Book Detox

A downsize-needed area that I have been avoiding on purpose has been my overflowing book collection. I have been collecting these books since I was a child. Some were gifts, some mind blowing, and others an integral part of my education. It pains me to have to part with any of my old friends, but moving books is not only expensive but painful to both your back and storage. I decided to only keep those with extreme sentimental value to myself, and donate or sell the remainder.


In an attempt to save my memories, I opted to create a Book Journal  and have an entry for each book I was parting with. In the future if I have the money and unlimited amounts of space, my plans will be to buy the books back in hardcover.

I bought Moleskins’s Square Pro Series Workbook, and used the format of Moleskine’s Book Passion Journal for guidance.

Unlike the official Moleskine Book Journal which only gave me six pages to fill in for each letter (156 books total), I was able to create a journal that allows me to write about 4 books per page for 6 pages (624 books total).


My first couple journaled books:

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Faux Typography


After offering some of my favorite tips about making faux calligraphy a few weeks back, I had multiple readers ask questions about how I made pretty lettering that was featured on my Instagram and Tumblr.  I remember learning some of the basics from my mom, but most of my pretty handwriting I would have to give credit to American Girl magazine.  I distinctively remember learning how to draw letters that were also palm trees.

Here are some of my favorite ways to add style and flair to any writing (cursive or print).


1. Add dots


2. Add Lines


3. Make them bold (filled in or not)


4.Turn them into block letters


5. Add some different lines



Faux Calligraphy DIY


My mother loved crafting and during my childhood in the 90s, there was not one craft that she did not tackle. Most of my resourcefulness and penny-pinching I can attribute to her. What I am most grateful that she taught me was faux calligraphy. This easily turns simple handwriting into something quite polished. I usually use this when I make my own cards, or on special messages. There are many tutorials out there that can teach you how to make amazing faux calligraphy but here are some of my personal tips.


Choose a writing utensil you feel comfortable controlling. Ballpoint pens, gel pens, and sharpies work best.

Practice what you are writing and how you want it to look on scrap paper. Use your normal cursive if you feel most comfortable. If you want to play with some of the letters by adding more space between them or by making loopier Fs, gs and ps feel free.

Write your message. After you write it, go back and retrace over the downwards strokes of each letter. This will thicken those lines. Do not retrace the parts of the letters where your pen moves upwards.