Filofax, Japan Corer, Stickers

❤Making Kokeshi Stickers with Silhouette Cameo❤

Ta-daaa!  This is my brand new Silhouette Cameo!!  I finally FINALLY bought it!!

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This is a cutting machine I’ve been wanting for a long time.  This little machine can cut not only paper but also fabric or film types of thing to any shapes you like!

I’m still a super beginner, but here is something I’ve made with the Cameo.  The software called Silhouette Studio comes with the Silhouette Cameo, and you trace images using the software to decide where you want to cut.

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Yay!!

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But what I really REALLY wanted to try with the Cameo was to make STICKERS!!  You can change the length of the blade before cutting, and if you set it right you can cut stickers without cutting the backing sheet.  Which means you can make a little nice sheet of stickers which has been my dream!

But, oh dear!   I’m horrible at reading manuals (and I had to find the proper manual online as the one included in the box wasn’t good enough!), so I struggled A LOT to make them at the beginning, and to be honest I almost gave up!  But my passion for stickers drove me to the goal lol!!

And here it is!!

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I’ve been cutting all my stickers out of a sheet one by one using scissors and knives, but using the Cameo I can make a sheet of stickers which is a lot more convenient to carry around with my Filofax 🙂  I punched ring holes, so I can set it in my Filofax like this.

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I actually tried to print on clear adhesive film as well for the first time.  Here is the sample I made.

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Oh, my God!  I love it!!!
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This is how it looks like on my page.

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I really love this clear film, however it seems that my printer doesn’t really like it 😦  So it’s actually quite a hassle to make stickers with it.  Oh.. but I really like these clear stickers so… I will have to figure out how to print them out without any trouble…!

All these stickers are not available in my shop yet, but I’m planning on putting them up very soon (not sure about the clear ones, though!) once I design all the packaging and so on.

Thank you for reading!
Sachiko

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Thank you very much for waiting for the address refills for the A5 size!  I’m working on them at the moment, and I hope I can put them up on my shop soon!  Thank you very much for your patience…!

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Eraser stamps, Filofax, My Paintings, Stickers

Organising stickers and making more stamps!

I have quite a few stickers like I said in my last post. I used to keep them organised in a small file but not all of them can fit in it so I usually keep them in one bag. It’s been quite stressful to find the sticker I want in the pile of stickers!

I don’t have a small folder in which I can nicely organise all my stickers, so I decided to use some cello bags I already have.

I cut the self-sealing part off the bags because I don’t need it.  Then I made holes by a punch so I can hold the cello bags together by a ribbon.

Ta-daaa!

It’s a lot easier to look through the stickers now 🙂

I thought the ribbon would be loose and it would fall apart easily, but it’s quite sturdy to my surprise! (Or maybe it’s just because it always stays at home unlike my Filofax which comes with me everywhere I go.)  Anyway, it’s such a nice feeling to get things arganized, hehe.

By the way, in my last post I said that my weekly resolution was to keep the Week On Two Pages neat and attractive!

Here is my Week On Two Pages for last week.

And this is for this week.

I’m not quite sure if they are neat and attractive, but I’ve been enjoying writing things in with stickers, stamps and my Multi 8 pen. (My post on a Multi 8 pen is HERE.)

Oh yes, the stamps! I made more stamps after I wrote my last post.  I was into making eraser stamps for a while in June (you can see them HERE and HERE) and now it’s coming back again!  I’m still not so good at it yet, but it’s definitely a good fun.

These are the ones I use most often.

This is how they look like when stamped on paper.

Stamped on post-its.

I got some small wooden pieces today, and I’m thinking of using them as handles for my stamps. I’m not quite sure how it will go, but I hope I can show you some of them in my next post!

Lastly, this is my latest painting!  This gate is called Kaminarimon Gate and it’s in Asakusa, Tokyo.  The printed version of this painting is available HERE.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Eraser stamps, Filofax, Stickers

Trying to make the week on two pages attractive…!

It’s been a while since I last updated my blog!  I ran  a shodo (Japanese calligraphy) workshop for about 20 people last week, and I’m so glad it was a success!  I was worried about how it would go, so I’m so relieved!

I had never run a workshop so I was really nervous and didn’t take any photos during the workshop.  I wore a yukata which is similar to a kimono, but there’s no picture of me wearing it either 😦  Oh, well…

I bought them in Japan↓

First, we all practiced the basic strokes like tome, hane, harai, and then practised writing  his/her name in Japanese.  Then we created the final piece with decorations using washi (origami) paper to take home.  It’s just so bad that I have NO photos of them!  Anyway, everyone seemed to enjoy it so I was very happy even though I felt exhausted after the workshop.

Ok, so here is my Filofax. It’s becoming a bit too bulky for me!

I prefer to keep it thin with only necessary refills, so I sorted out which refills I can throw away over the weekend…

and for the refills I might want to keep for future reference, well, I’ll store them in a box.

Thinner now!

But actually this is NOT how I want to store the old refills!   I’ve been looking for 6 ring mini binders to organize/store these old refills, but I can’t find any in the UK!!  I wish I had a few of them so I could sort out the old refills according to the year.

I’m looking for something like this one↓,  you can buy it for about 350 yen (about 3 British Pounds) in Japan.  I really should have bought some of them when I was there in July..!  Maybe I could even even bought them at 100 yen shops!

By the way, do you ever re-read your old refills?  I keep all of my used Week-On-Two-Pages just in case, but I rarely read them again unless I’m really trying to remember something particular.

When I was using Hobo Nichi Techo planners I used to look through the old pages and enjoyed reading them.  It’s interesting to see what I was thinking a year ago, two years ago, and three year ago, and so on.

(Sorry, I’ve already used this image in my old post..!)

Well, the reason why I rarely read my old Week-On-Two-Pages is because they are just a bunch of boring To-Do lists.  I sometimes write a short diary in a small space, but the pages look really messy and unattractive to read again.  Then why am I storing them in a box!?  Well, in the past, there have been many times that I really had to remember something and my old planners helped me a lot.  So I’m keeping them just in case.

By the way, I have so many stickers, but I’ve realized that I don’t really use them anymore because it feels like it’s a waste to use cute stickers on messy pages which I rarely look at in the future!

So, I’ve decided to write the pages more carefully and as neatly as possible!

I made this To-do list eraser stamp first.

If I write the letters neatly there is still plenty of space,  so I think I can write a short diary each day too.

So, my weekly resolution is:

Keep the Week On Two Pages neat and attractive 😉

Filofax, My Paintings, Stickers

My latest paintings

It’s been quite hectic since I got back from Japan, but I was able to have a relaxing weekend.

My monthly pages look more lively with the new stickers I bought in Japan↓

While I was in Japan I took a lot of photos to get ideas for my paintings and really enjoyed sketching and colouring over the weekend.  I actually brought my watercolour set to Japan and painted a few pictures while I was there, and my father got really jealous of my compact watercolour set.

So I decided to leave it in Japan for him and ordered a new set for myself.  When I came back to England a small parcel was sitting on my desk,  and there was a new watercolour set inside!   I bought the Rowney’s set this time, not the Cotman’s set which I didn’t really like to be honest.

When I first used it I was surprised that it was really different from the Cotman’s watercolour!  It’s so much better!  I used to use a Rowney set before, and I’m very happy that I’m using one again.

It’s a “horumon” restaurant in Asakusa, Tokyo.  The man in the picture is preparing to open for business.  (The printed version is avaitable at my shop: HERE)

And I did this one as well.↓

(The printed version is avaitable at my shop: HERE)↓

Above are food stalls I saw at the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo.  There was a Hozuki (Chinese lantern plant) Market that day, and there were a lot of people buying hozuki plants and eating food near the food stalls.  The stall furthest to the right in the painting is selling yakitori (chicken shish kebab), the middle stalls is selling takoyaki (grilled octopus) and the furthest stall is selling jaga-butter (potato with butter).  It was such a hot & humid day, and I started feeling dizzy that I couldn’t visit the Skytree (the big new tower in Tokyo) afterwards which was quite near there.

That’s the Tokyo Skytree, and it just opened in May this year↓.  I always take a highway bus from the Narita Airport to get to the nearest train station to my dad’s house when I come back to Japan from overseas, and I could see the Skytree from the bus this time.  It’s blueish because I took it through the tinted window.

I already miss Japanese snacks and I was happy to find this at the supermarket today.  (There is no oriental supermarket, let alone a Japanese supermarket where I live!)

Thanks for reading!

Filofax, Hobonichi Techo, Stamps, Stickers

Stamps & Stickers for my filofax

These are the stamps I use for my filofax.  I don’t use them as often as I used to,  but they are useful to make the pages look neat.

 Probably I should use a different colour for each stamp, but I only use the red ink now.

And this is a small file to keep all my stickers in- I bought most of my stickers when I was in Japan.

I cut off the front cover of the file and used to use it like this↓.  Well, now I think that I didn’t really have to cut off the front cover to use it this way, but probably there was probably some reason at that time… :P??

This daily planner is called Hobonichi Techo, and I was using it until I bought a filofax.  I used to be a big fan of Hobonichi Techo which is probably the most popular daily planner in Japan.   I used it for 4 years until I bought a filofax.

I used it as a planner & diary, and I used to really enjoy writing things in and decorating it with stamps, stickers, photos and some of my illlustrations.

I used to carry a Multi8 with me so I could colour my illustrations at a coffee shop or wherever I wanted 🙂  I still love my Multi8, but I don’t carry it around with me anymore.

This is how my filofax looks like now- really different from how I used to use my Hobonichi Techos, but this suits me the best right now and I’m very happy with it!

Thanks for reading!

Dividers, Filofax, Japan Corer, Stickers

New filofax arrived!

I bought my first filofax organiser in August last year.  I did a lot of research on the internet before deciding which filofax to purchase, but researching on the internet sometimes overwhelms me with a huge amount of information and leaves me totally confused..!  So, after a week of researching on the internet what I did was just turned off my computer and walked to Ryman which isn’t so far from my place.  Then I found a lovely pocket-sized Finsbury Aqua which was reduced to only £20.  My favourite colour is Red, but  when I took it out of the box and touched it I just fell in love..!  It was so beautiful and the smell of leather was absolutely gougeous.  Aqua wasn’t my favourite colour, but I decided that this would be my very first Filofax organiser!  (Until then I had been using Japanese organisers like Hobo Nichi Techo for many years.)

I had been happily using my Finsbury Aqua since that day until…LAST WEEK…!  Because of my very stupid mistake (which I don’t even want to mention as I’m regretting it too much…!!!) I ruined the front cover of my beloved filofax…  I would probably cope with it if it was the back cover, but I damaged the front cover.  I tried to get used to my damaged filofax, but after using it for 3 days I decided that I would need a new filofax.

So, to make a very long story short, now I have my new filofax in my hands!  I chose the Malden Vintage Pink this time (of course the pocket size again- it’s my favourite size as it fits in my purse perfectly).

I wasn’t so sure about ordering it on Amazon, but amazingly it arrived the next day by First Class Recorded.  I actually found a small flaw but it wasn’t so bad, and after all it was only £29.94.

These are the dividers I made for my Finsbury↓

I was going to use the same dividers for my new Malden, but I noticed that there wasn’t enough space between the pages and the pen loop like the Finsbury.  So I made new dividers for the Malden↓

It wasn’t much fun making 14 dividers, but now I’m so happy that I made them!

This is a chart of the P&P that I often refer to for new orders.

Month on two pages↓

I’m really happy with this new see-thru divider I made.  I cut out the middle part of a divider and laminated it so you can see both pages even though the divider is in between.

I keep my Japanese “omamori” (talisman) which I got from Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine) before leaving Japan in 2010.

These are the kokeshi calendar stickers I make and sell↓

I’m selling them on eBay, Etsy and on my own website (banners are on the right side!).  You can visit my shop on Etsy from the banner below↓

Thank you very much for reading my very long post!