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Journal and Planner Pages

Hello my dear friends! I am so sorry for being absent here on my blog the past few weeks. I was so busy with a project that I needed to finish at the end of June and I just could not squeeze blogging even if I meant to. Let’s just say that this is a pretty lame excuse for being  ‘a not so great blogger.’ 😀 Excuses aside, what I would like to share to you all in this post are my past journal and planner pages. My process has become simpler and quick and that is just the way I wanted it to be. No fussing or perfecting everything. Wabi-sabi, as what the Japanese call it. On my passport Traveler’s Notebook Like I said before, the tasks, lists, reminders, and to-do’s are not really date specific, they’re there to give me an idea on what I need to do on that week because I have a separate daily planner where I can list and track my progress each day. On my regular Traveler’s Notebook This …

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 …

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 …

Part 2: Past Art Journal Pages

As promised, here is the second part to my latest post on my art journal pages. I was consciously creating myself into being… I do not focus too much on how perfect I can make my pages. A simple reminder… The day I made this page, I was so shaken with some terrible news. It was literally fitting to put on the “be still” text. I expressed the feeling of being betrayed by a family; I couldn’t seem to forget what she has done to me and the chaos it’s caused to my immediate family, so I decided to write it all down here, found myself embarrassed when I opened the page the next day but didn’t think my feelings should be discounted. Instead of tearing the page apart (which I actually can’t ‘coz the other side has been art-ed already), I covered the words with gesso, and let it dry. I then drew two outlined faces. I aptly named the page “Duplicity.” The next day, I found myself thinking about my cousin again who …

Part 1: Past Art Journal Pages

I am at this moment looking back at the pages on one of my art journals that I did a few years ago and as I do that now, I realize how my art has in some way evolved from someone who was trying to copy my mentor’s art to someone who just did it for myself and for who I really am. If you’ve ever done an art journal, you probably know how hard it is to start each time. Every first page of each journal can be intimidating, but like always, with some inspiration from within, I came to create this first page on my Traveler’s Notebook (passport size) and made it a reference point on my future pages when I felt like I was out of ideas. “Who am I?” is a question I always ask when I do my meditation. Really, who am I? There are many avenues to approach this question. Am I my name, my body, my mind, and my spirit? But at the end of each session, I …

Traveler’s Notebook Page Entries for April

I have used my Midori Traveler’s Notebook for years now but I haven’t blogged thoroughly about it and why I love the system so much. For those new to this journal/planner system, this used to be called Midori TN and just recently they are solely called Travelers Company. It is a quality leather planner that has that awesome vintage look. There are two sizes, the regular (220mm x 110mm) and the passport size (165mm x 120mm) and can be filled with inserts that you can interchange as the weeks/months or years pass by. When I first bought this, there was one drawback, you can only use the inserts that was made by this company which is in Japan but since this system has become popular among the journal/planner community, many other companies started to make great versions of the inserts and the leather covers as well which make for a wider options and choice. Of course, there will be slight differences on the leather and paper quality. I have so far acquired three leather covers, …

Simple doodle journal 

Simplify. This was what I was hearing when I started the year with an art retreat journey. It may also be an after effect of months of meditation. This word may mean different things to others but to me, it is having serenity and clarity that may come from silence and quiet contemplation and a lot lot more like getting rid of extraneous things. Most importantly, it is to me at this point in my life, to create more simple art. Black and white on grid paper. Being known by peers on Instagram as a mixed media mail artist, this is quite a challenge to me. I play with colors so beautifully and making simple black and white journal… what? yes, I am doing it because it is what my soul is craving for right now. And for this reason, I started a weekly food and drink journal on my Travelers Notebook free diary grid insert. I chose food and drink because it is an appealing subject and attractive and seriously, I haven’t known someone …