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Friday, September 30, 2022

Review: Daiso antique colour stamp pad

Daiso continues to surprise me with their stationery selection. 

I picked up this stamp pad because the colours stood out to me and I wanted to find out if the colours were as pigmented as it looked in the packaging. 

There are 6 colours embedded on a single plastic holder. 
This means it’s a bit finicky if you have a bigger stamp and want to use one colour, it’s probably best to use smaller stamps with this. 

The 6 colours are 2 yellows, 2 browns, a blue and green. 

The yellows are a bit light as expected, the browns are much darker and the blue and green are pretty pigmented. 

The colours compliment each other well and the ink pad is easy to work with. 

I really liked the colours when they are used together. 

What do you think? Is the stamp pad colours ‘antique’ enough? 
Would you purchase this? 


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Friday, September 23, 2022

October 2022 Printable

October is one of our favorite months.
The cooler months have started and the holiday season is almost upon us ^^

So we have come up with a cute printable featuring some cool tones!
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 16, 2022

Review : AMIFA Sticker Collecting Sheet

 I love stickers! Whilst we tend to think about them for just journaling or scrapbooking, I've found myself reaching for them to decorate many other things like birthday cards or packages. Needless to say, I've started to carry sheets of them even when I go on trips. But this can get heavy esp when many of them are repetitions of the same things. So how do I "decant" them?

One of my favorite methods is to use the sticker release paper we stock in our store. Fully customizable down to the size you would need or even holed punched! (The store also offers custom TN sized booklets made with this paper. Check the listing ^^] See here.

A slightly less cost effective option would be to try these sticker collecting sheets!

Each package comes with 8 sheets which measure 9cm by 6cm.
They are made of a card like material making each sheet very thick [thicker than a standard name card]

As the name suggests, they are good for rolling out masking tape as well as stickers you want to bring on the go.

You can file these cards in any 6 hole binder. However due to their thickness, it is difficult to file more than 2 cards at a time without adding way too much bulk [even more bulky when you roll a lot of masking tape on it]

Overall, I prefer to use the sticker release sheets we have as it is less bulky, cheaper and has more surface area. However, one good use for these small cards would be how well they fit in one's wallet. You can easily collect stickers you encounter on your trip for scrapbooking or journaling later. 
What do you think?
Would you try this?

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Review: Sun-Star Mitte Clear Binder


3 ring binders are the cutest, they come in many colours and sizes and this one from Sun-star's Mitte line is also really cute. 

The binder comes in a few colours but I'm a big fan of grey so I had to pick up this one. 

Included with the cover are 20 grid layout notepaper sheets (8 x 8 cm) and 1 card pocket. 

Both the front and back cover had clear pockets which is great for customisation. 
The front pocket included a single clear insert which I used here to customise it. 

I really like this 3 ring binder, it's very simple but I like the design, the notepaper sheet size and the customisable front and back covers. 

What do you think of the Mitte clear binder? 

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Friday, September 2, 2022

Review: Deco Rush 2022 Collection

Last year, we reviewed the Deco Rush Renewal [see here] and this year PLUS has added new designs to the collection.

Standard Lineup

Limited Edition Lineup

We have picked up 3 to review!

PLUS has kept the new 2021 renewal packaging; the off white cardboard packaging and new logo.
And each tape dispenser is once again a block colour and the tape design in a simple label.

Here are the swatches [with product numbers]
Note: Since the renewal, they are all 6mm wide

Personally, I am a big fan of DECO Rush for fuss free journal deco. They always feature very usable designs and these new ones are no exceptions. I'm looking forward to using them!
What about you? Have you tried these?

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Saturday, August 27, 2022

Friday, August 19, 2022

Review: OURS Studio Weekly Journal

I’ve been using the OURS weekly journal since January and since they’ve announced the 2023 edition, I’ve decided to do a quick review of the 2022 edition. 

OURS is a small design studio from Taiwan, they have a wide variety of beautiful stickers, tape, stamps and other journalling supplies. 

The journal is A5 size and comes complete with a notebook protector.  
The paper is nice and thick and the spine is lay flat, which is very useful for journalling! 

Inside, there are monthly overview pages. 

But the main journal is a weekly layout over 2 pages. 

Each week starts with a question and a section for you to fill up. 

The questions are simple like ‘what is the most surprising thing that happened’ or ‘find something green!’ Helpful for if you can’t think of anything to write about. 

Each weekly layout also comes with a colour palette. It’s more of a suggestion but I’ve been following it religiously, I find it challenging and fun to follow. 

An example of a weekly layout. Honestly, it’s a great way to use up journalling supplies. 

The journal also includes a bunch of extras at the back. 

From top left (clockwise): Recipe cards, location cards, research pages and photo pages. 

Unfortunately, I forgot about them and haven’t used any of the extra pages but I will try to for 2023!

A layout with text, the weekly layout was never one I was fond of but with the colour palette, I have been enjoying it and discovering new colour combinations! 

Also, there are cute additions like this text/colours/line/measurement reference sheet on the inside of the back cover. 

The 2023 journal launches at the end of the month, look out for it on  Instagram.

What do you think? Is this something you might look into buying? What other design studios would you recommend we look at? 


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Friday, August 12, 2022

Review: DAISO MY NOTE + FILE Clear pocket square

A while ago, we reviewed Hapila! Sheet Seal Collection Refills for organizing one's sticker sheets. [see here] So what about sticker flake packets? Well Daiso has come up with a solution.

DAISO MY NOTE + FILE Clear pocket (square)

Each packet contains 10 sheets. Each with two pockets.

Each sheet measures 12cm by 21.5cm
Each pocket measures 10.5cm by 10.5cm

The pockets are large enough to fit most flakes [and in most cases, even the packaging so you can clearly see what each set has!]

These will fit in any standard A5 6 ring binder; making it easy to file your sticker flakes!
At Daiso's prices, this is an affordable solution to organizing your flake stickers! 

Have you tried them? How do you organize your flake stickers?

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Friday, August 5, 2022

Review: Daiso Water based Twin Marker (Modern set)

I'm always picking up random odds and ends at Daiso and the colours of this twin marker set caught my eye. 

 The pens have a thin end and thick end and come in 5 neutral colours.

The thin end is 0.5mm, the thick end is 1.5mm. 
It comes in black, cool gray, khaki grey, deep brown and brown. 

The difference in the pen thicknesses is obvious which is always nice. 
I also appreciate the the colours of the pens are marked clearly, which will make it easy to reach for. 

A test of the pens show that the colours are pigmented and the colours are very pretty. 

The brown and greys are more semi-opaque whilst the darker colours are nice and deep.

All in all, this was a good find from Daiso. 

What do you think of Daiso pens? Do you have a favourite set? 


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Friday, July 29, 2022

August 2022 Printable

Here at TN5C, we have quite a love for monochromatic color schemes so when it was time to design August's printable we thought it would be a good time to include this theme in our downloads.

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, July 22, 2022

Review : SSUEIM&CCLIM Write In Cursive Script Book

Last year, I reviewed a Korean Calligraphy practice book from SSUEIM&CCLIM and today I will be reviewing the Write in Cursive Script version.

The biggest difference between those two books is that this book is practicing the english alphabet [whilst the other was Korean characters] However, like the other book, all instructions are given in Korean. But its pretty self explanatory so you need not worry even if you cannot read Korean.

[As with the other book]
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.

The pictures accompanying all the text you have to practice writing, is as lovely as ever!

After finishing the first book, I was extremely excited to find this other version! Now I'm keeping a lookout to see if I can find anymore whilst I continue practicing!
What about you?
Would you try these out?

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Friday, July 15, 2022

Pochitto6 Push Button Stamp by Kodomo no Kao

Button X Stamp

That's the tagline of the really cute Pochitto6 by Kodomo no Kao.  

It's an easy to press button shaped stamp set. 

Each Pochitto6 has 6 different symbol stamps, each one is self inking and can be used independently. 

At the moment of this blogpost, there are 12 different sets available. 

The 3 I have are the 'Attention here!', 'Notebook and stationery' and 'Schedule book'.  

Other sets available include 'Fruits', 'Healthcare' and 'Baby health', all very useful for diaries.

Strangely enough, the one symbol I would like, a telephone for when I schedule work calls, is not featured on any of the existing sets. 

Another minor thing is that the sets are fixed, the designs are not interchangeable. 
But they do come with a cover which makes them very portable, you can stick them in a pencil case easily. 

I test printed the stamps and on a flat surface they performed pretty well.
It takes a few tries to get the pressure right, too much and it smudges and bleeds. 

According to the packaging, you use water based pens on the black and white stamps to add colour, which is pretty cool. 

I also tested the stamps in my diary 

Unfortunately, the pages are not as flat so it required different pressure, also, depending on the paper there might be a bit of bleeding. 

Overall, I think these are cute novelty stamps, great if you don't have your stamp collection within arm's reach usually. 

I'm still hoping for a phone symbol. I hope they release more of these. 

What do you think? Is this something you might be interested in? 


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Friday, July 8, 2022

Review : DAISO Portable Masking Tape Holder

Here at TN5C, we are always looking for new ways to store masking tape. So when I spotted this at Daiso, I decided to buy it and see how it fared!

DAISO Portable Masking Tape Holder

This is made in conjunction with the students from Kyoto University of the Arts who designed it.

First impression, it seems to be a very simple and pleasant looking design made out of PVC clear vinyl of medium thickness.

There is a piece of vinyl in the middle which you can detach using the press button to "thread" the masking tape through. 

It can hold up to 4 standard sized masking tape rolls.
There is also a ball chain at one end for you to hang it off your pencil case or pouch or bag; making it very suitable for travel!

The clear vinyl makes it easy to see what the tapes are and protects the rolls from getting dirty. Needless to say, it is also very light thanks to the material used.

What do you think? 
Have you tried this before?

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