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Friday, September 29, 2017

October 2017 Printable

Wow! We are almost at the last quarter of 2017! Not quite the end of the year yet so there is still plenty of time to complete those goals and resolutions you made at the start of the year! To help you out we have a new printable for you! 

Its circus themed of course because..life is certainly a circus! Just make sure you are the star of yours!

And for those who purchased our October subscription Circus box or sticker set, it looks perfect with it!

As always, tag us #TN5Cprintable on instagram to show us your pages! 

Download our free printable here

p.s You can purchase our October sticker set (not box) alongside other previous sticker collections at our Etsy store! Do check it out here!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

KOKUYO Dotliner Vs DAISO Repositionable Glue Tape

Have you heard of Repositionable glue tapes? They are sticky but not permanent. Kinda like post-it notes. As a matter of fact, they are perfect for making your own post-it notes!

Today I'm going to feature two of the ones available in the market right now.

Kokuyo's DOTLINER (貼ってはがせる) & DAISO's Repositionable Glue Tape (Made by PLUS)


  1. 貼ってはがせる is Japanese for peel off aka repositionable.
  2. PLUS is the same brand that makes NORINO. The other big brand of glue tapes out there aside from Kokuyo.

The DOTLINER has a cap over the tape which you have to flick open to use whilst the DAISO edition has a "switch" which you must unlock to expose the tape dispenser. This does make the DAISO edition more travel friendly as bits of dust can get stuck to the DOTLINER tape.

The DOTLINER tape is also wider by 2.4mm. [0.1 inch] True to its namesake, the tape is in a dotted format whilst the other is a simple strip of tape.

The DOTLINER tape is a little stickier but both work just as well as each other.

The DOTLINER is also larger.

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Not taking into account the width difference, the DAISO tape is indeed the cheaper option. However the DOTLINER is refillable so in the long run, the price does even out.


I find both just as good as the other despite the minor differences so i would say "buy whichever one you can get your hands on". Or be like me. Buy one for the home and one for travel ^^

p.s We updated our etsy store and restocked the sticker TNs so dont miss out. And our new box is available too! See here

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

November Subscription Box 2017 : Sweater Weather

It’s that time of year, open your closets and take out your coats, sweaters, cardigans, scarves and gloves.

Smell the wool, feel the warmth, embrace the cold, for it’s Sweater Weather!

This Box includes: 

  1. Two sheets of planner stickers*
  2. A sheet of illustrated stickers* 
  3. A sheet of 'list of 5' stickers*
  4. One set of 4 teardrop shaped paperclips 
  5. One snowflake bookmark
  6. One set of 4 sweater print pens
  7. One notebook insert* - Available in 5 sizes. 

Subscribe here or purchase a one off box from our etsy store

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Kakimori DIY notebook review

Read about our visit to Kakimori here

At Kakimori, we put together our own notebooks, see that blogpost for more information. 

I put together a B5 size notebook with rose gold ring, a leather button and a decorative cover. 
For the paper options, I chose a few packs of travel journal and dotgrid layouts and an envelope, a cardboard dashboard was also provided! 

It was really fun putting this notebook together. I had the idea of a trip journal with the travel journal pages, the extra dot grid pages and the envelope to hold travel ephemera or receipts. 

The paper feels nice and of good quality (by the way, you can find out at the store which of papers are fountain pen friendly). I really like the leather button too and the whole thing put together is really sturdy, perfect for everyday or travel. 

I can't bear to use the notebook yet, I'm waiting for a special trip to use it. 

Did you go to Kakimori and made your own notebook? Tag us on instagram, we'd love to see your notebook creation. 

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Top 5 places for stationery shopping in Tokyo

Japan has always been known as a mecca for stationery shopping [our beloved TN is from here after all] but sometimes its difficult to know where to start. We have been posting blog posts of places we recommend such as kakimori, inkstand and the traveler's factory but where should one go if they only have a limited amount of time?

Today I will share some of my favorite spots to go in Tokyo. 


Tip: They offer a 5% discount if you are visiting from overseas and show your passport at the checkout counter.



2. Tokyu Hands

Tip: The one in Shinjuku is the nearest one to a train station.


3. Itoya

Tip: More upmarket and designers items can be found here.




Tip: They sell the whole range of copics and there is a copic clinic at the Ochanomizu branch.



5. Olympia

Tip: If you are looking for cute, cartoony like stationery, this is a must visit as it is a chain store targeted at young school children.


To locate the nearest branch of any of the places above, please visit their website for more details.

Have you visited these places? Are there any you think should be added to the list? 

Let us know!




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Friday, September 1, 2017

It's our 1st birthday!

It's TN5C's first birthday! We've had a wonderful year and to thank you, we've lined up a gift! 

Spend a minimum of $10 (not including shipping) on our Etsy store and you'll be gifted a washi tape sampler! Each sampler contains a minimum of 5 tapes and the sampler board is reusable! 

Best of all, you will not need to enter a code on our store, spend a minimum of $10 and a washi tape sampler will be automatically added to your order! yay! 

*minimum of $10 per order, not including shipping charges
*1 sampler per order
*washi tape cannot be chosen and will be given at random
*the washi tape samples in the above image are examples only

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