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Friday, June 30, 2017

July 2017 Printable!

Our July subscription box was a very summery beach theme so we've gone with pineapples for the matching monthly printable! 

Download here.

P.S I've used the Gyrocut and Xyron sticker maker (mentioned last week) to turn these into stickers. Pens used are the Pentel sign pens.

Note: You can purchase our July sticker set (not box) alongside other previous sticker collections at our Etsy store! Do check it out here!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Xyron 'create-a-sticker' maker

You know how sometimes you pick up a cute sheet of paper, or scrapbooking die cuts and wish it came in a sticker instead so you can put it in your travel kit? You could carry a glue stick but that seems counterproductive. 

I like a clean, easy to use kit so I was excited to discover the Xyron sticker maker (mine is the pink breast cancer ribbon edition). It's compact size means you can take it with you or store it easily. You do need to purchase refills but at 6.1m long, that will last you a while. It doesn't require batteries and it's simple to use. 

How to use: 

  1. Pick your graphic and cut it out (I use the gyro cut, you can use a regular craft blade or scissors) 
  2. Drop it in the Xyron
  3. Slowly pull at the end of the cartridge on the other end
  4. Tear off the bit with your graphic
  5. Light rub the area that has your graphic to make sure the adhesive has transferred
  6. Peel off the plastic 
  7. Use sticker or store for use later! 

Plan in advance to maximise use of the adhesive and make multiple stickers on a single sheet, as there is a piece between where your sheet starts and where you tore off the last piece (see picture in slideshow with 'this bit') that goes to waste. 

Happy sticker creating!

*Paper used is from Daiso's sakura collection 

For other ways to create your own stickers, see here & here.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

August 2017 Subscription Box: It's always time for tea!

Whether it's raining, catching up with a friend or you simply need a break,

it's always time for tea.

Pour yourself a cuppa, take a deep breath and enjoy!

Whether it's in a cute tea room, served in a pretty tea set accompanied by sweet treats or at home while I work, I love a good cup of tea. Our August box is all about the wonderful drink; tea. This box comes with a tea cup theme sticker set, an insert, a gold wire paper clip, a silicone tea infuser and a tea bag notebook charm. Tea overload? Never. 

Order here or our Etsy store. 

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Friday, June 16, 2017

ZEBRA Sarasa X Mister Donut Pens

Popular Japanese stationery brand ZEBRA Sarasa line of pens have teamed up with Mister Donut [Japanese Donut Chain store] to produce a limited edition collection. It includes 8 scented pens [available separately or in sets], Prefill shells + refills all featuring the ever adored characters from Mister Donut.

They have also launched a set of metallic ink refills which are usable for use on photographs (!) See swatches below in the gallery.

Here at TN5C we are huge fans of the Pon De Lion character from Mister Donut so this collection was perfect for us [and calorie free XD]

Let us know what you think of them!

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Friday, June 9, 2017

My Bullet Journal Setup

I started bullet journaling in February, I was keeping a notebook of sorts but I was craving something a bit more organised. I came across a video on bullet journaling and went to consult the website

For the bullet journal, I bought a Hobonichi cover and a MD paper A5 Notebook (best paper ever) and set it up as per the website. I know some people prefer to use a dot grid notebook but I love a blank page. 

The only thing I haven't used is the Index page, the Future log I don't use as much but the Monthly and Daily logs are my absolute go-to, I will have either of those pages open for most of the day. I found that having a sort of dashboard where I can see everything is great for productivity. My time management has improved slightly and I'm getting more things done. 

I'm still tweaking the journal to meet my needs; such as creating pages for travel, work, documenting the new stash of washi tape or pens. It's whatever you want it to be, which is what I love about it. 

Flip thru the gallery to see some of the accessories I use with the bullet journal. 

Any tips? I'd love to know, leave them down in the comments! 

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Review: MINISO Color Marker + Aquarelle Brush

Earlier this year, TN5C went on a stationery hunting trip in Seoul Korea. We stumbled upon MINISO, a chain store from China (its a common misconception that it is from Japan but its actually from China) which sells low priced goods such as toys and even stationery. Curious, we purchased two of their products to do a review. 

Both pens are double tipped and come in around 20 colors each. The Aquarelle Brush pen is water based whilst the Color marker is alcohol based. They retail for 700won and 900won [About 70cents and 90cents] respectively. 


Our Thoughts

Both products are extremely cheap and the color we purchased is unique enough to own. The downside is that they falter greatly in performance in comparison to their counterparts like alcohol based markers from COPIC or water based markers from KURETAKE when using them for artwork. However if you are only looking to add a pop of color to your journals or scrapbooks without breaking the bank then its worth giving these a go.

Have you tried these? How did you find them?

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