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What's in My Travel Pouch

I'm leaving for a short weekend getaway soon, and I thought I'd share with you what I'm going to bring along supplies-wise.

As I said, it's just a weekend, so I plan on exploring the city and just journal every evening when we're back at the hotel, so I'm not bringing anything too fancy.

I've got my traveler's notebook from Midori, where I plan on journaling. I never really journaled during a trip before... we'll see how this goes! I usually just collect a bunch of bits and bobs, and then make a page or two in my scrapbook when I get back home.

As I said, I'm keeping it simple, so as far as decorating supplies go, I'm just bringing a few stickers, washi tape samples, sticky notes, and a few lined "journaling cards" because I can't seem to be able to write in a straight line on blank paper.

Also, since we're staying in Italy, I'm also bringing along some stamps so I can send a postcard to my penpals.

Do you journal while you're on vacation? And what do you plan on bringing with you?

Have a lovely day, Ζ’. x


Workspace Wednesday: Some Pages from My Sketchbook

I'be been drawing quite a bit this past month, so I thought I'd share with you a couple of my fave drawing from my (poorly decorated) sketchbook.

This is my interpretation of the character of the "short story project" I joined I while back.

This is my interpretation of the character of the "short story project" I joined I while back.

Susie the Postwoman really loves her job, heh. And the pink-haired girl seems happy about it.

Susie the Postwoman really loves her job, heh. And the pink-haired girl seems happy about it.

This one isn't in my sketchbook any longer because it was a commission I did for a lovely girl - it was actually a surprise from her husband that wanted to gift her portraits from a few artists she likes β˜Ί It was such a nice project, and I was thrilled to be a part of it.

This one isn't in my sketchbook any longer because it was a commission I did for a lovely girl - it was actually a surprise from her husband that wanted to gift her portraits from a few artists she likes β˜Ί It was such a nice project, and I was thrilled to be a part of it.

// Shameless plug, in case you didn't know I'm available for commissions - you can get in touch with me and I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have! //

Some cute random peeps~

Some cute random peeps~

Fun fact: these two turned out to be an accidental depiction of my sister and I, not in the looks, but in their character I'd say. I'm obviously the one holding near and dear to her heart her craft supplies, and my sister is the selfie queen :P

Fun fact: these two turned out to be an accidental depiction of my sister and I, not in the looks, but in their character I'd say. I'm obviously the one holding near and dear to her heart her craft supplies, and my sister is the selfie queen :P

Just another snail mail lover!

Just another snail mail lover!

And you, what have you been doing lately?

Ζ’. β™₯

Workspace Wednesday: tiny supplies

Hey guys! It's been a while since I last shared some of my illustrations, so here we go again β˜Ί

Lately, I've been really enjoying drawing tiny art supplies. I cut out most of them and use them to decorate letters, some others, instead, are made into stickers for my penpals.

They're really just simple line drawings, but I really enjoy their simplicity. I don't mind how crooked and oddly shaped they turn out to be, I think it kinda adds to the handdrawn feel.

What have inspired you lately? β™₯

Ζ’. xx

Workspace Wednesday: Little Handmade Note

Still in theme with my last WW, this week I've been making a few handmade notes to include in my letters. To make them a little bit more interesting, I've been drawing all the elements separately and then glued them all together to make the final composition, so that the card is kind of 3D, which I think it's fun. 

← A little gif of the process, because why not!

I've experimented with a lot of different card making styles in the past, but this has to be my favorite one yet.

It also works great if you have a few random drawings scattered through your sketchbook and you don't really know what to do with them: try cutting them out and arrange them into a composition, I'm sure you'd be surprised of what could come out β˜Ί What's your fave technique for handmade cards?

Ζ’, xx

Workspace Wednesday: Mail Illustrations

If you follow me on instagram, you're probably aware that this last month I've been experimenting again with watercolors and inks. Although flowers have been all I've been able to draw for almost a month straight, I also made a few snail mail related pieces that I wanted to share with you today.

Can you tell that I secretly dream of being a tattoo artist? (n˘vΛ˜β€’)Β¬

Anyway, if you look at them closely you can see my coloring still isn't that great, but considering I'm doing this pretty much everyday, I hope it'll improve soon!

Overall I'm loving using ink for coloring, a lot more than watercolor. I'm not sure why it's that, but I'm much more comfortable with the shading and blending, as it seem a little bit more easy to do. Do you have any experience with ink? How do you like it?

Talk to you soon!

Ζ’. xx

Workspace Wednesday: Speed Drawing

It might be because the birds are chirping and the sun is shining, but I'm a little bit obsessed with drawing flowers lately. I had nothing better to do the other day, so I decided to recorded myself drawing freehand the little fella pictured above β˜Ί 

If you have two minutes to spare, here's the video:

What's you favourite flower, by the way? Mine are tulips and cherry blossoms, but for some reason are the ones I enjoy drawing the least.

Ζ’. xx

P.S. I know the video is kinda pointless as the drawing is extremely simple, but I've been so inspired by a lot of my internet friends that make awesome videos, that I wanted to give this whole thing a new try. I'm still not quite sure if I'm confident enough to pull this off, but maybe one day I'll work out the guts to make something more interesting and articulate :P Thoughts&ideas are absolutely welcome!

Workspace Wednesday: direction vs. speed

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"Direction is much more important than speed; many are just going nowhere fast"

When I first read this quote, it really hit home. I've always been really conscious about time and whenever I'd use it foolishly, I'd feel so, so hopeless at the realization that I'd have wasted something so precious.

But what's the point on rushing things if you don't actually know where you want to go?

I never really thought about it until, as I said, stumbled upon these words. Now, as a constant reminder, I made this little poster that I hung above my desk, & I thought I'd share it with you all just in case any of you might be in need of this revelation as much as I was.

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I decided to also share the process that went into it, although it isn't very professional, I'm afraid.  

Anyway, I hope you like this! Do you have a quote that particularly helped/inspired you at some point in your life?

Ζ’. xo

Workspace Wednesday: Filofax Update

One of my New Year's resolutions is to keep up with my Filofax and continue to be as organized as possible. It worked out pretty well, against all odds, last year, so I'm hoping to get even better now that I have a little more experience with it.

My setup hasn't changed much: I still keep business cards and emergency paper clips in the front card slots, and a bunch of cutesy page flags inside the pocket. Although it's a very common practice to change the dashboard page quite often, I just kept my old one because I still really love it.

I decided not to print my own inserts (yet) for my diary section, because as I've said countless times, my life is not that busy, and it just wouldn't be worth the effort. I decided to go with the Paperchase own brand 'week on a page' inserts, instead, which aren't the most beautiful and creative (but better than the Filofax ones, that's for sure), that I'm going to jazz them up with some washi tape and stickers as I go.

Since my go-to pen is black, I use some good old Stabilo Mini pens to add some color accents here and there, and to highlight important or completed tasks. 

Something else I've been doing to make it more colorful and fun-looking, is hole punching some cards and using them to accentuate holidays, birthdays and such β˜Ί

There are so many planner pros out there, that I almost feel out of place sharing my very modest Filofax, but I've realized that as much as I enjoy looking at those people's pretty and super stuffed planners, the method that works best for me is 'simple and basic', otherwise I can't focus and the whole purpose of it is lost. 

How do you like your planner, instead?

Ζ’. x β™₯