July's Journal Pages

Last month I decided I was going to start working in my journal/sketchbook more. So I did. When I've kept them, they've always been a hodge podge of things. Drawings, pitcutres, mixed media things, stickers, writings. All of it. I also got tired after my birthday and haven't been keeping up with it although I did start back up on Sunday. I've blurred the journaling as well. 







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Amanda ❤

Why Journal?

A long time ago I used to work in my journal/sketchbook RELIGIOUSLY! But lately I haven't really wanted to work in my journal. One of the things that I wanted to do this year was work in my journal more, but it seems like it's just easier and more convenient for me to blog, rather than sit down and write. It feels like writing is just so much more time consuming than I'm willing to put in, but I know that there is also the possibility that all my blog posts get deleted or what have you, and it would be better if I just sat down and wrote things out. That I should write about EVERYTHING going on with me, but when things are going bad and I'm dealing with anxiety, the LAST thing I want to do is slow down, sit and write things down. It's what I should be doing, but what I really want to do is just solve the issue that I'm dealing with. 
So in an attempt to try to convince myself that it's actually better to write things down, here's a list of reasons I believe it's better to journal it out. 
  • It slows you down. I know I just got done saying that I don't want to slow things down, but when you do, you get a chance to analyze things, see them from a new perspective, you can learn from it, and quite possibly appreciate it. 
  • It's personal. By this I mean, you can write down your thoughts, hopes fears, aspirations, wishes and ideas. AND NOBODY HAS TO SEE IT, if you don't want them to. That annoying thing that your best friend does that you've never told her, you have a place to write it down. Maybe you'll tell her one day but for the time being, maybe you're only comfortable with it being written down here. 
  • It can be anything you want. The best thing about journaling, to me, is that I can do whatever I want in my journal. I can draw in it, I can write down my favorite quotes, I can schedule a vacation, or my classes for next semester. I can glue/tape stuff into it, I can write my grocery list. I can choose what goes in my journal to make it a more complete view of who I am. The possibilities are endless when it comes to what you want to do with it. 
  • It's not expensive. I mean, yeah there's the cost of buying the journal and some pretty nice pens, but really that's ALL you need. The journal I use costs $10 at Barnes & Noble and lasts me the entire year, as opposed to blogging where I pay $15 a month. See? Journaling is cheap. 

Do you journal? What are some of the reasons that you do? 

XO Panda

Amanda ❤

Currently Obssesed with Stamps

Taking that short unexpected break from blogging really threw me off my game. I'm slowly trying to get back into the groove of completing projects/dishes/outfits, photographing and editing, and scheduling everything while trying to handle my new acquired 40hr work week. It's a little daunting and tiresome but slow and steady should win the race, or at least that's what I've learned. 

Recently, I've become OBSSESED with stamps. I never really liked them before. My mom used to have a bunch when I was little and I remember playing with them sometimes but it didn't catch my eye, until recently. And by recent, I mean, this past week. 


There's a SMASH date stamp in there, a few from Elise Joy and the rest are Michael's believe it or not. 

I'd wanted to get some of Elise's stamps the first time they came out but I couldn't justify a reason. Then they sold out and I didn't think she'd bring some back but she did, so I had to snatch up my  first favorites. I tend to like stamps that are versatile. "You're my favorite" is pretty much reserved for photos with the Sir, if we ever get around to taking any. The 'I love (blank)" and "Today is (blank)" can be used in so many ways which is why I bought them.

I've decided I'm going to use the oversized "A" on mail-related items. I've been sending the Sir lots of cards and the window's getting smaller of me sending them and him actually receiving them while he's there. 

My next favorite is the 'thinking of you' one. That one is actually slightly modified. Next to the quote was a hibiscus flower next to it. I didn't like the way it looked, so I X-Acto knifed that sucker off, and presto! 

So, the question remains, what do I intend to do with these stamps? I recently started a new sketchbook. When I work in my sketchbook, it becomes a sort of compendium for the year. Grocery lists, ideas, sketches, color stories, movie ticket stubs, photos, fortunes from chinese takeout, journal entries, art journal pages, essays. EVERYTHING goes in there. With this sketchbook, I want to see if I can sort of adapt the whole Project Life concept to fit into it. We'll see how that comes along though and I'll be sure to show pages and progress along the way. I still don't know if I want to document it weekly like PL or just as the day goes along. I've been known to avoid my sketchbook for MONTHS at a time so hopefully this can sort of keep me motivated to work in it. 


Amanda ❤

Thankful For V.4

Thankful v4

I accidently listed a couple of things twice so it this weeks list probably looks long, but really isn't. 

  • Sleep
  • Netflix
  • Warm blankets
  • David Boreanaz
  • Pretty things
  • P90x
  • Yoga mats
  • My poopies
  • Email
  • Macro lenses
  • Water
  • Cloudy days
  • Fitness races
  • Tank tops
  • Rewards cards
  • Mimosas
  • Old photos
  • Jeans that fit perfectly so you have to buy multiple pairs
  • Pinterest
  • New zip up hoodies
  • Lemonade
  • Vegetables
  • New sunglasses
Amanda ❤

To Start Project:Life or Not

During the beginning of the year it seemed like EVERYONE in the world was taking on Project:Life and it soon intrigued me. I liked the idea of it and soon created a Pinterest board with peoples' weekly pages. I've been keeping up with Elise's, from Elise Blaha: Enjoy It, Project: Life 2012 pages. Each week she inspires me to want to start.

The problem is, I like to keep, for lack of a better word, anthologies. I keep one sketchbook/journal for as long as I can manage to keep writing in it. A lot of the times I like to stick random stuff in there and keep going.  For a while I was trying to figure out how I could incorporate Project: Life into my sketchbook. Enter Kelly, from It's Me, KP and her Book About Thirty. I don't know why it didn't occur to me before. It was really so simple that I kept overthinking it. 

Suffice it to say, I will be starting project life, but I don't think it's going to be a "weekly" thing. I don't do very much, aside from work that would fill up weekly pages. I'll just stick things in there as  I go along and make small notes. I will have to remember to print pictures out regularly though. 

Project Life Journal 1

Project Life Journal 2

Amanda ❤

That Time When...| I Got Pee'd On By A Dog


Funny story about this drawing. Well, not really funny as much as it was embarassing. While I was in Inde, I decided that I wanted to try and draw the plaza. There really isn't much to draw in Inde so it was either this or a kiosk. So, off I went to go draw. My cousin Melanie sat by me and I tried sketching it out in pencil. Then another friend, Eder came, and I got super nervous about drawing in front of him. I don't think I'm a good draw-er (is that a word?) and Inde isn't the type of place where drawing is something that's encouraged (not as much as learning how to make tortillas or wrangle cattle). I closed my sketchbook and decided this was something that was going to take a couple of days to complete. (Normally, I would knock it out in a day). 

The next day I decided to just fill in my outline with color. (My process is, rough pencil outline> color blocks> Ink) That day I had a bunch of people come over to see what I was doing. They varied between a couple of school girls who stayed with me for about 15 minutes, to a couple of housemoms, and some old guys who are my grandpa's friends. They were all curious. Once again, after a while feeling conscious about it, I closed my sketchbook and put it away for the day. 

The next time I took out my sketchobook was for the inking and detail of the drawing. I threw on some Kid Cudi, which always seems to relax me. (That's how I managed the 2 hour flight to Mazatlan and back). I sat outside the pharmacy with my grandpa watching me and focused on the detail. I'm pretty sure some more people passed by to watch what I was doing, including my childhood crush. Ha! (Bam sucka! I can draw!) Anyway, soon Melanie joined me and my grandpa.  Side note: Inde is the type of place where people just let their dogs roam around. There are no dogs on leashes here) so when I saw the dogs, I didn't think anything of it. They had passed by me before so it was no biggie. 

Next thing I know, Melanie is ripping my button up shirt off of me, I had a t-shirt underneath, and I'm confused as all hell. I took my earbuds out of my ear and asked her what she was doing. All the while, laughing at me, she tells me that one of the dogs that had just passed by me had smelled me and realized I was something he'd hadn't pissed on before so he decided to mark his territory. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I had just got pee'd on by a dog! 

Being the go-with-the-flow type of person that I am, I just chocked it up to a new experience and laughed it off. This wasn't something that I had ever intentionally put on my life list, but I can say it's happened. 

Has anything like this ever happened to you? How'd you react? 

Amanda ❤

Start A Journal

It's already November, where did the time go? Even though it's November, it's still a good time to start a journal. I know some people get stuck as to what to actually write in a journal. Who says you have to? As long as you work in it, you're still adding to it and recording memories. 

I wanted to show you some peeks into my current journal to help you get an idea of what you can do with yours. 

Create a message
I write a message on the inside cover of every journal to remind myself that life is a journey and it's not perfect, but it's the only one I've got so don't apologize for it. 

This is your journal
You don't have to let anyone see it if you don't want them to. 

If you've seen techniques that you've been wanting to try, this is the place to do it. It may not come out perfect the first time but it's all about the learning experience. You know what to do for the next one, and if the next one doesn't come out like expected, keep at it until you finally get it right. 

Even you don't think you can draw, draw anyway. Drawing is one of those things that you can improve every single time if you keep doing it. Don't believe me? When I first decided I wanted to draw more, I drew this lighthouse. The last thing I drew was this house. Make a conscious decision to start drawing more and improving your skills and you'll see the improvement. 

 Don't have anything "good" to write about? Why not just jot down some song lyrics or quotes that you like? Years from now, you'll look back and remember them. Simple and easy! 

Make lists
Make lists. I'm one of those people who only works on one side of the paper. Sometimes it leaves me sad to see the other page empty so I tend to write lists on those pages. This day, I had been watching VH1 and I realized I used to like some of the songs they were playing so I started writing them down to download later. (I'd already had some songs downloaded. Hahaha) This gave me the idea to have a 90s-one-hit-wonder-dance party. 

Add stuff
If I don't make lists on the backs of pages. I add stuff. Flowers, packaging, movie ticket stubs, admission tickets, anything that I like. I keep a roll of scotch tape, an adhesive dot roller and scissors, in a pencil case I carry. Anything that catches your eye, add it!

Reminders to be positive
 Karma doesn't only work with negative things. They work with positive things too. Remember whatever you put out there, comes back so why not make it something positive to benefit from? 


Creating is playing. Play with the stuff you have at home. I have tons of art supplies that I was too scared to use because I thought it was so pretty. The purpose of supplies are to NOT sit there and be pretty. They're meant to be used, so stop hoarding them. Don't buy anything new unless you need to (Glue, tape, the stuff that runs out frequently). 

Amanda ❤

The Drake Park House

I live in the Willmore City district of Long Beach. Last week We Love Long Beach had it's neightborhood breakfast for the Willmore City/Drake Park area and of course I went. While I was there, I noticed the most spectacular house and I immediately felt I needed to draw it. What made it better was that it wasn't a white house. I don't like drawing white buildings, no matter how awesome they would be to draw because white house on white paper means just a black outline. I don't pretend that I know how to draw, and the perspective might be messed up in some places but this is what  I can draw. 

Drake park house

Not too bad if you ask me.

Amanda ❤

642 pacific avenue

642 pacific avenue

     My neighborhood is considered the old Willmore City district. This particular part of Long Beach has some really awesome Craftsman style homes. Beautiful and intricate and I love them all. At least the one's I can see. (Some of them are covered in ivy.) Every once in a while, I'll walk with my sister home and we'll pass a certain house. Every time we pass this house I would always tell her the same thing. "I should draw that house.". 

    About a month ago I was hanging out with my friend Yoli. We went to an art store where I ended up buying a sketchbook that I honestly, really didn't need but I liked it so I bought it. When I got home I had buyer's remorse. Why did I buy this sketchbook? I don't even need it. It's just going to sit there and collect dust! 

    Three weeks ago, I took that sketchbook and finally went and drew that house. I usually apply a watercolor wash after I'm done with the drawing until I realized that this particular house was white. The one thing that I can't stand is white on white. So to my own disappointment, I had to leave the drawing as it was. No color for this house. I've been looking around the neighrborhood looking for other houses to draw. I've already found a few that I'm fond of so hopefully I can find a little time to get them down on paper. I realized while I was drawing this that I thoroughly enjoy drawing houses and buildings. 

    This was my first drawing in about three and half months. I really haven't drawn anything since my drawing class ended.  I think maybe I'll post some of my drawings from there. I need to go and get them first though. 

Amanda ❤