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How I got into the Hobonichi craze + 2017 Hobonichi Haul

December 16, 2016

Hey everyone! You might have been wondering why I’ve been so quiet in this blog but hey, I got into vlogging! I’m really enjoying it because my readers/viewers can get to know me better through my vlogs. At least you’ll now know what the voice is behind the blog posts, right?

Well, I’ve filmed this a few days back.

List of the items I ordered:

  • Junaida Lapis Book and Cover Set Original Sunday Start
  • Cover on Cover Original (Clear)
  • Cover on Cover Weeks (Clear)
  • Schedule Stencil (Yellow)
  • Activities Stencil (Blue)
  • Travel Stencil (Orange)
  • Basic Stencil (Green)
  • Pencil Board Weeks
  • Rivet Band Laccio Medium Hydrangea x Light Green band
  • Rivet Band Laccio Large Hydrangea x Light Green band

TPJ Reviews: FILED Keepsake Planner

November 7, 2016
We’re nearing the end of 2017 and that means scouring for new planners, right? Well, let’s save you some time! If you’re looking for a change in planning style and want to write more this coming year, then I believe that the FILED! Keepsake Planner is for you!
I pre-ordered mine last September 30 and got it last month, October 26 (two days after my birthday, hooray!) and I was really controlling myself whether or not to open it up (I actually opened it up the next day because I was too tired when I got home that day). Let’s go ahead and discover what it has to offer, shall we?

Keepsake Planner Sleeve

This was what made me really decide to pre-order the Keepsake planner: limited edition planner sleeve! It’s made of crosshatched leatherette with golden corner clips, gold foil stamping, interior sleeves, and a pen loop. I love that it comes in the shade of my favorite color plus all that gold makes me want to admire it more! I’m not quite sure if they will still be making more of this but as of writing, it isn’t available when you order through their website anymore.

Planner

I really love the dainty back-to-back cover so I wanted to show both sides of it. The Keepsake Planner is an undated, journal-type planner so you can use it anytime of the year. You can even start using it once you buy it but I prefer to use it for next year. It’s perfect for journal lovers like me and those who prefer to write their thoughts instead of just jotting down to-do lists.

Custom Name

I have a huuuge thing for personalized stuff. I’m so glad there was an option for the planner to have my name on it so I said yes. If you order online, you can also have your planners customized with your name by @oatsdiy for an additional P100.

Year at a glance

Three calendars can be seen: 2017, 2018, and 2019, and also the Dates or Holidays to remember for the next year. I find this really helpful in planning out vacations and the rest of the year. You can also plan ahead for the next two years, just in case.

Bucket List

This year’s half of the bucket list was filled out by Filed with suggestions for what to include in your list. Don’t like the other suggestions? You can cover it correction tape and write over it instead. But me? I’m going to just let it be and be game for the challenge! I would definitely want to tick off “Travel solo” this 2017!

Monthly Inspirational Artworks

I only took four out of the twelve monthly inspirational artworks illustrated by Drew Europeo of @calligrafikas so as not to spoil everyone and just see the rest for yourself. My favorite page is the first quote because it really encapsulates what I want to do when 2017 comes, “Let go of regrets and start over.”

Spacious monthly spread

Plans or doodles? Whatever you want, you can do it with this spacious monthly spread! I love that each box is wide enough for possible dates to remember or if you just want to doodle each day.

Spacious dotted weekly spread

I’ve said this in our Bullet Journaling (BuJo) group once and I’ll say it again here: these dotted weekly pages are really perfect for BuJo! So if anyone of you would like to try out BuJo this 2017 and still can’t seem to find the “perfect notebook” yet, well I suggest you buy the Keepsake planner if you’re not the type of person who wants to design a different spread for each week. 

Monthly “I’m currently” page

I’ve seen this trend in a lot of blogs both locally and globally, except their posts were on a weekly basis but for the Keepsake planner, it gives you the chance to get a hold of what’s currently happening in your month. This is a good activity to keep your mind productive instead of wasting away time aimlessly scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (even I am guilty of that lol).

Year-end Review

This is something I really do every end of the year so I’m glad the Keepsake planner has this feature. It gives you the chance to evaluate what happened the entire year. Did you meet your goals? Did you accomplish all the things in your bucket list? What did you realize for this year? Any lessons learned? You know, that sort of thing. I really love picking my mind and writing down all those lessons learned and realizations I can carry with me for the next year.

Year-end best moments and 2018 year map

Print out the photos of your best moments or if you’re really artsy, you can draw it! Immortalize 2017’s best moments, write down captions, and think of a perfect quote to sum up your whole year! This would be a really nice thing to look back to in the coming years.
Feeling more than motivated? You can even start mapping out the next year! Jot down some important things, major events, or even small monthly goals you would like to accomplish for the next year!

Well there you have it! I’ve decided that this planner will be a documentation of some sort as I attempt to do daily “artsy” journaling. I must say that I’m really happy about this planner. By its features alone, I’m pretty sure it will play a major role in achieving my own #GoldenGoal (goals, even!) for the next year! Oh, and btw, I recorded a quick overview of the Keepsake planner. Enjoy!

A video posted by Rej The Paper Junkie 🇵🇭 (@thepaperjunkie) on

The FILED! Keepsake is currently available on their website for online orders and Fully Booked! It’s worth P545 both online and in bookstores. 

Filed

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I pre-ordered the FILED! Keepsake Planner last month. All thoughts and opinion are completely mine.

TPJ Reviews: Planners n Journals’ February Kit

March 25, 2016
Planners and Journals was a shop I’ve been watching out for since the last part of last year. I was so amused about the idea of their planner kits and saw how amazing it all looked like in their photos. Back then I didn’t have any ringed planners so I wasn’t able to get at least one kit for myself.
When I got the chance to order this year, I grabbed it. So I got their February Kit and like a little girl, I really got all giddy when the package from them arrived. And boy was I really excited that the kit’s theme was CUPCAKES! I love love love cupcakes!
Let’s take a look at what was included in the kit, shall we?
Cupcake Eraser
Up until now, I actually haven’t opened this. I don’t really use pencils nowadays but I’m going to save this up for when I need it. 

Bejeweled Pen
I’m starting to love bejeweled pens lately. This cute pen is a fine addition to my growing collection. I already have a blue and gold one which I bought from a Korean store in Farmer’s, Cubao. For the week that I used the PnJ February Kit for my spread, I actually used this pen.
Decotape
It’s my first time to have a decotape. I’ve been hoarding some washi tapes, stickers, and stamps, but don’t regularly see a decotape so I got really stoked when I saw this in the kit. I immediately tested it when I got it and I loved the cute design!
Inserts

The inserts were really pretty! It came with notes and undated WO2P inserts but when I tried them on Phasma, they were quite big. So I haven’t had the chance to really use them yet. I already used a bit from the notes section to practice my brush lettering recently.

Cupcake Ephemeras

I loved the little cupcake ephemeras. I was able to use them on my spread and on the dividers I made for Padme.  All the cupcakes were designed in a different way and they were all so cute!
Cupcake Cookies
The cookies actually tasted good! I was actually contemplating whether or not I should eat because both of them looked so cute but I still gave in. LOL.

Clear Stamp

If I’m not mistaken, the clear stamp included for the kit is a Heidi Swapp Always clear stamp. I was really happy I got to add this in my clear stamps collection. I also used them for my spread and still use them every now and then for DIY projects I make for myself.

Cardstocks
The cardstocks included in the kit were what I used to design the dividers of my Padme (I’ll be writing a post later on about that). It was amazing to use them to make dividers for a pocket planner because I was able to really utilize it!

World of Fraffee Stickers
These World Of Fraffee stickers were a perfect match for the kit! I certainly loved the hexas and all the cupcake thing going on. Although the page flag stickers were a bit big for my inserts, I was still able to use ’em! I also love the border stickers that were included since I was able to use them as a substitute for washi tapes!

So how was I able to use all of these to design my weekly spread? Well, voila!

Interested in subscribing for Planners and Journals’ Kits? Here’s the Price List:

Trial (1 month)
Personal, Pocket, o Passport Size – P650
A5 or Standard Size – P700

3 Month Subscription
Personal, Pocket, o Passport Size – P1850
A5 or Standard Size – P2000
6 Months Subscription
Personal, Pocket, o Passport Size – P3600
A5 or Standard Size – P3900

Price list above does not include the shipping fee yet. It is advisable though that for people to subscribe for 3 or 6 months to ensure that they will receive a kit as they only make a certain amount of kits per month.
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Disclaimer: I wasn’t compensated to write this post. I purchased from them and this post reflects my personal opinion and views about this kit.

PGFTE: My First Planner Meetup

March 14, 2016
When someone from Journal&Planner Enthusiasts Philippines suggested that some planner girls from the east of our place have a planner meet-up, I immediately wanted to be involved. I haven’t been to any planner meet-up before, plus I wanted to meet people who share the same love for paper, planning, and crafts as I have. So Knic, a fellow planner sister, and I tried to set up a thread for this. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from it but I prepared myself.
When we tried to collate the responses for the Spreadsheet we shared as a survey, we found out that only three people were sure to go (that was Knic, Sam, and I). Despite that, we still decided to push through with it.
We met at Daiso in Sta. Lucia Mall and spent a few minutes looking for places we can actually have our mini planner party. We ended up in Bo’s Coffee in the same mall. We didn’t have any specific plan on how we’ll go about the meet-up so we just ended up sharing what our planners were, what they were for, and then we immediately proceeded to stamping!
Our mess during the planner meetup.
At first, there were only three of us, Knic, Sam, and I. It did feel a little bit sad though as we thought a lot of planner sisters will be able to attend the meet-up. But I shrugged off that feeling sadness because I was mostly happy that I found people who I can share my love and passion to without any judgment!

At around 4:00 PM, another planner sister, Pau, came! We were stoked to have another sister arrive and we introduced ourselves again. After that, we shared a few planner stuff with each other. Pau gave us samples of the stickers from her shop which I really loved by the way. 

And oh, here is the final planner stack of our mini-meetup! I really loved the outcome and the color combination!

All in all, my first planner meet-up was really, really fun! I got to know these lovely girls and we were able to share a lot of tips and tricks for planning. We immediately bonded after this and stayed in contact. It’s nice to feel that I’m not alone with my intense love for paper, pens, stationery, and planners. We ended calling our group PGFTE (Planner Girls From The East) and we immediately proceeded to planning the next meetup that night! 
How about you? Can you tell me about your first planner meet-up experience? 🙂

How I Survived my No Spend February Challenge

March 1, 2016
Last January, I spent more than I should in starting to invest in planning supplies. Feeling guilty because of this, I decided to make February a No Spend month. I created a simple calendar printable in Publisher for February and made an insert out of it. 
At first, I actually thought I wouldn’t be able to finish this challenge successfully. Here’s a quick list of things I did to survive my No Spend February Challenge:
  1. I muted a destash/selling group on Facebook. January 31st, I muted two groups on Facebook. I did this so I won’t feel regretful on embarking on this challenge while seeing “wantable” things. It did actually help but I got tempted to check on both groups once or twice – but I didn’t buy anything!
  2. I dared myself to enter book stores and supplies sections and not buy anything. In other words, I tortured myself. I stood in front of all the paper and pen supplies and tried to examine them. Now, the heartbreaking part was some of the items I checked were really cheap. I realized that if I were to give in and buy them, I would be cheating myself and the challenge I tried to take. Besides, just entering book stores or supplies sections makes me really happy. It was really fulfilling to be able to realize that I can actually control myself.
  3. I took note of the items I wanted to buy and made a list of it. I didn’t actually go on a window shopping spree for this. I have a lot of Facebook friends that are online shops and I just didn’t want to unfollow them. But I didn’t really check out their profiles religiously. So what I did was, whenever I saw an interesting item from a shop or an Instagram account posting about it, I tried to list it down. I did this so I can revisit these items and shops this March and to give myself time to contemplate whether it’s really necessary or not. Guess what? I actually erased a lot of items from that list because I knew it was just out of impulse. This list gave me something to look forward though. 
  4. I asked the shops/people if they can reserve the item(/s) for me until March. The really nice thing about the planner community is that they’ll totally understand you when you tell them you’re on a No Spend Challenge. I was able to reserve items from three shops and they were really kind and supportive.
  5. I made myself busy with other things. Being idle means more time to shop or check out online shops. So instead of focusing on searching for items I can possibly buy, I made myself busy. Tried to draft all blog posts I need, decorate my planner, create my own inserts, talk with my friends, and simply just enjoy life. 
I’ll be on a No Spend Challenge again on April and the fulfillment in finishing last month’s challenge really supercharged me with encouragement. There is no such thing as being unable to control yourself when it comes to paper, pens, and planning stuff. You just really have to set your mind on your goal (on this case, my goal was just to finish the challenge). For April, I have to make a target or prize so that it’ll be more challenging and enjoyable!

How about you? Were you also in a No Spend Challenge last month? How were you able to survive it? 🙂