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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 tianggeΒ for P100, or inside the Department Store forΒ 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 theΒ result:



Β 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!




[DIY | Planner] August 2015

Here’s the month of August on my DIY planner. I went crazy with Washi tape this month. I also tried using some of the patterned paper I had lying around.


Front page for August.


Days 1 and 2. DIY page flag from a sticky note that was no longer sticky, so I taped it under the washi tape border.


Jim Paredes replied to a tweet about our Go! Magazine article. I blogged about that here before but all the things get written down on my planner or IG first, so.


I spent part of a Saturday randomly cutting and sticking the patterned paper on the left pages.


Met up with a former officemate at Breakfast Club. Have to go back there again to eat! It’s a bit pricey (like everything in BGC is) but you get your money’s worth.

Except for the Butterbeer. It’s just cream soda with whipped cream, don’t bother.


My failed attempt at Meal Planning! Haha I prepare my meals for the work week every Sunday and Wednesday but I haven’t gotten into a system of writing itΒ down and following it.


This yellow chevron washi is one of my ultimate faves. For Mondays, I usually just design the left page a little, to have maximum writing space for the week’s work deliverables.


Getting the hang of using spreads.




This spread is one of my favorites. I used Heidi Swapp Stamps, washi tape, letter stamps, and DIY page flags.



Inside Out feels!


Vian’s birthday = Japanese food galore. Yum!


Used stamps as bullets. This leaves washi (bought from Hey Kessy) is also another one of my faves.



From afar, the left side kind of looks like an iPod. I should’ve put the photo in the middle, haha.



Create your own DIY Planner for 2016 with the FREE Journal kit or the Scrapbook kit in this giveaway!

May-July | Starting Your DIY Planner

{DIY | Planner} May-July 2015

Since I miss doing planner posts on organizers@LJ, I thought I’d share my planner here.

For 2015, I made a DIY planner since none of the planners being sold back then fit what I wanted and needed. Check this post to see how to make your own DIY planner.

It’s been half a year, so here’s how life/work’s been going, planner-style.




Even if all I want to be is content, I find that I can never really stay that way. I, and maybe people in general, always end up wanting something more. May found me struggling with being content with my job, as I’d begun to find it repetitive. Especially since it hasn’t really taught me much after my first year and hasn’t been intellectually challenging in a while.

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This was a crappy page. I pasted stuff all over it to attempt to remove the crappiness but it really didn’t work that well. Haha

There’s a photo of Brooke from One Tree Hill (played by Sophia Bush) in one of my favorite episodes, 4×13: Pictures of You.

BROOKE: So how about it? You think one class can change your life?
CHASE: The way you kiss? Definitely. Still think you’re not good enough?
BROOKE: I don’t think that ever goes away. But I think you just have to learn to deal with it, you know? Learn to use it.
CHASE: So let’s use it, then.

CHASE: Today I spent an hour with Brooke Davis, and I learned something. People are gonna label you. It’s how you overcome those labels. That’s what matters.

Says a lot about how I was feeling that week, I think.



A broken heart can’t be that bad.


A 3×4 card I originally made for Project Life but couldn’t find a place to put in. I’m learning how to create better Project Life albums by studying albums I like online. I’m trying to stick to themes, colors, and layouts per album. It’s quite hard. I didn’t think it would be–but then, I’m not using PL cards since they’re expensive, so that greatly contributes to the ‘wow this is pretty hard’ factor.


Transferred this photo of a girl onto a doily using a blender pen, then used my Motex Label Maker to stick lyrics of Utada Hikaru’s Can You Keep A Secret.


Struggling with stronger feelings of wanting to leave my job. But I’m older, and I know myself better, and I can honestly say: I sabotage myself.

From activities in high school to turning down my university organization presidency position, turning down an internship in New York, quitting my first job even when I was told my promotion was already approved for the next year, and woah hey, typing this out–it looks like I’m scared of a true leadership role as well, and isn’t that a scary thing to contemplate. Hell, maybe I even sabotage potential romantic relationships. I keep stopping, I keep finding ways to stop, finding things wrong when things are going great (from an outsider’s perspective) and start moving on to another thing, and I don’t know why.


So here’s to holding on and maybe, hopefully, stopping this habit.



MY QUEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I watched the Idina Menzel concert and OMG I LOVE HER SO MUCH!!!!!!! My Elphie ❀ Her Defying Gravity got me through 2005-2006.


My friends and I had a children’s themed party, complete with party favors. We had staple Filipino children’s party food like hotdog with marshmallows on a stick placed on a cabbage, spaghetti, and the like. We also had loot bags full of candy, bubbles, and lots of plastic balloons!! YAAAY!!

Everyone I told about this party were envious, even our parents!


AntMan. Almost all the movies I watched in cinemas this year, I watched as a work perk. It’s pretty fun.


This is a beautiful quote from Cheryl Strayed about what ifs and being at peace with the choices we make. Sometimes I think about the many Jericas I could have been. The one who attended to U.P. Los BaΓ±os instead of Ateneo, the one who accepted my university org’s presidency position, the one who interned in New York, the one who was nicer. I don’t dwell on it much, just–I wonder how she’d be doing now.


An old reminder.

(But for now, I’m holding on.)

(I’ve forgotten how posting your planner is like baring your soul.)