ARTSYNICHI: art of journaling.♥

Journaling has always been part of my life. I remember during my younger days, probably around 7 to...

Journaling has always been part of my life. I remember during my younger days, probably around 7 to 10 years old, I toted around a notebook in my backpack. I had it everywhere I go. Even when I spent my summer vacations in Taiwan with my mom and I go with her to work, my notebook always kept me sane and free from boredom - I wrote short stories + drew on it. :) It was my creativity outlet and I guess that was the beginning of Artsy Fartsy Ava. ^_^ 

But as I got older, it turned into a 'Dear Diary' phase. :) Ever had that? I bet most of you girls did! I think it's all part of our childhood or even until now. I even had the diary type with the lock on it. Very private! >_< My good friend Ashley Dy talked about her journaling days on her blog >>HERE<< and I had a similar experience with her wherein we wrote about our crushes! Haha! I would write about encountering him, if we talked and just petty stuff that made my day! Lol! Talk about kiddie! =P 


But as the years progressed, I turned back again into notebooks and cut out my favorite pictures on magazines and pretty much made it my channel for inspiration. :) When I discovered blogging back in 2005 though, my time for journaling lessened cos I posted more on my blog and attended events, so I depended on a planner from then on for my schedules. I would go back to journaling once in a while, but it wasn't as consistent as I wanted it to be. I have too many unfinished notebooks. :( 

Thankfully, I have friends, like Ana, Ashley and Sarah who often inspire me and now, I'm officially back to journaling and I fondly call mine "Artsynichi." ^_^ 



I first learned about HOBONICHI through Kaila of Rainbowholic. :) She vlogs about her daily Hobonichi outputs and I got really hooked! She's super creative and fun to watch! Then, I asked my friend Ashley what does 'Hobonichi' exactly mean? Cos it's all so new to me. Glad I have her to fill me in! :) Love you, Ash!

Hobonichi - 'almost, everyday' 

That's the reason why I'm calling my version "Artsynichi" a.k.a. Artsy, everyday.



There's also an english counter part of Hobonichi, which is FAUXBONICHI. :) It's the fake version or DIY version of the Hobonichi. If you find the Hobonichi techno expensive, you can always create your own version, just like what we did above - Ana has a Moleskine, Ashley has a Muji/Mujinichi,  Sarah has a Monologue/Monoichi and I have my ring planner, but soon will be transferring to my Artsynichi! ^_^

It doesn't matter what kind of notebook you have. It all depends on what works for you best. :)

This was the very first time I ever met up with friends to do journaling and we decided to meet-up at Le Petit Soufflé restaurant. The place is just perfect since it's quite quirky and good thing they have spacious tables and kind waiters that allowed us to do this! Haha! :)


The fun part of this all is truly the process! :) We all brought our own materials and shared everything! Remember back in the day when you would trade stickers or stationery with your friends? This is exactly the same! Grown-up edition! Hehe! ^_^ I missed those days so much and glad to be experiencing it again. 

We were also fortunate enough to have a lot of washi tapes from Paper Blush PH! :)


I may not have been consistent with updating my journal in past, but that never stopped me from going back to it over and over, because it gives me so much to look forward to. I know blogging is here to stay and I love it. But nothing beats the old school way of writing your memories and being able to look back on them so easily. :) 

Journaling has always made me feel positive and good. I tend to think of the happy moments that happened to me on that certain day and I jot it down. I also sometimes write my goals and bucket list. 

It's also a constant reminder to be creative. To never limit myself and go all out! Whatever I have in mind, I simply put it there and the beauty of it is there is no pressure. Just go with the flow! :) That's what makes it YOU and so personalize. It depends on what you want to do. 

I also hope that with me journaling, my kids can have a bit of me in the future. Something they can look back at even if I'm a Lola already! Haha! :)

Journaling is fun and heartfelt. I'm truly glad I have found time for it again. Thank you to my Japan in Manila and Fauxbonichi clubmates for sparking back this interest in me!

You can follow us on our individual Instagram or https://www.instagram.com/japaninmanila/ to see more of journaling + other fun activities! ^_^

Artsy Ava

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2 comments♥

  1. "It's also a constant reminder to be creative. To never limit myself and go all out! Whatever I have in mind, I simply put it there and the beauty of it is there is no pressure. Just go with the flow! :) That's what makes it YOU and so personalize. It depends on what you want to do." -- THIS!! :)

    Waaaaaah! Ang cute niyong lahat! Someday makakapag-journaling date rin ako kasama sainyo. Malagay ko nga sa hobonichi haha para matupad! :)) <3

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  2. I used to do alot of journaling and scrapbooking!!! I wish I have more time to do it! I love all the artsy stuff in this blog :)

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