Domesky’s Faber-Castell Gelato Dupe (swatch and review)

Being somewhat financially deficient (and down to the fact that I have a lot of crafty hobbies running simultaneously), I’m always on the hunt for craft-related dupes. As anyone who loves art and craft-related hobbies knows, Faber-Castell is well known for producing some of the best quality art supplies. These are also high-end as far as art supplies go.

The advantage of gel highlighters is that they give smooth, fluorescent lines that don’t smear inkjet printing. They have broad, crayon-like tips that wear down as you use them, so they’re best for highlighting large areas. They are not suitable for precise highlighting. They also don’t bleed through paper (i.e. they can’t be seen on the other side of the page).

Most bullet journalers (like me) sometimes like to colour code and decorate our planners using highlighters. So, for me, knowing that gel highlighters exist is something of a godsend (so to speak).

As far as I can tell, gel highlighters do not smear pencil or gel, rollerball, or fountain pen ink, but can cause ballpoint ink to feather. (According to JetPens )

As I also like having lots of colours to choose from, buying multiples can get very expensive, very quickly. So I was really chuffed to find these today at my local Domesky (one of the more recent Asian brand “dollar store”s that has opened in Sydney).




Swan Lake Erin Condren Free Printable

One of the things that have really stuck with me since I was very little is my love of dance – especially ballet. I don’t really think about it much, but the stuff I’ve learned from those classes seem a bit like muscle memory now.

The first ballet I ever saw was swan lake – my very first real Barbie doll was a swan princess ballerina one. I think it was this show that made me want to learn ballet in the first place. That and the fact almost all little girls do fall in love with those pretty tutus.

Thanks to all those years of dance classes, the December-January period for me always makes me think of ballet…

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Birds (feathers) and Bees – free printable stickers – Erin condren

One of the things that got me interested in decorative planning in the first place is that I have been interested in scrapbooking since pretty much primary school.

It’s been a lot more about making cards for the past couple of years – since I didn’t even find out that decorative planning was really a thing since the beginning of this year (although I did have some idea that people liked to use stickers in planners from all the Erin Condren stickers sets I’ve seen).

Two of my favourite things is bees and feathers. I made myself this set for a birthday card I’m making a very good friend. Thought the image set was too pretty not to share. The bigger pics pit perfectly on personal sized planner paper. The smaller ones are perfectly sized to fit the classic Erin Condren / happy planner boxes.

Enjoy!card stickers

Cherry Blossom / Sakura – Erin Condren free printable stickers

I dunno what it is but there’s something I’ve always loved about cherries and cherry blossom. i recall really loving that cherry blossom perfume by L’occitane back when it was first launched. my favorite cough sweet is also the cherry flavor one by Vicks (I think).

Anyhow as I’m a big fan of Japan-inspired planner spreads (sushi and otherwise), sometimes you always want a little extra to add to the spread but suits the theme. So couldn’t resist making this one to go with Victoria Thatcher’s sushi and also her japan themed printables 🙂

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New Year Lilly Pulitzer print inspired – erin condren free printable

I think fireworks and champagne are what most of us expect from the New Year’s parties. No snow in Australia, but there is definitely fireworks every year…

No plans to do anything this year – already in the city as working New Year’s Eve … usually one of the quietest days in retail so I reckon I won’t have much to do during the day. Don’t think huge parties/crowds are going to be my thing for a while as the physiotherapist banned me from walking too much as my broken ligament in my foot is still healing…

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Lilly Pulitzer inspired Christmas – erin condren free printable

Here is the last Christmas themed spread I made for the year. Again, it’s inspired by what got me interested in using planners in the first place…Lilly Pulitzer.

I wanted to create a mix of stickers that were both Christmassy and not at the same time. think I found some pretty nice ones.

Happy Holidays!

lilly pulitzer xmas

Pink Head Hello Kitty – Erin Condren Free Printable

I have a feeling that one of the things that got me interested in Tarina Tarantino in the first place, was the fact that she created a range featuring Hello Kitty and her trademark pink hair.

I think I was pretty late in the game in discovering that Hello Kitty existed – not that I’m hugely into collecting the stuff per se, but I do like how the stuff looks. I’m also in something of a friendly competition with a couple of my friends in who can find the weirdest object with Hello Kitty on it…

pink head tarina

The Nutcracker Suite – Erin Condren free printable stickers

Aside from the dreaded The Sound of Music (my mum watches this so much every year I can put on a one-man show), December for me, always means The Nutcracker Suite. I do love the ballet, but my all-time favorite version has to be the one in the original Disney’s Fantasia.

Part of what kept me doing ballet lessons for so long when I was little was due to how much I loved the Sugar Plum Fairy. I think she’s the reason why we have so many fairy themed pictures at Christmas!

NB: I’ve been repeatedly asked re printing for the sizes. 1) download/save pic 2) print on a4, borderless option (but NOT fit the image to paper)


Lilly Pulitzer Inspired – Erin Condren boxes – free printable stickers

Funnily enough, one of the earliest things that got me interested in joining the planner community was the Lilly Pulitzer print planners. Never bit the bullet in getting one though. At the time I first heard about them, I barely used/finished any planner. I didn’t know decorating your planner was even a thing!

Finally figured out a way of adding those lovely prints to my planner in a way that works for me. Full-size EC box stickers. Decorative, and also pale enough to write on!

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Aussie Xmas – free printable stickers for Erin Condren style

N.B: I’ve recently found out that classic Happy Planner and Erin Condren boxes have the same measurements. Can anyone tell me if this is right?

I’ve been an Aussie for some time now (almost 10 years!). I think I’ve gotten used to most of the culture now…. sadly I do miss having cold Xmasses which is what we had back in the UK. Although where we lived there was rarely any snow….

Still, it seems that there aren’t all that much Erin Condren stickers out there catering to us ladies in the Antipodes – most I’ve seen have snow…which we definitely don’t get at Xmas!

I did see some really cute polar bear and penguin, with summer fruits and ice creams,  washi tape at Daiso…but we still don’t have polar bears!

So decided to bite the bullet, and make my own….

N.B.: Print A4 to get the right measurements for the classic EC