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DIY Leather Bookmarks

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Leather bookmarks

Creating beautiful things out of (almost) junk

Admittedly—and unashamedly—I’m a frugal artist and crafter. I seldom buy new materials.

Of course, it’s totally okay to buy crafting materials and supplies—and there’s a whole lot of them, either locally and internationally. 

But I like to make do with what I presently have on hand. I also have this nasty habit of storing and putting aside things that I think can still be used in the future, if and when creativity strikes and the need for them arises. 

It’s a fun way of getting rid of a lot of junk, don’t you think? It’s also gratifying to recycle and reuse objects that are seemingly useless and convert them into pretty, functional things.

For this DIY project, I made use of leather strips that were given to me a long, long time ago, plus some stickers, strings, buttons, acrylic paint, and whatever else I happen to have on hand.

I tried to use contact cement as adhesive, thinking of how they are used in leather shoes. But it didn’t work. It didn’t adhere. (I don’t know why.) So I made use of tapes instead: a two-sided tape and a foam tape. They worked like a charm!

It was fun pairing materials to come up with colorful, inspirational, and functional bookmarks. 

And guess what? 

Each of these pretty creations will go with each purchase of my romcom book, It’s Not Just Semantics, at Gantala Press’ Gandang Ganda sa Sariling Gawa! Book/Zine/Art Fair for Women which will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila.

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FREE Writer’s Planner: Organizing my Writing a.k.a. Making my Own Writer’s Planner

Do you have a planner? I bet you do. Every writer should have one. Some planners nowadays, though, have become increasingly complicated. Lots of pages, lots of blanks to fill up, lots of dates to remember, and other such things. Some are even bulky and heavy to carry everywhere you go. They’re becoming harder and harder to keep and maintain. Of course, this is just me. I know many people who thrive in complexity and detailed intricacy of such planners, and I truly admire them.

{ Interested to have a FREE downloadable, printable Planner? I have two, not just one! Read on. }

But if I can do things in a simple and time-efficient way, why not? I believe organizing shouldn’t be complicated. Organizing is supposed to help uncomplicate things and give us extra time doing what we’re supposed to do, rather than spend precious time jotting it all down. I also don’t like the feeling of being overwhelmed by the to-do lists, especially if you juggle writing, work, and managing a household. It defeats the very purpose of having a planner.

For 2019, I made a vow to be more organized in my writing, but without burdening myself too much with it. So I made myself my own simple, easy, focus-driven Planner. Here it is and its elements:

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  • #writedrive Monthly Quote. The first thing that will catch my eyes when I pick this up will be a motivational quote about writing. Because I always need reminders to keep on writing, I’ve made a hashtag of it (tee-hee!) #writedrive should drive me to write and give me a boost every time I’d feel low, insecure, and uncertain of myself as a writer.
  • This Month’s Goal/s. Whether I need to finish a chapter or a whole book, I have to write it down to be focused on what must be done/finished within the month.
  • Calendar is self-explanatory. I could cross out or check days as needed.
  • Week by week List. Based on the calendar, I made out five (5) weeks for each month. Each week includes the dates covered in it. Seven (7) hollow square bullets are for seven days (can be less). I can check the squares if I’d accomplish the things I set for myself each day for every week.

You may wonder why my Planner is colorful. There’s a reason for that. I intentionally picked those colors to perk me up, stimulate my mind to work and to write. Positive, cheerful vibes to inspire productivity. The fonts are larger, too, because aside from liking them bigger, I have myopic vision. Hey, if can see better, I can write better as well.

This printable Planner can be printed on a 8″x 11″ (U.S. Letter size) paper, edge to edge. Below is a printout:

Isn’t it pretty and vibrant?

But wait, there’s more. I also made another Planner for non-writer tasks! Except for the color scheme and design, it’s basically the same with the first one. Here it is:

What do you think? It’s not much, but for me, it should do the trick for me as a writer. That is, make me focus on my writing goals and spur me to achieve them. The other one should help me with my other career: as the CEO of my household.

So, you want these too? As a New Year’s treat, I’m giving away these planners!

Just sign up HERE for my A-List, and they will be yours, FREE!

The months of January, February, and March 2019 are ready for download and for printing. Enjoy!

I’d also be interested in knowing if these helped you and how. Just comment below.

Here’s to a more organized, efficient, and productive 2019!