New Year Notebook Essentials

January 25, 2015 Filed Under: Moment Collecting, Notebooks, Sponsored Post 16 Comments


The new year has gotten me all excited to, once again, begin using a new batch of notebooks for daily consumption. We’re more than halfway through the first month and so far, I’ve abused about 5 notebooks ONLY for my projects (and around 3 more for moment collecting and such. lol). Which is, if you think about it, pretty practical for someone like me who has two jobs and numerous priorities (again, lol).

Anyway, sharing with you guys my current stache of notebooks. People have asked me how I organize my life and to be honest, it’s not even organized (or so I think). But as always, I try to be, to get things done faster and on point. Here are the tools that keep me functioning at life (+ Google Calendar, Google Drive & Evernote).

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For Daily Errands & Ideas


I always carry at least 2 notebooks with me – one for ideas and another for drafts and doodles. Funny as it sounds, I rarely use my planner – except for necessary things that NEED to be listed down (my phone is not my best friend in that aspect, apparently).IMG_5604My BFF is this Notes & Ideas notebook from Sunday Paper’s Essentials line. Every page contains a different project brief and list of actionable ideas & game plans for that specific project (so much for being a “planner”, I do it every day now!). I also use my Today notebook for days that are killer (meaning it’s an extra busy one). I love how it’s segregated to Personal & Work-related tasks.

The lovely folks over at Personal Planner gave me the privilege to design my own planner (the one with the “twenty fifteen” cover) – which is pretty practical as you have complete control on how you want your planner to look like (order here!).
IMG_5605My little brother surprised me with a Monthly Planner from Muji (while we were in Japan! such a cutie) which I use to map out my social calendar and project deadlines (apart from Google Calendar, because backup).

For Projects


Now for projects, I’m adapting a neat trick from AJ (of Sunday Paper) – putting markers on each project! I finally decided to use my Pantone (I never used it) notebook because of the paper quality (and of course, it is Pantone). My Paper Street project notebook (above) is already worn out from ideas and project briefs for the month so I had to change to another one asap (and it’s just the start of 2015, wow).

What I like about keeping project notebooks is that whenever I have meetings, I get to bullet out my questions and concerns and effectively communicate with the people I work with. It makes things extra easy on my end (and for the client/collaborator as well).


Ta-da, my Pantone in use. Studies a few months ago.

For Moment Collecting


I’ve been collecting moments through journal writing, photos & whatnots (read more here; throwback posts here and here) since who knows when (2006 to be specific), and I’ve always had a soft spot for memory keeping.


So for this year, I’ve kept it simple. I use The Daykeeper for the little moments that make life amazing, my diary for bursts of writing during early mornings and late nights, and Maine‘s 365 in 2015 for one specific highlight per day of the year (aka best thing that happened in every day).


For my travels, I use a Sketchnotes A5-sized plain notebook for illustration. Paint holds well (just don’t put too much water), as well as ink – and there are a lot of pages, which is perfect for traveling. I’ll talk about my travel journaling kit on another post. :)

(and just because)

Adding in a few non-notebook essentials that are relevant in my “ABC 2.0” rebrand (LOL). Okay so a bit about that – I just wanted to revamp the way I dress and the way I look in general this year (less teeny bopper, more mature looking). I cut my hair yesterday, by the way! I often get mistaken for an 18 year old (guys I’m 22 that’s kind of insulting…in a good way) so I’m leaning to invest more in neutral clothing, make more time to fix my face (and hair), and all those “adult” things.

Ugh, being an adult is so hard.


Bianca gave me a copy of StyLIZed (signed by Liz Uy!) to help me achieve my “2015 Vision” for my clothing style (so sweet, thank you B!). I love the book – enjoying it so far. Apart from that, I was sent a watch by Daniel Wellington and I chose a classic one in black (#mature). I’ve also been addicted to Keira Knightley pants lately (the ones she wore from Begin Again) as I got a few pairs on sale at Bershka this month. Just sharing, but in general I’ve been doing a huge closet revamp lately, LOL. Not that you needed to know. Anyway. Moving on.

So those are currently the things I am using for the year. What are yours? Do you have as much notebooks as I do (I bet you some of you do)? Share your thoughts on the comments below :)

Have a lovely weekend!

PS Special thanks to my good friend Nicole of Novels Nails Designs for my lovely nail art, Memorieslab for the polaroid prints, Personal Planner for my planner, Sunday Paper for the Essentials notebooks, Katt of The Daykeeper for the datebook, Sketchnotes & Paper Street for the notebooks, Bianca G for the StyLIZed book and Daniel Wellington for the watch – you can avail 15% off until February 15! Discount code here

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16 Responses to “New Year Notebook Essentials”

  1. Celina Cruz
    January 25, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I love this post! You have such pretty notebooks~ I’d always buy notebooks and end up not using any of them because they’re too pretty…. So an addition to my new year’s resolution list is to make use of them! Yay hehe <3 I also love your ABC 2.0 progress NAKS super support ako diyan!! weeeee

  2. Abbey
    January 25, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Hahaha you should use them na, girl! <3 HAHA thanks Celina you da best <3 Visit my workshops soon, Bernice wants to meet you! :)

  3. Chester
    January 25, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Lovely notebooks but even lovelier illustrations. Hands down!

  4. Abbey
    January 25, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Hehe thanks Chester!

  5. Joyce
    January 26, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Hi! Which one of these would you recommend for using markers on? I’m in too deep with my copics and i wish I could use them on notebooks.

  6. Abbey
    January 26, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Joyce, I guess sketch pads would work better (like Berkeley or Canson or Daler & Rowney) cause Copics are generally heavy on ink and I don’t think that these notebooks can manage the flow of the ink for that. :(

  7. Jhanz
    January 26, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I have notebooks, but I do hope that I can make them as pretty as yours. Mine looks like a huge mishmash of mistakes and schedules and to-dos. Haha!

  8. Abbey
    January 26, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Haha, if you knew how my used notebooks looked like – you won’t be criticizing your own notebooks. Of course I didn’t take a photo of the messy pages :P they’re also confidential. Hahaha.

  9. Mikyu
    January 26, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    It’s so amazing how you’re able to maintain and update/use all your notebooks with different purposes, Abbey! I used to do the same — one notebook for work-related notes, one for random notes and doodles, another one for blogging stuff… But I realized I don’t really get to maintain them, like I only write on them when I actually feel like using a pen and paper. Most of the time, I rely on my phone to take down notes. Oh, technology! Hahaha. But I’m never giving up the beauty of notebooks. I’m currently trying to maintain as few notebooks as possible so that it’s not a burden to carry around. :)

    PS. I still have the notebook I bought from you at the Design Her Story bazaar. :)

  10. Abbey
    January 26, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Mikyu! Haha, I guess my obsession for keeping my thoughts organized pushed me to really have different notebooks for my different priorities. I also have Evernote to organize my files on my laptop :) And like you, I also use my phone but when I see potential in, let’s say, an idea – I usually transfer it to my notebook / Evernote to further build on it.

    It’s true though, it’s still important to not have too many notebooks – as much as possible, select a few and make the most out of them :)

    Yay, great! Hope you started writing on it ;)

  11. Dennis
    January 27, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I love notebooks, lettering, painting, and illustrations. A post that contains them all is a dream come true! I hope to be as good as you in lettering and painting one day!


  12. Abbey
    January 28, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks Dennis!

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  14. Nele
    January 30, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Aawww so pretty <3

  15. Abbey
    January 30, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Thank you! :)

  16. Christian
    February 3, 2015 at 12:41 am

    The notebook I have in my backpack is the one I hard since 201. Ugh. Guess I need to (literally) write more. I tend to just make a mental note to make blog posts about stuff. No, Christian. You need to write the stuff stuff that is not appropriate for public consumption on your journal. Hahaha.