What I’ve been up to: July 2016

Hi friends! July has been a pretty productive month, so far! I’m learning watercolor via a book by Yuko Nagayama. The first lesson is painting apples which I thought was easy. 2 hours later, and I almost gave up  haha:


Have you watched Ghostbusters? Please do and have your kids watch it too. It passed the Bechdel test and is pretty empowering and just plain fun:


Obviously I love Kate Mckinnon so I had to have that funko pop. 🙂 I’ve been making more comics too!

Here are my memories of NY via washi collages:


I also tried painting flowers using gouache for the first time! I enjoyed the process:


Painting in my travel journal a lot, and painting flowers more. I wanted to try that beautiful loose airy Yao Cheng style but I guess I’m just more a messy, cluttery type of flower painter. Lol. I am accepting this, Universe! 🙂 For more of my adventures, see you on instagram! @mabuhaydiy 🙂


Calligraphy on tote bags

I felt so happy when my friend Geli invited me to join her for an afternoon of painting tote bags for Avon. It was an exciting opportunity for me, since I’d be writing on bags as per requests of the clients. It would also be an on-the-spot affair, so double the excitement! And jitters too, to be honest. But the people from Avon were so warm and friendly and after some time we found ourselves cracking jokes with them while working:



This was my first customer and I hope she liked it! Apologies for the blurry photo, I think I got too excited when I took this shot haha.

We also met two very talented ladies who will also do calligraphy on the tote bags alongside us. They were only in highschool but I’m already certain they’d go places soon. 🙂 


Thank you again, Geli and Avon for this fantastic opportunity. Hope the ladies liked their customized tote bags. 🙂

An artsy craftsy summer at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Summer for me means unwinding, relaxing, and trying new things. I did all of those today at the SM Stationery Art Fest at SM Megamall. I also met new friends!

If you love arts and crafts supplies and learning as much as I do, I bet you’d have a blast as well at the SM Stationery Art Fest. I’m still adding items to my wishlist haha. From today till April 17, Sunday, they’re having pop-up booths of arts and crafts brands, coloring activities, on-the-spot calligraphy and papercutting, and more!

This coming weekend (April 16-17), they’ll be having the workshops of super-talented local creatives. The corresponding workshop per brand is free when you purchase Php300 worth of products from their partner brands: Ifex (International Fine Paper Exchange), Pentel, Titus and Faber-Castell. For updates and for the details, check out their FB page: facebook.com/smstationeryph. Or check out my previous post.

I have always loved arts and crafts supplies so I was really excited about today’s event. (So excited that I went to the venue one hour earlier, lol)

Even the stage got me excited! How awesome is this giant orange comma:



At the Ifex booth were these beautiful artworks by Alexis of Inkscribbler. They also sold various pads (Canson is one of my faves!), calligraphy pads and the books of Abbey Sy:


Here’s Wednesday Sambile, doing on-the-spot papercutting and calligraphy! Starting today until Sunday, you can get a free papercut and/or calligraphy from her when you buy Php200 worth of products from Ifex.


These paper samples from Ifex had me salivating–I’m a sucker for colorful things and paper so I spent a lot of time just admiring these samples. You can order paper from them for use in invites, greeting cards, business cards, etc.:


At the Pilot booth, where you can test their parallel pens:IMG_20160413_203815.jpg

Here’s Tippy and Pearl trying them out:


Adult coloring books!


There were artworks everywhere to inspire you even more:


I got excited when I saw the Faber-Castell polychromos pencils at their booth:


The greatest part was when I asked if I could try them and they said yes! Another item ticked off my bucket list. 🙂


They’re so easy to blend and smooth–I can imagine why it’s part of their premium line. Wish I could have this set (and the beautiful container!).

More artworks:

These mason jars with colored pens inside and fresh flowers are so pretty! At the Titus booth:


These flowers are fresh and lovely! I had to take another photo. I want to draw/paint this one day:


Since I love notebooks and pens, I was drawn to SM Stationery’s stall. Notebooks and pens make my heart beat faster haha:IMG_20160413_160715.jpg

Got myself nifty pens! Look at those cute designs!


In the venue are huge color-it-yourself murals that anyone can color or doodle on. Here’s me trying it out. Thanks to Tita Ella for taking this photo!

Happy to see everyone coloring and doodling! Love how art brings people together, no matter what your age may be:


I ended the day feeling inspired and invigorated, and surprisingly relaxed. Something about art puts me in the zone and most of the time it’s almost the same relaxed level of feeling you get from a massage or from a chill day. Does that happen to you too?

Here’s a peek of my loot–Expect a detailed review soon! I can’t wait to play with all of them. 🙂

Hurry on over to SM Megamall for the SM Stationery Art Fest until this Sunday, April 17. Unleash your creative side and have an artsy craftsy summer! 🙂

P.S. Check out the instagram hashtag: #SMStationeryArtFest for more photos from today’s event.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. 🙂


What I’ve been up to: March 2016

This has been a beautiful, art-filled month! I was able to visit Yuchengco museum for the trade fair for women’s month and we were lucky enough to access the museum that day for free!

I’ve been so inspired by frannerd’s ‘Draw Outside’ series, so I tried drawing a fave Amorsolo painting too:


Here are my other favorite artworks. To know who made each, check out my instagram: @mabuhaydiy 🙂


My greatest purchase involves this midori traveler’s notebook insert. Still saving up for the cover, but for now, this works well for me. I personalized it with washi tape and a unicorn sticker:


I love the page size, which is challenging but also manageable for making art, and how I can use both sides of the paper, how it’s sturdy enough. My eyes are happy with seeing all the beautiful inspiring pages using the hashtag #travelersnotebook in instagram. 

Here are some pages I made:



My passion for stickers have been rekindled by this journal obsession. I’ve been making these handpainted stickers for a long time but seeing planner layouts made me interested again in making various ones. I made summery neon ones:


My first pen meet!

I was able to join the 3rd pen meet Manila last Saturday at Project Pie, and it was one of the funnest events I’ve attended. I didn’t know what to expect, since it was my first but I loved the energy and super enjoyed the time I spent with everyone–mostly friends from instagram and the local arts/crafts scene 🙂


I’m planning on joining the next one! Thanks, Sienne of inkcatcher for organizing this fun event! 🙂

I went to BGC after for the art mart and bought the following:


(see my instagram: @aphazia for details on who made what) 🙂

Calligraphy exchange Manila 2014

I added the year because I’m looking forward to the next one next year! 🙂

Felt lucky and blessed to be part of this star-studded event. Thanks to the awesome and talented organizers, I met a lot of my fave local calligraphers and letterers.
I wasn’t able to take decent photos because I was too busy testing pens and blabbing away haha.


I pressured June into making a fansign hehe sorry June, but thanks so much! (Because owning a fansign from her is in my bucket list). Here she is (seated) with (l-r) Shawie, Mich, Anina, Ella and Lorra.


I was shameless and asked for fansigns from Abbey Sy, Anina Rubio, The Fozzy Book, Patrick Cabral, John De Veyra, Geli Balcruz, Paola Esteron, Ella Lama, John Ed, Jelvin Base, and June Digan! Thanks so much!


Artsycraftsy adventure: Make temporary tattoos!

I felt so lucky and happy when I found out I had a slot in Alessa from lifeafterbreakfast’s temporary tattoo-making party.

So excited that I arrived an hour before the scheduled time lol.

When we started, I got so giddy and excited and started filling my paper with everything I fancied: merbirds, cats, a unicorn, some flowers:


I got so excited that I accidentally ruined a third of the sticker sheet in my haste haha.

The unicorn survived though:


With creative genius, Alessa. Her flower tattoo is too lovely for words:


I then headed to the Global Pinoy bazaar at World Trade Center where I got these goods:


Mini Bonifacio bust, handmade unlined notebook from @pluma_ph, adobo choco from theo & philo, chinese waterbrush from @craftcarrot and panda plush from cliqnship!

Bucket list item: Draw with kids

I was drawing at the mall when a mom talked to me about what I was doing. We talked a bit about loving art and I gave her my drawing since I was glad she appreciated it. 🙂 Her kids love art, she said, and when they left, one of her daughters returned to look at me doing another drawing, which I then gave to her. After some time, we got to draw together, and her cousin and brother joined us. I even got to teach them how to make origami cranes, which always thrilled me since it’s one of my dreams to teach arts/crafts to kids.

She gave me her cute and quirky drawings before we parted ways:



#Inspireeveryday at the Ayala Museum

Last Saturday, Cachi and I went to Ayala Museum’s Inspire Everyday event. I subscribed to their newsletter eons ago so I learned about this from that and I was really looking forward to it.

Good thing we arrived early! It was just around 10am, but the place was already starting to fill up.

The event also gave us a free museum pass, which I loved. My fave section is the Fullybooked area, where I fell in love with this Peter Pan popup book, got to meet new book-loving friends and got to peek inside Building Stories and S:


I also checked out the Filipinas Heritage library, and left the place with my heart bursting with Pinoy Pride:


I was fascinated by the short film about gold, and amazed by how rich we must have been before the Spaniards colonized our country. The EDSA docu left me teary-eyed (hello pms!) and I watched it twice because it made my heart swell.

Congrats Ayala Museum!

Artsycraftsy adventure: Perfume-making!

It’s a longtime desire of mine to create my own perfume line. I am a bit in love with my sense of smell and I keep thinking of scent combinations that would maybe work (for me, that is). In my dream, I am making them all: perfume, cologne, solid perfume, eau de toilette, etc. Today that dream finally came true! Thanks, Universe!

(I’ve been skipping attending workshops even if they’re really tempting because I’m saving up for an exciting trip next year, but, well, life is short and this is in my bucket list, so at the very last minute I decided that if there was still a slot the day before, then that slot is for me. Wouldn’t you know it, there was one slot left! Hurrahhhh)

I have to note that I made my own solid perfume stick before though, and I loved the experiment so much that I wanted to make more. And make more I did.

CraftMNL had a perfume-making workshop with Lala from Simoy ng Haraya, and I was just so happy that I got to learn so much and try it for myself: From deciding which scent to use and combine, to the formulation of perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, body spray and solid perfume. And within a few hours only! Although as I’ve mentioned during the workshop, I enjoyed smelling the scents and combining them so much that a day might not be enough for me, heh.

Here are the fragrance oils we used. So many choices. More than thirty, I think? And they all smell amazing! I couldn’t contain my excitement, just sniffing each bottle. I had a hard time deciding which scents to combine because they were all so fragrant!


When I finally got to combine them, I had so many combinations in mind I was a bit paralyzed with indecision–and in the end, my love for The Body Shop’s Olive Oil spray won, so I gravitated towards scents that included Olive notes.


We were handed graduated cylinders so we can measure the amount of oil and dilutants. To be honest, I kind of blanked during the math part because I hate math but Lala was so patient and kind to help me with the measurements. IMG_9245

Here’s my perfume and Eau de Parfum, wherein I tried to be creative with naming but I wasn’t able to prepare in advance so.. Happy Pride! (Also pride in making stuff yourself, pride in chasing your dream etc. etc.) IMG_9253

I enjoyed mixing stuff in the beaker and pouring them in the nifty containers. Then watching it harden. IMG_9259


My finished goods! IMG_9264

Group shot:


We exchanged finished solid perfume like calling cards, which thrilled me to no end. I love how unique each one is:


Hope you had a lovely Sunday as well! 🙂