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Friday, September 18, 2020

Review: SERIA Cafe A5 Notebook

As we previously blogged about; Japanese store SERIA has a series of hobby notebooks for those who love journaling. We reviewed the RECIPE notebook previously and today, I will review the CAFE Notebook. 

The notebook is A5 and has 56 pages. It also comes with a clear vinyl cover and there is a layout printed on each page. [See Below]

Example of usage

As mentioned before, there are many other notebooks in the range including travel, books, movies and food. Makes for a great way to journal if you can't think of a layout on your own. Do check them out if you can!

The stickers used can be found at our etsy store here:

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Review: Zebra Sarasa Grand


New pen release! The Sarasa Grand by Zebra. 

If the colours look familiar, it is essentially the Sarasa vintage series in a heavier pen body. 
It is refillable.

Other features include a click type mechanism and an easy push clip. 

Compared the other pens from the Sarasa range, the ink is the same, easy to write, dries clickly. 
The metal body improves the writing feel, making it more enjoyable. 

I'm also a big fan of the vintage colours. 

Sarasa Grand vs Energel metal body pen.   
Both pens weigh the same and have the same matte feel metal casing. 

The Energel is twist whilst the Sarasa is a click type pen. 

If you like the Sarasa range, this pen is a must buy. 
However the metal body carries a much heavier price so pick your favourite colour and swap out the refills! 

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Review : MUJI Highlighters

Ever popular Japanese brand MUJI has launched some new highlighters! There are 3 colors in all [as shown below]
Each highlighter is just 50yen + tax [0.50usd~]
Note: This is the price in Japan and may vary in other countries.

The design is typical of MUJI where simplicity is most desired and features clear plastic cases.

Here's how they match up against the MILDLINER pens.
As you can see, the ink colors are very close. However unlike the mildliners, they are not double ended and only have the typical highlighter nib. So if you do not use the pen end of the MILDLINERS, you can consider buying these since they are less than half the price.

Overall, I love these new highlighters. They look good, work well and the price is undefeatable!
I highly recommend them to you!

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Friday, August 28, 2020

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Review : KOKUYO MARKS+ Two toned color marker

KOKUYO has released a new type of highligher range : 
mark+ two toned color marker

There are 5 basic types which in pairs of similar colors. Eg: light blue & blue or light pink & pink.
Or a color with gray. Eg: green & gray ( in pic below) or yellow & gray etc

Each marker has two colors which you can alternate between by simply turning the pen on the corresponding side.

Color Swatches

Its a great way to carry more than 1 highlighter in your pencil case and I find it very handy when studying. You can highlight more important points or keypoints in a different shade without having to switch pens. A nice feature when you are highlighting as you read!

Have you tried these? What do you think?

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Friday, July 31, 2020

Review: Daiso A5 6 ring inserts

Daiso keeps coming out with amazing stationery. 
6 ring binder journals are really popular and so these inserts are extremely useful.

I picked up 4 of the designs (I'm not sure if there are more):

1. Card holder x 4
2. Double sided folder x 4
3. Pocket case x 2 
4. Clear file x 4

Each insert fits a standard A5 6 ring binder, however the width is more slim A5 than a standard A5 width. 

The card holder is double sided and holds 6 cards or as shown above, a set of kitta washi labels. 

The double sided folder is perfect for an A4 document folded into 1/3.
Also great for travel items like tickets! 

The pocket case has 2 pockets for things like flake stickers and even important items such as keys and medicine.

The clear file is my favourite of the inserts.
Each insert has 10 pockets and fits standard width sticker sheets. 

The customisability of the 6 ring binder is one of the reasons it is so popular and having many choices for inserts just sweetens the deal. 

These Daiso inserts are a perfect addition to any 6 ring binder. 
They fit the 6 ring binder perfectly and are not flimsy like other inserts. 

The A5 slim sizing might make it a bit difficult but you could easily move it around or remove it, making it versatile. I would definitely recommend this insert to anyone with a 6 ring binder. 

Which one do you think you would like the most? 

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Friday, July 24, 2020

August 2020 Printable

Our August printable is here and continuing our love for all things warm and romantic. 

We're all about subtle tones and abstract shapes. 
We hope you enjoy them too. 

Stickers featured: Heart | Bear | Circles
(All stickers available in physical and digital versions) 

Download here: link

Don't forget to tag us if you use this in your journalling! 

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Review : SERIA Recipe A5 Notebook

Japanese store SERIA has put out a series of hobby notebooks for those who love journaling. 
Today, I will review the RECIPE Notebook. 

The notebook is A5 and has 56 pages. It also comes with a clear vinyl cover and there is a layout printed on each page. [See Below]

Exanple of usage done by me

There are many other notebooks in the range including travel, books, movies and cafes. Makes for a great way to journal if you cant think of a layout on your own. Do check them out if you can!

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Friday, July 3, 2020

DIY Tutorial + bonus free printable : Make your own clear pencil case

If you have been looking around on stationery instagram accounts in Japan, you must have noticed this clear pencil case everyone appears to have. 

Want one too? 
Good news, you don't have to fly to Japan to purchase it, you can easily make your own at home.
Here's what you need!
  1. A5 Soft card Case
  2. Clip
  3. Stickers to decorate

All you need to do is insert your pens and roll the end up. Use the clip to hold it together!
To decorate it, get another piece of plastic (I cut mine from the packaging of the case XD) and stick your stickers on. 

Once you finished decorating it, insert the plastic into the pencil case! It will also help keep the pen case in shape when you toss it into your bag.

Easy and looks great in photos!
And to get you started, I am sharing a printable of the stickers I used!

Download here 
(Only available till 10th July 2020)

If you make the pen case or use the printable, please tag as on instagram @thenumber5.co and use the tag #TN5Cprintable!

And if you haven't started following us on instagram, you can find us here!
We post ideas, layouts and lots more to inspire you.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

July 2020 Printable

 Time for another free monthly printable! This month features a rather romantic theme but in neutral tones which should go with many different styles and straight edges is always a bonus [easy to cut XD]
Im so in love with this color scheme I've printed it out on washi paper instead! 
Note: This is at 50% the size of the pdf but you can print it at 100% too!

If you want to do the same, you can find printable washi paper in our newly reopened etsy store over here! (Opens in new window)

Tag us at #TN5Cprintable if you use it! We would love to check out your creations!
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Friday, June 19, 2020

Review: Daiso Stamp Sheet and Stamp Block

I love stamps and have never thought much of Daiso's offerings until now. 
I purchased these Daiso stamp sheets and stamp block at the beginning of the year. 
Each sheet has a theme and designs that correspond to that theme. 

stamp sheets 'Daily' and 'Leisure' 

I picked up 5 designs and a stamp block but I understand Daiso has since expanded the range and added new designs! 

stamp sheets 'Speech bubble', 'Travel' and 'Cafe' 

Each set is sandwiched between 2 plastic sheets, 1 of which has the designs printed on it which is great for storage. 

The stamp block is a typical acrylic block, it's a good size and fits even the biggest stamp from the sheets. 

Stamping is easy, peel off one of the stamps and place in on the block, ink it and stamp! 
The process and feel is very similar to other stamp sheets. 

Each stamp design is cute and a good size. I found the designs fit well in my A5 planner. 

The stamps print nicely and the designs are very usable.
I do recommend using ink that is more concentrated like versafine. 

And as a bonus, the stamp sheets fit nicely in a sticker folder.
If you decide to use the cardboard backing, a bit of trimming will be required. 

I'm so glad Daiso has released these stamp sheets. 
Cute stationery at good prices is always a bonus! 

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Review: SSUEIM&CCLIM Calligraphy Book (3000 쓸수록 끌리는 캘리그라피)

Here at TN5C we love buying interesting stationery as a souvenir whilst on holiday.
One of the many items we purchased is a book on learning calligraphy.

But with a twist! We are learning to write Korean characters calligraphy. 
Size : 205 x 200mm

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. 

After practising smaller sets of words, you can also try write longer phrases. A good way to learn word arrangement.

I find it hard to find lessons or tips on writing non english calligraphy at times so it was thrilling to find this book and I've been trying to practise as much as I can.
All in all, a very good buy.
Do you buy things like this when you go on holiday?

In other exciting news, we have revamped our Etsy store and added a whole bunch of new stickers. Do check them out because for the first time ever, the printable versions are also for sale! That's right, you can purchase the file and print them at home as many times as you want. If you need sticker paper, don't forget to check out the ones we stock. We even have printable vellum sticker paper AND printable washi sticker paper!
Our store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheNumber5Co

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Instagram Stories Templates + Printable #1, #2, #3

In May, we introduced Instagram templates. 
You can find them in the highlights of our profile page. 

As analog stationery lovers, we thought some of you might like these templates as printables.
Here are the first 3 templates as printables:

Are you feeling blue? 

 blushing pink? 

or have you embraced the plant lover life! 

Download the printable here: Link
(We recommend printing on A5 paper, or 2 on 1 A4 sheet if you're able to)

Do tag us in any layouts or stories templates that you use! 

Are there any templates/printables you'd like to see, tell us in the comments! 

P.S In case you missed it, our store is open. 

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Friday, May 29, 2020

June 2020 Printable

June is upon us! For those of you who are working on your journals, we are at the halfway point this year now so how has it been going?

This month's printable is dedicated to our love for washi tape and the neutral palette.
Let us see your layouts and creations!
Tag us at #tn5cprintable !

Download here: Link
Check out our instagram for netprint [Japan only] and ibon [taiwan only] information.

We are also pleased to announce that our store has reopened and the ever popular printable washi paper is also restocked so do check it out!

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