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February 2017

Projects, Tips

2016 photo album (and some quick tips to make your own)

Making a photo album for 2016 was one of my goals on my 28 in 28 list. It was one of the last things I finished of this list. Creating a photo album with pictures of a whole year is a bit of an undertaking, so let me guide you through my process (and show off some pictures of my shiny new photo album).

2016 photo album

Putting my photo album together took less effort than I had expected. I keep my photos sorted according to the month they’ve been taken, so it was easy for me to find everything and put it in a chronological order in the album.

I did some research before putting the album together and decided to use Pixum for printing my photo album because it had the cheapest printing options. I also used the software provided by Pixum to put the album together. I made a couple of layouts that I would re-use throughout the album and filled these with the pictures I wanted to use.

2016 photo book

When I figured out which pictures I wanted to use in the album I gathered them all in a new folder and started editing them in Photoshop. This was the longest and most boring part of creating the photo album, but in the end, I believe it was worth the extra hassle.

The extra hours I put into editing my photos were worth it because I absolutely love how the printed photo book looks. In the past, I once made my own photo book with Instagram pictures, but this photo book is something else.

2016 photo album

Apart from the city-trips I did with my boyfriend last year, I also added a lot of random (Instagram) pictures. When I’m flipping through the pages of the photo album I love seeing those, seemingly insignificant, pictures pop-up and remembering what they stand for. I also added some pictures from cool blogger events or challenges I did during the year.

As a finishing touch I also put in a lot of the tickets, flyers and other titbits I collected during the year. They make the photo book a bit bulkier, but now it’s even more an exploration when you flip through it. So yes, did I say I love this photo album? Because I absolutely do!

2016 photo album 2016 photo album

I’m already looking forward to creating my album for 2017 and who know, maybe I’ll finally start working on my album for our trip to Russia from a couple of years ago (1200 pictures to sift through, though).

2016 photo album

I hope you liked this quick view into my 2016 photo album. Do you still print pictures? Have you ever made a photo album?

Interior, Tutorials, Urban Jungle

How to make a wooden air plant hanger

DIY wooden air plant hanger

Ever since I bought my first air plant, I absolutely love having them in the house. I’ve had my ups and downs with them (and I’ll definitely share my tips on how to take care of them in the future), but today I want to share a quick and easy DIY on how you can make a wooden hanger for showing your air plants off in what I think is an awesome way.

DIY wooden air plant hanger

You don’t need a lot of materials for this DIY and all things considered, making three of these hangers cost me less than €10.

Things you need:

  • Wood block to cut to slices
  • Leather cord
  • Triangle Picture Hangers
  • A hammer
  • A saw
  • A drill
  • Air plants

DIY wooden air plant hanger

Find yourself a slice of wood and a drill

First, you need to find yourself a piece of wood. I got myself some slabs of wood when my father was trimming down one of our trees, so there’s no need to run to the store for this. Ask around or find yourself a thick branch somewhere. When you have your wood, you need to cut it up in slices. Mine are all about 2 cm thick. I didn’t do much cleaning on them. Apart from wiping down the tree bark a bit and sanding them slightly, I didn’t do much. I really liked the rough texture of the wood, so I wanted to keep it visual.

Next, you need to drill two holes in each slice of wood you want to use. Measuring with the leather cord and the air plant I wanted to use, I figured out where the holes should go on one slab of wood. I kept the distance from the edge of the slice to the holes even through all my slices of wood (as I felt this would make them look better in a group). I also made sure that the thickness of my leather cord and the thickness of the drill I used were about the same.

DIY wooden air plant hanger

Fitting the cord

Now it’s time to fit your cord onto the slice of wood. My leather cord and the holes I drilled are about the same size. This means putting the cord through asks for a bit of patience, but it also means the cord won’t slip out too easily. In fact, I didn’t need to add knots on the end of the cords, because it’s stuck enough by itself to keep an air plant in place. I placed my air plant between the cord and the slice of wood to measure how much cord I needed for each plant.

DIY wooden air plant hanger DIY wooden air plant hangerDIY wooden air plant hanger

As you can see, there is no glue or anything else to keep the cord in place. You can, of course, hammer the cord in place with a u-shaped nail (or even hot glue), but I didn’t think this was necessary. I also liked that I was still able to adjust the length of the cord to my air plant. If I put a smaller specimen on the slice of wood I can just pull the cord a bit tighter.

How to make a wooden air plant hanger

Adding the triangle picture hanger

Finally, as a finishing touch, we still need to add a triangle picture hanger to our slice of wood. Get out your hammer and hammer away! Be careful though, because those are very tiny nails (and I definitely hit my finger more than once).

How to make a wooden air plant hanger

And that’s it! That’s how simple it is to create your own wooden air plant hangers. It only took me 30 minutes to make all three of them.

How to make a wooden air plant hanger
DIY wooden air plant hanger
DIY wooden air plant hanger
DIY wooden air plant hanger

If you’re wondering where I keep them in my house: there above my desk, next to my computer screen (on a very blue wall, which is the worst background for taking pictures). But I still love them there.

DIY wooden air plant hangerDIY wooden air plant hanger

Do you love air plants? How do you keep them around? Also mounted to the wall? And please tell me if you liked this tutorial. I felt it was awfully simple and I was unsure if I should even publish it.

Personal, Projects

29 before 30 – The plan for quarter one

The 29 before 30 Birthdaylist: my list of goals for quarter one
The 29 before 30 Birthdaylist: my list of goals for quarter one

For my 29 before 30 list I want to work on a quarterly basis. At the beginning of every quarter (going from the 24th to the 23th) I’ll post a list with goals I want to work on specifically in that quarter. This should keep me goals fresh on my mind all year long. It’ll help planning out everything and make my list feel less overwhelming. At least, that is the plan.

If you’re unsure what I’m talking about, check my original 29 before 30 birthday list. You’ll find all my goals for this year in that blog post.

So far, the first quarter hasn’t going according to plan. I’m halfway through my first month and I’m only publishing my first quarterly plan now.  I have a ton of excuses of course, but let’s not bother with them. I still have 2,5 months to work on these goals, which both seems like a ton of time and no time at all.

The 29 before 30 Birthdaylist: my list of goals for quarter one

In the first quarter I really want to focus on:

  • Figuring out how I can decrease my ecological footprint. I want to educate myself a bit before making decisions and I’ll be looking into some books and documentaries. If you have tips for things I should read or watch, please let me know. For now I’ve put “Cowspiracy” and “Eating Animals” on my list, but there’s probably a lot more out there.
  • Reading a book of at least 400 pages, preferably one from my “unread” shelf.
  • Beginning to work on my pull-up bar muscles (weight lifting & push-ups).
  • Working on either (or both) my illustration or hand lettering skills.
  • Starting a bookstagram account together with a friend (and make some content for it).
  • Doing the Yoga Revolution with Adriene for 30 days.
  • Making a family portrait/drawing of our three cats.
  • Starting Radical Self Love
  • Making at least one video
  • Creating a lot of content for both of my blogs (specifically 30 post for Putomeisje /16 post for Maddy)
  • Taking more pictures & posting more on Instagram
  • Going on a couple of fun adventures

Apart from these things I also want to read four books from my unread shelves, make a playlist for random dance parties and watch a couple of series and films from my “to watch” list.

The 29 before 30 Birthdaylist: my list of goals for quarter one

Being halfway through the month while posting this doesn’t mean I haven’t started. I already finished the books of 400 pages and I started lifting a meagre 6kg’s. I also created a bookstagram account, but filling it is something I still need to work on. Oh, and I’m doing a 30 days of hand drawn quotes, which is going pretty good so far.

So, that’s it for this first quarterly planning post for mu 29 before 30 list. I feel optimistic about my goals at the moment, so let’s see what I can report in a couple of months. By the way, if you have any tips about any of my goals, feel free to share them. Or just tell me what your favourite dance track is, I can use some inspiration.

Freebies, Projects

2017 Agenda: Re-usable Printable Inserts for a Midori Traveler’s Journal

Three years ago I made my first handmade planner from scratch. I designed the pages and bound it by hand. Last year I upgraded my game by creating my version of a Midori Traveler’s Journal and adding printables designed by me. This year (I’m a bit late), I decided to keep the Traveler’s Journal (you can’t even see I used it a whole year) and I make new printables. Printables that are perfectly re-usable for 2018 and beyond.

As I mentioned this year I made printables that are re-usable for years to come. I’ll probably still design new inserts every year (because it’s fun to do), but if you absolutely love this lay-out, you can use it again next year. 🙂 If you can’t wait to see all the pictures showing all the options I put in the lay-out, you can download the printable agenda inserts already.

If you don’t have an A5 Midori Traveler’s Journal at hand, you can use my full tutorial on how to make one. It’s not hard at all, al lot cheaper than the real deal and you can make it in any size you want.

I evaluated last year’s agenda and decided to drop a couple of spreads, because they didn’t get any use. I added more space for takes notes though. 🙂

Monthly overview

Firstly, at the beginning of every month you can find a monthly overview. You can plan you whole month here and see everything in one glance. Next to the calendar you’ll find some white space, for adding extra notes or for doodling around.  I’ll try to use this spread for planning my blog posts and social media posts every month. I’ll maybe add some sticky notes in the empty space on the right, for blog posts that don’t have a fixed date to go live.

A spread of lists

After the monthly overview you can find two pages where you can fill in a lot of standard lists. You’ll find space for your monthly to do list, blog & social media ideas but also for the books you want to read, things on your wish list or just random happy thoughts. On the page on the right there is a small doodle-box with a different drawing challenge for every month.

Weekly overview

After the spread with lists I’ve put the actual planner part. You can see your week at a glance on the left side of the agenda, where I put all seven days. I decided I didn’t need all the extra space I had every day in my 2016 agenda, because I have the tendency to put way too much on my to do list. On the right side I put a lot of space to put down all the notes, lists and doodles you want to make. This is also the area where you can add you weekly meal plan if you want to, something that I had last year in the list-spread.

You might have noticed I didn’t add dates on the monthly overview and neither did I on the weekly overview. Therefore you’ll have to add the dates manually, but this also means the printables are reusable for years to come. I fill in the dates at the beginning of the month and because I don’t plan months ahead this works for me. I pondered upon this a long time, so let me know what you think about having to fill in the dates yourself? Is it too much of a hassle or do you not mind doing this?

Finally, at the end of every month there is an extra page for notes (here I keep my “books bought”-list) on the left and the title page for the next page on the right. All pages for notes have dots instead of lines, because I find these so versatile to use! Want to draw a box? No problem, just connect the dots. Want to write vertically? Also an option!

If you want to make your own planner, all you need to do is download the pdf files and print them on A4 paper. You only need to fold them and add them into the traveler’s journal. If you’re not sure how to do this, make sure to check last’s years tutorial on assembling the traveler’s notebook. If you don’t have an A5 Midori Traveler’s Journal at hand, you can use my full tutorial on how to make one.

Do you like my design for this year’s agenda? Do you use an agenda? Or are you more into bullet journaling. Or not into planners at all? (if so, I salute you for reading this post till the end) Let me know in the comments. 🙂


Favourite books of 2016

In 2016 I read twenty-five books. A number so low, it makes me feel a bit ashamed, especially if I see the amount of comics on my list. So, 2016 was not a great reading year, but I still read some great books. I know it’s already February, but I still want to share my favourite books of 2016 with you.

My favourite books of 2016
I picked the books I loved most this year and came to a small list of six favourite books.

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab was the first book I read in 2016 and it was an immediate hit. I’ve put of  reading the second book, because I want to marathon it when the third and final book in this series is published (later this month!).
  • Gestameld Liedboek (Stammered Songbook) by Erwin Mortier was the only Dutch book I read in 2016, but it was a good one. The book tells the story about the Alzheimer of the writer’s mother. It’s written in a loose, though-like way, which makes it very easy to relate to the story and you really feel the impact the disease has on the writer’s family. I found a lot of beautiful writing in the book and I really loved reading it. Of course, having seen what Alzheimer’s did to my grandmother probably made me a bit partial to the story.
  • Jessica Hische’s In Progress was probably the most interesting book I read last year. If you’re into lettering or just want to get inspired by an amazing artist sharing her process, then you should give this book a go. Not completely convinced? You should read the review I wrote about In Progress.
  • Crow by Ted Hughes. Oh Crow. This might be a bit weird, because this is a poetry collection, but Crow is definitely one of my favourite characters ever. Hughes poems in this collection were a real discovery, Especially because I didn’t read poetry before 2016. The poems in Crow are a bit strange and chaotic, but I loved all the (dark) emotions I found in them and the story they told.
  • Reading Crow prepared me to read Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter, because the character of Crow also plays an important part in this novel. Or is it also a poetry collection? I’m not sure.  This short book tells the tale of a father and his two sons and the loss of the mother. Crow appears as a multitude of different ways to handle grief and tries to help out, in his own special way.
  • milk & honey by Rupi Kaur was the second poetry collection I read this year and it also made this short list. I’m guessing I’ll be reading more poetry in 2017.  milk & honey is a collection about love and loss, about abuse, but also about overcoming these things and being strong. I loved the collection so much I wrote a review about it a couple of weeks ago.

Did you read a lot in 2016? Did you read any of the books on my favourites list? What did you think of it? And also, what were your favourite books in 2016?