What I’ve been up to: June 2017

I’ve heard very good things about the p2p buses and i’ve been dying to try it out. Yesterday I was finally able to do that with my good friend Nayna. 🙂 Yay for trying new things! I imagined it as a sort of mini field trip in the metro.

Nayna and I have been friends for 14 years! If we had a child, that child would be in high school already haha.

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Inside @ritualph in Pamana building Makati. Hoarded the laundry soap which I use as my body soap because it smells like lemongrass. 🙂 Sort of like how I’ve heard a lot of peoplw use Perla for their face and my skin isnt very particular, so there we go.

We had a quick brunch in Makati and off we went to ATC to visit the pop-up of @commonroomph. I got myself a new beep card with wonder woman in it. 🙂

We saw @timipee! What a wonderfully small world. We rode the bus with her and I may or may not have changed my super drenched shirt (it was so humid and hot yesterday!) with the help of a scarf and N inside the bus lol. Only to remember that there’s a cctv inside haha whoops.

I love Serenitea in ATC because you can see what you’re drinking lol haha. In Makati the cups are made of paper but here they’re in plastic. It made me feel that the scoop was extra big and not squooshed up inside that flat plastic cover. My go-to drink here is the uji matcha pyramid and I keep on plugging it to friends I bring to Serenitea. Hi serenitea please get me as an endorser hahaha:

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With Timmy and Nayna:
One of my fave moments was when while we were walking we heard a random boy say “tita” and we all thought he was calling one of us hahaha. He was talking to his legit tita on the phone btw. 🙂

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Saw titas @ella_lama and @marie_lama in the @commonroomph popup! Also saw superwonderwoman @romaagsalud and her fiancee hard at work:

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Truly enjoyed taking part in the common room challenges! Painted in wood for the first time which I super loved (they’ll use it in making their new home), made cranes and painted their creative and collaborative tarp!

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Happy to see a lot of Pinoys supporting local handmade:

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Rode the same p2p bus going back to Makati and snapped some photos of the glorious sunset:

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It was a beatiful end to my day. Cannot wait to return to ATC for Common Room in the future! 🙂

Also, am joining Arriane Serafico’s #daretoshareIGchallenge and am already in love with it and the community! Thank you for this, Arriane! Am learning more about wonderful women and about myself. Here’s my journal page containing some self-care apps for the challenge and a food painting I did yesterday during our date. I was also able to draw and paint random passersby when I challenged myself to do that while eating. Might do more!

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What I’ve been up to: May 2017

Just came back from the surprise long weekend which gave me some time with my family. 🙂

We went to Tagaytay where I bonded with nature and flowers haha:

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I was able to make a lot of art there and play with my sakura gelly rolls:

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Before we went to Tagaytay, I was able to join an impromptu artambay with my friends Ella, Marie and Monique! Monique painted this scrumptious Pocky artwork in my notebook:

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I was able to try @ella_lama’s new vute notebook! Look how pretty it is:

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Tried using various materials on it like watercolors and markers. Loving the paper!

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Happy to be making art again! I noticed that when I feel that I’m too tired or stressed to make art that that’s when I should make more to calm and center me. Last night I was able to make an abstract artwork inspired by summer shakes. I used acrylic paint and used a pallette knife which I IMMENSELY enjoyed. Will make more tonight maybe:

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Hope you’re having a lovely summer! 🙂

A colorful artsy summer at the SM Stationery Art Fest 2017

Last year, I was lucky enough to attend the SM Stationery Art Fest which featured my favorite stationery brands and had art workshops by creatives I look up to. (Thanks, Universe!) 🙂

This year, I had the pleasure of attending it again, and I couldn’t be happier. The timing couldn’t have been better too! I personally love that it coincides with the summer season, which is perfect for students on vacation and adults who are excited to learn something new for summer.

Stationery and art workshops are my passion and I looked forward to learning more about how to maximize the use of said office/school supplies. The workshops are so innovative and exciting, and are facilitated by local creatives. There’s a lot of cool workshops, like metallic mandala art, floral doodling, diy shrinky dinks, diy watercolor stickers, diy sharpie watercolor art, gothic and brush calligraphy, and slime making. I wish I could have joined them all! 🙂

Here are some photos I took on the 1st day of the event, which runs from April 19-23 at the Mega Fashion Hall. Loved the pastel theme this year, it looked so fresh and fun!

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We loved these cute colorful icons displayed in stands. Resisted the urge to pluck them off and pose with them a la photobooth style haha:

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I doodled on this ice cream cone because I adore ice cream:

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Like last time, the participating brands had artsy activities you can try per area. The participating brands this year are Faber-Castell, Elmer’s, Sharpie, Ifex Philippines, M&G Stationery, and Pilot. Being a stationery lover, these are all brands I adore and use. It was really fun seeing the numerous possibilities and artistic creations you could make with their products (and the creative and colorful product displays!):

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There were a lot of colorful markers which you can use to doodle or color in these artsy installations. A crowd favorite. :

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Everything was so. Tempting.

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Thankful that I got to bond with the titas (who were also in last year’s Art Fest!) Ella, June, Geli and Trish 🙂

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Just had to pose here–glittery giant cuties? Yes please!

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Drone shot/climbing up the highest floor in the mall lol. This was taken while Wednesday, papercutter extraordinaire, was setting up for a demo in partnership with Ifex. Loving the orange comma stage! I was joking how it was a nice flatlay prop/bed shot from above, haha:

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Loot from the event, featuring products from the participating brands. Check out more colorful snaps featuring the above brands in my previous post. Can’t wait to make tons of art using these:

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P.S. It’s their last day today! Hurry over to the Mega Fashion Hall and you might still get to join the art workshops and watch the demos (and hoard items to your heart’s content, haha). 🙂

Thank you, SM Stationery, for this fun event and thanks also to Faber-Castell, Elmer’s, Sharpie, Ifex Philippines, M&G Stationery, and Pilot. Till the next Art Fest!

Follow SM Stationery PH for the latest updates, events and promos:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smstationeryph/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smstationeryph/

Have a fun, artsy summer! 🙂

What I’ve been up to: April 2017

We went to the beach! My first beach trip for the year, and it was at Laiya Coco Grove, Batangas. Spent a lot of time journaling and attempting to paint:

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Went to a Hobonichi meetup where the Tokyo Hobonichi team joined us! 🙂 Here’s our hobonichi stack photo which is more of a hobonichi wall haha 🙂

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Attended sakura gelly roll’s kawaii journaling workshop with chichi! Drew a bikini babe because summer haha:

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Joining #the100dayproject because I want to push myself again. Hope I can finish this project! Mine is #100daysofobsessions:

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P.s. Makiko, the illustrator for Hobonichi drew us in our planners! So awesome.

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I gave them a washi watercolor artwork inspired by my sherbet hobonichi. I hope they like it:

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Happy times, thank you

It’s when you feel too busy to make art that you probably should make art, if you were me.

I resist it a bit with chores and work as an excuse but find that it’s just like a workout–once you’re there you can’t seem to stop and you feel pretty great after.

I was inspired by FRUiTS growing up and read an article on how the fashion situation in Japan is so different now due to stores like Uniqlo. Did this washi tape fashion collage using my handmade @seamountainco palette and I find that tearing washi tape is incredibly soothing.

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Quick watercolor portrait in 15 minutes–I didn’t use a pencil here so I was just modifying it as I went.

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Happy that K and I are trying new restos again.

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Joined my first #protonsworkshop and it was a collab with gogogelato and we got to eat lots of gelato and even see the process of making it–I got to churn some buko lychee sherbet which I took home after. Also met a lot of new friends, which makes my heart very happy. I hope you are having a good March too, wherever you may be.

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What I’ve been up to: March 2017

Happy summer! Summer is my fave season and I’m so honored that I got to be the one to make the March 2017 journaling prompts for #HobonichPH:

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Don’t forget to use the hashtag #HobonichiPHChallenge if you’re participating! 🙂

I had so many happy moments these past few days:

😙 I got to try and experiment and make my own handmade rose gold watercolor paint! Kinda obsessed with rose gold recently and I thought I’d try and make paint with this hue in mind:

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Success! It took a lot of trial and error but happy with the outcome. Brought it with me to a mini artambay with my washi and sticker-loving friends yesterday.

😙 Got new washi tapes (first group buy and so worth it!) and mildliners yesterday and got to bond with friends:

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😙 Attended the #ArtfairPH with K, her first time:

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😙 I also painted mini abstract paintings which I turned to stickers using handpainted watercolors made by @seamountainco 🙂

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😙 I uploaded several flipthroughs of my past journals and travel project life in my youtube channel, if you want to take a peek: http://tinyurl.com/mabuhaydiy2011journal

I hope March has been good to you too.

My first hobonichiPH planner group meetup

Yesterday was one of the happiest days of my life! I attended my 1st planner meetup with the hobonichi ph group. I met so many new friends and we all geeked out over the same stuff: stationery! Heh.

I think I must have spent hours getting washi samples. I am not the neatest roller so I made a collage using the samples instead:

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It was so fun meeting people who share the same interests and who understand your needs for cute and good quality stationery.
Here are all of our hobonichis, stacked together:

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Rej gave us some cute planner date stickers, which I used for my monthly view (thanks, Rej!)

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Some more pages. I bought those japan-themed stickers from @monicarize–they’re perfect for my planners!

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Before I left we had a “watercolor table” where we shared our pages and our supplies. These are pages from the hobonichis of the people there:

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Group photo! Grabbed from Ellie, thanks, Ellie! 🙂

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We were featured in the official japanese hobonichi website and instagram! Senpai noticed us haha:

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Happy to have found this group! 🙂 🙌

Journal Journey: Ria of Imfeelingcraftytoday

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1.) Tell us about yourself. What made you start journaling and when did you start?

I’m a mom of 2 boys.  I love documenting our family adventures through scrapbooking and journaling.  I had kept a diary (from papemelroti!) when I was in high school.  I didn’t write everyday, only on those days when I had something interesting to write about my crushes. 🙂

After high school, I didn’t write much except during moments when I felt sad or angry.  Then, I realized I didn’t want to have a record of those sad/angry moments lying around for someone to read, so I stopped again. I picked up journaling again a year after my second son was born as a form of therapy to combat the stresses of daily life.  This time,
it was more than just a “dear diary” thing, because I added some art into it.

2.) What journal are you using right now? Do you have more than 1 for various purposes? Do you have any specific qualities you look for in a journal?

I have more than one because I like to compartmentalize.  I have separate journals for food, patterns, travel, planner, recipe, bucket list,  #listersgottalist, etc.   I like buying journals with plain covers that I can personalize by adding stickers or stamping.  The binding is also important for me; I noticed that handsewn journals are better than stapled ones because they have less tendency to collapse.  The journal has to be able to withstand the wear and tear that stickers, watercolor and other materials can bring.  I almost never use lined paper.  I like blank pages that can handle even just a little watercolor. I don’t use the back pages because I don’t like bleed-throughs or show-throughs.

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3.) What can we find in your journal pages? 

I like documenting our family adventures.  When we travel, I journal about our trip by painting the places I visited and the food I ate and then I also write down my memories of the trip.  I like sticking the memorabilia like plane tickets, brochures, etc.  to make it even more authentic.  I’m also obsessed with drawing my meals.

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4.) Can you share your journaling routine and journaling process? How often do you journal? (What time of day you do it, your journaling setup in terms of materials, etc.)

I do my journaling late at night when everyone is asleep.  I can only work on my journal when it’s quiet and there are little distractions.  Doing it at the end of the day always feels like some kind of therapy to counter the stresses in my daily life.  My materials (stickers, pens, watercolor, stamps, inkpads) are all within reach so that I can start working immediately.

5.) What are your favorite brands for journaling and why? Do you have favorite stores for supplies?

For journals, I love using Labrador and the Hobonichi planner.  I also like using traveler’s notebooks from Traveler’s Factory and Airees Creates.  I use a lot of scrapbooking stuff from American Crafts, Kelly Purkey, Studio Calico and many more.  For stickers and stamps, I like buying from online stores like Saffy Tenten, Bee Happy and Hobby Depot.  I get project life cards from Life Documented Manila.  For items bought abroad, like from Studio Calico or Kelly Purkey, I join a monthly group buy hosted by my friend, Nicole Chua of Scrap Happy.  For physical stores, I love Lasting Impression in San Juan which has everything!!! National Bookstore and Scribe Writing Essentials too.

 

6.) What are your favorite journaling tools?

I like using acrylic stamps because they’re so versatile and reusable.  I am also crazy about stickers.  For illustrations, I use watercolor.  For writing, I just use a waterproof pen or any ordinary black pen.

 

7.) What’s the best thing about journaling that you wish everyone knew?

It’s a good way to record memories.  It always feels good to flip through an old journal and remember the past. It also inspires me to go out of my way to make my life more interesting to document.

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8.) Any tips on how people can get started with journaling?

Don’t think that you need fancy art materials to start journaling. All you really need is pen and paper and commitment.  You can start with something as easy as writing “A Word a Day” to describe how your day went.  Then you can move on to doing “A Sentence a Day” and more until such time journaling becomes a routine.  I recently started journaling in a planner; I love that the pages are small so there’s no fear of the big blank page or the fear of having to fill a huge space.

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9.) What is inspiring you right now in your journaling journey?

I follow a lot of journalers like you on my instagram feed. I always feel inspired to create after seeing other people’s work.  I also enjoy going on art tambays or any art event because it feels good to be around people who share the same interest.

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BONUS QUESTION:
If you’re restricted to journaling using only 2 tools, what would these 2 tools be and why? 

It would have to be my Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Sketch Box because you can do anything with watercolor like paint, do lettering, etc.  The other tool is a Uni-Pin fineliner waterproof 0.1 pen so that I am free to write as much as I can.

 

 

Thanks Ria! Here’s where you can find more of Ria’s art:

Blog: https://imfeelingcraftytoday.wordpress.com/

Instagram: @imfeelingcraftytoday

All the photos in this post are from Ria.

Super inspiring day: #realtalktambay

My tummy hurt because I was extremely nervous before giving my talk yesterday at #realtalktambay. I was invited to talk about creating consistently and talking about what I love is exciting for me but also nerve-wracking. 🙂

Happy to report that I didn’t faint while speaking! 🙂 Glad I got out of my comfort zone and happy I leapt into the fire and found out how nourishing it was haha (based on the latest Magic Lessons podcast which I am so enjoying!)

Here are the tips I shared:

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Group photo! I enjoyed that the speakers and organizers wore similar colors lol:

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I made my wallet cry from my visit to the newly-opened The Craft Central store in Greenbelt but it was worth it:

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Before I slept around 4am because of too much tea last night I listened to the Magic Lessons podcast and made sleepy sketchnotes in the semi-dark: meaning I used my phone as light if I wanted to write something:

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New artworks up on my wall!

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Thank you universe and tita @ella_lama for this amazing learning opportunity 🙂