Midori Blue Edition Initial Setup

It’s pretty clear at this point: I’m addicted to Midori! About a few weeks ago I got myself the regular sized Midori, the limited release Blue Edition. Here she is.

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My first impression is immediate surprise at just how much larger it is compared to the passport sized one. I’ve been used to the passport size for so long that the much bigger regular sized one seemed gigantic. Here’s how it compares to the passport one.

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It took me quite a while to determine what I wanted to use the Blue for, since I thought I already had everything I needed in the passport one. For the initial setup and basically taking it out for a spin, I decided on two inserts and I’ll show them to you. The first one is a daily planner. Since I got all the extra space, I decided to see if I can work better with a daily layout instead of a weekly one. There are a lot of available free printables for Midori inserts, but I picked out this one from Wendaful.com.

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I specifically chose this because of the little boxes for different things, most especially the dedicated box for journaling, and also for the nice brush calligraphy font that she used. To make this insert, I basically just downloaded the file, printed it out on regular letter sized paper, and trimmed it to the proper size. I actually didn’t even bind this insert, I just left it as is and trust that the elastic will keep the pages together. My main issue with this layout is that it’s actually a day-on-two-pages (DO2P) layout, which means this whole thing is just for one single day. Which means, there are around 30 pages in total for a whole month’s worth of planning.

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The whole June planner insert is this thick. I don’t really mind it but I would like a thinner insert so I would have the option of adding more books in the Blue if I wanted to. As it is, with two inserts (plus a few extras), the Blue is pretty much packed.

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My second insert is the included blank notebook when I got the Blue. I decided it will be a journal, with the caveat that I will not be so hung up about the neatness or contents. If I wanted to put stickers in it, or maybe use it for brush calligraphy practice, or attach things in it ala scrapbook, anything goes! The only decoration I’ve done to the cover so far is to stick my name in the corner. Just a quick note, that’s another one of my DIY clear card case inserts (this time I made it for the regular sized Midori) and it’s holding a bookmark from a Korean stationery brand called Choo Choo Cats (Jetoy). I really love the art style and I have a whole set of these bookmarks and also stickers.

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And look, I put another one of these bookmarks at the back because why not. The calendar is a free printable from Ray Blake, and the back of it is another one of his printables called a writing guide. I laminated it myself, and it’s pretty much in use every time I write in my journal.

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Here’s a sample page from my journal that I just wrote today in fact. As I said I like putting random quotes in brush calligraphy in there, and journal around it. I love the bigger area in which I can write in, and I can attach all sorts of things in here (like movie tickets, etc) without worrying about them jutting out.

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Aside from these two inserts, I also put in a zip pocket insert that I DIY’d. The front is a pink Lihit Lab plastic zip case that is the exact size of a regular Midori. I put mood stickers, post it sticky notes, and some cash in this pocket.

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The back is a pink pencil case that I found at National Bookstore. It’s slightly smaller than the Lihit Lab zip case. This one has an actual zipper, and has some mesh partitions inside. I have a set of page flags, a sticker, refills for my Muji multipen, and some random paper in there. I also put in the Muji multipen in there near the zipper. One of these days I’ll take the time to write a tutorial on how to assemble this insert and the clear card case insert.

At the moment I’m content with this setup, since it’s working. I’m not entirely happy about the thickness of the planner insert, so I have plans to either find a similar layout but a day-on-one-page (DO1P) instead or design my own layout. If you know of a nice DO1P printable (doesn’t need to be free), please leave me a link in the comments below, I appreciate your help!

My traveling craft supplies storage box

The very first question is, do I carry a craft box every day? Prior to my getting this storage box, no, but I did carry with me a crap ton of craft supplies in various pouches and envelopes that clatter around in my work bag. It is for this reason that I went around looking for a box to begin with.

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This is the box I’ve been talking about. It’s a three-tier plastic box measuring 15cm x 15cm x 13 cm. Each tier is customizable, up to six compartments if you use all dividers, and connects to the tier above (or to the cover) by two clasps on the sides. You can actually extend the levels of this if you buy more, just attach more tiers since all the tiers are constructed exactly the same. This was originally intended for loom bands and their components, and that’s in fact where I found it, in the loom band section of Toys R Us!

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For size comparison, here is the box compared to a single Daiso washi tape. (Note my really cute wallpaper. No, that’s not my cat.) Let me show you what I currently have in this box.

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The first tier holds a few of my smaller washi tapes. In particular I really love the slim MT washi tapes in the lower right corner. I was able to squeeze in a couple of wooden stamps in two of the top compartments.

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The second tier is my stamping supply storage. I have two Artline stamp pads in the lower left corner and four smaller Love Qiao Shou stamp pads squeezed in everywhere. There’s a roller phrase stamp on the bottom right and a Muji rectangular label stamp in the upper right. Those things in the upper left, when spread out, are these:

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That’s a square acrylic block for mounting clear stamps, and the lid of a Muji puncher container to protect my acrylic block. Below are a few of my clear stamps. A Hello Kitty set and a couple of bunches of clear stamps that I am currently liking. I just cut out those clear folders from card cases.

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Lastly, the third tier is my stickers storage. I keep all my loose stickers here, which basically means all stickers that don’t come in a sheet. This includes sticker flakes (stored here separately in small plastic bags), my own DIY stickers, and random other stickers that I got from kits and boxes. There’s a lot of room in here, which means I probably will move these stickers around or something, or put in even more stickers!

I really love this storage box! To be honest I don’t bring this around with me everyday. I just bring this to work on Mondays, and bring it back home on Fridays. One of the perks of this box is it keeps my stuff in one place instead of several pouches, it’s fairly light, and it’s easy to just bring in and out of bags. The best part? I paid only Php100 for it, as it was on sale!

Planner Tour: Midori in May

Let me bring you on a tour around my Midori passport setup this May.

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Let’s start with the cover. This right here is a planner bag that I ordered from Pink Paper Box, and it’s customized to my specifications. I asked for a bag for a passport-sized planner with a 1-inch thickness, and I got to choose the fabric. I’m very happy with this planner bag in general as it’s very sturdily built and holds my very-full Midori very well. My silver charms that are actually on the elastic that normally goes around the Midori are peaking out at the bottom.

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As you can see, it doesn’t lay flat anymore when opened up. It only has three notebooks in it! I have a Muji multipen in those pen loops that I sewed myself, as the planner bag didn’t come with any. The second loop is loose enough for a fountain pen.

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At the very front of the Midori is an A7 clear card file that I made into an insert (I’ll show you what’s on the other side of it in a bit). Inside this card file is a cute anime bookmark that I got from Landmark. I have a bunch of different designs so I can swap it out anytime, but I especially like this one because she reminds me so much of myself and how I used to dress a few years ago.

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Right behind my mascot is the first book, which is a Planners and Journals insert from the May Planner Kit. This notebook serves as my brain dump and catch all.

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Behind my brain dump notebook is a Midori Refill 004, which is a zip pocket on one side and a card holder on the other. This is the zip pocket side and it holds an ID card and some money, which is basically an attempt of incorporating my wallet into my Midori. I’m not quite sure yet if I’ll continue with this idea. You can see the yellow file folder insert, again from the Planners and Journals May Planner Kit, behind this zip pocket. The front is undecorated as of this writing, as I’m not yet sure what I want to put on it.

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The front part of the yellow file folder holds some medical papers that I need with me all of the time. The other side is the front of the second book, which is a Midori Refill 003 (unlined) and serves as my week-on-two-pages planner. The front cover holds some sticky notes.

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I just wanted to show you quickly what’s inside the inside of the front cover. It’s Pichu! I “commissioned” this from my daughter. I basically cut out a small piece of paper that I know will fit the cover, and asked her to draw me a Pichu.

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Here we have the back cover of the planner book, and the back pocket of the yellow file folder, both of which hold even more stick notes. Inside the actual pocket is my portable ruler with translucent sticky flags (bought from Daiso).

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Finally here we have the other side of the Midori Refill 004 which is the card holder. It holds my health card and a spare sim card sealed in with washi tape. There are some miscellaneous paper in the pocket behind the card holders. The opposite page is the front of yet another clear card case insert that I made. This is B7 sized, but I had to trim a bit on the top and side so it would fit so instead of a side-opening slip it now is some sort of secretarial pocket. I have in here a Midori passport pencil board.

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We have now arrived at the third and final book in my Midori, which is the second insert from the Planners and Journals May Planner Kit. This is my #listersgottalist book, which I’m pretty sure will be enough for both May and June challenges.

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At the back of the third book is the included bookmark/charm of the planner bag itself. I chose this teacup design, which I thought is apt for a coffeeholic like me. The opposite side is the other half of the B7 card case, which holds my May goals list.

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Behind that is my period tracker, and the other half of the A7 card case (which held the anime bookmark). Inside this A7 card case is a couple of cute cardstock that I cut down to the correct size, and in between that is a couple of band aids (because I always seem to have issues with my cuticles recently).

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In the inside of the back cover of the planner bag is a pack of Muji multipen refills, because I’m almost out of one of them and I want to make sure I have extras with me. There is also a brief glimpse of the Midori bookmark, which is that thin piece of cord. And there we have it! The very very full setup of my Midori this May.

Planners and Journals May Planner Kit

Yes, I found yet another planner subscription service! Planners and Journals is an online store specializing in customized planner inserts for ringed planners (Filofax, Kikki K, Franklin Covey, etc) as well as fauxdoris (non-Midori traveler’s notebooks) and their refills. They have recently expanded to planner kits, and this May Planner Kit is their first. I was a little confused at first, because I was expecting to get my kit in May (as the name suggested), but apparently it was so named because it will give you the inserts you will use for the month of May! Naturally it arrived before May so that you have enough time to set up your planner with the included stuff.

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My kit arrived in this nice kraft box, with a twine and a thank you tag. I have a very good idea of what was going to be included, because they released the list of contents on their facebook page. The only surprise I had was what form my refills were going to be, since I had a traveler’s notebook instead of a ringed planner; the inserts they previewed were for a ringed planner.

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What greeted me upon opening the box was a pretty lengthy welcome letter personally signed by Summer. Here are the rest of the contents, in order of my favorites.

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Review: Pink Paper Box Spring Summer Fling (April)

Heads up, there’s a new subscription box in town! This is Pink Paper Box, a planner and crafting oriented monthly subscription box, and it’s very new. This month’s box titled Spring Summer Fling is only the second, but I’m already quite hooked!

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How does Pink Paper Box work? Sign ups happen over at the Pink Paper Box website (Facebook) and submitted through a google form. The subscriptions cost Php500 (1 month), Php1450 (3 months) or Php2850 (6 months), and this fee already includes the shipping. Owner and main girl Marrien is very hands-on and personal, and will keep in touch with you regarding your subscription.

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Want to know what’s in this intriguing April box? Read on ahead! (Warning, a LOT of images ahead!)

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Tuscany at McKinley Hill’s Summer Art Sessions

Summer is the time for workshops and not just for kids! Tuscany at McKinley Hill’s Summer Art Sessions, in partnership with Manila Workshops, is a weekend arts and crafts workshop series happening every Sunday beginning April 19 (this weekend!) and will run until May 10. Sessions are 1PM to 5PM. These workshops are for anyone who’s into arts and crafts, or who’d like to get started on them. They will be conducted by some of Manila’s finest artists, and will be held at several restaurants at Tuscany, the awesome strip of dining establishments at Upper McKinley Road.

One of the things you can learn is basic brush calligraphy, conducted by Mimai Cabugnason (check out her work at IG @chrrrmaine) at Marciano’s.

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Other workshops available include:

  • basics of doodling: Nelz Yumul of WeeWillDoodle, at Lucky’s Burger Bar
  • basic paper cutting: Hey Kessy, at Banapple Pies and Cheesecakes
  • rubber stamping: Manila Workshops, at Sophie’s Mom
  • acrylic and oil: The Artologist, at Sauceria
  • DIY tote bag designing: Nica Cosio, at Sophie’s Mom

Interested? Register for the Tuscany at McKinley Hill’s Summer Art Sessions at manilaworkshops.com or 09266167720. For Basic Paper Cutting, contact Hey Kessy at www.heykessy.com. For those taking part in the Acrylic and Oil Sessions, register by emailing theartologist@yahoo.com or by calling 09165673351.

Workshops are Php2000 per session inclusive of food, art kits, and materials. Only 10 slots are available per workshop, so register now!

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This is the press kit I received. It may or may not be the same kit you will receive in your brush calligraphy workshop.

 

Disclaimer: I was invited to the press launch of Summer Art Sessions, which included samplings of selected workshops mentioned above plus press kits.

Free Printable: Pocket Monthly Calendar

I’ve shown you a glimpse of my planner setup in the Alunsina Kislap Traveler’s Notebook. My planner is completely DIY, using a blank Alunsina notebook. I hand-draw the weekly layouts. At the beginning of each month, I put in that month’s calendar on one page and the opposite page is meant to be the receptacle for my monthly reminders.

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The monthly calendar is something I made on my own, as I wanted a nice clean layout that is clearly readable but will fit in a pocket notebook. I came up with this.

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This layout is entirely made in Excel, and exported to a pdf format. I just basically print it out on an A4 (or letter) paper, manually cut it out, and tape it to the appropriate page in my planner. Today I wanted to share with you the pocket monthly calendar layout that I made, completely free!

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Each of these is 13.3cm x 7.3cm, so you can judge if it will fit into your planner before you print and cut. I only included April until December since the first quarter is already done. You are free to share this as long as you don’t make money off it, and attribution is always appreciated!

Click the link to download the pocket monthly calendar! Pocket-Calendar-April-Dec-2015.pdf

If you used my printable, I would love to hear your feedback!

What I Packed: Crafting (Caribbean 2015)

This is the last of my What I Packed series for my latest Caribbean trip. I can’t go on without talking about what I brought for my crafting and writing needs.

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Most of these are packed in my checked in luggage, especially the green mesh bag as it contains my scissors. It had a too-long blade which means I can’t bring it with me on the plane cabin. In any case let’s start with the notebooks.

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As you can see I brought a lot. Clockwise from the top left: Alunsina Kislap Traveler’s Notebook (which came with me in my purse), an Acryl Ringnotes refillable notebook (I think this is A5 sized) which was for my work notes, a black lined Moleskine notebook which is my personal journal, a black dot-grid Copelle notebook which is my art journal, and two unopened sets of Venzi Flexy2 notebook refills for my traveler’s notebook. Only the first three were actually used. I had underestimated just how busy I was going to be in this trip that I simply didn’t have the time to try any lettering (in the Copelle) or do as much journaling as I wanted. Let’s move on to my pencil cases.

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This first one is the pencil case part of the Filed pen roll I recently bought. In it are, from the top: three Frixion stamps, a magnetic bookmark, a black Pilot G-Tec-C3, a black Pilot Drawing Pen, a black Daiso marker, three colored Frixion Point pens, a Faber-Castell eraser pen, a Staedtler pencil, and an extendable plastic ruler. Again, most of these were left unused, except for the Frixion pens, the magnetic bookmark, and the G-Tec.

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The other pencil case is a very slim Bear Huggs pencil case and contained only three Frixion Point pens. These came with me in my purse, and was used mainly with my traveler’s notebook. Lastly, we come to my craft bag.

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This is a green mesh bag that I borrowed from my daughter. In it are a pack of stickers (most are from Toys R Us), my long-bladed scissors, seven rolls of medium-width washi tape, six rolls of slim washi tape, and three planner clips. Now these were all used, I think, since I did have time to play with my planner. As I mentioned earlier, these were packed in my checked in bag because of the scissors.

There we have it! Thanks for checking out what I packed in my trip!

My Current Alunsina Kislap Traveler’s Notebook Setup

It has not even been two months since I posted about my Moleskine planner setup, and now I’m writing about another planner setup. This time I finally got myself an Alunsina Kislap traveler’s notebook! It took a bit of time to ease into my current setup, as I tried out some combinations of books before I settled into this one. Here’s my Kislap:

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I got the distressed brown leather cover and I had my name stamped in the lower right as well as the letter P in the middle center. I thought it was the most neutral of the available colors, and I am intending to bring this one everywhere, including into meetings so it needs to look business-like (note: the other two available colors at the time I ordered it are pink and sea green). I also chose the tree charm to go with the traveler’s notebook because it looked the most elegant of the four available charms. Do not be fooled by the photo above! This is actually quite small, about the size of the Moleskine pocket planner. Check out the size compared to my grip.

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Warning: This is going to be pretty image-intensive as I go into a detailed tour of my current setup!

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Review: Filed Pen Roller

Once I got into seriously collecting interesting writing materials, I knew I had to get myself a good carrying case or container for them. I had my eye on the Filed Pen Roller for a while, ever since I made the Pocket Wallet my mainstay. As soon as I found a red variant, I immediately snapped it up. I’ve had the case for about a month now, and I’m here to review it for those of you who might be interested.

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