Review: Red Pen Case (no brand)

One of my recent finds is this red pen case that I got from National Bookstore. Unfortunately it has no brand that I can see, but if I recall correctly it’s priced somewhere around Php150. It has a nylon-type material, and has a zipper that goes around on three of the four edges.

This means that the case itself opens up in a book-type way. It lays flat conveniently, and displays everything that it contains. It’s a very thin pen case, so it does not hold that much. For me though it has exactly the right amount of space for my everyday needs.

I also particularly like this pen case because it is of the correct size to hold my loose Hobonichi Weeks Supplementary notebook.

The case does not have many compartments. One of them is a full-length zipped mesh pocket on the left size of the case. It is roomy enough to hold a few sheets of stickers, two rolls of thin (~6mm) washi tape, and one thick washi sampler. It can hold additional pens but it might make the case too bulky to close.

On the right side of the case there are two nearly full-length slip pockets. The front pocket can hold around 5-7 pens depending on the thickness. For example here, I have five pens: the 2016 Hobonichi pen, a Raymay portable scissors, a Pilot Twin Marker, a gold Artline gel marker, and a Platinum Plaisir fountain pen. I can actually fit one more pen on the right of the Plaisir, but at the moment these are my pens on rotation.

At the back of the pen pocket I have space to put more stationery. I have a couple of journaling cards, a Hobonichi stencil, a packet of Japanese page flags, and three paperclips. As it is a full-length pocket it can actually hold longer pieces of paper, which is quite convenient.

The case when closed is just slightly wider and thicker than a Hobonichi Weeks with Cover on Cover. This makes it an ideal everyday case, and I am very happy to have found it!

 

Folklore Prints Planner Kit January 2017 – Fresh Start

First of all, happy new year! 

One of the newcomers in the Philippine planner kit scene is Folklore Prints, who released their first kit last December. As I was super pleased with it, I knew I wanted to get the next one which happens to be the one to greet the new year. The theme for the month of January is Fresh Start which is an appropriate theme for the new year. It incorporates the Pantone color of 2017, Greenery. Let me show you the contents of this month’s kit in this virtual unboxing.

First of all, the kits come in this beautiful owl themed envelope with a handwritten sticker bearing my name.

Upon opening the kit I am greeted by a green tissue paper which matches the theme. There’s a note with another handwritten bit telling me that I received a little extra bit in the form of a cat decotape as thanks for subscribing to the first kit. I could already see that this kit is filled to the brim with awesome things! Let’s take a look at the contents.


Each kit usually comes with a set of six beautifully designed A5 cardstock. This month, one of them is personalized with my name, how awesome is that?! There is also a stack of A5 paper which I take to be a sort of letter paper which would be great to send to penpals.


This next bit really excites me! It is a cold laminated personalized dashboard and a monthly habit tracker insert, both pocket sized! I’m really looking forward to using this insert for the next year! I also got a cute little sticky note pad and a set of tabs, both very useful for planning.


One of the things I really look forward to in a planner kit is coordinated stickers, and Folklore Prints does not disappoint! I get three sheets of planner stickers and five sheets of deco stickers, both of which I’m sure I’ll be using in my planner and bullet journal. 


Since it’s the start of the year, I also got a 12-month calendar. Subscribers were asked to submit photos to be put into the calendar and of course I could not pass up the opportunity to get high quality prints of my cats. Aren’t they beautiful? I also received a set of five journal cards in the polaroid style, which would be great to use as tip ins in journals.


Lastly, I also got a pack of die cut ephemera pieces in the same theme. These are absolutely gorgeous pieces and my favorite is that adorable pair of peas!  

Overall I’m really quite pleased with the quality and design of Folklore Prints Planner Kits. They come with a whole variety of useful accessories for planners and are really designed to be used daily. I paid Php675 for the kit including shipping which I think is pretty reasonable considering the quality. This kit arrived on December 30, just in time for the coming month. My favorite has got to be the personalized calendar!

Interested in subscribing? Head on over to their website and watch out for next month’s release!

Easy Pen Loop Substitute for Planners and Journals

Not all of planners or journals have their own built-in pen loops, and not all of the time we are willing to bring along a separate pen case. While there are available adhesive pen loops out there, it’s either hard to find, expensive, or does not entirely work with our chosen pens. Here is a quick and easy substitute for pen loops: binder clips!

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Binder clips are quite versatile, and come in different sizes and designs. What I do is to choose an appropriately sized binder clip that would match both my intended pen and the planner or journal that needs the pen loop. I would attach it somewhere in the upper third to halfway down the planner/journal, and not push it all the way in. I would then hook the pen’s clip into the exposed area of the binder clip, and there! Instant pen loop!

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The disadvantage to using binder clips as pen loops is that this won’t work for pens without clips. In this case, a proper elastic pen loop would really be necessary.

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The biggest advantage to binder clips as pen loop is the wide availability, and in addition it would be easy to swap out and change on a whim. Have you tried using binder clips to hold your pens?

 

Stamp Favorites: July 2016

I’m a big fan of stamps, and I use a lot of them for both planning and journaling. Let me show you what I’ve been using the most for this month.

1. Hero Arts Clearly Kelly Coffee and Donuts Rubber Stamp Set

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I’m a huge coffee addict, and it’s no surprise that I was drawn to this set. As you can see here, I only have the “coffee” half of the stamp set since that’s really what I’m after. I love how nice and small the images come out, and work well with even the small spaces of the Hobonichi Weeks. I use the coffee bean stamps for crafting too. I bought this from Bee Happy.

2. Bo Bunny Postale Clear Stamp Set

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This is a snail mailer’s dream stamp set! I love how there are so many variations of stamps here, and there’s even a couple of choices for postmarks. I also got this set from Bee Happy.

3. Vintage Stamp Rubber Cling Stamp Set

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Okay, I have to confess that I have forgotten what this stamp set is named, but I love how vintage the stamps are. I got this from a sale at Living Well at SM Aura, and I really wanted to get something else (the typography set!) but I only ended up with this one. I don’t really mind, as I’ve been using this a lot to decorate my snail mail and journals.

4. Mommy Lhey Best Year Yet 2016 Clear Stamps

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This should really be used at the start of the year on New Year spreads and similar stuff, but I really like the sentiments and they are mostly timeless. I use them to decorate my journals and I really like how the script looks on the page. I got this on preorder from @lionachinky at IG.

5. Uppercase Alphabet Rubber Stamps

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This is perhaps my most-used set this month. Any alphabet stamp set is really versatile, and can be used as highlights or titles in journals and snail mail. It’s a pretty neutral serif font that goes well with anything. Perhaps my only complaint about this set is that the actual stamp is situated somehow on the right of the holders. I bought this at Common Room.

What are your favorite stamp sets recently?

 

Cool Finds For My Planner

I’m a big fan of stationery, but it’s especially so if it’s stationery specifically meant for my planner. I found three things that go really well with my Hobonichi Weeks.

1.Tiny Stickers

The first is this pair of tiny stickers, which I got at Powerbooks for Php190 for the glittered stars and Php150 for the transparent circles. The glittered stars comes with two sheets while the transparent circles have three, but what’s really great is that both sets come with a plastic pocket that you can stick onto anything. I felt that these were really nice for marking dates on the monthly view, or for marking special events in the case of the glittered stars.

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Here is what the pocket looks like, and how one sheet of the transparent circles looks like. You can really see underneath the circles which is exactly how I wanted it! There are several other variations of these stickers available: there are hearts, squares, etc in various color combinations and even sizes.

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2. Cat Page Marker

I found this cute little cat page marker at a temporary bazaar at my workplace, for Php100. I suspect that might have been a bit overpriced, but I thought it was not too bad. It’s basically just a long copper chain with a cute cat charm at the end. I felt it looked really good with my SLC Weeks Cover.

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The other end of the chain has a pretty sturdy clip that’s supposed to anchor the page marker. As you can see the chain was actually quite longer than the Weeks, but I fastened the clip to the pocket underneath the Weeks to adjust for the extra length.

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3. Metal Stencil/Ruler/Bookmark

Lastly, I found this interesting looking stencil at National Bookstore. If I recall correctly it costed PHp85. It’s a clock themed stencil with a nice 8-bit one that comes in really handy even outside of telling time. There’s actually a ruler on the other side of this stencil, and the clock at the top also functions as a bookmark/clip. It’s quite a multitasker and I really like it!

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What are some of your interesting planner finds lately?

 

Stationery Haul from BeeHappy Crafts

Shopping is a major weakness of mine, and it was almost inevitable that I would find BeeHappy Crafts irresistible. They have such a large selection of crafty things, and they have not neglected the stationery lovers. Here’s what I got for my first order.

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Washi tapes and stickers are a no-brainer, and I am quite happy with my finds. In addition I got an Amy Tangerine clear stamp set, mostly because I wanted a stamp of a world map. I also took this opportunity to get two sets of postcards and finally try out a Distress Stain (shade name is Brushed Corduroy). I finally bit the bullet when I saw that the map stamp was about to run out of stock. Ironically, that stamp set is the only one I have yet to use in this haul!

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At the end of the same month, I could not help but get yet another order. Again, it was because my target stamp set was about to run out of stock, and in this case it was the Bo Bunny postage clear stamp set. While I was making the order anyway, I also got this Kelly Purkey Coffee and Donuts rubber stamp set, which I had been eyeing for a long time now. I also got a second Distress Stain since I was really happy with the first; this one is called Weathered Wood. The tags and that cute little cow thing at the corner are freebies (I also got freebies from the first order, but I neglected to include it in the photo).

I’m really happy with BeeHappy (ha!), and it’s taking all my willpower to stop browsing the store again. There’s still a lot there that I want to buy!

 

Tiny Stationery

Aside from my fascination with stationery, I am especially attracted to miniature or tiny stationery items. It’s not easy to find, but there are a few out there available that are quite functional.

 

 

For example, there are tiny binder clips, clothes pegs, even traveler’s notebooks and inserts, and scissors. Some are difficult to find or expensive, but the rest are easily available at bookstores. Another fun find is this set of Crayola brand mini gel markers.

 

Look what I found! Teeny tiny Crayola gel markers! Aren't they adorable??

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Why am I so taken with these miniature things? I just think they are adorable and the fact that they are functional really tickles my fancy. Have you any tiny stationery in your collection?