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Friday, June 18, 2021

Review: Binsen Fusen

 


I'm always on the new lookout for fusen. 

I use fusen on everything, taking random notes, shopping lists, when my planner runs out of space. 

I saw these ones by Binsen-fusen and thought they were really aesthetically pleasing so I picked them up. 


The packaging is pretty basic, I liked the recommended usage mini illustrations in the back. 

Some include, gift tags on presents, for work, and to write instructions. 


I picked up 2 sizes/designs. 

The L size is 85 x137mm and is a travel design. 
The M size is 85 x 85mm and the design is more geometric. 

They both come in 20 sheets and are thick paper, almost 125gsm!


I thought they would look great in a journal layout and it does. 
The thicker paper is really good quality and it's really nice to write on.


I cut the L size fusen in 2 halves and used it in another layout and I think it worked. 

Vellum in this layout is from our store: link


Overall, I think this fusen is great! The designs are very versatile and usable. 
Although a bit on the expensive, I would definitely consider purchasing new designs in the future. 







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Friday, June 11, 2021

DAISO Grid loose leaf pad VS MUJI Notebook type Loose Leaf

 Recently I've noticed a new addition to the ever growing stationery collection over at DAISO. 


Noticing how similar they are to something from MUJI, I decided to pick it up to do a comparison! Here they are side by side :

For comparison's sake, I've purchased them both in A5 size / 5mm Grid / 20 holes.

At first glance, both seem similar enough with the biggest exception that whilst you can place the entire book from MUJI into a file, you will need to remove the cover before you can do the same with the one from DAISO. (The cover does not have holes)


And on the inside (Daiso in front, MUJI in the back)

You can see that the DAISO version is more white with less obvious lines whilst the MUJI version features its standard cream paper with darker lines. Both grids are the same size at 5mm. The paper from both are equally smooth but the MUJI paper is thicker. Recommended if you are worried about the ink going through.

Another difference is the amount of paper you get. MUJI one is 50 pages and DAISO is 30 pages. However DAISO is 100yen + tax (USD$1~) and the MUJI version is 250yen + tax (USD$2.50~) 
Note: Prices quoted are RRP in Japan.

The MUJI version also feels like a better product whereas the DAISO version seems a bit filmsy due to the thin cardboard used on the book's back cover. However this is hardly an issue if you are putting it in a file to start with. 

The MUJI version is definitely better overall but at the same time, its also 2.5 times more expensive than DAISO. However, I'm unable to say with conviction, which is the one to buy. I think its up to the buyer to decide if the small differences are worth the prices and that should also ultimately determine their choice.


Have you tried either of these notebooks? What did you think of them?





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Friday, June 4, 2021

Review: Mu Lifestyle Transfer Stickers

 


Everyone loves stickers and when I saw these ethereal designs, I was intrigued.

These stickers are by Mu Lifestyle. Each pack comes with a sheet each of 2 designs. 
Each sheets measures 100 x 150mm. 

They look like regular stickers but are transferred by placing the sticker on the medium and rubbing with a blunt object (I used the end of my letter opener).



They are very easy to use. 

First, cut out the design you would like to use. 
They are semi opaque, this makes it easy to move around to figure out the layout you want to do before committing. 


Then remove the backing paper, place the sticker on the paper, rub until you've more or less covered the whole design, and then remove the transparent layer. 

If successful, the transparent layer will lift off cleanly. 


One feature of this transfer sticker is that it can be printed on a myriad of surfaces, not just paper. 
You can even use it on glass, as long as it's a flat surface. 

The stickers are semi opaque, which means they be layered to create different effects. 



I used it here with our June printable.


The layering effect is really beautiful, the designs and colours are beautifully done. 

Although it sounds difficult, the transfer portion is simple, I also like the matte look of the sticker on the paper. It's truly unique, it looks almost like it was printed on. 

I enjoyed using these stickers and will definitely purchase more if I see them. 

Have you tried any transfer stickers? What brands have you come across? 
Let us know in the comments! 




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Friday, May 28, 2021

June 2021 Printable

Wow its June! How are your 2021 resolutions going?
Not quite where you want to be? Do not worry, there is still plenty of time!
And in the midst of it all, always remember to rest!

Here is this month's date printable : 
Featuring my ever favorite color palette...

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, May 21, 2021

Review : DAISO Air Kaku bulldog clips

 Do you use bulldog clips? It is always useful to have around but the lever can be a little painful to use at times. To alleviate this issue, DAISO has collaborated with Japanese stationery brand PLUS to produce AIR KAKU; clips that open painlessly. 


This product is amongst the BEST 100 : 2018 Good Design award!


The clips can be found in 3 sizes (small, medium and large) and I purchased it in the above configuration: 2 Small and 1 large clip.


As you can tell from the photos, it is indeed a little different from the usual clip. The tip of the lever is straight and not rounded. This increases the contact with the fingers so you can get a better grip. 
The length of the lever is also longer than usual and they have included a groove on the main black body to help shift the fulcrum. All these changes are supposed to help reduce the amount of strength needed to open the clip and hence reduce the amount of pain associated.


So is it really painless?
Yes it is! It is not as obvious with the smaller clips but when you use the big clip you can definitely sense the lower resistance. As a matter of fact, I was able to clip together well over 100 pages of paper effortlessly. 

I highly recommend these clips!

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Review: Tintone Seal/Tape/Fusen


I picked these up a while ago. They are cut masking tape, film fusen and planner stickers by Tintone. 

I was really drawn to them by the attractive packaging and pretty colours. 
I like that the CMYK code is written for the cut masking tape and film fusen. 
 

On the back of each item is a useful illustration for recommended usage and other tips. 
For example, the cut masking tape can be used as labels too!


The cut masking tape colour palette is very sunset-y. Each strip is a pretty gradient.
Each set is 4 colours with 10 sheets each. 




The stickers come in 2 sheets, 10 each of 9 colours. 
The colours come through really nicely with 100% transparency.



The film fusen is my favourite of the 3, I have to say. 

I bought it in 2 shapes, square and heart and they both fit perfectly in the monthly page of my Midori professional planner. Each set has 4 colours of 20 sheets each.

The surface of this fusen is matte and takes normal pen ink. 
Although some waiting is required or the writing will smudge. 

In conclusion, if the colours are something that will fit your colour scheme, this is definitely worth picking up. 






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Friday, May 7, 2021

Review : Kokuyo RAKU HARI double sided tape dispenser

Everyone has probably heard of glue tape dispensers but have you tried a double sided tape dispenser?

Today, I'll tell you about Kokuyo's RAKU HARI double sided tape dispenser!


The principle is pretty basic and similar to the conventional glue tape dispenser. However since it is double sided tape, can you use it with more than just plain paper! Got problems attaching heavy cardstock? Or plastic? How about metal or glass surfaces? This is the tape for you.


And if you are dealing with a large volume of items, this makes it so much easier. There is no need to remove any release paper [as with a conventional roll of double sided tape]. Not only does that mean you can get through your work a lot faster, it will also save your nails from hurting during the process of trying to peel the release paper off. No release paper would also mean there is nothing that needs to be cleared or disposed of.


The dispenser is also refillable (making it cost effective in the long run).
A good addition to anyone's stationery stash.


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Friday, April 30, 2021

Friday, April 23, 2021

Review : Pentel FITLINE for Clena Highlighters

 

If you are like me, you probably use up a lot of highlighters on a regular basis. So like me, you must be curious about new highlighters out there too. Today I'm going to review Pentel FITLINE for Clena Highlights. 

Clena pens by Pentel feature an otona [Japanese for adult or grown up] design targeted at fashionable young ladies. Needless to say, the highlighter line is the same and has a very feminine classy look.

The highlighter is double ended with the usual wide highlighter tip on one end and a pen like nib on the other for writing. 


The colors in the range are :
  • soft red
  • soft blue
  • mint green
  • gray
Here are the swatches : 

So how does it compare to the ever favorite mildliner range which costs the same? Well, the colors are rather pigmented compared to those offered by mildliner. Function wise, both are about the same. However the cream packaging makes it look more expensive than the white which mildliner comes in. 

Won't you give these a try next time?

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Review: &Studium, stationery for studying



In 2021, I decided to start taking Korean lessons. 
Preparing for when travel starts up again. 

Which also means buying new stationery! 

I picked up a B5 cover, divider refill, loose leaf refill and vocabulary refill from the &Studium line of study specific stationery. 

 

The dividers are a nice bright colour, cute designs and come in a set of 4 with matching labels. 


The vocabulary refill has 30 sheets and have the same colour scheme as the dividers. 


Lastly, the loose leaf refill has 40 sheets and the paper is pink. 
Bringing all this colour to studying really helps morale. 


Here's what it looks like with everything set up. 
I love the semi opaque folder and the colours of the dividers. 


The labels work really well and they provided extras for future uses. 


The dividers came with a pretty useful bookmark/ruler too.


The vocabulary refill layout was great, spacious and easy on the eyes. 
I highly recommend it for language study or anything where a reference is needed. 

All in all, &Studium is a stylish way to study, no boring stationery, I'm excited to use it every day. 

The layouts are carefully thought thru and it's really useful. 

Do you use &Studium? what's your favourite item? 

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Review : DAISO Sticky Note Pad Ver.2

 Another amazing value for money item from DAISO!

The sticky note pad ver.2 [comes in several color tones and prints]


It includes the ever handy TO DO List sticky notes. (20 pieces)


Circles and small sticky notes (20 pieces each design)

And a lovely color collection of removable sticky strips (5 colors, 20 pieces each)

It folds up into a handy mini ring bound hardcover book.

That's a total of 180 pieces of sticky notes for the low price of a DAISO item [price varies country to country]. Highly reccomended!

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