Hello! 🙂 Super excited to share with you something I’ve been working on–my journal digitizing project! I have so many journals since childhood and I’ve been meaning to archive its contents for the longest time and I’ve decided that I’d share it with you! 🙂 This is also for me, when I’m older and super forgetful, and is a way to document my progress and journey as a creative. I also plan on showing my stationery collection, art and book hauls and process vids too. Stay tuned! 🙂
Happy month of love! 🙂 My heart has been extra happy lately mostly because of my several fb groups– I made a washi tape and sticker lovers PH group and we have a hobonichi book club and several planner and journal FB groups as well. I think my calling might be bringing people together for art-related stuff haha. 🙂
I also got to try handmade paints by @seamountainco! Check out the colors I achieved from these 5 colors and the painting I made using these 5 as well:
I finally was able to organize my washi tapes as well!
I started an online book club years ago with daily themes on tumblr: booklat.tumblr.com 🙂 Happy that my book club dreams migrated to the FB world with the Hobonichi book club PH–here is my page for it:
Did a bit of urban sketching inside a cafe:
Received this beautiful bouquet from the gf for Valentine’s day! Such a sweet surprise, and she specifically picked different flowers because she knows I love painting them. Thanks love!
Used stickers from #ARdailysticker to decorate my monthly hobonichi spread for February:
Made some stickers too! 🙂
I’ve received my dream cover and have differentiated my two hobonichis by having one as my #HOMEbonichi and the other as my #ROAMbonichi. My homebonichi stays at home and is meant to be used as my gratitude and wonderfulness journal–filled with the highlights of each day and what I’m grateful for. My roambonichi comes with me everywhere, and is filled with ideas, art experiments, longform journaling and lunch break journaling. I’m happy about this setup and looking at the 2 beautiful covers and inside colors side by side makes me giddy! 🙂
Sorry for the bad lighting–I took this photo as soon as I received my sherbet (left) cover haha.
Here are some pages:
I’ve been doing collages lately as well. It feels good just tearing the paper and gluing things down.
I tried mixing matcha soymilk and jasmine and it made a cool yummy refreshing drink. I drank it and ate my fave corn nuts while journaling on my midori. My midori has more watercolored food items (I like how there’s more space there) and ephemera because my hobonichis are both a6 in size so the space is sometimes a bit small haha.
I’ve added a hashtag in my instagram (@mabuhaydiy) called #mabuhaydiyjournals so that my journal posts are all seen in just one click. Mostly so I can see stuff that made me happy since my journal entries are mostly stuff that made my day/week. Check it out if you want to see it too! 🙂 I’m not yet done tagging all photos because there are too many but maybe someday 🙂
Yesterday was one of the happiest days of my life! I attended my 1st planner meetup with the hobonichi ph group. I met so many new friends and we all geeked out over the same stuff: stationery! Heh.
I think I must have spent hours getting washi samples. I am not the neatest roller so I made a collage using the samples instead:
It was so fun meeting people who share the same interests and who understand your needs for cute and good quality stationery.
Here are all of our hobonichis, stacked together:
Rej gave us some cute planner date stickers, which I used for my monthly view (thanks, Rej!)
Some more pages. I bought those japan-themed stickers from @monicarize–they’re perfect for my planners!
Before I left we had a “watercolor table” where we shared our pages and our supplies. These are pages from the hobonichis of the people there:
Group photo! Grabbed from Ellie, thanks, Ellie! 🙂
We were featured in the official japanese hobonichi website and instagram! Senpai noticed us haha:
Happy to have found this group! 🙂 🙌
I’ve been dreaming of having my own hobonichi techo planner since I saw them a couple of years ago. When we visited Japan, I was a bit taken aback by how pricey it was and when I flipped through it, I was a bit dismayed to see that the paper was so thin. I knew that the paper was tomoe river paper but I wanted to do watercolor paintings on mine so I was admittedly skeptical about this paper. Until I tried it on a friend’s midori planner which had tomoe river paper. Mind blown. I was so amazed and I regretted not buying a hobonichi immediately at that very moment haha. After that I always added it in my wishlists and lo and behold! My gf got me one for my birthday, yay! The universe heard me haha 🙂 Thanks, love!
Added gudetama stickers to the cover:
So happy and excited about it and I loved figuring out what to place in the pockets too:
Made some washi paperclips, and washi samples for on-the-go journaling:
Here are some ways I used it:
I’m lusting after the original accessories but am trying to curb my enthusiasm for spending so am resorting to DIY. I made a pencil board using a sheet from the hobonichi paper (s) notebook (which was what I bought from Japan when I couldn’t afford the hobonichi techo) and my friend @monicarize and I did a collab artwork on said page and I had it laminated:
Am happy just seeing it and am excited to make it as chubby as my 2016 starbucks gratitude journal:
Happy new year, lovely friends! 🙂
Honesty time: 2016 was such a ride–there were times when I wanted to just shout–“stop the ride, I want to get off!”-but thankfully there are still those moments that made me feel grateful for this lifetime.
I summed up a list of the highlights of my 2016 in my previous post, and I think I am still processing this hell of a year both in terms of internal (i.e personal life) and external (politics in this country and internationally) factors. I think 2016 made us re-assess our values and what’s important to us and I certainly learned what I can and will definitely not tolerate. I think you know what I mean, wherever you might be in the world.
It makes me feel glad though, knowing that some of my family and friends feel the same way so I feel braver and more hopeful knowing that.
Journaling also helped me deal with my feelings. I used to write long personal entries in my livejournal and in my analog journals before and am trying to get back in the habit of doing that for my eyes only this 2017.
But! Decorating my art journals and planners certainly nake me feel happier too. Especially if I use my colorful art materials like pens, washi tapes, and stickers. I also joined several local planner and journal groups on facebook and the friendly planner/journal lovers there make me even more excited to play with my journal pages. 🙂
Here are some of my pages:
See more of my pages in my instagram page: @mabuhaydiy 🙂
I’ve been organizing my stuff and I have come to admit that my hoarding problems tended to get the best of me. This also means less savings and more clutter so I plan on being more mindful about my purchases next year. I started with unfollowing temptation which came in the form of online stores lol. I also want to try to meditate more and try to be more calm and relaxed this 2017 onwards. With the help of analog journaling, a meditation app (calm is the best), and listening to my body, I hope I get to be more mindful this 2017. Mindfulness is my key word for 2017, what’s yours? 🙂
All this reflects me in my journal pages… I create art collages on two pages. mostly out of paper scraps, collected ephemera, notes, quotes, washi tape and other stuff. I also document events, dates and activities I had with family and friends. I love to add little photos I printed or took with my Instax Mini camera, tickets of the event or business cards and other little things that I collected or that remind me of that day.
I used to write diary daily or at least I tried to document my everyday life in the past. But I figured out that it´s not the way for me. Like many people do, I used to sit down and wrote in my diary mainly when dealing with a hurtful experience or difficult emotions. I also tried to document my everyday life with writing down what I did the day, week, month or with whom I spend my time with. But I noticed that it was more of a third person memory keeping instead of keeping a diary about what I´ve been really experiencing or going through. I always had a hard time to put all my thoughts & feelings into words to describe it. So I often ended up frustrated and wrote nothing at all. I was craving a way of documenting my life, my innermost thoughts & emotions in a way that really suits me.
Right now I am mainly inspired by hand-lettered creations & watercolor illustrations. And I am always drawn to everything moon phases, traveling, maps, astronomy, nature, etc. related! But in general I am inspired by emotions, quotes, music I am listening to or things that happen in my life or my environment. The people I spend my time with often inspire me. Sometimes I just watch people, nature, animals, street life…. As mentioned before do I always carry a small notebook & a pen with me. So that I can write down little notes from ideas, thoughts & questions that pop up in my mind. That makes up for great journal inspiration later! Sometimes a conversation with a friend inspires me as well as the episode of a TV series or movie I watched the other night.
Here’s an extremely happy photo of me in MoMa New York, taken by a kind stranger I took photos of:
I’ve made it my goal to start the year with a vision in mind, and I named 2016 as The Year for Abundance. Little did I know that 2016 will be filled to the brim with opportunities, new adventures, new experiences and new friends! So glad I used this word as my word for the year. Here are some of the highlights of my 2016:
❤ Went to Art Fair and Art in the Park 🙂
❤ Did lots of journaling in Taal, Batangas
❤ Got invited to the #Smstationeryartfest event
❤ Joined the #100dayproject and drew hands
❤ Brush calligraphy on tote bags for Avon, all through Geli! Thanks beh 🙂
❤ Urban sketchwalk at BGC with Kuya Robert
❤ Had a series of private watercolor workshops
❤ Together with the #artitasofmanila, we painted a higante for Nayong Pilipino’s Parkfest!
❤ Finally visited New York. I’m realizing I really miss it nowadays.
❤ Went to Vegas!
❤ Created a one-second everyday video of my US trip. Excited to do this more when traveling
❤ Saw Hoover Dam and Bryce Canyon!
❤ Stayed overnight at Sonya’s Garden, painted a lot.
❤ Obsessed with planners and journals so I made a post on how I decorate mine!
❤ Joined the #colorexploration project of Tita Ella (@ella_lama) and Tita Ria (@hueandai)
❤ Artambay goes to Baguio! With Ella and Aiz_kim 🙂
❤ Talked about how people can be inspired to create art consistently for #realtalktambay
❤ Started #LadiesDrawingNightPH because I was so inspired by the one from the U.S.
❤ Finished Inktober 2016 with illustrated women
❤ Started a series about people and their journals, called Journal Journey here in my blog
❤ Collaborating with the gf for a Women Empowerment project, From Her to Her. You can still submit your words of wisdom! Click here.
-Woodworking, Portrait painting with @carlacochua and @beyondreverie, Florals with @arlenesy.
❤ Sold my handpainted stickers at Ella’s booth for Art Mart!
❤ Joined a session of “People Painting Faces” hosted by @justaddwaterph
❤ Shot several journal flipthroughs and timelapse vids in my instagram! (@mabuhaydiy)
Favorite books this year:
❤ A Man Called Ove
❤ The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman
❤ Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend haha
❤ Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbery
Obsessions this year:
❤ Acrylic stamps
❤ My Midori
❤ Stickers like when I was a kid
Fave movie this year:
❤ The Handmaiden
I keep on listening to:
❤ Scavenger Hunt
2016, you give me tons of mixed feelings but this list makes me feel better. I hope the world becomes better next year, I hope people can be better humans. Can my 2017 be the year for positive change? I’m still thinking of my word for 2017, but I still have that hope about humanity inside me. Here’s to a better year ahead! Happy Holidays!
I’ve always been a super fan of design sponge for years. I had a time when I visited her blog daily and got lost there for hours and hours–I loved all the beautiful homes and got inspired by all the DIYs and interviews. I recently bought her fantastic book “In the Company of Women” and am savoring it slowly because I don’t want it to the end.
I enjoy reading about what drives these extraordinary women, most of whom are my idols, and their journey as artists and entrepreneurs. I picked one of my favorites, Carrie Brownstein, and did a brush calligraphy piece based on what she said in her interview. Posted it on my instagram (@mabuhaydiy) account and after a few days, I got the surprise of my life. Grace Bonney herself reposted it in her instagram account! I’m still shaking and crying, I couldn’t believe my luck:
Is this the real life is this just fantasyyyy
Thank you Universe, for consistently creating magical moments like this. 😻🙌
Christmas is almost here! Have you done your Christmas shopping yet?
I’m a big fan of doing my Christmas shopping in one place. For me, it’s less stressful and more time-efficient, and all I need to do is find a store that has everything I would love to give (and receive!) and my Christmas gift list–and maybe a rest area where I can admire my purchases afterwards :). Lucky for me there’s an SM Makati nearby, with my fave section of all time–The SM Stationery department! I belong to that SLSB club–Stationery Lover Since Birth, and I had to remind myself when I shopped that I was shopping for gifts for other people and not myself, haha (but I got myself some goodies too as a ‘reward’ for successfully ticking off all the items in my Christmas shopping list, heh #treatyoself).
I noticed that SM Stationery had so many wonderful gift possibilities and they couldn’t be more perfect for the holiday season. I know for a lot of us Filipinos, Christmas means ‘exchange gift’ time, or ‘secret santa’, where you spread the holiday cheer by having a group of people exchange names for a secret surprise gift exchange. Categories like “something cute”, “something long”, etc. are usually decided on by the group and a set budget for each gift is also agreed upon. It’s a fun way to be creative and to bond with your officemates or relatives, and it’s something a lot of Pinoys look forward to during Christmastime.
If you’re looking for some exchange gift inspiration or you just want to see gift suggestions that you yourself would love to receive, I’ve come up with a comprehensive guide for you!
I’ve grouped them according to the usual exchange gift categories to make it quicker and easier for you. The fun part is that you can also mix and match items from various categories because the pens, which are usually “something long” are so cute that they can also be “something cute”, and I think we can all agree that everything in SM Stationery is something useful (especially if you’re a member of the SLSB club like me!). The best part is that you can buy everything in one place–they can all be found in the SM Stationery department. Enjoy, and I hope you find the guide useful! 🙂
Washi tapes, paper tapes and stickers:
Be fashionable when listening to your fave songs with these trendy headphones:
They have a lot of earphones in various colors too!
Organize your life and workspace/study area with these colorful paper clips and other office supplies:
So many colors in one pen! Perfect for planners and journals. Multi-colored pens:
I lumped them all in one category because they’re all those 3! 🙂
Animal pouches and wallets:
Correction tape, magnets and erasers:
Animal and cupcake keychains:
Too cute! Bunny earphones:
Colorful storage solutions:
Squishy miniature luggage wallets:
Kneadable art erasers:
Squishy penguin wallets and squishy camera wallets:
Squishy luggage tags!
They have so many sparkly metallic pens!
Must. not. hoard. metallic. tapes.
These are pens with perfume at the end!
Scented pens, markers and pencils! Bonus: They come in Christmasy scents and I really really wanted all of them:
These pens are so fluffy, they felt like clouds on my hands:
Neck pillows, fluffy and soft pouches and keychains:
This is a pen, a keychain, a penlight and a whistle! A must-have for anyone:
Pens in the shape of lollies and fruits, won’t break any dietary restrictions:
Help them label all their items with this labelmaker. I plan on getting that wood grain and clear tape for myself soon!
For scrapbooking and for crafting:
Everyone I know would be glad to receive a powerbank. Or two.
They have shelves upon shelves of pens in various colors:
True story: My life was changed when I got a usb fan–now the daily commute is a bit more bearable, despite the traffic, haha. These usb fans are cool and practical:
Calendars and planners to help them organize their appointments and gimmicks:
This category is a tough one, but look at this lucky find: This panda sticks out its tongue when pressed. Very unique and cheeky.
Pouches and pencilcases in all the colors of the rainbow:
Eco bags that are very useful and cool-looking too:
I saw these art packs which are so convenient and perfect for giving!
So many notebooks, journals, notepads, and sketchpads! Paper heaven!! I could spend days in this place:
To wrap up your presents, they also have gift wraps categorized by color, which was a nice touch for me:
If you’re too busy or in a hurry, they have ready-made pouches as well aside from the paper bags which I think is a cute and unique way of packaging your presents.
Happy Holiday shopping! 🙂