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Travel Notebook: Watercolor Insert (Booklet)

Originally I had wanted to share my travel notebook updates via video. I have yet to learn how to video edit and also I don’t have an overhead tripod. This post is a preview of just the watercolor insert of my travel notebook.

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What’s My Jam?

I’ve been more focused on my travel journal lately and also making cards. I recorded the process of one of the cards I made and am learning to edit. We shall see how it turns out, I may or may not post it up. So for the month of April/May, I listened to the following while working…


  • Bible Belt – Diane Birch
  • 20 – Hyukoh
  • Symposium – Ken Oak Band
  • Elephants… Teeth Sinking Into Heart – Rachael Yamagata
  • Home Now – My Name Is You


  • Pretty Boy – 2NE1
  • Ugly – 2NE1
  • Don’t Stop the Music – 2NE1
  • Hold My Hand – Lee Hi
  • Breathe – Lee Hi
  • My Star – Lee Hi

Are any of you guys 2NE1 fans? It was sad when news came out that Minzy decided to leave the group. 2NE1 will not quite be the same without her, but I do wish success for both Minzy Kong and 2NE1 on their future endeavors.

So what have you guys been listening to? Please comment below, I’m always looking for new music to listen to.

What’s My Jam?

Earlier this week, “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis played on the radio. I liked the song, but I never paid attention to the lyrics. So there I was in my car actually listening to the lyrics for the first time and when I thought about it, the lyrics came off a bit creepy. I had an image of the word “Love” bleeding.  For the rest of the week, I caught myself singing bits of the song.

Here’s my February/March Jam List:

  • Like I’m Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor
  • Hello Bitches – CL
  • Same Old Love – Selena Gomez
  • Love Yourself – Justin Bieber (Does that mean I’m a Bieber fan now?)

So what’s your current jam? I love trying out new music, so please comment below.

This was a very fun exercise. I had posted on social media asking for ideas on what to draw over the random shapes I had created, but no participants. Hopefully next time someone would make a suggestion.

The ingredients for Butter Cookies. I wonder what they are dancing to?

Happy Easter



A present from one of my younger cousins in Australia. Miss you and the rest of the family.

Cheap Or Thrifty?


During lunch I picked up a roll of wrapping paper. Christmas had wiped me clean, including the roll of yellow I used for any occasion. I chose a paper bag brown background with red balloons all over. It reminded me of DIY project from the Brownie Girl Scout Handbook (1986); you carved a pattern out of half a potato and using an ink pad or paint, you stamped all over a paper bag. I might try that one day (minus the potato). I just don’t believe in spending on wrapping paper. It’s such a waste. Hence is why I chose patterns that can be used for more than one occasion or non-gender conformed colors. Actually I take that back, if all I have is pink wrapping paper then guy or girl you bet your gift will be wrapped in that pink paper. Does it really matter? You’re going to chuck it anyway.

The only time I feel it might be necessary to coordinate the wrapping paper to the occasion would be wedding gifts: unless the happy couple are environmentalists, DIYers or likes to recycle. Ok even after saying that, Happy Couples don’t be surprise if you see a flaming flamingo among your sea of whites and creams on the gifts table. Hey at least you know who it’s from if the card gets misplaced, especially when you make that name list for “Thank You” cards. See I save people time.

(Urban Outfitters Holiday Catalog 2012 – used for a friend who loves to shop there)

There has been a few times where I wrapped my friend’s present in magazines, advertisements and catalogues. I don’t think I’ve ever used newspaper (Ughh ink smudges — I have standards). When I do use one of the above I don’t just roll the gift in it, slap tape and call it a day. Sometimes I wished I did, but again standards. No, no, I flip through and chose the pages. Then I strategically wrap and place a bow. If I don’t have a bow, I fashion one out of the same material. Some people think that’s cheap. I don’t know, I think it’s thrifty and I do a pretty decent job of it.

Nena – 99 Red Balloons

Jazz It Up


First card I’m using from the set Ada gave me last Christmas. I jazzed it up a little to make it more fun.

I’ll be sending presents to all my cousins on the other side of the world. It’ll take some time. Hope they will like it.

Potential Costumes


Halloween costume designs for Mr. Dog.

The 4 Years Old Artist


Sister’s family portrait by my oldest nephew.


A portrait of the Boyfriend & me.

A Rose She Said


My co-worker subtle hinted that she wanted me to draw a rose on our whiteboard. Here’s my attempt; I found an online picture to use as a my guide. She’s still working on a quote to put next to it.

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