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Back to School Week – Pencil Topped Teacher Box


I love thinking outside the box when it comes to crafting and since it is Back to School Week on the Tombow Blog, I decided to craft with actual school supplies!  I created this pencil topped box, which would make a great gift for your child’s new teacher and would look FABULOUS on their desk!


Sand inside and outside of Walnut Hollow Basswood Keepsake Box.  Wipe clean with a damp cloth.


Paint inside and outside of keepsake box with chalkboard paint using a 1″ flat wash brush. Let dry.  Apply a second coat, if necessary.


Measure and cut #2 school pencils to fit top of keepsake box.  I used the Easy Cutter Ultimate by Midwest products.  Dry fit pencils, so you make sure that you have cut enough (I used 3 dozen).


Apply pencils to lid of keepsake box with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue using the pen tip.  To create interest, I alternated the pencils across the length of the box lid.  Continue until entire keepsake box lid is covered.  Be creative and design your own pattern!


Using red, brown and green cardstock, draw an apple with a Tombow MONO Professional Drawing Pencil.  Once cut out, remove pencil lines with the Tombow MONO Plastic Eraser.  Draw a leaf and stem, cut out with scissors.


Draw line in center of leaf with Tombow Dual Brush Pen #158 (green).  Write the teacher’s name on the apple tag with Tombow Dual Brush Pen #N15 (black).  Attach leaf and stem to apple with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.  Measure and cut piece of Kunin™ Eco-fi® Rainbow ClassicFelt™ in Red.  Secure to inside bottom of keepsake box with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue.

Fill box with lots of back to school goodies, wrap with ribbon and tie on the apple tag for a gift sure to get an A+ from the teacher!

Thanks for stopping by and for more inspiration be sure to check out Tombow’s Instagram account!  -Beth


Back To School Week Altered Notebook

It’s Back To School Week on the Tombow Blog!  The Design Team will have inspiring projects to share with you all week.  My project is an altered notebook.

Composition notebooks can be so boring.  With just a few products and a few minutes you can turn that drab notebook into a totally FAB notebook!



I Started by adding patterned paper to my cover with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  Tombow Xtreme Adhesive is 5 times stronger than regular adhesive runners, so I knew my cover would be secure. I also used the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to adhere my ruler trim to the cover.  Remember, when using Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, you have to pull it to the side when you are done applying it.

Inside, I made 3 sections.  The first page of each section, I added pattern paper to the front and back with Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Pattern Adhesive.  The pages are very thin, so the Stamp Runner provided more than enough adhesion.

At the bottom of each page I put a pocket.  I used Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the paper pocket to the page. Mono Multi Liquid Glue is awesome for things like this because it dries super fast.

This is the middle page.

Here is the third page.  I tucked some index cards in to show you the size of the pocket.


And the back of the book.

Isn’t this a lot better than a regular composition notebook?  I think so!!  I hope I’ve inspired you to try this Back To School project!!


Out of the Envelope Mail Art! By Jennie Garcia

Cassette Mail Art Happy Friday! I hope you enjoyed this Mail Art Week so far! You have learned enough about customizing envelopes and making postcards. Today I’m going to share an out of the envelope mail art! I got the idea from an event called the Mail Social Club that happened in the National Postal Museum in D.C. a year ago. The theme was “Naked Mail” and the object was to mail see through objects like bottles, cassettes and a few other clear containers. Two of my friends mailed cassette cases and I thought it was a very cool idea. I got a few cassettes at Goodwill for $0.25 each! Or maybe you are sentimental and you have a few at home you could use. Cassette Mail Art-001 To make the base you need a piece of any paper that measures 11 1/4 x 4 inches. You are going to score at 1″, 1 1/2″, 4 1/8″, 6 5/8″ and 9″. I made 4 tiny collages with quotes. I used the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive to glue my papers but to glue my vintage used stamps I used the Tombow Stamp Runner Dots Adhesives. Cassette Mail Art-002 I typed a few of my quotes on my typewriter (because the cassette alone wasn’t retro enough) and I glued the strips with the Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue. To make the background on the tag with the man I used THIS TECHNIQUE using the Tombow Dual Brush Pens Cassette Mail Art-003 Fold your mail art to fit your cassette case using the score lines as a guide. If your art is a little chunky and it makes it hard for your cassette case to close use masking tape or a strong washi tape to keep it close. *Do it before you put the stamps on. Cassette Mail Art-005 My friend’s cassettes mailed with 4 stamps but I added one more for good luck! When in doubt, always add an extra stamp!  Cassette Mail Art-006 To add the labels I used the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive because it’s tough enough to resist the trip to my friend’s mailbox. Cassette Mail Art-007 Do you think it will mail? Have you mailed something unsual? Share it with us your out of the envelope mail art!

If you want to see more of my projects check out my Blog Earthy Scrap!

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Emoji Piñata Card – Smile Week – Day 3

Hey Everyone! Jennifer Priest here with a fun emoji inspired card for this week’s “smile week”. Did you see Beth Watson’s adorable emoji project yesterday here on the Tombow blog? It’s ADORABLE! Like Beth, I love emojis and since I’ve been playing with piñatas, I thought it was a good time to combine them both. I mean, who doesn’t smile when they see a piñata?!


The fringe on this card has a lot of dimension because of the Tombow Foam Tape I used behind some of the layers. The card has a more lively feel that just makes me happy!


Here’s how to create this fun, dimensional emoji piñata card:

You can add a sentiment to the front of the card but I decided to add a sentiment to the inside of the card.


To carry over the tactile experience from the front of the card, I added a die cut sentiment to the inside of the card. It’s unexpected and fun!


Thanks so much for stopping by the Tombow blog today. For more crafty goodness, visit me over at Just JP, where I share smart, practical crafts & DIY like this pretty mirrored gift tag.



Under the Sea Canvas with Fancy Pants Designs

This week the Tombow Design Team members are featuring projects created with goodies sent to us by Fancy Pants Designs.  We each received some of their new releases Making Waves, Summer Sun and Office Suite – double sided papers, button mix and alphabet & number packs. I was immediately drawn to the Octopus from the Making Waves Collection and I created this canvas around it!


Measure and cut Plunge paper to fit your canvas (mine is 10″ by 10″).



Apply Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue on the back of the Plunge paper.  Attach to canvas and smooth with a bone folder.  Set aside to dry.  The Aqua Glue is perfect for this type of application because it is made for paper, so it does not wrinkle and dries super fast!



Enlarge Octopus image from Seafood paper to 650% on copy machine.  Trace onto orange side of Wakeboard paper using graphite paper and a ball point pen.  Fussy cut, with large scissors, then smaller detail scissors.



Apply Tombow 3D Foam Tabs randomly to back of Octopus to give dimension.  TIP:  Use the larger squares in the bigger sections of the image and the smaller squares on the skinnier sections of the image.



Measure and cut Wakeboard paper to frame edges of canvas (mine are 3/4″ wide and I cut four strips).  Apply Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to back of strips and trim around edge.  Smooth with a bone folder.


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Using the Fancy Pants Designs Making Waves Collection Alphabet Letters & Numbers, spell out UNDER THE SEA and attach to canvas with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.   Remove backer paper from Tombow 3D Foam Tabs and attach Mr. Octopus to the canvas.  Trace and cut the Octopus eyes from All Tied Up and Seafood papers and attach with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.



Draw small fish on Wakeboard paper, cut out and attach to canvas with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  Outline and draw in eyes with Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker.



Highlight Mr. Octopus by giving his tentacles suckers using white paint and the handle end of a paint brush to create the dots.  Sprinkle with extra fine glitter to give a little shimmer.  Attach Crab from Button Mix to bottom of canvas (to keep Mr. Octopus company!) and three buttons to top left edge of canvas as a finishing touch.



Here is another detailed angle of the canvas.  LOVE the way this turned out and it will be a great gift form my friends Sammy who will give Mr. Octopus a good home!

Check out the Tombow USA FB Page and the  Fancy Pants Designs FB Page for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by and remember to visit us each day this week to see what the other Tombow Design Team Members create with their Fancy Pants Designs goodies!  -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!


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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!