Filofax, Hobonichi Techo, Pentel Multi8 Review

Pentel Multi8 Review!

I have got a request to do a mini review on a Multi8 pen, so here is the quick review!

I think I bought my Multi8 in 2008 when I was in Japan, and I’ve always loved it since I got it!  I often draw small illustrations on corners of small notes or post-it notes, and this Multi8 makes them really colourful!


There is also a product called Super Multi8, but this is a standard Multi8.  You can purchase just a pen with 8 sticks of colour lead already set inside, but I bought a “Multi8 set” so it came with 16 sticks of colour lead (2 for each colour) and a sharpner. (*Plus 8 sticks were already set inside the pen so 24 sticks in total!)


This is an instruction manual, and it’s written in English on the rear side.


Comparison to BIC’s 4-colour ink pen:

When I bought my Multi8 set it was 2000 yen + free shipping or something on Amazon.co.jp.  The colour lead lasts for a very long time (unless you colour something really large!) and I never use a sharpner, so I personally think that you don’t really need to buy a set.  If you search for “Pentel Bible Highlighter” or “Pentel 8-in-1” you’ll be able to find the ones (not a set) which are designed for the markets outside Japan, and I think they’re cheaper than purchasing an Original Multi8 set.  (By the way, I’ve seen a Multi8 which has different colours inside so you should check it before purchasing it!)

By the way, MUJI sells a set for 2000 yen (it’s made by Pentel, but it has a MUJI packaging) in Japan, but I couldn’t find it on the English MUJI website, so probably it’s not available outside Japan..?  This is the one you can buy at Japanese MUJI:

ポリカーボネイト8色鉛筆芯シャープペン 8色・替芯付き

Sorry, the quality of this photo is really bad, but these are the 8 colours you get.


I used to draw a lot of pictures when I was using a Hobonichi Techo, and here are some examples 🙂  They’re all coloured by a Multi8.


And these are the Week On Two Pages for this week 🙂


I hope you liked my review!

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Dividers, Filofax

What’s the first thing you see when you open your Filofax?

This is what you see first when you open my pocket Malden.

I would never want to lose my Filofax wherever I go, but what if I did!?  So I set the registration number page on top of all the other pages so that if a nice person was to find my Filofax he or she would ring one of those numbers!  But the problem I’ve been having is that this page isn’t capturing my heart at all… 😦  I love girly things like pink and ribbons and so on, but this registration number page is just black and white.., but I do want to keep this page on top at the same time!  …I wonder what I should do!?

Then I got some nice ideas!  First I drew some ribbons on a piece of paper, then I chose one and scanned it in. Then I did a bit of a designing on Photoshop, printed it out and cut out the unnecessary parts.

Finally, I laminated it of course, and here it is!

Ta-daa!

I made a little window here↓

So you can see the registration number through it and the nice person who found my Filofax would hopefully turn this page to see more details on the registration number page?  Anyway I love this little see-through window in this divider 🙂

This is a similar idea to my see-through divider for the monthly calendar, isn’t it?  (The post on this divider is HERE)

This pink page with ribbons lifts my feelings every time I open my Filofax, yay!

Thanks for reading!

Eraser stamps, Filofax, Japan Corer, My Paintings

More stamps!

I wrote in my last post that I started making my own stamps using erasers.  I found it soooooo difficult (I still do!) at the beginning, but I think I’m getting slightly better 🙂

 Approx. 2.5cm(H) x 1.7cm(W) 🙂

Now I’ve got quite a few stamps, so I made a small box for them.

Approx. 2cm x 2cm↓

Strawberry is about 1.5 cm (hight)

I just decorated next week’s pages with my stamps, and it was so much FUN !!  (The stamp of the coffee cup on the bottom-right corner wasn’t made by me.) I wish I could make a lot more stamps, but my eyes have been horribly sore from making stamps, so I really need to rest my eyes…!  Boohoo!

By the way, this is my latest painting of a sushi restaurant in Tokyo↓

(Available at Japan Corner.)

And these are the new personalised address labels which are also available at Japan Corner

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Eraser stamps, Filofax

Making my own stamps (So difficult!)

I’m visiting Japan next month and I made a list of what I want to do in Japan, what I want to eat in Japan, who I want to see in Japan…etc…etc.  I haven’t been back in Japan for nearly 2 and a half years, so it’s really exciting!

By the way, I’ve put up a photo of my stamps in my last post, and now I’ve started making my own “keshigomu hanko” (eraser stamps).  Making my own stamps seemed really exciting, and the materials are cheap so I thought “Why not give it a try?”

If you are not so familiar with the eraser stamps you can copy & paste

消しゴムはんこ

in Google Image and you can see all kinds of stamps!

These are what I use:

Steps:
1) Draw whatever you like on a piece of paper (keep it simple at the beginning!)

2) Trace it


3) Transfer the image onto the eraser


4) Curve it

I thought it would be quite easy, and I was so ecxited thinking what kind of stamps I want to make for my Filofax.

BUT!!!!

It was actually sooooo difficult!!!  How can other people make such tiny & detailed stamps!?

It looks so easy in the videos, you know!

It’s obvious that I need  A LOT of practice, so I decided to go for some very simple designs first like a strawberry and a cherry 🙂

I really hope I can show you something a lot better than this soon..!