Jan 21, 2017

inspiration wall

Oh man, it's been forever since I've done one of these ~

I had a blast tearing down what used to be up on my bedroom wall and brainstorming/cutting/taping for hours on end during one afternoon at home. Today's post is another wall decor idea: an inspiration wall. This wall is a physical representation of those thoughts, ideas, and feelings jumbled in your brain. I decided to position this next to my desk, so that I can look up and gain inspiration while I'm working.

What you'll need (this isn't set in stone; use whatever you wish, and make your wall you):

magazines & newspapers
photos & polaroids
sticky notes
tape & thumbtacks
paper or index cards
pen & markers

If you can't find anything that you like in magazines, print out your favorite images! I'm a hoarder when it comes to pretty pictures and typography, so I had a stack of ready-to-use materials. What's the point of keeping all those beautiful memories in a drawer when you can display them and see them every day?!

And of course, you will need an empty wall.

I'm going to divide up the steps into layers.

L A Y E R   ( 1 )

The first layer is your canvas. Use pieces that don't really need to garner attention, like newspaper articles, text pages, or solid colors. This is a base layer that is going to be covered up with other more important items. I used one magazine to have equal-sized pages and taped them up to form a square-ish base. The number and size of these pieces are going to depend on how your wall looks. I included a painting I made a couple of years ago because the size was perfect ~

L A Y E R   ( 2 )

This is where it gets exciting! This layer comes down to your personal taste. Fill up those empty spaces of the base layer with cutouts from magazines, your favorite postcards, cool text, and doodles. I even taped up a page of my notes from one of my psychology classes. But, save the most important materials (i.e. photos, polaroids) for last because you want those pieces to be on the top and the most visible.

L A Y E R   ( 3 )

Last but not least, my third and final layer includes photos of family and friends, my university's pendant, and a corkboard that I can use to stick up notes and quotes. I used thumbtacks to secure the board and pendant onto the wall and used sticky notes to write down memos. This layer is the layer that I want to stand out!

That's all ~
If you try this out, let me know how it goes! I had a really good time working on this project, so I hope that you will too.


Jan 8, 2017

snapshots from vancouver

Hello 2017!

After a series of strange events as a result of my terrible clumsiness, I finally landed in Vancouver for a week-long vacation towards the beginning of winter break. The weather was a bit glum and thousands of tourists flocked every possible destination, but overall it was a pleasant trip and I was able to spend a lot of quality time with family. Beautiful sights and delicious food everywhere ~

iPhone 6s Plus  ✕  Nikon D5500
Hope you like the video ~

O'Hare is such a gorgeous airport...! Although, Vancouver International Airport had some pretty cool totem poles and Pacific Northwest Coast Native art.

It is indeed. I heard a quote from somewhere and I'm not exactly sure how it goes, but it's along these lines: live today as if it's the first day of the rest of your life. Because it is!


This was inside Revolver, a coffee shop in Gastown. Sigh, I may not be the biggest fan of coffee but my love for coffee shops has no limits. Hopefully coffee will grow on me as I age. One of those little dreams of mine when I was younger was to open up my own hole-in-the-wall cafe. I can still vividly picture the cafe I had always imagined: plants strewn about in all corners of the shop, fairy lights twinkling at the ceilings, exposed brick walls and pipes, the smell of freshly baked bread and brewed coffee wafting throughout the room. Wooden furniture, soft jazz, cozy lighting, tinkering silverware... man, it's all about the environment. Y'know, I'll think about it. Maybe one day I can save up and actually open up my own quaint little cafe. Nothing is impossible and anything can happen, right?!

Thanks for a wonderful week, Vancouver. I will be back for sure (when it's not freezing) ~

Eeek! I'm already returning to Philly tomorrow. Time truly does fly. I'm feeling positive though, and some excitement too! Fingers-crossed for a good, good semester. Wishing you luck for what's to come in 2017.


P.S: I recently got rid of Disqus on my blog so I lost quite a number of comments on my previous posts. Oops! I am still such a noob with this technical stuff.