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Friday, January 20, 2023

Review: Pentel Fudehajime, Brush pen for beginners


My brush calligraphy skills are still very lacking but I do enjoy buying different brush pens. 

The Fudehajime from Pentel is specifically for beginners. 

I picked up the pen in black and pale black ink colours. 

Pale black is almost grey, it has a watercolour like quality to it whilst the black is very pigmented.
The ink is also quick drying and it is recommend that you use paper for inkjet printers. 
I thought that was great as not everyone will have special calligraphy paper and so the pen can be used by anyone.

As a bonus, the pen cap works great as a pen rest. 

What makes the Fudehajime a beginner pen?

The length of the brush is the best for beginner level users.
A longer brush is for intermediate to pro level calligraphists.
It is also harder than a regular calligraphy brush pen, which means better control.  

As mentioned previously, the pale black ink is watercolour like.
It's not my favourite unfortunately. 

The pen itself is really easy to use, the brush is not too soft, not too hard and easy to control, which I really appreciated. 

The black ink is really nice on paper, I definitely prefer this to the pale black. 

The pen designs are also really pretty, they are based on traditional Japanese art.

Overall, if you're looking into getting into brush pens/calligraphy, this will be a good pen to pick up. 

Fudehajime, Fude means brush, hajime means first/beginning and it really lives up to it's name. 

What do you think? Would you try this out? 

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Friday, December 30, 2022

Friday, December 23, 2022

Review: Yamato Clip Memo Tape + Magnet

It’s fusen time again. 
Feels like it’s been awhile since we’ve done a fusen review! 

This time, I would like to introduce the Clip Memo Tape + Magnet by Yamato

The Clip Memo Tape + Magnet is an improved version of the Fuse’n’Tape
It adds a clip and magnet and now comes in pastel colours. 

I purchased this fusen in yellow, it reminds me of the classic post it notes. 
The roll is 15mm wide and 10m long and fully self adhesive, like other fusen, it is movable. 
The dispenser has a clip on one side, a magnet on the other side and a paper cutter on the end. 

The clip is unfortunately a bit thicker than the usual paperclip, most likely to hold up the weight of the fusen roll but it does clip on nicely onto a notebook cover.
But again, the weight does not make it very practical. 

The paper material used is nice and thick and the paper cutter cuts the paper roll easily.
I really like the jagged edges, it looks like washi tape. 

I decorated some strips of fusen that I cut. 
I used highlighter pens here and I think it looks pretty good. 
And because the material is paper, not film, most general pens will work. 

The yellow really stands out on white notebook paper, great for marking stuff and other important uses.

Also, did I mention it won the Good Design award for 2020? 

What do you think? Is this something you would find useful? 


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Friday, December 16, 2022

Printable Christmas Tags 2022

It's that time of the year again and our annual free holiday season gift tags are back!

This year's design features the ever beloved green red color scheme with an added neutral tone.
And its a perfect match for this month's free date printable too so its perfect for journaling as well!

Download Here

Happy Holidays from TN5C!

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Friday, December 9, 2022

Review: King Jim Kraft Notebook Cover

Do you know that feeling when you buy a new notebook and you don't want it to become dirty. 

The options are wrap it in plastic, buy a cover if one is available, leave it as is (shudder, the horror) and now King Jim have these Kraft notebook covers

The covers are made of washable kraft paper, look really smart, have an elastic look closure. 

They come in 4 sizes (A6, A5, B5 and A4) and 4 colours (Navy, Beige, Brown, Gray). 

I picked up 2 of the A6 sized covers in gray and beige that were on sale. 

The inside of the cover is very well constructed with very neat stitching. 

The inside of each vary slightly with each size. The A6 comes with 2 card sized pockets, 1 A6 height pocket, a half sized pocket, a pen holder, bookmark and a pocket for you to slide in the back of your notebook. 

Here I used a Midori A6 notebook and of course, it fit perfectly. 

I also inserted a notebook into the half size pocket, that works really well if a notepad is your paper of choice. 

I like that it has lots of storage, although the pen holder does have a limit for the size of pen that will fit. 

With the Midori notebook and the cover closed, it isn't as thick as one would think. 

In conclusion, these notebook covers are really useful and great for keeping your notebook and other things with it. 

If you're someone is carries a notebook around, this is definitely something you should look into. 

What do you think? Is this something you would purchase? 
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Friday, December 2, 2022

Review : AMIFA Masking Sheets - Watercolor

Today, we will be reviewing the new masking sheets sets from AMIFA.

Each set contains 8 sheets of masking tape texture sticker sheets (2 sheets of 4 designs) and they measure 150mm x 100mm.
There are 2 types available.

First type 

2nd type
The sheets are designed for "Free cut" aka you can cut them any way you want before peeling off the backing paper and sticking them somewhere.

If you prefer to not cut by hand, you can also use a paper punch 

Or an electronic cutter for an even more precise cut (settings : masking tape)

The possibilities are endless!
What would you do with these?

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Friday, November 25, 2022

December 2022 Printable

Its the season to be jolly and we hope you feel that way when you see our latest printable!
And you can use it for more than just your journal!
How about making your own Christmas advent calendar?

Download HERE.

Netprint (Japan) and IBON (Taiwan) details can be found on our instagram.

Do tag us in your creations! We would love to see them!
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Friday, November 18, 2022

Midori Decoration Crayon - Marble Color


I've seen this Midori Decoration Crayon in stores and it's very eye catching so I decided to pick one up. 

I  purchased the pink/purple from the Marble color line.
There is also a neon colour line and refills are available for all colors. 

It's a really simple crayon in a retractable case and it's roughly 7cm in length, which makes it very portable and compact. 

It works similar to a retractable eraser, the mechanism is smooth and there are no snags. 
The holder will also prevent dirty hands from having to hold the crayon directly. 

The crayon is colourful, easy to use. 

You can pick any side/corner to write with and the color combination changes all the time which is really fun! 

The crayon itself is good quality, as expected of a Midori product. 

There is no residue, it doesn't smudge and you can write over or under it without affecting the ink from the pen.
It can also be used with another Midori product, the paintable stamp, which we've reviewed previously. 

The Midori Decorative Crayon is very versatile, you can use it to highlight, to decorate, to color, it's a great addition to any stationery kit. 

What do you think? Will you be picking this up? 

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Friday, November 11, 2022

Review: Okazaki Plate for masking tape

 Here at TN5C, we have both been traveling quite a bit~ Its always exciting to do journaling on holiday...but not easy to bring all the supplies we want to use. So when I chanced upon this, I decided it was worth a try!

Plate for Masking Tape by Okazaki

Each package contains 

  • one black front cover
  • 3 plates in white
  • one gold ring to hold them together

The plates are made of ABS resin and are very sturdy/tough.
They measure 85mm by 35mm each.

Each plate can hold up to 4 different rolls of masking tape [15mm width]

After you have added the masking tape, the front plate looks extremely cute too! 

But it is not just for looks, the black front plate has jagged edges on both sides to make tearing the masking tape a total breeze. Being left handed, I totally appreciated the fact I could tear from either side.

And thanks to its compact size, it fits in the smallest of pencil cases; making it very easy to bring the masking tape you want on a trip without having to over carry!

What do you think? Will you try this out?

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Friday, November 4, 2022

Review: Kyoei Orions Belt LOR Ruler


When I have time, I like to take my time to look through the out of the way corners of the stationery stores. 
That's how I found this ruler. 

It's a Left or Right ruler by Kyoei Plastic Co Ltd. 

It's not just a product for left handed people, I think there are great real world applications for this sort of ruler. 

Let me explain. 

I purchased the 15cm plastic version of the ruler. 
It also comes in 20cm and there is an aluminium edition as well. 

As you can see above, one side looks like a regular ruler, 0 on the left all the way to 15cm on the right. 

Flip it around and you get the ruler in the reverse,  which is pretty interesting. 
I sometimes have to measure stuff backwards and I think the reverse side is really useful. 

It has 2 other features:
1. The material is an acrylic that has an anti viral coating
2. You can use it to read lines of text more easily

I think it's a really interesting product, suitable for both right and left handed people. 

What do you think? Is this something you might use? 

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Friday, October 21, 2022

Review: Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen 10 Color set

 I loveeeeeeee brush sign pens. But it is usually only available in just black ink [or red at most]. So when I found out Tombow Fudenosuke pens were available in a 10 color pack, I snapped it up immediately!

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen 10 Color Set

Each pen is single ended with a hard elastomer tip.

The pens feature everything the standard Fudenosuke pen is famous for ; 
  • long lasting pen nib that is good for lettering and drawing
  • water resistant ink [after drying]
  • water based ink
  • fade resistant

Here are the swatches!

Identical looking when compared to the usual fudenosuke brush pen [the pen caps are colored to reflect the ink color]
If you are a fan of the standard brush pen, you definitely need to check out the other colors!

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