Visual Selfie

Visual Selfie

As people start the year with a new journal, some have been asking what to put on the first page. One idea is an introduction of themselves. But how do you do this in a fun and creative way?

I have been creating visual introductions of myself or what some people might call a visual selfie for a while now. I’ve also covered this in my visualisation workshops. Here are some of the examples:

An here is the latest one from my Skillshare profile:

I hope these examples are helpful and give you a bit of inspiration. Let me know if you need more examples as I have a few more in my sketchbooks. Thanks!

February mini spread

February mini spread

One thing that I really enjoy is preparing a spread for my mini journal. I create spreads on Procreate in my iPad then have them printed. I’m always happy of how they turned out.

Are you interested in printable templates? Please let me know! I’m in the process of planning a class on Skillshare on creating monthly journal spread on Procreate. This template is also now available at my Etsy shop for A5 journal or here. Thanks!

It’s here!

It’s here!

It’s finally here! The year 2022! The year I’ve been looking forward to! Would this year be better than last year? Well, that remains to be seen. But let’s try our best to make this a better year than last year.

There is a 2022 calendar I’ve created. This can be printed out, cut and paste to your planners, journals or to any surface you like. Happy new year to all! 🙂

Calendar 2022

And this what happened on Mochi island. Happy new year from Emiko and friends!

A look through the year

A look through the year

This year, I started an illustrated planner using the Procreate app on an iPad. It was really fun. I enjoyed adding the digital stickers and digital Washi tapes that I created. Here is the look through the year.

Together with this bullet journal, I also created a K-pop journal for April and May.

I’ve been asked on how to create these bullet journal templates, I have a printable one here. But I’m also now planning to create a new class on Skillshare on creating bullet journal templates on Procreate. What do you think? Please look forward to it. Many thanks!

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After all, it was a good year!

They say that COVID-19 will eventually come to an end. In my mind I kept asking when. Sadly, it is becoming normal for me. Wearing mask in public, washing and sanitising hands like crazy, careful what I touch, avoiding people, avoiding crowd seem to have become my standard way of living. I have learned to navigate and live with it and hoping that I won’t be infected. I don’t live in paranoia. I try to live as usual. But there are many exceptions to this, for example, I can’t just work on live settings or travel easily. But those too seem to have worked out. I overcame my fear of what will 2021 be while now, it has been replaced with what will 2022 be. However, in any case, 2021 was after all a good year!

How was your 2021? I’ll be happy to know. May 2022 be better!

Publish a Guide Zine of your city

Publish a Guide Zine of your city

Join me in my class!

I’ve just published my first Skillshare class! If you’re not familiar, Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes on everything from business to graphic design to fashion.

This class is great for beginners and for those looking to self-publish a guide zine of their city. You can watch my class (and thousands others) for FREE for the next 4 weeks by using my special link https://skl.sh/3wEqRGJ. Many thanks!

K-pop Journaling

K-pop Journaling

Lately, many journaling enthusiasts have been excited to share their K-pop journals online. For some who are new to K-pop journaling, they have been asking how this should be done. Personally, I don’t think there is any part and parcel of how a K-pop spread should look like. It really depends on your personal style.

Back in April and May of this year, I created my journaling with mostly K-pop content. This was partly because April is my birthday month, but also there were many special events during April and May which I had the chance to be a part of. The journal is in digital form and ready to be printed as a small book. Here are some of the pages:

My spreads are very different from what I have seen online. I didn’t write any lyrics of songs or any playlist. I didn’t give general information about the artists either. I just think that it is very important to have a personal touch on these spreads and in every spread in general. Think about what happened to you that day, what was special about it, what did you like about it? One thing that I recorded here are the events that I actually participated in and how I felt about them. This will surely remind me of those moments in many years to come!

But in the end, this is all just for fun and a good distraction to the ongoing pandemic… How is your K-pop journaling going? Let me know!