My 2018 Goals


Happy New Year everyone!

I love January because we all get a fresh start, no matter how good or bad the previous year has been.

I did a review of my 2017 goals and I realized I was not able to accomplish even half of them.   Maybe because I rarely checked my list throughout the year? Hahaha!

Anyway, I made a new list of goals for 2018 and it was really fun to jot down things I want to accomplish.  No hard core goals in there except for ‘Start a travel blog’ which is my ultimate dream ever!


Love making my Goals List with Christine Herrin’s Plan It Out Stamp Set

I also added numbers to make them as specific and measurable as possible (former teacher, hehe!).

Food is also important to me, so I made goals for that, too.   I’m also working on a set of goals about how my family and I can have healthier practices this year.


Can’t wait to cross out goals from my list


What 2018 goals are you working on this year?

Thanks for passing by, Happy New Year!







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.


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.


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.


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.

December Daily

I first heard about December Daily from Ali Edwards.   It’s about creatively “documenting the 25 days leading up to Christmas. ”    Every year, she and chosen designers come up with several kits for documenting the season.  Kit contents include scrapbook cards, stickers, ephemeras and more.  Instead of buying new Christmas themed kits, I decided to just shop within my own stash.  I was surprised to find that I had Christmas themed items from years before.


For this project, I mainly used stickers from Claus & Co. made by Simple Stories, scrapbook cards from Project Life and Simple Stories and Christmas themed stamp sets from Hero Arts.


I started by making my own Christmas themed prompts then searching over Pinterest for other prompt ideas.  On the last week of November, I started prepping the pages of my journal so that when the actual day comes, I will only just write.  Sometimes I wrote in lists.


Sometimes in paragraphs.


Some of the prompts I chose were embarrassing to share in public, so I decided to share them #beforethepen instead. 🙂


I really enjoyed making this Christmas project.  It felt really good to be reminiscing about my past Christmases as well as celebrating this current season.  Hope that you can try doing this simple project next season.

For a flip through of my favorite pages in my December Daily, go here.

My 2017 DIY Calendar

Last year, I had planned on making a calendar that I would sell and give as gifts to family and friends.  Because I was not very good in calligraphy or watercolor and with zero knowledge of Photoshop, I failed.  Anyway, I decided to just go ahead and make a calendar for myself in the best way I could, stamping!


The great thing about this project is that I used materials that I already had at home.  I bought the jotter pad from National Bookstore, the Concord & 9th script stamp set and Memento ink pad from Lasting Impression.


I decided on just doing quotes in a black and white color scheme to make it simple yet classy.


While I didn’t spend any money on this project, it did cost me 2 hours to make.    So, why did I go through the trouble of spending precious time on a project when I could just buy any calendar from the bookstore in a jiffy?  I love how it’s personal.  I specifically chose quotes that matter a great deal to me.  Every time I look at the monthly calendar, I feel inspired and motivated, no matter what circumstances I am in.

Have a great year ahead, everyone! 🙂

Journal 52

up away

Week 1 – Up, Up and Away

I joined this free art journal group, Journal52 recently and I’m having the best time ever.   Each week, a prompt is issued out for the group members to work on.  You can paint, draw, collage; you can use watercolors, acrylics, etc.  There is no pressure or deadline to worry about.    There are no rules except to have fun making pages! 🙂


Week 1 – Up, Up and Away

The group is currently on Week 40, but you can choose to start wherever and whenever. My goal is to make at least one page for each prompt.  I’m finding it hard to move past some prompts just because I like them so much.  Like for week 1- Up, Up and Away, I actually made 4 pages, hehe!


Week 1 – Up, Up and Away

Journal52 has a Facebook group page where members post their work for others to see.   You’re not required to post your work if you want it kept private.  For me,  seeing other people’s posted works is a good way to stay inspired.  It also feels good to connect with people who share the same passion and interests.  🙂


Week 2 – Somewhere, A Simple Place

I hope that you find the time to join Journal52.  It’s a good way to explore your art materials and to stay creative.


Week 11 – Stars