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Friday, July 3, 2020

DIY Tutorial + bonus free printable : Make your own clear pencil case

If you have been looking around on stationery instagram accounts in Japan, you must have noticed this clear pencil case everyone appears to have. 

Want one too? 
Good news, you don't have to fly to Japan to purchase it, you can easily make your own at home.
Here's what you need!
  1. A5 Soft card Case
  2. Clip
  3. Stickers to decorate

All you need to do is insert your pens and roll the end up. Use the clip to hold it together!
To decorate it, get another piece of plastic (I cut mine from the packaging of the case XD) and stick your stickers on. 

Once you finished decorating it, insert the plastic into the pencil case! It will also help keep the pen case in shape when you toss it into your bag.

Easy and looks great in photos!
And to get you started, I am sharing a printable of the stickers I used!

Download here 
(Only available till 10th July 2020)

If you make the pen case or use the printable, please tag as on instagram @thenumber5.co and use the tag #TN5Cprintable!

And if you haven't started following us on instagram, you can find us here!
We post ideas, layouts and lots more to inspire you.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

July 2020 Printable

 Time for another free monthly printable! This month features a rather romantic theme but in neutral tones which should go with many different styles and straight edges is always a bonus [easy to cut XD]
Im so in love with this color scheme I've printed it out on washi paper instead! 
Note: This is at 50% the size of the pdf but you can print it at 100% too!

If you want to do the same, you can find printable washi paper in our newly reopened etsy store over here! (Opens in new window)

Tag us at #TN5Cprintable if you use it! We would love to check out your creations!
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Friday, June 19, 2020

Review: Daiso Stamp Sheet and Stamp Block

I love stamps and have never thought much of Daiso's offerings until now. 
I purchased these Daiso stamp sheets and stamp block at the beginning of the year. 
Each sheet has a theme and designs that correspond to that theme. 

stamp sheets 'Daily' and 'Leisure' 

I picked up 5 designs and a stamp block but I understand Daiso has since expanded the range and added new designs! 

stamp sheets 'Speech bubble', 'Travel' and 'Cafe' 

Each set is sandwiched between 2 plastic sheets, 1 of which has the designs printed on it which is great for storage. 

The stamp block is a typical acrylic block, it's a good size and fits even the biggest stamp from the sheets. 

Stamping is easy, peel off one of the stamps and place in on the block, ink it and stamp! 
The process and feel is very similar to other stamp sheets. 

Each stamp design is cute and a good size. I found the designs fit well in my A5 planner. 

The stamps print nicely and the designs are very usable.
I do recommend using ink that is more concentrated like versafine. 

And as a bonus, the stamp sheets fit nicely in a sticker folder.
If you decide to use the cardboard backing, a bit of trimming will be required. 

I'm so glad Daiso has released these stamp sheets. 
Cute stationery at good prices is always a bonus! 

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Review: SSUEIM&CCLIM Calligraphy Book (3000 쓸수록 끌리는 캘리그라피)

Here at TN5C we love buying interesting stationery as a souvenir whilst on holiday.
One of the many items we purchased is a book on learning calligraphy.

But with a twist! We are learning to write Korean characters calligraphy. 
Size : 205 x 200mm

The author suggests using anything you are comfortable with, such as ball pen, brush pen and even pencil. Thankfully, the paper is very thick so there is no need to worry about ink going through it or ghosting on the other side. 

After practising smaller sets of words, you can also try write longer phrases. A good way to learn word arrangement.

I find it hard to find lessons or tips on writing non english calligraphy at times so it was thrilling to find this book and I've been trying to practise as much as I can.
All in all, a very good buy.
Do you buy things like this when you go on holiday?

In other exciting news, we have revamped our Etsy store and added a whole bunch of new stickers. Do check them out because for the first time ever, the printable versions are also for sale! That's right, you can purchase the file and print them at home as many times as you want. If you need sticker paper, don't forget to check out the ones we stock. We even have printable vellum sticker paper AND printable washi sticker paper!
Our store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheNumber5Co

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Instagram Stories Templates + Printable!

In May, we introduced Instagram templates. 
You can find them in the highlights of our profile page. 

As analog stationery lovers, we thought some of you might like these templates as printables.
Here are the first 3 templates as printables:

Are you feeling blue? 

 blushing pink? 

or have you embraced the plant lover life! 

Download the printable here: Link
(We recommend printing on A5 paper, or 2 on 1 A4 sheet if you're able to) 

Do tag us in any layouts or stories templates that you use! 

Are there any templates/printables you'd like to see, tell us in the comments! 

P.S In case you missed it, our store is open. 

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Friday, May 29, 2020

June 2020 Printable

June is upon us! For those of you who are working on your journals, we are at the halfway point this year now so how has it been going?

This month's printable is dedicated to our love for washi tape and the neutral palette.
Let us see your layouts and creations!
Tag us at #tn5cprintable !

Download here: Link
Check out our instagram for netprint [Japan only] and ibon [taiwan only] information.

We are also pleased to announce that our store has reopened and the ever popular printable washi paper is also restocked so do check it out!

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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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