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Friday, May 22, 2020

Pilot+Lihit Lab A4/A5 Folder


This has to be my favourite thing I've bought this year.
If you're someone who carries documents around all the time, you will love this. 


This file is a collaboration by Pilot and Lihit Lab. 
It's an A5 folder that also fits A4 paper.


As you can see, it's half the size of an A4 folder.

The selling points are that it is compact, there's a band to secure it, it fits both A4 and A5 paper, and the A4 paper does not form creases when stored in this folder. 


I carry a lot of A4 documents for work.
Usually, I would have to either carry a bag that fits an A4 folder or carry the folder separately in order not to fold the paper (because it's not nice to present folded paper to the other person).  Plus, the A4 folder would have to be quite rigid and heavy in order to keep the A4 documents neat. 


This folder solves all those problems, it is made out of thick PP material that is also lightweight.
This keeps the paper neat.

There's also a unique crease which does not produce a fold in the paper and as a bonus, also serves as a pen holder. 


In conclusion, this is a very practical folder and it is also inexpensive!  
I think want to buy another one in a more business friendly colour. 

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Review: Daiso Korea Calligraphy Practise Set

Here at TN5C, we are huge fans of DAISO. So much so, we specially sought out a store during our last trip to Seoul! In case you did not know, unlike many DAISOs outside of Japan which carry about 70% of the same inventory, the one in Korea has almost completely different stock exclusive to them (Think about 70% of their stock). 

Today we will talk about their calligraphy practise set!

Contents include, a plastic guide, word examples, paper and a brush pen. Great value for your 1000won [Approx 1usd]

To practise, you stack the semi translucent paper atop the example words and trace them as best as you can. It helps one grasp the sizing and characters without having to memorize them which in turn might distract you from concentrating on your handwriting. The plastic guide holds the paper stack in place making it secure as you write.

Have you tried this?
What methods have you used to practice calligraphy?
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Friday, May 8, 2020

Simply Lettering Magazine, Issue 1


One of the things I like to do when I travel is go to a supermarket and at the supermarket, I like to browse the magazine racks. 

There always a wide array of magazines such as tabloids, tech, women's, food but I'm usually looking for a craft magazine. 


On a trip to London last year, I picked up Simply Lettering issue 1 at a Sainbury's.

If you're like me, you're probably thinking the pens are the biggest draw of this magazine. 

Also included are some practice templates and a magazine.  


The magazine included pages of supplies, things one might need to take up Modern Calligraphy as a hobby. 


Besides an introduction the basics, there were also articles with techniques one might use after becoming more confident in their skills, as well as interviews with calligraphers and hand letterers. 



The template book included a number of different styles of calligraphy and flourishes. 


However, I was most interested in the Brush Lettering starter set. 
It came with 2 pens, 1 black and 1 grey and they were double ended, brush tip and fine tip.




I ended up comparing it to the tombow, as it has the same brush and fine tip ends and the tombow is my favourite brush pen. 
With the starter set pen, the ink is not as pigmented and the pen is not as smooth as the tombow. 
I also found that after a few uses, the tip of the starter set pen did not stay as sharp as I would've liked. 

  

Despite its shortcomings, I think that for practice and first timers, it is adequate. 
Just be prepared to upgrade later on. 

Looking at their website, it seems they're up to issue 6! 
Have you purchased this magazine? How do you like it? 
Let us know below! 

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Review: MUNHWA XENO brush pens


You can buy stationery anywhere and this was one of those things I picked up randomly at a supermarket in Korea but it worked out so well I went back and bought another set the next day!

Munhwa XENO brush pens 
Price: 3000won (Approx 3usd)

There are two pens in the set, one is thick and the other medium. 

Ink flow is almost too quick so one must be careful and use thick paper to prevent ink seeping through. However it is very smooth to write or draw with. 

When dried, it holds up against alcohol markers quite well. There is still some ink dispersal but its still mostly acceptable. However you must wait for the ink to dry and that can take some time.

Have you tried these pens?
What do you think of them?

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Friday, April 24, 2020

May 2020 Printable


I hope that everyone is well during this extraordinary period. 

Please note that due to a reduction of services, our Etsy store is closed until further notice. 


I hope this month's printable will bring you warmth and comfort. #stayhome. 


May 2020 printable download link: here

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Review: Monami Color Twin Brush


Monami is a Korean stationery company, they make pens, artist supplies and office supplies.
I've reviewed their live color DIY pens previously and loved them so when I saw these brush pens, I had to pick them up, it certainly helped that they were on sale too. 

There are 3 sets to choose from, each with an array of beautiful colours. 


First, each pen has brushes on both ends, which is different from most brush pens, which has a brush on one end and a fine tip marker on the other.  
The end with the pen's colour indicated has the bigger brush and the other end is a smaller brush. 

Initial impressions are that the brushes are quite pliable, even more so than the Tombow brush pen. 
The colours are very pigmented, bright and they flow easily. 


The 'Sea' set has 4 blue, 1 blue green and 1 grey. 



The 'Flower' set has 1 yellow, 1 orange, 1 beige, 2 pinks and 1 red. 


The 'Forest' set has 3 greens,  1 teal, 1 brown and 1 black. 

I found the brushes to be too soft for my liking but that's a personal choice. 
These pens would be great for colouring and projects that require pigmented pens.

Overall, a great set to pick up if you see it and need some more colours to use, not totally unique but still great! 

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Free bonus printable!

We have prepared a little surprise for everyone! A free bonus printable featuring some of our favorite colors at the moment.

Use it as a bookmark, a wall display or to decorate your journal. The possibilities are endless.

Download here.
Please remember to print it in A6 size. (105 × 148 mm or 4.1 × 5.8 inches)


Tag us with our hashtag if you use it, we would love to see your creations!
We wish all of you good health and good vibes.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Review: Staedtler Double Ended Lettering Pens


We sure do love our pens, especially when they go on sale! 

I picked up this set last year and they've sat unused so I decided to put them to the test.

This set is 12 colours and they are double ended. 
One end is a brush pen, the other is a simple felt tip.


True to Staedtler's reputation, the pens are great for beginners and easy to use. 
The brush is pliable but firm enough for people starting out with a brush pen and the colours are rich and pigmented. 
I especially like the Magenta colour, isn't it striking.  

The felt tips are basic but usable and complement the brush tips well. 


If I had one criticism, it would be that the construction of the pen is not the best. The plastic is slightly frayed in places and there appears to be glue residue in some places. 

Overall, it is a great first set for someone wanted a brush lettering pen but not wanting to invest in say the Tombow brush pens. 
If you see this on sale, snap it up! 

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Friday, March 27, 2020

April 2020 Printable

We are moving into the final month of the first quarter of this year~ how has the year gone for you this far? Are you achieving your daily goals?

This month's printable features one of my favorite color combinations and I certainly hope you like it too!
Do tag us at #TN5Cprintable if you can! We love seeing your creations!


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Friday, March 20, 2020

REVIEW : PetaPeta watercolor tape

Tired of your usual stickers or washi tape? How about something a little different? Today, I'm going to review the watercolor tapes by PetaPeta.

Each roll has several different shapes and peel off the main roll of release paper easily. They also come in gorgeous vivid colors, which when placed on paper, create a watercolor look.

They are a little translucent but not quite like washi tape. If i had to give an example, i would say they are close to vellum paper. Adds a gorgeous shot of color to journals and gift wrapping. You can write on them with a marker or fast drying ball point pen! Or trying layering them for a different look! The possibilities are endless!
Have you tried these? What do you think of them?

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Paperchase Padfolio


Stationery shopping is one of the best things about travelling. 

I went to London for work last year and picked up this padfolio notebook in blue from Paperchase.
I thought the format was refreshing and the colour scheme (neon orange interior) was cute. 





I never expected to use it as much as I did. 

The idea is quite simple, in the front of the notebook there was a clipboard/folio.
Inside, there is a  tearaway pad of paper and a pocket to store loose sheets. 

It's perfect for quick notes or if you don't have space for an open notebook. 

I use it mostly for random lists and to dos. 



My one criticism of the blue padfolio is that the cover slopes down at an angle.
It's not a major flaw but can make writing a bit difficult. 



This year I travelled to London for work again and picked up 2 new padfolios. 


This time they had thinner spines and laid flat. 
Very aesthetically pleasing I have to say. 


The pink one had a plain paper pad, 2 types of adhesive notes and a cardboard pocket. 
Isn't the colour scheme so pretty! 


The second one is a simpler and the notepad is lined. 
I like the grey kraft material of the cover. 



This one currently holds my to do list. 

It doesn't take up a lot of space and it's easy to reference. 

You might be thinking that a normal clipboard would serve the same purpose but I like the feel of a notebook and it's always a good thing to carry extra paper around! 

What do you think? Is this something you might buy? 
Let us know below. 

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Multi Use Pens : PILOT Acroball White Line, 3M and Paperchase

As a stationery addict, I have always wished I could bring my entire collection with me no matter where I go. Alas, the bottomless bag has yet to be invented so what does one do?

The solution? Multi use pens!
There are many available but as an example, we will look at 3 which I own!
From left: PILOT Acroball White Line, 3M Post It Highlighter pen, Paperchase sticky notes double ended pen.

Maker: 3M
Usages : One end has Post-it tabs and the other is a Highlighter

 Maker: Paperchase
Usages : One end has a ball point pen and the other is a Highlighter. The cap covering the highlighter also dispenses sticky film tabs!

Maker: PILOT
Product Name: Acroball White Line
Usages : One end has correction tape and the other is a 3-color pen which changes as you turn the middle of pen to the corresponding color marked (Blue, Black, White). The pens and tape are refillable!

Personally, I use the Acroball a lot and is something I bring out with me quite often as I do not have as much to highlight. Have you tried any of these? Or do you have one to recommend?
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Friday, February 28, 2020