What I’ve been up to: January 2017

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! 🙂

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Sorry for the bad lighting–I took this photo as soon as I received my sherbet (left) cover haha.

Here are some pages:

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I’ve been doing collages lately as well. It feels good just tearing the paper and gluing things down.

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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.

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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 🙂

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My first hobonichiPH planner group meetup

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:

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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:

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Rej gave us some cute planner date stickers, which I used for my monthly view (thanks, Rej!)

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Some more pages. I bought those japan-themed stickers from @monicarize–they’re perfect for my planners!

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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:

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Group photo! Grabbed from Ellie, thanks, Ellie! 🙂

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We were featured in the official japanese hobonichi website and instagram! Senpai noticed us haha:

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Happy to have found this group! 🙂 🙌

My very own hobonichi! At last :)

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:

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So happy and excited about it and I loved figuring out what to place in the pockets too:

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Made some washi paperclips, and washi samples for on-the-go journaling:

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Here are some ways I used it:

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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:

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Am happy just seeing it and am excited to make it as chubby as my 2016 starbucks gratitude journal:

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2017: The Year for mindfulness

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:

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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? 🙂