All posts filed under: Art

My Journaling Week at a Glance

Hello everyone! It’s been days or weeks since I last posted about my journals. I am now logged out on all other social media networks, so, I thought of sharing them here. I decided to join a doodle challenge for this month since I have this one last page on my regular Traveler’s Notebook monthly insert that I didn’t have any use for, doodling on it seemed fitting because it would be a shame if I don’t finish this insert before I put it in the archives. And then I got this two new Taroko insert in passport sizes and decided to use one for my mini lists, because why not? I love making lists! On my weekly passport sized insert is where I write to-do’s, errands, and reminders for the week. The lists are not specific to the days/dates. On my weekly Midori Notebook is a simple journaling of my days. I am ready for June’s calendar page on my Midori B6 Slim notebook. I always do art on my pages a week or …

How I Use My Black Dokibook 

While I mostly enjoy using my Traveler’s Notebooks and love the thought that there is so much that I can do on it, I do feel like I sometimes need a quick change of journals/planners, just like how you want to step outside for a quick change of scenery. For that reason last year, I bought a cheaper version of those ring bound planners from the makers of Dokibook which is based in Hongkong. I decided to get the black textured cover with gold dots and elastic band and it already came with a dashboard, dividers, plastic pouches, and a transparent plastic ruler, all for just $24.00 plus SH, a total of $32. Not bad for newbie user like me, right? And it’s about time that I show how I use it. I bought a couple of paper packs that I can use in it from a seller in Hongkong through eBay for $2.49/style with 40 leaves per pack and I love how cute their designs are. I wanted my pages to be minimal yet …

Junk, Stamping, and Bullet Journaling

A few days ago, while I was keeping and organizing my Traveler’s Notebooks, I found a half-finished insert that I started last year for my doodles but totally forgot about it, and thought of how I would incorporate it in my current planning and journaling system. The idea of using it for junk journaling excited me because I have tons of ephemera that I intend to use all up. So, what is it? basically, you know all those ticket stubs and receipts and things that you should throw away but don’t want to? this is the place to put these items. I’d call this a type of scrapbooking, but it requires less time and effort. There is no need to over think on layout and what your focal point would be. On another note, I’ve seen on Instagram how Traveler’s Notebook users stamp their leather covers and thought of trying it on one of my leather journal covers (not originally made by Traveler’s Company) to see if I would like how it would look and how …

National Card and Letter Writing Month

Did you know that April is… yes, card and letter writing month? cool, right? And this is the first time I’m joining in because I thought it would be the best time to get caught up with reply mails, get in touch with family, long time friends, and enemies perhaps? 😀 So, here is a peek at what I’ve sent so far. First on my list is for an aunt who turned 84 yo on the 31st of March but I forgot to send a card on time, as the saying goes… it’s better late than nothing at all. And of course, postcards for myself, immediate families, and for my best cousin. Moving on to reply mails for penpals.   I also got this pretty parcel from the official Write_On campaign site. They are still sending letter writing kits to those interested. So, go on ahead and grab one out for yourself if you want to hop in. It’s not too late. If you are a bit lost on what to write, here are a …

Pretty Snail Mails From The Past Months

Hello lovely friends! It’s been a while since I posted incoming pretty mails. So today, I want to share and show you all the mails that I’ve received over the past few months. The newest mail is from my sweet little friend in Malaysia, XinNing. Look at the details on this pretty pink envelope. I truly love the gold wax seal with the Chinese characters. Enclosed were these beautifully made mini envelopes and cute flake stickers. I am also in love with the stamps that she’s put on. From THE NETHERLANDS: I also received a surprise mail from a long time IG and pen friend, Margit.She knows that I love Buddha cards/postcards and this one certainly made me happy. And what a wonderful set of stamps… From INDIA: One of the surprise mails was from Tripthi. I love all the details on the cards, postcards, and the envelope. The stamps that she’s put on are also full of details. This handmade card is from a long time post-crossing friend, Madhura. I am so attracted to the simple and abstract …

Stillness: Its Beauty And Power

Today, I am grateful for the beauty and peace that I’ve found in the gift of stillness. Stillness is different from solitude, different from loneliness, different from turning off the TV, radio, phones, or stereo or speaking softly. Stillness is a place you can find in the desert or in the mountains. You can find it when you’re alone or when you’re in the midst of peace. You can find stillness wherever you are, whatever you’re going through. Stillness is a place within you. Slow down. Breathe deeply. Get quiet. Become familiar with stillness. Take time to learn its power. From that place of stillness, the right action will emerge and you will find your next step. From that place of stillness, you can move into the present moment. There you will find your power, and there God will find you. ~ Melody Beattie And in light of this, I am sharing a couple of digital postcards that I’ve created. You can download, print, and send to family and friends, or you can keep them, …

Tutorial: Vintage Themed Mail Art

Hello everyone! I’ve been asked many times if I have a you tube channel or blog for tutorials on my mail art and art journals. Sadly, I am not good at making videos… yet. I hope this tutorial will help those who want to start on mail art. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions by leaving a short comment below. Thanks! First, gather the materials that you will need. Envelope/s Scrap papers (best if they look vintage) Old book pages Washi tapes Glue and applicator (optional) Old/used plastic card Paper underliner (I use wax paper) 1. Start by choosing what type of envelope you want to use. For vintage themed, it is best to use Kraft ones as they look more vintage than plain whites. 2. Look for scraps of paper. Here, I chose brown colored and torn pages from a Trader Joe’s catalog, old book paper, floral gift wraps, cream print paper from my stash tray. 3. Choose washi tapes that will fit the theme. I used tapes …