Journal Roundup: Volume 1

Starting a new column on the blog called “Journal Roundup” – aka, an attempt for me to document daily and make something out of my personal journal. ๐Ÿ™‚

Most of my friends tell me I’m a thoughtful person – I guess I really value the littlest things, and that I’m most proud of. I’d take a quick coffee catch-up over some fancy dinner, or even a small note of thanks over a huge gesture of gratitude. That’s probably why I value the things that make up the totality of who I am – and what better way to do that than to keep these memories in a tangible book?

I’ve kept journals for the longest time; ever since I was thirteen, it became my outlet of daily musings, dreams, goals, bucket lists – and many more. All my dreams have been written on every piece of notebook I owned. And it still feels surrealย to know that some of them have actually come true as I’m typing this.

Anyway, enough about that – here’s a roundup of my entries inside my Hobonichi. ๐Ÿ™‚

Quick back story: I got myself a Hobonichi supposedly for “work research” (no kidding) but I decided to scrap that and really commit to sharing a bit of how every day’s been going for me. Ideally, I’d just bullet all my favorite days; but I decided that this time, maybe it would be nice to value each day as it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

I didn’t want to have to draw every day or even do lettering. I just wanted to keep things compact and make some sort of creative craft activity every day so I am hoping this journaling thing satisfies that. Don’t get me wrong though; I didn’t take photos of all the pages because the others are for my eyes only. Hehe. These are some of my favorite spreads, though! Enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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April 2016, Week 1

This journal was purchased out of impulse (with Kaila), but no regrets. Initially, I had no idea what I wanted it to look like. Then again, I realized I should just let things take its course. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also: I watched The Little Prince and it hit me right where I needed to be hit. That was a feels trip film – I am not over it.

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April 2016, Week 2

My last weekend in Japan was bittersweet but memorable. I wish I could remember every “note to self” we had during our “creative breakout sessions” but I’d like to believe they’ve all been injected into my system. ๐Ÿ™‚

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April 2016, Week 3

This was a nerve wracking week for me as I spent 80% of the week out and about. If you know me personally, this is something I rarely do (that being said, you would know how much of an introvert I am). Meetings, talks, workshops all in 7 days –ย I gave up on the last day of the week. No joke. Nevertheless, such a fulfilling experience.

Also: It’s pretty obvious that I like this hand-lettered format better as it saves the hassle of crafting. Then again, my hands ached after doing this. Lol.


April 2016, Week 4

A week full of questions and deadlines and works in progress – and the easiest thing I could do was jot down 5 things that made my day unique & memorable. Case in point: when someone actually asks if you’re still alive after working on x deadlines (huhu), or when youย constantly replay a playlist for no apparent reason, or when you accidentally get some tough love at 10 in the morning, on a Monday (yep, on a Monday!).

Also: Thank you Dom for my portrait stamp (!!!) and Alessa for the Abbey Sy logo stamp. ๐Ÿ™‚

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May 2016, Week 1

I was joking around and asking my publisher a few months back if we could have a signing in Cebu or Davao…and a week later, SM Lanang Premier asked if they could fly me to Davao for said signing. Call it coincidental, or maybe just ~fate~, but I had a great weekend meeting some readers in Davao. Not to mention a really funย couple of days with Koko and Jean, who took care of me the whole time. (Huhu, thanks!) More on this soon on another post ๐Ÿ˜€

Also: I bought a box of pomelos and of course, I had to keep at least a sticker. ~ephemera~ lolz

I was wondering – anyone here starting out journaling? Or have you kept journals over the years? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear your thoughts. ๐Ÿ™‚



  • I love how you document events and travels in your life. Makes me want to add another journaling medium aside from project life.

    • abbey

      I used to do Project Life but it stressed me out ๐Ÿ™ I like total freedom. You should try it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Aronne Joy Madrangca

    You inspire me Ms. Abbey. Hope my father buys me a Hobonichi too and be able to start journaling too eventhough I am a Cartoonist which makes me a journalist lolz ok.

    • abbey

      Lol that’s ok. Actually it doesn’t even need to be a Hobonichi – just a plain ntbk will do! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

  • I’ve had journals since I was Grade 3 I think, because of the entries and thoughts I’ve been writing down that I couldn’t say to other people or even my parents. Sometimes they had tiny drawings in them or stickers that I bought on a whim when I saw them. I even have a spare notebook to stash my tickets and other things. They were all random but oddly organized in a way haha

    • abbey

      Haha. I think it’s perfectly fine to have a separate notebook for tickets. Good way to organize stuff ๐Ÿ™‚ Cool! Keep on journaling – imagine the pile of books you’ll be creating after a few years. Or decades. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I have so much receipts, stickers, and paper scraps stuck unto my journals! Haha. I used to write everything down and swear I’ll get back to writing more again after thesis. Yours are always so inspiring to look at–the pages are always filled! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Caffeine Rush

    • abbey

      Haha. I can’t stand empty spaces ๐Ÿ™ This is probably a sickness I’ll never get over. Thanks, Louise! Can’t wait to see yours when you finish working on them!

  • Bea Socco

    Wish I could be as creative as you. I have loads of “unfinished” journals way back because I lack inspiration after a month or even just a couple of days, But seeing your posts on your blog or IG makes me want to give journaling another shot ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • abbey

      Hi, Bea! You definitely should. I used to slack off as well but I think my current motivation is this Hobonichi (it’s pricey huhu) and the fact that it’s marked every day means I have to update it. There’s also a sense of fulfillment after which is great. Hope you can get back on it soon; don’t stress yourself too much. Enjoy the process of journaling ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Martina Alexandria

    I’ve been keeping a journal since I was in third year high school. I bought one because the notebook is so beautiful (and it’s blank). At first, I didn’t know what to do with it. Then I started to write, creating poems and short quotes. Having a blank notebook was my key to creativity. I realized my style in writing with blank notebooks. Until I can’t stop writing anymore. Eventually, I wrote only to give myself some therapy from all the challenges life has been throwing me. Writing was my insanity time. I am happy I found love in journals! I love keeping little “souvenirs” from my life’s moments too! It’s lovely. And it helps me remind myself I had a good life. I can see you have that in your heart too!

    • abbey

      I think the best takeaway about writing and releasing your thoughts is that it gives you more room to celebrate the little things in life ๐Ÿ™‚ So, I agree. Keep on writing, Martina!

  • Kym Liwanag

    I’ve been journaling ever since I was 9? Haha. It’s so funny to look back on my old journals and read about all my crushes hihi. Tapos when I got to high school/college I would keep 6 journals simultaneously: 1 for scrapbooking purposes (with logos from napkins, bus tickets, movie tickets etc etc etc), 1 for my devotional readings, 1 for events i wanted to remember, 1 for quotes, 1 for ranting, and 1 that I would just carry around in my bag wherever I went for when inspiration struck. Haha. Pero after a while it got so stressful to try to keep it up so now I only have 2 journals. I bought a Happiness Project (the journal where you write something every day for 5 years). I’m on my second year and it’s so interesting to see what I was up to the year before. I can only imagine what it’ll be like when I get to my fifth year. My other journal is for quotes, musings, rants, whatever I want to write hih. Seeing your Hobonichi journal is kind of inspiring me to start but I kind of dunno how haha.

    • abbey

      Omg at 6 notebooks ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Intense! I could only ever handle 2 or 3. Haha. I used to do the Happiness Project one but tbh I had a hard time keeping up because it wasn’t as portable (it’s hard bound right?) and I keep forgetting to update. For the Hobonichi though – literally, anything goes :)) I don’t plan anything. The least bit of planning I do is print my photos in advance and stick on washi tapes before I start a spread. Haha. Hope you can try it too!

      • Kym Liwanag

        When I was on vacation I would write my happiness journal entries on my phone and then just transferred then when I got home haha. Where can I get a hobonichi planner though? ๐Ÿ™‚

        • abbey

          I got mine in Japan ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you can also order online.

  • Started a journal last April 23rd, as of now, I have three journals, two for my travels and one for daily. I have separate travel journals for the stuff I save (tickets, photos, stickers, etc.) and another one where I strictly write on. <3 Your Hobonichi spreads inspired me to star journaling! Thank you!

    • abbey

      That’s great! Sounds like a good number ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy! And thank you. Keep writing!

  • Hi Abbey! It’s me again. Lels. While I was reading this, I couldn’t help but smile while I was thinking: what other things pa kaya that we have in common? Hihi. :’> I’m an avid fan of diaries din, the reason why I hoard papers and notebooks. And I know how one feels after writing on a diary. Plus, the backreading part after a year or two! ๐Ÿ˜€ Sometimes natatawa ako, “ako ba talaga nagsulat nito” or “burn *year* self!” Hahahaha. // Hays I wanted to make more chika with you kaso we cannot. ๐Ÿ™ But just in case, pwede mo ‘kong ampunin. Haha! Behave lang ako sa attic mo. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hahahaha

  • Hi Abbey! I’m an avid follower of yours. I follow your works since circa 2012 pa (tumblr days!).

    Anyway, I have a bunch of unused notebooks at home (I love to hoard notebooks everytime I’m at NBS or craft stores) and I’ve tried journalling for like 3 times na but I have insecurities when it comes to my handwriting and I don’t know how to draw. I always end up throwing my works away.

    • abbey

      Hi Micah! Yup your name sounded familiar ๐Ÿ™‚ Hehe. Thanks for the support!

      Whhyyyy be insecure? Actually, doesn’t matter if you can’t draw or your handwriting is nice – it’s just a mindset. It’s actually nice to see how different people interpret their journals. And the best part is – no judgments. Hope you can give it another shot soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I am the same with my journals, I let them take the course, what I love about journaling is every single one I have is a different universe, I love using different types of notebooks, so every one will have it’s own personality. I’ve been journaling for many years too, is an amazing activity! normally I have three at a time!
    hehe looking at yours and your art always inspire me so much ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for sharing!
    Love from Colombia <3

    The Mushroom Rain

    • abbey

      Hey Laura! Agree, journaling is indeed an amazing activity. And the fact that you can always change up styles makes it even better! Thank you, hello from Manila ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Abby Paler

    I am always dreaming to have one but I don’t have enough time to do it every single day. But I’m always trying even it’s just simple yet cute! Hehe.
    Hi, Abbey Sy! I’m Abby P :)))))) And I am such an admirer of yours. Really really love your works. Hope to meet you, someday!

    • abbey

      You don’t need every day ๐Ÿ™‚ I do mine every other day. And it only takes a few minutes! You should try it ๐Ÿ™‚ Lol at your name, haha! Thanks Abby P!

  • Lerizze Dingle

    Omg. I’m so in love with your works. Tbh, you are the first person to inspire me in terms of putting so much effort in journals. Way back then, i was just writing in it but then when i saw your works, wow. Why not do these things, i said. You did a really great job ms. Abbey. I am a fan! โค I would like to try hobonichi soon. Yay!

    • abbey

      Hi Lerizze! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy journaling too!

  • april asis

    I have my journals to… I have at least 4 or more. I write on it form time to time. Though i dont keep up with daily journaling, I just end up writing down random things and events in my life. Sometimes it makes me think that I own too much notebook, where I share my feeling with (more like a friend), and I have few friends. It makes me sad but thats how i am, an introvert. Hopefully God would bless me with a friend whom I can share with what I have written in my journals.

    Thanks abbey for sharing a free book yesterday.. so happy that I have an additional knowledge about lettering from you

  • Hi Abbey! Is this called Creative Journaling? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • abbey

      Yep, I guess? I just call it journaling. Daily journaling specifically for what I do with my Hobonichi ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Francesca Magnayon

    Hi Ate Abbey ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been journaling since I was in third year high school and now i’m in second year college. At first I write in a bullet form journal where I will write the important events during the day but now I have develop to write a detailed journal entry. It’s a little hard because it consumes too much space but I have tried other journal where it have more space for me to write. ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite design for a journal is Photo stickers. It added as a design and a souvenir for that day <3

    I love all your works. Thank you for being an inspiration. Hope to meet you again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • abbey

      Thanks, Francesca ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

  • Arianne Sensano

    Hi Ate Abby, I’ve been journaling for more than 10 years now, although I really do like writing long paragraphs about my life’s happenings, it bored me. I was so surprised when I saw your work and I realized that there’s always room for creativity everywhere! Same as you, I love collecting memorabilia on my travels or even on my day to day activities but I always keep them in a box. Now’s the time to take them all out! Yay! I’m so thankful I came across your Twitter that one time. Keep it up!

    • abbey

      Yay, that’s great to hear, Arianne! Enjoy journaling! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Arianne Sensano

        Are you going back to Davao anytime soon, po?

        • abbey

          Not anytime soon, sorry!

  • Ara Olarte

    I just started journaling, and i am loving it lots! you are my inpiration โค๏ธ

    • abbey

      Aww, thank you!