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I’ve just added a new listing!  These are prints of my original ink and watercolour paintings and available in two sizes- A4 or A5.

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Sachiko x

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Message Card and Envelope Design :)

I’ve been writing only about page markers lately, so I’d like to write about something different today!

First I have to show you my Hello Kitty shopper & pencil case I bought recently!! 🙂

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They had 50% off so it was just impossible for me to resist them!!!

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And I’d like to show you what I made for my friend the other day 🙂

My friend who lives in Japan recently opened her aroma therapy massage spa, and she asked me to design some message cards which she wants to give to her customers.

We discussed it via e-mail a few times, and she sent me this rough sketch.  It’s all written in Japanese, so I put some translation 🙂

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Her three cats were the main design and here is my sketch:

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I then fixed it a bit and coloured it on Photoshop.

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Then printed it and cut it out to see what it looked like…

Ta-Daa!!
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She asked me to make a matching envelope as well.
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I made a dot version as well:

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I’m so happy that she loved them, and I really enjoyed making them as well!

Thank you for reading!

Sachiko

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❤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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❤Cute Kokeshi Doll See-Thru Page Marker❤

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Address refills are now up on my Etsy shop!

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They are for the POCKET size, but I’m planning on making them for the PERSONAL size as well 🙂

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Last night, I was thinking about making some page markers but I couldn’t come up with the designs I really like…
So I decided to make one with the idea which I came up with long ago to help me refresh my thoughts!

Here is the “See-thru divider” which I made a while back, and I was going to make something similar but a cuter version of it 🙂

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I did some designing on Photoshop based on my rough sketches…

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Then I printed it out and cut out the parts I didn’t need.  It was a bit of a hassle to cut out the middle part, but I managed it somehow.

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Then I laminated it with a laminator, but it’s not 100% flat, can you see?

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When I use my laminator it always becomes ever so slightly uneven, so I always use a clothes iron afterwards to make it smooth and flat.

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And here is the finished sample of the “See-Thru Page Marker”!

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To be honest, the original version of the See-Thru divider (the first photo) was more practical as you can see both pages perfectly when the divider is in between.  But this one is a lot cuter 🙂

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Thank you for reading!
Sachiko

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❤Cute Handmade Kokeshi Dolls Address Refills❤

I’ve been really wanting to make some refills for addresses, so I decided last night to put everything aside and just make them!!  It took me a quite long time, and when I finished them I was totally exhausted…!

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There are 12 pages including the cover page and the last page for notes, and you can fill in addresses for 40 people.

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I haven’t put them up on my shop yet, because I haven’t decided what to do with the space to fill in address etc.
These are for the Pocket size (81mm x 120mm), so the space is quite tight.  I made a space for NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, MOBILE NUMBER, BIRTHDAY and STAR SIGN.

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I actually fill it in with my PILOT G-TEC-C4 (0.4) which is a really small pen.  I could fill it in with no problem, but some people might find it a bit tight.

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I can get rid of the section for BIRTHDAY and STAR SIGN to give more space to PHONE NUMBER and MOBILE NUMBER, and I’d like to know what you all think!  If you use them do you want a space for birthday & star sign?  I would really appreciate your opinion!

Sachiko

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New Pocket Finsbury and Colourful Monthly Calendar :)

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A5 dividers are now available at Japan Corner 🙂

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I’ve been wanting to design more refills, stickers, Today markers…etc., but I just don’t have enough time…!   I guess I can do that after Christmas 🙂  I’ve also been wanting to make some cute week-to-view refills, but I’m short on time at the moment so I just made these simple ones for now.

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They are just simple refills, but they’ve got more space compared to Filofax week on two pages.

By the way, I like my new Finsbury.  The very first Filofax I bought was Pocket Finsbury Aqua, but I damaged the front cover and tried to fix it but I made it even worse… 😦  So I bought a Pocket Malden, and I liked it, but I couldn’t forget about the Finsbury..!  I just like its stiff leather and squareness.

The colour is Antique Rose, and it’s grayish pink.  I love pink, but I’m so clumsy, so this grayish pink is perfect for me as any damage to it won’t be so obvious 🙂

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These are the monthly calendar pages for November.

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They are quite colourful…maybe too colourful!?

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I hope I can show you some new refills/stickers/today markers sometime soon!

Sachiko

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Kokeshi Dividers for Personal FINALLY READY :)

Thank you very much for all the measuring Suzee and Ray!  I worked on the see-thru window for the Personal size this weekend!

The measurements are as shown below according to Suzee:

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And thank you for the extra information, Ray!  The size could be slightly different depending on the inserts you buy!

So I made the see-thru window like this:

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You might need to re-write your registration number on a new insert for the registration number so you can see your number through the window properly.

I made some samples and tested just in case.

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I used my husband’s Collins binder as I don’t have any Personal Filofax.

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Then I made some adjustments…

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And here they are, they are FINALLY ready!

5 personalised dividers for Personal:

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And the Registration Number Cover for Personal:

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Tabs:

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There are two versions availabel:

1) Regular set- 5 personalised dividers

2) Special Set- 5 personalised dividers & 1 personalised registration number cover

They are available here:

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Thank you very much for waiting for the Personal size, and now I will start working on the A5 size as well!  A5 is quite large, and I really hope they’ll turn out nicely…!!  Please check this blog for latest updates 😉

Thank you very much for reading!

Sachiko

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