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? 🙂

TPJ Reviews: Planner Lookbook Kit

March 7, 2016
I love how the planner groups I’m in give me the chance to get to know more local sellers. I’m not really creative and artsy but seeing planner kits for sale on Instagram or Facebook groups, they ignite a fire within me to create something beautiful because let’s face it, all these sellers create beautiful items and kits!
Now last month, I purchased the first item off of Planner Lookbook by Empress Rome and I just loved how it matched my Phasma! I’m not really a fan of girly stuff and glittered things but this, my dearies, this is a total exception!
The things that were included in the kit were:
  • 1 dashboard
  • 1 Audrey Hepburn paperclip
  • 1 set page flags
  • 2 ephemeras
  • 1 pre-cut sticker sheet
I also received a lot of cute freebies when I ordered. I gave a bunch of page flags to three of my planner sisters during our first planner meet-up. I didn’t mind sharing them because they were just so cute that I wanted to share it with them. I already saw Empress Rome’s cute Disney Princesses paper clips before and they just ran out so fast plus I was a newbie back then so I didn’t really know what I wanted and needed.
So what did I do with my Planner Lookbook kit? Tadaaah! Audrey looking mighty fine with my spread!
I bought this Tiffany & Co. Inspired Planner Lookbook Kit for P380. Did I get what I paid for? Yes. Will I order once they release a new kit? Totally! Plus, the transaction was really smooth and Ms. Empress is really kind!
Planner Lookbook

Disclaimer: I wasn’t compensated to write this post. I purchased from them and this post reflects my personal opinion and views about their shop and their products.

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? 🙂

Freebie: Black and White (With Movie Quotes)

February 28, 2016
This is my first freebie and I’m kinda nervous about it. I actually ran out of sticker kits to design my first week of March spread that’s why I opted to go for a movie theme and create a set of sticker printables. The reason why this is in black and white is because currently, I only have a monochrome printer. Well, let me know if you liked it!
Download link here: Black and White Freebie
(The .png file is in A4 size already.)
Laurel Wreaths from DesignsByMandee
Disclaimer: This freebie printable is for personal use only. Please do not sell it as I do not have the apt licenses for the objects in the printable.

TPJ Shop Feature: Filofax Domino

February 25, 2016

Welcome to my first ever shop feature! I’m planning to make it as a monthly segment for me to feature shops that you can visit for your planner needs! For this month, I’d love to talk to you about Filofax Domino (or commonly known as @chrisella09 on IG).

When I bought my first planner, I already got paranoid how I can keep it safe from dirt as I carry it around wherever I want to. Let’s face it, a lady’s bag contains a lot of things that may actually “cause harm” to our beloved planners. To be honest, I have actually forgotten (already!!! gosh, I’m old) how I came by her shop. But I believe it was either when someone posted they bought planner pouches from her or when I followed a thread talking about where to buy planner pouches. And I’m thankful I was led her way.

Before, I actually used my Louis Vuitton dust bag to protect my Phasma but it was such a hassle for me since I had to fold the sides of it for it to fit in my bag. So you can only imagine the relief I felt when I got these!

I actually ordered five items from her: two planner pouches (one pocket size, one personal size), two  zipped purses (pocket size), and one planner pocket (personal size).

For Padme’s planner pouch, I love that it fits perfectly even with a bit of allowance. So when she’s extra chunky, she can still fit in it. I actually chose it and the purses to be in gold polka dots just to go with the color of my Padme.

The main purpose why I bought these lovely zipped purses is because my Padme is something that I want to use as a wallet. Now, unlike other Filofax products with zippers on the top, a Filofax Saffiano has none so you to have improvise. 
For my personal size Phasma, I chose a different design. I was actually planning to buy a fabric design same as her color but I just didn’t fancy other designs aside from this. It’s mint green (I think lol) with little flowers all over it. Miss Chris Ella asked me what brand my personal planner because a Webster’s Pages Color Crush Planner is slightly longer than others.
I also got this pocket for random things I want to insert (currently, that’s my payslip and a random list I created). This helps me a lot in putting all those random things I want to insert in my planner to be in one place. I once lost an important sheet of paper because I just inserted it in here somewhere.

I ordered all these last January 21 and they arrived last February 3. Don’t get me wrong, I had nothing to complain about because first of all, what she’s doing is no joke. Imagine sewing all the pouches, purses, and pockets that a LOT of people order from her? Plus, aside from the pouches, she also sells cardstocks, stickers, dividers, and inserts.

I’m really satisfied with my orders from her and I highly recommend her to any planner girl who’d love to purchase their own!

Filofax Domino
Disclaimer: I wasn’t compensated to write this post. I purchased from them and this post reflects my personal opinion and views about their shop.