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2017 Customized Planner (Under PHP200)

Happy 2017! Posting a quick entry to show my customized planner for the year.

I customized again this year since my 2016 Moleskine became so lumpy; I really do need a spring one. I also wanted to try a grid layout for the year, so when I chanced on this planner one day, I immediately got it.

Here’s a quick view of my 2016 Moleskine.

I bought a Harmony Planner from UP Town Center (you can find it in the tiangge for P100, or inside the Department Store for P189. You can also get it at Fully Booked for P275).

The planner is open dated.


The original layout had

  • (16-month) Monthly Grid View spread
  • Weekly Grid View (half the notebook)
  • Grid Pages (2nd half)

I wanted the weekly grid view on one side, while the other side had a blank/grid page–which obviously wasn’t the original arrangement of the notebook.

It was easy enough to bring the planner to U.P. Blessings to get it wire-bound* for only P43. They took the planner apart, cut the spine, and before they began the punching and binding, I re-arranged the pages to the layout I wanted–Monthly Grid View Spread, Weekly Grid+Grid Page spread. I also changed the cover by getting a photo printed (I resized the photo ahead of time and availed of U.P.’s printing services as well).

Here’s the result:



 Weekly Grid View on the Left, Bkank Grid on the Right
Close-up of the Monthly Grid View
Pen Test
Stamp Test
Stamp Test (back)
Starting off the year


2017 To Read and Have Watched List

Total Expenses: P262

  • Planner – P189 (I found the department store planner first, before I saw it out in the tiangge. 😦 It’s still cheap though!)
  • Binding – P43
  • Front cover printing – P30 (You can do this at home as well! Just bring the print-out when you get your planner bound so they can include it)

If you manage to buy the P100 planner, your total will only be P173 (including front cover printing) or P143 (re-using the original front cover or bringing your own print-out).

*They don’t call it wire-binding anymore; I forgot the specific word they used. They will recommend it though, when you ask for a wire-binding.

What’s your planner for the year? Hope this post gave you some ideas!




[Planner] Starbucks Daily Moleskine, February 2016

Feels like ages since I last posted! Picking up from where my first planner post for 2016, here’s January 20 through all of February.

(I post regularly on my Instagram in case you’re interested in more frequent, bite-size updates.)

I ended up filling the bottom half of the 20th with my favorite EXO member (due to excitement that I might be able to watch their concert) and some #BeaLeeve realness. I really liked the B&W spread but I couldn’t help myself from drawing those tiny green turles on the next page because EVERYONE  was so slow on the 21st, I wasn’t able to shade (cross off) anything on my to do list.img_20160216_193142.jpg

Friday saw me celebrating my 2 year work anniversary(! a first!!) with a quote from Uruguay’s former President Mujica, taken from this wonderful speech. Saturday, I watched the EXO EXO L UXION concert in Mall of Asia Arena, up close and personal. DEFINITELY AN EXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER (even if I’m not much of a fan). img_20160216_011815.jpg

Some photos from the con:

Next is a pink spread, with a quote from Evanna Lynch about Alan Rickman.img_20160210_221703.jpg

This is me testing out the Zig Kuretake Mangaka Flexible Artist Pen pen. My calligraphy fail! 8D2016-02-10-09.58.56-1.jpg.jpeg

Then the next weekend, I attended a 2-day art conference: Graphika Manila. It was really inspiring–speakers like Pixar Animation Studios, Tokidoki, Gemma O’Brian, Timothy Goodman, Harvey Tolibao, Matthew Cina, and Valerie Chua gave presentations. I am amazed at Pixar’s dedication and how long they  work just to get the most minor detail right, Tolibao’s sense of humor and talent, Simone Legno’s business sense, Gemma’s work, Valerie’s workarounds ’til she finally got to do what she wanted, and Cina’s advice to keep studying and working–complete with references to actually help and get you started. 2016-02-10-09.58.55-1.jpg.jpeg

inmidnights line break

And on to February! I wasn’t feeling the cover design for February so I covered it up with a note I got from my cousin on Valentine’s day and a premiere night ticket for Love Is blind.2016-03-23-01.14.35-1.jpg.jpeg

First book of the year: Two Lunas, Two Mabinis by Ambeth Ocampo. A really quick read–I read half in an Uber on the way to work, the other half during my break.2016-03-23-01.14.36-1.jpg.jpeg

I am, unashamedly, a John Lloyd and Bea fan through and through. Hence the quote from an article JLC wrote about working with Bea in the Philippine Star. img_20160214_221252.jpg

A Quiapo/Recto trip in the rain with Jen and Rap, then dinner with the Isabels for the weekend, and picking up Criminal Minds where I left off last year.img_20160225_034644.jpg

I took a sick day off on the 8th and ended up in bed with Criminal Minds Season 9 the whole day. This quote rings so true.img_20160225_113412.jpg

Work, work, work, work, work. Felt these pages were a bit empty even with the stamps and washi, so I ended up adding Rosie’s Into The Woods ephemera and sticker flakes from Jen. img_20160301_192331.jpg

Exercise struggle on Friday, Deadpool on Saturday. I spent my Valentine’s Day on the road to Laguna with my former officemates, to attend our godchild’s christening. It was a really fun and funny trip. img_20160226_183134.jpg

I have no idea why, but I really like this page on the left. Fell asleep in the car listening to Adam Levine’s version of Let’s Stay Together and woke up searching frantically for the song (even though I knew the title and the song, my sleep-fogged bran wasn’t able to retain the information). img_20160308_184731.jpg

This, hands down, is my favorite washi tape of the moment. It is so, so gorgeous! Granted, it’s not versatile at all but. *___________* Letter transfers, stamps, and a badminton game.img_20160305_015130.jpg

Calligraphy is hard, but everyone knows that. On the right, I had a fun weekend with the Isabels. Used a blender pen, foil tape, Zig Mangaka, Rosie’s Into the Woods ephemera and Rub-Ons.img_20160303_191412.jpg

This black and white spread turned blue and black because I made a mistake writing, so I went all the way and added blue stickers from Papemelroti (they’re only P7 a sheet!). Also, the day I got sick.img_20160310_084339.jpg

My new trick is to just use ephemera when I’ve got nothing to write.img_20160302_114330.jpg

LAST EPISODE OF ON THE WINGS OF LOVE, documented by this #OTWOL sticker from Lexi. This is also the first weekend in 2016 where I stayed in the whole way, because I wasn’t feeling well. More Criminal Minds on Saturday and then I read Practical Magic on Sunday which I got bored of halfway and moved on to Stucky fics instead.img_20160307_213657.jpg

And here’s the last plain (I don’t really like it haha) spread for February! I bought this 372 star sticker pack for only P66. 2016-03-23-01.20.30-1.jpg.jpeg

It’s been a bumpy month and I’m a bit behind on my March spreads. I also said I’d get started on my Cebu Project Life but other than a pre-layout, buying an album, and moving photos, I haven’t really done anything. Phew.

How’s your planner coming along? 🙂

Transfer Images with a Blender Pen

I’ve been playing with rub-ons and letter transfers since I was kid. We had quite a lot of them, and I’m not sure if we got them here or we bought them whenever we stayed in Oman (where my dad used to work). Now that I’m crafting and not just playing, it’s been harder to find image/letter transfers locally (which is frustrating because I could get them at Target, the dollar store, etc when I was in New York).

So ever the stubborn one, I tried looking for ways to Do It Myself. And I found what seems to be the easiest and readily available way. Emphasis on ‘readily available’ since it’s so hard to look for crafting materials here in the Philippines!

Materials needed:
Blender Pen
Photocopy of your image

1) Select the image you want to transfer. I print photos and drawings, cut out magazines, and even choose images from coloring books.

I printed a photo for this one.

If you’re printing an image, make sure to reverse it. A transferred image always shows up reversed, so there’s not much you can do with a magazine photo (unless there’s a setting to flip the image before you photocopy it?).

2) Once you’ve chosen an image, photocopy it.

3) Place the photocopied image, ink side down, on your paper. Go over it with the blender pen until the image shows through/is completely saturated.

Here’s a quick, 25-second video to show you how:

Don’t worry about getting your paper slightly damp; this dries without any marks.


Here’s the result of the image on the video once dry:

This one was a photocopy of a coloring book image.

Here’s a couple more samples:

This is a magazine image, photocopied. The image on the right is the back side of the paper, where the image showed through. I like the effect, though. This was transferred on 80 GSM paper.


Another coloring book image on my Starbucks Moleskine planner. I colored her in a bit:




  • The more times you blend over the image, the darker your transfer will be. So if you don’t want much of a show-through on the page, just go over the image once or twice. I do this for my Moleskine images since the paper is really thin.
  • Try rubbing the back of the paper transfer (once it’s damp) with a spoon.
  • Blend in a well-ventilated area. This has the addicting scent of marker floating in waves whenever you use it.


Have fun!