hack you

Muji is a terrific little Japanese shop which carries houseware, stationery, and even clothes, all in neutral colors. It’s almost like Ikea but not quite because it doesn’t have the same staggering selection of goods. Still, it’s a place to get interesting stuff. Last week I visited the Powerplant Mall, Makati branch close to closing time; not having much time to look around, I went home with only a few items – a couple of erasers and this yummy kraft-paper covered notebook.

The cover is actually quite smooth, as is the creamy unruled paper inside. But the cover was excruciatingly plain. So I hacked it.

How to hack a boringly blah notebook or something of similar persuasion:

Step 1: Wait for an inspiration to come like a lightning bolt.

Step 1a: In the event that no creative brainstorm occurs, open drawers and rummage through stuff to quickstart the process. I found red and purple ink stamp pads, a flex-nib fountain pen, ink, and a great poem.

Step 3: Using the materials you have found, use them to embellish your notebook by gluing, painting, writing, drawing, cutting, folding, verb+ing, and so on.

Step 4: Enjoy your one-of-a-kind modded thing!

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5 Comments on hack you

  1. JoniB
    28 December 2010 at 11:15 pm (3479 days ago)

    I love your covers! The quote is great, too.
    I hack my notebook covers frequently. Mostly because I buy cheap plain composition books. The covers get collaged with pictures relating to what I’m working on or thinking about at the time.

  2. dudaymd
    29 December 2010 at 11:34 am (3479 days ago)

    did you see all the pens at muji?? i got one of those journals as well, haven’t tested them with my fps yet.

  3. Bea
    30 December 2010 at 12:11 am (3478 days ago)

    Some items in Muji are hella cheap…but some are quite expensive. Open na pala ang Rockwell branch?

  4. Bruno Taut
    30 December 2010 at 8:16 pm (3477 days ago)

    My apologies to start by disagreeing, but Muji (Mujiroshi) is far from being a small shop. Not in Japan, at least. And given the number of products you mentioned …

    In general, I think Muji is on the expensive side. Especially when considering the price per unit–price per notebook page, price per cartridge, and so on. And the Muji fountain pens are nothing to call home about, mostly made by Ohto.

    Now, the general look of their products is truly nice and appealing, might they be notebooks, curtains, clothing or food.

    Nice blog.



  5. JennyO
    31 December 2010 at 8:40 am (3477 days ago)

    Hi, JoniB, thanks! :)
    Fozzy, the pens looked so pretty and colorful and there were so many that I couldn’t choose. Besides, I use FPs all the time. :)
    Bea, open na last month pa yata. Yes, some items aren’t cheap. You still have to compare prices.
    Bruno, when I said “little shop” it was meant to convey a meaning of “cute”. I wasn’t referring to size, although the shops here in Manila are small in terms of square footage and range of items carried. I’m sure they have many more items in their shops in Japan. Thanks for visiting my blog, hope you enjoy looking around. :)

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