Japan Stationery Haul

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Okay, so I went to Japan and South Korea right after my final exams and I seriously dropped loads of cash on stationery. Not going to lie, stationery was probably the main thing I wanted to buy while on vacation. Japan is a stationery wonderland after all. Since I bought so much, I thought I’d do a haul! I haven’t used all of the items yet so I can’t say much but I might do a review on some of my favourite products later.


MUJI is seriously a dream. I love very simple and minimalistic things and that’s everything that MUJI embraces with its no-brand policy. Aside from their delicious snacks and stylish household goods, they are also known for their quality but reasonably priced stationery.

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From top to bottom: Hexagonal 6-colour Ballpoint Pen, Hexagonal Polycarbonate Gel Ink Ballpoint Pen Needle Type, Erasable Needle Ball Point Pen, Gel Ink Ballpoint Pen Hexagonal, Plastic Eraser Black

So far, I’ve only used the Gel Ink Ballpoint Pen Hexagonal and I really enjoy it. I got it in 0.25mm which is the thinnest pen I’ve got but it allows me to write smaller without smudging on my Hobonichi.

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From left to right: Gel-Ink Ballpoint Pen in Sky Blue & Green, Smooth Writing Gel Pen in Gray/Yellow Green/Sky Blue/Black

These are pens that I know and love so I just stocked up on some of my favourite colours and the essential black of course.

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Loft was by far my favourite store in Japan because of how stylish and cute everything was. The stationery section was amazing and even managed to overwhelm me, being the big pen freak that I am.

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From top to bottom: Zebra Colour Flight in 0.5mm in two different colours, Zebra Airfit LT in 0.5mm, Kokuyo Uno Onde Coloree in 0.5mm

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From top to bottom: Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Pen in black/milk blue-green/milk green/blue-green, Zebra Sarasa Rapid Dry Ink

I’m a huge fan of Sarasa gel pens so I stocked up on my favourite colours! The Sarasa pens with rapid dry ink are absolutely amazing because they don’t smudge at all with my highlighters! It’s a shame I didn’t buy refills for them because I can see them becoming my go to note-taking pens.

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From top to bottom: Pilot-Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Pen, Pilot Hi-Tec-C, Zebra Surari, Pilot FriXion highlighter, Raymay Penpass, Black Mono Eraser

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The numbered clips are Midori Brass Clips and the tabbed sticky notes are from Film Fusen. The Magnet Markers are by Hightide.

There wasn’t any packaging on the copper and big silver clips so I’m not sure where you could get those, sorry! I’ve been so obsessed with magnetic bookmarks that I’m slowly but surely gathering up a collection. They are just so cute and useful for textbooks and study notes. The Midori Brass clips were on my wish list for the longest time and I finally got them! I think those will be super helpful for indicating chapters in textbooks or notes.

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From left to right: Snoopy pencil case, Craig pencil case by Delfonics, pencil case from Artbox

Surprisingly, the pencil case is the only stationery item I bought from South Korea. Since I went to Japan first, I felt like I bought everything already so I really didn’t buy that much in Korea. Nevertheless I still went a bit crazy with pencil pouches. In fact, I actually bought  8 pouches in total on this entire trip, but the other ones were for toiletries and such. Crazy, right?!

Anyways! That concludes my Japan trip stationery haul! I bought a ton so I don’t think I’ll be buying new stationery anytime soon. Let me know if you have questions on any of the products or where I got them specifically. There were so many items that I must have left out some important information. See you in the next post!

 

New Gel Ink Pens: Pilot Juice, Uni-ball Signo UM-120 & UM-153

Hi! I recently went on a crazy gel ink pen buying spree on JetPens and I thought I’d show you all what I got and what I think about each of the products!


Pilot Juice Pens – Pastel – 6-Colour Set (0.5mm)

I’ve been dying to try Pilot Juice pens for the looooongest time now since I only hear good things about them. Since I already have a ton of gel ink pens, I decided to go for the pastel collection. These pastel pens are great for writing on darker paper kraft paper because they really pop against the background.

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They are very pigmented but they definitely won’t show up well on white paper so just keep that in mind before planning to purchase. The purple is probably the only dark-ish pen of the bunch and it’s definitely my favourite. To me, it’s the second best shade of purple (you will see the first in just a second!)

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Anyhow, I totally get the hype around these pens. They are consistent and smooth writers with excellent ink quality. They are also very lightweight, comfortable to hold, and have a super convenient clipping mechanism on the pen body. One of my friends told me that she likes to clip her hair with her pen when she can’t find a hairpin around. Hey, you might look a little bit weirdl but at least your hair is out of your face, right?


Uni-ball Signo Angelic UM-120AC Gel Ink Pen – Green & Purple (0.7 mm)

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Next up is the Uni Signo! The iconic Uni Signo pens have done it again! I am super impressed with these pens. The colours are vibrant and the tip is very nice and soft. This shade of purple is my favourite out of all the purple pens I have used thus far.

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I only bought two pens because their prices were a little bit steeper than most with $2 a pen and no sets available. I also just wanted to try them out so I only purchased my two favourite colours. I can say I will for sure be purchasing the rest of the colours the next time I order from JetPens. The ink is very pigmented and thick, thus it takes a little longer to dry than usual, which is the only flaw of this pen. I also do wish there were finer tips available but I’m an all tip-size type of gal so I’m not complaining.


Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Ink Pen – White Ink

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Last but definitely not the least and perhaps even the best is the Uni Signo UM 153 in white ink. I bought this pen because I wanted to do some mix media with watercolour and I heard it was the best white ink pen around. This is possibly the most opaque white gel ink pen I’ve ever tried and it shows up fully opaque even on black paper. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any black paper around to test these pens with, but I did draw some hearts on the back of one of my notebooks for fun lol.

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As you can see above, the Uni-ball Signo pens really do go above and beyond compared the Pilot Juice pens in terms of opaqueness on white paper. Of course, it’s a given that the Pilot Juice pens might not have been designed for this purpose.

Maruman Mnemosyne Notebook

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Every since Jetpens introduced cheaper international shipping options, I’ve been making wishlists left and right. I received my second purchase in the mail last week and was most excited about this Maruman Mnemosyne notebook I decided to try out. Something I love equally if not more than pens are notebooks, especially ones with superb paper quality.

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The one I purchased is the Maruman Mnemosyne Imagination Notebook (Graph) in  A4 size. I wanted a notebook to write revision notes and diagrams on and the Maruman is all I every wished for. I dislike using blank paper for diagrams because I’m a horrible slanter when it comes to writing, so graph paper is my best friend. The grid sizes on this notebook is just perfect!

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Above is a revision sheet I made for my math class that just wrapped up. The paper is so smooth that your pen just glides on it like ice. That is probably because it contains 80 gsm paper. Apart from the great paper quality, I really appreciate how the pages are sectioned off as there is space at the top for a title and date.

The only downside to this notebook would be that it’s not ruled double-sided. Whether this is a problem or not really depends on what you are using it for. As a student, I would want to make as many notes as I could in a single notebook and especially for this one because the paper is such good quality that I just don’t want to waste it.

It’s safe to say that I am super impressed with these notebooks and will be purchasing more when I finish this one. (If I had it my way, I would probably buy 3 more immediately but the piggy bank doesn’t allow it)

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My First Pilot Kakuno!

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So I haven’t been in the fountain pen game for long and I really only have two fountain pens, both of which are from Lamy. Since I’m not that artistic and I don’t really write that much by hand other than notes (which I like to use gel-ink pens for), I’m only sticking to the beginner fountain pens with finer tips. After loving my Lamy Safari and my Lamy Joy fountain pens, I’ve decided to try the Pilot Kakuno fountain pen since it seems to get glowing reviews everywhere. The one I ordered is the fine nib in soft blue!

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I ordered my Kakuno from an eBay user named play-japan and I have to say I was super pleased with the service. I received the pen within 10 days from ordering and that is lightning speed shipping here in Canada. Did you know people in South Korea can order something online and receive it in just a few hours? I was so surprised and beyond envious when I learned that.

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I only got the pen yesterday and I ripped it out of the packaging right away without really thinking that I should probably take some pictures for my blog. So the picture you see above was the result of me putting my pen back in the packaging and totally failing since I already put the ink in. I am such a newbie blogger haha.

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I tried copying the Pilot Kakuno logo but I failed terribly as you can see.

I’ve only wrote with it for a little so I can’t really give it a review but so far, everything is fine. I really like how the pen holds in my hands and the fine nib is perfect for me. I’ll check back in a few weeks or months after getting a good use out of the pen and give my opinions on it.

Favourite: Uni Shift Pipelock Drafting Pencil

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Isn’t the photo above just beautiful? This mechanical pencil is one of my very favourites and one of the reason being that it is just gorgeous!

The one I have is the 0.5mm black body with smoke accent. I originally had a white body one but it got stolen so I got a new one. Even though this pencil is a bit on the pricey side, it is completely worth it in my opinion if you’re looking for a good pencil that you can use daily.

I’m no artist or design student but I do find myself writing quite a bit and comfort+function is always on the top of my list. The weight of the pencil is focused more on the bottom which makes writing very easy on the hands. I also love love love the metal grip because it adds so much weight to the pencil and just makes it feel more expensive. The shift pipe lock is a plus for me but not really a necessity since I tend to forget to lock it when I’m done using it.

I got my first one from StationeryArt but literally everything and anything good on that website is sold out and it feels like they never come back in stock lol. I got this black one from amazon.

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MosseryCo Notebooks

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A couple of months ago I made a purchase from an Etsy shop called MosseryCo. They sell notebooks with very cute designs! I was watching a video from HappieScrappie when she pulled out her MosseryCo notebooks and I fell in love with the designs. So I went and ordered a notepad and three more pocket notebooks. I still haven’t found a use for the pocket notebooks but I’ve already used the notepad so I thought I’d share this store with you. They have a good deal where you can choose any three pocket notebooks and get free shipping. I chose that because I hate having to pay for expensive shipping and most of the Etsy shops charge a lot for shipping to Canada. It’s a sad life sometimes.

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The pocket notebooks are not ruled so you can use it as a sketchbook or anything you want! The quality of the paper is very high quality and thick which is always a plus in my book. These pocket books are about the same size as the Moleskine pocket notebooks but a little bit narrower.

If you’re part of the Kate Spade Planners Club on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve heard of Katedoris. To make one, you basically take a Kate Spade passport holder and put notebooks in them like you would a Midori traveler’s notebook. I’ve seen several pictures of them and they are very cute. I would make one for myself but I haven’t gotten into the traveler’s notebook game yet. Anyhow, I know these notebooks will fit into a Katedori so if you were on the lookout then here ya go! Beware though because some old Kate Spade passport holders have smaller dimensions that won’t fit. These notebooks are approximately 8.8x14cm so be sure to measure before you purchase!

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That is all! I just wanted to share these super cute notebooks with you! I want to add that the pug design is by far my favourite ❤

Cult Pens Haul + Review

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Believe it or not it’s quite hard to find online stationery stores that ship to Canada for a reasonable price. There has been so many times where I’ve put $10 worth of items in my cart and the shipping would come out to be $20. StationeryArt is quite good but pretty much everything I want is out of stock all the time. So this time, I decided to try out Cult Pens as an alternative to Stationery Art and JetPens. They have a nice selection but not as extensive as JetPens and some things are overpriced by almost 200% when you take into account currency conversion. Anyhow, I decided to splurge and order some pens that had been on my wishlist for ages.

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The first two things I got were Kuretake Zig CocoIro Letter Pen Bodies. I got the colours kiwi and strawberry. Since these were only the pen bodies, I also got two of the Letter Pen refills in black and mint green. I know it’s a little bit weird that I didn’t get a blue pen body to match the mint green ink but the kiwi was just so eye-catching I had to get it. As you can see the refill is sticking out of the pen body. I found that kind of weird at first but it doesn’t bother me at all really. The tip is hard but soft and flexible at the same time. As described on the website, you can’t write too fast with these pens because the ink flow can’t keep up.20150521_154417

20150521_154604All in all I find these pens aesthetically pleasing and nice to write with at the same time. I wouldn’t use them for note taking in class though since they kind of lag in the ink department. I’ll probably be using these pens to write cards or draw simple diagrams. And I’ll definitely be purchasing more pen barrels because they have a lot more cute colours!

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Ahem, excuse my bad handwriting. I’ve been wanting to try a fountain pen with a wider nib for some time now. I love my Lamy Safari fountain pen so I thought I’d try out the Lamy Joy Fountain Pen. Isn’t this pen just so beautiful? I love the bold red colour in contrast with the black barrel. Now, I’m no calligraphist but the wider nib just makes my writing look a lot fancier than it is, which I enjoy very much. Personally, I think this pen would make a great gift because of how stylish it looks and its quality.

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Lastly, I got the Pentel Brush Pen (sorry I forgot to take an individual picture but you can see it in the first picture above). It came with 4 cartridges of ink which was a bit of a surprise since I didn’t read the item details before ordering. I saw Kristina from K Werner Design use this in one of her youtube videos and I loved how it wrote. I honestly don’t know how she can write so prettily with this pen because I just fail at using this pen (as you can see). It certainly will take a long time to get used to so I don’t have anything to say about it quite yet.

I ordered all of these pens from Cult Pens and I have to say the service was really good. I didn’t have any problems with the order and they came quite fast (exactly one week!) even though I live overseas.

Introduction + Favourite Pens!

Hi there!

Welcome to my blog, which will mainly be about stationery, planning, and my life in university. I do have a variety of other interests so I guess you could call this a lifestyle blog 🙂

My name is Aly and I’m from Vancouver, Canada. I’m currently studying computer science at UBC and I’m going into my second year this September. My hobbies include reading, watching drama, and trying to get better at painting (it’s taking forever haha). I recently dived into the world of planners and am finding myself becoming more and more obsessed. Aside from stationery posts, you will probably see a lot of posts on planning and maybe some book reviews.

Since I’m such a huge stationery addict, I thought it’d be fun to share some of my favourite pens as a first post. Here goes!

When I was younger all I wanted were pretty looking pens and pencils. Any pen that was pink or had a charm dangling from it had to be instantly mine. As I got older, I realized that quality mattered a little bit more than appearance (just a little!) I started to become interested in stationery and searching for great pens and pencils for my notes since I had to take soooo many notes  for school.

I prefer to take notes by hand because I simply enjoy making nice, neat, and pretty notes. This year I have been investing more money on notebooks with good quality paper because it really irks me when pen ink even shows through the paper let alone bleed through. A pen that I like to use on all types of paper is the MUJI Smooth Writing Gel Ink Pen. I actually just finished one of these pens 2 days ago so it goes to show how much I love it. It writes just like its name—super smooth and rarely shows through on the other side.

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Another one of my favourites for note taking would be the Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V5 Rolling Ball Pens. I have them in black, purple, and turquoise. I love using this colour combination to take notes! The ink flow is nice and consistent and I love how you can see how much ink you have left so you know when to stock up.

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I typically don’t use ball-point pens because I hate the cracks in the writing that the majority of them give me. However, I came across this pen just a few months ago at a local stationery store and fell in love with it. It’s the Faber Castell Ballpoint Pen N’ice Pen in Lime (one of my favourite colours!). Writing with this pen feels like writing on wax paper all the time. There are a few cracks occasionally but it writes so smooth that I’ve just had to learn to deal with it. This is a good quality Faber Castell pen with a price that isn’t insanely steep so I’d definitely recommend trying this pen out!

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And that concludes my first post!