Write with style – by Holly Lavender – Part 2


Write With Style – TIPS & TRICKS

So… How are you doing so far? Here are some extra tips on materials  and inspiration.


  1. Paper

I personally prefer MD paper, as the offered with Travelers Notebooks.

It’s very fountainpen-friendly, pricey and comes in all kind of different sizes/ with or without lines/ruled or blanc. Alternative I recommend “Clairefontaine” “Tomoe River” or “Rhodia”.

  1. Inks

For the vintages I use Montblanc, Waterman or Faber Castell only. The Sailores I own only get inked with japanes ink, Pilot or Sailor. If you own a Kaweco, for instance, there’s many other brands you might wanna check out and play along with.

  1. Practise

I know, there’s nothing more tempting & boring as practice … And often enough, we really show good will, but there’s sooo many other things we have in mind, to-do and what not. AND THAT’S THE POINT.

Please see “write with style” as maybe a kind of daily 5- 10 min meditation. If you only write a single word, what’s wrong with that? Take your time, cause that’s the key. Slow down, breathe, slow down a bit more … there you go.



Tip 1

get yourself a trainee paper where you doodle, sketch or somehow draw the first lines BEFORE you start your handwriting. At this way you “catch up” with the pen, you might not have used for days, or at least not at that day.

Tip 2:

get yourself a handful LOVELY words. My fav to letter or “welcome” a new pen surely are FLOWERS; BAGEL and LOTTA (my pugs name). They’ve got all the letters I love, nice little curves and loops. Do the same with short memes, which help to gain trust and get soon very confident.

Tip 3:

Most wanted/most hated. For some reason there’s letters we easy learn while others take ages to look even half the way, we imagine them. That’s totally okay! Try to combine the beloved with the tiny annoyances, reward yourself with 1 or 2 or more lines of the good ones when roughly managed the odds ?

PLAY, dear friends. Play with stupid words that make no sense at all, only to overcome a strange lettermix of a seemingly impossible to combine pair of letters. Maybe ch is a challenge or br or eg– don’t be fooled by the thought ALL others ain’t got their own bugbears. Write foolish slogans or rhymes, only to improve this or that word. Do it alphabetically, pick a color and start with a first letter of your name – whatever inspires YOU – take it, use it and go for it.

TIP 4:

The most important: your daily writing is, was and will always be FLUX.

As anything and everything is in constant change. What yesterday went hilarious right, might not even with 5 tries a row work today. OR other way round ? All of a sudden, one day, your s or g looks like you a l w a y s dreamt it, but never got there. Or your b changes for whatever reason and you LOVE it exactly that way!

My “Sunday style” helps me to letter a card, fill out an address neatly, write a quote, meme, and trim my journals. I start writing letters again – and yeah, I admit, I dug deep down the rabbit hole of pens, inks, papers and such.

Well, could be worse, couldn’t it? Now it’s up to you. Please, please, PLEASE create your own “Sunday style”, With a loopy S or a bouncy b, no matter at all. As long as your JOY of writing expands and your confidence rises.

Anyway, finally there’s just one more thing left:

I would LOOOOVE to see, or hear:

Holly, (Des!) look, this was my before, here I am now! And it’s sooo much fun.

Because that’s the only reason I started this.

Yours faithfully Holly & Desiree


Write with Style – by Holly Lavender – part 1


Write with Style – by Holly Lavender

Recognize this?

  • You have no idea what to write or journal about.
  • Nothing happens in your little life nowadays.
  • No adventurous travels or philosophical rantings.
  • During this whole Corona thing you are locked inside and you are bored.
  • You made a beautiful  Journal page (or Enveloppe of present or label) and here comes the hard part!
  • Your handwriting just ruins it all. Why can’t you write as pretty as the rest of the world!?

Recognizable? It happens to me a lot! And I don’t feel like following another too serious Calligraphy course because I never follow up to those hours of drills. Nor do I have the money or time.

We are going to help you to a great and fast endresult. Even if you just copy what we did here! Please go ahead!!

Coming 4 weekends, we will present you with Alphabets AND cool and mindful Quotes. To keep up the spirits in these harsh times , so all you have to do is add some pretty washi stickers or stamps (Plenty of those in our SHOP) for a mindblowing endresult 🙂

What do you need:

1. Dip pen or Fountain pen with flex nib or calligraphy nib. Or to start with just use a normal fountainpen or soft 2B pencil

2. Ink from a pot’/ well

3. Start with a short Quote – like ‘Carpe Diem’ or ‘Hurray … It is Spring!’

You can download todays alphabet  HERE

We hope you all join! We are looking forward to your posts!


Find 2 of Holly’s inspirational videos : HERE and HERE

Lots of love, hang in and on!

Holly Lavender  Instagram @holly.lavender.official

& Desiree @cafeanalog17

Paper Advent Calendar

Paper Advent Calendar

She did it again, she came up with something so cool, made from simple paper!

The Kraft and Vellum Paper blocks are for sale in our shop HERE, the rest of the materials too.

You can watch how to do it in a slower version HERE

Follow Yoojin on IG @paperpilea

Little Folder by Yoojin

Another great little PAPER folder made by our ‘ paper magician ‘ Yoojin. To put in ephemera, secret notes or pictures, to add to snailmails or your journal!

All products are from our shop!

You can check the video out HERE

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Matchbox folder DIY

Matchbox folder DIY

Here is another fun DIY video by  Yoojin / Paperpilea (IG).  You make a little matchbox like folder where you can keep little ephemera in.

Supercute as a little extra in a Snailmail !

All used materials are from our shop! The Kraftpaper you can find   HERE  you can also use the Vellum with this!

VIDEO : hier


FOLDER map Tutorial – by Paperpilea

FOLDER map Tutorial

This is the Folder DIY for those little cute maps with enveloppes, that you see on Instagram all the time.

When we saw Yoojin do this the first time, we watched the IG video about 37 times before we got it, lol.

So now it is here, on a bigger screen, where it is easier to pause it! So you can make it step by step.

This one in the video has 4 maps (you have your A4 paper horizontal) but you can make it with 2 maps when you hold your A4 vertical!

For the 4 maps one, you draw at little line on top of the paper at 7 and 14 cm. Fold outsides towards the middle.  The little enveloppes are all 6 cm high.

We made it with 4 maps already for 2 occasions:


A little keepsake folder, a present for my mother and daughter (and myself) at a High Tea to celebrate her being pregnant of the 4th generation girls in our family. This was so much fun to make!

2. And for a little extra ephemera folder in a snailmail:

Same but with washi all around the borders:

You can find the Tutorial to make this  here

We used these great papers: here

HAVE FUN and share what you made on Instagram 🙂 !

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Blog Esmee Kleijnen #1

Hello dear Café Analog visitors,

This is me: Esmée Kleijnen, 23 years old and living in the southern most part of the Netherlands.

I have been making papercreations for as long as I can remember, so it is no surprise that eventually I started journaling two years ago.

With this blog I will take you on a journal adventure.

Today I am going to write about how I started journaling.

In the next blogs you can read about what I have been working on for the last couple of days and some journaltips I have for you.

As a child I thought it was amazing to write, draw, paint and craft.

Especially around the holidays, because we had the tradition of my mother bringing out all the craft supplies.

We would spend the entire afternoon making viewing boxes with family and drinking a cup of tea.

I could really enjoy those moments.

When I became older, I thought that crafting was a little bit childish. That is why I stopped doing it. Until I was visiting a friend at the age of thirteen. A sketchbook was lying on her desk with inside it all selfmade creations. The pictures she used came from a magazine.

I thought the creations were beautiful! Enthusiastically I began working on it myself. I soon noticed that it started to work therapeutically. It gave me peace and I could also put my creativity into it.

So it all started with a sketchbook, some magazines, scissors and some glue. The sketchbook became thicker and thicker. Because of this it was increasingly fun to browse through. I kept  a private diary that I decorated  at school as well.(like almost every teennager).

My friend and I had even made up a secret code that we could apply without difficulty. I also wanted other people to write in my diary. It was full of messages from classmates.


After secondary school I started my study Social Work. Here I met new people with whom I went to Spain when I was nineteen. I thought it was fun to keep those memories. Armed with a notebook and a pen, I went on the trip. I tried to write down as many details as possible so I wouldn’t forget it.

I  collected a lot of materials from the trip, such as photos, tickets and pictures. When I got back home I made a scrapbook out of this.It was the first time that I actively started scrapbooking. From that moment on I have scrapbooked every week.

Since then I have filled five scrapbooks, that I still browse through today.

A few scrapbooks and years later I noticed that I missed writing.  Usually I solved this by writing in a diary. This time I decided to start a journal. In it I would bundle everything. It was the best decision ever! I came up with the idea because of Anne Kuiper from Gouden Lijntjes. I met her at KreaDoe 2017 in Utrecht. She combined drawings with text in her journal. I also started trying that.

And now we have arrived the end of this blog. The combination of drawing and writing is a routine that I still apply.

Did you like this blog? Next month you can read what I am currently working on. I have a number of nice projects that I would like to share with you. You can also follow me on Instagram (@golden.notebooks).



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Fien’s Journal – DIY blog

Journal with me in my Traveler’s notebook.

Hey here I am again!

Of course I am joining the maychallenge by Café Analog , I work on it in my Traveler’s notebook from  Travelers company. Of course you can choose for yoursel in what kind of notebook you do the challenge and Project me. I decorated my frontpage, but it is all about the inside of course. So let’s start.

I chose an empty page for my ‘Sunday fun’ prompt.

I started with a piece of old music paper, I rip it into the piece I want. Then I use a fun Stamp from the  Cafe Analog webshop. (sorry it is sold out)

I stamp it on the music paper, when that is done and the ink is dry, I am going to wrinkle the paper for a nice old and used effect.

I am glueing it on the righthand bottom .

Then I am using one of the labels by LinCHianing (soon will be coming back to the shop). My mother and me bought all 3 of the boxes , and my favorites are now in box nr.1 .  Then I wrote SUNDAY with my yellow Touch pen on top of the page.

Now I am going to use these super fun stamps! For the label I am using the Red Soramame Ink Beans. The Label stamp, I am using under the Sunday stamp, and I write ‘funday’ in it.

The other stamp goes on the fun paper that was also in the April Box. I tear off the sides .

Then I use the fun blue and yellow washi tape that also was in the box. Then I chose a pretty yellowish mushroom, it is from a secondhand book about Fungus from the thriftstore!

At the end I stamp around the places where there is too much white space. I also am adding the number  ‘12’ and a pointing finger stamp so the date is very clear too.

And …. tadaaaa!! This is how my finished page looks!

I hope you like it !

If you are participating in the maychallenge of Cafe Analog, please post your creations on instagram or facebook with the tag #cafeanalogtalk. You can find me there too:  @journal.with.fien

Have fun journaling!

See you next month

Kisses – Fien

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ORIGAMI Letter – Snailmail inspiration by Yoojin

Snailmail Inspiration – by Paperpilea

We don’t know about you, but we are totally impressed, by the neat snailmail ideas of Yoojin (find her on IG @PaperPilea).

Korean Yoojin lives in Karlsruhe – Germany and is a talented, creative mama, stampmaker and snailmailer.

She makes the greatest letters and folders out of ordinary paper, with fun folding techniques!

Here is one she made especially for us! And there are more to follow 🙂


You find the KRAFT and Vellum Paper she is using here : Kraft en Vellum Papier





Hope that was fun!  Leave her a note :))


DIY Tutorial – Making your own stickers

 Hi everyone !

I am Fien, I am from  Belgium, I am 14  years old and from now on I am going to make DIY – TUTORIALS for you! I really hope more people of my age will join me in this Journaling adventure!

  1. Making your own stickers

We did this at last Stationery Cafe I visited with my mother !

This is what you need.

It doesn’t have to be totally the same of course.  This is just an example of how to make your own stickers! The white stickersheet you can buy in bookstores or online. You can use all kinds of shapes: circles, squares etc.

First we start with Distress Oxide . I am using my favorite colors. With a little (make-up) sponge I put the ink on. You can also use the Distress Ink already, but I am doing that in the next step.

Now take your favorite colour(s) Distress Ink and some nice stencils. I also use Distress Oxide for this, but you can choose yourself what works good for you. If you don’t have stencils, you can stamp with bubble-plastic for example to create texture!

The last and most fun step: lets stamp! Stamp away, dont think too long about where, later you can always add. Grab your favorite stamps and inks, you can find nice stamps in the webshop too.

This is the Endresult:

Now the stickers are ready for use! You can stick them everywhere in one piece or tear pieces (gives a cool effect too)

I made these at last Stationery Cafe :

I will make a monthly TUTORIAL, are you going to follow me?

See you next time !

Love, Fien

(Instagram: @journal.with.fien)

Gyro Cut (rotating blade): Useful for cutting illustrations and washi tape!

gyro cut
Cutting illustrations with the Gyro Cut

A few weeks ago I saw this video on Instagram by someone who uses a very handy knife to cut out a piece of washi tape. The Gyro Cut seems so handy and quick that I asked asked around of someone of my friends knew this knife. Before I knew 10 ladies where so enthusiastic and agreed to order together to save shipping costs! It was a bit of a wait until we would see each other again but last weekend I got my Gyro Cut.

In short: The Gyro Cut is a precision cutter especially for thin materials like paper, washi tape, sticking vinyl, Solartex and tissue paper. With the 360 ​​degree rotating blade made of hardened steel, you cut as you draw. It costs €15.95 and you can buy it here, at Café Analog, where you can also order extra blades.

Gyro Cut
Gyro Cut + extra knife

First experience with the Gyro Cut

During the Stationery Cafe where I was at that moment I tested it right away because the enthusiastic reactions of others I had become so curious. Enthusiastically I started to cut and the knife turned in all directions except the good one and I thought “this is such a fail!” As it turned out, I immediately started to cut washi tape while you should start with paper! Ofcourse you can’t expect to be able to cut well with the knife right away. You need some time and practice to figure out how fast the blade turns, how much (little!) pressure you have to put on and the best way to hold the Gyro Cut. That same evening I started practicing and now I will take you into that process, are you coming?

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STEP BY STEP Journalpage


A lot of times people ask me how to build up a page

the way I do it.

Well… here is a simple step-by-step , I hope it helps you !



Tear a bookpage in half

and glue left and right on the pages (called mirroring)




 Stick some transparent washitape, overlap

(mirror them, it gives your page balance)



Use some washi with opposite colors



Cut out a circle for journaling

see where it fits nicely




 Use washi with your theme




Stamp letters, distress with a stencil

and overlap the layers, it pulls it all together




Think outside the pagelines,

cut pictures or postage stamps in 2 and

let them ‘disappear from the page’






Journal about your day or your topic,

find a quote or some info about it, done!

 et VOILA!

Please show us your page as a REACTION on this BLOG !



Happy Newyear !

We wish all friends and followers of CAFE ANALOG

and the Stationery Cafe

a wonderful, healthy and creative 2018 !

Are you already in on ‘Project18’ and ‘Alphabet of me’?

This club is worldwide over 250 people =, how fun is that?

2018 is YEAR of the DOG!

Toyah (kikki.arts) made the cutest ‘Year of the Dog’ sticker,

you can print it yourself on (sticker)paper!

We wish you lots of fun with Project18,

you can folow on Instagram

(via @cafeanalog17 and hashtag #caproject18 en #alphabetofmep18)

and on Facebook here



A little PRESENT to top it all off!

In 2018 you can shop at our favorite store Appelboom Pennen

with a 10% discount using code project18 !

Cafe Analog – December Daily


Last year we had a great time with our worldwide friends doing a December Daily , so we decided to do it again.

Please feel free to join and share in the fun in YOUR way!

What is December Daily? To keep it short: A creative Journal through December with some hints and prompts from us!

And how does it work? Look at the prompt of that day and make a collage about it, or draw or write about it.

We even made a very cute Stickerset  for it!

You can keep it simple and just answer the hint or prompt or question and that’s it.  Or you can take a plunge in the deep and write your heart out! Just follow your mood and your heart!

Of course it all depends on how much time you have, try to avoid the pressure of ‘having to’ and ‘being behind’

Even if you don’t do all days, just pick the prompts that spark something!

Fifteen minutes a day are enough we think, maybe after diner when the kids are in bed?

The weekend prompts are a bit more intensive – but only if YOU want them to be!

Print out the list and put it before the first page!

Here’s the list!


If you like you can follow and share your Daily on Instagram with #cafeanalogdecemberdaily

Or on the Cafe Analog Facebook pagina.

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By Desiree Oude Groothuis and Karin van den Broek



At the First 2 Stationery Cafes we did a workshop on Washicircles.

It was a huge succes and we decided to share it with our whole community.


You start out with bakingpaper: cut out a square with size 6 x 6 inch

( 15 x 15 cm), cut it in half and tape it back together

with the shiny side up, make sure you overlap.

Than tape the sheet to the table, that works easier.

Draw a circle with light pencil.

Follow the step by step pictures in the docs underneath this post.

Don’t be too shy on the washi pieces, and make sure you use some translucent tapes if you have.

Work around the circle.

A ‘heavier part’ on the bottom makes it look nice.

It’s like making a wreath isn’t it?

Do show us the pictures of your results on the Bulletinboard !!






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What is a Hanko?

In Japan, people do not sign documents with their name; They use stamps. They are called Inkan (印鑑) or Hanko (判子) and every individual in Japan has one.

Usually they translate their last name into Kanji characters.

If you live in Japan, when you have to set up a bank account, apply for a phone, sign a job contract…something that requires your signature, you use your own personal stamp instead of a handwritten signature.

The price of a Hanko stamp is determined by three things: material, shape and size.

The Hanko stamps we offer are all handmade in Japan by a professional Hanko Artist.

It comes in a little bag and we will add red japanese stamp ink.

SIZE of the stamp
a. 1,5 x 1,5 cm


You can choose here (see pics)

  • your name in Kanji (simple , hard or long names cost more)
  • a symbol in Kanji (fe. Love / Happiness / Dream / Joy )
  • a symbol in Kanji with english translation underneath

If you have a question about above PLEASE MAIL US FIRST : desiree@cafe-analog.nl


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By Desiree Oude Groothuis



A lot of our Japanese friends have a hobby that is entertaining and not expensive at all. The only thing you need is a little notebook that absorbs ink well.

Not only is it a souvenir from a place you went, the hunt for it and the collecting part is very satisfying, I know because I did it myself last april when I was in Japan with my daughter.

They call it a Stamp Rally!



Collecting stamps is something that exists for a long time already in Japan.

It all goes back to the beginning of the 19th century, allthough back then the stamps were all handmade of course and different then the ones now.

The first companies that used stamps as a kind of ‘entertainment’, are the large amount of Japanese Traincompanies. They introduced a table with stamps at every trainstation to stamp your notebook with. The bigger Trainstations like Tokyo have more than one stamp. And every stamp is unique!

Other big companies, locations and attractions followed this trend, this way getting more people to visit them. And this worked!

Big Train company East Japan Railway has Exclusive events where you can get a very special Stamp, only for that day!


It gets even better when the old stamp moves for a new one with a whole new image!

The old stamp goes up in value and the new one means you have to go get there again!

On the stamps you can see local attractions, like a castle, a temple or a shrine and sometimes cetrain animals or mascottes from that region.

Just like postage stamps they are collectables and sometimes worth a lot of money.


Next to retrieving the stamps there is a lively exchange market and many possibilities to admire other peoples stampbooks at events held.

Mostly the idea is to get a complete collection. Is s certain collection complete mostly the Company or event will give out a little present.

For example at the 2005 World Expo (in Aichi prefecture, close to Nagoya) there was a special EXPO Stamp Passport. After filling this all up with stamps you could exchange it for a nice souvenir.

Avid collectors would of course get two books sto fill up, ginving one away in the end.


At the bigger Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples you can get rare and very unique stamps. Sometimes one location has multiple stamps to get.

If you are lucky there is a priest or a monk that can make you a  “shuin” in your notebook

SHUIN or an example of a  “Goshuin”

To make a shuin the kannushi (at a Shinto) or monk (at a Buddhist temple) uses one or more big stamps and makes a calligraphy text over the stampimages. It will have the name of the Shrine or temple in it, the date of your visit and some nice words or sentences.


Many Japanese use their selfmade notebook but there are special notebooks for sale in Japanese bookshops, even at the Airport or Stations. Some priests or monks only want to write the Goshuin in these official Leporello booklets. 

This Stamp collecting Trend has also been seen in neigbouring countries like Taiwan at special touristic Locations.

We had lots of fun hunting stamps, although sometimes its hard to find the table with stamps. Looking back on our trip we really love our Souvenir Stamp book so much.

Next time in Japan I am going to buy the official stampbook to get more stamps!

Gotta stamp’m all!



One year of journaling

My first year of journaling is a fact! About this time last year I had just finished my first weekly spread in my green Moleskine planner and how great that felt! In this blog I would love to tell you how it all came to be. Follow me!


During a first Round Robin project I really got to enjoy crafting in those notebooks and I was eager to start a new round. My old Instagram account was given new life by occasionaly posting pictures of my creations and of my postcrossing and snailmail activities. This got me in touch with the wonderful source of inspiration that is the creative, inpriring and loving papercrafts community (if you’re reading this you are undoubtedly part of that!).



The second Round Robin project round had only just started when my nine year old son became sick. Very sick. Still, I didn’t want to quit the project because I soon discovered ‘fumbling about in those books’ was very therapeutic. During crafting there was only space in my head for creating, building, beauty and having fun and sickness, destruction,  fear and sorrow were temporarily ‘parked’.

During that time of hospitilazations, examinations and chemotherapy I started to write a diary. First it was rather detached later it became more personal for my son so he could later read what happened each day and maybe remember things he might have forgotten.

How important this would be became apparent later when, due to complications, a six day coma and a long period thereafter left him with a huge memory gap.


If there is one thing that helped us pull through it must be that we always held on tot the good and fun things that happened too.

Sweet friends, huge amounts of mail (even from his favourite band!), an unprompted private birds of prey flighted show and more. This arose a need in me to hold on to the good things in life even more.                          As a thoroughbred pessimist I was perfectly capable of having a minor setback ruin my whole day (or even week) and overshadow the good.

I didn’t want that anymore.



At the beginning of last year’s summer vacation the day came we could leave the hospital but instead of going home, enjoy the sunshine, play outside and go swimming summer was spent recovering in a care institution, dealing with medication and medical rehabilitaion.    

Still, it felt like a new beginning but because the Round Robin project had ended I fell into a creative void.  Journaling on a weekly basis and combining crafting and writing was a perfect solution.


With the beautiful spreads by Desiree (Cherished by Dees) as main source of inspiration I bought said green Moleskine planner and just started! The first spreads I made were pretty nice but they also made me feel insecure: weren’t they just bad copies?



Surely soldiering on and keep doing what I like resulted in me developing my own style. After six months I started a new journal  (Stálogy A6) which, because it being slightly bigger in size, better fitted my needs. When my layout is finished I continue to write each day a little about how my day went, noticing that the not so good days are still outnumbered by the good days!


One week I will make a quick spread of some washi tape along the page edges, other weeks it’s a more elaborate project.

Sometimes I will be ahead with my spreads, sometimes I will quickly have to throw some things together at the beginning of the week. I will make spreads with a specific theme, a special interest of mine, a certain colour or inspired by some thing a dear mail friend has sent me.

Sometimes I like a spread so much that I often catch myself just looking at it, sometimes it’s utter crap.

But each week is a new beginning and one to look forward to!


(IG: Purperdraakje #purperdraakjesplanner)

Dear Diary – by Desiree Oude Groothuis


From my 14th birthday untill my 25th I wrote in my diary almost daily.

I remember my very First DIARY (Dagboek) had a cover in bright blue that was kind of chinese silk cloth.  The pages had a vague flower and grass design on them, in pastelpink, and it had lines.

It has poems, and the words to my favorite songs at that time, a lot of Kate Bush and Fleetwood Mac and of course Michael Jackson.

In these years I also had a penpal in Germany, her name was Beate. We wrote for 3 or 4 years at least. We would call it SNAILMAILING now, sending letters and little presents to eachother, the feeling of receiving mail still hasn’t changed … it’s the best.



Later I made my own, bigger – A4 size journal,  because I glued in everything that had anything memorable :

The yarn  I was crocheting  bikini’s from (not knowing crochet gets lumpy when wet 😉 the cinema tickets from JAWS, and the first lovenotes.  I even glued in a little cheat sheet for History class and it is still in there.


About school, friends, crushes, boys, and boys oh … and boys.  About being mad at my dad for being so strict, to journaling about the books and the films I so loved.

I read so many books in those years and I am so happy that I wrote most of them down.

I remember going to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam on a school trip.

It was so impressive,  and  how  I wrote about it later in my own diary,  after reading Anne Frank’s Diary . Anne wrote to ‘Dear Kitty’ a fictional friend, mine from then on was ‘Dear Kim’.

When I was 15 I watched a lot of the B&W filmclassics, with Audrey Hepburn and Doris Day and all the Sissi Movies that I watched with my mother every christmas. I  added pictures of the Films and the stars in it, I loved Gone with the Wind.

After 16 and up everything became about boys, relations and friendships.


The Schoolplanner we used for school became planner  and Journal in 1. Homework was inferior to Popsingers and Musicbands and boy’s names were on every page. Me and my friends read eachothers journals and wrote in it.



After 24 yo my journals stopped, as I was too busy working and partying . Life simply got in the way.

When I started making marriage plans I bought a planner to make sure I didn’t forget anything.

I guess that is what we call a Bulletjournal today.( It even has dried wedding flowers in it, the flowers  survived, the marriage didn’t … lol )

When I got pregnant, I started a 9 month book and went on with making Baby books until my daughter was about 6,with lots of pictures of course!


Life and children got in the way again, but then after a while I bought a pretty notebook and started writing again, …  and doodling, drawing and zentangling ! There is so much inspiration out there and I loved trying it all!

I try to write or journal every other day now, because I am now so happily busy running this Cafe.

So did you have a Diary? Since what age , and do you still have it??

Tell us, and send pictures of them, so we can make a DIARY – Hall of Fame here ! Or leave a message underneath this post!

You can mail me at desiree@cafe-analog.nl

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Covers Notebooks

START BAY NOTEBOOK COVER – by Desiree Oude Groothuis –

Always looking for pretty and durable products, I stumbled upon Start Bay Notebooks.

After my temporary Hobonichi adventure of 2015/2016, I was still looking for a – preferably  leather-  A5 COVER for my Stalogy,  that I keep as my daily Journal.  

I still doubt if I will return to Hobonichi in 2018, although the Tomoe River paper will always be the absolute Top when it comes to fountainpen- and watercolor paper.

Stalogy is a good runner-up, although it doesn’t make that gorgeous ‘swishy’ sound when you turn the pages.

Apart from that , I wanted to see if I also needed to jump on the BUJO (bulletjournaling) Train. (Yes I belong to the last 3 persons that weren’t following that trend.)

I didn’t like any of the covers of the Hobonichi 2017, so that was a quick no go. But , at least I know that for sure , the A5 is my stay at size.

I searched since january for The Cover  (it’s june already !!). 

Many were just too expensive , but then  I am enough of a ‘StationeryQueen’ to want a real brand/no fake … and preferably nice smelly leather.

So I checked out the Natural ‘naked’ Midori (that colors so nice in the sun), the Roterfaden (nice and different) and other A brands and then I saw this Start Bay Notebook Cover on an Instagram post and found myself going back to it numerous times.

I ordered the Start Bay Navigator  A5 with a Rhodiarama Notebook and settled at the frontdoor.

I didn’t have to wait more than a couple of days! Out of the box came a white cotton dustcover bag (with leather Start Bay tag) and ooooh, … the most wonderful chestnut leather cover. Exactly that warm shiny chestnut brown that I love in autumn.



On the back in letterpress simply the Start Bay logo.  Nice, thick leather, rugged on the inside. Virginlike, without a scratch … yet:) I fell in love instantly.

Next the Rhodiarama Notebook (160 pages) ! That buttersoft cover, wow  ….and very nice cream  dot- grid paper … waiting for lists ! Very Fountainpenfriendly!

My Stalogy (186 pages) and the Rhodia notebook sit snuggly together , it fits perfect!

Doesn’t it look great? I am going to have a coffee with it first, those lists can wait!


Interested in Start Bay Notebooks? Check here

Mood Mandala Tracker

by Sacha van der Voorn

I hope we inspired you in our first blog about bullet journaling!

Today we want to introduce the mood mandala.

In a mood mandala you will keep track of how you felt that day.

What was your mood;

 were you happy, tired, stressed or pretty productive?

Everyday you color a ring that shows how you felt that day.

In addition to coloring the rings,

you fill it in with shapes and lines to create a true mandala.

During this time an image of your mood of that month will evolve,

and besides that it looks great,

you have been focusing on colors and shapes of lines,

and that makes you feel calm and relaxed.

What do you need?

Making a mandala seems difficult but is easier than you think!

You need a ruler and a pair of compasses and also pencils,

fineliners and of course color felt-pens.

The Technique

First, determine the middle of your page

Then you draw the lines/axes

that divide your mandala into even pieces.


After that you can draw the circles with your pair of compasses,

30 or 31 depending on the number of days in that month.

Often you need two pages (spread) to draw all your circles.

And when all this is done,

the design of your mood mandala looks like this.


Then it’s time to think about the moods

and their colors you want to use in your legend.

@Kikiknetter chose 8 moods in this example,

but it may be more or less.

That’s all up to you!

A beautiful quote and of course

the monthly input, make it complete.



Here are some videos to give you more inspiration:

Boho Berry Mini-Tip Monday: Mood Mandala

Boho Berry: How To Draw A Mandala


Boho Berry: Mood Mandala Time Lapse

Are you also in the mood

for designing your own MOOD MANDALA

for the coming month?

You can share your pages with us here or on IG @cafeanalog17 using #cafeanalogmoodmandala

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Bullet Journaling

by Ester Delissen

Suddenly, everybody seems to be into bullet journaling. On Instagram, on Facebook, on Pinterest; wherever you look, you’ll find pictures of bullet journals.

What is bullet journaling and how do you use a bullet journal (or: bujo)? We hope to give you an answer to that question in this blog.

The actual concept of bullet journaling was created by a young New York designer called Ryder Carroll. He was looking for an easy way to plan his appointments, deadlines and to do’s in a simple paper notebook. He started working with ‘bullets’; various markings (dash, dot, arrow) which all have their own meaning (like tasks, notes, events).

The type of bullet journaling that we want to talk about here, is a slightly adjusted version of Ryder Carroll’s rather pragmatic way. You could say it has gotten a fine female touch. The starting point remains the same however: planning your time in a notebook. Drawings, paintings, art journaling and collages are not something you would really find in a bullet journal, apart from a little decoration; it’s above all a place where you can keep your lists.

Bujo Ryder Carroll

How do you use a bullet journal? It’s pretty simple: buy yourself a notebook (or take one from your stash, because us stationery lovers have far more than just one notebook, right ;-)?).

Any notebook will do, but you see most people working with a ‘dot grid’ notebook. It almost looks like a blank page, but you can still use the dots to draw straight lines and create ‘checkboxes’.

The Leuchtturm1917 dot grid A5 notebooks are very popular among bullet journalers. Leuchtturm1917 even has actual bullet journal notebooks, also with a dot grid.

But like we said: any notebook will do, as long as it’s a pretty one.

If it’s pretty, you’ll want to use it often.

Bujo by @bujo.sacha /  Sacha van der Voorn


Open your new bullet journal, enjoy the pristine empty pages for a while, then reserve the first few pages for an index and number your pages (if that hasn’t already been done for you).

Then you can start making spreads. The most common spreads are weekly overviews, monthly overviews, annual overviews and habit trackers, but everything is possible in your own bullet journal.

You can make a list on virtually anything. Think about making a list on the books you’ve read or would like to read, your workout schedule, your weight loss journey, the series you’re watching or would like watch, a sleep tracker, a holiday checklist, ideas for presents, restaurants you would like to try, a cleaning schedule and so on.

This is also the reason you would want an index and numbered pages.

Let’s go back to the most common spreads: a weekly overview and a monthly overview.

Create as much space as you think you might need to record your days. If there’s any space left, you could plan your meals for the week or create a to do-list.

The monthly overview contains all your future activities, which do not yet fit in your weekly overview, because they’re further ahead.


Bujo Boho-Berry

The nice thing about a bullet journal is, is that you create it all by yourself. You make your spreads in a way that works best for you.

Your layout can look differently every week and you will add lists as you go. The best part about this calendar-in-the-making is that you can also decorate your spreads the way you like: with drawings, washi tape, stickers, etc.

You can add colour with markers or pencils or just leave it monochrome; journals which are written with just a black pen are just as beautiful!

Bujo by @bujo.sacha

Another popular list in a bullet journal is a habit tracker. You can do this per month, but you can also integrate one in your weekly overview. With a habit tracker, you can keep up with an endless amount of habits. We’re listing a few here, but let your fantasy run free:


  • reading
  • bedtime
  • no spend (how long will your no spend streak last?!)
  • workout
  • water intake
  • (time for) hobbies
  • making the bed
  • working in your bujo

The intention is that you keep a log of your daily habits or of things you would want to become a habit. With a tracker, you will get insight in the habits that might need some extra attention next week, or next month.

Luckily, there’s really no right or wrong when it comes to bullet journaling. Get inspired on Pinterest or Instagram by using the hashtags #bulletjournal #bujo #bulletjournaling or #bulletjournallove!


Bujo by @kikkiknetter

Some of our favorite Bujo Instagram accounts:










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