All posts tagged: 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 …

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Traveler’s Notebook users stamp their leather covers and thought of trying it on one of my leather journal covers (not originally made by Traveler’s Company) to see if I would like how it would look and how …

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 …

Incoming and outgoing mails for the month of August

Speaking of snail mail, August was a good month for me. I got many beautiful mails from all over the world. INCOMING And some others which I failed to post individually on Instagram —  on center is of a Korean painted houses, from my very best friend in Taiwan who went for a summer vacation in South Korea; the elephant card from Yiyi from France who went for a short trip in Thailand; and the map card when Shelley (who now lives in Australia), went home to visit her folks in UK. I am always thankful for friends who think of sending me postcards when they travel. Well, that’s what I usually do too. 🙂 OUTGOING Green mails because I wanted to take a break from the muted colors that I have made the past weeks. I wanted to try making this kind of mail because she loves kawaii themed stuffs. I hope this was kawaii enough for her. 🙂 Finally, I was able to send her a promised mail art. She’s one of the few …

Outgoing mails for the month of July

I never realized until now that I had a few incoming mail last July or did I just fail to keep count and organized? Nevertheless, here is a couple of mails that I managed to send. I love making vintage themed brown mails. On top is a plain brown (kraft) envelope that I purchased years ago at Michaels  and the other mail is a medium brown grocery bag that I bought at a dollar store.  I chose word stamps by Tim Holtz and stamped randomly on it using archival distressed ink stamps, also by Tim Holtz (I am huge fan, you can tell).  Added some washi tapes for contrast and for a more vintage look. I then glued on a scrap of paper for the addresses and added some matching stamps. For the larger mail (grocery bag), I machine stitched the sides to give it a more appealing look. These are just a small part of what I sent to two friends, one in Florida and the other in the Philippines. I made this folded Japanese paper …

Journaling as an active meditation

Of the countless forms of meditation we can use, journaling offers its own unique benefits. Most meditations help empty the mind of concerns and bring positive ideas from our mental landscape, but journaling helps us anchor that experience in the material world. Not every person is attracted to meditating in seated silence, and journal meditation is a nice alternative as an active meditation. It allows us to trace our journey and see where we have grown and what lessons we may be repeating. By employing a different part of the brain than creative or inspired thought, writing or typing a journal or art journaling can create a greater sense of connection and union with our physical selves and the world around us. I find putting my thoughts down on paper as an art or plain writing really helps me clear the clutter in my mind and in my soul. When I was younger,  I used to worry a lot about people reading my thoughts, and it kept me from truly expressing myself. Now, I don’t …