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As you may very well know by now, I have been cramming my arts & crafts box, which I lovingly named Pierre, with all sorts of washi & masking tapes. It’s gotten to the point where I can barely close Pierre‘s lid. I’ve been using washi & decorative masking tapes a lot more in my stationery crafts, & I’ve even used them in spicing up a few Christmas decorations. When I brought back my new batch of washi tapes from my Asia trip, I was partly thinking that Jian would only complain that I never use these tapes, & partly thinking about ways I could use my new tapes. So, I decided to come up with a DIY project & decorate a few of my blank notebooks.

I had got the inspiration from a vlogger on YouTube who showed off a custom hand-drawn notebook that her friend had designed for her. I was so inspired by this YouTube vlogger, but alas, I cannot draw to save my life. I can barely draw stick figures, no matter how much I practice. So…instead of drawing a custom cover art, I thought about using other materials, & that’s where my washi tapes came into play. Of course, using washi & decorative masking tapes to customize something really doesn’t need any explanation, but I figured I’d show you what I’ve done & how I did it.

DIY notebooks1

1. scissors, 2. blank notebook (or any object with a blank, smooth surface), 3. decorative masking tapes of your choice

Basically, there’s three materials being used, & approximately three steps to decorating the item of your choice. First you select the decorative tapes you want to use. Next, you cut a strip of tape to the desired length of the object. At this point in the project, you can also cut your tape into various shapes & patterns. For example, you can cut the ends of the strip of tape to look like a ribbon. Finally, you affix the tape to your object. Yes, that was entirely obvious, but maybe this will give someone out there in our world wide universe some inspiration for themselves.

And…Here is the final result.

DIY notebooks

I bought these three Moleskin notebooks from Target & tried to use as many of the washi tapes from my Asia trip as possible. The first notebook is a sweet pastel theme. You can’t really see it from my photo, but the notebook is supposed to be a soft pink. I used some fabric masking tapes with some paper washi tapes to give the cover a little bit of texture. I wanted to choose colors that would stand out, but would also match the pink notebook.

The second notebook is a khaki color. At this stage of my DIY project, I couldn’t think of any specific design or pattern, until I came across my London themed tape roll. The inspiration hit me like a ton of bricks & I turned this boring notebook into a London/UK theme. I was especially proud of myself when I was able to add in the part of the tape that says “This is London“. I thought it was very fitting (& very much a lucky coincidence) that the words ended up on the bottom corner of the cover.

The final notebook in the set is a lavender color. I had already decided on using my special edition Sanrio stamp tape. I was trying to get as many of the characters on the cover as possible. I even tried to fill the entire cover with the stamp tape, but the band of the tape was too wide, so I wasn’t able to fill the cover completely without some overlap, which would cover up the stamp design. So, I ended up leaving the top portion of the cover blank, which I think makes the design look even better than if I had filled the whole cover. Filling the whole cover would have made it look to busy anyway. I added a few of my own Hello Kitty stickers just for fun, & there you have it!

I feel like although I have a very creative imagination, & I’m pretty good at decorating cards & stationery, I’m not very good at executing arts & crafts projects or DIY projects. My intentions come from a good place, but I can never really quite make it take shape. So, for me to actually finish a DIY project & it looking pretty good, I’m quite happy. Maybe this is a sign for more arts & crafts projects in the future. Cheers!

Today’s song of the day:

“The Only One” by The Black Keys

The Only One

I found this photo online, by sheer accident I might add. It seems so fitting (considering the name of my blog & all). I just had to post it here. Also, I had nothing relevant to report today, but I wanted to add at least something colorful to an otherwise dull Monday. Enjoy & cheers.

Today I dyed my own hair. All by myself.

Going to the hair salon can be a very time-consuming, expensive task. I’ve only gone to the hair salon to get my hair dyed twice in my life (I’ve been dying my hair for quite a few years). Both times were horrible experiences/money wasters. Ever since then, I’ve been dyeing my own hair at home. I’ve tried various brands (Loreal’s Feria, Garnier Nutrisse, etc.), but my favorites are two Japanese brands that I’ve found to work best on my hair: Dariya’s Palty & Mandom’s Lucido-L.

Here, I’ve chronicled my hair dyeing experience.


* Lúcido-L is my favorite take-home hair coloring brand.


* So far, it gives the best overall even coverage, & the end result actually matches the color swatch on the box.


* The contents of the take-home box kit…


* The items needed for the 2-step easy process.


* Add the coloring to the dye mix & shake the bottle thoroughly for approx. 1-2 minutes.


* Apply the dye evenly & let it sit for approx. 1 hour. Of course, you know the rest…rinse thoroughly until water runs clear. After rinsing out the excess dye, apply the nourishing hair mask (pink pouch) & rinse (like it’s a conditioner). I go one step further by washing my hair with shampoo & conditioner after I dye my hair…just to make sure my hair is washed clean.


* This time, I took the extra step of using this hair repair mask (Graham Webb Silk Repair Advanced Therapy Treatment). I received this hair repair packet from a friend who recently got married. She gave me this as part of a gift set for being a bridesmaid in her wedding. I wanted to try this hair mask & thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try it. My review: Eh~ It’s not bad, but in the end, it’s not my cup of tea.

* This is the end result… I’ll try to post a “before” picture to show you what my root color looks like. It’s not a dramatic change, but I really wanted to hide my roots while freshening up my hair color in a sort of subtle way. Cheers!

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