Travel journaling, post-travel: Japan!

I realized that I’m the sort of person who’s very easily excited by the littlest things (if they’re stuff I love). During our vacation, I confess that even if I wanted to preserve every moment by drawing it, I was just too tired and distracted. I’m having fun doing it nowadays though! It makes me remember those happy moments through photos I took, or through memories I try to dig up. I challenged myself to fill up a coherent spread in a cheap notebook:

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…and do detailed watercolored pages in my small hobonichi notebook (the paper is smooth and could handle a fair amount of wetness). I also made some project life spreads (see previous entry).

For both notebooks, I didn’t use pencils because I might end up erasing everything lol:

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I did practice my pencil skills with this:

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Project life spreads: Japan 2015

I promised myself I’d document my life more so I set aside an entire day for doing project life spreads for our recent japan trip. :)
I used a lot of those mt washi tapes and sakura stickers. I also wanted to include all of my faves about the trip–which is a lot!

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I used most of the fliers and free brochures that caught my fancy and store paper bags and mag pages as background.

Bucket list item: Attend an mt event!

If you know me, you’d know that washi tape is my weakness. Since my lj days (which is around fifty years ago), I’ve been dreaming of colored masking tape, so I got hooked on washi tape and my fave brand is mt because of the stickiness factor (clean stick, can be reused) and thr lovely designs. So when I read online about official mt events, my heart breaks each time because it’s never held in our country. Until my wish to visit Japan came true, and my washi-loving heart totally hyperventilated.
Allie (thanks so much!) told me about the mt expo in yokohama and I felt excited and also worried because it seemed too far from where we were staying. But my solo trip to shibuya from hibiya yesterday gave me additional confidence, and today I was able to make another dream come true!! Thank you universe!

I lost a huge part of my savings because I couldn’t resist hoarding a bit and there were so many designs that I wanted but it was super worth it for the experience. :)

I lost my marbles at the stuff-all-you-can station and the gachapon area:

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I decorated my notebook and some cards with the bottomless washi tapes in a giant box in our table:

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I had so much fun and was so giddy that I wasn’t able to take as many photos as I would have wanted but this day is really special.

Best day ever!!

#the100dayproject

I’m participating in this 100 day project hosted by Elle Luna and The Great Discontent. I’ve been wanting to improve my drawing skills so I’ll draw #100stuffIlove with a pen (no pencils or erasing involved), and coloring them with watercolor because I love color. :)

I hope I get to finish 100 days. I’ll be posting the photo per day on my instagram account: @aphazia

Here are my drawings up to day 3:

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Bucket list item: Japan!!

I’ve dreamed of visiting Japan since I was a kid and I am finally here! Best ever! So many things have been making me really happy about this trip, but for today, I got to tick off an item that’s been on my bucket list: feed deer and buy an ocarina for myself:

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I feel so grateful that my first time here is during the sakura season because seeing them in bloom is also in my bucket list. Don’t even get me started on the fantastic books and arts and crafts materials–my wallet is sobbing but I can’t stop smiling.
Love you Japan! (more soon!)

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#booksiwanttomarry project

I started this project since Ella and I saw a book at National with illustrated bookshelves. I’ve been thinking of doing something like this for the longest time but seeing that book gave me that push. So I started this personal project, featuring books I love. It made me realize most of the books I love have been given away or loaned to friends though, so I’m making do with existing books here.

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See more painted books on my instagram: @aphazia
:)

More project life spreads

I was thinking I would be finished before midnight, but I realized a spread takes around an hour. Or thirty minutes, but definitely not five.
But I think I might be finished with my Melbourne spreada before June. I’m enjoying the process, so that’s what counts.

Also, I need more refills!

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