of organiser compatible products including diary inserts on the Dodo Pad website.
Thank you to Rebecca for supplying the paper samples. I’m sure this new line is going to sell well.”
Thank you to Philofaxy for their review. The paper is available with the discounts on our website and also Amazon (but no discounts there I’m afraid!)
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National Stationery Week: The Dodo Jotter #lovestationery #getbritainwriting

Here’s another lovely ‘guest’ blog post from National Stationery Week,  Becky Harding who blogs at busybeemummybex.blogspot.co.uk and loves our Desk Jotter Pad – check out her brilliant doodles and how she has personalised it 🙂

National Stationery week is upon us & I want to share this absolutely perfect Dodo Jotter Pad with you.
I’m probably in the minority these days as we own iPads, iPhones & a mac book however I still use a pen & paper most days. I own a diary & simply love the ‘realness’ of writing.
I panic that I’ll put a note in my phone & shortly forget it.
My life is hectic. So crazy that I need a real diary to write everything down at short notice. It probably makes no sense to you if you use your smart phone for everything.
I just can’t get my head around it, I suppose I’m still quite old fashioned.
Nothing beats a pen & paper…. in my eyes.
Why do I love the Dodo Jotter so much?
Well it has different sections to it.
The blank calendar in the corner is perfect.
Then the doodle area is totally me specially if I’m on the phone I quite like a doodle.
The To DoDo today area – I love a good to do list.
I added the meal planner bit for my own use, the blank space is perfect.
Being able to jot my blog ideas down… Perfect.
The Dodo jotter is available in two sizes; the A3 desk jotter (this one) & then the B5 size perfectly portable.
They’re designed to alleviate boredom & keep even the scattiest desk-dweller on the straight & narrow.
They’re made with 50 sheets of high quality 100gsm paper. No pen will be able to get through it.
My favourite bit is designated biscuits & coffee zones.
I also love that the bottom edge is glued on rather than the traditional top, this saves the corners from rolling up & becoming crinkled & unsightly. PERFECT.
I’m delighted to tell you that this product was made locally in Cornwall, England where Dodo Pad is based.

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So much to say, so much to show and so little time to Christmas! – Speed Post 2 – Superb stocking fillers for under a fiver!

This is my second speed post of the Christmas season- a bit like being in a speed dating session – you will need to read yesterday’s post to get the full analogy!

This is all about how we have a whole section on the website totally ‘dodedicated’ to stuff that Lord Dodo LOVES… which incidentally make fine Christmas Gifts but are not necessarily a diary-calendar-stationery-sort-of-thing. You can read the full details here as to how we started this little online shopping (ad)venture!

So back to the criteria for selection:

Is it well designed? (essential)

Is is fun?

Is it useful?

Is it colourful?

Is it quirky?

If the answer is yes to all or most of the above and it doesn’t break the bank (prices start at £1.99 for a clever set of page markers) and we love it then it gets a spot in Lord Dodo LOVES…Click on the pics to go straight to the spot in the shop where you will find them. No messing about. Teleport yourself there. Now.

Today it’s a speed swish through everything that Lord Dodo LOVES… all for less than a fiver.

Washout Marker Pens £4.99

Washout Marker Pens £4.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wash out marker pen sets – write on any material that’s machine washable at 40 degrees – wash out and start again. What’s not to like?

Hands Free page holder £2.99

Hands Free Book/Page holder £2.99

 

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The very latest in hands free technology…for your book! It looks like a lightweight but performs like a heavyweight. You can now use your free hands to tickle the cat, pat the dog or simply fold your arms! Just clip this muscular miniature on to your hardback and paperback books and let the Little Book Holder take the strain while you get to grips with your reading. In six lush colours (and, yes, they really work!)

Multi-Coloured Bookmarks £1.99

Multi-Coloured Bookmarks £1.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made from thick, robust polypropylene, these colourful Bookmark page markers clip on and stay on to mark those important pages. Great for studying and researching or just simple page marking. Each pack contains 8 arrows in all the colours of the rainbow – and some!

Bookends in use

Fold-Flat Bookend – in 6 colours £4.99

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These are brilliant! Made from just a single piece of thin, durable polypropylene, these inventive, contemporary bookends use a novel ‘living hinge’ to solve a usually bulky bookend problem. They fold flat (great for wrapping them as a gift or putting them in the post), they stand up straight due to the fold out section that goes UNDER the books (great for books or DVDs etc.) and we think they look pretty fab anywhere around the home or office – which is great for everyone. On the base, each has complimentary coloured grippy feet to keep them rock steady, they can be easily wiped clean and, most importantly, they’re very, very strong!  Sold as singles, if you only want one, or why not mingle, mix and match your perfect bookend partner from a choice of cool colours.

Lipstick or coin purse - in 5 colours £4.99

Lipstick or coin purse – in 5 colours £4.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lord Dodo is always on the scour for clever ideas and has tested each one personally! Brighten up your bag with this functional, funky purse which can be used for lipstick or money. It easily holds up to 3 lipsticks or use it as a change purse for notes and coins. Its soft, velvety smooth-to-the-touch silicone exterior is simply tantalising on your fingertips – you have to feel it to believe it!

There’s lots more on the website for under a fiver – select ALL PRODUCTS and order by price – you’ll see them listed 🙂

That’s it for now….

Speed post three tomorrow! 🙂

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So much to say, so much to show and so little time to Christmas! – Speed Post 1 – Doodle by Stitch

This is a speed post – a bit like in a speed dating session you have to cover a lot of people in a short time and make some quick decisions before you move on. Not that I have any experience whatsoever of speed-dating. But I’m hoping the analogy fits…here goes:

You may already know and love the Dodo Pad and Dodo Pad products (if you don’t then here is a quick introduction) but we now have a whole section on the website totally ‘dodedicated’ to stuff that Lord Dodo LOVES… which incidentally make fine Christmas Gifts but are not necessarily a diary-calendar-stationery-sort-of-thing. You can read the full details here as to how we started this little online shopping (ad)venture!

These are the criteria for selection:

Is it well designed? (essential)

Is is fun?

Is it useful?

Is it colourful?

Is it quirky?

If the answer is yes to all or most of the above and it doesn’t break the bank (prices start at £1.99 for a clever set of page markers) and we love it then it gets a spot in Lord Dodo LOVES…Click on the pics to go straight to the spot in the shop where you will find them. No messing about. Teleport yourself there. Now.

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Write on draw on wash out, doodle-able, strong neoprene-lined pencil case, complete with a set of wash out marker pens (we do refill marker pen sets too!)

This brilliant idea (providing the potential to doodle and draw and then start over with a blank canvas) comes as iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini cases, aprons (two styles – notepaper design shown here), placemats and even reusable canvas bunting! From £10.95 and nothing over £20.

Speed post two tomorrow!

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Desk delight for wilting workstations

Dodo doodlers, splendid scribblers, joyful jotters and noble note-takers behold! The Dodo Jotter has landed!

Our brand-spanking new, generously sized A3 desk pad has been lovingly designed to alleviate boredom and keep even the scattiest desk-dweller on the straight and narrow.

Dodo Pad Jotter

The dodelightful Dodo Jotter!

The Jotter has all of the charm (if we may humbly say so) of our much-loved Dodo Pad diary paired with the functionality that fans of the Dodo Pad have come to rely upon over the last *ahem* almost 50 years. With a segregated doodle area for scribbling on whilst on the phone, to a three-month planner and even special zones for biscuits and coffee, the Dodo Jotter is the perfect adornment and ideal distraction for any desk.

In the 'biscuit' zone

A perfectly sized spot for a choc chip cookie or biscuit of your choice!

It also doubles, triples and quadruples up as a saucer, hangman display board and somewhere to rest your head when it’s been ‘one of those days’. (The paper smells nice too – we tested it! 😀 )

Are you looking at your own dog-eared desk jotter right now? Do you see those crinkly corners? Well, on Lord Dodo’s Dodo Jotter, it’s the bottom edge that’s glued rather than the traditional top, saving corners from rolling up and becoming unsightly. Sorry, other jotters, it’s nothing personal.

With every crook and corner of our own Dodo Pads covered with doodles, notes, telephone messages and more, we decided the time was right to create a large Dodo Jotter to free up space to be creative and expressive as well as note any critical daily ‘To Do’s –or ‘To Do-Do’s as we say on this particular product!

There’s lots of space for thoughts, ideas, doodles and dates. As you will know, there’s little more frustrating than finding you’ve scribbled smiley faces all over the back of a very important document. Having a Dodo Jotter on the desk will alleviate such problems, and that’s why you can grab one now from our online store.

And don’t forget to keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages as there will be a chance to win one in the not too distant future and there’s even a baby-sized version on the cards – it’s a fast developing twinkle in Lord Dodo’s eye!

Happy Easter weekend!

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That was the National Stationery Week that was!

Sorry we didn’t blog last week, we were on tour… No, not with Lord Dodo’s heavy metal band the Wailing Dodo’s (one for another blog, I’m sure *hemhem*), but to celebrate National Stationery Week at the London Stationery Show! Like Nelly the Elephant before him, Lord Dodo proudly packed his trunk (and we packed ours) and we transported our wares up to the big smoke to showcase the best of Dodo Pad at the Business Design Centre in London’s Islington. Though we did request from HRH Queen Elizabeth II Dodo Herethat The Royal Train be used to ferry His Lordship to the city, unfortunately the locomotive was in for a service on the 1 – 2 April and therefore we had to find an alternative mode of transport . The drive from Cornwall meant several pit stops to stretch wings and legs, but we made it to the capital in one piece and boy, was it worth the journey! From pens and sticky notes to little folding contraptions and staple-less staplers that – if it wasn’t down to the little perspex window that shows you exactly how it works, you’d surely mark down as witchcraft – the show was a feast for the senses; a true stationery lovers’ paradise. Taking place during National Stationery Week (a fantastic campaign to ‘Get Britain Writing’ – you can read more here) some of the nicest little companies – including us *blush* – showcased the latest and best products on their stands. We proudly displayed next year’s diary (it’s the one before the big 50th edition – hold on to your hats!), the new, blue and just for you Acad-Pad 2014/15 and our new Dodo Mini Blank Book along with our range of greetings cards and even our very special (and freshly hatched) Dodo Jotter! The London Stationery Show is a very special place, with the best of the best stationery on display for all to see, touch, sniff and peck at. We went, we saw, we made new friends and showed the stationery world what Dodo Pad is all about. We only wish you could have all been there to have a good laugh with us on our stand. You’ll have to save your giggles for Lord Dodo’s 50th birthday bash and bonanza, which you’re all invited to! Details to follow in due course, stay in touch with us here, on Twitter or on Facebook! Or if you’d  like to be ‘Kept Posted’ on the #DodoJubilee celebrations sign up here.

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The Mother’s Day Anti-Gift Guide

We didn’t really need to put ‘Mothering Sunday’ in our Dodo Pad to tell you that this Sunday is a Mum’s special day, did we? Surely the violent explosions of pink in every shop and the excessive flowers appearing at petrol stations all around the UK were enough reminder that the time has come around to tell your Mum how much she means to you.

Mothers have an exceptional ability to know what we’re going to do before we’ve done them, often before we’ve even thought about doing them, such is the power of maternal instinct. Lord Dodo himself was often caught feeding his dinner to the dog under the dining room table before the breakfast pancakes were even served at the table.

Dodo Pad, Flowers, Mother's Day

When you were small, your Mum cut off your crusts before she put your sandwiches into your lunch bag. She gave you ‘the look’ when you were about to say something embarrassing and she dutifully took you to all the parties you’d been invited to. She sent birthday cards on your behalf and stopped you from opening all of your advent calendar windows on the first day of the season.

We love our Mums here at Dodo Pad, and we felt that we could learn from the things that they’ve taught us over the years to give them priceless presents this Mothering Sunday. Here’s our anti-gift guide*. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Lick a tissue and wipe your Mum’s face with it before she goes out. She always did it for you, it’s time to repay the favour
  • Take your Mum out for dinner and cut her meal up into bite-size portions. If she complains, give her ‘the look’
  • Apologise to people on behalf of your Mum when she’s making a complaint on the telephone, to a neighbour or in a shop, explaining that she’s “tired and emotional”
  • Now you’re tall and grown, take your Mum’s favourite snacks and treats from the cupboard and put them on the highest point in the kitchen so she can’t eat them in-between meals
  • Follow your Mum into the bathroom in the morning and say “30 more seconds” once she’s finished brushing her teeth, handing her back the brush
  • Insist your Mum finishes every morsel on her plate at dinner
  • Point to the soap if she swear
  • Threaten to knock her and your Dad’s heads together if they’re in a disagreement about watching Match of the Day

* Lord Dodo accepts no responsibility for smacked legs, groundings, mobile phone confiscation, internet unplugging or pocket money retraction that may come as a result of our fun Anti-Gift guide.

Do you have any fun anti-gift guide ideas to add of your own? Comment here and we’ll choose our favourite to win a special something from the Dodo Pad for you or your Mum – you decide who 🙂

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