Hey, Crochet!

Hello everyone!

After how many months of being quiet, I’m finally back to blogging! πŸ˜€

The reason that I’ve been quiet all this time was because I got so busy learning another skill. Β I am a skill hoarder by the way. I love to learn as many skills as I can.

And the skill that I just recently learned is crocheting! πŸ˜€

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It wasn’t an easy skill to learn and I admit that I really got a hard time understanding it the first time I did it.

But with perseverance, patience and willingness to learn, I finally got it! πŸ˜€

I started learning the basics of crochet like the control and the kinds of stitches used in crochet. When I finally mastered those, I tried following beginner-friendly patterns in YouTube.

Here are some of the crochet projects I did:

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A simple flower appliquΓ©. This was my very first crochet project. πŸ™‚
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A rainbow sunburst piece. I’m still deciding up to now what I’d do with this. πŸ™‚
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Doilies. Can also be used as coasters. πŸ™‚
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My very first crocheted boho purse made from sewing solid granny squares sewn together. πŸ™‚
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A beanie and a scarf. πŸ™‚

I can’t help feeling happy and ecstatic about the progress I’ve made. πŸ™‚ I really believe that constant practice makes perfect. πŸ™‚ You just got to be patient and enjoy the process. πŸ™‚

Right now, I’m still working on an anotherΒ beautiful project. I can’t wait to share it with you once I’ve finished it. πŸ™‚

This is just for now. Talk to you later!

 

 

xoxo,

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Fake It! :)

Do you want to do calligraphy but don’t have the tools (nibs, nib holder, calligraphy ink and sheets) yet? Do you find it difficult to do calligraphy because you really have no time to practice?

Well, don’t worry because you’re not alone! πŸ˜€

I have always been in love with calligraphy and I have always fancied of doing it someday. But when I found out that it costs a lot to do calligraphy, and not to mention that it will be really difficult especially for newbies like me and that you’ll need ample amount of time and patience to practice calligraphy (which I really don’t have, sometimes) and steady hands, I decided to do calligraphy in my own, simple way.

I faked it! πŸ˜€ Lol.

Having hard time with calligraphy? Try faking it. ;)
Having hard time with calligraphy? Try faking it. πŸ˜‰

Yes, you can actually fake calligraphy. It’s very easy to do. But like the real calligraphy, you still need to have steady hands to do it.

So, here’s how I fake my calligraphy.

 

1. Write your word in a basic script.

Get a pen and a marker.

I always start by writing my words in a simple and basic script or cursive writing using my G-tec 0.3 pen.

Step 1: Start by writing your word/s in a simple and basic script or cursive writing.
Step 1: Start by writing your word/s in a simple and basic script or cursive writing.

 

2. Drawing shadow strokes on the downward strokes of the letters.

After writing down the word, I would then draw shadow strokes on the parts of the letter where my pen will go downward. If you want to imitate the real calligraphy thing, it is always a rule that the downward stroke of the letters will always have the pressure.

Step 2: Draw shadow/pressure strokes on the letters where the pen goes down.
Step 2: Draw shadow/pressure strokes on the letters where the pen goes down.

 

3. Filling the shadow strokes and we’re done!

So, after that, I would finish it by filling (or coloring) the shadow/pressure strokes I drew earlier with a marker, and we’re done! Yay! We’ve faked it! πŸ˜€ Woohoo! πŸ˜€

Fill out the shadow/pressure strokes.
Fill out the shadow/pressure strokes.

 

Faking calligraphy is simple. I have always used this technique ever since and it has helped me a lot of times. πŸ™‚ But when I get the opportunity to really do the real calligraphy, I’d really do it. But for now, I’d just fake it until I finally make it. Anyway, as long as the words and letters look beautiful, it would still be considered as calligraphy since the real meaning of calligraphy is “beautiful writing.” πŸ™‚

I hope you found this helpful. πŸ™‚ Have fun faking it til’ you finally make it! πŸ˜‰

 

xoxo,

~Ainee

DIY: Japanese Stab 4-Hole Binding

Japanese Stab BindingΒ is a traditional binding that has developed over hundreds of years in Japan, and is a beautiful and simple way of binding together either folded or single sheets of paper. Like the saddle stitch binding, this doesn’t require any glue and is very easy to do.

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These are the materials that I used: 10 sheets of paper, an extra paper to serve as template for punching holes, cardstock for covers, yarns, scissors, needle, ruler, pencil, washi tape and a cutting mat if in case I need to trim down some papers.

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My materials

To start and to know how to bind using this technique, watch the video below. (Video tutorial courtesy of Sea Lemon).

 

I thought my journals looked so bare so I decided to put a washi tape on the other one and doodled on the second using a Japanese calligraphy pen. They looked like this:

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Then, I found some of my old decorative scrapbooking cardstock papers and I turned them into books as well. πŸ™‚

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japanese-stab-journal/aineemacaraeg

Hope you found it helpful! Have fun making yours!

xoxo,

~Ainee

Having Fun With Loombands

Hello! πŸ™‚

Today, I just discovered (kasi late bloomer ako, lol) another fun and colorful DIY hobby…

…LOOMBANDS!!! πŸ˜€

Grabe saang parte ng mundo kaya ako tinago at ngayon ko lang natutunan gumawa nito. πŸ˜› It’s very addicting. haha.

I first discovered about loombands from my sister. She said it was fun. Eh ayaw ko maniwala kasi nga, they’re just a bunch of mini rubberbands. What makes them attarctive lang are the rainbow colors.

But just this morning, I saw my little, pretty cousin making one.

Naintriga ako. haha.

And I asked her to show me how. She taught me. πŸ™‚

Now that I know…I’m planning to buy my own kit naaaaaa! πŸ˜€ Ay grabe.

I made three today—including one for my own. I used naval-inspired colors (navy blue, light blue and white) because it looks cute. They look like chevron. πŸ™‚

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Yehey! I discovered another interest! And I learned how to do it.

I guess I’d be more having fun in the following days to come with loombands. πŸ™‚

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xoxo

~Ainee

DIY: TFIOS Themed Journal

I’m pretty sure that you know that hit movie entitled “THE FAULT IN OUR STARS”, right?

 

TFIOS

 

That movie was such a top-grosser that I got curious what that movie was all about.

So, when I finally watched it…I almost choked because I was trying to prevent my tears from streaming down my face coz it’s too embarrassing to cry in a movie house with a stranger beside you. πŸ˜›

After watching the movie, I still was not able to get over with it. What I loved about the movie is their approach to life. It made me realize that our life is nothing but a vapor and we could evaporate anytime.

It has helped me believe the quote that says, “LIFE IS SHORT. SO LIVE THE BEST LIFE POSSIBLE AND BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE.”

Other than the thought of the story, I also love their cinematography, the graphics (the graphics!!!)—the bubble bubble something that looks like it was doodled and their sweet line “Okay? Okay.” πŸ™‚

I also find the book cover very cute. Very cute that I wanted to make a journal that is inspired by the TFIOS book cover.

 

TFIOS BOOK

 

So I studied the color schemes, they used cyan blue (I think?) and black colors. I super love the black and white clouds with prints on it. Without any delay, I gathered all the materials needed and started making my TFIOS-inspired journal. And this was the outcome:

 

Front view
Front view

 

For the covers, I used cyan blue papers to wrap the bare chipboard. Then I decided to paint the black and white clouds using poster paints (the good and quality ones…) and wrote “OKAY? OKAY.” on it.

 

Side view.
Side view.

 

I used the Coptic stitch binding technique for this TFIOS-inspired journal so that it would have a very personalised look. I used black thread since it goes so well with the color scheme. πŸ™‚

 

Inside view.
Inside view.

 

And last but not the least, I used blue paper (of course.) for the pages so that it would complete the whole look of my planned TFIOS-inspired journal. πŸ™‚

Because I can’t get enough of the cuteness, so I decided to make one. πŸ˜€

I love how it turned out. πŸ™‚ Thankfully, I didn’t have any accidents while making this journal (from painting, stitching, and everything.)

 

I wonder what kind of movie/book-inspired journal will I make in the future? Guess I’ll just wait.

How about you? What kind of journal do you do? Do share it. πŸ™‚

 

Have a nice day…

 

…okay? Okay. πŸ™‚

 

~Ainee