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Monday, February 22, 2016

#CPCCrush: Jessica of @LuxeandtheLady

We spend tons of time on Instagram every day, and believe us, we can get stuck in the deep, dark scroll of the explore page. But what exactly makes you stop on a post and search through more photos on the same profile? Around Christmas time, we discovered a couple of amazing layflat images from Jessica of @LuxeandtheLady. From makeup to candy, each perfectly laid out image featured a couple of items that told a story that had us hopping from photo to photo.

(Included above: Jessica features the Sumikko Gurashi Peek-A-Boo Notes amongst her handmade Sumikko Gurashi cupcakes!)

If you know us at Cool Pencil Case, we're obsessed with our product shots. Last week, we even gave a quick tutorial on Snapchat showing how we shoot our products! (Are you following us, by the way? Add us: CoolPencilCase).

We decided to reach out to Jessica and ask the burning question, "How do you make the perfect layflat?" Cool Pencil Case's proclaimed layflat queen answers a couple of questions and more, and even features her favorite Cool Pencil Case products in a few shots! Boy, are we lucky to have our first #CPCCrush as awesome as she is!

1. How did you get started creating lay flats on instagram?

I started doing flatlays on Instagram when I was looking for unique ways to display my box subscription products without actually showing the items inside of the boxes because that's what everyone was doing. I guess I was trying to literally "think outside of the box" 😊

2. How do you gain inspiration for your posts? How do you keep creative?

I gain inspiration through Instagram, blogs, magazines, and emails for my posts. There are so many creative accounts and tutorials out there! I love to find a way to adapt one to make the idea suit my style. I find that creativity grows with practice.


(Included above: 5-Pack Macaron Erasers, Good Morning Little Baby Pencil Box, Pocky Slim Scented Pencil 5-Pack)

3. Which Cool Pencil Case items are in your stationery rotation right now?

I'm currently using the Pocky strawberry scented pencils nonstop. They are just too cute, and I love anything Pocky sticks! I'm also using the Good Morning Little Baby Pencil Box to keep my paper cutouts and planner accessories organized. 

4. What three things do you need to get the “perfect” lay flat (props, lighting, etc.)?

My main essentials for a great flatlay are natural lighting, white foamboard, and poster putty. I like to use the putty to hold round objects in place, and sometimes I even use it to change the angle of an object to make the details more visible. 

5. What advice do you have for people who want to produce creative content on social media?

The advice I would give someone who wants to produce creative content for social media is to just go for it! For so long I let fear get in the way, but I've found that practice really does make perfect. The more I stretch my creative muscles the more ideas I come up with, and the better I can make my pictures. Inspiration can come from anywhere if you try looking for it. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine's Day Favorites

Have you felt the love lately? This week, we've got giveaways going on from some of your favorite vloggers and Instagram personalities like The Hollycopter and Studyign! Make sure you follow the rules in the description of each video for a chance to win!

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we have gathered up some of our favorite picks across Instagram to get you in creative and loving spirit. Who would have thought school supplies and cool pencil cases could have that effect on you? See below for some Valentine's Day faves and shopable links to see more shots of the products that catch your eye.

 

Check out this awesome review from The Hollycopter featuring some Sumikko Gurashi favorites! Check out more color ways of some of the products below:


Sending all my love πŸŽˆπŸ’Œ - This year I decided to make my own Valentines inspired by my kawaii stationery and desk accessories from @coolpencilcase . They have so many adorable products I had a hard time choosing what to get! I am kind of obsessed with these scented strawberry Pocky stick pencils (they smell so good I want to eat them πŸ˜‹), pretty little macaron eraser set, and the cutest baby bunny pencil case (that fuzzy little bunny on top just makes me smile 😍). I totally already have my next order ready to go πŸ˜‰! If you are into planner decorating, fun stationery sets, Molang, Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, or just anything Kawaii you will love their shop! You can use code "CPCXO" to receive 10% off your $30 purchase between now and Feb 14, and they ship worldwide. I very rarely give a gift that doesn't involve candy, but I have to admit I love balloons almost as much. I think they are such a happy little treat πŸ™‚. These balloon heart Valentines were quite easy to make. I cut hearts and triangles (for the little tied part of the balloon) out of diff colored card stock paper, and glued them together. Then I cut faces and little shine spots out of each and layered with a solid black heart for more depth (the faces could just as easily be drawn on). I finished them up by tying a piece of baker's twine around the triangle and added a love letter (made from a white card stock rectangle with a piece of heart confetti attached). I tucked them into tiny translucent envelopes with a handwritten note, and a matching @theflairexchange mini heart balloon. Sending all my love to you, and please keep your eyes peeled for a fun Valentine's Day surprise I have coming up very soon! πŸ“¬πŸ’ŒπŸ’–πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’š #flatlay #valentine #stationery #thatsdarling #hearts #flashesofdelight #liveauthentic #candy #myunicornlife #ihavethisthingwithhearts #todayslovely #kawaii #abmlifeiscolorful #pocky #pastel #bandofun #creativityfound #vscogood #flatlays #livethelittlethings #nothingisordinary #thehappynow #target #huffpostgram #lovelysquares #peoplescreatives #balloons #diy #darlingmovement #whiteaddict
A photo posted by Jessica 🍬✨ (@luxeandthelady) on

Layflat queen @luxeandthelady gets in the Valentine's Day spirit by showing off a couple of her Cool Pencil Case favorites. Watch this space in a couple of days -- word on the street is that Jessica is going to be featured with a couple of expert tips on getting the perfect lay flat!

Shop her picks below:


A photo posted by Vanessa Dugan πŸ’•♠️πŸ’„πŸ‘“πŸ’‹πŸ‘›πŸ‘ πŸ© (@hautepinkfluff) on

@Hautepinkfluff shows her sweet side with some heart-shaped donuts alongside the Heart Pocket Pencil Pouch!



Pink and purple enthusiast @emeraldz4 shows off her "Let's Take a Trip Stamp" and reminds us that discount code is still going on strong at CoolPencilCase.com! Enjoy 10% off your $30 or more purchase until 2/14 by entering CPCXO at checkout!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What's in Your Pencil Case, @CharVillena?




A photo posted by @charvillena on

What's in your pencil case? One of our favorite illustrators at the moment, @CharVillena, shows off how she uses the Giraffe Charm and Wallet Pencil Pouch Duo with her favorite artist supplies! Proof that it's the perfect on-the-go pencil case whether you're an artist or student!


Also, check out her other Cool Pencil Case favorites featured in the video:


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!