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Friday, October 22, 2021

Review : PENTEL Black Colors Collection [20th anniversary Limited Edition]

 To celebrate 20 years of ENERGEL pens, Pentel has launched a new limited edition collection.

Black Colors Collection

"The black ink with a hint of colors"

They are sold both separately and individually.
Available in both 0.5mm and 0.7mm.
Refills are also available and sold separately.

A known ENERGEL fanatic, I've picked up both sets to review. 

The pens are retractable and write with the ease that we know of ENERGEL pens. They are also fast drying just like all ENERGEL pens. Simply perfect for lefties like me. 

Here are the swatches

Though new to ENERGEL, the varied black ink colors is not a new concept. I previously reviewed SAKURA Craypas version here

Here's a comparison of the colors between the two. I've tried to pick colors as close as possible but there was no comparable color for the mocha black.
As I previously mentioned, I'm a total ENERGEL fanatic so there was never any possible way I would dislike these pens but in all honesty, the colors are really usable and since its Limited Edition, I'm going to buy a stash of the refills too.
What about you?


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Friday, October 15, 2021

Review: Isshoni. fusen roll tape and fusen index #workfromhome

 


I stumbled upon this line of stationery at the store. 
It's called Isshoni. by Daigo. Isshoni means together in Japanese.

The concept of Isshoni. is to aid work life balance:

1. enjoy work
2. execute plans successfully
3. make less mistakes
4. seamlessly switch between work and personal life 

The collection consists of a series of notebooks, notebook covers and fusens. 
I only picked up a few items. 

I'll review the notebooks and covers in a future blogpost. 

In this post, we'll discuss the fusens. 


The fusen comes in 2 versions, a regular fusen mounted on a plastic index card, and fusen in roll tape form. 

The regular fusen I bought is the mini version, it's 75 x 50mm and mounted in a plastic index card that works well as a bookmark and has a mini ruler. Also, the 20 sheets of paper is in grid layout.

The paper is cream, it's close to Midori cream paper and I really like the red accent. It's soft yet suitable for professional work. 
The paper is smooth and writing on it is comfortable. I would say the paper is comparable to Midori paper.  


I picked up 2 of the roll fusen. 1 of each size. 

The roll has perforations so each piece is easy to tear off. 
The smaller size is 15 x 51mm and there are 50 sheets. It comes in 'goal', 'don't forget' and 'must'. 
The bigger size is 40 x 64mm and there are 40 sheets. It comes in 'schedule', 'limit' and 'to do'.  



The paper is the same as the regular fusen, cream, grid paper with red accent ('limit' and 'don't forget' have pink accents)

The perforation tears cleanly and the adhesive covers the whole piece. 
The adhesive is closer to fusen strength than washi tape, which means it is easy to relocate but still holds well. 


All the fusen stick well on paper and various work surface (like my computer here) 

Overall, I really like this collection. 
The fusen index might be a bit too thick to fit into my notebook but the paper size is just nice and very nice to write on. 

The roll fusen are great for keeping on the table due to the ease of tearing and sticking. 
I'll definitely use them in my planner and during my daily work. 

Stay tuned for the notebook/notebook cover review. 

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Review : Tombow PiT AIR mini glue tape Limited Edition collection

Tombow PiT AIR glue tape range is my absolute HG glue tape to use so when they released a limited edition series of their mini versions, I thought it was a good time to review them!

The 3 limited edition cases featuring some gorgeous gradient pastel shades.

Like their regular sized counterparts, these are also effortless to use; requiring little to no pressure to glide the tape along the paper. 

Here they are out of the packaging.

With the regular sized Pit AIR as a size comparison.
Do note that the regular sized dispenses 8.4mm wide glue tape whilst the mini dispenses 6mm wide glue tape.

Unlike some of the prior releases, these Pit AIR mini are refillable. They will require PR-CAS refills which are sold separately. (The cases come filled with tape already) 

A wonderful addition (and pop of color) to anyone's stationery stash.

What do you think?
Have you tried them?


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Friday, October 1, 2021

Review: Midori Color Pens for Paintable Stamp


This is part 2 of the Midori paintable stamp review

The pens come in 2 different sets, relaxing feel (left in the below picture) and positive feel. 
Each set has 6 colours/pens, the colours are really nice I feel.



The pens have dual tips, which is common for a lot of brush pens. 
One side is a brush tip for colouring, the other is a fine point pen for writing. 




The colours for the relaxing set are aptly named. 
Cool pastels of blues, greens, greys, they're very pretty. 
The only colour that stood out for me is the magenta, it comes out more neon than pastel, which was unexpected. 
Good for a pop of colour, but I would've preferred a pastel colour. 



The positive set has more warm colours of green, brown and yellow. 
Unfortunately, this set also suffers from the same issue I had with the relaxing set, the mandarin orange is more neon than pastel.
It feels like the pen came from another set, this does affect the overall cohesiveness of the pen set. 


From left: Midori paintable stamp, Versacraft, Versafine, Stazon, Shachihata forcoat.

I used the brush pens on different stamp inks. 

Obviously it worked best on the Midori paintable stamp. 
There was a little bit of smudging with the Versacraft and Versafine, which is to be expected as they are water based inks. 

The pens worked well on the Stazon (solvent based ink) and Shachihata (oil based ink)



In conclusion, if you're looking to pair the paintable stamps with some colour, the color pens are a must have. Use them with other similar oil based inks for the best result. 

It's a pity about the random neon colours but I do like the pastel pens and I can see myself using them a bit. 

What do you think about the colour pens? 


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Friday, September 24, 2021

October 2021 Printable

October is my favorite month of the year and what better time to showcase my favorite color scheme as well! It is inspired by one of my favorite beverages in the world. Cafe latte!!

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, September 17, 2021

Review: MUJI Sign Pens + MUJI Highlighters (New colors)

 I was in MUJI recently and could not resist picking up the new highlighter colors alongside the new Sign pens they had.

I did a review of the highlighters previously and these are the 3 new colors; Greyish Cyan, Olive Green and Lilac.


As you can see, the colors are quite pigmented compared the ever favorite MILDLINER. 

Whilst I personally really like these unique shades, I do wonder if they are a little too dark to be used as actual highlighters.

And for those curious, here is the entire lineup of these highlighters from MUJI.


Now let's talk about the new sign pens!

I picked them in these two shades : black + greyish cyan (Yes I really like this color)


Here they are alongside most popular sign pens aka PENTEL sign pens. 

And here's how they compare when used. As you can see the PENTEL sign pen is more like a brush and the tip is more flexible whilst the MUJI sign pen has a more rigid and thinner tip.

I really like writing with the MUJI sign pens and I think they have more unique colors [such as this greyish cyan]. I'll definitely be getting the whole collection next time!

Update: I've since purchase the entire collection, here they are + the swatches




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Friday, September 10, 2021

Review: Midori Paintable Stamp and Notebook


The midori paintable stamp series is not that new but I decided to pick it up when I spotted the notebook and color pens (this will be a different blogpost)


The stamp is self inking and the ink is oil-based. 

There are english instructions included on the inside of the insert and a useful disclaimer that says there might be too much ink released on first use. 


The notebook comes a few colours, included are instructions. 


There's also a really cute sample print. 


One of the features of the notebook is a fold over cover to prevent ink from transferring between pages, which I think is a great idea. 


There are 59 cream coloured grid pages. 
The paper is designed to prevent the ink of stamps from bleeding through. 

The rings in the centre are omitted to allow for easier stamping. 



The stamp is easy to use, it takes a few tries to get the pressure right. 
The stamps are a bit more expensive than what I expect to pay but they are good quality and the designs are good for different uses. 

The paper of the notebook is true to its claims, I tried other stamps/inks and there was no bleed whatsoever. 
However, the paper is thick and not great for using it in other journals, the notebook would have to be a dedicated stamping journal. 

I probably wouldn't buy the notebook again but I would like to try the other stamps from the range.




 

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Friday, September 3, 2021

REVIEW : DAISO X MT Point Seal

 
Newly spotted in DAISO 100yen stores : MT Point Seal Series

And these aren't just masking tape texture, they are actually made by MT of MT masking tape fame!

Curious to see how they stack up, I bought two sets to try.


Each set contains 2 identical sheets each having 3 colors in 4 different sizes. (20mm, 12mm, 8mm and 5mm in diameter)
As with other items made by MT, these are also made in Japan.

Each sticker is reposition-able just like the tape put out by MT; ie. remove very easily without tearing. And like the MT tape, they are very sticky yet leave behind no reside when removed. It is clear that they are much nicer in quality than many of the generic masking tape stickers put out by DAISO.

I tried searching for more news about them online but was only able to find this small piece of news on their official facebook account regarding the sale of these point seals sold at an event in a store in KYOTO. These were sold in sets of 3 sheets for 165yen (in contrast to the set of 2 sheets for 110yen at DAISO)



This is definitely another item to look out for in DAISO!


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Friday, August 27, 2021

Friday, August 20, 2021

DIY sticker book (using our sticker release paper)


Sticker release paper is coated paper you can use to store your stickers.

The stickers are removable and the paper is reusable. 

Note: adhesive effectiveness may depend on the sticker/manufacturer.  

In this post, we'll learn how to make a Slim A5/Travelers Notebook personal insert size sticker book. 

 Watch a video of this DIY on our youtube channel.


You'll need:
1 x A4 card (for the cover)
1 set of A4 sticker release sheets (we recommend a maximum of 10 sheets for the notebook)
1 stapler 

Buy sticker release paper here.



You'll also need a bone folder (or something with a blunt edge), 2 paperclips, a cutter and a ruler. 


You don't need to use an office grade stapler, there are ways to staple bind the notebook with an everyday stapler.
I'm using this long stapler from threeppy, your local office supply store should sell something similar, it's a good item to have for making your own notebooks. 


Step 1: fold the A4 card and all the sticker release sheets. 

This will make it easier to keep a notebook shape. 


Step 2: Align all the sheets and secure 2 sides with the paper clips. 


Step 3: Measure and mark where you'd like the staples to go. 
Step 4: Align the stapler to the fold of the card and staple the sheets together. 


This is what the staples look like inside and outside. Folding the paper at the beginning helps with the alignment. 


Step 5: Because of the thickness of the paper, after the binding, there will be some edges that will stick out. 
I recommend trimming them off. 


Step 6 (optional): You can leave the book as A5 or measure and trim it again to make a travelers notebook insert, also known as slim A5. 

I used the offcuts to create a mini book, it's great for keeping random strips of washi tape or giving stickers to friends! 


Final step is to decorate your new notebook! 

If you need more pages or the ability to swap out pages, we also have A5 sticker release sheets that can be punched with 6 or 20 hole upon request. 

Don't forget to check out our Etsy store. 







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