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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Artist Feature: @Cicibep

We came across @Cicibep a couple of weeks ago on Instagram and were amazed at her fun anime drawings and other illustrations. Lately, she's shown off a couple of her Cool Pencil Case picks, and it turns out she's a huge fan of Sumikko Gurashi! The gals at the office wanted to know a little more about this talent, so we shot over a couple of questions to pick her brain on her design inspiration and art supplies of choice. Oh, and did we mention Cici is still in high school?



Describe yourself! What’s your name, current occupation and choice of artistic expression?
I'm currently a highschool student and my hobbies are of course drawing, jamming to instrumental music and hoarding super cute stationery/art supplies. My artistic style/expression leans toward anime and cartoon. Watching Sailor Moon and Pokemon were what inspired me to start drawing as a small child. I'm still learning how to produce art in which I do in my free time to express my appreciation towards existing characters and my originals.


(Included Above: Sumikko Gurashi Confetti Sticker Pack and Sumikko Gurashi Delightful Castle Pencil Pouch)

What Cool Pencil Case product is helping you organize your life and/or making your creative space more manageable?

Sumikko Gurashi products from Cool Pencil Case are what I enjoy using the best! I'm currently using the (Sumikko Gurashi) Kurutoga Pencil to sketch my art and also use it for writing (I basically use it for EVERYTHING). I also use many of Sumikko Gurashi's memo note pads and their folders to keep organize and help with my studies. Cool Pencil Case Products never disappoints! I like to collect all the Sumikko Gurashi products that Cool Pencil Case has to offer but there are many more that I love!


Tell us about your creative process! What inspires you? What is your favorite thing to illustrate?

There's nothing really special about my art process; my philosophy is that I would never force myself to draw, because it never turns out great. I would get sudden urges to draw, and that's when I know I should start. I'm usually inspired by anime that I currently like to watch and produce fanart; currently obsessed with Osomatsu-san and Touken Ranbu. I also draw originals where I just look around for random things, like a house plant, and draw something based off of it. My favorite things to illustrate are men because they are like in my comfort zone haha! And small cat doodles of course.



(Included Above: Japanese Doll Gel Pen Collection)

How often are you drawing/illustrating? What are your favorite supplies to use? 
I only draw when I have time because I'm in my third year of high school I don't have much leisure time to draw what I want. The only time when I'm able to draw is if its a paid commission or weekends (rarely). My art supplies aren't as special either, I always use my trusty kurutoga pencil that I've used for 2-3 years! For coloring I use Holbein and copic markers!

What advice do you have for budding artists?
My advice to budding artists is that you guys should accept and appreciate what you are able to produce! Learn to be able to accept constructive criticism and produce art to please yourself first before you try to please others. Always try to use your own skills to draw your art and not rely on another existing piece of work to copy, copying another piece of art won't get you far! As an artist myself, the only thing that really matters is just have fun and draw to your heart's content.

Do you like @Cicibep's Cool Pencil Case picks? From now until 11/14, enjoy 10% off your $30 purchase at CoolPencilCase.com by entering code CICIBEP10! Channel your inner artist and pick a pencil case that you can fill up with your own art supplies!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

'Create Your Own Eraser Clay' is Back in Stock!

2016 is off at a great a start at Cool Pencil Case! The super popular 'Create Your Own Eraser Clay' is back in stock for you to mold and shape into your favorite items.

Create Your Own Eraser Clay ($7.85)

Believe us, when we first received this eraser kit in the office, our imaginations were running wild! Get some inspiration from some of these fun tutorials by our favorite vloggers. Let us know in the comments below what you're planning to make and which video is your favorite!

 
Gummy Bear and Candy Inspired Erasers from Crafterz Delight

 
Macaron Inspired Erasers by Ashley Ann Laz

 
Dessert and Animal Inspired Erasers by CoolRiceBunnies

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Our Top 5 Cool Pencil Cases of 2015!

Butterfly pencil pouches. Pencil cases with pouches. Super bright colors. These fun themes described some of our favorite pencil cases, and with 2016 just around the corner, we're wondering which pencil cases will be at the top of your list! Take a trip down memory lane with us and check out our top 5 cool pencil cases -- and remember, enter code CPC2015 at checkout to receive 10% off your $30 or more purchase!


Hootie the Owl Pencil Case

Mini Cat Sketch Backpack Pencil Pouch

Color Love Pencil Pouch

Alpacasso My Pencil Case


 Make it Pop Pencil Pouch

Animal Pals Pencil Case

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

End of Year Sale!

Hey CPC Club -- If you haven't heard, we're holding our End of Year Sale, where you can get 10% off your $30 purchase at CoolPencilCase.com! See code below and feel free to pass along to friends who also have had an eye out for that special pencil case or planner all year long!


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Favorites

Can you believe that Christmas is around the corner? It's been an amazing year here and as we pack our holiday orders, we are more than excited thinking about all the cool pencil cases and planners that some of you have under your trees!

To shoot the Christmas spirit through the roof, we've rounded up the top 10 finds from our Pinterest board that will make you spread the Holiday cheer just like us here at Cool Pencil Case!

10. Adorable Doggies in Christmas Lights

 

9. Anything Pusheen-related

 

8. Kawaii Holiday Decorations



7. Sweet Christmas Cookies

 

6. DIY Christmas Ornaments



5. Hello Kitty Gingerbread Carousels

 

4. Hello Kitty Ornaments



3. Kawaii Holiday Cookies



2. Christmas Tree Cheer



1. Thanking our lucky stars for a great start to Christmas!







Thursday, December 10, 2015

NEW ARRIVAL: Lunch Time Molding Doh Set

We've always been a fan of CoolRiceBunnies, so you know here awesome videos and our Lunch Time Molding Doh set would be a match made in YouTube heaven. Take a look at how fun it is to play around with our newest DIY kit


Monday, December 7, 2015

#CPCPlannerGirl: Haute Pink Fluff

If you're looking for some good inspiration for your next desk layout, meet Vanessa of @HautePinkFluff. Tons of creativity goes into her planner layouts, but we at Cool Pencil Case drool over her amazing crafting area in her home as well. Everything is well organized and full of color! She took the time to answer our favorite #CPCPlannerGirl questions today -- see below for a couple of key planning tips and which Cool Pencil Case items are her favorites!
"With the use of emails and text messages, there isn't anything more personal and sentimental than using beautiful stationery mailed to friends and loved ones. I love stationery because it can be so personal and there are endless of stationery companies and prints to choose from. It's easy to create your own stationery and it's one of my favorite creative outlets." - Vanessa



(Included above: Giraffe Charm Wallet and Pencil Pouch Duo)

What do you love best about your favorite planner and why?
My favorite planner is a ring-bound planner because it's so easy customize and make planner accessories for yourself. I always find really cute handmade planner accessories on Etsy and a ring-bound planner makes it easy to update.

Tell us about your favorite and most used planner accessory (bookmark, gel pen, stamp, etc). My most used planner accessories are my planner tassels and page markers. I have them on just about every planner and notebook I have.

(Included above: Giraffe Charm Wallet and Pencil Pouch Duo)

What is your favorite Cool Pencil Case product and why?
The Happy Baby Mega Pencil Case is without a doubt my favorite product. They hold a lot of pens, pencils, washi tape, paperclips, and sticky notes. I love the color selection and the quality is excellent. I love it so much, I have three of them!



Can you give some tips on those who love decorating their planner pages but are on a budget?
I first started decorating my planner using printable stickers that I would find in the free files on Facebook planner groups and mostly Etsy shops. They're really inexpensive and I can print as many as I need. I also re-use any pretty prints or images I cut from magazines, turn gift bags into dashboards or journaling cards, and check out planner related blogs for free printables. 
  
When did you start using your planner and how did it change the way you prepared for the day/week/month?I got my first planner when I was 10 years old just for fun, but I started to use a planner to keep organized when I was in middle school. I would write down all the due dates for assignments, exams, and projects ahead of time, that way I could see how much time I have for each assignment and not force myself to try to remember everything. Using a planner helps me remember things by writing it down, but also eases the stress of trying remember everything at once.

How do you organize all of your stationery and supplies?I use clear shoe boxes of different sizes that I purchased from The Container Store, but really any store has them. I'm a very visual person, so using clear containers helps me see what I already have and remember to use it. I label each one and stack them together. I always see really beautiful bins and baskets to hold stationery, but I prefer to have everything contained in a box. I also use the clear bead boxes to organize small push pins, paperclips, sticky notes that I feature a lot on my Instagram.

How do you decide how to design your planner layouts? How long does it usually take to complete your design for the week or month?
Most people may be surprised that I actually don't look on Instagram or watch "Plan With Me" videos on Youtube for inspiration or to get ideas. Aside from scrapbooking, planner decorating is a huge creative outlet for me, so I tend to stick with what I like and my personal style on a daily basis. I try to stick with using my favorite colors and prints all of the time and be my original self. Since I have a lot of planner supplies, it usually takes me about 30 minutes or longer. It's just something I enjoy doing and love spending time on.


(Included Above: Happy Baby Mega Pencil Case)

How has the planner community on instagram supported your love for stationery?I started an Etsy shop last January to sell my planner tassels and the planner community has shown such a huge support in my shop and my Instagram. I love being tagged in photos that remind them of me or one of their purchases from my shop. I also love seeing the RAKs or a "random act of kindness' when people send stationery gifts to friends to brighten someone's day.

Name us three of your favorite planner girls/guys that our Cool Pencil Case fans should follow!
My favorite Instagram accounts that inspire me for journaling in a planner, creative planner decorating, and planner productivity are