A Yearender (or, so long 2017!), and 2018: The Year for Light

Whew, 2017 finally came to an end, and I couldn’t be more grateful. 2017 was my year for mindfulness, and at the beginning, I thought it would be all about more ways I could be more mindful in my thoughts and actions. To be honest, I envisioned myself all enlightened due to my daily meditations and super diligent in my journaling.

 

Boy was I ever wrong.

 

I’d like to think of all the things thrown my way as tests where I was unprepared–the big breakup, work changes, moving, etc. etc. I kept trying to tread water in flashflood after flashflood and in the end I finally gave up fighting it and decided it might be better to just float.

 

And float I did.

 

If those were tests, I’d like to think of myself as the master makeupper–wherein I took makeup tests because I haven’t learned my lessons yet. Those makeup tests involved lots of yoga and meditation (haha, it was a year of mindfulness after all), a trauma yoga workshop, a sound meditation workshop involving soundbathing, retreats in faraway places, going wayyy out of my comfort zone by dating again (lol), and learning how to ask for help when I’m drowning. It felt like one of those movie montage scenes after a breakup: finding myself, lots of self-discovery, trying new activities, learning what I look for in a partner (and what dealbreakers are), and also tons of #adulting. I am grateful I survived all of it, and I am grateful that I still have that optimistic side of me that knows that this too shall pass. And that I’ll pass those makeup tests, so help me, Universe!

 

I am glad my heart wasn’t hardened by everything–I believed in finding true love again (and my rose quartz crystals certainly put me in the right state of mind), and some time later, that’s exactly what happened.

The biggest lesson I learned this 2017 was trusting myself and my intuition, and taking care of myself as well. I learned that it’s okay to be vulnerable and not know the answers all the time. I learned how to take opportunities that would help me grow as a creative, even if it was out of my comfort zone. I learned that life wanted to give me nice surprises, if I opened my hands and eyes to them. I got magical messages from the Universe via the law of attraction and synchronicity. My family and friends were there for me when I needed them the most, and I am forever grateful.

 

We ended the year with a farm and beach trip, very similar to trips that saved my heart and sanity in the middle of the year, proof of the Universe’s magic yet again.

 

To you: Thank you very, very much.

 

Highlights of 2017:

❤ Hobonichi feature!

❤ Collab with Moleskine

❤ Live demo with National bookstore and Ban.do

❤ Being asked to be a part of Creative market Dubai

❤ My own brush calligraphy has been turned into a font by mixfonts.xyz (look for “Daydream”

❤ Meeting KB ❤

❤ Journaling a LOT.

 

My word for 2018 is light. Lightness of heart, without baggage or drama, and being a beacon of light for myself and others. Lightness of body too, if I’m in the mood for it, but since I am more for living in the moment and listening to what my body wants, that might take the backseat for a bit. I’ll try to eat healthier and exercise more though, the usual start of the year resolutions, heh.

My 2018 goals include:

❤ Making time for art

❤ Consistent journaling and writing

❤ Lots of selflove and selfcare

❤ Consistent yoga and meditation

❤ Kindness to myself and others

❤ Healthier food choices

❤ Using my best stuff now

❤ Living each day as if I paid for it already

 

I hope 2018 is kinder and brighter for all of us. From my still-beating heart to yours, have a great year ahead! 🙂

 

 

 

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Learning is cool (and fun!) with SM Stationery

It’s almost June and that means it’s time for some back-to-school shopping!

Back-to-school season meant cool new school supplies and it was something that excited me a lot growing up. I have fond memories of holding my required school supplies list from school and searching for the items with my mom, which I considered our back-to-school bonding ritual every school year.

When I was a kid there weren’t that many options when it came to school supplies and stationery. What I did to make my notebooks stand out was to personalize them using photos and ads that I fancied from old magazines. 🙂

I went to the SM stationery department in SM Mall of Asia and I felt that same giddy back-to-school vibe I always got before. I am happy to report that my wish as a kid has been granted– they have so many options for students/stationery lovers like me!

Whether you want to fit in or stand out, I’m pretty sure SM Stationery has endless possibilities for your type of “cool”. Here are just some ideas:

ARTSY/DIY COOL:

I located the washi tapes/stickers area first and was so thrilled that they have decorush deco tapes! If you haven’t tried these, they look like correction tapes but they have cute designs and can be used for borders in your notebooks or to decorate plain notebook covers or even to create labels in sticker paper to label your school stuff! I first tried this when I bought one impulsively from Japan. I couldn’t understand the directions but when I tried it I was hooked. 🙂 What’s even better is that if you have the case already you can just buy refills and the refills are interchangeable. Trying my best to resist hoarding these so you can also try them out haha:

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To use or not to use? Erasers that can also serve as miniature toys:

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I’m glad there are so many correction tape design options but it’s giving me this urge to start a correction tape collection lol. Just look at how adorable they all are!

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MINIMALIST/PREPPY COOL:

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When I was still studying, we didn’t even have this option of having clearbooks or folders with cover designs! Looks amazing and classy:

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TIP: They have black notebooks with black paper inside and they are also selling a lot of metallic gel pens and white pens which you can use for a funner way of note-taking! I think the fluorescent ones would make you excited for jotting down your learnings from your different subjects. Maybe even try different-colored pens for writing down formulas or important dates, for example. 🙂

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Headphones for editing videos or earphones for the long commute or ride in the school bus. I envy those who can study with music on, I couldn’t concentrate and would find myself singing along or humming along! My way of studying was to crunch ice cubes to keep me awake while making reviewers which I’d read over and over during the commute to school the next day. 🙂

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These acrylic containers look so good and can store your highlighters and pens for your desk:

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TECHIE COOL:

They have powerbanks, usbs, sd cards and other accessories for your laptops and computers. That unicorn powerbank is on my wishlist:

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COOL AND CHIC:

You can never have too many pouches/pencilcases:

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These are post-it notes! Loving the many different nature-inspired designs:image

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BEST DEAL AWARD:

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You guys, I couldn’t believe it when I saw it too but these awesome bags are only php399 each and it already comes with school supplies! Best deal everrrr!
If that hasn’t blown your mind already, the best part is that they’re packaged depending on grade level and can also be for highschoolers! I had such a hard time deciding which to get for myself (I fell in love with the bags and you can never have enough stationery lol) because the designs and colors are all so great haha. Here are some quick snaps of what’s inside this all-in-one school pack:

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BONUS: You can also get a free watch with a minimum single receipt purchase worth Php1,500 from SM Stationery from May 1 to June 30. 🙂
TIP: You can personalize these with these cute patches (which I bought and are now in my journal covers):
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You can use these patches to customize your notebooks and pouches as well! Saw a lot of plain pouches which can be jazzed up with these babies. 🙂

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QUIRKY COOL:

I don’t know about you, but my mood is instantly brightened when my stuff has silly animals or creatures haha (especially when they’re cats and there are tons of cat-themed stuff in SM Stationery):

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There are matchy-matchy sets so if you fall in love with a print, you’re in luck! You can match your pouches and bags and pencilcases using the same print! I loved this quirky cat print and was delighted to see it in a drawstring backpack and in an insulated lunchbox:

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There were so many cute pouches and pencil cases and coin purses!

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One of my fave things about SM stationery is how the supplies per brand are organized so neatly and given ample space for pen tester fanatics like me haha. I could spend hours just testing out various pens. I kid you not.

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Have I mentioned how they have all other items needed for school projects like boards and cartolinas and styrofoam and crepe paper? Because they have all those too:

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If you’re planning on doing some back-to-school shopping at SM, don’t forget that your school supplies needs can all be found at SM Stationery as well! Save yourself a lot of time and effort and be like me and rack up those SM advantage points haha. 🙂

Here are some more picks and deals to inspire and excite you:

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How cool is that? Happy shopping! 🙂

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Digitizing my journals in Youtube

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! 🙂

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? 🙂

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. 🙂

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!

 

 

 

 

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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Journal Journey series: Gennalie of @genspens

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Hi Gennalie! Tell us about yourself. What made you start journaling and when did you start?

Hey there! I’m Gennalie, but people know me as Gen for short. I’m a design student who loves stationery, journaling and drawing! I was an avid journal user as a kid, and I picked it up again last year as a way to sort out my mind. Last year I encountered the Hobonichi journal through an artist’s youtube and I was amazed by the simplicity and how flexible a journal could be used- so I bought one myself and it’s been history since.

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?

I’m currently using two journals – a Hobonichi Cousin (A5) and an A5 Leuchtturm1917 grid book. The Hobonichi is my daily journal where I write about random topics or recall about my day while the Leuchtturm1917 is my bullet journal, a rapid and customisable planning system. I like grids and good paper quality when it comes to journals. The grids help me align and centre the content on the page and good paper quality = more tools to use!

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What can we find in your journal pages?

Tidbits about my life, stories, my days and adventures in both reality and fictional worlds. If I don’t have anything for an entry for the day, I draw something instead to fill the page! The Hobonichi is great in this sense with daily pages. In my bullet journal however you’ll find lists and to-dos I need to work on for the week, including assessments and stuff I need to follow up.

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Can you share your journaling routine and journaling process? How often do you journal? 

I like to journal at the end of the day, as a way to cool off and vent and to drop off all the stress. I normally sketch out something with my mechanical pencil first and ink with either a Sakura Micron Pen, a brush pen or my fountain pen. I then colour in using either my Mildliners or my ZIG Clean Color brush pens. I like to keep my pages as monochrome as possible!

For my bullet journal, I set up the weeks (and month if needed) spread on Sundays and I write down my daily to dos the night before or morning of the day. It’s simple enough to set aside twenty minutes or less to set things up!

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What are your favorite brands for journaling and why? Do you have favorite stores for supplies?

Hobonichi for sure- the Tomoe river paper is a beauty and can withstand a lot of materials! It’s not too bulky as well and the covers allows you to carry additional stuff like stickers around! I also like the Leuchtturm1917, however the grid size is something I have to tolerate as I prefer the Hobonichi’s tiny grids. My favourite stores are Kinokuniya, which is a bookstore that also sells Japanese stationery, and Dymocks Stationery, where they sell popular western brands- Both can be found in the Sydney CBD!

What are your favorite journaling tools?

I absolutely love my Kakuno fountain pen, Sakura Microns and Zebra Mildliners. The latter two have been my tools since the beginning, and the first is a versatile, but great tool to work with! I also love the Sakura Gelly Rol White Gel Pen to touch up any additional details. Washi is also great to journal with- as it fills up the page easily with cute designs. I have a stash of washi in my drawer waiting to be used!

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 What’s the best thing about journaling that you wish everyone knew?

Journaling is a very therapeutic practice and is a great way to look back on how you’ve grown or developed. Writing down my concerns and issues really helps my psyche and it’s fun to see how I have dealt with situations. Journaling is also very inexpensive if you wish it to be- a lot of journal enthusiasts are also stationery enthusiasts which is why a lot of people have a lot of supplies. I used to journal with just a pencil and a cheap scrap notebook!

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Any tips on how people can get started with journaling?

Stop worrying about getting things perfect or pretty and just start writing. No matter what, just write. I guarantee you that if you start writing for two minutes, you’ll fill up the page in no time. Journaling, like other arts and crafts is very subjective! There are so many types for you to explore- if one doesn’t work, just change it up!

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What is inspiring you right now in your journaling journey?

Right now I’m in the midst of a gaming phase, and it’s motivating me to keep journaling and jotting down my adventures so I can remember little things in each game- Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Pokemon moon! Those little successes really brighten up my day. Also the community itself keeps my inspiration up high. There’s so many creative people out there it astounds me and excites me to see what others are up to with every page!

BONUS QUESTION:

If you’re restricted to journaling using only 2 tools, what would these 2 tools be and why?

This is one of the toughest questions I’ve had yet….. I’d probably go with my Pentel Fude Touch Brush Pen and either my ZIG Clean Color Brush Pens or my Sakura Koi watercolour palette (so I can work on my skills of course!). I love all my journaling tools so much, it’s too difficult to choose!

 

Thank you Gennalie! You can follow Gennalie via her instagram account:  @genspens

Do check out her tumblr as well!: http://genspen.tumblr.com

 

All photos provided by Gennalie.

Journal Journey: Sharon (@ronnycakes)

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Hi Sharon! Tell us about yourself. What made you start journaling and when did you start?

Hi everyone! My name is Sharon and I’m a wedding photographer and calligrapher based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I started journaling in mid-2015 and I started mostly because of two reasons – I was very inspired by some journalers on Instagram and also because I had a lot of left over maps and ticket stubs from my trip to the US in 2014 and I was looking for something meaningful to do with all of it!

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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?

I’m currently using a Midori journal with 3 inserts – a monthly schedule insert,
a blank insert (for art and daily journaling) and I’ve recently picked up a weekly insert that I’m using as an inspiration/thought-log. I’m really enjoying it!

I don’t really look for anything specific in a journal, but I can’t stop talking about how much I love the Midori system for its flexibility and customizability. One thing I love about it is it gives you so many options for inserts and there will always be one that suits your style of journaling. Also, a leather cover will pretty much last you forever unless you’re like me (a straying eye) and find yourself wanting to collect all the colours…

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What can we find in your journal pages? 

I mostly post photos of my journal pages on my Instagram account (@ronnycakes) but this year some of my pages have also been published in a Taiwanese journaling publication alongside some other fantastic journalers that I am a huge fan of – so it’s definitely been exciting!

Can you share your journaling routine and journaling process? How often do you journal?

I usually journal at night, after my day’s work has been done, and if I have no other work to do for the day. Or if I’m feeling a bit lethargic and bored I’ll pull out all my supplies and have a field day playing with them.

For a standard art page, I’ll start off with sketching and painting in my illustration and then fill in the rest of the entry with stamps, washi tapes etc afterwards. I usually think ahead to how I want to arrange my page and work from there. I used to journal almost on a daily basis but I think I got bitten by the lazy bug! Now I journal maybe 3 or 4 times a week and paint even less than that!

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What are your favorite brands for journaling and why? Do you have favorite stores for supplies?
I don’t have a particular brand that I favor, I buy things based on aesthetics. I like interesting and whimsy designs – for example the La Dolce Vita range of washi tapes are one of my favourites!
We’re quite fortunate in Malaysia to have many stationery shops that cater to journaling and some of my favourites have got to be Stickerrific (@stickerrific), Tabiyo Shop (@tabiyo_shop_) and Scrap’n’Crop (@scrapncrop).

What are your favorite journaling tools?

My favourite journaling tools… that’s quite a tough one. I would have to say my watercolour sets, watercolour sable brushes, and TWSBI fountain pen.

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 What’s the best thing about journaling that you wish everyone knew?

That looking back on your journal gives you two things – a wonderful sense of accomplishment for all the pages that you’ve decorated, or done up (and for those who are like me – a sense of accomplishment for being able to stick to a hobby for this long!); and the incredible feeling of reading your past entries and remembering things that you’ve forgotten, or feelings that you’ve forgotten. I find that really meaningful.

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Any tips on how people can get started with journaling?

Just start! Before I took the plunge I would flip through people’s journals and tell myself I could never do what they do, but when I started then I thought – wow this is quite fun and therapeutic after all. And I re-discovered my creative side after journaling – which I think everyone will too! 

What is inspiring you right now in your journaling journey?
I’m inspired by the whole journaling community as a whole – I’m constantly in awe with everyone’s journal layouts!

 BONUS QUESTION:

 If you’re restricted to journaling using only 2 tools, what would these 2 tools be and why? 

Wow this is a REALLY hard one – I think I’ll have to go for my Pro Arte Sable Brushes and Holbein Portable Watercolour Set (customized by Stickerrific!).

Thank you very much Sharon! See more of Sharon’s beautiful journals in her instagram page: @ronnycakes. You can also check out her site: wilsonsharon.com/calligraphy.

All the photos in this post are from Sharon.

Read the other Journal Journey entries here.

Journal Journey: Ria of Imfeelingcraftytoday

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1.) Tell us about yourself. What made you start journaling and when did you start?

I’m a mom of 2 boys.  I love documenting our family adventures through scrapbooking and journaling.  I had kept a diary (from papemelroti!) when I was in high school.  I didn’t write everyday, only on those days when I had something interesting to write about my crushes. 🙂

After high school, I didn’t write much except during moments when I felt sad or angry.  Then, I realized I didn’t want to have a record of those sad/angry moments lying around for someone to read, so I stopped again. I picked up journaling again a year after my second son was born as a form of therapy to combat the stresses of daily life.  This time,
it was more than just a “dear diary” thing, because I added some art into it.

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?

I have more than one because I like to compartmentalize.  I have separate journals for food, patterns, travel, planner, recipe, bucket list,  #listersgottalist, etc.   I like buying journals with plain covers that I can personalize by adding stickers or stamping.  The binding is also important for me; I noticed that handsewn journals are better than stapled ones because they have less tendency to collapse.  The journal has to be able to withstand the wear and tear that stickers, watercolor and other materials can bring.  I almost never use lined paper.  I like blank pages that can handle even just a little watercolor. I don’t use the back pages because I don’t like bleed-throughs or show-throughs.

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3.) What can we find in your journal pages? 

I like documenting our family adventures.  When we travel, I journal about our trip by painting the places I visited and the food I ate and then I also write down my memories of the trip.  I like sticking the memorabilia like plane tickets, brochures, etc.  to make it even more authentic.  I’m also obsessed with drawing my meals.

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4.) Can you share your journaling routine and journaling process? How often do you journal? (What time of day you do it, your journaling setup in terms of materials, etc.)

I do my journaling late at night when everyone is asleep.  I can only work on my journal when it’s quiet and there are little distractions.  Doing it at the end of the day always feels like some kind of therapy to counter the stresses in my daily life.  My materials (stickers, pens, watercolor, stamps, inkpads) are all within reach so that I can start working immediately.

5.) What are your favorite brands for journaling and why? Do you have favorite stores for supplies?

For journals, I love using Labrador and the Hobonichi planner.  I also like using traveler’s notebooks from Traveler’s Factory and Airees Creates.  I use a lot of scrapbooking stuff from American Crafts, Kelly Purkey, Studio Calico and many more.  For stickers and stamps, I like buying from online stores like Saffy Tenten, Bee Happy and Hobby Depot.  I get project life cards from Life Documented Manila.  For items bought abroad, like from Studio Calico or Kelly Purkey, I join a monthly group buy hosted by my friend, Nicole Chua of Scrap Happy.  For physical stores, I love Lasting Impression in San Juan which has everything!!! National Bookstore and Scribe Writing Essentials too.

 

6.) What are your favorite journaling tools?

I like using acrylic stamps because they’re so versatile and reusable.  I am also crazy about stickers.  For illustrations, I use watercolor.  For writing, I just use a waterproof pen or any ordinary black pen.

 

7.) What’s the best thing about journaling that you wish everyone knew?

It’s a good way to record memories.  It always feels good to flip through an old journal and remember the past. It also inspires me to go out of my way to make my life more interesting to document.

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8.) Any tips on how people can get started with journaling?

Don’t think that you need fancy art materials to start journaling. All you really need is pen and paper and commitment.  You can start with something as easy as writing “A Word a Day” to describe how your day went.  Then you can move on to doing “A Sentence a Day” and more until such time journaling becomes a routine.  I recently started journaling in a planner; I love that the pages are small so there’s no fear of the big blank page or the fear of having to fill a huge space.

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9.) What is inspiring you right now in your journaling journey?

I follow a lot of journalers like you on my instagram feed. I always feel inspired to create after seeing other people’s work.  I also enjoy going on art tambays or any art event because it feels good to be around people who share the same interest.

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BONUS QUESTION:
If you’re restricted to journaling using only 2 tools, what would these 2 tools be and why? 

It would have to be my Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Sketch Box because you can do anything with watercolor like paint, do lettering, etc.  The other tool is a Uni-Pin fineliner waterproof 0.1 pen so that I am free to write as much as I can.

 

 

Thanks Ria! Here’s where you can find more of Ria’s art:

Blog: https://imfeelingcraftytoday.wordpress.com/

Instagram: @imfeelingcraftytoday

All the photos in this post are from Ria.