Plan With Me April & Korean Stationery Haul

Well, that last post about my bullet journal in March sure turned out to be a long read! I want to avoid a similar image dump at the end of April, so here's a first look at my planner setup for the coming month and the weekly layout I'm trying - with a Korean stationery haul thrown in for good measure.

New bullet journal! I've switched to a white paper blank one and love it so much! Time to be creative AND productive.

My stationery haul arrived and (drumroll) I present: My new hardcover bullet journal!

My new bullet journal! The pattern on this hardcover journal is so pretty and inspired by 'The Wind In The Willows' so I feel like I'm writing a story whenever I jot down my to-do lists.

Isn't that cover art precious? I've got an Alice in Wonderland themed version, too. 

I've switched from my re-purposed Kraft sketchbook to a white, blank journal with the prettiest cover. I actually got a whole set of six books in this style for gifts and storyboard drawings (... and as Korean stationery happens to be very cheap, the whole haul cost less than a single Leuchtturm journal would have. I still would have preferred a Leuchtturm, but really, six pretty books plus one smaller notebook just won out.) and love how many pages await me! 

Pretty hardcover journals, Korean stationery, Alice in Wonderland, Washi Tape, Bullet Journaling.

I got two each of these three motives. Isn't the Alice in Wonderland version so cute? I'll use one as a gift and the other one for storyboard sketches. With over 200 pages, that should be enough space to get a lot of pre-comic work done. #2017goals

My bullet journal and sketchbook, Korean stationery brand. 

Even the back of the books are pretty - though that cat is incredibly creepy. In a good way.

Cat-themed stationery haul.

On that note: Cats! I also got a slim notebook with a cat print and a couple of adorable cat stickers with my haul. I can't wait to put the stickers to good use!

Zodiac star constellation doodles for April in my bullet journal.

Monthly Layout in my Bullet Journal

As with the previous months, my planner setup consists of two journals: One for my 'fixed' plans and stats/reviews, one for daily and weekly flexible spreads and to-do lists.

Nothing changed with the former, but I decided to make my monthly overview even smaller.

Since I've got a variety of different projects coming up, all of which have still vague deadlines, I just really can't be bothered with thinking too much about the minutia of the month as a whole. Also, my in-laws will be staying for a week at one point, we'll probably need to go to Seoul and maybe sell our house, so really, I give up on long-term planning

But hey, I really like the zodiac sign doodles for this one!

Flexible monthly plans, task lists and overall goals in my bullet journal.

Monthly Creative Goals

Instead, my monthly layout consists of weekly to-do lists of major tasks. Broken down into different fields like Art Projects, Etsy and Blogging, these don't have a deadline and I'll just have to finish them sometime during the week. 

This also gives each week a 'theme' so that I can focus more easily whenever I have free time. The theme for week one is 'Historical Dresses'. More on that in a minute!

Journals and pens everywhere! I love getting pretty stationery...

Journals and pens everywhere! I love getting pretty stationery...

Weekly Plans and To-Do Lists 

Based on those overview-task lists I can move into my weekly plans. This is my very first weekly layout in my new journal! 

I decided to keep it really simple. The top features my main goals as taken from the monthly plan. 
As mentioned in my previous blog post, I really like vertical layouts for my daily to-do lists, so I'll be sticking to those. 

Weekly layout in my bullet journal for April.

Sloooowly moving along... 

I do have a system for my vertical to-do lists that works well:

  • Main task on top (doesn't mean that's the most time-consuming one - sometimes just a reminder to upload a video)
  • Roughly chronological list of tasks for the day. Pictures for example have to be taken in the morning, afternoons need to leave time for short stints serving guests at the cafe...
  • New Etsy listings have a line in the lower half for themselves. I've got a huge backlog of prepared sticker motives I want to finish up and upload!
  • At the very bottom I added some exercise plans. I REALLY need to get back into doing Yoga and/or Pilates, and having concrete plans helps me a lot more than a vague 'exercise' task.
Little book tracker in my bullet journal. 2017 reading list - hope that this will grow a lot! 

Little book tracker in my bullet journal. 2017 reading list - hope that this will grow a lot! 

Bullet Journal Tracker: Books I Read in 2017

What else is in my new bullet journal? 
I transferred my little reading list tracker! Audio books are life! I'm 11 books into 2017, all of which were Audible listens. A rainy day drawing while listening to a new book (or an old favorite!) is a good day. 

I continue loving my Sakura Gelly Roll pens. Very cheap, no bleeding and smooth lines. But for really small details like my habit tracker notes or the book titles, I prefer the Muji Pen with its tiny 0.25 tip.

Korean stationery haul for my bujo pen needs. #stationeryaddict

Korean stationery haul for my bujo pen needs. #stationeryaddict

As part of my haul, I also grabbed a couple of pastel colored markers and gel pens. 

Korean stationery haul: Markers and gel pens. I tested them in my bullet journal. :)

All the highlighters apply very smoothly! My favorite has to be the Morris Bamboo Liner with two tips and a beautiful pastel blue color. But the color Sakura Gelly Roll pens have actual glitter in them so I'll be forever torn on how to use these! 

Last but not least, the Sakura Souffle pen is a strange one: It's dark gray upon first application, but then it dries and transforms into a lighter gray that looks like matte pudding came out of a pen. Love it! 

I can't wait to get creative with my weekly spreads! The very first one is simple so that I can get my bearings, but I'll be experimenting during April as a whole. 

Some of my ideas below: 

Coloring page in my bullet journal. 

1. Coloring

I made printable coloring pages with my 'Bonsai' and 'Succulent' doodles, but I want to print them on sticker paper instead so that I can use individual plants as decorations. Not even sure if I'll actually color them or just leave them as line art stickers.

2. Stickers

With spring finally here, I'm in the mood for cute and colorful decorations! On my Kraft journal pages, the stickers had a tendency to stick out TOO much, so now I want to try and integrate them better on my white paper journal pages. 

The daily fashion stickers and coffee stickers above are my new favorites! <3

#the100dayproject A hundred days of portrait drawings! Day 1.&nbsp;

#the100dayproject A hundred days of portrait drawings! Day 1. 

3. Drawings

I really want to make more time for 'just' drawing. Not work-related sketches or pieces for clients, but little doodles and practice sketches just for myself. That's why I'll participate in #the100dayproject over on Instagram

My theme is 'portraits', though I'm just widely applying it to people in general. I've got so many different art styles I want to try, and portraits/figures show those differences the most, I find. 

So there will be sketches in my bujo for sure, too!

Renaissance dress coloring page in progress.&nbsp;

Renaissance dress coloring page in progress. 

Coloring Pages and Historical Fashion Illustration

On that note, I've also decided to follow through with a passion of mine: Historical dresses and fashion illustration! I'm such a fan of intricate clothing and can't even narrow it down to a century or continent... so I'll be drawing a variety of different settings over the next couple of weeks.

(Or months. Let's be real here.)

A few of these would also work really well as coloring pages, so those will be up on Etsy in the near future. 

What's your favorite historical time period? 


I hope you have a productive and creative month! Do you have a personal project that you want to pursue? I can really recommend joining challenges like the 100 Day Project for extra motivation!

Korean Wedding Guest Dress Code & Etiquette - Illustration

Despite having gotten married in Korea, I'd never been a guest at a wedding myself. On top of that, my own wedding was a traditional Korean one, so both me, my husband and pretty much all the female guests came wearing Hanbok.

So when the wedding of a close friend came around I wasn't too sure of what would be appropriate when it came to wardrobe. Especially since I knew the event would take place in on of the most luxurious wedding halls of Seoul - I was expecting evening dresses and lots of colors. A bit of research quickly showed how wrong I was...

In general, Korean weddings are over quickly and aren't - to my European sensitivities - very festive. The dress code for guests could best be described as business or business-casual, partly stemming from the fact that a large part of the guests is comprised of co-workers.  

More Korea...

Since I love drawing outfits and makeup illustrations, this was the perfect occasion to document some of the fashion choices I saw on other female guests. Of course, there are differences depending on the size of the event, the general level of luxury of the location, and the season. For example, I didn't even get to remove my coat! Luckily I'd gone with a dark charcoal one instead of my cream colored jacket which would have looked too much like white in pictures. 

General outfit tips: 

  • Subdued colors. The wedding is all about having the bride shine brightest! 
  • Choose an outfit you could wear to a business meeting or formal event during the day. A lot of Korean weddings don't take place late in the evening, so evening gowns or festive dresses aren't usual.
  • Men basically wear suits or a nice jacket, though ties are definitely optional. Like mentioned, business-casual is the order of the day. I've seen my fair share of jeans-wearing guests, too. 
  • Keep in mind that there will probably be no place to put down bags, jackets or coats and you'll have to carry/wear them all the time.

A "Korean Wedding" How To: 

1. Arrive early  

... so you can take a picture with the bride. She'll be sitting in a room exclusively for that purpose, so especially if you're a guest from the bride's friend circle, that's probably your best chance to see her up close and give her your best wishes (but fast, other people are waiting in line!).  

2. Gifts

Bring an envelope (or use one of the envelopes provided somewhere near the entrance) with money. This is your gift - you're essentially helping to pay for the wedding venue, food etc. 
The amount varies depending on how close your relationship is, so try asking some friends or colleagues from the same circle on how much they give.

There'll be two tables to chose from - one for the bride's guests and one for the groom's - where you'll be able to hand over your envelope (with your name written on it) and sign the guest book in exchange for a buffet coupon. You'll probably be able to greet the couple's parents there, too.

I added a little extra drawing as a wedding gift for the couple.

I added a little extra drawing as a wedding gift for the couple.

3. Ceremony  

The ceremony hall was inspired by a church when it came to design and layout. The benches on the right side of the aisle were for family, the left side for friends and co-workers, but we chose to stand to see better.
The actual ceremony is usually short. A ceremony master guides through the process, which is opened by the two mothers. Their part of the ceremony is based in Korean traditional weddings, so they'll be lighting candles and greet each other with bows while wearing traditional Hanbok. Then, the ceremony master introduces first the groom and then the bride, who'll be led down the aisle by her father.

For traditional Korean weddings, the exchange of symbolic food between the to-be married couple, as well as between the two families, is very important. Traditional Hanbok are worn and, among other elements, lavishly decorated dishes and lots of bowing dominate the ceremony.&nbsp;

For traditional Korean weddings, the exchange of symbolic food between the to-be married couple, as well as between the two families, is very important. Traditional Hanbok are worn and, among other elements, lavishly decorated dishes and lots of bowing dominate the ceremony. 

A note on traditional Korean weddings: 

While there are lots of elements from Korean traditional weddings sprinkled through-out the modern version, the actual thing isn't that common anymore. For a true traditional ceremony, the bride and groom (as well as close relatives) would all be in Hanbok - with traditional wedding adornments on top! - and instead of exchanged vows or rings, it involves a lot of greetings and gifts between the families in form of symbolic food. 
I actually got married in a traditional Korean ceremony and will blog about that in the future!

Wedding illustration for an invitation card to a traditional Korean ceremony. The elaborate Hanbok for weddings are colorful, covered in intricate embroidery, and surprisingly heavy!  This wedding invitation portrait was a custom order.&nbsp;

Wedding illustration for an invitation card to a traditional Korean ceremony. The elaborate Hanbok for weddings are colorful, covered in intricate embroidery, and surprisingly heavy!
This wedding invitation portrait was a custom order. 


The groom has to do a lot of bowing through-out the ceremony! Where the bride has a dress (and a flurry of professional ceremony assistants assuring it always looks perfect) that limits her movements to half-bows, the groom will do the traditional full bow on his hands and knees in front of the parents to ask for their blessings. 

The couple will also read out their vows, and the fathers or a very close friend will hold a short speech. Depending on the couple's background, there might be other short interludes (my friend had a singer duo sing for her since both she and her husband work in the music industry) but generally, the ceremony will be over in about 20-30 minutes.  

4. More pictures! 

Then, it's immediately time for some group pictures. At this particular wedding, the large number of guests made them take the group picture with friends before the family ones so that the largest chunk of people would be out of the ceremony hall. The bride will also throw her bouquet to an (already decided on) girlfriend. 

5. Buffet

While group pictures are still being taken, you can head over to the dining hall. Some guests don't even watch the ceremony, just hand over their gift envelopes, eat and leave. With the number of guest at this particular ceremony being well over 700, that was the only way to have the wedding hall and even dining hall not be completely overcrowded. 

Grab food and an empty table (only chairs for the couple's closest relatives come labeled), enjoy the music and make sure to eat noodles! Noodle soup or any noodle dish brings luck for the married couple, with the length of the noodles symbolizing a long and happy marriage.

Is it over...? 

The now married couple will change outfits after the ceremony and join the guests in the dining hall.
On this particular occasion, the bride went from wedding dress to evening gown (by the way, none of the guests or even bridesmaids wore anything even close to a gown. Like mentioned: Business-casual) and went around the hall to greet everyone and, since they're musicians, sang a duet. After that, another outfit change into the traditional Korean hanbok was in order. I believe the couple didn't get a single bite to eat! 

That is pretty much the end of all official parts.

At one point, the married couple and closest relatives will go into another room to complete the traditional Korean part of the wedding ceremony, but at that time, most of the other guests will have left already.

It can be a bit hard to tell when it's time to leave since guests trickle in and out constantly.

But don't be surprised if you feel like you're leaving early - as mentioned, Korean weddings don't take very long, and as far as I know, there is no dancing involved. In fact, when we had our own 'second' wedding in Switzerland to celebrate with my Swiss relatives and friends, my husband was petrified when he found out we'd have to dance a little bit of a wedding waltz! 

Just leave after you've at least once congratulated the married couple and eaten your share of the buffet!

free printable paperdoll inspired outfit stickers - Korean wedding guest dresses - watercolor illustration, makeup and handbags, sticker printables for scrapbooks, filofax, planners and journals.

If you - like me - love to decorate your journals and stationery with outfit stickers, you can download the printable file for these illustrations here. Just print them on sticker paper of your choice (or normal paper - a good old glue stick does the trick!), cut them with scissors and put them in your journal, planner, Filofax, or scrapbook. The files are 300 dpi on half a US letter page, making for some cute, small outfit stickers. 

Some of the drawings are from my 'OOTD Seoul' post here.