Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What's in my bag

The Contents:

#1- Water: I make sure to always have this with me. Living in the desert can really drain the life out of you...literally.
#2- Daily planner: I typically don't carry my Hobonichi planner around, but for the past few weeks I've been journaling in my free time. I realized that most of my creative thoughts reveal themselves during the mid afternoon.
#3- Wristlet wallet- A birthday gift from last year that I've been using ever since.
#4- Phone case- Loving my new Note 2 case. I might as well call this my wallet too.
#5- Gum- Always got to keep that breath in check, especially after some korean bbq. I really know how to pile on the garlic.
#6- Pens and roll-on perfume- These are a must.You never know who's contact information you're going to need or directions you'll have to draw out. And the perfume is for those pop-up dinners and Happy Hours after work.
#7- Snack- I keep a small bag of nuts or fruit with me to avoid binge eating. 
#8- Lip gloss- because I'm not much of a lipstick or lip balm kind of girl.
#9- Notebook- for those most random yet brilliant thoughts, quotes, ideas, and jokes.
#10- Keys- to make the wheels go round and round.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A new sketchbook

I've been full of ideas and random imagery as of lately so I picked up a new blank journal to work with. While I normally turn to my Traveler's Notebook, I decided that the Midori was going to be used mainly for just that- my travels and adventures, not random doodles and daily thoughts.
I like that these pages are a little wider than my Midori too so I can add more content to the book without having to feel like I'm squeezing things onto the page.
And although this sketchbook has plenty of pages to work with, I'm practically halfway through it. I only had it for about a month, and it's almost that time for a new one. Maybe it's the new Spring season or the change of weather (or my new meditation routine), but I've been spending a lot of my time in front of this journal just letting whatever comes to me flow out onto the pages. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

My new {second} galaxy phone case

Whenever I get something new, it actually takes me a while to start using it as I like to keep that "new" feeling there as long as possible. This applies to pretty much everything- clothes, shoes, purses, stationery, when I got my dslr. The only exception is probably with makeup, and that's only because most of them have expiration dates.

So I've had this phone case for months now and today is the first time I'm actually taking it out of the box and using it. Oh, geez. I literally waited until my other case fell apart in order to start using this pretty new one.

I liked my other case design so much that I wanted to reorder it again, but the seller didn't have it available, and while other sellers had that other design they didn't have it for my specific phone model, the Note 2. I found this one, though, on Amazon, and I like it so it's all good. The charm on it was what sold me, really. I couldn't find anything like that here at the malls or phone stores.

If you're looking for something with a similar design for your phone, you can come across a few by typing in keywords such as" girly samsung phone case," or "cute korean phone cases." That's how I stumbled across mine both times. Here's a seller that carries similar designs, but for the S3. 

And honestly, ever since I started using this type of  phone case with the credit card slots, I hardly ever reach for my wallet. I use the first slot for my ID and credit cards and the second for any rolled up dollar bills. It's so handy and convenient on those days that I just need to make a quick run to the store.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Journal Diaries- Franka's journals

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 Franka from the Netherlands. This is the first time she's shared pages within her journals, "like ever," as she had put it, so I'd like to really thank her for taking the leap and showing them all to us. Let's take a look!

Michelle asked me to do a guest blog and I was wondering what to post. I make lots of creative mail, just because I'm a huge paper and mail lover, but then I thought I'd share my journals, since Michelle is a keen journaller. I don't call them art journals, or scrapbooks or whatever, just journals. I don't use them as a diary though, I don't write how my day has been. But I draw, stick pictures, coupons, tickets or postcards in them, just stuff I'm collecting from daily life. I think in images, so it's the images that stick by me. And that's how I got to journalling. Just to remember special moments. From birthdays for instance, I always keep a piece of wrapping paper which I glue in, or folders from museums which I cut out. And I just journal in them as tickles my fancy. And they turn out to be a good memory. My kids love looking back at the holiday ones. And funny enough, we remember everything about our holidays, the feel of the weather, the colours, just by looking back at the journals even though there aren't any photographs inside them. It's my Project Life before that was even invented. Project Life the journalling way.

While on holiday, I will always start a fresh journal. I take a tin with me full of scissors, pencils, glue, stickers, watercolours, sticky tape, etc. As long as it fits inside a tin. And when I'm on my destination, I start scavenging for paper, ephemera and whatever I want to use in my journal! I always buy new pens or pencils when I'm on holiday, so no need to take to much with me. I decorate my journal from local shops. Like the blue one, from Italian wrapping paper which I bought while on holiday over there. 

So I'm sharing some of my favourite pages with you, hopefully you will be inspired to start your own journal!


Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful journal collection with us, Franka! And for all you wonderful readers looking to connect, you can follow Franka on her blog or on Instagram, @dinnisje

Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIY- Crafting stamps {guest post}

Blanca, a good snail mail friend of mine from Spain, is here today as a special guest. Let's take a look at how she creates some of her crafty handmade stamps which are perfect for decorating with, shall we!

What you'll need:
a carving block or eraser
cutting blade
pieces of cardboard as a stamp base

Draw triangle shapes onto the eraser with a pencil and then cut out the designs using the cutting tool. 

Glue the pieces on to the cardboard which helps create a stabilized pattern.

You can also group the triangles together to create a banner bunting stamp.

Have fun with it and start stamping away!

Thank you, Blanca, for showing us your wonderful DIY. If any of you have any questions on stamp crafting or designing, feel free to visit Blanca's blog or her Instagram, @caconetes.

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