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. 🙂

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

Sunday Paper Travel Journal

 

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Japan has always been one of my family’s dream destinations. This year, we made a spur-of-the-moment decision and made our travel dream come true. I had to plan for our entire trip in three weeks!

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I used my Sunday Paper Travel Journal to jot down my plans for my trip. It has been my personal tradition to make a detailed illustrated itinerary for each new place I visit. I used the dotted and graph sections for illustrating the landmarks I planned to see. I was very happy that the paper is suitable for watercolour illustrations.

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I loved that the journal came with a canvas pouch so you can also bring your basic journaling kit in case you have time to do journaling on the go. I kept my travel ephemera (receipts, tickets, stubs, calling cards, maps, menus, etc.) in it as well.

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I put in 2 of my most favourite pictures from Kyoto and Osaka as souvenir photos to commemorate my trip.

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Travel Journaling Tips

  1. In some countries like Japan, there are stamping stations at famous tourist landmarks and train stations for decorating your travel journal.
  2. Collect ephemera in the form of travel tickets, menus, stubs, receipts, calling cards, maps and brochures. You can attach these to your journal to make it even more authentic.
  3. I like working on my travel journal before and after a trip. It’s more important for me to enjoy the place while I am there. I write down small notes about the highlights of each day in a notebook so I can journal about them when I am back home.

You can order your own Sunday Paper Travel journal here.

A Sticky Situation – Organizing My Sticker Collection

Stickers have always been one of my neglected craft materials because I’ve always been afraid to use them.  I would think they are “too pretty to use” or that “they might run out”.  Lately, I’ve been using them a lot in my art journaling and creative planning so I decided to put them all together in one place to keep them organised, thus easier to use when crafting.  I went through all my scrapbook stuff and gathered all my stickers together.

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A beautiful mess

Once I had them all scattered on the floor, I realized that they could be lumped into categories: planner, clear, label, illustrations, phrase and alphabet.  I’m putting them by category in  an A5 sized clear book, very handy to bring anywhere (an idea I got from my art titas, Rianne and Lai.)

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Planner stickers from Me and My Big Ideas

 

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Clear stickers look wonderful on photos.

 

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Label Stickers

 

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Sticker Illustrations – best for art journaling!

 

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Phrase stickers

 

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My new addiction: Alphabet Stickers

I ran into a bit of a problem when I saw that I had stickers that would not fit into the A5 clear book because they were 6 x 12.  I decided to just separate these sticker sets and place them in an A4 clear book instead.

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6 x 12 sized sticker sets

It’s so much easier to use my stickers now because I just need to take my A5 clear book with me whenever I journal.  Seeing all my stickers at one glance gives me a picture of how much I have already accumulated.  I’ve trained myself to think that going beyond one A5 clear book for stickers would be hoarding already.

How about you? How do you store your stickers?

Inside My Hobonichi 2016

 

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From a recent trip to Japan

I rarely splurge when it comes to planners, journals, and notebooks because buying an expensive one always puts me under pressure to keep its contents nice and pretty.  For some reason, I made an exception for the Hobonichi 2016 A5 Cousin Book (Spring Edition- April Start) which cost me around Php 2000++ through a trusted seller, Crafty Lane Ph. Original Hobonichi covers are expensive so I got my beautiful cover from Planners and Journals.

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Hobonichi Cousin A5 – Spring Edition

I love it! The Hobonichi planner uses  Tomoe River paper.  It’s so thin, almost like onion skin paper to the touch, and yet it’s strong enough to hold watercolour and most inks back to back.

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I DIYed passport stamp impressions.

That’s really awesome because I never write on the back pages of my journals to avoid bleed throughs and show throughs.  I also love how the Hobonichi lays flat, making it easy to write or paint on.  The graph lines help keep my handwriting straight and neat.

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I love drawing and traveling!

I purposely picked the A5 Hobonichi Cousin Book because of its size.  It also comes in A6 size, in English or Japanese, if you want it smaller.    I’ve been using my Hobonichi for making mini travel itineraries for places I want and hope to visit.  Right now, I have done 6 doodled itineraries, can’t wait to make it to #365!!!

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The first itinerary I made

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Made with Sakura Koi Watercolor and Unipin Drawing Pen

The ordering period for next year’s Hobonichi 2017 has already started this September.   You can learn more about their 2017 lineup in here.

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My latest work.

I had a really tough time deciding what planner size to get and for what purpose.  In the end, I decided on an A5 Cousin which I will use for  hand lettered quotes relevant to my creative life and a  Japanese A6 for my journaling.  What are your Hobonichi plans for next year?