February 13, 2018

Taking Stock: February 2018

Making: Making my own printable stickers. I'm really fascinated with how easy you can make your bullet journal look artsy using stickers! 

Cooking: Nothing yet, but I'm thinking of cooking up something healthy this weekend (or probably next week?). Do you have any recipe suggestions? Link 'em up in the comments section, please? Help me out! I'm such a procrastinator lately. 

Drinking: Coffee. 'Coz Coffee is love.

Reading: Pip Lincolne's taking stock for January. That's where I got this list from. Hi Pip! If you're reading this, I want to tell you that I'm really a fan of your stocks! <3

February 2, 2018

DIY stickers: Cheap and easy way to hoard stickers!

Confessions of a sticker addict

Hi guys! As you all know, I’m a certified stationery addict. I’ve said that a million times in this blog. If you’ve been following for a while, you probably know how much I love stickers!

If you are anything like me, then you probably splurge on stickers more than intended. You’ve told yourself you'd stop spending, but you just couldn’t help it!

All the colors, all the cute designs, you want to have them all! No matter how many stickers you've got, your collection will never be enough. Do we have a problem? Of course not! Am I an enabler? I sure am! HAHA! Given this, wouldn’t it be nice to cut down on our sticker expenses a little? I wanted that for myself that's why I started exploring DIY stickers!

Stickers on this photo is by Vintage Glam Studio

Cut down on your sticker expenses

Do you know that there are tons of cute free printables out there? All you have to do is look for them, print them on sticker paper and voila! Stickers! Be sure to abide by the rules of the artists though. Do not steal their work and pass it on as your own.

Materials you need for DIY stickers

1. Printer

I’m using an L120 Epson printer and it’s like one of the cost-efficient printing systems here in the Philippines. It's a continuous ink printing system and I've been using it for 5 years!

As they say on their Epson L120 brochure, for every refill, you can print up to 6,500 colored pages, depending on the quality of printing you choose. For me, that's enough.

2. Sticker paper

Since what I'm using is an inkjet printer, it's important for me to choose the right sticker paper. I've tried satin sticker paper, but the matte is just so much better in preventing smudging. If ever I'll come across a good high gloss/satin sticker paper that works well with the Epson L120, I will share it with you.

Currently, I'm using matte sticker paper from Best Buy. It's 33.50 pesos for a pack of 10 sheets in National Bookstore.

So what's another pro in using matte sticker paper? If you use it, you can write on them with ease. Like this:

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Isn’t it cool? These stickers are good for writing your weekly goals, todo lists, important reminders, etc.

3. Cutting tool

Because this process of making stickers is cheap, it is important that we keep low expectations. Of course we have to cut the stickers manually, and of course, it will not be waterproof. (I'll be making a different blog post on how to make your stickers waterproof). That's why it could still be worth it to buy stickers from sticker and stationery shops. To be fair to the sellers, aside from the design, we are also paying for the ease of peel-and-stick. But if you own one of those sticker making machines (Cricut, Sillhoutte, etc.) Then you don't need to read on! HAHA!

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Since you’ve been reading up to this point, I have a treat for you. Aside from the list of my favorite printables for this month, I will be giving you a free printable. Subscribe to my mailing list and it will be sent to your inbox. If you are already a subscriber, the file is probably waiting for you in your inbox. :)

Happy Planning! <3 <3 <3

The Wise Lark's Top 5 Planner Sticker Free Printable Resources (January 2018):

1. Lilac Dream by Vintage Glam Studio

2. Coffee Shop by Vintage Glam Studio

3. Motivational Planner Stickers by Love Paper Crafts

4. Free printables by Fabulously Organized

5. Fitness Gym Planner Stickers by Love Paper Crafts


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January 8, 2018

How I made my 2018 vision board - a step by step guide to vision board making

How to make a vision board

2017 had been a difficult year for me. I was diagnosed with depression and decided to leave medical school despite being in my 4th year. I had to deal with the consequences of my decision, and up until now, I'm not done facing the aftermath.

The silver lining on what I went through was the opportunity to discover myself and learn how tough I can be. Surprisingly, I discovered new hobbies like calligraphy, blogging, bullet journaling, and my latest interest -  jewellery.

In 2017, my goal was to get to know myself for who I am and to love and accept whoever I will discover in the process. For 2018, my goal is to hone my talents and skills, and create a platform for my visions. I admit that the concept is vague as of the moment, but I'm working on making it more specific. However, for the purpose of my vision board, it will suffice since all I need is a general feel of what I want my 2018 to be.