WK 46: Keeping is Simple

I love changing up the look of my Traveler’s Notebook. For the Week 46 instead of using the standard Monday-Sunday text that’s in the weekly insert, I decided to make my own. Using the 365™ Winter Collection: Hikari and my favorite Versa Magic ink pad in Jumbo Java, I stamped directly onto kraft adhesive labels and cut them out to make my own label days. It’s just a fun way to switch things up. I love the Hikari stamp set because it has a classic yet whimsical feel to it. A definitely great addition to the alpha stamp collection!


For the title of November I definitely wanted to try something different. As I was playing around with my watercolors and trying to think of what color theme to go with I decided to just flow with different hues of brown, orange and reds. I love geometric shapes! I lightly wrote out November in pencil and then free hand painted the triangles to form a kind of stain glass type block lettering. I’m very happy with how it turned out. I plan to incorporate this style in my future projects, so definitely look
out for that!

MONDAY: Now as you may have noticed, this week I filled in my info prior to actually decorating. It has been a CRAZY, and I mean CRAZY week for me so I did not have any time to decorate as I went along. So for this week I still show you how I decoraIMG_3839te after all the information as been pre-filled. Remember… there is no right or wrong way to decorate your planner. It’s yours! Do as you wish!

Okay, moving forward. So for Monday I kept it pretty simple. I just added a bit of embellishment using beautiful washi tape, multi-stamping technique using a tiny floral stamp and a cute car stamp from the 365™: Tabi set. It was not a traveling event that I enjoyed but that stamp made the memory of that experience a WHOLE lot more pleasant.

TUESDAY: I am absolutely smitten with this ‘paint brush’ stamp from the 365™: Line! I haven’t quiet decided if this is my favorite set yet. The Winter Collection is just too darn cute!! This paint brush stamp is perfect for me because my go to tool is the brush. In between my crazy schedule I did have some ‘me’ time to do some brush lettering. An awesome washi tape that is one of my staples is the Wax Seal washi tape by MT.

WEDNESDAY: I used a script washi tape and butterfly circular sticker to decorate and at the end I used this adorable ‘Phone’ stamp from the  365™: Line set.

FRIDAY: I did not know about what happened in Paris until the end of the day. This horrific event is so sad. To memorize what happened I used an Eiffel Tower stamp and gold heart stickers to show my support.

This week I wasn’t really in the mood to decorate but that’s okay. I still capture important moments and events which I will remember from years to come. Remember do not feel so pressure to always decorate every inch of your planner. I actually enjoyed the simplistic look that this week represented.

I hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog. Have a great week and until next time, take care and keep smiling!

Xoxo, Jennie






Cute & Easy Christmas Tags



  • 365™: Winter Collection – Fuyu , Ho Ho Ho & Hikari
  • Watercolor paper: cut down to 3/4″ x 4″ strips
  • Ink pads: Green, Red, Blue, Black
  • Watercolors: Prang Oval-16 by Dixon
  • Paint brushes: Royal & Langnickel 3/0, Artist Loft: round 4
  • Twine

Initially I cut a sheet of 4″ x 6″ watercolor paper into strips of 3/4″ x 4″. You get about 8 strips.


IMG_3789IMG_3790IMG_3791IMG_3793IMG_3794 (1)

“For My Little Helper”

  1. Paint circles in various sizes using a small round brush ( I used the Artist Loft 4). Wait for it to fully dry.
  2. For hole punching and getting that smaller size I used the Crop-A-Dile II on the 1/8 setting.
  3. Then I used the ‘color in’ stamp of the elf in a light green (StazOn: Cactus Green). For those who are very particular about ink staining your clear acrylic stamps I would avoid using this ink pad. I love the color and the staining doesn’t bother me, I just make sure I clean them after  so that the color does not transfer for future use.
  4. After stamping the ‘colored in’ portion I use the outline of the elf to stamp over it. Viola! Cute little elf!
  5. For the brush lettering I used the Royal & Langnickel, which is my favorite brush for watercolor lettering.
  6. String in the twine and then you are finished!


WK 44: Planner Layout Tutorial

Hello darlings! Due to some technical difficulties that I was having with the website I was unable to upload Week 44.

This week I am in love with turquoise blue which inspired this week’s layout.

THEME: Turquoise blue, Black, Brown, Gray

IMG_3731[Prang Oval-16 by Dixon, StazOn: Blue Hawaii, Day by Day Calendar Stamp Set]

SET UP: As usual I brush script ‘October’ but this time I block lettered. To add a little more dramatic effect I added a grey shadowing on the letters, which I decided on after taking this picture. Also for the background on the dates I painted triangular geometric designs that remind me of origami. And of course I stamped in the dates using the Day by Day Calendar Stamps.


IMG_3732[Teresa Collins label stickers; Traveler’s Factory Stamp; MT: Clip; Traveler’s Factory Washi tape]

MONDAY: As you’ve seen in the picture above I started off Monday with a label sticker and cut out washi tape clip to accentuate an important note. Later that day I received my new Midori inserts (018) for 2016 from Baum Kuchen. I had to make a special notation to end the day with the order number and sticker that came with my package. Point is to capture the memory.

{Side Note: There are many places you can purchase Midori Traveler’s supply but Baum Kuchen is one of my favorite and I am a supporter of small business! I definitely recommend you check it out, I know you will love it!}

IMG_3734[StazOn: Cloudy Day; Alpha Stamp by Recollections; 365™Fall Collection: Daily]

TUESDAY: I used this lovely alpha stamp from Michaels using the StazOn: Cloudy Day. That this gray tone was a perfect match to the washi clip. To end the day I used the ‘spoon/fork/knife’ stamp from 365™: Daily set because I had to celebrate the fact my husband, Chris made on of my favorite tofu dishes all by himself! So for Tuesday I kept it very simple but all the same very special because it’s about memory keeping.

IMG_3736[Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo; Studiol2e: Labels & Tabs; Script washi tape; Le Pen: Light Blue]

WEDNESDAY: I love labels! This includes stickers, stamps, vintage, gummed… you name it I love it! I was so happy that I got my hands on this label stamp set. I do apologize for the stains you see on the stamps but this was due to a ink pad I used long ago and no matter what I’ve tried I can’t seem to get it off. Luckily the color does not transfer on to current/future use. As I’ve said I love labels and decided to make my one label sticker for this day as a ‘reminder tab’.

To add a little extra color I used Le Pen to hand letter ‘K’ and for decor I used the script washi tape.

IMG_3737[Nami Nami Cat Paws; Gray Script washi tape; Cavallini & Co.: Paper Tape: Numbers; Classiky: Blue Grid; Multiball by Pilot: Fine Tip; Iro Label Star: Shine]

THURSDAY: It being National Cat Day I was so excited to use the kitty paws washi tape! To write directly on the washi tape I used Multiball by Pilot. It’s my favorite pen to write on washi tape (click here to get this awesome pen). Alongside decorating with these lovely  washi tapes, I used these adorable star stickers as bullet points.


FRIDAY: I somehow forgot to take a picture of this column. I do apologize. I used the Fukuro and Aki set from 365™Fall Collection. Added some flourish using watercolor brush script and some of my favorite washi tape.

SATURDAY / SUNDAY: I spent a fun day with Eunice. I purchased the ‘Good Job!’ stamp at KinoKuniya Bookstore in Little Tokyo, CA. To capture this fun time we took pictures of our Midori Traveler’s Notebook. She was so kind to write a little notation on my planner with her signature watercolor script.


Thank you for reading and I hope you found it fun and inspiring. Until next time, I hope that you have a wonderful week!

Xoxo, Jennie

WK 43: Planner Layout Tutorial

Last week I had so much fun using a color that I typically don’t use (purple). This inspired me to continue challenging myself for upcoming planner layouts and blog posts. To brainstorm I was rummaging through my stash of stationery items/art supplies. I know there are those of us out there that do not have tons of supplies to play with. So for the challenge I thought it would be a fun idea to only use a few specific items  to decorate this week.

Supplies for this week’s challenge:

  • watercolor paints and brushes
  • stamps but only use black ink
  • black Uni-ball Signo pen

IMG_3722[Prang Oval-16 by Dixon; Winsor & Newton Pocket Box; Winsor & Newton: Payne’s Gray, Indigo]

IMG_3723[365™Fall Collection: DailySchool; Alpha Stamps from Michaels; Kelly Purkey: Outline Letters; Versa Fine: Onyx Black]



SET UP: I use a sketch book to do my palette tests, write notes and different ideas, patterns, and even practice my handwriting/calligraphy. What you see above is the starting of my scribbling but by the end the whole page will be filled.  I also love love love my Sojourner by Retrow Tures (you can check her out on Instagram). I take it on the go and it’s handy whenever I find inspiration and have to jot it down quickly.

Since I have a limited number of tools to use, I had to be creative in how I wanted to use them. I love color and for this week I wanted to mix it up and wanted to cover the layout with an explosion of color. I had to be cautious on how I did this because I didn’t want it to look chaotic but a fusion of different colors and patterns.

IMG_3717[Canson Sketch book; Sojourner Notebook, Midori Traveler’s Notebook]

IMG_3721DETAILS: This week instead oIMG_3720f doing a day to day, I will just show you a close up how I decorated using only the limited number of tools as listed above. You don’t need a boat load of supplies to make your planner special and unique, all you need is your imagination.

**Click on the images for a closer look.

QUOTE: I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

-Pablo Picasso


Have a wonderful week and until next time… Take care and keep smiling!

Xoxo, Jennie




WK 42: Planner Layout Tutorial

THEME: Purple, Olive, Brown

IMG_3681[Royal & Langnickel 2/0; Versa Magic: Purple Hydrangea; Prang Oval-16 by Dixon]

SET UP: This week I wanted to try something a little different. As I looked back through my planner, I realized that I don’t use much purple. So to challenge myself I decided to do just that. As usual I used watercolors to brush script ‘October’ but this time I used the watercolor set from Prang IMG_3699(purchased at Michaels). For the date boxes I did a subtle polka dot design with the same watercolors and stamped the dates using Day by Day Calendar Stamp Set.

As I tried to gather items that would coordinate with this week, I admit it was a lot more difficult than I initially imaged. So to  find the right colors I decided to seek help by using a color wheel.  I searched online and came across the website, Paletton. It was just what I was looking for. You choose the color and it will tell you its coordinating counterpart. You can use an online source like I did, or you can purchase a color wheel at your local art store.

IMG_3689[Winsor & Newton watercolor set; 365™Fall Collection: Daily and Aki; Versa Magic: Spanish Olive, Jumbo Java, Perfect Plumeria; Fion Stewart-Green Path

MONDAY: I wanted to flourish the start of the day so I used the dove and flora stamps from the 365™Fall Collection. I multi stamped the dove to give a movement effect, as if it were soaring through my planner. For the flora in the dove’s mouth, I did not initially intended to be an olive branch but after I stamped it, that’s what it reminded me of. So to continue that concept and to break in between notes, I used this olive design washi tape and a circular grid sticker.

To highlight important information I used watercolors to box that in because the color pens I had didn’t quite match to the colors I wanted. Instead of making it a plain rectangle I added a dotted line effect to make it stand out. Below that I made ‘home cooked meal’ sticker, which was to cover up a mistake I made. The cute little house stamp was perfect to accentuate the  home in that sticker. And to finished the day, I used brush script using the same watercolor palette.


TUESDAY: To commemorate the wonderful happy mail I received from my dear friend Phuong, I used a postage stamp sticker (purchased at Hobby Lobby) and a postage cancel stamp from Traveler’s Factory.

The start of this week I was already making all kinds of mistakes. If you notice closely the cancel stamp was made into a sticker to cover up a crazy ink smear I made when initially stamping on the page. You may not see the smear (thank goodness) but its there…hiding. So do not fret when you make a mistake, we all make them. There are plenty of ways to fix them. Now below that to continue the postage decoration I used a Tim Holtz postage vintage style washi tape. It compliments the stamp sticker just right!

IMG_3692[StazOn: Gothic Purple; Versa Fine: Onyx Black;  365™Fall Collection: Daily; Yellow newsprint washi tape; Classiky: Women Purple washi tape]

WEDNESDAY: I absolutely adore this tooth stamp! For that darker rich purple hue, I wanted to used the StazOn: Gothic Purple. As I’ve mentioned in my previous post this ink bleeds through the paper. To avoid this I stamped on a white adhesive label and made it into a sticker.

I hand lettered ‘K’ with pencil and filled it in using watercolor. Love how it has a gradient effect. To combine more purple into the mix I decided to use this lovely washi tape from Classiky. Now I was unsure if I wanted to go with a pastel purple, but I love the design and it actually adds the right softness to compliment the  hand lettered ‘K’.

At the bottom of this column I used the cloud and lightning bolt stamps. At first the bolts were stamped in black, and I did contemplate to use yellow ink but didn’t want to throw the whole color theme off. So to add a little extra color and texture I taped over the bolts with a text print washi tape, traced, cut and taped over the initial stamp.

IMG_3693[Classiky: Collage Green; MT: Travel Way; Chamil Garden (Shoukei): Sandglass; Versa Magic: Perfect Plumeria; 365™Fall Collection: Daily]

THURSDAY: That little guy you see in the Thursday box is a Japanese Rain Doll (Teru teru bozu). It’s is a traditional Japanese handmade doll said to bring good weather and stop the rain. I thought it was fitting since it was pouring out. For the rest of the day, I just decorated with washi tape and added a little hand lettering to flourish.


[Prang Oval-16 by Dixon; Winsor & Newton; Versa Magic: Spanish Olive; Alpha Stamps by Kodomo No Kao; Iro Label: Innocent]

FRIDAY: Kept it very simple. Used an alpha stamp set that was gifted to me by my darling friend Eunice. Boxed/highlighted the info and a simple cursive ‘K’ using watercolors. To finish I used these dot stickers I purchased from SakuraLaLa. They have tons of designs and colors which are ideal for your planner.


IMG_3698SATURDAY: I was so lucky to have received these gorgeous handmade stickers from Fab.  I highly recommend you
her out on her blog or Instagram (wreckthisgirl). When I first saw them I knew I had to use them, especially for my planner. I’m so excited that the purple and olive green matched perfectly with this week’s theme.

Completely toned it down this day and just highlighted a note using Le Pen in Olive Green. I painted an olive branch (which was at the start of this week) to finish the week.

For the quote I used a similar rich purple balance out the brush script I used for the ‘October’ title.

QUOTE: “Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, ADVENTURE”.


This week was definitely fun and a learning process for me. I hope that you had fun reading and hopefully learned something too. If there are any particular requests I would love to hear from you. Until next time, have a wonderful week and keep smiling!

Xoxo, Jennie

WK 41: Planner Layout Tutorial

Many of us can feel a little overwhelmed with a blank layout because you may not know what to put or where to start. There is no right or wrong approach. Just look at it as an opportunity to capture moments of your life down on paper. No pressure. Let’s just take it step by step. This week’s post I wanted to keep it simple but informative, so I broke it down into daily sections.  (Side Note: For a bigger view click on the pictures)

Let’s BEGIN.

THEME COLOR: ranges of deep red to caramel to brown
SET UP: To start off I used Winsor & Newton’s watercolors to brush script ‘October’ and painted in the date squares to add a background color. I absolutely love the concept of mixing colors to make it your own. With watercolors you can make it as opaque or translucent as you please. For the dates, I stamped them with the  Day by Day Calendar Stamp Set using Versa Magic: Brick Red.



MONDAY: For this column I used a label sticker from the Teresa Collins collection in the cork design to highlight an important to-do. I chose the cork because it brings a nice warm natural texture into the mix and it has a perfect orangish brown tone to go along with the color theme. In addition to the label I wanted to accentuate the importance of the context  so I added the red washi tape clip. This washi tape has many different wonderful designs that you can use decorate your planner, snail mail or whatever you like. Perfect to precut and use as stickers!

Now to highlight another important note I used these beautiful circus style alpha stamps from Recollections. It adds a nice bold flourish to make break in between notes. You can also do this by sticking a little washi tape, which I did in the picture below.

IMG_3655[Le Pen: Burgundy, Classiky: Old Book Beige, Chamil Garden (Shoukei): Steps]

IMG_3658[Versa Magic: Brick Red, Staedtler Triplus Fineliner, Traveler’s Factory washi tape, 365™Fall Collection: Daily]

TUESDAY: I enjoy using color pens to outline or box needed information so I don’t forget. There are so many different kinds of pens out there but I love the Staedtler Triples Finalizer and Le Pen. They have a wide range of colors and they don’t bleed through the pages. I boxed in some info for work and at the bottom of the column I used a speech bubble/box for something I had forgotten to pencil in on Monday.

Now I’m not quite sure how it happened but I accidentally spilled some watercolor paint on my planner. No need to stress. I could have easily covered it with some washi tape or whitened it out, but instead I decided to embrace it.

To keep this column pretty simple but special I used the cute spoon, fork, knife stamp to highlight the delicious food I ate with my hubby. Also wanted to show my love for MTN (Midori Traveler’s Notebook) so I taped the Traveler’s Factory washi tape in the blank spot, which was just the right  fit.

IMG_3659[365™Fall Collection: Daily & School, Schedule Sticker: Daily Cat, Le Pen: Burgundy, Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous: pointing finger, StazOn: Spiced Chai]


WEDNESDAY: These 365™ planner stamps are so perfect to add a little cute flare to any item on your planner. Here I used the syringe and tiny school bus as a reminder for what was going on for the day.

Of course my favorite thing is hand lettering to make events pop out on my planner. For the letter K, I used the color pen and fill it in with horizontal lines for a more dramatic effect.

If you notice on the top left corner of this planner insert (018: undated vertical weekly) is has circular watermark where you can put in the month and year for that week. I rarely ever use that so I wanted to cover it up. To do that I wanted to stamp it with the StazOn ink because of its bold beautiful color but the issue with that ink pad is that it bleeds through the page. To avoid that I stamped it on a piece of gold vellum paper, cut it out and glued it over the watermark. I love the way it came out because the gold vellum brings a nice subtle shine to the overall layout.

IMG_3663[StazOn: St. Valentine, Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Versa Magic: Pumpkin Spice, Tim Holtz Ideology Ephemera pack, Target Dollar Spot: circular label stamp, 365™Fall Collection: Fukuro]

THURSDAY: The same concept as I did with the vellum, but this time I used an adhesive white label sheet where I stamped a circular label stamp, cut it out to make myself a label sticker. Wrote in a little snail mail phrase then on top of that I glued on a vintage style AirMail ephemera . Ultimately I was attempting to make it look like a cancelled postage stamp.

I used the cute coffee mug and alpha stamps as to compliment the events that occurred at the end of the day. This filled in a lot of the space which makes it look a lot fuller even though  not much went on for the day.

*Addition to WED: To completing my Wednesday, I used a Cavallini Paris sticker I received from my darling IG friend Wima and to complete the look I stuck on tiny label sticker I made using the Studio l2e: Labels & Tabs.

IMG_3670[Chamil Garden (Shoukei): Daily, Versa Magic: Pumpkin Spice, Cavallini & Co.: Vintage Letterpress, Spare Parts: Vintage Bottle Cap Sticker Pack]

FRIDAY: It’s Happy World Post Day. I outlined the Friday box with a color pen and added a little  washi tape with a small circle sticker to coordinate the color. To add a little more texture I stamped it with a small leaf stamp from Cavallini & Co.: Vintage Letterpress. At the bottom of my Friday I used a stamp sticker which I received from another sweet IG friend (Amy). I thought it was a perfect way to end my Fri-YAY.


SATURDAY: Washi tape plays a huge factor in how I decorate my planner. Here I layered a script, floral  and wax seal washi tapes to highlight some outgoing mail I completed. Beneath that I used alpha (purchased at Michaels) and a pen stamps for an additional embellished look.

SUNDAY: Here I wrote inIMG_3672 brush script and used one of my favorite label stickers from Tim Holtz. And again I turn to  washi tape to complete the overall decoration and color theme. This is the graffiti dark washi tape in caramel brown by Classiky and I layered it with a transparent grid sticker from a diary sticker set.


QUOTE: “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts”  -ELEANOR ROOSEVELT




I hope that you enjoyed this week’s post as much as I enjoyed posting it. Thank you dear friends for all your words of love and encouragement!

Until next time, have a wonderful week and keep smiling!

Xoxo, Jennie

WK 40: Layout Tutorial

SET UP: Starting a new week is exciting! New week means blank slate. To begin I start off by  putting in the dates for the week.

IMG_3631The past couple of layouts I have been adding a little color and design in the tiny date box as a background. Just an extra detail for me to personalize it.

Here I used Winsor and Newton’s watercolor paint in Indigo to paint the leaves. I wanted a more translucent look since I will be stamping over them.

DATES: When filling in the dates I either write or stamp them in. Here I am using the  Day by Day Calendar Stamp Set I purchased from Pipit Zakka Store. These are great because you use one stamp for each date instead of using the same numeric stamp over and over to cover the necessary days.IMG_3633

The perfect stamp ink to use and avoid bleed through is the Versa chalk inks by Tsukineko. My friend Eunice introduced me to these and I was skeptical at first but now I love them! I got these Versa Magic at JoAnn’s. There are so many different colors and shades. [Pictured here is the Versa Magic in Aegean Blue.]

After putting in the dates and picking a color theme. I write in as I go, day by day. Of course if there is something important to remember ahead of time, I will pre-fill that in before decorating.

[Staedtler: Triplus Fineliner, Winsor and Newton: Water Colours, Royal & Langnickel 2/0, Uni-Ball Signo 0.38, Versa Magic: Jumbo Java, Gingerbread, Wheat, Aegean Blue, Night Sky]

TOOLS: There are so many ways to decorate your planner. To highlight a special entry for each day, I use a variety of stationery tools. I pick out the ones I want to use to coordinate with the color theme and keep it on hand so I can decorate/design/hand letter as I go.

STAMPS: I love stamps!! There are so many planner stamps out there but I especially love the  365™Fall Collection stamps sets. So adorable and functional! A definite must have! Each set has so many options that you cannot help but be inspired. For this week I used the School and Daily set.

IMG_3635[365™Fall Collection: School. You can purchase them at SakuraLaLa’s store.]

EXTRAS: Towards the end of the week,  I look through and add in things that I may have forgotten. For those blank areas I just flourish with the what I got. This consists of washi tape, labels, stickers, ephemera…etc. I keep my little odds and ends, bits n bobs and other tiny treasures in a wooden windowed box. This way its easy for me to find and coordinate as I please.

 WATER COLORING: Besides adding the little flourishes, I especially love accentuating each week with watercolors and brush script. It has been a huge part of my journaling process and I incorporate it all throughout my planner.


Try not to feel pressured to fill up all the blank spaces or decorate to make it ‘perfect’. Mistakes happen. I admit I feel the stress and pressure of creating something and wanting it to be perfect. I just remind myself, “this is your planner/journal so make it your own and stay true to yourself”. Advice I hold true from Eunice when I took her Inspiration Lab workshop.

If you make a mistake, there are plenty of easy fixes to hide it and no one is the wiser. Just make sure you are enjoying what you are doing. This is suppose to be therapeutic not stressful.

I hope that you enjoyed my little tutorial, I definitely had fun doing it! Each week I will show you my weekly planning process and will break down into detail what was used and how. There may be a YouTube video in the near future. Fingers crossed! Thank you for reading and have an awesome day!

Xoxo, Jennie

Sakura LaLa: Team 365


I’m so excited to share the news of the debut of Sakura LaLa’s new 365™ Fall Collection stamps! I have been honored and privilege to be a part of their design team. I cannot wait to share upcoming projects and ideas that can be used with these adorable stamps. Click here to get straight to shopping.

Love of Journaling/Planning


For my very first entry I decided to give you a little info about my love of journaling and planning.

I started journaling when I was 8 yrs old and my very first was a pink Hello Kitty diary. It was my sanctuary and most prized possession. For privacy I would hide in the closet or under my bed with a flashlight and express my innermost thoughts and feelings without limits. This love of writing and memory keeping continued into my adult years. Now with so many wonderful and beautiful planners and journals out there I initially had a difficult time picking the right one for me. With the help and input from my awesome fellow stationery loving friends I have found the perfect system!

Pictured above is the Midori Traveler’s Notebook (MTN) and the Roterfaden. I use the MTN for my everyday planning and the Roterfaden for my art journaling. I absolutely love it!

In coming posts I will go more in depth on both of these. It being my first entry I just wanted to keep it short and sweet. Stay tuned for more!

Those who are looking to purchase a Midori Traveler’s Notebook and their inserts along with the Roterfaden go here.