Hello Hobonichi!

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4 A6 Techos and 3 A5 Cousins

Ahhh, seeing  the new 2019 Hobonichi lineup  brings back fresh memories of my first Hobonichi Techo which I bought in 2016.   It’s been three years, and every year, I look forward to buying a new one.

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A page from my #riatriesillustration project in an A5 Cousin

The Hobonichi uses Tomoe River paper, so it’s quite strong enough to handle watercolor and most types of ink.   Even fountain pen ink!   I’m actually using my A5 cousin as a watercolor sketchbook.

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Love painting food!

I use my A6 for daily memory keeping so I’ve been loading it up with calling cards, photos, and stickers to help me remember past events.

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Happy memories from 2017

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This is why it gets so fat!

End of year, it gets really fat and chunky, but it can still stand on its own without collapsing.

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The OC in me is actually bothered by the chunkiness!

This year, I bought the Japanese A6 to save a few pesos, but I struggled with it because the days were in Japanese!

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Japanese Techo has no English days

Some tips:
1.  Other than for planning, you can use the Hobonichi as a journal or an ordinary notebook.

2.  Buy the English Techo if you’re going to be looking at the dates.

3.  If you’re starting out, best to start small with the A6. The A5 can be so big, there’s a lot of pressure to fill it in.

4. Don’t want it to get chunky?  Get the Avec.

5. Save money and skip the covers and other accessories (like I do!)

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I resolved to use stamps more to reduce the chunkiness.

You can order directly through the Hobonichi website but here are other local options I have tried:
1. Crafty Lane
2. Mommy Jets Little Japan
3. Scribe Writing Essentials

I’m only getting the English A6 for now to use as my 2019 daily memory keeping journal (third straight year!). How about you?

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#riatriesillustration Project

Hello!  Today I’d like to share a few bits about a personal project I started last year.   I want to improve on my watercolor and illustration skills so I’m trying to make a year’s worth of watercolor illustrations (so ambitious!).   I’ve been tagging my work online as #riatriesillustration .

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I’ve been using the Hobonichi 2018 A5 planner as a watercolor sketchbook because I didn’t want to buy expensive sketchbooks.   I don’t want to feel pressured to produce masterpieces.   Just really glad to know that Tomoe River paper can hold its own with watercolor.   For my palette, I have the Sakura Koi 18 watercolor set.

I always paint with a reference photo from the internet.   At this point, I don’t think I’m ready to work from my imagination. 🙂

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I paint at night when everyone has gone to sleep.   At first, I was able to paint daily until life got in the way.   Now, I’m lucky if I get to paint at least once a month (!!!).

Some days I felt really happy with what I’ve produced, and some days, my work is just so ugly, it makes me want to give up, hehehe.

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Hopefully, with practice comes progress. I can’t wait to reach Day 365. I’m so excited to see how my work has progressed from Day 1.

I did a flip through of my first 31 days.  Hope you can check it out here.

Do you have a similar project going on right now?  Let me know in the comments. Thanks for dropping by!

 

Rhodia Goal Book: A Review

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Rhodia Goal Book in Iris

I’ve been wanting to try the Rhodia brand of notebooks because I heard they were good for fountain pens.

I bought a Rhodia Goal Book from Scribe, here in Manila.  It came in so many beautiful colors and it was really hard to decide but I finally settled on the Iris.   I love touching its soft leatherette cover!

The Goal Book comes in A5 size with 240 pages: 224 numbered dot grid pages, a table of contents, and undated annual and monthly calendars.  It also has an expanding inner pocket at the back.

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The Rhodia Goal Book as My Common Place Notebook

The Goal Book is fitted with premium 90 g. ivory, vellum paper.   The paper is so smooth to write on.   I used my Pilot Kakuno Clear Fountain Pen with a F nib and Versamagic inkpad in Midnight Black.   Love how there is no bleed through and the show through is very minimal.

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No bleed through

I decided to use my Rhodia Goal Book as a Common Place Notebook.  It’s basically a journal where you can jot down notes that you think you can use at a later time.  I read a book by Regina Brett recently and I decided to copy the passages I liked into the Goal Book.

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From Regina Brett’s book: Be The Miracle

If I could change anything about the Rhodia Goal Book, instead of being orange, I wish that the ribbon markers and elastic closure matched the notebook color.   I love this journal so much.  Stationery lovers, grab yours now!

You can check out the Rhodia Goal Book in detail here.

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Summer Journal Prompts

Sharing with you a set of journaling prompts I created for my Summer Daily Journal project.  Hope that these prompts can help you jumpstart your own journaling about the summer season.

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I’ll be sharing pages from my Summer Journal next week on my instagram.   Hope I can inspire you to start your own Summer Journal too. 🙂

P.S.
Check out my Blogpost for the Gossamer Blue Blog where I’ve shared about how I made my Summer Journal.  All supplies used in this project are from the Gossamer Blue April Main Scrapbook kit.

Dotted TN Insert from Yumi Journals

Here’s how I’ve been using my Dotted TN Insert by Yumi Journals.   I received mine from The Stationer Extraordinaire.   It comes in 85 gsm, ivory dotted paper, perfect for people who love to do bullet journaling.  It fits any regular sized Traveler’s Notebook.   And, the best part ….  it’s fountain pen friendly, yay!

I’m always drawn to journals that have a plain cover.   I decorated it with a piece of chipboard from the Gossamer Blue Feb Life Pages kit.

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The cover is in Midnight.

I’m using this journal to help me organize my creative life.   Because one of my creative goals is to write at least 20 blogposts for 2017, I used the first page to jot down ideas.   I really enjoy writing things down;  it helps me to remember ideas better.  Love how the dotted paper makes my handwriting look neater.

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I love using ephemera and stickers on my journals.

I also wrote down the museums/art spots I have visited and plan to visit.  I feel quite proud of myself for thinking of an icon system to differentiate each item. A shaded circle will indicate that a blogpost has already been done, a circle with a dot inside means I have been to that art spot, while a blank circle means I have yet to visit the place.

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Written with a Kaweco Fountain Pen

On the next pages, I plan to write about other things relevant to my creative life like workshops/classes to attend, craft project ideas and many more.

You can order your own Dotted TN Insert by Yumi Journals here.

Ephemera and stickers I used in this project are from the Gossamer Blue February Kits.  You can order these from here.