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Friday, September 28, 2018

October 2018 Printable

October is one of our favorite months. It marks the beginning of many holidays and much cooler weather! So this month’s printable features something else I love dearly : Coffee!

And for those who purchased our October 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 alongside other previous sticker collections at our Etsy store! Do check it out here!

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Letter Pen 'Cocoiro'

There are a lot of letter/sign/brush pens out there. The Cocoiro by Zig has been around for a number of years but I feel that it is maybe a bit underrated. If you haven’t heard of this pen, I hope you’ll find this post useful.

The Cocoiro is a letter pen system which comes in 2 parts, a writing component and an interchangeable pen body. The pen body (pen sleeve and cap) is available in 16 different colours, limited edition designs are also available periodically. The writing component (ink and brush/pen) comes in extra fine brush, available in 12 colours, Rollerball, 0.3mm black and Brush, black only.

You can purchase a set, which consists of pen body plus extra fine in black ink, everything you need to get started OR you can buy the pen body and writing component separately. It’s a pretty flexible system, swap colours and pen bodies as and when you please.

I’ve only purchased 3 colours from the ink range; black, sepia and dark green but my favourite is the sepia, I just feel that it’s really special and unique and it’s one of the things that drew me to these pens.

The extra fine brush tip is the most common refill. It is not as soft or long as say, the tombow brush pen which makes is perfect for lettering and drawing. It might take a while to get used to using but it’s a great pen to work with. I’ve not tried the ballpen and I’m not as fond of the brush refill as much as other brush pens so I cannot recommend them.

Have you used this before? What do you think about it?

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Masking Tape Hacks : Pens/Markers to use with it

One of the most obvious uses for masking tape is use them as labels. However, trying to find a pen or marker suitable for writing on them can be difficult at times. Not to worry, here at TN5C we have done the research so you don't have to. These are the pens we reccomend!

  1. Pilot Multiball pen (Medium tip) - Can be used as a pen for writing or drawing yet you are still able to use it surfaces like glass, cloth and plastic! If you are intending to do a lot of writing on your labels, this is the one to get.

  2. Pilot Multiball pen (Fine tip) - Same as above just a finer tip.

  3. Zebra Marker Superfine / マッキーケア超極細 : A favorite of mine and comes in several other colors as well. The 0.3mm tip is very good for journaling as well eg. writing on film based sticky notes.

  4. Mitsubishi UNI Powerful Name Marker : Also Dual ended. One end is 0.4mm and the other is 0.9mm. Long lasting and waterproof, this is perfect for usage on most things and as expected, it shows up the best on the masking tape.

Have you tried any of these? Or are there others you recommend?

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Friday, September 7, 2018

King Jim 'KITTA'

Kingjim's Kitta range is the answer to the question; "how do I carry multiple washi tapes with me when I'm out/travelling?" For as long as washi tape has been around, people have been trying to find a way to bring their washi tape collection into their kits.

The Kitta range combines the texture of washi tape in a convenient card sized package. Each seal set is credit card sized, which makes it easy to slip into your notebook pocket or pencil case. 

There are 3 lines, the Kitta Basic, which includes 4 designs of regular width washi tape strips, Kitta Slim, same as before but slimmer and has 8 designs and the Kitta Seal, which consists of marking seals, picture corners and index markers. 

The Basic and Slim are pre cut washi strips, each piece has it's own backing paper. The difference between these and fusen is that fusen is only adhesive on one end whilst the Kitta tape is fully adhesive. A regular ballpoint pen can be used to write on the strips but a marker is recommended. 

The Seal range has a more smooth sticker like texture. Most are semi-opaque which means you can write on the sticker or write on the paper before sticking the seal on your writing. With these, I would recommend using a marker and not a ballpoint pen. The picture corners are strong enough to hold down an instax card but are still reposition-able. 

The best part of the kitta seal however, is that if you don't want to carry the entire pack with you, you can tear off individual sheets of the Basic/Slim tape designs and an entire sheet off the Seal (perforated cut included!)  

I like how each set has a theme which shows in not just the cover but the designs as well. The colours are also pretty and very usable. Kingjim appears to be releasing new designs all the time, so time to collect them all? 

Lastly, if you buy too many of these, which is very possible, I recommend a look at my stationery storage ideas blogpost for how I store them. 

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