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Friday, July 1, 2022

Review: Maruman Septcouleur Notebook


I picked up a new notebook recently. 
You might be thinking there's so many notebooks out there, a new one probably isn't that interesting. 

This one from Maruman, the septcouleur ticks a lot of the right boxes I feel. 

Some basics, the septcouleur range of notebook is spiral ring-bound, it comes in 2 sizes (A5 and A6) and there are a variety of colours. 

The paper is only available in a 3mm grid layout and each notebooks comes with 100 sheets of paper. 

I picked up the A6 model in the crispwhite cover/colour. 

The first thing I noticed is the cover texture, it's a smooth matte coated card and it's really nice to touch. 
It doesn't seem like it would stain easily, especially since it's white. 

On the inside, there's a nice cover page with the product image, title and colour. 

There's more information, including the other colours the notebook is available in. 

By the way, septcouleur means seven colours, and based on the colour selection, I'm inclined to believe it's referring the rainbow and not the colour range. 

I really like the colours, they're very usable and easy on the eyes, and I think it's professional looking enough for work use. 

The paper is good quality and really nice to write on, which is typical of Maruman notebooks. 
The 3mm square/grid layout is also very versatile and I like that the paper is not overly white, making the writing experience very enjoyable. 

Also, the permanent marker did not bleed. 

Overall, the notebook is great and very usable. I enjoy writing on it and honestly, it's hard to fault Maruman's quality. 

Would you buy this? If not, what is your go-to notebook brand? 

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Friday, June 17, 2022

Review: Tombow MONO Air 5 Correction Tape

The Tombow MONO AIR correction tape is one of our favorites stationery items here at TN5C. We have never officially reviewed it [despite it being in our fave buys of the year list regularly] so when this new LE two pack design came out, it was clear it was time to do so.

Each set contains 2 pieces, one each of blue and pink.
The design on each piece is a LE tamayura design.

As with all the MONO Air Correction tape, you hardly need to exert any force to pull out the tape and it glides smoothly on the paper.
Some good points
1.The long slim design makes it easy to store and they are both refillable.
2. To do so, you can flip open the top cover.
3. The tape dispensing tip is transparent so you can see what you are erasing clearly.

They are exactly the same size/shape as the usual non LE case.

The tape used is 5mm [length 6m] and the replacement cartridge ( CT-PAR5 ).

What do you think?
Have you tried this before?

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Friday, June 10, 2022

Review: Daiso 9 hole compact loose leaf refills


I love it when I find things at Daiso that works with things I already own. 
And since it's Daiso, this means affordable options! 

Maruman, famous for their loose leaf notebook systems, has a mini version of said system. 
The binder comes in a few different options but I'm quite the fan of the INTO-ONE mini binder system

Sidenote: we've reviewed the minimini system here.

Back to the refills from Daiso.

There are 5 types (that I'm aware off). Each has the same 9 holes as the Maruman refills and each pack has 50 sheets, which is pretty generous! By comparison, Maruman refill packs come with 100 sheets. 

Above, we have 4 sections and 3 sections. The layout for these are double sided. 

Here we have dot grid and checklist (design is double sided) and the last one is a free diary (the back is dot grid. 

By the way, you don't have to commit to the mini system, these will work as inserts on any of the loose leaf systems such as the original A4 30 holes and the A5 20 holes. 

I compared the Daiso inserts to the Maruman ones and besides a slight colour difference (Daiso's is whiter), the feel and thickness of both appear to be similar. 

The mini system in action! I like having different options for the inserts, it makes the notebook more useful. 

Also useful to note, the only 2 layouts that Maruman also has are the free diary and checklist

The 3 divide is great for day planning, I used it here for meal planning. 

The 4 divide can be used for storyboarding, also sketching and uh, SWOT analysis

Dot grid doesn't really need an explanation, free diary covers planning for an entire day and checklist is perfect for people like me, I make lists constantly!

I also feel the free diary would also work as a checklist or a monthly planner (take over some of the to do list column to make it 31 days and I reckon that works) 

I'm so glad Daiso has released these, I hope they won't be difficult to find in the future so I can continue buying refills. 

Are you a loose leaf user? What's your favourite size? 

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Friday, June 3, 2022

Review: MIDORI Quick Tape Cutter (Masking Tape Dispenser)

A while back, we reviewed the NICHIBAN Masking Tape Dispenser and today we review another! This time made by Japanese stationery brand Midori. It is a dispenser that can quickly feed the tape and cut the cut end cleanly with a light force.
It can cut masking tape neatly with the same length. 
It is a convenient item that solves the problem of finding the cut end of the tape.
Keeps the tape clean.
Makes it easy to use for purposes like wrapping.

To use it, simply pull the slider and 2cm of tape will be sent out. There is a cutter blade on the upper side of the tape outlet, and you can cut the tape cleanly with a light force by pulling the tape upward.

It is also possible to pull the tape and pull it out to any length before cutting with aforementioned cutter.
Due to size, it is only for masking tape width 12 ~ 15mm. 
Masking tape with an inner diameter of less than 25 mm and an outer diameter of more than 54 mm cannot be used.

With a built-in magnet, it can be fastened to metal surfaces so you do not need to worry about storage space.
Personally I have found this extremely useful and have purchased another for use in the kitchen as well.
It is a lot more compact that the Nichiban version so if you were trying to choose between the two, I would recommend this. ^^
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Friday, May 27, 2022

June 2022 Printable

June is coming up and since its going to be the middle of the year, its a good time to review your 2022 goals. Inspired by that, we have designed June's printable to resemble memo notes.

The color scheme : soft summer colors
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 20, 2022

Review: Penco Sticky Memo Pad


A brand synonymous with industrial and functional style stationery, storage and lifestyle items. 

If you've been following the blog, you'll know that I love sticky notes, I buy them in all shapes and colours. 
They improve productivity and I use them in my everyday life. 

These sticky notes by Penco come in 2 designs, a monthly and a weekly layout. 
Each design is 180 x 74mm, has 30 sheets and is available in 3 different colours - white, pink yellow. 

I picked up the monthly in yellow and the weekly in white. 
Also included is the above diagram, suggested uses for the sticky note. 

I like the clean design of the sticky note, the text/line colours contrast nicely with the paper colour and 

I used the monthly as a long to-do list but would be perfect as a monthly overview in a weekly diary. 

The size of the sticky note also works well with A5 diaries. 

The paper is nice and smooth and not too thin. 
Not as smooth as MD paper (our benchmark) but still pleasant to write on. 

I tried a highlighter on it and it and the energel pen I used did not bleed. 

The weekly layout one is horizontal and is great for placing on a computer monitor. 
work productivity for the win! 

The only thing that I didn't like about these sticky notes was that the adhesive didn't seem to adhere properly in the corners. 
Maybe that has to do with the way I peeled the sheet from the pad, but something that might prevent me from repurchasing this in the future. 

What do you think about the Penco sticky notes? 

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Review: MARU liner by Kobaru


I picked up these pens by Kobaru on a recent trip to the stationery store. 
The colours caught my eye so I grabbed a few to try out. 

I purchased 2 versions of the pens. 

The entire range is called MARU liner and there's a regular version and thin version. 

The regular version is similar to a highlighter. 
The tip is round and fat and the colours are semi opaque, just like a highlighter. 

There's also a 2 pen set that comes with a connector so you can use both pens at once or for quick switching between colours. 
I found that quite interesting. 

The 4 colours I picked.
 Standard pink and standard purple were part of a set with the connector. 

The olive was a bit too neon for me but I like the 3 other colours, florida pink is nice and soft and would suit any light pink bullet journal or journal layout. 

The connector works like this, the pens are also connected so less chance of losing one pen cap at a time. 
Slotting/removing the pen is a bit tricky at first but once you do it the first time, it becomes easier. 

You can use both pens at once, or use one colour and then quick switch to the other. 

The pen tip itself is soft but not too soft. 
By adjusting the pressure when using, you can vary the size of the circle/highlight area 

The other pen is the thin version, which is similar to a sketch pen. 

I really like these 2 colours, they're pretty unique. 
The pigment is similar to the regular version so great of underlining or marking out things without it becoming too overpowering. 

Oh and you can also use the connector for these, or switch it up and have 1 regular, 1 thin pen at the ready. 

I like these pens for the unique connector and colours but as someone who owns a lot of other highlighters, I probably wouldn't buy more. 

But if you're someone who needs some small lightweight pens and the convenience of the quick switch connector, these would be perfect for you. 

They're great for study or for marking documents. 

Would you buy these? Let me know in the comments. 

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Review: Oitoco Smartphone Stand Pen Case

Here at TN5C, we are always interested in the unique and slightly different stationery items. And lately, I've purchased a new pen case that fits that description.

Oitoco Smartphone Stand Pen Case
Size: diameter 58 x height 170 mm

As the name describes, it is a pen case where the lid can be used to hold your smartphone.

Examples of usage
  • online classes
  • time display
  • watching videos
  • video conferences
And you can also use it to hold cards etc
It has a large capacity as well and I was able to fit 11 mildliners in it with ease.

What do you think? Is this something you will find useful as well?

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Friday, April 29, 2022

May 2022 Printable

Hello May! 

We're feeling the dreamy chill vibes here and thought we would share it with you in our May printable. 

Looking to the sky for inspiration, we went with these beautiful blues and elements of clouds and stars.

Blue layouts are so calming aren't they? 

Netprint/ibon information is available on instagram

Remember to tag us on instagram if you do use the printable!

Download here: Link

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Review : Zebra Mildliner New Colors 2022

 Here at TN5C, we love our highlighters and especially the Mildliner range by ZEBRA. So when they released new colors in 2022, we simply had to add them to our collection.

There are ten new colors which you can buy in 2 separate packs. Gentleness mild and Natural Mild. 

We picked the NATURAL MILD pack

Here are the new colors 
From top: Mild Dusty Pink, Mild Cream, Mild Beige, Mild Olive and Mild Cool Gray 
Like the original mildliner, they are water based and there is both a thick and thin end

Here are some swatches
As you can see, the colors live up the mildness of Mildliners we know and love.

I picked out some common colors from my collection to see how they compare.

So what do you think of them?

Will you be trying them as well?

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