Schoollocker squared index cards

Schoollocker squared index card

Schoollocker is an Etsy store. Etsy is a large online marketplace of hand crafted items, almost akin to Ebay, though items are not sold by auction. An offering I noticed was a quadrille/squared/gridded/graph paper index card. I love this type of index card, and can’t find any close to home.

If the Exacompta cards I mentioned last week are the fashionable boutique high end, these are the practical though dowdy department store edition.

In a 4″ x 6″ version, one side has square ruling, and the other side is blank. The ink is loud, bright, public school blue.

Schoollocker squared index card

The problem is – and these cards are not alone in this aspect – the application of the ruling is random. So the vertical line closest to the card’s left edge might be touching that edge, or it might be several millimeters away. This rules out certain uses of the card.

The paper is also a step down from the high table Exacompta. Yet – the cards are still great fun, and very usable.

This blog rarely mentions prices, but at $US5.50 for 55 cards shipped to Canada, the cheaper and higher quality Exacomptas become an easy choice.

Ampad Engineer’s Computation Pad

Ampad Engineer's Computation Pad

The Ampad Engineer’s Computation Pad is a specialty pad of paper. Light green with green ruling, the front side of the page has only a margin. The back of the page has a 100 by 700 grid, with each square measuring 1/5″ x 1/5″. The inch lines (every fifth line) are slightly darker.

The idea is that graphs and drawings can be made with the benefit of the ruling, while appearing to be on a blank background.

It is a completely different approach to some of the same problems that Whitelines paper is also attempting to address.

As paper, it’s fairly thin and lightweight. It seemed very pencil friendly, and maybe just a tad less amicable towards a medium nib Lamy pen.

Ampad Engineer's Computation Pad

Choices are good. If writing with the intention of line rulings not reproducing was my sole objective, then I’d say the Whitelines paper is much better – using it is pleasant and effortless, while the ruling of the Engineer’s Pad can take some strain to discern. Whitelines also comes in many paper sizes and binding options. On the flip side, the Engineer’s Pad is much easier on the wallet, and each side having a different scheme could be useful.