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Monday, April 20, 2015

Say hello to my new everyday art journal. 

Well, I'm not sure if I should call it just an art journal as I wouldn't want to label & limit it as this one thing, but that's pretty much what it is, an everyday-carry-around scribble journal. 

This little notebook isn't committed to keeping track of all of the tiny details within the day, or recording those deep questionable thoughts. Instead, this little hobonichi journal is just my little place where I commit 5-10 minutes at the end of the night to unwind, recap, and do some self-reflection.

You know those ah-ha moments that come out of nowhere? Or those ideas and thoughts that make sense but you never knew why you didn't think of it before or act upon it? Well, I call those revealing moments your true inner voice. It's the you that really is but sometimes gets suppressed by the ego. And sometimes the ego is really good at convincing us that we're not creative, or that we "don't know how to draw or paint," or that journaling is "too troublesome" to commit to, and not for us.

It's natural that we all go through those times where we doubt ourselves, or doubt our abilities and talent. I know I have..lots of times. But you know what? Who's the judge? Who are we really creating for? Why the pressure? Why the comparison? Who cares if things don't come out as expected. Who cares if the drawing isn't perfectly sketched. Who cares if our ideas sound crazy. Who says that there is only "this" way or "that" way of creating? Just do you. Just do what works for you. 

Just because you have a journal/notebook/diary, it doesn't mean it has to be used in any particular way, or that it has to be used everyday in order to be effective.  There are no rules when it comes to journaling. That's what makes every journal unique and beautiful- Your own style.

So with that all being said, that's exactly what this journal is intended for. Just for pure, fun randomness. I'm committing to this new personal project of mine where I'll dedicate just 5-10 minutes each day creating and writing down the first thing that comes to mind. It can be anything from how I'm feeling, what I saw, what I learned, things I've heard, dreams and ideas, etc.

There's no set theme or style with this one. The goal is to just capture and create the feelings given at that very moment of the day, to just do me.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Over the weekend, I was greeted with this happy mail all the way from Japan. My Hobonichi planner had finally arrived! Considering that it came half across the world, it only took 5 business days to get here, which is great!

Okay, so I know that last year I wasn't exactly attached to the A6 techo size, but that was then. Now that I have a clear project goal, I'm thrilled to put this notebook to use! 

Just like my 2015 cousin size order, the planner came with a nice little pen and tissue holder. 

The journal cover I picked out for this year is this leather one (although I so badly wish this one was still available).The feeling of it isn't too much of a wow factor for the hardcore leather lovers, but still not bad.  Plus, can't go wrong with black.

More journaling project details on this soon to come!

Also, if interested, I did a video showing more of the cover here.

What are your thoughts of  the Hobonichi planner? Have you tried it, like it, use it? And do you have a favorite Instagram account, blog, or source of inspiration of Hobonichi users? If so, I'd love to know! 

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hope the new month of April has been filled with lots of fun and happiness for you! Spring here in Arizona is looking lovely as ever, and the weather is just great. I've been taking advantage of this beautiful season by being active and exploring more of the outdoors, hence the lack of posts. However, I'm still enjoying the interwebs and these inspiring links I think you'll enjoy just as much as I did:

- As of lately, I've been thinking about using a pocket size planner/ring binder as a wallet. Lucia's filofax flex is just how I imagined my setup to be. Her post showing how to add a midori within it is my current obsession! Oh, and if you're a "pinner," she's got a great board displaying more of her pretty pink flex.

- I guess I've got enough planners (for those that are counting), but I sure wouldn't mind this one by IL Bisonte.

- Have you tried a RoterFaden notebook before? I first heard about these from Yoojin's blog, and they look very interesting! What I love most about the concept is that you can use any of your own notebooks and store paper without hole punches.

- Alright you Midori fans! Who's anxiously waiting to get their hands on the new Pan Am Edition?

- Speaking of Midori, wish I was any one of these people at this traveler's notebook gathering. All the pretty pages!

- I feel like California has all the fun sometimes. First, there's Disneyland, then it's The Scrapbook Expo, and then there was Eunice's Inspiration Lab gathering at Baum-kuchen.

- Marcy's nice planner stack

- This Pen & Ink review is perfect for a newbie like me. Makes me realize that I seriously need to step up my pen game.

- Here are Seven Reasons to Learn Calligraphy

- Another amazing flickr account added to the favorites list. Those stacks of moleskines have my heart singing.

Happy weekend, friends! (Click here to see more crafty links)

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

For all my Instagram friends out there, does this picture look familiar? I shared this wonderful mail order that finally arrived a week ago, and now it's time for the big reveal-

Here it is! My new undyed leather journal cover in a 5.5" x 3.5" size, aka my new everyday traveler's notebook. Isn't the color just beautiful! Right when I saw this, it immediately drew me in.(Maybe because it reminds me so much of the beloved nude filofax.) I was so excited to start using this that I already have the set-up completed. (See here for more details.)

Looking forward to developing a nice patina over time with this one!

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