Zine: Summer

My latest hobby is zine-making. Zines, in a nutshell, are “miniature magazines”; you fill them up like a scrapbook and voila! You are your very own independent publisher! I made my first zine over the weekend; I’ve published it below.

I use zines to cram in all the things that I don’t normally see in magazines, into my very own minuscule version. I’ve always adored scrapbooking since a child, and zines are perfect for cramming all your favourite bits and bobs into your own magazine. As a child, I always tried to make a magazine with friends, but in the end, it always ended up a failure; with just me writing, editing and publishing! Much to my dismay, no matter what I tried, I could never ensemble a magazine without it being a one-man show: I even tried running numerous online magazines/blogs with friends, but the passion was never mutual. I eventually accepted the fact that there was nobody around who was as passionate as I was to create a small-scale publication. After explaining this little anecdote to you all, you can probably all see why zine-making became a rapid obsession for me.

This issue’s Eastern Pearl zine is all about summer, including a decorative moodboard and summer playlist. Feel free to “flick through” the pages photos and do tell me what you think. I’ll be publishing more zines in the future, and you can find them straight away by clicking the “Zines” button in the banner.

Another little announcement – unfortunately I will not be posting for a while, due to exams and excessive school work; I’m finding it difficult to find time to blog. But do not fret! I will only be gone temporarily and till then you can follow my little anecdotes and updates on Twitter and Instagram.

Love from,

Miss Iffa ★



  1. Anonymous
    May 27, 2012 / 9:35 pm

    This is such a cute idea! I should do something similar to remember all the trips I have undertaken. Good luck with your exams!

  2. Julia Henderson
    May 27, 2012 / 9:51 pm

    That's such a lovely idea, I love the summer mood board Julia x

  3. Sarah
    May 27, 2012 / 9:59 pm

    I've never heard of a zine before but I really like the look of it and how you made yours. I love the design of yours and the pictures inside. Good luck with your exams. xx http://www.almostdelightful.com

  4. Lolitek
    May 27, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    It's an amazing idea! All in one you can say. What is more, it's going to be great way to think about your past passions while beeing an older lady! Love it!xoxo

  5. Dallas Q H
    May 27, 2012 / 10:31 pm

    This looks so cute! I love it, and I hope you go well with your exams and assignments. Hope to see you posting soon!XX

  6. Wendy
    May 28, 2012 / 12:27 am

    Really cute idea. 🙂

  7. Natasha Fatah
    May 28, 2012 / 12:36 am

    Really beautifully presented!xoxo~Natasha Fatah~~Natasha Fatah~

  8. Nidhi Mahajan
    May 28, 2012 / 3:31 am

    Aww! What a cute and innovative idea! Seems like you're having a great summer! Love❤ Fabulous Little

  9. casper+pearl
    May 28, 2012 / 3:36 am

    i must read this, it looks amazing!lots of love from the c&p girls!casperandpearl.blogspot.comxx

  10. Lotus Blossom Design
    May 28, 2012 / 4:43 am

    Awesome idea!

  11. Elise
    May 28, 2012 / 5:52 am

    That looks really nice !

  12. Charmaine
    May 28, 2012 / 6:06 am

    This is really cool! Great job! Charmaine xxx

  13. sonia de macedo
    May 28, 2012 / 7:08 am

    That is just awesome and what you created is very cool!Have a fabulous week!SDMxxhttp://daringcoco.blogspot.com.au/

  14. LaiLa
    May 28, 2012 / 2:15 pm

    I also love scrapbooking, it's a really interesting thing 🙂 Love what you made, so inspiring :)Good luck with your exams!Hugs!

  15. Anonymous
    May 28, 2012 / 6:59 pm

    This is so cool! I've always wondered what 'zine' actually means 🙂 Love everything inside! x

  16. April Cheung
    May 28, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    fabric swatches page is sooo cool! i love this. now i want to make once :)delicatelyfierce.blogspot.com

  17. Adeola Naomi
    May 28, 2012 / 9:12 pm

    Duper cute!!!

  18. Lia
    May 29, 2012 / 4:00 am

    ohh thats so creative! i want to make one now too! cute~xxGlass of Fashion

  19. The Chic Burrow
    May 29, 2012 / 5:08 am

    So Cute!xoxowww.thechicburrow.com

  20. Duck
    May 29, 2012 / 8:27 am

    For a while I've been thinking of making my blog into some sort of zine… Not for sale though, just for me really. I might take my favourite images at the end of the year and have them made into a coffee table book I can keep forever.

  21. Mackenzie
    May 29, 2012 / 2:49 pm

    What a cool idea. to make this!

  22. The not so girly blog
    May 30, 2012 / 8:22 am

    that is such a nice idea! im going to make something on the similar lines, soon!you look great in all ur outfit posts!welcome us as ur new followers!do visit us too, and follow back, if you like what you see :)the blog is a virtual birthday surprise for my bestie. would be glad if u could drop by ur wishes!looking fwd to more posts from ur side!thenotsogirlyblog.blogspot.in

  23. Francesca
    May 30, 2012 / 9:52 pm

    love this post and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :Dkisseshttp://francescagiusti.blogspot.com/

  24. Karishma
    May 31, 2012 / 6:35 pm

    I've been obsessing over scrapbooks since I was a child. *Nods*Love this post! Why am not following you already?

  25. Natalie
    June 1, 2012 / 12:07 am

    this is all so adorable!!www.trendinginfashion.blogspot.com

  26. Anonymous
    June 3, 2012 / 4:44 pm

    That zine you made is just wonderful! 🙂 You will be ana amzing editor one day!And I can understand your obessesion with making magazines and publishing. I, too, always made little "books" with short stories and pictures and photographs when I was a kid… Unfortunately, none of my friends shared my passion, so I never even had anyone who wanted to START it with me.But if you really love doing something, you pull through with it, no matter what other people do or say. ;)Great job, can't wait to see more!

  27. blackberryfashion
    June 3, 2012 / 7:07 pm

    thank you so much for nice comment and following 🙂 that's very kind of you :)Your blog is really great so I'm following you now 🙂 I can't wait for your new posts 🙂 Have a nice day!http://anna-and-klaudia.blogspot.com/

  28. Steffi
    June 3, 2012 / 7:55 pm

    What a cute idea! I really like the first page!And thanks for ur comment that you like Reegen Fashioned. But I moved to http://www.bellemelle.ch!If you would like to follow my new blog this would be fantastic :)xoxo Steffi from http://www.bellemelle.ch

  29. Daysha
    June 3, 2012 / 10:50 pm

    Love your zines! Thanks for the sweet comment lovely 🙂 It actually doesn't say your following, but I'd still love to follow you! Hope your weekend was nice!xxDaysha

  30. Ashley Swarts
    June 4, 2012 / 1:54 am

    This is such a great idea, so clever! Keep making them!thecanvas-blog.com

  31. Amanda Chic
    June 4, 2012 / 9:05 pm

    Lovely post!!! i like it so muchThanks for your commentFashion room loungeA chic kiss 😉

  32. rachel//arielle
    June 7, 2012 / 3:50 pm

    this is great! I love zines, and can't wait to see more of yours!//rachelrachelarielle.blogspot.com

  33. Hermione
    June 11, 2012 / 9:50 pm

    This zine is absolutely outstanding! You have such talent! I'm always so inspired by seeing other people's zines and sketchbooks, this is bar far one of the best I've ever seen 🙂 I hope you make more. I'm so glad I've found your blog, It's incredible. You have such lovely style, so unique and beautiful.Thank you for your lovely comment on my post, it really made my day :3 Especially being compared to charlotte free (I nearly died of happiness, she is my IDOL!) You should definitely try lilac tips, i think they would look lovely on you (even all over lilac too) I've bookmarked your blog, it's one of my new favourites :3 I'm overwhelmed that you want to feature my post on your link loves, that sounds so amazing 🙂 I'd definitely love to put you on my blogroll that I'm setting up soon as you're one of my new favourites! Good luck in your exams 😀 xxx

  34. - eco bird by dani -
    June 13, 2012 / 5:27 am

    what an excellent Idea! I love making collages etc..!!! Thanks so much for you beautiful comment! I have just opened the blog and can't wait to have more fun with it! You have a lovely blog I would love to follow you. xx danihttp://ecobirdstyle.blogspot.com.au/

  35. Natasha
    June 14, 2012 / 3:54 am

    This zine is AMAZING, you've inspired me now! Thanks for the recent post on my blog, I've followed your blog-it's great! Look forward to reading more :)~Natashahttp://anorthamericanrobbin.blogspot.com/

  36. Pranita
    June 15, 2012 / 6:59 am

    So awesome. I should make one soon! What a nice idea! :)Love from Bindigasm

  37. studentfab.blogspot.com
    June 17, 2012 / 8:14 am

    I love how you've done this post! It looks greatwww.studentfab.blogspot.co.uk

  38. House of Spring
    June 17, 2012 / 1:24 pm

    Very good idea ! Maybe you can follow my blog :)Have a nice day xx HOS

  39. Mademoiselle Wanderer
    June 18, 2012 / 9:27 pm

    love it: wow, so many compliments you gave me on my blog…I actually have it a bit imperfect intentionally, because our society is so full with the aim of perfection that I wanted to contrast that.I love your bloglayout too…I'll follow you backmllewanderlust.blogspot.com

  40. Hvit
    June 18, 2012 / 9:39 pm

    Oh wow, this zine is adorable. It's so pretty and cute and just looks super awesome. We'll have to do a zine swap or something when mine is done won't we? 😉 I love your blog too! 😀

  41. songbird
    June 20, 2012 / 9:58 pm

    love this zine!!!thanks so much for that fantastic comment..i have been hunting down desi bloggers as well!i think there was a glitch i couldn't see your name in the gfc counter..following you..:)

  42. Margaux
    June 22, 2012 / 4:36 pm

    Ho my God, this is amazing!!!It looks great!!

  43. Robyn Simone
    July 9, 2012 / 4:36 pm

    Love your zine! I really want to read nylon, but they don't sell it were I live!www.cashewcookie.blogspot.com

  44. Mae
    July 20, 2012 / 9:12 am

    oh my gosh this is so pretty, it makes me happy! Love your music taste too, I just booked tickets to see Marina in October, yaay 😀 X

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