Italy: A Visual Logbook

italy: travel visual log

Y’all have no idea how excited I am to have this post to go live. AHHHHHH I’m so happy!!

You might, however, be asking why on earth I’m so excited — and here’s a little backstory to keep you up to speed. A while ago I left for Italy, and I just got back a couple of days ago. Italy has beautiful, beautiful scenery (and that’s also how I used up five gigabytes of space on my phone) and so I now have a whole barrage of photos. Originally, I planned for a post just chock-full of these photos, each with a tiny caption — but that would be terribly boring, not to mention insanely long and tedious to write. Plus, staring at just photos isn’t the most exciting thing, and I wanted a way to upload my travel diary/logbook in a more interesting way.

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Moodboard Musings

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Moodboards, collages, scrapbooking. All of them aren’t exactly the same, but they’re pretty similar. I’m not exactly what you would call a crafty person — I don’t spend my time doing DIYs and doing little craft projects like knitting a cute stuffed animal, or making beaded jewellery — but I do enjoy a little hands-on project now and then. Besides, the idea of starting my own tiny compilation of collages had been stirring in the back of my mind for a while, but I wasn’t sure exactly how to go about it.

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6 Tips on Dealing with Writer’s Block + Clearing Your Mind + FREE Printable!

Guide To Writer's Block

How many times have you sat down to write something — say, an essay for school, a blog post you’ve been meaning to publish, or even a short story that you want to update — but when you place your fingers on top of the keys, nothing happens? Too many times have I experienced the frustration that is writer’s block, where I can sit in front of my laptop for an hour and walk out of my room with nothing in my document. As someone who grew up loving writing stories, I’ve gathered a few tips over the years on how I manage writer’s block, and today I’m going to be sharing them with you in the hopes that you’ll benefit from them! 😀

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Creating Your Own Calligraphy Blog

Creating Calligraphy Blog Tips

It’s been so long since I’ve last posted that I NEARLY FORGOT MY PASSWORD to this account. Judging by that alone, if you don’t scroll down to check when I last uploaded, you can probably tell how much attention this blog has gotten — the answer is very close to none at all. Despite a few email offers from several potential sponsorship opportunities (squee!!) I had to sadly reject them all because of my severe lack of experience/time, something which I deeply apologize for 😦

I feel like I say this in every single post but WHOA, school has been insane. Even after school has ended (which it did last Friday) I’ve still been swamped by math assignments and writing portfolio deadlines [yes I have to write at least 5 noteworthy prose pieces by January next year and finish about half a year’s worth of math :)))))))] but I finally plopped myself down in my chair and forced myself to write this post. Inspiration has been super dry on me lately, which is also why writing has been even harder. Despite the fact that I’m a budding author (that’s the title I like to call myself), I can’t find any words to express how sorry I am that I haven’t posted in four, almost five months?! I say this in every post I upload but I am so sorry for this massive delay. I promise, now that I actually have time to breathe, I’ll try my best to write more posts. WHEW. What a year it has been.

Before you get too bored reading this overly long apology, I’m going to hurry up and move onto the actual post and move the update aside. Thank you for sticking with me. You are amazing. 😀

Recently, I started a brush lettering/calligraphy page. It’s been up for a while, being deactivated several times, but I’ve been running it for a bit. And while I can’t say I have loads of experience in this area, here are some tips I personally feel help you to gain followers and make your page look more aesthetically appealing!

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Brush Lettering 101

BrushLettering101

Guess what? You don’t have to pay money to attend a brush-lettering class to attain Pinterest-worthy lettering styles!

*cue clapping in the distance*

Okay, but seriously, a common misconception some people have is that taking a lettering class is essential in order to properly master brush-lettering. That’s a partial truth, but you can learn brush-lettering without taking a professional class. How do I know? That’s precisely how I learnt how to letter — with the help of the wonderful interwebs and the glorious programme known as YouTube, along with a handful of posts and Pinterest boards sourced from the net too. Today, I’m going to be typing out everything I can in order to help you on your brush-lettering journey, so good luck and have fun!

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Money Talks

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I’m doing something today that I don’t usually talk about or touch on much — money. It’s a sensitive topic — really, it is — but it’s so essential that we can’t live without it. As a kid, I remember thinking that money was a “grown-up” topic to me. You know, like all the stock markets & car prices you always hear adults chatter about at the table? For me, money’s always been at the top of the “Things Grown-Ups Incessantly Yak About” list. I never cared to join the conversation, but lately my parents and my family in general have started talking more about their finances. Housing. Car prices. Taxes. Credit cards. Installment payments. So I decided to delve deeper into the wide world of finances and money, and I’m coming at you with a whole post about finances! (I hope it’s not too dry though!)

By the way, huge thanks to Marianne from Personal Capital for giving me the super-cool opportunity to kind of work with her and write this blog post!! Writing about finance management was on my list of posts anyway, so this is a super cool bonus. 😉 Just wanted to let you know that the post however, is not sponsored, so rest assured everything here is 100% my opinion. Enjoy.

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DIY Planner: Blank Book Planning

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 I hope I’m not the only one particularly fond of blank notebooks. Strangely enough, most of the notebooks I come across always have lines in them, which is weird. It would save ink (and money!) if you just left the paper blank! But the reason why I’m fond of them is because they are very versatile. You can doodle in them, scratch notes in them, make cool designs in them, and plan in them — which is today’s post! If you don’t have a planner, or don’t want to buy one, I’m going to tell you about how I used my blank notebook to plan, so follow along and you’ll learn the ways of the blank book. 😉

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