A Tour of My Sketchbook {April 2021}

Hello, my friends!

I’m super excited to show you this sketchbook flip-through because I love how so many of the paintings in it turned out! I mostly used this sketchbook for watercolor/gouache artwork, but you’ll find a few graphite sketches and ink drawings too. 

I feel like these posts are pretty self-explanatory, so… let’s just get into it. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some art! 😀

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How to Make an Etcetera Journal

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So, I’ve been working on my journal for months without knowing what it is, exactly. Hehe. It’s sort of a cross between a scrapbook, junk journal, art journal, and… something else. So I decided to call it an “etcetera journal” since that pretty much encompasses the anything-goes flavor of my process. 😀

Today I wanted to talk about etc. journaling as a unique way to preserve memories + a super fun way to be creative even if you don’t consider yourself “artistic.” I have a bunch of spreads to show you, from favorite quotes to simple collages to fun sketches and artwork. Ready for some journaling inspiration? Let’s go!

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20+ Unique & Thoughtful Gift Ideas

Hello, dears!

By this point you’ve probably seen a gazillion gift guides so no, this isn’t a very original post idea. BUT, this one is a bit different. For one thing, most of these ideas are products I or my family actually use and love, not simply the result of Pinterest browsing. 😉 And secondly, I tried to pick unique and/or thoughtful gifts – not just, like, “here’s my favorite lip gloss and trendy t-shirt.”

Hopefully this will give you inspiration whether you’re shopping for a guy who has everything, a family member you need a really special gift for, or kid that does NOT need any more electronics. 😉

Sound good? Alright, let’s get started!

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Sketchbook Paintings & More Recent Art

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I recently posted a tour of my main sketchbook, but I also have a couple of other sketchbooks I’ve been working on since… goodness, I think this was the last post I did on them, which… OH MYYY, I just realized it’s been one year to the day since that post! Ha, goodness! So anyway, I thought it was high time to give you guys a peek into my Illo sketchbook and some other drawings I’ve made recently(ish). 🙂

As always, I hope this post can give you some inspiration to create your own art if you like drawing – or simply brighten your day with pretty pictures if not. 🙂 I’ll also try to link the supplies I used if you want to try them out for yourself. Enjoy, my friends!

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Watercolor & Gouache Sketchbook Tour

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Yayyyy, an art post! These make me so excited that it’s hard to refrain from ending the title with an exclamation point. 😛 I still have three or four blank pages in this sketchbook, but I figured that was close enough to make a post on it. 😉 I mostly filled this sketchbook with gouache and watercolor paintings, but added a few sketches and some different art mediums too.

Okay, let’s get to this huge load of art! I hope you guys enjoy and can find some inspiration for yourself!

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100 Questions to Ask Your Pen Pal

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I’m super excited for this post! (How unusual. 😛 ) One of my readers recently requested I write about pen pal questions, so here we are. Asking/answering questions in letters (or in life!) helps you connect with and get to know someone better, plus, pro tip: including questions is one secret to making your letters a lot longer and more interesting. 😉 For some of my pen pals, we insert a list of questions in the letter, and for others, we just ask questions as they come up about whatever subject we’re on.

Today I’m going to give you a ginormous list of 100 questions to ask your pen pal – some serious, some funny, all across a variety of topics and categories. If you’re at a loss for what to write, try some of these! I’ll also stick in a little happy mail/envelope art inspo along the way. 😉 Alright, let’s do this!

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15+ Ways to Art Journal {+Journal Tour!}

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I’ve been looking forward to making this post for… well, I guess over a year! I first started this art journal in February 2019 and finished it May 2020. I haven’t shown you the process of filling it up because it was a surprise! I actually made this as a gift for my friend Aria. I gave it to her the night before her wedding and she loved it and I loved making it and ahh, this project just means so much to me. ❤

I’m not going to show you every page because that would be tremendously long, but I wanted to select a few (relatively speaking) that will hopefully inspire you guys if you’re thinking about journaling for yourself! If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, well, keep reading! 🙂

I hope you enjoy scrolling through these journal spreads and hearing more of the story and ideas behind this book, as well as a list of page ideas you can use in your own journal or sketchbook. Let’s go!

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Envelope Art Inspiration {Recent Happy Mail}

Hello, dears!

If you’re using letters and mail to keep in touch right now… first of all, YAY FOR YOU. I can tell you, getting a letter in the mail will mean so much more to your friends and family than getting another email or text.

Secondly, if you want to take your letters to the next level, try decorating the envelope for extra fun. There’s all SORTS of ideas you can find, from simple patterns that literally anyone can do to beautiful illustrations if you like art.

So anyway, today I wanted to show you some of my envelope art in case you’re in need of inspiration. 😉 I hope you enjoy!

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10+ Ways to Fill a Notebook {Notebook Tours}

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I hope you’re all staying healthy and having a good quarantine. 🙂 Today I thought it would be fun to collect most of my notebooks currently in use and give you guys a mini tour of them. Just in case you’re bored and need creative ideas of what to do, for instance. 😉

If you’ve ever wondered how to fill an empty notebook, sketchbook, or journal, keep reading! Here are over ten ideas that I use and enjoy myself.

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