Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

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!



Creative Coloring Week – Day Two with Beth Watson

Hello and welcome to Day Two of Creative Coloring week!  This week the Tombow Designers will INSPIRE you with their creative coloring and doodling skills!


Each member of the Design Team received three of  Joanne Fink’s “Zenspirations” coloring books Inspirations, Flowers and Abstract. Joanne is an amazing artist and a wonderfully inspirational friend!  She says “My coloring books are designed for people to add their own patterns and embellish the illustrations as well as color.”  She has two new books coming out in October Birds and Butterflies and Expressions of Faith, which will be available for pre-order on Amazon next month!

I selected the inspirational quote page – “Take a Moment to Breathe” which has been my mantra recently!  The nice thing about coloring is that you instantaneously take a moment to breathe and relax.  I think that it is an automatic response, which I can use ALOT more of in my life!


I added additional doodling with my Tombow USA MONO Twin Permanent Marker which is my go to marker when it comes to writing on all types of surfaces – PLUS it is permanent, so it won’t bleed or run when I color over it with my Tombow USA Dual Brush Pens – SCORE!

I used several sets of Tombow USA Dual Brush Pens – Bright, Soda Shop and a variety of single pens that I have collected.  I wasn’t thrilled with the original choppy look of the light blue background, so I used the Tombow Dual Brush Pen Blender.  The final result has a softer, more water color feeling that I really like!

I love the bright colors that I used and am planning on hanging this is my office to remind me to take a break!  LOL!


I had way too much fun coloring and doodling this week!  I hope you are inspired to do some creative coloring of your own!  It is very RELAXING and ZEN.  LOL!

Pencil_Magic_4     Brush_Marker_Magic_4

A BIG Thank You to Fox Chapel Publishing for sending us these coloring books!!  Fox Chapel Publishing also publishes Tombow’s Signature Designer Marie Browning’s books?  if you haven’t seen Marie’s books, click this LINK to check them out!  They are AWESOME and she uses all Tombow USA products in both books!

Be sure to follow Tombow on Instagram at @tombowusa for more creative coloring tips and tricks all week long. There is also time to enter the #tombow10k giveaway on Facebook and Instagram – you could win $300 in Tombow products! Entry requirements are listed on the #tombow10k giveaway image on Tombow’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth


Wide Trac Correction Tape – Marie Browning’s Favorite Tombow Product

We’re wrapping up our week of Design Team Favorites here today, and we hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some new project ideas by our talented group of ladies!

Our Signature Designer Marie Browning has chosen Tombow Wide Trac Correction Tape as her favorite product to showcase. We know what you’re thinking – correction tape? For crafting? Absolutely!

We love how Marie is constantly thinking outside the box. So sit back, relax, and watch her work her magic in the video below as she shows you how to make a quick and easy banner using correction tape.

Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive – Beth Watson’s Favorite Tombow Product!

Welcome to day 2 of the Designer’s Favorites Week!  My FAVORITE Tombow USA product is Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive!  I have been hooked since January 2014 and I just cannot get enough of this adhesive.  It’s the reason I tried out for the Design Team!  I have attached all kinds of embellishments and craft products with the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive and have never been disappointed!  It holds as well as any double sided adhesive or liquid glue that I have used – and it is neat, clean, easy to use and portable – TRUE LOVE!

Now that I am done gushing – on to my project!

Favorite Adhesive - Tombow USA Xtreme!


Here’s How to Make it:
Gather an unfinished wooden box and a bag of  wooden craft strips (I had mine in my craft stash, which I have to say that I am totally into these days – using up my stash).  In a well ventilated area (or preferably outside) spray paint outside of wooden box with Design Master ColorTool Glossy Wood Tone 757, let dry.
Select your pallet and gather Tombow USA Dual Brush Pens.  I used greens and blues 425, 373, 515, 173,451, 296, 195 and 185.  Using long strokes, color the wooden strips with the pens – don’t forget the edges!
TIP – I took one of the wooden strips and tested out my colors to create my palette BEFORE I started coloring all of the wooden strips.  The colors are a bit darker and more saturated on the wooden strips then they are on paper.
Apply Tombow USA Xtreme Adhesive to back of each strip and apply to box top.  I chose to create a diagonal pattern to create additional interest.  Don’t worry about the over hang, we will take care of that in a minute!
TIP – Remember that the Xtreme is such a strong adhesive that you have to “snap” it off at a 90 degree angle at the end of each run.
Flip box over and trim wooden strips with a craft knife.
TIP – Make sure that you have your self healing mat underneath BEFORE you begin this step. Don’t ask me how I know this LOL!
Flip box right side up and carefully color in the “raw” or cut edges with the Dual Brush Pens.
The Tombow USA Xtreme Adhesive creates a permanent bond that holds tight and fast, no waiting for liquid glue to dry on a project like this, which is great for last minute or impatient crafter – like me!
Check back each day this week to discover what the other Design Team Members’ Favorite Tombow USA products are!  And don’t forget to like Tombow USA on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter!
Thanks for stopping by! -Beth
For more crafty inspiration check out my BLOG!

Mixed Media Cover Tutorial by Marie Browning

We hope you enjoyed Mixed Media week on the blog last week! If you missed any of the projects, make sure to check them out:

Fun and Easy Mixed Media Canvas by Daniella Hayes

Mixed Media Canvas Techniques with Beth Watson

Mixed Media Art in a Box Lid by Jennifer Priest

Mixed Media Hot Glue Art Made Easy by Latrice Murphy

Mixed Media Moon by Jennie Garcia

Masculine Layout with Guest Designer Erin Reed

We’re excited to share a project with you today by our Signature Designer Marie Browning. Marie is always coming up with creative ways to use Tombow products, and we love this Mixed Media Cover tutorial video she has for you.

If you’d like to create your own, you’ll need the following supplies:

Now we’ll let Marie take it away with her tutorial. Happy crafting!

How to Use Tombow Dual Brush Pens for Direct Blending


Welcome back to our May Flowers Challenge week! We hope you’ve been inspired by our talented Design Team‘s projects! Don’t forget to link up your own floral projects HERE for a chance to win some great prizes.

Today we’re excited to share with you a video tutorial by our Signature Designer Marie Browning. Marie has created a fun floral Zentangle that she’s going to use to show you how Tombow Dual Brush Pens can be used for direct blending.

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to link up your projects HERE to enter our May Flowrs Challenge! You have until Sunday May 24th at 11:55 pm EST to enter.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday May 26th right here on the Tombow blog!

3 Steps to Getting Started with Lettering

If one week of lettering just wasn’t enough for you, don’t despair! We have a Lettering Pinterest board you can follow, and we routinely share amazing handlettering on our Instagram account (follow us @tombowusa).

If you’ve been inspired by our Guest Designers and Design Team members to take up handlettering, we have three quick tips that will guide you on your way as you get started:

Tip 1: Just Start!

It sounds so easy, and that’s because it is! Don’t be afraid that your work won’t look like a masterpiece on the first try. Like most things, lettering takes time and practice to get really good at, and you’ll never know how good you can be unless you try!

"Everything is Figuroutable" by @reachalana on Instagram

“Everything is Figuroutable” by @reachalana on Instagram

Tip 2: Practice, Practice, Practice

Unless you just have a natural talent for lettering, it’s going to take some practice. Practice by lettering your to-do list, grocery list, kids’ chores, homework, whatever. Eggs, milk and bread not giving you enough creative inspiration? Do a search on motivational quotes and try one on for size instead.

Create More by Andy Lethbridge

Create More by Andy Lethbridge

Tip 3: Sketch First

When you sketch in pencil first, it’s so much easier to see your composition and make changes. Once you’ve put ink to paper, it’s a lot more difficult to change the look of what you’re doing. Our MONO Drawing Pencils and MONO NP Non-PVC Eraser are perfect for this!

"I'm in love with the Tombow" by Dion Sadji - @graphicfanatik on Instagram

“I’m in love with the Tombow” by Dion Sadji – @graphicfanatik on Instagram

We hope these tips help you get on your way with lettering! Have a question about handlettering? Leave us a comment here, or on our Facebook page! We’d love to hear from you.

Easy Upcycled Cereal Box Book Wrap

Fun and Easy Upcycled  Cereal Box Book Wrap


Easy Upcycled Cereal Box Book Wrap


I am one of those people who has a book for everything.  And I carry them with me wherever I go.  But sometimes the things I’ve tucked into the books fall out and I’m stuck digging through my bag for them.  So I started making Upcycled Cereal Box Book Wraps for my books.  The cool thing about this book wrap is that it can be used for several different sizes of books and it grows with your book.  Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue is perfect for this because it creates a strong repositionable bond when dry!

To begin making your Upcyced Cereal Box Book Wrap, take some string and wrap it around your book to measure it.
Cut a piece of your cereal box to the length you measured plus at least 2″ so it will overlap in the front of your book.  Then cut some cardstock the same length, to cover your cereal box.  The width of the wrap is up to you.  Usually 1″-2″ is good.  Wrap the cardboard around your book, just to be able to mark the areas where it will bend, like the spine and front. Score the cardboard and cardstock at these areas every quarter of an inch for approximately 1″ of the wrap.  That will let your wrap bend without ripping.  To adhere the cardstock to the cereal box, use Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  This  adhesive is 5x stronger than other adhesives so the book wrap won’t come apart.
Have fun with you Upcycled Cereal Box Book Wrap!  Decorate it however you’d like.  I added some ribbon to mine with Tombow XTreme Adhesive.  Xtreme Adhesive is the perfect width for ribbon.  Don’t Forget, to pull the adhesive to the side when you are finished, to get a clean break.
To finish your Upcycled Cereal Box Book Wrap, add a large circle of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive where you want it to close.  Let it dry.  This will create a strong repositionable bond to close your wrap.
I added a flower to the outside of my Upcycled Cereal Box Book Wrap with the Mono Multi Adhesive.
There you go!  A super Easy Upcycled Cereal Box Book Wrap!  I hope you have fun making these for your books.




These Fast Fabulous Tags are the perfect finishing touch for any gift.  They are almost a gift all by their self!  These tags are super easy to make using Tombow products!

Mono Mulit Liquid glue has 2 tips.  We will use the Broad Tip first.


Step 1~ Make a swirl/squiggle of the Mono Multi Liquid Glue.


Step 2~ Add glitter to the glue and remove the excess.


Step 3~ Add sequins using the Fine Tip of the Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

Step 4~ Write your recipient’s name on your tag using the Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

Step 5~ Add a ribbon!  You have a FABULOUS Tag to go with your gift!!


Here is a TIP!  Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive is repositionable when dry.  Add a line of glue to the back of the tag with the fine tip and let it dry.  Now you can stick a gift card on the back, that will stay in place and come off easily.  How fun is that????

Thanks for visiting!!


Valentine Treat Bags by Marie Browning

Love is in the air at Tombow! Here’s a cute little bag to fill with chocolates, theater tickets or diamonds for your sweetheart(s)! Follow the simple steps on how to create your own using Tombow’s new Adhesive Dots! Make sure you read the whole post so you see the bonus tip PLUS how to enter our Valentine Challenge and win a prize!

First the bag – using a 8″ x 5.5″ piece of unbleached muslin with the top edged frayed. Fold in half, place a 16″ piece of 1/4″ width silk ribbon from May Arts into the seam and sew up bottom and side.

The NEW Adhesive Dots from Tombow are super for adhering paper panels or small embellishments with a firm, strong hold. They are also colored (Pink, Yellow, Green and Blue!) so you can see them. This glitter dot technique is also a favorite to do with the colored dots! With the pink Adhesive Dots, remove from the backing and place 8 to 10 dots onto the lower part of the bag.

Remove the top protective sheet and sprinkle on fine clear or transparent white glitter. Use your finger to rub the glitter into the Adhesive Dots.

Brush the excess glitter onto a piece of paper to reclaim it. I like to use a large, clean mop style brush for this task.

To make the clothespin ‘tag’, I simply write my message with the fine point of a Dual Brush Pen, and then again with the Glue Pen. Sprinkle on the glitter and let dry.

Fill with treats, tie the bow, clip on your message! These are so simple you can make lots!


Bonus! Layer the adhesive Dots to create even more hues! From left to right: Pink Adhesive Dot, Pink and Yellow to create Orange, Yellow Adhesive Dot, Green Adhesive Dot, Blue Adhesive Dot, Blue and Pink to create Purple! I also forgot to include my favorite layered combination of Blue and Green to create a pretty Teal.

DON’T FORGET!! This month Tombow is challenging you!  We want
to see your Valentine’s Day crafts, gift and projects.  The challenge
started February 2nd and ends February 15th at 11:59PM EST.
You still have time to make your project and link it.
Tell your friends to join the challenge too and spread the love!
Valentine Challenge
The winner will be picked randomly and that person will WIN
the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, Tombow NEW Adhesive Dots and a Dual
Brush Pens Bright 10 Set pictured below.
See more at:  Tombow Blog 
Link up your Valentine’s Day projects HERE until February 15th at
11:59 PM EST!