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Friday, September 13, 2019

Review: Kitaboshi Pencil (pencil for grown ups)


First up, this is not a new product on the market but it's new to me. 
I only noticed it at my local stationery store recently. 

It's the kitaboshi (northstar) pencil, also known as a grown up's pencil. 


It comes in packaging with a more mature design, aimed towards adults, and includes a pencil, lead and a container with a sharpener lid. 


It reminds me of a drafting pencil because the lead is thick unlike the thin pieces of pencil lead that you would find for a mechanical pencil. 

 The lead doesn't snap easily and is easy to sharpened although I worry about losing the sharpener container. 


I reckon this is a great pencil if you like mechanical pencils but don't like the typical thin pieces of lead. It's really smooth and the product design is really minimalistic, it reminds me of Muji!

Writing with it is a joy, it is smooth and pigmented. 
However, I do think the blackwing pencil is smoother.
If that is your favourite pencil, this might seem like a step back. 

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Friday, September 6, 2019

TOMBOW PLAYCOLOR x #SPINNS LE set


TOMBOW PLAYCOLOR has collaborated with fashion brand SPINNS to release an LE pack to entice all those going back to school after summer. 

Each set comes with 6 pens + a zipper pouch featuring an exclusive print.


The pens included are of the standard playcolor range but if you were looking to expand your collection or have never tried them before, this is a nice way to start! Its a little cheaper too + free cute pouch ^^!

Stay tuned to see what other new releases will be appearing in stores this summer in Japan for all those going back to school!

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Livework Color on Color Twinpen vs Daiso Korea Twinpen


Daiso, like all dollar store/100yen stores carries a selection of items that look like other well known products.

On my last trip to Korea, I saw a few things at Daiso that looked familiar, including this set of Twinpens. 


The set contains 4 Twinpens for 2000KRW, roughly 1.65USD.

Each pen has a highlighter side and a thin marker side, all the sides are a unique colour corresponding to the pen barrel and not repeated on the other side of the pen. 


Look familiar? This is the Livework Color on Color Twinpen, which I think is what inspired the Daiso Twinpens. 

The pen barrel has the same ombre effect, it also has a highlighter and a thin marker side.
 However, Livework has 1 additional pen unlike the Daiso set. 


The pen barrel colours may be different (Livework's is brighter than Daiso's), but swatched next to each other the pen inks are almost identical. 

If only the Daiso set had 1 more pen!

Usage wise, Daiso's twinpens are not as smooth as Livework's but that's not a dealbreaker I feel.
It might be because the Daiso pens are newer.

Also, did I mention Daiso's Twinpens are 1/4 the price of the Livework set? 



Therefore, if you are trying to decide between these 2 sets, go with the Daiso set. 

It's value for money and good quality! 

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Friday, August 23, 2019

September 2019 Printable

The September printable utilises one of our favourite themes/colour schemes. 


The combination of pinks/purples and stars remain a favoured dreamy addition to our planners. 

We hope you like it too! 


Download here: Link

Please see instagram for ibon and netprint information. 



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Friday, August 16, 2019

Review : KOKYUO Shellero X Mister Donut pencil case

KOKYUO is a Japanese stationery brand and one of their collections include a pencil case range [SHELLERO] which opens up completely for easy access. I've had my eye on them for a while but was never quite convinced to buy them. 
Till now that is. 

Yes, they collaborated with my favorite donut store MISTER DONUT to release a limited edition range.

Limited Edition is like bait to me. I cant help but covet and subsequently buy it. [sucker] In all fairness the print is actually quite pretty and i really like the words as well. Sugar Raised. I certainly am LOL.

As expected, it is truly easy to get access to all its contents at one go but i did not realise how big the capacity would be!

Here are all 16 pens from the MILDLINER brush range fitted comfortably inside of it!
A highly reccomended buy for those who bring a lot of stationery on the go with them ^^!

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Friday, August 9, 2019

To Do List Printable


We started August off with a musically themed printable, and because it's a long weekend here, we thought a to do list might be a good idea.



Printed here on the newest addition to our Etsy store: Vellum sticker paper


Plenty of space to write a to do list, your favourite songs or just plan. 


Print as many as you want! 

The file provided is in A5, I recommend printing 2 sheets on 1 A4 using the settings of your printer. 


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Friday, August 2, 2019

Review : DAISO Coordi Stationery Range


Ever popular 100yen store DAISO Japan has launched a new stationery range [COORDI]!
The range is different from their usual stuff and targets a more mature crowd or those with a love of neutrals.

Included in the range are some notebook covers which look very much like traveler notebooks.

Stickers and tapes

Fusen and and spare notebooks too


Here is my haul~

These cost 100yen + tax each.

The notebook set costs a bit more at 300yen + tax.

The set comes with the notebook cover, one refill notebook and extra connector band.

For those wondering if the refills will work in their TN, the answer is yes and no.
Yes, they will fit but note it will be a lot smaller [about one inch shorter]

Here they are: side by side. Left: DAISO COORDI Right: Traveler Notebook

All in all, a nice inexpensive buy for those just starting out and not keen to invest in an actual TN. 
What do you think? Will you be trying them out?

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Friday, July 26, 2019

August 2019 Printable

We are feeling that retro chill vibe that is vaporwave in this month's printable!



Add a [neon] pop of color to your journal this month ^^v

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Do tag us if you use our printable! We would love to hear what you think!

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Jibun Techo 2019

  

I've been using the bullet journal for 2 years but I became busier and busier and thus, the format no longer worked for me. 

In April, I moved to a Kokuyo Jibun Techo, a rather popular planner system. 

I paired it with a Pentel Sliccies multi coloured pen. 



The version I bought was the Jibun Techo Biz with a planner that starts in April. 

The 2 cover choices were Red and Navy and there's a pocket on the front, which I've used to keep spare change and random things I've been given.




The front and back pockets are also great for storing cards, receipts and small sheets of stickers. 




I've also included another notebook for taking notes, also from the Jibun Techo range and a small A6 folder from Daiso. 



I found this pencil board at Tokyu hands from another brand. 
It matches the red cover well!  


There are yearly, monthly and weekly sections. 

I used the monthly overview as an expense tracker. 



The weekly section is vertical. I like that the layout has a to do list on one side, a time based planner, place to stick our TN5C printable. 

Overall, I'm really happy with the Jibun Techo. 
It's really easy to use and retains elements of customisation similar to the bullet journal. 

I also really like the compact size, perfect for slipping to a handbag for everyday or work. 

Do you use a Jibun Techo? Share your tips below. 

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: Pilot Juice Neon Pens and Black Fusen


Neon is a summer, festivals and look at me! 

Pilot released these gorgeous neon pens and black paper fusen.

The black fusen comes in a variety of different shapes. 
I picked up the speech bubble, star and of course, cat.  


First up, the black fusen had a list of recommended pens. 
The top 2 ranges are gel pens,  below is 1 marker and 1 mechanical pencil range. 


The Neon colours are Pink, Red, Green, Orange, Apricot Orange and Yellow. 

The colours show up on the black fusen beautifully but only 3 of the 6 colours show up recently well on regular notepaper. 


I really like the neon colours, I am excited to use them in more projects. 

And whilst the ink looks great on the black fusen, it's probably not necessary to purchase it if fusen is not your thing. Would I use it often, maybe not. 

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Review : The Green Party Magic Color Ink Glass Pen Box Set

A month ago, I was on holiday in sunny Singapore when I chanced upon a gift store of sorts called "The Green Party". Entranced by the numerous giant plush toys that adorned their doorway displays, I ventured in for a look and found out that they also sold stationery. Score! (Don't you love it when you find unexpected stationery?)

I picked up a few things and amongst them was this curious gift box set below.

Inside, there are two bottles of ink,  a glass pen , a glass pen rest and a mini UV torchlight.

The glass pen nib is very fine and works very well for writing. Pictured below is the red ink the set came with.

So what about the other bottle of ink? Well its a clear ink which only shows up when you use the UV light to shine on it. I guess thats what they meant by magic ink!

This is mostly a novelty thing to own since I dont envision myself needing to write secret invisible ink messages to anyone anytime soon [but never say never]

If you ever find yourself in Singapore, drop into the store for a look!
Who knows what you might find!
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