Entries from May 1, 2013 - May 31, 2013



Last week I shared my favorite paper cutter and today I am sharing my favorite adhesive. There are so many adhesives out there and they each have their own purpose, but the one I use the most is the 3M Scotch ATG 714 Adhesive Applicator. I've had my 3M Scotch ATG 714 Adhesive Applicator for at least 5+ years and I love it. Since I work on a lot of packaging projects and paper crafts, using double-sided tape is quite handy. When I taught Packaging 101 workshops back in Portland (with my good friend Joke of Tokketok), this was one of the tools students fell in love with. It is easy to use and although the tape dispenser is an investment, the transfer tape rolls are affordable and go a long way. All you need to do is press the trigger and glide the tape adhesive over the paper. The adhesive comes out in a smooth strip and you release the trigger once you have the desired length of adhesive. The great thing about this adhesive is that the hold is very strong. This particular model only holds the 1/4" tape, which I love using, but if you are looking for a wider tape you can purchase the 3M Scotch ATG 700 Adhesive Applicator which will hold both the 1/2" and 3/4" wide tape. If you love wrapping presents or crafting with paper, this is a must-have for your toolbox.



Today was a super rainy day (I got soaked during my morning run), but otherwise the weather has been beautiful as of late. When the weather warms up I love wearing clothes made of cool fabrics like linen or linen chambray. As you can see I have several linen chambray dresses and shirts in my wardrobe. Last month I was on the hunt for a spring jacket (I never found one), but this month I am looking for a new pair of wedge sandals in a neutral color. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!



Highlights from this week:

1. Finally resuming my morning runs after being side-lined by a knee injury for several months. Love the fresh morning air.

2. Meeting another work deadline. 

3. Enjoying handmade rice cakes from the outdoor market.

4. Visiting an amazing baking shop with my friend. Found so many packaging goodies!

5. Having some inspiring conversations about education with people who want to make a difference.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!



I receive a lot of emails asking for recommendations for various supplies, tools, and resources. And many people requested through my first reader survey that I list my favorite supplies on my blog. So I decided that every week I will share one of my favorite things in my toolbox. For the first "In My Toolbox" post, I wanted to write about my favorite paper cutter. If you are new to paper crafting or a seasoned pro, having a nice quality paper cutter will save you time and make life easier. I've had my Dahle 552 paper cutter for over ten years and it still works as well as it did when I first bought it. My first paper cutter was an inexpensive one (the kind you can buy at your local craft store) and I disliked it because it didn't make perfectly straight cuts. This Dahle 552 paper cutter makes perfectly straight cuts and the self-sharpening blade is enclosed in a protective house so even my boys can use it (I always supervise them though). I love the fact that I have never had to replace the blade and it still is super sharp and I also love that you can make cuts in either direction. This model can cut paper up to 20 1/8" long which I find handy since I often use large sheets of paper for projects. The paper cutter is made of metal so it is quite sturdy. I definitely recommend Dahle paper cutters!



I am normally a big purse/tote bag type of person, but I recently discovered the convenience of a small purse. Ideal for running errands or accompanying one of sons on their school field trips, a small purse can hold all my essentials.


1. Céline Trio Bag / I love how this bag is basically three pouches snapped together. I can find things so quickly because of the separate compartments.

2. Gucci Wallet / I think this might be considered vintage. I've had this long wallet since 1998. 

3. Take Out Note by JStory / Love this small notebook with the wrap around band that keeps it shut.

4. Uniball Signo DX 0.28 / My all-time favorite pen!

5. Boons Refresh Blackberry Hand Creme / I have dry hands so I always try to keep hand creme in my bag.

6. Dior Jelly Lip Pen / This was a gift from a friend and I love it! It goes on really smooth and does not dry out my lips. 

7. iPhone 4s / Sadly I cannot leave home without it. 


[STYLE] J + J 020

The weather has been warming up here in Busan and it feels like summer is right around the corner. Since the boys play sports during recess they want to wear more sporty clothes to school. I have to admit, I'm not a fan of athletic wear. So when the kind folks at Winter Water Factory* sent over a pair of Luca pants, I was excited. I like how they are a cuter alternative to regular athletic bottoms and j likes the bright colors (makes it easy to spot him in a crowd). The Luca pants are made of 100% organic cotton and are comfy and easy to pull on. These pants are becoming a favorite here at Casa Shim.

* Pants c/o Winter Wear Factory.