J’s Birthday Present

J’s one of my closest friends’ son. He’s the only kid from the members of our group, so he’s pretty close to all of us. Since his birthday is so close to Christmas (a few days before Christmas), I try to make it a point to separate the two presents and make his birthday present and buy his Christmas present.2013-12-12 13.48.38This year, I got my inspiration from this advent punch box, but turned it into a punch box birthday present. I also did some changes to how the punch box is constructed.

I made five holes for my punch box, and decided to put a small present in each hole. I bought some plastic glasses (so he can still use them after) as my containers. The punch box contents are: lego erasers, magic trick, Timezone card, Chocnut, stickers. I also put some Flat tops chocolates in mini balloons for him to pop.

The box is from stash, I traced the lip of the glass on the box and cut them out using a cutter. I covered it with brown paper I had from my stash, and used washi and paper tapes to decorate the sides. I cut out the holes on the brown paper using the cutter too.
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I put the different items in the glasses and covered the opening with tissue paper (reused from old presents) and taped them down. This part had to be done very carefully since the tissue paper tears so easily. Placed the glasses in the openings carefully until they were snug.

2013-12-12 13.56.532013-12-12 13.57.082013-12-12 13.57.31I put a one Flat Top each into six balloons (because it’s his 6th birthday). I’ll blow them up the morning before I give them to him so they won’t lose air in storage. I actually did this as his present a year ago, only with money, and he enjoyed popping the balloons even more than the money inside. So this year, I’m giving him the chance to pop more balloons again.2013-12-12 14.12.54Cost of present

  • plastic glasses: P100 (~$2.5)
  • lego erasers: P50 (~$1.25)
  • magic trick: P99 (~$2.5)
  • Timezone card: P52 (~$1.25)
  • stickers: P35 (~$1)
  • Flat tops + Chocnut: around P50 (~$1.25)

Total cost: around P400 (~$10)


Current Notebooks

Here’s the current set of notebooks I’m using. I’ll also be discussing how I use my journal and my Victoria’s Journals faux-dori after.
2013-11-30 16.06.53 HDRfrom left to right: Muji B5 blank notebook, Muji A5 ruled notebook, Green A5 Daycraft signature sketchbook (blank pages), Alunsina Journal (blank), Grey A5 Daycraft signature sketchbook (blank pages), hardcover faux-leather journal (lined pages). Also, there’s an envelope that you can’t see that holds my journal master index

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Notebook Collection

I know I haven’t been posting about crafts lately, but life has been really busy, and I haven’t really gotten around to doing much besides Christmas presents (which will probably be getting it’s own post after Christmas).

I do think it’s about time I did an updated post on my current notebook stash, so I finally got out my notebooks and decided to take some pictures and share them with you guys. I’m also planning to do another entry on the notebooks I currently use (which aren’t in the picture below) and how I use them. ūüôā


1: Old journals. More or less filled up, I think. The first and the fifth from the left are handbound notebooks I made.

2:¬†Paperthinks pocket notebook¬†3.5″x5″, 256 blank pages. I used this as my EDC notebook and jotted down to do lists and other random things in it.

The next two rows are all unused notebooks.

3: 2 (from a pack of 3) B5 Muji blank notebooks

4: pack of 5 of A5 Muji lined notebooks

5:¬†A pursebook from Mori Notes. (This is made in the Philippines!). It’s a notebook with an integrated zipper pocket to the cover flap. I won this in a giveaway raffle over at Manila Shopper, and I’m still waiting for the perfect time to use this. The paper absorbs ink a lot, so I don’t think I’ll use it as a journal, especially since I use gel pens, but I think it’d be a gorgeous travel sketchbook (if only I as better about sketching regularly)

6:¬†My current favorite notebook for journaling. These notebooks are from Alunsina Handbound Books. Another handbound notebook maker from the Philippines. I am absolutely in love with their notebooks. The rightmost notebook is already lined up as my next journal. (Here’s a link to their etsy shop¬†for an idea of their prices, but it’s better to check out their Facebook page)

7:¬†Monologue Sketchbook. A5, 96 leaves. I really like this notebook. I like a bit of friction in my paper, and this is the perfect roughness for drawing or writing. I was supposed to use this as a journal, before I found Alunsina notebooks, but I’ll use it eventually I think, somehow. (Also, the name’s a bit misleading, the PU cover isn’t really soft, but I like the stiffness it has without being an actual hardcover notebook)

8¬†and¬†10: These are both Zequenz 360 notebooks. They’re both blank and have 140gsm paper. The larger one is their medium size, around 5″x7″ I think, and the smaller is their mini size, around 3.5″x5.5″. Their mini size is the perfect notebook to carry in the back pocket (although I’ve lost one of these before because it fell out of my back pocket >.<)

11: An Ogami quotes (writer) notebook, mini size, from QuirksPH. Made from REPAP, it’s waterproof. I’m hoping to use this either for dives or if my friends and I push through on that mountain climbing trip.

12: A bunch of mini notebooks for my Pelle Journal from Victoria’s Journals. It’s a knock-off, of sorts, of the Midori’s Traveler’s Notebook (I like to think of it as a faux-dori). The cutesy ones on the left (which I’m not really thrilled with because I like my notebook covers plainer and they have ruled pages while I prefer blank) are Victoria’s Journals mini notebooks while the plain black and red ones are notebooks I bought at National Bookstore (and they’re the perfect size for the VJ faux-dori!)

A to Z Book Survey

I saw this book survey over at Planet Millie, and just couldn’t resist doing an entry about books because, let’s face it, books are a big deal for me.

Author you’ve read the most books from

Off the top of my head, I think it’d have to be Diana Wynne Jones, just because she has a whole bunch of books. (That’s discounting books like Nancy Drew or Babysitters Club).

Best sequel ever

King of Attolia¬†from Megan Whalen Turner’s¬†Queen’s Thief¬†series.¬†The first book,¬†The Thief, was one of my favorite books as a kid, but I didn’t even know it was a series until I saw the next two books (Queen of Attolia¬†and¬†King of Attolia) at a bookstore when I was in uni. I loved the different take in¬†King of Attolia and I still find it giggle-worthy whenever I re-read it.

Currently reading

Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer.

Drink of choice while reading

I don’t drink a lot while reading, but it’d have to be coffee, I guess?

E-reader or physical book

I love my kindle and I love the ease of kindles, but it’d still be physical books. I grew up in a house stuffed full of books and I love the memories that come with actually holding books. (Although, we lost a lot of our books in a major flood a couple of years back. I still mourn all the books we used to have)

Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school

Uh… Can’t really think of anyone

Glad you gave this book a chance

Pride and Prejudice. I remember reading one of the Brontes’ books in high school and that kind of prejudiced me against Victorian era books, so for the longest time I kind of avoided those kind of books. A few years back, I was watching¬†Wishbone¬†(Yes, it’s a kids’ series, but I used to watch it as a kid, don’t judge me. And I really think it’s a great kids’ show), and one of the episodes featured P&P, and I was all ‘oh shit, this Elizabeth girl is cool, I have to read the book!’ And I loved it. ūüôā

Hidden gem book

I’m not sure what hidden gem is supposed to mean… A book that doesn’t get much credit? Uh… One of my favorite books since childhood that I don’t think a lot of people have read is Ellen Raskin’s¬†Westing Game.¬†It’s a great whodunit book with a lot of great twists and clues within clues

Important moment in your reading life

I was eight and in the second grade. My mom took me into their room, led me to one of the bookcases, pulled out an old novel, handed it to me, and told me to read it. It took me a looooong time to get through it, but I read it and fell in love. It was the first book that showed me that I could go reading through my parents’ bookshelves. J.R.R. Tolkien’s¬†The Hobbit.

Just finished

Alex Scarrow’s¬†TimeRiders 6: City of Shadows

Kinds of books you won’t read

Those romance novels that are all smut. I hate them. I have no problem with erotica, but I don’t like PWPs, I need a plot.

Longest book you’ve read

I’m not really sure, what with font sizes and book sizes. If we count¬†Lord of the Rings as all one book, it’d be that. If not… Probably the unabridged¬†Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

Major book hangover because of

I remember that I was obsessed with The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper as a kid. I memorized all the poems, and daydreamed about Wales a lot (because of The Grey King).

Number of bookcases you own

Well, we don’t have bookcases anymore, since we moved after the flood. But our old house used to have five or six (just small bookcases).

One book you’ve read multiple times

I love re-reading favorite books, so there are a lot of these. Madeleine L’Engle books get re-read a lot, I used to go re-read some of my favorite series like¬†The Prydain Chronicles and¬†The Dark is Rising¬†sequence a lot.¬†Howl’s Moving Castle¬†and¬†The Westing Game. A lot, really.

Preferred place to read

In bed

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read

The latest quote that gave me the feels is “It would be a privelege to have my heart broken by you” from¬†The Fault in Our Stars

Reading regret

I don’t really regret reading books. I don’t even regret¬†Twilight, which I only read because I wanted to criticize it knowledgeably when faced with all those fangirls.

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series)

Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographic by James A. Owen. I loved the first book in this series, I got literal goosebumps by the end. The next books aren’t as awesome, but it’s still a pretty great series. I just can’t find the last book, and I have to re-read the whole series again before reading book 6.

Unapologetic fangirl for

I’m going to skip the things that people typically fangirl/fanboy over. It’d have to be¬†Howl’s Moving Castle¬†(I’ve got friends who can’t understand why I love it so much, but the whole playing around with the fantasy tropes in this book is just so much fun),¬†Westmark¬†trilogy (The Prydain books are more famous, but I love the gray-ness of the Westmark books, things were never just black and white. I loved how everyone was a mix of good and bad, and I never really knew who was truly ‘right’), and¬†The Westing Game.

Very excited for this release more than all the others

Most of my favorite authors are dead, and I haven’t really been following any new series lately. It would have to be the next¬†Heroes of Olympus¬†book by Rick Riordan, but it’s not that I’m partically excited about it, just that it’s the only series I’m following right now.

Worst bookish habit

Starting a new book in the middle of reading another book. I do this a lot, and sometimes I forget where I am in one of the books I’m simultaneously reading.

X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book

Ugh. I don’t have my own bookshelf anymore, and the bookshelf is downstairs.

Your latest book purchase

The first 3 books of The Missing series by Margaret Petersen Haddix (I really liked her Shadow Children series, so I decided to give it a go. Also, I got each book for Php30, around 75 cents US, so it was a total steal)

Zzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I only started it because I wanted to fall asleep and figured that I’d read a couple of chapters and go to sleep. I ended up finishing the book at 3am, sobbing like my heart was breaking.

Craft Fair Buys!

A friend and I went to the 10A Alabama Arts and Crafts Fair today. I only bought two items, but I’m really happy with them ūüėÄ A tube of solid perfume (Beach Bunny) from Aromateria and an absolutely gorgeous leather journal from Alunsina Journals

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I love how much Beach Bunny smells like the actual sea. And I am absolutely in love with my new notebook. I may have to use this as my next journal instead of the one I already had lined up as my next journal.

//2013-08-04: I removed the part about notebooks, because I realized that I wanted to do a whole notebook entry in detail soon.

More Mini Book Charms!

I’m having too much fun making these. ūüėÄ More mini book charms! (These do not include the three that I made as prezzies for K. Those are already all wrapped up.)

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Also, I figured out an easier way to make pages. Instead of cutting out one piece and folding it in half, I used a larger sheet and folded it into a four page booklet with the thickness of eight pages. (I used this method)

I need something new to obsess over. I might end up making a charm for every single one of my favorite books if I don’t stop obsessing over these mini book charms.

Mini Book Charms (with tutorial)

I’ve got two friends who are celebrating their birthdays soon and I decided (as usual) to make their presents. The first one was easy, I just stenciled the Lord of the Rings inscription along the hem of a black shirt. Since I’d already given them the same present last year, I decided I had to think of a different present for the second one this year.

Luckily, I remembered one of my friends linking to one of those online shops that sell mini book charms and I remember thinking back then ‘Hey, I could make that’. So, I decided to make a book charm necklace for the second friend. (The thing with friends who love books is that there are a lot of choices for book-related presents). I decided to go with Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, but of course, I couldn’t just make one, hence the abundance of mini book charms

The Stargirl charm is 1.5" tall, the others are all 1" tall

The Stargirl charm is 1.5″ tall, the others are all 1″ tall

Details and tutorial inside

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