TPJ Craftie Pick for June: Aina Reyes-Paco



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!

I hope you all enjoyed the first part of this series. For this month, our TPJ Craftie Pick is one of my favorite planner girls out there, Aina Reyes-Paco.

I *shamelessly* stalk her Instagram account everyday because I really love how she styles her spreads. It's just so clean and so vintage-y that I always have to ask myself, "Why wasn't I born this talented?" Her calligraphy skills always put me in awe and her feed is just so well-curated I wonder why Instagram hasn't made her a suggested account yet!

I'm pretty sure you all would like to know about her already so I won't be prolonging your agony!


  1. Hi Aina! Tell us a few things about yourself.
    • People used to have the impression that I am anti social and a bit aloof... That did hold true until I discovered that there are pen gluttons and paper hoarders like me. I'm a foreign exchange trader by day and a wishful calligrapher the rest of the hours. I'm lucky enough to have a husband who pretends to believe me that almost all my planners are from giveaways. Hah! 
  2. What made you decide to pursue creative planning?
    • It has been a derivative of planning, journaling and calligraphy - it was more of continuing this than pursuing. I needed the pen and ink therapy because work has always been stressful. 
  1. What are the benefits of it to you so far?
    • I found patience that I never thought I had. My wallet is slimmer and sexier. Creativity lets me express what I think and feel without worrying about what other people will say.
    1. Who are your #plannerspirations?
      • @thedailyroe and @plan2create
    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.)
      • DO I HAVE TO ANSWER THIS?!?
        • Three (3) A5's that are basically for planning and memory keeping. I have the option of bringing this everywhere I go or I just leave it at home.
        • Eight (8) personal/medium - I bring everyday, depending on the mood and the color I want 😂
        • Two (2) Midori Traveler's Notebook - Weekly planning and weekly reflections and calligraphy
        • One (1) Hobonichi Techo - Where the journaling happens
    2. How would you define your style in designing your weekly spreads/planner/journal?
      • I have always been the type to use typeface designs, maps and all things vintage. I like muted colors and simple geometric designs. I try to go colorful once in a while, muted florals would work but both combined - I will have a heart attack.
    1. Top 3: What are your top 3 planner essentials?
      • My calligraphy pens and nibs, any planner with really good quality inserts and lastly, my washi tapes!!!
    2. Top 3: What are the top 3 items in your wishlist?
      • Hmmmm... Wishlist...
        • I have my eyes set on a Louis Vuitton Damier Azure in MM and GM. I just have to figure out how to have "won" these in a giveaway when I tell my husband.
        • I want to replace my wall of finance books to art and design books.
        • My own franchise of Hobby Lobby! Hah! 
    1. For you, what is planner peace? 
      • Planner peace is a state of mind. Hah. I kid. Planner peace is having a planner that matches the theme of what I am wearing. But kidding aside, planner peace is within the inserts of the planner itself. I multitask when I use my planner. There is watercolor calligraphy, pointed pen, and even brush pens. Smooth buttery paper beats any brand of planner for me.
    2. If there's one planner stuff you can't live without, what would it be?
      • Can it be two?! I guess you don't have much of a choice because I'm still writing down 2!! Inserts or pages that are just oh so smooth and well laid out and my Pilot G-Tec in 0.4 in Black.
    Hope you had fun reading Aina's answers. I had a good laugh while going through it! ;) Stay tuned for next month's TPJ Craftie Pick!

    Be social with Aina! Facebook / Instagram / Youtube 

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

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