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.

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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.

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Personal, Projects

The 29 before 30 birthday list!

Every year on my birthday I come up with a new birthday list. I make a list with all the goals I want to accomplish in the following year, even goals that are a bit out there. The purpose? To motivate myself and to do things that are out of my comfort zone. This year’s list already has 29 items on it (gasp)!

In this year’s birthday list I’m focusing on honing some of my skills, try to lighten up once in a while, travelling and self-care. Of course, I probably wont be able to do all of these things, but they make me feel excited and I’m already itching to start working on them, which is half of the fun.

01. Have more random dance parties
02. Lose weight
03. Decrease my ecological footprint
04. Have more fun adventures
05. Watch 30 films & series that have been on my “to watch” list for too long
06. Become a better photographer
07. Don’t buy any new drawing materials (until I run out)
08. Make an illustration of my family (mainly our 3 cats ;))
09. Start saving for a trip to Japan
10. Do eight 30 day challenges
11. Travel more!
12. Read five books of 400 pages or more
13. Master hand lettering
14. Redo our garden
15. Finally make a new piece of clothing from scratch
16. Seriously work on my illustration skills
17. Be able to do a yoga head stand
18. Read a book that completely blows me away
19. See beavers in the wild
20. Be able to pull myself up on a pull-up bar three times
21. Give the house an affordable make-over
22. Read 10 unread books from my shelves
23. Make a bookstagram account
24. Start a side hustle
25. Start making videos
26. Work on my self-esteem/hermit issues
27. Go out for breakfast more often (and discover the city)
28. Give a workshop
29. Go on a (mini) road trip

The way I want to tackle this year’s birthday list is a bit different from the way I did it the past couple of years. Instead of trying to do an update every two months, I’m going to do updates every quarter (and apparently I’m not the only one who’s thinking this way this year). I also want to make a list with goals I’m going to focus on at the beginning of the quarter, so I have a battle plan for completing this list! I hope this will keep my goals more on my mind and it’ll should help me feel less overwhelmed during the year.

Since I’m already a bit late with my new birthday list, my first quarterly planning should go up soon(ish), so stay tuned for that. Another thing I’m planning is changing the image on top of these blog posts every quarter, as part of my illustration goal. So at least that one is of for a good start (and please, don’t feel too shy to remind me of this if I should slip up the coming months).

Do you have a similar list with goals? New Year isn’t that long ago, so maybe you made a list with resolutions? Or are you working on your on birthday list? What did you put in it?


Sunday Scribbles – first post of the year!

It’s evening. I’m in my sofa, eating blueberries from a beautiful blue bowl I bought on  the handmade market I was on a couple of weeks ago. I’ve tried to write a blog post for a couple of weeks and it looks like it’s finally going to happen. Welcome in a new edition of Sunday Scribbles.

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Merry Handmade Christmas: DIY gifts & decorations

As much as I’d like to make a whole new bunch of DIY’s for this year’s Christmas, I don’t have time for this. No worries though, because I made a couple of christmas-y DIY’s in the past couple of years and when I went through my past DIY’s I realised a lot of them would make nice gifts!

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28 in 28 birthday list [update 4]

It’s been a couple of months since my last update on my 28 in 28 birthday list, so it’s high time for a new update. As the year is coming to its end it also means my time for completing this list is also almost over.

28 in 28 - get a tattoo

Get a tattoo

Sooooo, remember last time when I said I finally found an artist I really liked, but I had to wait until April 2017 before getting my tattoo? Well, that still applies. Butttt, I did already get myself a tattoo at a new tattoo studio that opened in Ghent, called Noir. I decided I wanted to make my “Harry Potter Fangirl” status official and got myself a Deathly Hallows tattoo. The tattoo guy did a wonderful job, he was very precise and took his time. I’m now looking even more forward to my second tattoo in April, because that design has been a very long time in the making.

28 films (19/28)

I’ve watched a couple of strange films in the past months, like Dead Ringers, The Machinist & The Addams Family. We also watched GATTACA, which I really liked. Most recently I’ve watched Before the Flood, Fantastic Beasts & where to find them and Dr. Strange. There’s still some films I’d like to see in theatres in December, so I might get to my 28 films after all.

28 in 28 - complete 2 sketchbooks

Fill a sketchbook every six months (2/2)

I don’t know how long it’s been since I discovered InkTober on Instagram, but I’ve wanted to participate for quite some time. This year I picked a small A6 notebook from my shelf and started drawing patterns in ink during the first week of InkTober. The second week I switched to witchy things and before I knew it, four weeks had passed and I finished my first InkTober. I’m basically in love with my InkTober sketchbook at the moment. One of the fun things about drawing in a smaller sized sketchbook is the way it seems to fill up more quickly. So I did not only finish InkTober in one month, I also started and finished a sketchbook in October!

Read lots of books

I wish I could tell you how awesome my reading goes, but alas, I’ve been in a reading slump for the past couple of months. I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish any of the book related points at this point. Even starting a reread of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone hasn’t helped. #crisis

28 in 28 - going to museum night

Go to Museum Night

At the beginning of December I had my last chance to go to a Museum Night in Belgium. As it found place in my beloved hometown of Ghent I didn’t hesitate to go. We visited only one museum, because both the Boy and I aren’t capable of a lot of walking at the moment. We went to MIAT, a museum about industry, labour and textile. It’s a lovely museum and seeing the old weaving machines at work (the noise!) was pretty great. They were also printing 2017 calendars on an old printing press, so we got ourself a free calendar.

Mari Kondo the shit out of everything I have

I’m not sure Mari Kondo would approve of the way I’m cleaning and deciding what I want to keep, but my action to have more space and less stuff in my house was definitely triggered by reading her book. It did make it easier for me to say goodbye to things I don’t use and to deal with the fact I’ll probably never will.

So far we already did one trip to the container park and two to the second-hand shop. I also donated a bunch of things to the art school I go to, gave a giant stack of paper & supplies to my mother-in-law so my boyfriend’s nieces and nephews have things to doodle on for the years to come and I gave a way three entire volumes of VTWonen magazine. There’s still some room for improvement, but I’m pretty happy with how things are at the moment.

Nope to the nopest

With only one month left for finishing my 28 in 28 list I already know a lot of things won’t get finished, so why not list the ones I’m officially quitting on? 😉

  • Running 10k & doing 120 workouts. Both with the running and the workouts I had some issues with my knees. And now, after going through an MRI I’m getting physical therapy because I have some damage to my cartilage. It can’t heal, but hopefully it’ll become less painful. I wanted to run & do more workouts to lose some weight, but now my only option seems to be dieting. I’m not a big believer in diets (mainly in constant checking & the “ever after” part), so I’m on the lookout for something that fits me. I’m contemplating the 5 2 diet, because I need to punish myself only 2 days a week, which seems doable.
  • All the reading things. Not gonna happen. I’ve tried everything (eg Harry Potter) and it’s not working. I’m too busy with too many things to make time to get lost in another world. I do miss it though.
  • Go see and opera, ballet or musical. Fat chance that this is still going to happen. For one, these things are expensive. And they seem to sell out fairly quickly.
  • I’m also fairly sure I’m not going to finish the “follow 25 Skillshare lessons” one. I did watch quite some of them, but I never made any of the projects, so I can’t really say I “followed” them.

I still have high hopes for spending a technology free weekend, photographing at dawn and making a zine.
A lot can happen in a month!

Inspiration, Personal

A Small Wishlist [6]

We popped up our Christmas tree this weekend, which can only mean it’s really almost Christmas! Every year I make myself a wishlist and this year is no different. Read on if you’re curious to find out what’s on my wishlist, and maybe you’ll find some inspiration for your own Christmas shopping.

I used to make wishlists quite often (just check the “wishlist” tag here on the blog). This year really was the first year I needed to think about this list. Since I started working I’ve bought a lot of the things that have been on my list for ages, so it felt a bit like starting fresh. As always there are lots of books on my list, but there’s other things too.

All things Harry Potter

After I saw the movie I immediately went and bought the hardcover version of the screenplay, so it shouldn’t surprise you there’s more Harry Potter (or rather Fantastic Beasts) to be found on my list. I loved the setting of the movie and I’m curious to find out more about this part of the Harry Potter universe.

Some of the things on my wishlist are books related to the Harry Potter universe. Pictured here are the covers of each of these books.

1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition, 2. The Art of the Movie: Fantastic Beasts and where to find them, 3. The Case of Beasts, 4. Harry Potter: The Creature Vault

For the love of plants

Is it strange to put plants on a wishlist? I’m almost ashamed of buying more plants, so for the couple of lovely special ones that are on my wishlist it would be awesome to get them as a gift.

On my wishlist are three different plants, which are pictured here and two books about plants/natural history.

1. Fiddle Leaf Fig, 2. Medinilla Magnifica, 3. Wonders are Collectible, 4. Urban Jungle, 5. Calathea

Name something, it might be a hobby of mine

Sometimes I feel like I have too many hobby’s. Especially when I try to make a list of them. But I wouldn’t be able to cut some of them, in my mind they’re all part of “being creative” in whatever way I feel like. On the other hand, sometimes I feel like I’m really not creative at all. So I added some extra, creativity boosting, things on my wishlist.

The covers of "Your inner critic is a big jerk" and "1 page at a time", next to images of a GorillaPod camer stand, a light box for drawing and a lens hood

1. Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk, 2. 1 Page at a Time,  3. Lens hood for Canon 50mm/18-55mm lenses, 4. GorillaPod for Smartphone/Compact Camera, 5. Huion Lightbox

Do you make a wishlist round Christmas time? Maybe you need to make one to share with present-hunting relatives? What’s the number one thing on your wishlist?

a diy natural history display
Interior, Tutorials

How to make a natural history display

Have you ever entered an old fashioned museum and thought “this is how I want to decorate my house”? I have. Whenever I visit such a place, where time hasn’t touched the displays for years, I feel thrilled by the amount of wonder and possibility the objects on display hold. There is still so much a mystery! So when I ordered my glass and copper frame, I already knew I wanted to make a display inspired by the natural history museums I’ve visited in the past. When I finished my display, I realised this could be a cool DIY project to share.

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Sunday Scribbles, N°2

Wew, I took my time to write this second edition of Sunday Scribbles. I wrote and rewrote a dozen versions over the last three week I think, but I finally managed to finish it! This time I wrote about life (again ;)), the American elections and my plans for the rest of November.

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Design & Illustration, Projects

InkTober – 31 days of drawing & inking

In the past couple of years October has become the drawing month of the year. I think thing started with the Big Draw event, but on social media too it became the month of drawing and pushing your creative skills. On of the challenges you can find on Instagram is InkTober. I’ve tried finishing this 31 days of drawing challenge a couple of times, but it never worked out. Until this year’s edition!

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