Giveaway: Galen, The Note Board

This week, we’re continuing giveaways at The Desk with The Note Board, generously sent to us by the folks over at Galen Leather ($39).

Galen Note Board

The Note Board is a collaboration between Galen Leather and Walden Woodworkers Co to make this vintage inspired note board which holds a Rhodia pad, or your favorite A5 notepad, for jotting down all of your important notes and reminders.

Galen Note Board

The Note Board is beautifully finished Walnut with brass fittings, and would look excellent on your desk.  There’s even a pen slot where you can rest your favorite pen to keep it handy.

Included in this giveaway are:

The Pilot Metro Pop is not included but is available at many fine retailers.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment BELOW and tell us what your favorite A5 notepad is!

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. All entries must be submitted at, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Thursday, April19. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your actual email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear – just email you if you win. If winner does not respond within 7 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. US residents and APO/FPO only please.

Laura is a tech editor, podcaster, knitter, spinner and recent pen addict. You can learn more about her knitting and tea adventures on her website, The Corner of Knit & Tea and can find her on Instagram as Fluffykira.

DISCLAIMER: The items included in giveaway were provided free of charge by Galen Leather. Please see the About page for more details.

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  1. Rhodia dot too! i like cutting up larger Rhodia dot paper and binding it myself into A5ish notebooks, interspersed with pages for attaching ephemera.

  2. Mary here at . My fave A5 is the Rhodiarama Webbie in taupe, iris and raspberry. Or chocolate, lilac and poppy. Any old webbie will do as long as it is a Rhodia webbie.

  3. I have been carrying a Rhodia No. 16 lined pad since 9/2/15. I only use it when I have a fountain pen handy. Love how durable it’s been!

  4. My favorite is definitely the Rhodia in ice! I only wish it came in dot grit, but I just can’t say no to that white cover!

  5. We’re on a Rhodia roll here! Their excellent notepads are my favorite, especially the A5 size.

  6. I love all things Rhodia, but my current carry & fave A5 is the Rhodia lined wirebound (perfect for when one doesn’t have a beautiful walnut clipboard to rely on!).

  7. Typically I like to use whatever cute dot grid A5 I can find at Daiso but if I’m indulging myself the Rhodia is lovely. Thank you for the giveaway.

  8. I don’t have any A5 pads, but I’d love a Rhodia ColoR Premium Pad No. 16 – A5 – Lined, in Sapphire!

  9. It sounds cliche to say, but my favorite is the Rhodia dot grid, although I am currently (and frequently) use the APICA A5 (my biggest lament with it, is that it does not come in a dot grid).

  10. That Rhodia dot pad is without a doubt my fave.
    What a beautiful clipboard – would love to win it!
    Have all of the Pilot Metro pens already.
    love from priya . . .

  11. Leuchtturm notebooks are the only A5 that is sold locally. And by “locally” I mean “the next town over.”

    One of these day’s I’ll take the plunge and order a Rhodia dot grid notebook, but I keep holding out and hoping that they’ll show up in one of our local mom and pop stores first.

  12. I like any of the Rhodia A5’s with white paper. I’ve used them all and currently have the blank and dot in use, and a grid standing by. I love them, and anything with white Clairefontaine paper.

  13. The Noteboard looks great! My favorite A5 is the izulu Waterproof Spiral Fieldnotes series 117… gets wet & doesn’t lose notes! I use it for camp because I keep sensitive info and need it to survive rain storms

  14. Still haven’t found a perfect A5 but Leuchtturm and Like are dueling it out. If there must be a current winner Claiefontaine.

  15. Rhodia dot grid is my favorite. Rhodia graph is nice, but the dot grid is magically perfect.

  16. My go to A5 is the Rhodia grid notepad. I’ve tried and liked the Fabriano A5 notepad also.

  17. Oh, it would be so fun to win this for my son! I have never tried a Rhodia pad, but after all the positive comments above, I might have to! I am a Moleskine fan and also love Clairefontaine.

  18. Maruman Mnemosyne grid paper is my favorite, I often use my notepads for knitting charts ad floor plan ideas so I love a nice smooth graph paper!

  19. Leuchtterm is what I prefer for work in an A5. For a notepad the Doane large flap jotter (A5 plus the ring binding) is great for quick notes as I am a lefty and the paper is pretty absorbent. Thanks for the chance.

  20. I haven’t tried too many A5 notepads yet, but I recently acquired a La Petite Papeterie Francaise one and I’m digging it!

  21. I like the Rhodia A5, although I prefer mine lined. Galen leather does beautiful work — thanks for the giveaway!

  22. I’m a fan of the Rhodia ColoR pad and paper but I honestly have a number of brands I favor. Thanks for this opportunity.

  23. I can’t help but be loyal to Rhodia dot pads. I love a dot grid, the paper is exactly right and it balances dry time and fp friendliness

  24. If we’re talking top-bound notepads, then it’s the Rhodia dot grid. If we’re talking anything A5, then it’s the Midori MD grid notebook.

  25. Not really an A5 user – but B5. Mead 5 Star comp book style.

    PS I have a Pilot Metro White Tiger that would go great with this prize.

  26. My favorite A5 notepad is probably the Rhodia— I have yet to find a tomoe river notepad in A5 size, the smallest I saw was B5.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. My current fave is a Rhodia Ice pad, but if I could go with A5-ish pads, I’d choose the Paper for Fountain Pens Tomoe pad that they offer. It’s great!

  28. I really like the Rhodia Dotpad but I want to try the Inkaren Memo Pad soon. I’m also starting to experiment with putting line guides under pages and may switch to plain paper soon.

  29. My favorite is the Rhodia Ice lined; use it in court all the time, then punch the pages and put them in my Circa.

  30. I’m actually not a huge fan of notepads (I prefer side-bound books), but I do have a deep love for the Rhodia ColoR pads. They’re my favorite for writing correspondence.

  31. For a notepad, I like the Rhodia A5 Dot Grid. For a notebook, I use a lot of Leuchturn’s. But I prefer Tomoe River paper, or Nock Co’s A5 grid paper. I guess I am all over the place! Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.

  32. Itoya is the best I’ve ever used. My pen just glides down. It makes calligraphy easier too.

  33. My favorite is actually the Rhodia A5 dot grid. Thank you for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway.

  34. The A5-ish notepad I’ve been enjoying lately is the BaronFig Mastermind Mini dot grid notepad. But you can’t really go wrong with the Rhoda brand.

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