Tombow Video Challenge with Guest Designer Serena Bee!

Serena Bee

Our last guest designer for the Tombow Video Challenge is Serena Bee!

“Hello, my name is Serena Bee, I’m from Montreal, Canada and I like to make stuff! More specifically paper crafts, mini albums, cards, art journaling and mixed media, ATCs, home decor and so much more! I am an avid YouTuber and have been making crafty videos for the last 4 years. I have a love for the dark, creepy cute art and I love Halloween. Being creative is all I know and love but when I’m not crafting you can find me watching TV, hanging outdoors, out with friends, and daydreaming about all the places I want to visit.”

Check out this super cute Pocket Letter she made using Tombow Products! She used so many cool techniques!

Serena's Pocket Letter

Serena also shared a video of the awesome package she got from Tombow USA. You might want to take a peek since the prize pack includes a few of these goodies!

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Make sure you follow Serena Bee on Social Media!

Remember that you can also submit your Instagram and Vine Videos for this challenge!

Video-Challenge_2 You could win this amazing Tombow Prize Pack!  Video-Challenge-Prize

Remember, the challenge starts July 29th and ends August 19th, 2015. You can do any project you want as long as you use at least 2 Tombow products. Link your project post and your videos to accumulate points for the chance to win a $50 prize from Tombow USA!

Tombow Video Challenge with Guest Designer Tracy Banks

Tracy Banks

Today we have another great Guest Designer for the Tombow Video Challenge! Tracy Banks is a super talented paper crafter and we are so happy to have her with us today!

“Hi, I’m Tracy, also known online as Mercy Tiara. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada with my husband, Scott; our 2 daughters, Olivia and Sophie; and our cats, Naomi, Lyla, and Nixie. I’ve been scrapbooking since 2009, and have a pretty eclectic style. I love layering, stamping, die-cutting, and doodling on my layouts, and I create start-to-finish process videos of many of my layouts. When I’m not scrapbooking, or working as a psychologist, you’ll find me on the soccer field or at the gymnastics club cheering on my kids, in the garden battling the weeds, or just hanging out with friends and family.”

You can find Tracy on social media here: (my blog/hub for how to reach me)

I hope Tracy’s video inspires you to join the challenge!

Here is the final product! So gorgeous!

Tracy's Layout

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Remember that for the video challenge you can also use Vine or Instagram Videos!


This is the amazing prize you can win!


Remember, the challenge starts July 29th and ends August 19th, 2015. You can do any project you want as long as you use at least 2 Tombow products. Link your project post and your videos to accumulate points for the chance to win a $50 prize from Tombow USA!

Tombow Video Challenge!

Video-Challenge_2 Tombow USA has an extra fun challenge for you! This is the Tombow Video Challenge! The challenge starts July 29th and ends August 19th, 2015. You can do any project you want as long as you use at least 2 Tombow products. Link your project post (if you don’t have a blog just link the video in this option too) and your videos to accumulate points for the chance to win a $50 prize from Tombow USA! Check out the Rafflecopter below to see how you can earn even more points!
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For the next three days we will feature three YouTube Crafters! They have made amazing videos using Tombow products! They have gorgeous projects and great ideas so make sure you subscribe their channels to see more of them!

Today we are introducing Nicole Jones!

Nicole Jones

“Hello! My name is Nicole Jones. I’m a 49-year-old mother of 3 children and 1 grandson from Canada, where I work as an Ambulance Dispatcher for the past 8.5 years.

On my days off I like to spend my free time scrapbooking my family’s life and I enjoy making  scrapbook process videos on YouTube.

I’ve been scrapbooking for 17 years and I always enjoy trying new things, but you could describe my style as eclectic.”

You can find me here:




You Tube: nicolejones911

Thank you for joining us this week Nicole! Check out her amazing layout!

Nicole's Layout

Check out her tips and tricks using Tombow Products!


She also did an awesome haul video of the the Tombow Goodies she got! You could win them too! Check out the amazing prize you could win when you join the challenge!


Once again, the challenge starts July 29th and ends August 19th, 2015! Good Luck! 


Color Inspiration – Aqua and Silver

This week we are getting our inspiration from our favorite color combinations and mine is AQUA & SILVER!  I used this as my color inspiration board from my Pinterest:


I also love the texture on this inspiration board – the shiny metal juxtaposed with the laces and fabrics.

Now, I am not a fashion queen, so the inspiration taken from this color board I have turned into cute and trendy home decor!


I have used my Tombow Dual Brush Pens to color paper, canvas, water color and wood, so today I decided to experiment and see if I could color cotton crocheted lace.


Start out with a craft sheet and a spray mister filled with water.  Lay out the lace, mist lightly, on both sides.  Then begin coloring with your pens.  The lace really absorbs the color, so the lighter the better.  Test the colors on a scrap piece of lace prior to see exactly what colors you will get.  The looser your strokes, the more water color (or tie dyed) effect you will achieve.  The color does bleed through to both sides as well, so you a have a finished final product to use on your project.


I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens #451 and #452 on each of the three laces selected from my craft stash.  The laces took the color a bit differently, I think, based upon how much cotton was in the lace.  After the lace is colored, dry it for a few minutes in the dryer with a towel.  Once dry, you may have to iron it to remove and wrinkles.


Apply Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive to the end of the lace and attach to the glass votive candle holder.  Measure around the circumference,  apply another section of Xtreme Adhesive, then trim in the center of the adhesive with scissors.  I use Teflon coated scissors for any easy cut.  TIP: Cutting in the center of the adhesive prevents the lace from unraveling.

Repeat with additional sections of lace and Xtreme Adhesive on two glass votive candle holders and a matching glass vase.


Accent the votives and vase with silver studs by applying to the lace with Tombow Adhesive Dots.  Now, these Adhesive Dots are PERFECT for a project like this because they are colored – red, yellow, green and BLUE!  The blue Adhesive Dots just disappear in to my project.



Fill with candles, flowers and display on your favorite table.  I think that the Aqua and Silver definitely has a Summer and Beachy feel to it, but this project can be re-created in YOUR favorite color combination, quickly and easily!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth


Color Love……PINK!!

It’s time for some Color Love on the Tombow Blog!!  And the color I love is PINK!

So I got a bunch of pink Tombow Products together and made a video about them!

Tombow Products Used:


A close up of the project using Tombow Dual Brush Pens and the Blender pen.  Don’t you just LOVE how the blender does the shading for you???  I know I do!  And you can use it with the color pencils too?  Outrageous!!!


Thanks for visiting!  I hope you make something AMAZING with your Tombow products!


Crafty Home and Office Tips for Renters By Jennie Garcia

Home and Office Happy Friday! This week the Tombow USA Design Team has been sharing home and office tips and ideas! This year Tombow USA introduced at CHA the Tombow Xtreme Mounting Putty and I have to admit that at the beginning I had no idea what to do with it.

When we took down the booth, I realized that everything in the booth was temporarily and perfectly adhered with the Tombow Xtreme Mounting Putty and my mind was blown!  It’s AMAZING! I used the Tombow Xtreme Mounting Putty to glue the board and the clipboard in my project today. It’s easy to knead and you can use more than one piece at the same time if you are using it in something big.

Even though it’s pretty strong, it’s easy to remove so you can use it again and again! It works great with textured walls like this one and I won’t have to pay anything when I move because it doesn’t damage the walls! It’s a gift to renters… Thank you Tombow!  Home and Office-001 I hate push-pins. I don’t like how they make little holes in my papers. I do love clothespins so I used a little washi tape to decorate them and the Tombow Xtreme Tabs to put them on the cork. Each tab can hold up to 6 ounces, so you can put a few things in these clothespins. To put papers temporarily on my board or in my planner, I use the Tombow MONO Removable Adhesive. It’s great for those prescription papers you want to keep on your planner for awhile. When you remove the paper, just rub the adhesive off the back using your finger!  Home and Office-002 Next on my board are these magnets. If you are tired of hearing the phrase “I’m bored” get your kids a pack of perler beads! My 6-year-old daughter can play with those for hours! They are inexpensive and you can find about every pattern in Pinterest. Here is my Perler Bead Pinterest Board, if you are curious.
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These are very easy to make. You follow the pattern, put on the beads, iron, let cool down and remove the ironing paper. Home and Office-004 I only iron one side – most people do it in both sides, but I really like the bead look. Home and Office-005 Then I glued pieces of magnet to my Ms. Pac Man characters using the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive. My daughter made her own magnets too! This project helps you organize and keep your kids busy at the same time. Home and Office-006 Next to the board, I glued this altered clipboard. If you need more details about it check out THIS POST!
Altered Clipboard

I hope this week was helpful! If you have any office ideas share them with us on Facebook or on Instagram. Tag us @tombowusa or use the hastags #tombow #tombowusa. Follow them Tombow on social media for sales and giveaways!

You can also follow me on Instagram @jenniegarcian or my blog Earthy Scrap!

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Updating home and office supplies

Latrice here with an easy way for you  update your home and office supplies. I don’t know about you, but I love home and office supplies something fierce. I could go into Staples and need one thing, grab a basket and end up with a cart full of post-its, pens, envelopes, planner supplies, binders and clipboards. I also love giving old things a new life. I found this beat up clipboard that my kids and I had used for years. They used it to play school with each other and I made many lists using it. Time for an update from boring brown to colorful beauty! Check it out!

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You will need a few supplies:

Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue (My favorite glue ever!) 

Letter Stickers


Patterned paper

Foam brush


Sanding block (not pictured below, but you’ll see it in a later image)

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Follow my picture tutorial to create your own updated clipboard today. Let’s get started!

Step 1. Begin by cutting some patterned paper down to 4-1/2″ wide. I measured my clipboard to 9″ so I knew I wanted it even in the center.

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Step 2. Cover your entire front with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue and smooth out with your foam brush. I’m so glad to be covering up this ugly clipboard.

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Step 3. Place your patterned paper onto your clipboard and smooth with your fingers. I trimmed the top pieces down to 1-1/2″ since I didn’t need such big pieces.

Tip* To keep my clip pen open I used some elastic  This helps when I put on the top coat with the Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue also.

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Step 4: Sand those edges totally smooth. Using a sanding block makes this super easy and finishes the edges perfectly.

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Step 5. Add your letter stickers and add your top coat of Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.

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Step 6. After letting it dry for about 1 hour you can glitter the clip. I used the same Tombow MONO Aqua LIquid Glue and some super fine glitter.

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So fun and festive! Here’s a look at the finished clipboard again.

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I hope you give this a try today. If you haven’t already check out the other fun Home and Office projects from earlier this week below. Don’t forget to find me on Instagram, Facebook and over on my site HERE! I love visitors. I hope you this gets you motivated to start updating your home and office supplies.




Have a crafty day!



Decoupage with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue

Make a fun wall accent using Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue as a decoupage medium. I saw these wood plaques with clips on them at a local crafts store for $8 to $20 each that would be cute home decor in my son’s room or around the house but I didn’t like any of the colors or patterns offered. Here’s where the craftiness comes in: I made my own! And you can too. Choose any paper and paint to match your decor and decoupage with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.

Here is the inspiration from the craft store:

Michaels Inspiration

And here’s the DIY, $2 version I created:


These clips are great for holding to-do lists, recipes, photos, or even the kids’ accomplishments, like school awards. I mounted this one to the wall using Tombow Xtreme Mounting Putty so that it can be moved anywhere I like without making holes in the walls.

Wall Clip Photo Hanger by JPriest

Here’s how to make this easy decorative wall clip:

  1. Trace the Wood shape onto scrapbook paper. Cut out the shape with scissors.
  2. Apply Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to the entire back of the piece of paper.
  3. Press the paper onto the wood shape and allow to dry.
  4. Paint the edges of the wood shape with craft paint and allow to dry.
  5. Sand the edges of the wood shape with an emery board.
  6. Mark the hole for the clip. Drill a pilot hole using a small diameter drill bit.
  7. Use a screwdriver to attach the bulldog clip to the wood piece with a small screw.
  8. Massage a small amount of Tombow Xtreme Mounting Putty between your fingers and apply to the back of the wood shape. Press to the wall to mount.

Create several of these as a vignette or add hooks instead of clips to hook backpacks, coats, and hats.



  • Emery Board
  • Paint Brush
  • Drill with Drill Bit
  • Screw Driver

I hope this project inspired you to get an idea from the store, Pinterest, or a magazine and make it your own with Tombow. For more crafty goodness, please visit me over at Just JP.



Upcycled Baking Sheet Magnetic Organizer

I am a bit of a fanatic about being organized.  My motto is – “A place for everything and everything in its place!”  And any chance I get to upcycle is a BONUS!

Now I am NOT a cook or a baker, so I was recently cleaning out and organizing my kitchen cabinets and came across this brand new baking sheet.  I needed a message center by my home phone (yes, I still have a land line!) and thought this baking sheet would be the perfect size!  So, I set out to upcycle it into exactly what I needed.


The baking sheet I used was 11 1/2″ wide by 17 1/4″ tall, so I knew I would need multiple pieces of scrapbook paper.  I used the Just Add Color collection by Bella Blvd. along with stickers and felt bow embellishments from the line.


I pieced together a full sheet of Daily Details and scraps of Speak Freely for a patchwork effect and attached it to the inside of my baking sheet using Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.


I wasn’t as neat as I wanted to be with my adhesive and it showed past my seams.  I tried to rub it off with my finger, but just made a sticky black smear instead.  :(  I grabbed my Tombow MONO Sand Eraser (traditionally used with colored pencils) and the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive came right off – SCORE!  I love when I discover a new use for an existing supply in my craft stash.


Now, I needed some super cute accessories for my organizer, so I attached magnets to the back of some Bell Blvd. Bows in pink, green and blue with Tombow Xtreme Tabs.  These tabs are clear and very strong, so I know they will hold up to all my notes and photos.


Next, I attached a post-it note pad to the organizer with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.


I finished up with a pen.  I love the Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker, so it was the natural choice for my organizer.  It has a fine tip and a broad tip that write on any surface. Perfect when you need a pen in a hurry!  I attached it to the organizer with Tombow Fastener Tabs, which are self adhesive hook and loop tabs, so you can detach the pen, use it and then stick it right back – brilliant and always handy!


I filled a few metal containers with paper clips and rubber bands, then attached them to the organizer with heavy magnets.  Tied a bow to the top, embellished with Bella Blvd. Treasures & Text Stickers and my organizer is ready to hang and use for years to come.

This was such a quick and easy project that I might make some to give as teacher gifts for back to school!

Make sure to check back each day this week to GET ORGANIZED with the Tombow Design Team!

You can also follow Tombow USA on Pinterest to discover more tips, tricks and techniques!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth





Planner Organization

Planner organization is one of my FAVORITE things!  I can’t do anything without my planner, and if it isn’t organized I fall apart!

This is a picture of my planner for the month of October.  This is the only month that isn’t filled up, so I could share it with you.  The first part of planner organization, for me, is only writing things that are absolute in pen.  Here I have my husband and my son’s birthdays.  I post every Monday for the Tombow blog, but sometimes my day changes because of things like blog hops or events. So, I like to remember that Mondays are taken, but until I have the October schedule I don’t write it in the planner. Instead, I use sticky notes (that I make myself) to show me something is there.  Also, I use my homemade sticky notes on the “notes” section because I like to write things on it and stick it on my computer, or on my desk, to tell me what I need to do.  I write notes in that section that are things I want to remember for me.


Every year I buy the same planner.  It usually costs $3.  It is a no frills planner, just weekly and monthly dates.  My planner isn’t about family memories or anything like that.  It is all about everything I need to remember for the month.  Design deadlines, appointments, kids activities, parties, oil changes, etc.  It doesn’t have a pocket, so I make my own.  I like to have a place to put all of the special things I get throughout the year, like cards, notes and such.  I take a file folder and cut it to the size of the back cover and adhere it with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue.

I make sure to leave room at the bottom, where the folder expands, so I can fit a lot of things in it.  I use ribbon on each side to keep it together.  I also use Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue to attach it.

When I make the pocket, I fold over some of the folder and make a small pocket in front of the big one.  This is for small things like business cards and such.  That is where I put my ultra AWESOME congratulations note from Tombow for being on their design team!


These are my home made sticky notes.  Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue is re-positionable when dry, so if you put a thin line of glue on the back of your paper, let it dry and stack them on top of each other you have your own sticky notes!  And they are the exact size you want!  My date boxes in my book are 1 1/4″ x 1 1/8″ and now I have that exact size sticky notes!!  How awesome is that!!


I like to put the stacks of them on the inside of the front cover of my planner.


And now I have the super awesome ultra ah-MAZE-ing Tombow AirPress Ballpoint Pen!  Oh my heck this is the best pen EVER! It writes on dusty paper, wet paper and it even writes upside down! It is soooo smooth to write with and it has a sweet rubberized grip that makes it easy and comfortable to hold.  The clip on the side fits perfect in the spine of my planner!

I hope you try some of my planner organizing tips!