How I decorate my planners and journals

It’s no secret that I adore stickers and washi tapes. I used to try and use as little of them as possible because I didn’t want them to run out so fast.

This year, though, that all changed. I met my fellow #artitas who are as addicted to washi tapes and stickers as I am and met a lot of planner-loving friends who even use planner stickers specifically made for planners. 🙂 Inspired by them, I vowed to make this year the year that I’d use my hoarded stuff to make each day happier and more fun. I also discovered how some of my old stickers lost their “stickiness” which means that I better use these babies up. And fast.

I used to have a rule that confined my sticker usage to my daily gratitude planner (take a peek into my planners in my instagram: @mabuhaydiy) but I scrapped that rule because seeing cute stickers everywhere makes me so happy. 🙂

For my gratitude planner, I highlight a memorable happy thing that day using brush lettering and then list down other faves from that day. I use washi tapes and stickers to fill up spaces:


Sometimes I use the stickers or stamps as bullets:


A tip I learned from my planner-loving friends: Decorate a page or a spread in the future with washi and stickers and then just jot down notes on said page/s when that day arrives to save you time on decorating. I do it sometimes when I have plans or events.

For my “anything goes journal/planner” (which is basically filled with bigger illustrations and detailed descriptions of food I ate lol), I use the stickers/stamps/washi tapes for borders and for sticking ephemera or food labels:


I also do brush calligraphy of quotes in my journals and doodle or paint food.

My good friend Ella uses her stickers for decorating her gadgets and walls and project life scrapbook, so you can also consider those as additional use of the stickers and tapes you’ve hoarded, haha.

You can buy these stickers, washi tapes (loving the foil ones!) and stamps from my new fave online store: @beehappycrafts (They have so many artsy craftsy stuff there–you can easily lose precious hours just from ogling their sticker options :)). The stickers, foil tapes and washi tapes I used in the photos above are all from beehappycrafts loot btw. 🙂

P.s. I just had to take more photos of my haul. Can’t get over how pretty the stickers and foil tapes are! Also getting addicted to clear stamps, heh. Thank you for existing and making this sticker fiend very happy, beehappycrafts! 🙂



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Nib notes: eagle, john mitchell, sirt, lus pena

After so many years with horrendous penmanship, who would’ve thought I’d actually enjoy calligraphy?

In fact, I enjoy it so much that I treated myself to some vintage nibs from Inkandmanuscriptart. I tested some nibs using walnut ink:


Apologies for the blobs and inkstains. I practiced on scratch paper and was all giddy and trembly (as you can see in my paper lol).

I’ve always wanted to learn more about the differences between nibs so here I go:

Eagle 370: smooth, not that snaggy, nice hairlines

John mitchell 138: lush downstrokes, a bit snaggy

Sirt bronze: unpredictable, snaggy and blobby for me. BUT that’s just me. I shall try again in the future with this.

Lus Pena Legnani 621: nice flex, I like this.

I compared Lus with the Eagle since they felt similar, and the Eagle is less flexible, writes smaller.

Which nibs are your faves?

Inspiration Blog hop!

I love reading and making lists and I especially love artsycraftsy wip posts. I felt so inspired after going through several tagged blogs. 🙂
Thanks to Ria for tagging me!

What are you working on?
A lot! I have a list of personal projects that I plan on tackling after work or over the weekend. But my attention span is super short and I’m a scanner, so I’m bound to start something then stop halfway when something shinier appears. It’s in my nature, so I have accepted this about myself. On the upside, I do tend to accomplish a lot when the art/craft bug attacks in the middle of the night, haha. I always update my instagram with recent projects, but here are the extra memorable ones:


Experimenting with masking fluid. I suck at calligraphy but thought this might change my mind. This is a line from Conchitina Cruz’s poem “What is it about tenderness”.


Books are piling up on my TBR pile and I can’t be more excited. I have this dream of having a reading nook and I’m planning to swankify a small area near the window for this. Maybe I’ll rearrange furniture or add some fluffy pillows.


I hope the above drawing looks like Aubrey Plaza. It’s my first time to draw a portrait using colored pencils and I’m not sure if I like it. I felt a lot of anxiety that I’d ruin her beautiful face so maybe I’ll just draw imaginary ladies next time. I’m not sure if I have the guts to finish this eep.

How does your work differ from others?
I find it easier to make stuff filled with things I love, so in my works you’d probably see ladies, cats, ladies with cats, fangirling, an unhealthy amount of color, book/film/movie/tv show-inspired stuff. Cats!

Why do you create what you do?
They give me a happy. -Buffy
I feel more relaxed and zen when I create. I’m not fond of making drafts using pencil mostly because I like surprising myself hehe.

How does your creating process work?
I find nuggets of inspiration from my fave things, and then I try to coax/wrangle something out of them. Sometimes the results please me, sometimes they’re epic failures–but at least I got to learn from them. It’s all good. 🙂

Tagging everyone! Special mentions: Allie, Dy, Fran, Sab, Geli! 🙂

Bucket list item: Try Kracie popin cookin!

I first saw this eons ago and watched online vids obsessively, along with vids of people playing with re-ment.

I saw online sellers but they were beyond my budget, so I made a mental note to treat myself to a box or two on my birthday.

When I arrived at the office the other day, I almost cried in shock and delight when I saw several boxes of Kracie Popin Cookin waiting for me!!!! OMGGG

An officefriend from Japan apparently read my mind. Thank you! Bestest day!





Teach yo’self: Watercolored roses via Trevor Waugh

This is the first time I tried to paint roses under ten minutes. I have never painted using a youtube vid, so this is a first as well! Unlike other vids where the artist tells us about the materials and the steps for the painting, Trevor Waugh’s vid jumps right in, and paints within 8 minutes. I made a quick mix of pink using my waterbrush and tried to catch up with him as he painted. I love his technique, and by the time the vid was finished, I was finished as well.

I’m afraid of painting flowers since I tried it several times and I wasn’t that pleased with the results. But this vid changed my mind, I actually enjoyed the quick process!

Here are the roses I came up with:


Yay for learning!

Artsycraftsy discoveries: Deovir

Have you been to Deovir? It’s heaven for me there! Shelves filled with arts and crafts materials, mostly from brands for pros, and a lot of them pique my curiosity.

I’ve been to all branches, but I’d have to say my fave would be the Sm North one, followed by the Megamall one because of the staff who patiently assisted me when I pestered them with my questions about the purpose of the items that interest me.

Alas I had to budget my monies so I couldn’t buy everything, but I settled for these (for the meantime hehe):


I’ve been playing with them and I’m in love! I’ll definitely be saving up to buy more colors. 🙂

#Create365: My Project 365 for 2014

Happy New Year! 2013 has been the most wonderful year, and I firmly believe that 2014 will be an even better year for all of us. 2013 was named “The Year of Magic and Wonder” and it was filled with so many blessings and surprises because of the awesomeness of the Universe. For 2014, I shall name it as “The Year for Great Things” to call forth good vibes and positivity. I realized that vagueness means more surprises, and I’m a fan of happy surprises, so there you go. Hello 2014!

I ended 2013 doing some crafts, like jazzing up colored pencils from Almi (thank you, Almi!) with colored nail polish, and making rubbercut stamps.

For the colored pencils, I used metallic and neon colors and I really like how they turned out:


ImageI made a couple stamp (for Kate’s birthday), my first time to try making a portrait stamp. Quite challenging (I accidentally cut off Kate’s mole since it was so tiny, heh) but definitely exciting. I also made a grumpy cat stamp because I love her. I’m adding “Meet and cuddle Tardar Sauce” to my bucket list this 2014 *crosses fingers*. I used gold stamp pad ink for both:


I’ve always wanted to try and challenge myself with a 365 project but I know that my attention span is ridiculously short, but maybe I can change that this year! I have created for myself this #Create365 project, where I make art/craft/write/sing each day, and then maybe I’ll share it in my Instagram account (@aphazia) for fun.

With all that optimism and hope simmering inside me, I made this before I slept:

ImageAt my lola’s house, I made this fashion illustration:

ImageI enjoyed playing with my forgotten Prang set so much that I made another one. Then I taught my younger cousin how to make papercuttings and we played with watercolors and salt and made galaxies.:


Here’s to another year filled with potential and boundless possibilities. I already have exciting plans which involves ticking off multiple items from my bucket list. My stomach is filled with an army of hopeful butterflies and I can’t be happier!

What are you excited for this 2014? 🙂

Gratitude list: 100 artsycraftsy items ticked off my bucket list, 2013

At the start of the year, I made a list of wishes in my crafty bucket list.

I’m happy to say that I was able to accomplish most of them! Except for “Work with glass”, which I hope I get to try on 2014. 🙂

Here are artsycraftsy items I was also able to experience, items from a grand bucket list.
2013 has been such a generous, wonderful year, and my happiness and gratefulness bucket brimmeth over as well:

1. Try air-dry clay (Made pendants out of it)
2. Try modular origami
3. Check out Pinto Art Museum (For my birthday!)
4. Try Art Attack Products (The clay: great, The oil pastels: Not so)
5. Create my own scent for our diffuser (Citrus Olive)
6. Get featured in a broadsheet for my washi creations
7. Make handmade decor for Day’s baby shower party
8. Papel Picado
9. Learn to play the ukulele on my own, and jam with the gf, and then share it shamelessly on my Instagram
10. Make my own jam (Chili Strawberry Basil)
11. Make my own solid perfume: Olive-Tangerine-Mint
12. Attend Art Fair Phils. 2013
13. Do papercuts with my own illustration, then do a freestyle one.
14. Attend a Dr.Sketchy Alice-themed sketchmob event
15. Join Ukulele Manila
16. Draw on the streets using chalk at the Fort
17. Create a handmade papercut of blog logo/banner
18. Create a series of artworks (Dream sisters)
19. Create a panda bento box for her and a strawberry one for me
20. Try intaglio printing using an old cd c/o Serj Bumatay’s tutorial
21. Do a 3d papercut
22. Do a hollow book surprise
23. Wet on wet watercolor freestyle
24. Finally start that mixed media book
25. Buy a kalimba and play it
26. Play a gamelan and other asian musical instruments in Bali and CCP
27. Buy Hello Sandwich book
28. Experience silversmithing
29. Pound coffee beans oldschool way
30. Try lontar-palm etching
31. Try hand-printing, using leaves and flowers with markers
32. Study printmaking at the Phil. Association of Printmakers.
33. Try linocut, drypoint, monotype, monoprint, block printing
34. Try making glue rubber for papercutting/rubberstamping
35. Decorate home and workstation with flowers (statis in washi’d bottles!)
36. Have a small musical studio with my guitar, uke, kalimba, harmonica
37. Try ikebana
38. Visit that library in the street
39. Make yoghurt from scratch
40. Make a felt toy (stuffed cake)
41. Join a watercolor crafternoon
42. Join Fernando Sena’s art classes
43. Learn about shading, drawing with markers, pastels
44. Make a rubbercut with a rubber sole, hand printing
45. Hand color prints with watercolors
46. Check out Ronac Art Center
47. Make a landscape painting out of pastel
48. Make a portrait drawing of my mom and dad
49. Buy myself mint pens (mmm mint Stabilo)
50. Paint using oil pastels in a huge board (15×20)
51. Paint using tempera technique, watercolor
52. Make an abstract painting using pastels
53. Try classitex
54. Be personally recommended to sell handmade crafts (twice)
55. Create pastillas wrapper art
56. Create a galaxy in felt paper using pastels
57. Attend art workshop graduation
58. Receive three medals for the art workshop: Most outstanding student, best in costume, best in group work
59. Exhibit my “artwork” in an art “exhibit”
60. Teach arts and crafts to kids (Je’s pamangkins)
61. Be the chosen leader for my art class haha
62. Get recommended by a friend to design artwork for a store (Camille)
63. Be a dj for Jea’s road trip ride
64. Earn a certificate of completion with distinction for my online Art course (coursera)
65. Get myself teal markers from Art Friend
66. Pet Chestnut from cat socrates
67. Organize arts/crafts materials
68. Give my books/art materials and stuff away
69. Buy matboards
70. Try and make my very own travel palette using airdryclay and altoids tin
71. Start an online magazine: KATHA! (
72. Be the virtual dj for Katha’s “mixtape”
73. Have an offer to be a dj at a bar
74. Sing my “Fries” song with gf jamming on the uke over IG
75. Try a massage from hi-tech massage chair in mall, complete with inversion
76. Make a video for my washi collage in instagram
77. Punch holes in my belt c/o Mr. Quickie
78. Check out National Museum
79. See Spoliarium
80. Check out Paper Popup
81. Cook using induction (last sale, sale in SM thanks Universe)
82. Create customized merbirds (TnS birds, a portrait)
83. Attend Bloom Arts Festival (Here’s to joining next year *crosses fingers*)
84. Join the MuniPH X moonleaf event for Katha
84. Art drive for Yolanda kids
85. Sell merbirds for a cause
86. Sell customized merbirds for a cause
87. Give my customized TnS merbird artwork to Tegan and Sara
88. Have Tegan and Sara post my customized merbirds on their Instagram page (!!!)
89. Make Tegan and Sara face masks and wear it to our masquerade-theme office party and the pride march
90. Be a brand ambassador for Pixaroll
91. Color-your-own merbird
92. Cook perfect runny eggs using induction
93. Create optical illusion stamps
94. Carve stamps using rubber sole, erasers and speedball ez carve
95. Frame my papercut artworks
96. Cover walls with my art using washi tape
97. Create trompe l’oeil frames using washi tape
98. Cover walls with artwork by friends and idols
99. Have baby plants! Rubber plant, 2 oreganos, sanseveria and marigold
100. Appear on TV for Katha!

Thanks, Universe!

How about you? I’m thinking of new artsycraftsy goals for 2014, any suggestions?

Artsycraftsy discovery: PixaRoll!


My friends and I have been talking about this cool app called PixaRoll lately, the “photo kiosk” in your phone.

If you’re addicted to Instagram like me (I currently have more than 1000 photos within a year!), you probably reached a point where you wished you could print your fave IG photos instantly too. Think of PixaRoll as a photo genie, making your photo-printing wishes come true! You can also print not only Instagram photos, but also other photos you have stored in your phone–read more about it here.


Have I also mentioned that there’s a huge possibility of cheaper prints when there are more likes in the PixaRoll PH facebook page? Let’s all work together and spread the word so we can make this happen! Think of all the artsycraftsy possibilities when you get your prints: scrapbook pages, visual diaries, travel journals, home decor, even makeshift cards and postcards! I can already envision creating a handmade album for the printed photos and giving it as a Christmas gift to the people I love. Instant tangible memories! I’m multi-tasking and selecting photos that I want printed as I type this entry. Haha 🙂


Can’t wait to get my prints–stay tuned for more artsycraftsy ideas on how you can use the PixaRoll prints!

P.S. Don’t you just love the fun, colorful photos above? They’re all from PixaRoll’s FB site. Like the PixaRoll PH page on Facebook: