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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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?

 

Journal 52

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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! 🙂

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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!

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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.  🙂

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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.

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Week 11 – Stars