Journal Journey: Tina of Pastelpaperplane

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1. Tell us about yourself. What made you start journaling and when did you start?
 
My name is Tina and I live in the West of Germany with my love.I am a journal addict and snail mail lover. A letter writer, tree hugger and chocoholic. I am an introvert and creative soul expressing my world of emotions, impressions and experiences through journaling. And this actually is the reason why I started my journal journey. As an introvert, creative person I always needed to express myself in the written word and arts. As a person who is literally living in her head, who needs a lot of alone time, I often struggle to communicate and express myself. I needed a way to process, reflect and communicate my thoughts and feelings.
 
In my early years as a teenager I already did the “light version” of journaling. I always loved to keep a photo album and added handwritten notes, headlines and scraps of paper from magazines or stickers to it. And I kept a diary to document my daily life and everything in between. My love was always drawn to notebooks, paper, pen, ink and prints. So somehow this love for the analogue has always been a part of me throughout my life until today.
 
But I guess it was in 2014 when I discovered the creative community on Instagram with like minded people who shared the same love & passion. It wasn´t before December 2014 when I started my own account as @pastelpaperplane, bringing myself out there. I guess since then I tried many different ways of journaling & memory keeping, planning & documenting until I finally discovered my way of journaling with the Travelers Notebooks in the middle of 2015.
 
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2. What journal are you using right now? Do you have more than 1 for various purposes? Do you have any specific qualities you look for in a journal?
 
The main journal I use at the moment the most is my art journal insert in my Midori Traveler´s Notebook. It´s my favorite one for quite a while now. Besides that I have a few Traveler´s notebooks with several inserts for different purpose. For example do I have an ink log where I keep track of my fountain pens, nibs & inks. I have an insert for washi tape samples and another one for my rubber stamp collection. I also always take a journal with me on vacations to document my travels. I love the collect all the travel ephemera along the journey that I could later add to my journal. For me it´s one of the most wonderful and fun part of every vacation. Plus it´s a beautiful visual memory I never get tired of browsing through later! And last but not least not to forget my little daily companion I carry with me in my handbag. This I use to make little notes in between (e.g. ideas, lists, things I want to journal or write in my letters about, things to do or something that inspires me, etc.).
 
Regarding the journals I prefer quality than quantity. This means I´d invest a bit more money in a quality, preferable handmade good instead of a cheap mass product. I prefer real leather journals and I really appreciate the Traveler´s Notebook system for it´s customizability!
 
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3. What can we find in your journal pages? 
 
Sometimes it´s a glimpse into my soul and a mirror of my feelings. Sometimes it´s a peek into the bubble of my own little world I live in. But mostly it´s like a mixed bag of opposites. I am a deep thinker, who sees the world through strange glasses. Self-aware and insecure. Social and solitary. Fragile and tough.
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. 
 
4. Can you share your journaling routine and journaling process? How often do you journal? 
 
I think I don´t really have a routine or special journaling process. I either like to start journaling as soon as I got up since my thoughts are still fresh and I am usually full of creative energy or I journal in the evening, almost around midnight. I am a nocturnal soul & usually feel mostly energized at night.
 

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.

 

Today I grab my journal whenever I feel like it. Because I know there´s no pressure to document anything but to have a wonderful creative outlet. Whenever I want to reflect on something, have to write down any kind of thoughts or emotions or just want to relax & keep my inner balance, I start journaling and enjoy the whole process. For me the best way to get creative in my journals is first of all to be at the place I feel most creative and comfortable. For me it´s my little creative corner & workspace at home. It´s decorated with lots of creative supplies, pens, paper, rubber stamps, pictures & postcards, drawers full of ephemera & other tiny art supplies. When I am at work I literally can´t wait to get home & start journaling there. When I get up at the weekend I really look forward to get into my room & get inspired there. The energy in my creative corner is always happy, positive, creative and magical. As soon as I sit at my desk, I ask myself what I would love to try or work with on my journal. Sometimes it´s watercolors, sometimes rubber stamps, sometimes scraps of paper … I really try to listen to my inner voice and just start journaling. Enjoying a hot chocolate or a coffee while journaling is perfection. Sometimes I light a candle or listen to a Podcast. It all depends on the mood I am in.
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5. What are your favorite brands for journaling and why? Do you have favorite stores for supplies?
 
I think what will last will be things that are well-made: things with good-quality materials, good workmanship & good design. If possible I like to support small businesses so I shop local or order (worldwide) from a “one-man-business”. I appreciate custom work or brands & companies that make forward thinking products or that help me identify myself & my lifestyle with their products. I love to discover new stores, brands & products, too. So I don´t have a favorite brand in general & buy my stuff based on taste & interest. My current favorite journal jewel is my Mod Tablet 3 from This is Ground, USA . Besides that I really love my small daily companion designed by Amy from Athene Leather, USA and of course my Traveler´s Notebooks. Since I am a firm believer that thoughts, emotions, words (or whatever we want to document on paper) should be wrapped in a beautiful journal, I also want to mention my love for Paperblank journals. 
I am from Germany and unfortunately a lot of stuff I want to use isn´t available here or in Europe. If possible I shop in local stores but also order from LUIBAN, Germany or Miscellaneous, Amsterdam. For other stationery & journaling supplies I often shop online on etsy from Cute things from Japan, Pipitzakastore, Paperpluscloth or Raw Market shop. A while ago I discovered the beautiful designs for rubber stamps & washitape from Chamil Garden. I can´t get enough of them!
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6. What are your favorite journaling tools?
 
I really love my  fountain pens, washi tape, vintage ephemera & spray paint or water colors and wooden rubber stamps.Oh and I really have a thing for wax seals & dried flowers or leaves. Such a great way to prettify gifts, letters, tags & even journal pages.
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7. What’s the best thing about journaling that you wish everyone knew?
Besides the obvious fact of memory keeping, it simply helps me to connect with myself and with my core desires. It helps me to listen to my inner voice, my soul. It inspires my personal growth, to reflect on things & myself. So for me it´s not only a creative way of expressing myself but it also is kind of a healing & growth process. But all in all it´s just a great way to keep in balance, to relax & to reconnect with myself. I´ve also noticed that for me the benefit I find in art journaling is the process of creating, not in the outcome or what I create. I have a better understanding for myself now.
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8. Any tips on how people can get started with journaling?
 
Just go with the flow, do not overthink and just write, draw, scrap, doodle or glue without thinking too much about the outcome. Find your own voice and listen to it. Fear, inner criticism or the wish for perfection will often be a part of any creative journey. And I know a blank page in front of you can somehow be overwhelming. Don´t be afraid to try new things or mess around. Just listen to your inner voice. Create and journal for yourself & the fun of it, not to impress or get the approval of others. The probably best advice I ever got is, to just write down whatever pops up in my mind. Without overthinking it, without filtering it, without putting too much thoughts into it. Doesn´t matter if it´s a keyword that describe how I feel or a quote I can relate to. Or just a simple question that pops up in my head. Trust the process and enjoy the creative journey! And actually no fancy materials or expensive tools are necessary to get started & create. It actually just takes a pen & a journal & maybe a place to feel comfortable journaling at.
 
If someones is totally into social media I really recommend to create an Instragram account and to connect with like-minded, creative and inspiring people out there. Search for hashtags like #travelersnotebook #artjournal or #mixedmedia.
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9. What is inspiring you right now in your journaling journey?
 

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.

 

And not to forget the inspiration I find through all the creative muses on Instagram. It´s such a wonderful, inspiring and motivating community.
 
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BONUS QUESTION:
 
If you’re restricted to journaling using only 2 tools, what would these 2 tools be and why? 
 
At first I thought I would never be able to just pick two tools. But the more I think about it the less I really need. It´s nice to have all the art supplies & tools because the whole process of using them makes me happy. But if I really have to choose I´d probably take one of my Lamy Safari fountain pens & some roll of my favorite Chamil Garden washi tape.
Thanks, Tina! Check out Tina’s instagram: @pastelpaperplane.
All photos above are from Tina. 🙂
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Highlights of my 2016: The Year for Abundance

Here’s an extremely happy photo of me in MoMa New York, taken by a kind stranger I took photos of:

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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.

My brush calligraphy being reposted by my idol Grace Bonney of Design Sponge in her instagram!

 

Posted about exchange gift ideas from SM Stationery!

Workshops attended:

-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

❤ Podcasts

 

Fave movie this year:

❤ The Handmaiden

 

I keep on listening to:

❤ BOY

❤ Shura

❤ 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!

 

 

 

 

Bits of Bliss: Design Sponge fangirling

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.

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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:

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Is this the real life is this just fantasyyyy

Thank you Universe, for consistently creating magical moments like this. 😻🙌

Something fun: Exchange gift ideas for Christmas from SM Stationery

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! 🙂

 

SOMETHING STICKY

Washi tapes, paper tapes and stickers:

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SOMETHING COLORFUL

Be fashionable when listening to your fave songs with these trendy headphones:

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They have a lot of earphones in various colors too!

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Organize your life and workspace/study area with these colorful paper clips and other office supplies:

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So many colors in one pen! Perfect for planners and journals. Multi-colored pens:

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SOMETHING CUTE/QUIRKY/WILD

I lumped them all in one category because they’re all those 3! 🙂
Animal pouches and wallets:

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Correction tape, magnets and erasers:

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Animal and cupcake keychains:

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Too cute! Bunny earphones:

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Colorful storage solutions:

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SOMETHING SQUISHY

Squishy miniature luggage wallets:

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Kneadable art erasers:

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Squishy penguin wallets and squishy camera wallets:

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Squishy luggage tags!

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SOMETHING SPARKLY/SHINY

They have so many sparkly metallic pens!

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Must. not. hoard. metallic. tapes.

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SOMETHING FRAGRANT/UNIQUE

These are pens with perfume at the end!

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Scented pens, markers and pencils! Bonus: They come in Christmasy scents and I really really wanted all of them:

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SOMETHING SOFT/FLUFFY/CUDDLY:

These pens are so fluffy, they felt like clouds on my hands:

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Neck pillows, fluffy and soft pouches and keychains:

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SOMETHING MULTIPURPOSE:

This is a pen, a keychain, a penlight and a whistle! A must-have for anyone:

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SOMETHING SWEET:

Pens in the shape of lollies and fruits, won’t break any dietary restrictions:

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SOMETHING PERSONAL(IZED)/LUXE:

Help them label all their items with this labelmaker. I plan on getting that wood grain and clear tape for myself soon!

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For scrapbooking and for crafting:

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SOMETHING POWERFUL

Everyone I know would be glad to receive a powerbank. Or two.

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SOMETHING LONG/COLORFUL:

They have shelves upon shelves of pens in various colors:

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SOMETHING COOL/LIFE-CHANGING:

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:

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Calendars and planners to help them organize their appointments and gimmicks:

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SOMETHING NAUGHTY:

This category is a tough one, but look at this lucky find: This panda sticks out its tongue when pressed. Very unique and cheeky.

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SOMETHING HANDY:

Pouches and pencilcases in all the colors of the rainbow:

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Eco bags that are very useful and cool-looking too:

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SOMETHING ARTSY:

I saw these art packs which are so convenient and perfect for giving!

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So many notebooks, journals, notepads, and sketchpads! Paper heaven!! I could spend days in this place:

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To wrap up your presents, they also have gift wraps categorized by color, which was a nice touch for me:

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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.

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Happy Holiday shopping! 🙂

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