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Clairefontaine 1951 Notebook And A Giveaway

03/09/2014

Clairefontaine paper is always fountain pen-friendly and the 1951 notebook is no exception. Exaclair sent the red, cloth-bound version for review, but what do you say when something is perfect?

The Back to Basics 1951 reintroduces Clairefontaine’s original notebook covers plus
  • 90 g pH neutral, acid-free paper
  • Smooth satin finish, white paper
  • Grained paper cover with front label
  • Vintage look and feel
  • Clothbound comes with 96 sheets, lined, in one size (A5)
  • Clothbound cover colors include black, violet, red, green, blue, turquoise
  • Also available in staple and wirebound versions

The Pilot Preras look and work especially well with the red cover and white paper. The images tell the tale.

My nibs and handwriting are large so the 0.8mm line spacing works fine though it might be a bit generous for some writers. When I wrote with extra-fine nibs and much smaller handwriting, I could write two lines in that space. Needless to say I got my money’s worth out of a notebook back then. I’m more of a paper snob these days and Clairefontaine’s smooth finish is just right for my stub and sharp italic nibs.

Easily one of the best notebooks on the market for FP nuts, the 1951 won’t disappoint. Want to give it a try? Clairefontaine’s U.S. distributor Exaclair is sponsoring a giveaway through An Inkophile’s Blog. Cool, eh? To enter simply post a comment below about how you would use a 1951 notebook and which color strikes your fancy. Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you are the winner. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only. The winner will be selected via Random.org. The contest closes at 6 pm PDT on March 17, 2014. The winner will be announced thereafter and will have until March 24, 2014 to claim the prize.

Comments are moderated to eliminate spam, so allow time for that step. Only one entry per person and duplicate postings will be removed.

My thanks to Karen at Exaclair for sending the 1951 to review and for sponsoring a giveaway. Let the contest begin!

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117 comments

  1. I would use it during my every day notes! I’d love green or turquoise if that’s available. 😀 Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I would use my notebook for my Postcrossing addresses. I keep a chronological record of the addresses and postcards I share on the Postcrossing website; with some notes on the likes and dislikes of the recipients I have been assigned.

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  3. I need a new notebook to keep track of my gardening plans and results. Maybe in green or brown?

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  4. Oooo this notebook looks fantastic! I would definitely use it for journaling so all my inks could look fabulous on the Clairefontaine white paper. Plus, I like a larger journal, so A5 is great!

    First choice color would be Violet, second choice red.

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  5. I’d would use a blue or red 1951 notebook to write different ink and pen reviews as a reference for future additional purchases or gift ideas.

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  6. I’m starting a research project on the Rose Valley Utopian Community, and I would use it for my notes. I would have to go for red (red rose) 🙂

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  7. I would use a green one for my daily journaling. All of my different color inks would look fabulous I’m sure. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  8. I didn’t realize that these came in a clothbound version! I like that. I am challenging myself to wake up early every morning and write. I would use it for that purpose. Color? I like them all. Surprise me. =)

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  9. I would probably add it to my journal collection and my favorite ink color would be blue-black =)

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  10. I haven’t tried this one yet so I’d love to take it for a spin. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. I would send it to Lee Munro in Canada. 🙂

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  12. Green would look great (but if not, any available color is good). And it would definitely be used for journaling.

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  13. I would use the 1951 to write my short stories. My handwriting is pretty small, so having that much space per line would enable me to have plenty of space for edits above and below the line using another ink color. Also, I would choose the blue 1951 because I prefer blue over anything and everything (very logical answer, I think, haha!)

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  14. I might use it to keep track of my incoming and outgoing penpal mail or as a daily journal. My favorite color at the moment is pink so a pink notebook would be lovely.

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  15. Oh that is absolutely beautiful!!

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  16. In a notebook with a red cover, I’d record all the fears I’ve ever had, even for fleeting moments, on the left-hand pages, then on the right hand pages I’d write the dreams & ambitions that took me past the fears.

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  17. the black would be my choice as the record of an important meeting I will be attending in June

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  18. Violet! I could use the notebook as my next graditude journal. There are only a few weeks of pages left in my current gratitude journal.

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  19. I would like a violet Clairefontaine 1951 to practice my French spelling and verb conjugation in order to prepare for grad school at Middlebury language school. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

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  20. I need a new notebook to keep a log of my essential oil distillations. The red Clairefontaine 1951 would be an excellent choice. Thanks for the chance.

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  21. I would use this notebook as a journal for my 2 year old daughter. I have been keeping journals for her since she was born, to track milestones, current events, and anything else I want to tell future her.

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  22. I am a writer, so I jot down notes a lot. Always keep notebooks nearby! I love the turquoise color.

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  23. I have to say the red is just fantastic! I’d use it to jot down ideas for future work to be created – glass and silver stuff 🙂

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  24. That red yo have is great, I’d use it for notes and to do lists (boring but neccesary).

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  25. School notes! I love the red.

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  26. Looks sweet…I would love to use it for taking notes at work, with a nice red ink.

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  27. I’m currently working on my master’s thesis, so I would probably use this for notes, quotes, and drafts. Blue or green would look nice on the shelf.

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  28. I would use it for everyday notes. Black would be my choice.

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  29. I would love to fill a blue notebook with notes, thoughts, doodles and quotes with Baystate Blue ink!

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  30. A beautiful notebook and if it’s great with Fountain pens, I’d use it for this coming year’s journal. I think turquoise would be lovely too since that is my color I choose for everything.

    If I don’t win the contest, I will be looking into these. So nice. I love journaling with a fountain pen, words come out so much better, and composition books tend to bleed through.

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  31. This would be perfect for an ink journal!

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  32. I would use it as a book journal. Turquoise is my first choice, but anything but black would be fine. Thanks to you and Exaclair for the giveaway!

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  33. Green would be the perfect color to keep track of my Girl Scouts schedule.

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  34. Black would seem most appropriate for recording solemn thoughts.

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  35. The green would would make an awesome travel journal. Thanks!

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  36. I’d fancy a turquoise one to write notes in for book and manga reviews!

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  37. Been wanting to try one of those notebooks…with a Retro 1951 Tornado!

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  38. I would use a black notebook to continue working on my first novel. The black has a classic look to it and Clairefontaine paper makes my pens and pencils sing. It would make writing the novel easier!

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  39. I’m searching for a journal that works well with a fountain pen and hope that Clairefontaine is the answers.

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  40. Ooh, that violet is nice! I would like one of those and I would fill it with quotes and sayings that I find. I practice my handwriting in notebooks like these.

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  41. I would opt for a blue or black notebook to match my blue/black inks. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  42. I would use the red notebook to keep my daily notes at work.

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  43. I like to carry some kind of pad or notebook on me every day to keep lists, thoughts, tasks, ideas, goals, etc….the black 1951 would be a major upgrade from the UglyDoll and Mead Fat Lil’ Notebook I’ve been known to pocket these days.

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  44. I’m an orchestra conductor. When I study scores, I write all my thoughts down in a journal. “Violins should play out here, Trumpets should sound ‘Doomy,'” etc.

    I like to use fancy notebooks. It makes me feel like my contribution is important.

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  45. red is for journling

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  46. This notebook looks like the perfect size to keep on my desk at work to take notes. I would like the violet color.

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  47. I would love to use a black notebook as a travel journal!

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  48. I would use it to do … quantum field theory, seriously. Red and black are nice 🙂

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  49. That notebook would make staff meetings way more fun!

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  50. Love the red! Would use for notes.

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  51. I would love the black cover! I would use this notebook primarily for first drafts of blog posts.

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  52. I love the red. I’d use this to keep track of my to-do’s. So many to-do’s *sigh*

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  53. This notebook would be perfect for my field observations when I visit schools, as a student teacher! Any color would be beautiful 🙂

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  54. I love the violet color and would use my notebook for journaling!

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  55. If I were selected I know from experience the notebook would soon become filled with sketches, ideas and lists. I generally find green to be a delightful color.

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  56. I use these sorts of notebook for notes in the classes that I teach, and I’d like any color that isn’t black. I’m Mike@inkdependence.com

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  57. A nice notebook like this would accompany me to meetings at work. For important notes, as well as doodles! The red is very handsome.

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  58. Shoot, I forgot my email.
    I love the look of this 1951 Clairefontaine notebook. I love the red, but am fond of the blue as well. I might do writing exercises in a book like this.

    (Address deleted from your email since I can access it via WordPress. Will check out your blog later. ~ Inkophile)

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  59. I am a “Board Certified” FP nut and I was just in the process of ordering a Prera pen. I would be thrilled with any color, but I think that a rich blue ink might look good in the bluee color or black perhaps. I need to start a new journal since I am going through a major life transition due to illness. I think that this would be just the ticket. Thanks for the great offer…

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  60. I’d use the notebook to document all of my inks and pens. The Turquoise looks beautiful!

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  61. I would enjoy using this with a Retro 51 pen! Would prefer blue!

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  62. Could use it for taking notes at my evening courses. Since i only have black notebooks, any color except for black would be pretty awesome!

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  63. I would use this notebook for my daily journalling. I love the look of the 1951 Clairefontaine notebook, especially in Violet!

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  64. Please pick me

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  65. I live in Canada, so I’m illegible for the giveaway.

    That being said, that Pilot Preras and red cover combo was so drool-worthy that I had to comment.

    Gl to all!

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  66. I would like to record everything about my new born baby, photos, pic, or anything about her.

    kobyron@gmail.com

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  67. I’d use a red 1951 to photograph with a really good-looking, cream-colored Pilot Prera. But–oops!–you already did.

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  68. I would love a green one to keep track of my bonsai trees and their progress.

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  69. I would use any of the colors to write out lesson plans for my Spanish classes. I love handwriting what I plan to do. I think that I’m more creative and more attentive to the details for a particular lesson if I handwrite it, and particularly if I write with a good pen on excellent paper.

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  70. I would use it for writing songs for my band/music projects. The turquoise and green are lovely. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  71. I would use this to practice Spencerian and cursive with fountain and dip pens which required good paper. I love smooth, heavy paper!

    If I am the lucky winner, please email me at (hidden email address).

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  72. I would use it as a commonplace book and it would work amazingly well with my Lamy Studio fountain pen!

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  73. I would use it for a travel journal. Violet would be nice as I do not have anything in that color.

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  74. For general notes and comments
    I don’t have any violet notebooks yet so that would be cool

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  75. I would use it as a journal, to keep thoughts, quotes, and questions in. I dig anything with good paper that makes me want to write. And I would love to have a blue one!

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  76. Red’s my favorite color! That would make a great journal.

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  77. I would love to give a violet notebook a home. Then I’d be so drawn by the color that I’d wake early to do my morning pages! Thanks to you and Karen for sharing the paper love. I so enjoy looking at your pen and ink notes.

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  78. I would use the notebook as a practice journal (I’m a musician), an ink journal, or a regular journal. All of the colors except turquoise and violet appeal to me.

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  79. I would definitely use a 1951 Clairfontaine notebook as a daily repository for Android application design ideas. And since I am a simple, straight-laced kinda gal, this notebook in basic black would suit me just fine!

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  80. I would use this as one of my primary teaching journals…it would be for some of my special units and have a nice sketch note/doodle quality added to it! This is nice looking notebook!

    Oh, and a red or turquoise would be quite the decorative color!

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  81. A turquoise would match my new Ikea bookshelf!

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  82. I am going to draw cute, abstract shapes in it.
    I like cobalt blue. c;

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  83. Well, red coral is the color that is the best for me. I would use it to brighten up boring meetings. A good pen and nice paper are the only way to make it to the end sometimes.
    Thanks

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  84. Turquoise and the red you got are the best colors! I would personally use the notebook as a journal, since I am currently in the process of trying to get back to jotting down something every day so that I don’t end up losing my handwriting.

    And my email is rose.wang411@gmail.com

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  85. Would use this as an action journal – a daily log of everything I’ve done. Red looks to stand out.

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    • I love the idea of a letter-sized clothbound notebook combined with excellent paper! I’d use a green one to log business-related calls and transactions to maintain a permanent record.

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  86. I would like a green one. I have been wanting to begin writing a prayer journal, but I have been reluctant to start. This journal could be the inspiration I need to begin the adventure.

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  87. Red or turquoise are my color choices. I would use the book for a journal. Thank you for the running this contest!

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  89. I love the clairefontaine. I used the triomphe stationary for InCoWriMo and use a cloth bound notebook for work, would love to try the 1951.

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  90. I would use the notebook & pen for journaling and sketching. Turquoise is such a calming color – it would just help set the journaling mood.

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  91. I’d use the 1951 Clairfontaine notebook for transferring info I write on little scraps of paper (nubbins) and stuff in my pockets. The cobalt blue sounds beautiful. Thanks!

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  92. I would use the notebook for recording quotes that I like from the books I read. Turquoise is a calming color but green is good too. I’d enjoy either color.

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  93. Black seems the best choice because I have so many records and notations in notebooks. Plus black looks so “official”.

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  94. I would use this notebook for school notes and everyday writing. Turquoise would strike my fancy! 🙂

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  95. Looks like a great notebook, heard its comparable to Rhodia!

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  96. A black 1951 for note taking would awesome

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  97. I have recently rekindled my interest in fountain pens. I am planning on purchasing a new pen soon and this notebook would be a nice addition to that purchase. It is hard to find good notebooks that don’t bleed through the pages.
    I would use this notebook to start doing some daily journaling. I have been wanting to do that for sometime, and I thought that with a new pen that might inspire me to get started.
    I would be happy with any color.

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  98. I am familiar with Rhodia, and have heard great things about Clairfontaine paper. I would enjoy trying this notebook. Thanks for the chance.

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  99. would love a new notebook to use as journal and I fancy violet or turquoise please and thank you.
    good luck to all

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  100. I would use it to journal every day. Red or black would be awesome!

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  101. Turquoise for journaling, of course. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  102. I like the black and blue, and I’d use it as a journal.

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  103. I just got a job working with the Justices of the Supreme Court of my state. I would use the Claitfontaine to take notes during their opinion conferences.

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  104. I need a notebook for my next writing project. Black is the norm, but red would be a change.

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  105. Ooh, nice notebook. I think I might use it for writing poetry and Haiku, mixed with abstract watercolor and zentangle pages.

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  106. It makes me think of old exercise books, I’d use it to practice improving my handwriting. The green is my favorite, followed by turquoise.

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  107. I love turquoise! If I were to win, I’d use this notebook as a quote journal! Thanks for the chance.

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  108. I have never tried one of these and would use it for daily journaling.
    Thanks for the give away!

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  109. I would use the red for journaling or drawing!

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  110. I would use this as a diary/poetry journal. I like the black and the green ones best.

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  111. Any color will do as long as it is black. I intend to use any new notebook for whatever my Parker 51 Special wants to do with it!

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  112. I would use one page of a turquoise 1951 notebook to call winter a lot of bad names. 😉 The rest of the book, I would use as a gardening and bird-feeding/squirrel-mooching journal. Thanks for such a nice spring giveaway!

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  113. I would use it to write my recipes.

    I like black and orange.

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  114. […] to all of you for entering the giveaway sponsored by Exaclair, the U.S. distributor of Clairefontaine products. If your number didn’t […]

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  115. hi, where can i buy 96 sheet version? can’t find it anywhere.

    Thanks.

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