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August 2016

TPJ Craftie Pick for August: Elka Bungay

August 31, 2016

TPJ Craftie Pick is an avenue for The Paper Junkie to feature fellow planner/journal girls and let readers get to know them better through answering a couple of questions!

It’s the last day of the month meaning it’s time for the TPJ Craftie Pick again! For this month, the planner girl I’ll be featuring is one of the people I look up to because of her very neat and dainty spreads. In her simple spreads, I really find the beauty in organizing and planning. What made me really admire her more was when I found out that she’s actually taking up medicine (hence the med on her Instagram handle, how could I have missed that in the first place? LOL).

Without further ado, I present to you the TPJ Craftie Pick for August, Elka Bungay!

  1. Hi Elka! Tell us a few things about yourself.
    • Hello!!! *squeals inside* I’m Elka A.K.A MintNMed on Instagram, a twenty-something year old (LOL), third year medical student, seasoned seller at Dolces Online, part-time calligraphy hugot queen, and registered pharmacist (queue in music, please: your love, your love is my drug). 
  2. What made you decide to pursue creative planning?
    • It was around November 2014 when I decided to document planning as a hobby thru Instagram. Being in my second semester of first year medical school, I was under a lot of stress and wanted an outlet that entailed a “no-brainer” activity. It was also during the time that I was coping up from a recent break-up and wanted to try new things. However, planning was not new to me! I’ve been using different brands of planners since grade 2 when I first got a blue-colored, Tweety Bird, pocket-sized organizer as a birthday gift. However, washi tapes, die-cut stickers, clear stamps, and journaling cards were not in my vocabulary, yet! But I sure had several Scrapbooking brand of foam die-cuts and shapes from the good ‘ol National Bookstore.
  1. What are the benefits of it to you so far?
    • Seriously, I realized how O.C. I am with things. Well, my pharmacy-related outputs back in college was graded therefore, I had to paste well, cut precisely, and write neatly on packaging inserts, labels, boxes, etc. I think it is beneficial to me for becoming a habit.

      As long as I have my lists on my planner, I am at ease that I will be able to accomplish things for the day, the week, or the month. If ever I do not, at least I have a tracker of what still needs to be covered. When I write daily on my journal, I can have a safe and sound sleep.

      Also, in this small community, I was able to gain friends from the online world with whom I can share my happiness, excitement, and disappointment on planner-related goodies.

      Excuse thy cheesy-ness here, syempre naka-move on ako. Teehee! 

    1. Who are your #plannerspirations?
      • My top and most favorite planner girl would be Isa or @isalcaraz on Instagram! I recall finding her on the explore section of IG and discovered out how this Cebu-based law-student could actually squeeze time for planning. She is such a sweetheart to take time to reply to my queries when I had the urge of making a planner account like hers.

        Ms. Doris of @thestoragestudio on IG would definitely be my runner-up. I love her vast collection of traveler’s notebooks and ring binders. She is the epitome of versatile and functional planning who can make both TNs and binders suit her needs.

        I am not a huge fan of mixed-media decorations (photos, doilies, stamps, stickers, etc.) on planner spreads, yet @chuchailovescrafts on IG makes anything pink seemingly enticing for my eyes! By the way, she has memory planning spreads which I like am envious of doing in the future.

    1. How many planners/journals do you currently have? (If more than one, please specify what each planner/journal is for and explain how you manage to keep up with it.)
      • I have accumulated four planners over the last two years and have destashed four, as well. Told you I do not have that much. My personal sized Camel PelleDori from Pelle Studio, who makes vegetable-tanned leather goods on Etsy, serve as my wallet/financial or OTG (on-the-go) planner. The TN itself has built-in card slots in front and secretarial pocket at the back. I keep extra cards, receipts, and cash with ease using a fabric Doridiva-like insert custom-made by @chrisella09 on IG. It also contains three notebooks for weekly planning that does not require decoration or neatly written schedules¸ bullet journaling and lists for errands, and financial tracker.
      • My personal-sized Filofax Malden in Kingfisher Blue serves as my main planner. It houses only Sew Much Crafting inserts I adore love so much! You would only know how premium they are when you have touched and used them. It has my month on 2 pages overview, week on 2 pages vertical inserts, some shop reviews inserts to be used when I am finally decided to put up my own blog, to-do lists, and a bunch of top-loading see-through envelopes for my most used  abused stickers mostly from Kraftrina and Fluffy Maru Designs on Etsy . 
      • I also own a personal-sized Aqua Filofax Lockwood for daily journaling on week on 2 pages inserts. It also has some beauty, fashion, and craft wishlists, a pile of personal stuff, and to-do lists again!
      • On the other hand, my personal-sized Aqua Filofax Finsbury is a “reliever” for KB Malden. But that does not mean it’s just a substitute! It is just too precious, knowing the color has already been discontinued.
    2. How would you define your style in designing your weekly spreads/planner/journal?
      • My planning style is minimalist with injections of kawaii & cutesy, fancy florals, pastels, and anything metallic foil in finish. I have streamlined my decorations when I recently switched to week on 2 pages vertical inserts from SMC and only writing what is necessary. 
      • P.S. I love white spaces on my planner spreads because it is neater that way, in my opinion. 
    1. Top 3: What are your top 3 planner essentials?
      • First on my list would be die-cut stickers—because I am such a lazy stamper. Next are washi tapes, who does not have a boat load of these? You have got to be kidding me! Lastly, PENS, pens, and more pens of course, which is why my hobby has turned into business and vice versa. 
    2. Top 3: What are the top 3 items in your wishlist?
      • Lamy Al-star Blue Green Fountain Pen with extra fine nib— Yasss! This 2014 released pen is making a come back already!
      • A non-existent, or must be on the way for production, pocket sized Filofax Malden in Kingfisher Blue.
      • Another pocket-sized Chic Sparrow, Foxy Fix, or Pelle Studio traveler’s notebook.
    1. For you, what is planner peace? 
      • Girl, planner peace is all about making your organizer work for you. So let me put in…work, work, work, work, work, work. Thanks Riri!  It is something I have discovered since I both have the traveler’s notebook and ring binder types of planners. Seriously, I can plan on either or both of it. You really have to put the effort of adjusting it to your needs. Both types share the flexibility of mixing in notebooks or inserts accustomed to my planning style. 
      • Thus, it is when choosing a planner precedes planner peace. During the past years, I have learned that the reason why I am not able to constantly use a planner is because I chose the wrong kind. It might be because I was enabled by a friend to buy it from the bookstore, decided to collect Starbucks stickers, or wanted to buy something one-of-a-kind by ordering the Korean-made planners, with picturesque shots of Paris or New York, online.  
    2. If there’s one planner stuff you can’t live without, what would it be?
      • PENS! The ultimate multi-tasker for planning and school. ‘Nuff said! Haha! 
      • Geez… I realized this was a hard question. Can I add Sew Much Crafting inserts, too? Please, let us make this an exception. Once you go SMC, you will never ever go back to your old inserts again!
    Elka’s answers were so detailed for each question that it actually felt I got to know her a bit better! I hope you had fun reading too! See you next month! 
    Be social with Elka! Instagram 
    Disclaimer: Planner photos are not mine. They were submitted to me by Elka for posting purposes. I edited the banner image. 

    My (BuJo)urney + Tips for Starters

    August 23, 2016

    I’ve been meaning to write about my journey into Bullet Journaling (BuJo) in a Filipina perspective. Let’s face it, there are a lot of BuJo Junkies all over the world but only quite a few here in the Philippines. As of writing, our Bullet Journaling PH group has 254 members, a few of which are also foreigners.

    I’ve been asked a lot in the group and outside about some advice and tips I can give for people who would like to get into BuJo that’s why I took the time to write down my BuJourney and some tips for beginners!

    So… First things first!

    How did I learn about BuJo?

    I actually can’t remember anymore if it was on Instagram or on Pinterest. But as early as January or February of this year, I already know what it is. I’ve been wanting to try it since I found out about it but I was so engrossed with creative planning back then because I was just a planner newbie. I didn’t want to try it out immediately without reading more about it, viewing a few spreads, and watching BuJo tips and tricks on the internet.
    For those who don’t know about it yet,  Bullet Journal, or BuJo for short, was developed by Ryder Carroll. According to the website,

    “The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.”

    When did I ACTUALLY start with my BuJo?

    You’ll prolly laugh at me when you read this part. I bought my Leuchtturm1917 notebook back in April and I actually started LAST JUNE. Crazy right? I was too scared to take the risk of not being able to get it “just right”. I was afraid I might screw up my first ever BuJo. I didn’t even open it until our Planner Girls from the East (PGFTE) meetup! But once I started, I could not stop!

    What are the tools I use for my BuJo?

    Tools actually vary depending on a person’s preference. But the basic would be any notebook and a pen! As for me, I use:

    • Leuchtturm1917 (Dotted) –  I bought this in an all-Leuchtturm shop in Turkey last April. It surprised me that the price, when converted to Peso, was 50% cheaper than the Leuchtturm notebooks being sold here in the Philippines. 
    • Faber Castell Water Color Pencils – Since I discovered how fascinating these watercolor pencils are
    • Frixion Markers – I bought this erasable  markers at a cheaper price from a destash in a planner group buy and sell on Facebook. Whenever I want light colors in my BuJo, I use this.
    • Ruler – Any ruler will do but I prefer a six-inch one.
    • Pilot Petit Fountain Pens – I currently have two colors which I use from time to time to practice my handwriting.
    • Dong-A Hexa Plus Pens – Dong-A Hexa Plus Pens in different colors have always been my go to for colored pens.
    • Uni Ball Eye Micro – I love this pen all because it fits right in my hand and it’s fadeproof and waterproof!
    The ones mentioned above are my BuJo staples. I do use stamps and inks once in a while when I’m in the mood!

    I’m in the Philippines and I don’t have access to a good notebook. Where can I buy them?

    This is a question that’s been asked a lot in our Bullet Journaling group. Leuchtturm1917 and Moleskine dotted notebooks are kinda rare here in the Philippines so people end up wondering where they can buy other notebooks for BuJo. Our group members have been very generous and been so much of enablers, posting awesome notebook and pen finds in our group. Here are a few notebook shopping tips for BuJoers and BuJo starters here in the Philippines:
    • Victoria’s Journals –  Dotted notebook that can be found in National Bookstore; A5 costs P179 ($3.84) and the small one costs P109 ($2.34) for Soft Covers. For Hardbound Covers, Price is P149 ($3.20) for the pocket size and P239 ($5.13) for A5
    • CD Notebook – Grid notebook for P779 ($16.75) Available in branches of National Bookstore
    • Traveler’s Notebook (TN) Dotted Inserts – Noted Journal PH sells two kinds of dotted inserts, a BuJo inspired dotted one for P150 ($3.22) and the normal dotted which costs P110 ($2.37). Aside from that, CN Paper Crafts also sells it with price varying from P80 – P260 ($1.72 – $5.59) depending on the size.
    • TN Grid Inserts – You can buy grid/graph inserts from Noted Journal PH for P110 ($2.37) and from CN Paper Crafts for P80 – P260 ($1.72 – $5.59) depending on the size.
    • Dotted Journals from Daiso – This only costs P88 ($1.89) and is a good buy!

    How is it going so far?

    So far so good! I love how flexible this system is. I transformed my work planner into a BuJo although it already has a fixed spread (I have a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Giving Journal for work). The thing about BuJo is you can change it any way you want according to what works for you and what doesn’t, unlike planners with fixed layouts.

    I’m persistent to continually have a BuJo for the next years of my life. Ever since I started, the only question I have repeatedly asked myself is how did I ever live without this? My BuJo has helped me so much in being consistent with habit tracking and organizing my life.

    What advice can I give to BuJo starters or those who want to begin their BuJourney?

    1. Buy a notebook and pen. Doesn’t have to be fancy at all. Just the notebook you think will be enough to guide you as you discover the way of BuJoing.
    2. Visit That’s where most people start. Forget about the colorful spreads and drawings first. It’s good to start with the basics!
    3. JUST START. This is where most people fail. They try so hard researching on and on and on that they don’t really start immediately (I was so guilty of this!!!). Trust us, you’ll get by and later on discover what spread or notebook or anything fits your needs.
    4. Don’t do everything all at once. Start with doing just to do lists (we all started this way), then goals, notes, and later on explore future logs, collections, and other possible spreads you can add.
    5. Once you get the hang of it, you can scour Pinterest for inspirations. (Here’s my Pinterest board for it)
    6. Aside from Pinterest, there’s Youtube and Instagram too! You can just search for videos and the hashtag #bujo or #bulletjournal!
    I hope I was able to help out in a way! I’m trying to explore more options and possible spreads I can do with my BuJo. I haven’t fully explored all the possible stuff I can put into my BuJo but I’m taking my time to do so! Oh, btw, if you’re a Filipino in any part of the world, a BuJo newbie or BuJo expert, feel free to join our Bullet Journaling PH group on Facebook! [Click here!]

    Next time, I’ll let you guys have a sneak peek of what’s in my BuJo and how I BuJo! 🙂