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TPJ Craftie Pick for November: Empress Rome Dela Cruz

November 30, 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!

This month’s Craftie Pick is one of the first few planner girls I’ve followed during my noob times in the planning community. I have also brought a kit from her last February and I even wrote about it here: TPJ Reviews: Planner Lookbook Kit. I’m pretty sure a lot of people know her already. She’s @empressrome across all her social media handle and no, that’s not just a pseudo-name. It’s her real name!

Get to know Rome more in this month’s edition of TPJ Craftie Pick!

  1. Hi Rome! Tell us a few things about yourself.
    • Hey there! I’m Rome a cray-cray mom to Brielle and a weirdo wife to Pao. I go by the handle @empressrome all across my social media accounts. I’m a moon child who’s very into flowers, hearts and everything pretty (to my eyes – LOL). I love crafting, doing DIYs, and upcycle old stuff since elementary (though I didn’t know that I was already crafting, all I know was I enjoy making them). ♥
  2. What made you decide to pursue creative planning?
    • I decided to get into creative planning simply to infuse my love of crafting with planning.
  1. What are the benefits of it to you so far?
    • It definitely helped me get my schedule organized and see how are things going: in terms of the mom and wife duties, home, small business, and everything in between but on top of that, it gives me a time off to destress, relax and hone the itsy bitsy creativity in me.
    1. Who are your #plannerspirations?
      • I have several planner girls that I stalk on Instagram and you tube and my top faves are:
        • Belinda Selene – I have always been her fan! Watching her videos made me purchase a Mambi Happy Planner which (of course) I didn’t regret on buying.
        • Jessica of MrsMomNextDoor and Kiara @PaperPrincess; I love their planner set ups!
        • LoveCynthia- a Filipina based in Paris. I have always been her fan prior the creation of the happy girls and I miss her commissioned works posts. I love how she creatively take photos in her Instagram feed.
        • And last but never the least, fellow Filipina planner girl, Belle Fenix @the_craftroom_project her spreads, crafts and planner set- ups are all so inspiring; It’s like a ‘one-stop hub’ if you want to get yourself inspired with your planner.
    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 very few planners that I try my best to switch to every month; but what I normally use regularly are:
        • one Personal/Medium-sized planner for my over-all planning; expense tracker, chores, and the like
        • undated Mambi Happy Planner- Overview of my day’s to- do’s aaaand lastly,
        • hardbound NBS notebook that I have for years now which me and hubby fondly call ‘the book of ideas’ Bwahahahaha! 
      • But here’s a few of the planners I own:
        • Kate Spade Pink Bonnet
        • Kate Spade Mikas in Cliff Grey
        • Kate Spade Wellesley in Ballet Slip (still in transit–lol lol lol)
        • Kate Spade Wellesley in Black
        • Kate Spade Wellesley in Cabaret Pink
        • Kikki k Medium Mint Perforated Planner
        • Kikki k Limited Edition Medium Gold Planner
        • Webster pages Color Crush in Blush – current planner in use
        • DIY Mambi Happy Planner –  current day one page planner
        • Undated Mambi Happy Planner
        • NBS hardbound notebook a.k.a book of ideas (lol)
    2. How would you define your style in designing your weekly spreads/planner/journal?
      • Decorating my planner spreads/planner set-up is dependent on two things: my mood and available items on my stash thus my style is “anything goes”. I use decorative stickers on a minimal when there’s a handful to write and decorate my heart out when there’s not much to write on. Also, I am still in search of my “signature” designing style like when you see the spread, you’d know it’s Rome’s but uh-uh! Don’t have that just yet or maybe will never have. LOL.
    1. Top 3: What are your top 3 planner essentials?
      • I can’t start planning without stickers, washi tapes, and frixion pen/s. Once, I tried to jot on my MAMBI the things I need to accomplish in the next hours but would you believe that I just couldn’t write anything without a piece of sticker or washi tape on it. So, it took me another 30 minutes to one hour just to write the to-do’s. (I’m sure, only planner girls would understand.)
    2. Top 3: What are the top 3 items in your wishlist?
      • Kate Spade Stripe 
      • Webster’s Pages Traveler’s Notebook in Blush. I don’t have any TN hence I would like one. 
      • More, more time to craft!

    1. For you, what is planner peace? 
      • Planner peace is a long term process that is somewhat hard to obtain for most planner girls especially that our needs constantly change; but for me planner peace is not just finding the right planner per se but the right system that you may find yourself more productive. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a notebook with bullet format or TN with hyperdex or ring binder with decorations. As long as you feel happy and you see yourself more productive then you probably have found your planner peace.

    2. If there’s one planner stuff you can’t live without, what would it be?
      • I could’t live my planner life without stickers. Stickers then (in highschool), stickers now.  Stickers forever. ♥
    I hope you had fun reading Rome’s answers!
    Disclaimer: Planner photos are not mine. They were submitted to me by Rome for posting purposes. I edited the banner image. 


    TPJ Craftie Pick for October: Ade Singson

    October 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!

    For the month of October, let’s get to know a fellow Filipina planner/crafter who’s well known for her creative clips and stickers. I have purchased from her once already and I can say that she is one of the kindest and most down-to-earth planner girl and seller I know (virtually, well, I haven’t really had the chance to talk her personally but I sure hope I can soon).

    This month’s Craftie Pick is Ade Singson, planner and crafter girl, and owner of My Purple Attic.

    Get ready to know her better!

    1. Hi Ade! Tell us a few things about yourself.
      • Hi!  I’m Ade, a wife, a mom (to a 14 month old little boy) and a crafter/planner by heart. I love crafting and planning which I only get to do during my free time or at night since my day is usually spent taking care of my little man. My favorite color is purple (any shade) but the colors pink, mint, and gold will always hold a special place in my heart. I also love shopping (a lot!) thus, I hoard (a lot! and I’m not really proud of it).
    2. What made you decide to pursue creative planning?
      • I have always been a planner user. I started using ring binders way back in college. Then when the use of technology like mobile phones kicked in, I dropped having a physical binder to keep track of my schedules – until I realized that I’m really better off writing everything down on paper than typing it in my phone. Writing things down make me remember things better.  Thus, my love for planners was rekindled. I started creative planning three years ago and my love for it hasn’t died down. I guess it’s my love for crafts and being able to incorporate my creativeness into my spreads made me decide to pursue creative planning.
    1. What are the benefits of it to you so far?
      • Whenever I sit down and decorate my spreads, I get to have my “me time” and get to destress and relax a bit. I usually tinker with my planners when my little man is already fast asleep. This way, I get to have my quiet time and just get lost in my little world of washi tapes, stickers, stamps, colorful pens, and inks.
      1. Who are your #plannerspirations?
        • There are A LOT of creative and amazing planner girls whom I follow on IG, but since I started around 2013, these are the girls who have inspired me to get hooked and love the world of planners. I enjoy not only their planner spreads but also their creativeness, craftiness, and amazing IG photos 😉
          • DIYFish
          • HappieScrappie
          • TeddiConfetti
          • LoveCynthia
      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 currently have 2 personal/medium planners (a Filofax Purple Malden and a Kikki.k Perforated Mint). A pocket Filofax Ochre Malden. 2 Midori Traveler’s Notebook (Brown and Blue), a Happy Planner, a pink jeans Pelledori and a collection of cloth doris 🙂
          • Filofax Purple Malden (Personal) – My Purple Malden is my main planner.  It is the only planner I really use.  It keeps all of my schedules, appointments, daily activities, shop sales, as well as my family’s activities.  It’s my go-to planner.  But since I already carry a lot of baby stuff in my bag, I don’t usually bring my purple Malden with me.
          • Filofax Ochre Malden (Pocket) – I use this as my wallet.  This is where I put all of my expenses, IOUs, To buys and notes.  I have this with me everywhere I go 🙂
          • Happy Planner – I started using the Happy Planner when it was first released.  I used it to keep happy memories of my growing little man.  But after a few months, I just had to ‘let it go’ since the space won’t allow me to put in all the photos I want to include.  I still have my Happy Planner with me but it is now kept on my shelf with just a few months of memories in it.  I have since then moved on to Project Life to document my little man’s growing up years.
          • My TNs and doris – I haven’t really used up all of them.  They’re just on my shelf.  Some of them, I use to keep swatches of my ink pads (haha!).  I was supposed to use my Blue Midori for the travel logs of my little man but failed 🙁  I know I have to start using them sooner or later.
      2. How would you define your style in designing your weekly spreads/planner/journal?
        • I’m more of a functional/simple planner.  I don’t really put in a lot of designs or decor on my spreads.  I get dizzy and confused if I do and I find it hard to find/spot what I’m looking for (haha!).  I like my planner pages to be simple and straight to the point. Others might find it boring but it has been working for me after trying different styles. I usually put minimal decor on my pages, fill them in with my schedules and if space permits at the end of the week, I just add more decor to prettify my spread 🙂
      1. Top 3: What are your top 3 planner essentials?
        • These are the 3 items I will never get too much of :
          • Washi Tapes
          • Clear Stamps
          • Paper Clips.
      2. Top 3: What are the top 3 items in your wishlist?
        • A Personal Filofax Aqua Malden
        • A Sizzix die-cutting machine — I know.  I know.  I want it but I know I don’t need it coz I already have a cutting machine.  I just love how Jennifer Mcguire uses it.  She’s my inspiration when it comes to crafting 🙂
        • More COPIC Markers!!! – Yes, I know I just have to have more of them 🙂
      1. For you, what is planner peace? 
        • Planner Peace is when you finally tell yourself — “I’m happy with the planner I have and it will take awhile (or never) before I get the itch again of buying another planner which I want but don’t really need” 🙂

      2. If there’s one planner stuff you can’t live without, what would it be?
        • This is a super hard question for a hoarder like me!!!  If there’s one item I can’t live without… maybe it’s my clear stamp collection (plus my inks, of course, coz without my inks, there won’t be any use for my clear stamps, haha!).  Why? — coz I get to use them, both for my planner spreads and my crafting projects.  As I have said, I’m a crafter and a planner by heart 🙂 
      Well there you have it. So now we know why her shop’s called My Purple Attic, right? Well, I hope you enjoyed reading Ade’s answers!
      Be social with Ade! Instagram Instagram Shop / Etsy Shop
      Disclaimer: Planner photos are not mine. They were submitted to me by Ade for posting purposes. I edited the banner image. 


      TPJ Craftie Pick for July: Eraizza Reyes

      July 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!

      Howza! This month’s craftie pick is a very kind and down-to-earth planner girl I “discovered” through Instagram. I love how she reaches out to planner newbies (like I once was before!) and encourages them. She’s one of the most approachable planner girls I know that’s why I really wanted to feature her!

      I’m sure you’ve seen her get featured on various shops and have admired her spreads like I always have! The Craftie Pick for July is Eraizza Reyes!

      1. Hi Eraizza! Tell us a few things about yourself.
        • For most people, I go by Eraizza, but feel free to call me Rai. I am a nurse by profession and it takes me 8 to (a whopping) 16 hours a day to save lives. I’d rather date my dog and/or my planner than socialize. Lol. 
      2. What made you decide to pursue creative planning?
        • I guess you decided to be inspired by others and returning the favor, working hard on your weekly lay-outs; keeping the surprise in each unique design you can come up with (of course with a couple of hours of contemplating which washi goes well with this ephemera…)
      1. What are the benefits of it to you so far?
        • Planning can also make you giddy, temporarily forget about the toxicity level in the hospital you work in. Makes you feel inspired and at the same time good about yourself. Relaxes my mind to be able to squeeze out those creative juices waiting to be extracted (sounds gore… lol).
        1. Who are your #plannerspirations?
          • @scrappinlove, @dedralong, @mygreencow & ofcourse @lionachinky
        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 two personal binder which I use depending upon my mood. It is my main planner which includes monthly, weekly, daily, notes and expenses tracker.
          • A Webster’s Pages Traveler’s Notebook that serves as my memory keeper. It has pictures, tickets, tissues, receipts and some things that remind me of the event.
          • DYL (Design Your Life) planners from cnsdesigns are my stay at home planners. I usually jot down random ideas on it.
        2. How would you define your style in designing your weekly spreads/planner/journal?
          • I don’t really have specifics when it comes to style, I just see to it that the colors complement each other. I try to keep it bright to keep me motivated in writing long lists. Also, I see to it that I allot an ample amount of space for endless errands & daily shenanigans.
        1. Top 3: What are your top 3 planner essentials?
          • Unipin!! I just can’t function without those writing must-haves. Of course I can’t go without — stickers, ephemeras, washi tapes, and some cutesy stamps which I just recently found to be really helpful (Don’t judge, late bloomer here…)
        2. Top 3: What are the top 3 items in your wishlist?
          • An A5 websters would definitely be my top 1, followed by a walk-in craft closet — I mean, name one planner girl who wouldn’t want that. And lastly, endless supply of craft essentials!
        1. For you, what is planner peace? 
          • Planner peace can be temporarily obtained, but let’s be honest here — we are almost always indecisive about our beloved craft stuff, may it be the planners or the itsy bitsy stickers we use to design our wo2p. But for me, planner peace is when you can go boasting (only to yourself!!!) about your final decisions which colors to combine or which stickers to use (even sometimes, to cover wrong writings hehe).
        2. If there’s one planner stuff you can’t live without, what would it be?
          • Stickers!! Cause… can’t leave them, can’t live without ’em P.S Big thanks to my friend czarina sophiya for helping me out with these questions!
        Stay tuned for next month’s Craftie Pick! Hope you had fun reading Eraizza’s answers!
        Be social with Eraizza! Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest
        Disclaimer: Planner photos are not mine. They were submitted to me by Eraizza for posting purposes. I edited the banner image. 


        TPJ Craftie Pick for June: Aina Reyes-Paco

        June 22, 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!

        I hope you all enjoyed the first part of this series. For this month, our TPJ Craftie Pick is one of my favorite planner girls out there, Aina Reyes-Paco.

        I *shamelessly* stalk her Instagram account everyday because I really love how she styles her spreads. It’s just so clean and so vintage-y that I always have to ask myself, “Why wasn’t I born this talented?” Her calligraphy skills always put me in awe and her feed is just so well-curated I wonder why Instagram hasn’t made her a suggested account yet!

        I’m pretty sure you all would like to know about her already so I won’t be prolonging your agony!

        1. Hi Aina! Tell us a few things about yourself.
          • People used to have the impression that I am anti social and a bit aloof… That did hold true until I discovered that there are pen gluttons and paper hoarders like me. I’m a foreign exchange trader by day and a wishful calligrapher the rest of the hours. I’m lucky enough to have a husband who pretends to believe me that almost all my planners are from giveaways. Hah! 
        2. What made you decide to pursue creative planning?
          • It has been a derivative of planning, journaling and calligraphy – it was more of continuing this than pursuing. I needed the pen and ink therapy because work has always been stressful. 
        1. What are the benefits of it to you so far?
          • I found patience that I never thought I had. My wallet is slimmer and sexier. Creativity lets me express what I think and feel without worrying about what other people will say.
          1. Who are your #plannerspirations?
            • @thedailyroe and @plan2create
          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.)
            • DO I HAVE TO ANSWER THIS?!?
              • Three (3) A5’s that are basically for planning and memory keeping. I have the option of bringing this everywhere I go or I just leave it at home.
              • Eight (8) personal/medium – I bring everyday, depending on the mood and the color I want 😂
              • Two (2) Midori Traveler’s Notebook – Weekly planning and weekly reflections and calligraphy
              • One (1) Hobonichi Techo – Where the journaling happens
          2. How would you define your style in designing your weekly spreads/planner/journal?
            • I have always been the type to use typeface designs, maps and all things vintage. I like muted colors and simple geometric designs. I try to go colorful once in a while, muted florals would work but both combined – I will have a heart attack.
          1. Top 3: What are your top 3 planner essentials?
            • My calligraphy pens and nibs, any planner with really good quality inserts and lastly, my washi tapes!!!
          2. Top 3: What are the top 3 items in your wishlist?
            • Hmmmm… Wishlist…
              • I have my eyes set on a Louis Vuitton Damier Azure in MM and GM. I just have to figure out how to have “won” these in a giveaway when I tell my husband.
              • I want to replace my wall of finance books to art and design books.
              • My own franchise of Hobby Lobby! Hah! 
          1. For you, what is planner peace? 
            • Planner peace is a state of mind. Hah. I kid. Planner peace is having a planner that matches the theme of what I am wearing. But kidding aside, planner peace is within the inserts of the planner itself. I multitask when I use my planner. There is watercolor calligraphy, pointed pen, and even brush pens. Smooth buttery paper beats any brand of planner for me.
          2. If there’s one planner stuff you can’t live without, what would it be?
            • Can it be two?! I guess you don’t have much of a choice because I’m still writing down 2!! Inserts or pages that are just oh so smooth and well laid out and my Pilot G-Tec in 0.4 in Black.
          Hope you had fun reading Aina’s answers. I had a good laugh while going through it! 😉 Stay tuned for next month’s TPJ Craftie Pick!
          Be social with Aina! Facebook / Instagram / Youtube 
          Disclaimer: Planner photos are not mine. They were submitted to me by Aina for posting purposes. I edited the banner image. 


          TPJ Craftie Pick for May: Liona Chinky

          May 18, 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!

          Welcome to TPJ Craftie Pick! I originally planned to start off with this series two months ago but I got really busy with work so it got delayed month after month, and now here I am! Finally kicking this series off! I’m trying to catch up on all my blogging backlogs so bear with me please.

          For my first ever TPJ Craftie Pick, I’m featuring Liona Chinky. If you’re an active planner girl from the Philippines, you prolly know her already. Liona is one of my top #plannerspirations that’s why I wanted to take this opportunity to let you get to know her. I’m pretty sure she’s an inspiration to most of the planner girls, novice or experts alike. I actually followed her Instagram account on the last quarter of 2015, before I even started with creative planning.

          So, let’s get to know Liona more!

          1. Hi Liona! Tell us a few things about yourself.
            • Hi everyone! Let’s kick it off with my name… my real name is Liona Jeane, pretty far from my nickname: Chinky right? I teach Preschool but graduated with a degree in Bachelor in Elementary Education major in Special Education. I’m the youngest, non-married (pressure!) of 5 all-girl siblings. I am privileged to have a walk-in craft room and closet in one.. so I get easily distracted while dressing up. Haha!
          2. What made you decide to pursue creative planning?
            • It’s not really a career path I chose. I started using planners when I was in high school. I used to make planners out of old K-zone magazines and sticky notes because I was too shy to ask my parents for one. My sister finally decided to get me a planner of my choice for about 3 years before I started buying on my own. I was a doodler-slash-amateur scrapbooker before I got introduced to all these planning materials. Creative Planning was just something that I got interested in last 2014 when I won a Filofax planner, washi tapes and clear stamps through a giveaway and I found out I really enjoyed doing it. The hoarding started shorty after. Oops! Eventually Creative Planning because a daily routine.
          1. What are the benefits of it to you so far?
            • I’m an extremely forgetful person. I’m like the type who remembers to do something for tomorrow while crossing the street then forgets to put it in the planner..and forgets it entirely until I cross another street then the cycle continues. I need my planner to remember everything I needed to do, simple as that. Creative Planning comes in because it was like an outlet for me to release frustrations, de-stress and rid off tension and anxiety. Creative Planning makes me love seeing my planner every day thus remember the things I needed to accomplish. It encourages me to work in a better mood and what better way but to start each day with a smile.
            1. Who are your #plannerspirations?
              • I have a handful but my top inspirations are Tiffany Ross @villabeautifful_creates , Lucyana Norman @organisedlucy , Christy Tomlinson @theplannersociety , Rachel Lim @scrappinlove <3 
            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 am currently using a personal binder (err.. i change every week depending on my theme but I chose between Kikki K Why Not, Kikki K Gold, Kikki K Mint Perforated, Filofax Aqua Malden, Filofax Aqua Lockwood, Filofax Original in Dark Aqua and Planners&Journals Turquoise binder) as my main planner which includes my monthly, weekly, daily and lists. I also use the Back to Basics Planner from CNSDesigns as my desk-at-home planner, a Planners and Journals FunDori as my social and work on-the-go binder planner (it’s separate because my tutorial notes, which are private, are there), a Happy Planner (that totally needs updating) as a memory planner and currently preparing my Webster’s Pages Color Crush A5 Light Teal to be my desk-at-work planner.
            2. How would you define your style in designing your weekly spreads/planner/journal?
              • A hybrid of different planning styles but with consistent focus on decorating with functionality. I love making my planner pages pretty, but I also love being organized and able to track and see what is actually going on in my life. That’s where the different types of planners and sections in my planner/s come in. 
            1. Top 3: What are your top 3 planner essentials?
              • A smooth writing pen, glue tape, clear stamps and ink…oops that’s four. sorry! hahaha pero can I add washi and ephemeras to my essentials list too? Haha!
            2. Top 3: What are the top 3 items in your wishlist?
              • An A1 self healing rubber mat in white, an aquamarine Raskog from Ikea (my Raskog fairy already got me one but because it’s so awesome, I want another one!) and lifetime subscription to The Planner Society’s kits. Haha!
            1. For you, what is planner peace? 
              • Planner peace is when you find a planning system that works for you. I never believed that one can have binder peace.. because binders are just like bags or shoes that you love and enjoy changing in and out of to suite your style and mood. When you have planner peace, you are decided what type of planner you want to use, whether it be a binder type, a TN, an inkWELL Press planner, an Erin Condren or a MAMBI Happy Planner. 
            2. If there’s one planner stuff you can’t live without, what would it be?
              • My clear stamps. I am an avid planner stamper and my pages feel wrong and empty when I don’t stamp on them. 
            That’s it for my first TPJ Craftie Pick. I hope you had fun getting to know Chinky more, well I’m sure I did! Hope you tune in next month for another leg of this series.
            Be social with Liona! Facebook / Instagram / Periscope: @lionachinky / Twitter / Blog
            Disclaimer: Planner photos are not mine. They were submitted to me by Liona for posting purposes. I edited the banner image.