Friday Favorites no. 032 // links from the week

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Technically, we don’t have “summer” since it’s practically hot all year round with our tropical climate. But as summer school wraps up in a couple of weeks, I’m savoring the slower pace and extra time before things get into full swing in the fall term.

Here’s to Friday!

Life is often full and busy. But I like to take time to enjoy some of my favorite things. So Friday Favorites is a weekly series where I share my favorite(s) for the week. Check out my other Friday Favorites here.

Let’s look at July…

Writing these monthly recap posts always makes me wonder where time went and realize again how quickly the rest of 2014 is flying by. And although July is generally a “slow” month around here, even this month seemed to be over in a blink of an eye.

But here’s a look at what we did:

This month, we chatted with Meg, Caylee, and Pam in another round of the Creative Conversations.

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I shared some of my favorite links from the week here and here.

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And chatted about real life and hitting pause.

Click through to read the full posts.

As always, thank you for being a huge part of what I do here. You guys are the best.

I can’t wait to see what August will bring. Let’s roll.

Creative Conversations no. 009 // chatting with Pam Llaguno

I first discovered Pam on bloglovin’. And I fell in love with what she does – organizing + Project Life. Totally the things that float my boat. Pam is also a freelance designer and I love seeing her eye for art and design. Her blog is full of creative inspiration, as well as super helpful tips for getting organized and staying stress-free. Read on as we chat about all things creative. Welcome to the blog, Pam! 


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Tell me about yourself. Hi! I’m Pam, a 21-year old someone from the sunny Philippines. I’m a graphic designer, web developer, blogger and scrapbooker rolled into one convenient sushi. Japan is my creative paradise and I’m determined to be fluent in Japanese. Coffee is my best friend in the mornings, well actually, any time of the day :)

What is one weird or interesting fact about you?

Believe it or not, I graduated with a degree of Applied Mathematics, majoring in Mathematical Finance. So, I’m pretty handy with numbers ;)

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What do you do to express your creativity?

For the past five years, I was focused on my degree so that only creative thing that I was able to squeeze in were doodling in my planner and the occasional poster for my university organization. But just this year, I’ve started doing Project Life and it’s pretty amazing! Definitely, that’s where about 80% of my creative juices go.

How did you get started doing this?

I discovered Project Life through A Beautiful Mess (which is a totally amazing blog!) and after several hours of Googling about products and watching Youtube videos, I just decided to dive right into it :)

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What do you love most about what you do to be creative?

The fact that I’m able to immortalize my everyday life at the same time is pretty spectacular. I used to sort of shy away from scrapbooking because I find that scrapbooking a single memory somewhat randomly is a bit too disorganized for me. With Project Life, I see where the album is going. It’s the culmination of all the memories I’ve had for the past 365 days. Pretty cool.

Who or what inspires you?

Fashion and lifestyle photography inspires me a lot. A LOT. I’ve always loved dressing up and developing my own sense of style (I’ve had a few bad choices myself as well…) and I think it really inspires to me to try something new or just experiment with colors, patterns and textures.

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How do you stay inspired? What do you do when you feel stuck or uninspired?

I go make myself a nice warm cup of coffee and watch a lot of Youtube videos or scroll through Instagram. Watching lifestyle videos really inspire me and get my gears running! Especially watching well-edited videos. Something about “regular” people crafting footage into amazing videos really gets me going.

Traveling also fills my creative juice tanks to the brim! If only I could travel all the time, I probably would. I’ll definitely go to Japan every month if I could :)

Why do you do what you do? What motivates you to be creative?

I’ve always been fascinated about design and was constantly irritated when people tell me that design is just making things pretty. In University, I learned about design thinking, which is basically making design solutions for any problem, and it all clicked. I want to share to people how design can make your life more efficient, organized and best of all, intentional. That goal right there motivates me to be creative :)

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Describe your creative style.

A healthy mix of messy patterns, clean lines and lots of white space :)

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Name your top five favorite tools or products.

If were talking about scrapbooking:

  1. Kokuyo adhesive
  2. Alphabet thickers
  3. Labels
  4. Copic Sketch markers
  5. Washi tape :)

Are you an early bird or a night owl? When are you most productive?

I’m naturally a night owl but I’m more productive when natural daylight is shining through my workspace.

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What project(s) are you currently working on?

I have a couple of websites to design and develop for my amazing Etsy clients and I have lots of good stuff for my blog, Organized! by Pam :) And of course, Project Life 2014 and couple of travel minis ;)

If you had to be a color in a crayon box, which color would you be?

Definitely, black :)

If you could possess a super power, which one would you choose?

Teleportation seems pretty cool and extremely convenient. I can just imagine teleporting myself to Japan whenever I want!

What is your favorite quote?

I don’t really have one favorite quote but here are some that really resonates with me:

“Success is never final; failure is never fatal.”

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” – Frederick Buechner

Thank you for being on the blog today, Pam! So glad to have you. Follow Pam on her blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep being inspired.

Creative Conversations is a blog series getting to know fellow creatives and friends that I’ve made through the internet. Read more about Creative Conversations here.

Friday Favorites no. 031 // links from the week

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I’m always grateful when Fridays roll around and I can look forward to the weekend. I’m especially grateful that school work has been pretty manageable the past couple of weeks. And maybe, I might even have time to get my creative supplies back out this weekend. Whoop.

Have a good one xx.

Life is often full and busy. But I like to take time to enjoy some of my favorite things. So Friday Favorites is a weekly series where I share my favorite(s) for the week. Check out my other Friday Favorites here.

This is how real life looks like.

I’ll be honest and tell you that I got a little stressed out thinking up blog posts this week. It seemed like the inspiration had run pretty dry.

When you spend so much time reading blogs and being inspired by others, sometimes it’s hard to actually blog because there’s so much to compare to: People have perfectly edited blog photos and branding. They have interesting content. They make blogging look so easy (but we all know that it isn’t).

I know bloggers don’t have perfect lives, but sometimes it’s easy to think that way.

That said, I’m all about defying perfection and embracing imperfection instead. So this is how my real life looks like:

It doesn’t look like an Instagram-worthy picture.

It isn’t full of creative projects that I work on every day.

It isn’t always pretty or fun or exciting.

It’s full of school books and to-do lists.

It’s full of trying to stay focused and productive and not distracted.

It has good days, tough days, in-between days.

Real life is hard, sometimes scary, always worth it.

And I’m embracing every moment that comes with it.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24, ESV

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I finished school earlier than usual this week so I’m excited to start the weekend early, and I’m off to enjoy it!

I hope your weekend is super rad xx.

Life is often full and busy. But I like to take time to enjoy some of my favorite things. So Friday Favorites is a weekly series where I share my favorite(s) for the week. Check out my other Friday Favorites here.

Creative Conversations no. 008 // chatting with Caylee Grey

Awhile back, I found Caylee through the Paislee Press blog and then proceeded to stalk read all her archives. She’s that good. Caylee creates with raw emotion and boundless creativity and style, making it so enjoyable to read her posts and see her work. She does it all so effortlessly. She recently left her day job and is running her own business full-time, which is such an exciting journey that I couldn’t be happier for her. Welcome to the blog, Caylee!

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Tell me about yourself. I live a pretty good life in South Africa with my husband and fur baby. I force them into photos and homemade adventures, and they oblige because they love me. Last week I quit my day job and I’m crazyexcited to build up my business and not have to wear pants every day.

What is one weird or interesting fact about you? I get goosebumps when I sneeze. According to T, this is strange.

What do you do to express your creativity? Write out ideas, Project Life our everyday, art journal my innermost feelings, write in Notepad and delete it straight afterwards, read, wear silly underwear.

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How did you get started doing this? I’m a planner. I started planning for Project Life two years before I actually opened up the file in Photoshop and added pictures. Once I got into the regular groove of Project Life I realised that I don’t actually have to plan every detail before diving in. It was a revelation. Now I try to do before thinking about it. That’s why I’m loving art journaling. There are no rules. It simultaneously freaks me out, and intrigues me.

What do you love most about what you do to be creative? Everything. Planning, process, and the final result. Each satisfies a different part of me.

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Who or what inspires you? To do lists. Lists. Mind maps. Non-fiction books. Instagram. Not Pinterest. My husband.

How do you stay inspired? What do you do when you feel stuck or uninspired? I have an Ideas Moleskine, and Evernote. My Evernote is broken up into categories (blog, shop, life, creative, etc) and I get absolutely everything out of my head and into there. Sometimes writing down ideas lead to more ideas and that’s when my favourite types of projects are born. My Moleskine is less of a brain dump and more organised into plans. I’m working on shifting from ideas to completed projects, and so these lists include action points too.

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Why do you do what you do? What motivates you to be creative? I do it because I get this itchy feeling if I don’t. I’m totally motivated by this itch and by the end result. I love seeing my art journals filled to the brim, and my Project Life files lined up on the shelf fills my heart with glee.

Describe your creative style. What I have learned is that I can’t force my style. I’d like to be minimalist but then I smear a bunch of glitter on the page. My style doesn’t fit in a box and I’m fine with that because everything I make still fits into the Caylee box.

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Name your top five favorite tools or products.

  1. Uni Pin Fine Line
  2. Scissors
  3. Double-sided-tape (stupid glue)
  4. Photoshop
  5. Moleskines

Are you an early bird or a night owl? When are you most productive? I’m a night owl and I’m so happy that working for myself allows me to stay up until as late as I can manage. I am my most creative at night, but I’m most productive in the first hour after waking up. It’s a good mix.

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What project(s) are you currently working on? Project Life, my art journal, my Radical Self Love Bible, my Etsy store (fave project !), and bettering myself through self-learning.

If you had to be a color in a crayon box, which color would you be? Black since they wouldn’t get enough glitter in the gold.

If you could possess a super power, which one would you choose? The power to Get Things Done. And I’m truly working on this one.

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What is your favorite quote? Pretty much anything that Chuck Palahniuk says, but this is one of the favourites: “Your handwriting. The way you walk. Which china pattern you choose. It’s all giving you away. Everything you do shows your hand. Everything is a self-portrait. Everything is a diary.”

I couldn’t fit all of Caylee’s creativity into one blog post, so be sure to follow her on InstagramTwitterPinterest, and her blog to keep up with this inspiring lady!

Thank you for joining us today, Caylee!

Creative Conversations is a blog series getting to know fellow creatives and friends that I’ve made through the internet. Read more about Creative Conversations here.