Monday, July 28, 2014

Good mail days- Nice and unexpected "hellos"

I received some happy mail all the way from Canada and Germany this past week. It was nice seeing some new "hellos," especially when they were least expected.

Doris was so sweet to include some Braniff International stickers (from Midori's Limited Edition line) and washi tape samples within an order I recently purchased through her. We've been snail mail and Instagram buddies for a while now (see previous mail goodies from her here and here), and I always enjoy seeing how she uses her stickers and journals. I even had her as one of my guests on The Journal Diaries

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Journal Diaries- Stefany's Drawing Pads

The Journal Diaries is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek into the journals, notebooks, organizers, and diaries from people all over the world. (Click here for past posts.) My special guest today is Stefany from Chile.
- Tell us a little more about yourself. When did you start drawing/sketching and how long have you been doing it for?
My name is Stefany, but people call me Teffy or "Pequeña" (little.) I am 18 years old and I'm from Chile. Since I was a little girl I was interested in drawing and painting, but just when I was around 13-14 years old, I started trying "chibi" style. I think just this year I have got a result that I really like and I feel comfortable with. Also I have received a lot of love from different people who tell me that they like my artwork. That makes me happy  .

- When do you find yourself journaling? (When you're sad, happy emotional, nostalgic?) What inspires your artwork?
Mostly I write when I'm sad or extremely happy (when something incredible happens to me), but lately I have chosen to write everyday to remember the most of things I have done, because I have a very bad memory!

A lot of things inspire me, but mostly artwork from illustrators or photographers. I like to save pictures or photographs that have something particular that attracts my attention (like clothes, the angle of the picture, the pose of the person, etc). Also, I like to watch the details during my day so I'm usually inspired from different things.

- Where is most of your artwork created?
Mostly my artwork is created in my house, especially in my bedroom where my desk is located. This year I started to enjoy drawing in different places like in the bus, relatives' home when I visit them, in university or in some place that I could have a little bit of time for it.

- What are your favorite journals to use, and what do you like most about them?
My favorite journals to use are drawing pads or notebooks with different types of paper inside. I really like the comfort drawing pads give me when it comes to drawing. I like from my second notebooks that I can keep it full of memories or inspiring quotes with pictures, leaves, flowers, stickers, etc. My personal journal has a story inside through illustrations. It's about a friendship between a fox and a hen, and I find it very adorable .

- Do you carry your journals around or do you keep them stored someplace?
Right now I'm in another city so I bring them all, but I usually keep them in my desk. The ones that I always take with me are my drawing pads/sketch books, my agenda and a little notebook to write the things I have to do (I usually forget everything) or to write/draw some ideas. Also I take with me 2 little notebooks, one for sketches (ideas to draw) and the other one for vocabulary, I write words that I don't know their meanings from books I have read.

- What are your favorite stationery tools at the moment?
I think they would be my stickers sets, paper sets, envelope sets to do letters, different types of post-it (with different colours and some ones with "Rilakkuma" character on it) and paper clips. Also I like my scotch-band holder, it has a dog shape and my kitty stapler.

- Do you have any favorite stationery stores, shop or brand?
I don't know if I have a favourite store, but I really like some ones from my city (Temuco), they're "Casa&Ideas" and "Antártica." The first one I can get a lot of notebooks with different designs and pretty cute stationery things. The second one is a bookstore where I can get notebooks a little more pricey, but with a great quality (like my "Little Prince" agenda) and tombow pencils that are great for my drawings. Also I really like a district from Santiago (capital of Chile), it's Patronato where there are many stores with cute stationery things (mostly korean).

- Other than your journals, what are some of your other hobbies?
I think they're more than simple hobbies, but I love photography and doing craft. I always take pictures and I hope to improve everytime. Recently I got a new camera lens that I just love. About craft, I haven't had enough time to do things, but I hope to start doing it when I come back to home. I have bought a lot of tools and I have so many ideas that I want to do. Also I love reading so I can say that it's a "hobby" that I got a few years ago.


Thank you so much for sharing your sketchpads and journals with us, Stefany! And for all you wonderful readers looking to connect, you can keep up with Stefany through her Instagram gallery, @michitothehappiness, or through her blog here

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DIY Midori passport size inserts

1.) Cut out a 7 in. x 4.5 in. rectangle from any heavy weight cardstock design of your choice for the cover. (Mine were used from a paper pad purchased at Michaels.)

2.) Trace and cut out the same measurements above onto 12-17 sheets of paper of your choice. (I used creme colored parchment paper from this Barnes and Nobles notebook. It has a great texture that works well for sketching and for using gel pens.)

3.) Fold all of the cut out pieces of paper in half width wise and insert them within each other to form a booklet. Be sure to have your cardstock cover on top.

4.) Staple the spine of the booklet together buy using a long reach stapler.

5.) And now you're got yourself a new midori passport insert!

I like the idea if making my own inserts now as it gives me the flexibility to use whichever paper I like. Plus, when you're drawing and journaling on such a small amount of paper, these inserts can quickly fill up, so this is another way to help reduce my crafting costs. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Moleskine Home Life Journal

As I was shopping for a carry-on bag yesterday, I came across this Moleskine Home Life Journal. At first, I wasn't sure what to think of it. "Do I need it, do I not? Will I use it? Will I not?" But after thumbing through it, I realized that this could come in handy for my upcoming move. The fiance and I are packing up and settling into a new place next month, so this might be what I need to help organize all of the decorating ideas I have in mind. 

For the last month I've just been using my DIY midori insert for any new projects and organizing plans, but hey, this was on sale at TJ Maxx for $4.99! Couldn't pass it up. Plus, I've never used a real Moleskine planner before, so I figured this is the time to finally test it out for myself.
There are 6 labeled tabs already there for use, but in the back, which you can't see as it's hidden by the "inspirations" tab, are 6 more tabs that I can customize myself and make them into whatever I want. It even came with stickers in the back pocket that could be used as well. So as time goes on and I start to stuff this notebook with ideas, I'll let you my final thoughts.

Have any of you used a Moleskine Passion Journal? I saw that there was a travel one, too. Might have to look into that and see what the paper design looks and feels like. You can never have too many travel notebooks. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Good mails days- Incoming from Germany

I received such a pleasant package all the way from Germany a few weeks ago. I remember Victoria telling me that she was going to send me some "snail mail," but I totally wasn't expecting this:
A wonderful and fun package she called the "Summer Parcel!" Everything was so bright and colorful and nicely put together! My mouth practically hit the floor as soon as I opened it.

I took my time (as I do with all my mail) slowly going through each and every assortment Victoria had creatively tucked away into this little blue box, and I laid it all out to admire.
-  fresh smelling perfume samples
- a smooth and refreshing hand lotion
- cute cupcake liners and toppers

-Sparkling confetti fun!

- Strawberry flavored  mentos. Yum! (my favorite next to Haribo gummi bears.) 
- And this Marciso Rodriguez perfume, which smells so nice, sweet, and unique! Not only am I a notebook/journaling collector but also a perfume fanatic, so this definitely had me jumping with joy! I haven't smelled anything like this so far, and I've been wearing the heck out of it ever since I received it. 
And to add to this awesome summer theme, Victoria even included some "summer feeling" by carefully wrapping up some pretty little seashells. This whole package was just such a delight to go through! And in all honesty, this has inspired me greatly to think about putting together parcels for others myself. Just the feeling of joy and happiness that comes about from opening up a box of surprise is so much fun, so enlivening. It's similar to the feeling of opening up your birthday presents not knowing what what to expect, but you're excited nonetheless because you know it'll be something good, something that was put together with love and thought.

Thank you so much, Victoria, for such a generous summer parcel! (Yours is already on it's way, so let me know once it arrives!) This really made my summer that much better already!
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