Haul Pic: New MUJI notebook

by Mel in

September 21, 2014 - MUJI (Hamamatsu)

I have a habit that I think many stationery addicts can relate to: I'm always looking for reasons to buy a new notebook.

I have two trips coming up this year, one to Tokyo Disneyland for Halloween and one to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for Christmas. The perfect reason for a new notebook! I had been looking at various candidates, but when I went to MUJI to show a friend their bookmarks, and I spotted their 74yen notebooks (about the size of a Field Note)

One cool service MUJI has is that you can use their stamps to personalize items you've bought. Looking at the stamps, I had moment of genius.

I purchased one of the grid notebooks and went straight to the stamps. On the front I stamped "USJ DEC 2014" then flipped it vertically 180 degrees to stamp "TDS TDL OCT 2014" on the back.

I'll write more details in a future post.

Haul Pic: LOFT Wanna Do - Movie Log

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September 21, 2014 - LOFT (Hamamatsu)

LOFT has released these new notebooks customized for various hobbies and interests such as coffee, wine, desserts, trains, Buddah statues, photography, and lots more.

I was shopping with a close movie buddy before we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy and we both were quite interested in the movie one. There is a spot for the title, date viewed, director, lead actor, comments, place to paste movie stubs, stickers, pictures and the like.

I've seen a number of these, but this one looked quite promising. Also I was on my way to see my 22nd movie in the theather this year and my movie ticket stubs had nowhere to go. Well, they do now. :)

I've put all of the stubs into the notebook and I'll post an update when I've filled it in a bit.

Haul Pic: File, file, file

by Mel in

August 26, 2014 - Maruzen


The new version of this brilliant A4/A5 filer folder has an elastic band around it and. I really don't like that elastic band. So when I found the old version at one of my regular stationery stores, I picked up two. Just in case.

As I went to the register, I spotted a small clear file with business card size message cards and envelopes. Exactly what I was looking for.

I carry around some postcards, stamps and an address book in a small clear file and I've been wanting to add some cards, but they make the bottom half of the file thicker than the top and it bugs me so much I haven't been carrying them around. This is the perfect solution. I'm not a big Snoopy fan, but I had to have it.

So I ended up with these items in my possession. Yay! 


Haul Pic: Giving in to temptation

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September 7, 2014 - Books the Libretto


I left work and had dinner and dropped by another regular stationery/book store. Typically, I don't buy anything. I peruse the new displays (right now the 2015 schedules have come out), check the postcards, look through the stationery and let off a bit of stress, then I head back to my room to sleep.

But maybe it was stress? I ended up picking up a few things. Halloween is still quite a ways away, but I thought of a cute way to use the letter set, so yeah. I also picked up some more Misako Morino postcards and teo of one at caught my eye, some sticky notes, a pack of mini envelopes, and a rabbit+moon letter set.

Haul Pic: Stuff for my mother

by Mel in ,

August 26, 2014 - Tokyu Hands


As the weather gets cooler, the summer stationery gives way to warmer autumn colors and I've given in to temptation and bought a few things already.

I was showing my mother some of my recent hauls on one of our regular Skype sessions and she mentioned wanting some autumn postcards. Which would be when my face lit up and I offered to pick up a few things to top off the package I had been putting together for her.

Sometimes, actually quite often, I find things that I think my friends might like and I pick it up for them and may or may not send it off in a timely manner. Just a few things here and there because too much can make the receiver feel bad and that is totally the opposite of the point. But when it comes to my mother...'too much' isn't an issue and I know her taste in stationery pretty well because it's a lot like mine, so there isn't much hesitation about whether or not she will like an item. 

I dropped by Tokyu Hands I got a bunch from Kyukyodo, as planned, and checked some of the other cards that I personally didn't have a reason to get (because 8 had already bought lots) and picked out a good number of postcards and one more ippitsusen. I also picked up a few more Kyupodo postcards. I ended up leaving with over 3000yen worth of stationery. Heehee.

My mom sent me an email after seeing the Instagram pic of the haul, and it turns out we both liked the same postcard the most. Like mother, like daughter. :) 

Haul Pic: LOFT!!!

by Mel in

July 23, 2014 - LOFT


Took off from work early and dropped by the LOFT and bought stuff! Main item that I really wanted is the postage scale in the lower right. It looks like a postman! Picked up a few other things I needed. And leaves for a project. Hehehehe.

Yesterday's Haul: Postcards

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August 21, 2014 - Tokyu Hands

Found a new favorite printer: Kyupodo 九ポ堂

Such beautiful design in letterpress. These cute imaginary retro-style ads that I can't get enough of. I want everything from their shopping area series. So amazing!

As for the vine sticker tape...I needed that for a postcard that I made and sent yesterday, so there's only a bit left. I still had the backing paper in my purse, so I added it to the photo.