TPJ Craftie Pick for May: Liona Chinky



TPJ Craftie Pick is an avenue for The Paper Junkie to feature fellow planner/journal girls and let readers get to know them better through answering a couple of questions!

Welcome to TPJ Craftie Pick! I originally planned to start off with this series two months ago but I got really busy with work so it got delayed month after month, and now here I am! Finally kicking this series off! I'm trying to catch up on all my blogging backlogs so bear with me please.

For my first ever TPJ Craftie Pick, I'm featuring Liona Chinky. If you're an active planner girl from the Philippines, you prolly know her already. Liona is one of my top #plannerspirations that's why I wanted to take this opportunity to let you get to know her. I'm pretty sure she's an inspiration to most of the planner girls, novice or experts alike. I actually followed her Instagram account on the last quarter of 2015, before I even started with creative planning.

So, let's get to know Liona more!

  1. Hi Liona! Tell us a few things about yourself.
    • Hi everyone! Let's kick it off with my name... my real name is Liona Jeane, pretty far from my nickname: Chinky right? I teach Preschool but graduated with a degree in Bachelor in Elementary Education major in Special Education. I'm the youngest, non-married (pressure!) of 5 all-girl siblings. I am privileged to have a walk-in craft room and closet in one.. so I get easily distracted while dressing up. Haha!
  2. What made you decide to pursue creative planning?
    • It's not really a career path I chose. I started using planners when I was in high school. I used to make planners out of old K-zone magazines and sticky notes because I was too shy to ask my parents for one. My sister finally decided to get me a planner of my choice for about 3 years before I started buying on my own. I was a doodler-slash-amateur scrapbooker before I got introduced to all these planning materials. Creative Planning was just something that I got interested in last 2014 when I won a Filofax planner, washi tapes and clear stamps through a giveaway and I found out I really enjoyed doing it. The hoarding started shorty after. Oops! Eventually Creative Planning because a daily routine.
  1. What are the benefits of it to you so far?
    • I'm an extremely forgetful person. I'm like the type who remembers to do something for tomorrow while crossing the street then forgets to put it in the planner..and forgets it entirely until I cross another street then the cycle continues. I need my planner to remember everything I needed to do, simple as that. Creative Planning comes in because it was like an outlet for me to release frustrations, de-stress and rid off tension and anxiety. Creative Planning makes me love seeing my planner every day thus remember the things I needed to accomplish. It encourages me to work in a better mood and what better way but to start each day with a smile.
  2. Who are your #plannerspirations?
    • I have a handful but my top inspirations are Tiffany Ross @villabeautifful_creates , Lucyana Norman @organisedlucy , Christy Tomlinson @theplannersociety , Rachel Lim @scrappinlove <3 
  1. How many planners/journals do you currently have? (If more than one, please specify what each planner/journal is for and explain how you manage to keep up with it.)
    • I am currently using a personal binder (err.. i change every week depending on my theme but I chose between Kikki K Why Not, Kikki K Gold, Kikki K Mint Perforated, Filofax Aqua Malden, Filofax Aqua Lockwood, Filofax Original in Dark Aqua and Planners&Journals Turquoise binder) as my main planner which includes my monthly, weekly, daily and lists. I also use the Back to Basics Planner from CNSDesigns as my desk-at-home planner, a Planners and Journals FunDori as my social and work on-the-go binder planner (it's separate because my tutorial notes, which are private, are there), a Happy Planner (that totally needs updating) as a memory planner and currently preparing my Webster's Pages Color Crush A5 Light Teal to be my desk-at-work planner.
  2. How would you define your style in designing your weekly spreads/planner/journal?
    • A hybrid of different planning styles but with consistent focus on decorating with functionality. I love making my planner pages pretty, but I also love being organized and able to track and see what is actually going on in my life. That's where the different types of planners and sections in my planner/s come in. 
  1. Top 3: What are your top 3 planner essentials?
    • A smooth writing pen, glue tape, clear stamps and ink...oops that's four. sorry! hahaha pero can I add washi and ephemeras to my essentials list too? Haha!
  2. Top 3: What are the top 3 items in your wishlist?
    • An A1 self healing rubber mat in white, an aquamarine Raskog from Ikea (my Raskog fairy already got me one but because it's so awesome, I want another one!) and lifetime subscription to The Planner Society's kits. Haha!
  1. For you, what is planner peace? 
    • Planner peace is when you find a planning system that works for you. I never believed that one can have binder peace.. because binders are just like bags or shoes that you love and enjoy changing in and out of to suite your style and mood. When you have planner peace, you are decided what type of planner you want to use, whether it be a binder type, a TN, an inkWELL Press planner, an Erin Condren or a MAMBI Happy Planner. 
  2. If there's one planner stuff you can't live without, what would it be?
    • My clear stamps. I am an avid planner stamper and my pages feel wrong and empty when I don't stamp on them. 
That's it for my first TPJ Craftie Pick. I hope you had fun getting to know Chinky more, well I'm sure I did! Hope you tune in next month for another leg of this series.

Be social with Liona! Facebook / Instagram / Periscope: @lionachinky / Twitter / Blog

Disclaimer: Planner photos are not mine. They were submitted to me by Liona for posting purposes. I edited the banner image. 

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