I used to collect stationery papers when I was a kid. It was a fad for a while. We also used to sell them in our “sari-sari” store (Filipino version of a grocer). It was mostly the ladies who bought them but I remember saving money to buy for myself as well. I especially loved the scented ones! I used to keep them in one of our drawers to keep everything inside smelling nice. I also used to carry some of the papers to school to show off to my friends.
I stopped collecting when I was about 9 years old. I remember it happened after my mom saw a handwritten note addressed to my crush at school using the scented set I had. It was the only time I ever used the papers for writing a message. Anyway, she told everyone at home about it. Even to this day, I never understood why my aunts, uncles, and parents had to tease me for years about it. Didn’t they have a crush when they were kids? Anyway I was so traumatized (okay, maybe a hyperbole) by the teasing that I stopped collecting. I no longer remember what happened to my collection. Maybe my aunts used them to write their love letters (haha). All I remember was that I lost interest in stationeries after that incident.
Pandemic and Crafting
If you have been hanging around this website, you’d know I took this pandemic as a chance to learn new skills, revisit old ones, and gather enough strength to not go mental (LOL). That meant learning how to paint (take note, I never painted in my life pre-pandemic), revisit resin jewelry making (a skill learned in 2017), and play the ukulele (I never played any instrument before this year).
As if those were not enough to keep me busy, I also am dabbling into junk journaling or scrapbooking. Brochures and magazines from our mail box have piled up. I also have old magazines that I have not thrown away yet. The reason for keeping them up to now was that I used the photos inside for Ian’s homeschooling activities. I currently found a way to use the printed text and photos for my scrapbooking now as well. I’ve only been doing this for less than a month but it still surprises me that junk journaling can be so addictive and meditative. I made all these spreads just before bed time when I was too tired to paint or practice on my ukulele.
Below are just some of my recent works on my A6 vintage journal. I hope this article will inspire you to upcycle your old magazines and brochures to decorate your notebooks.