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.

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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.

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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.

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Sometimes in paragraphs.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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! 🙂

Keepsake 2017 Planner

It’s December … the most wonderful time of the year when people begin to choose which planner they will use for next year.   Let me just quickly share with you one of the planners I’m using next year, the Keepsake 2017 Planner from Get Filed.

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The planner measures 7.5 x 5.25 x 7.5 in.  It comes with 100 gsm beautiful dotted white paper and is Smyth sewn.  It also has monthly inspirational quotes designed by Drew Europeo of Calligrafikas.

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And the best part … it’s undated! So you don’t have to wait until January 2017 to begin. I’ve been using mine since October!

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Although this planner can be used for planning, I’ve decided to turn it into a “keepsake” like its name suggests, a place where I can journal and jot down the tiny memories I have of each day of the year.

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Sometimes I write about the best part of the day, the things I did, things I bought,  new restaurants I have tried.  Anything, really.   No rules, no pressure.  I also like decorating the pages with stickers.

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Because of our ‘busy’ lives, it’s really challenging to commit to daily journaling.  I like doing it in a planner because there’s less fear of the big blank page and there’s less pressure to fill a huge space up.  It only takes me about 5 minutes to do my daily journaling in the Keepsake.

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It’s so therapeutic to see how the whole weekly spread comes together at the end of the week.  I’m excited to fill up this planner with a whole year’s worth of memories.

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You can order this planner through Get Filed or at Fully Booked.

I’m currently having a Keepsake 2017 Planner giveaway on my instagram.  Check the details here.

 

 

 

 

The stART Journaling Workshop

 

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Doing a workshop on journaling has always been one of my creative dreams.   As an introvert, I have always preferred working behind the scenes but I love journaling so much I was so excited to share my practice with others.  So, on August 20, 2016, my wish came true with the help of Craft Party Ph.

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We spent the morning documenting our thoughts, ideas, dreams and wishes in our journals.

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Thank you Costa Coffee, BGC, for providing us with an intimate venue with yummy snacks and drinks.

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Thank you Labrador Philippines for providing us with the M Stitch Journal (my favorite!).   To Life Documented Manila and Lasting Impression for sending in inspiring Project Life cards.

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Thank you to Bee Happy PH for sending in inks, colored pens, stickers and other embellishments for prettifying our journal.  To Scrappy Manila, whose scrapbook supplies are must haves for any journaling session.  To Hobby Depot, whose washi tapes and stickers helped to add more dimension to our journaling pages.

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Thank you to Kraft Kart for the lovely hand carved stamps and for giving away customized stamps for participants.

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Thank you to Saffy Tenten, for providing us with beautiful patterned paper.  To Marryl Crafts, who a raffled off a free seat for one lucky participant, sent us a lovely stamp set plus raffle prizes.

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Thank you, The Little Whisk Ph, for the yummy journal themed red velvet cookies.  To The Stationer Extraordinaire, who sent in 2 beautiful Strathmore Watercolor Journals as raffle prizes.

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Thank you to the ladies behind Craft Party PH… Mia, Nica and Fhely for believing in me and helping me to see the event through.

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To Fhely, Rissy, Trician, Sha, Mel, Tess, Anne, Sanaz, Rosebe, Dandee, Kim and Karla, thank you for spending your morning with me.  You have helped me make my dream of running a journaling workshop come true. Super happy to have met new art friends 🙂

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Super special thanks to my son Miggy for helping us prepare the kits and for taking our pictures.

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All photos in this post are credited to Mia Sison of Craft Party Ph.

Email me at Riadelara@yahoo.com for inquiries regarding journaling workshops, collabs and commissions. 🙂

 

 

2017 Scribble Planner

Have you decided on what planner to use for next year?  Just quickly sharing with you a bit of info about the 2017 Scribble planner by Filed and how I’m using it.

I just really love the cover … gold with rose quartz and serenity (pantone colours for the year 2016).

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The planner measures 8.5 x 6 x .75 inches. It’s Smyth sewn and uses premium white 100 gsm paper.   The planner comes in a lined weekly format.  Inside, you’ll see the monthly inspirational quotes hand lettered by Katrina Etong of @thewordaffair.  Her handwriting is absolutely beautiful!!

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The planner start date is Dec. 26, 2016. I really couldn’t wait till then to use it.  Though I’ve been journaling regularly for about 2 years now, I still find it hard to commit to journaling in dated notebooks.  So for this particular planner, I totally ignored the dates and worked on my entries, whenever I feel like it. I’ve been using it as an art journal to hold my list journaling.

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I’m also happy to find that the paper is also marker friendly.   I love using stickers for decorating.  Usually, I look through my sticker stash for inspiration when making my journal prompts.  I also like checking #listersgottalist on instagram by The Reset Girl for ideas.

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If you’ve been wanting to try journaling, try doing it in a weekly planner.  There’s less pressure to fill up a page.  You can try journaling in bulleted lists to make it even easier.

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I’m doing a giveaway of this 2017 Scribble planner on my instagram account.  You can check the details here.

You can order this planner thru www.filed.com.ph or at Fully Booked Bookstores.