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Years and years ago (5? 7?), I bought a box of crafting leftovers in a second - hand store. It had been clearly someone's craft magazine - there are bits and pieces of scrapbook paper, a bag of googly eyes, some wool, bits of felt etc. And a STAMP. A weirdly big transparent stamp, with bunch of tiny hearts. I never used it because 1) I wasn't into stamping back then, 2) hearts?
But few weeks ago I watched a tutorial by  Ali Brown and noticed she's been using something similar:


It turns out the stamp wasn't really a stamp but an acrylic block you need to use stamps like these:



There was one stamp on it (the one with the hearts) but I was able to peel it off and now I can use it in my scrapbooking/journaling endeavours.

TL;DR: Five years ago I accidentally bought something I need right now. STATIONERY HOARDING FTW


gokuma: (note)
1) Wallpaper cutting knife is a powerful tool
2) Ever wanted to cut through a phone book? Use a wallpaper cutting knife!
3) Whoever invented a double-sided tape is a saint
4) WASHI FORGIVES EVERYTHING
5) At one point in your life you'll find the reason you bought some random crap years ago
6) Once you start hoarding buying stationery there's no end to this madness
7) Adhesive tape can be used to clean tiny things (little scraps of paper, bits of washi, string, etc) off the floor
8) You can work on your craft project for 5 hours in a row and not  notice that until you stop seeing your carpet properly
9) SAVE THE CARPET!*
10) *unless it's ugly

gokuma: (foxy gin)
So today I got my first set of washi tape and it's so cute! I love it! I'm also getting more and more addicted to cute stationery - it's almost unbelievable how it lifts my mood XDDD Overall, journaling and decorating is very relaxing and calming (even if you sometimes glue the journal pages together or spill the stamp ink on the carpet). I got some new stickers as well, and some tiny stamps - and I Squeaked out loud when saw how adorable they look with the new washi tape.

I feel this post is just me gushing about journal things but whatever. As the famous quote says, "You should do more of what makes you happy".

And here are videos of my two new favourite journaling people, Jumpy Jess and Ali Brown:







gokuma: (tea)
My newest hobby is watching videos and photos of people's journals. Mostly midoris because for some reason there's so many of them. I'm talking about videos like these:





There's something so calming about watching them - and they're so pretty!

Recently I've been thinking a lot about getting back to journaling and those videos and photos (so many photos!) are a great inspiration.
I won't be getting a midori because they're kinda expensive, but I want to have something where I could write, draw, colour and decorate.
I think having a journal is very beneficial - mostly because it helps you to remember things, keep track of your progress and things you want to achieve. It also helps you with creating a structure with your thoughts/daily routines (which is especially helpful when they tend to dissolve into amorphous mess).

Those midoris are so pretty though... *wistful sigh*

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