Take my money! My trip to the SM Stationery Department

My fave season is back-to-school season because it meant going to the bookstores to buy school supplies like notebooks, art supplies, etc.

I no longer go to school (except for the occasional language classes and workshops) but back-to-school season still excites me majorly. I love seeing school/office supplies, organizational tools and stationery goodies and there’s always a great chance that there are new innovative items.

I’ve mentioned in my previous posts how my fave SM section is the stationery department and I was raring to check out the area and maybe hoard haha. The nearest SM branch to me was SM Makati so I went there and immediately targeted the Stationery section.  I was looking forward to hoarding pens and notebooks for my art journaling but boy oh boy I got pleasantly surprised when I entered the area. So many cute and colorful (and useful!) items!

They have all the school supplies you need and they are well-stocked in every section. From pens to notebooks and paper to coloring materials to bags and organizers, everything you need for school/work can be found here. I love how they have so many options for each category. I’ve snapped some photos of items I particularly fell in love with.

I gravitated towards the stickers first because I am so addicted to stickers. I use it for decorating my journals and planners and I bet students would have a fun time using these to decorate their notebooks too (or retreat letters haha). These are all so stylish and affordable and I had to stop myself from hoarding one of each sheet:

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Here you can find Martha Stewart (!) punchers and craft materials, pretty notebooks and lots of paper and washi tape. There’s also paper with lovely designs that you can use for scrapbooking or wrapping your notebooks with. When I was studying I had very inexpensive spiral notebooks for school and to make it cuter I covered it with magazine pages I liked and replaced the metal spiral binding with yarn. But I bet this paper would also work and if you wrap your notebooks with it, they’d have a theme!

There are also lots of super cute notebooks so don’t fret if you just want to get one that’s already nice to look at. 🙂 Check out those trendy notebooks at the bottom right of the photo below. I also liked those brown frames and can already imagine placing handmade artworks with brush calligraphy or watercolor in it:

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These organizers look awesome. I love that if you’re in love with a theme (I’m in love with the purple set), you can have an organized collection at work or at home:

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Pencil cases! Which one’s your fave? I can’t choose just one–I love the watermelon pencil case below, and the sparkly one at the bottom left corner and the one with the winking eyes, which reminds me of Audrey Hepburn’s sleeping mask in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s:
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I sorta lost it when I saw this shelf filled with colorful pens. No joke, I spent almost an hour or more just trying them out and picking my favorites–you can never have enough pens:
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Just look at how adorable these are:
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They also have these promos:
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If you have a single receipt from the SM Stationery department worth Php1200, you can choose a free hot/cold lunch pack until the end of June. All the designs are lovely:

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Good thing back to school season is for everyone, stationery hoarders included (haha). 🙂

I didn’t want to leave because there were so many cute and useful stuff I could imagine myself using in my online classes and at work. From pens and pencils and other writing instruments to school, art and office supplies to paper products, cartridges and ink, books and magazines (to stickers!<3) to filing and various forms of storage to cool frames and accessories (whew!)–they really had it all and you’d be spoilt for choice. 🙂 They also have gift wrapping services and I know a lot of people (including me haha) who’d love a stationery gift pack for any special occasion. 🙂

Follow them through their social media accounts to stay updated with their promos and specials:

Website: www.stationery.com.ph
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SMStationeryPH
Instagram: www.instagram.com/smstationeryph
Twitter: www.twitter.com/smstationeryph

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 🙂
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Falling in love with brush calligraphy

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I think I’m more in love with brush calligraphy than pointed pen calligraphy because I like it messy. Treated myself to a zig no. 22 brush from my recent Japan trip and I now get why a lot of people are crazy about this brush. The flex and control you get is amazing. 🙂

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In other news, I treated myself to a leuchtturm 1917 notebook because I’ve bee caressing this one each time I see it. I believe the “free engraving” was the perfect excuse for me to splurge, and so I got one. No regrets!!

I’ve always wanted to experience having a thing of mine engraved. 🙂

Things hoarded, organized

I’ve been cleaning our unit and found some items I previously hoarded to my delight: brushes, pens and pencils! 

I also found some stationery and stamps that I’ll be giving to daughters of my officemates. I realized that I have to curb my hoarding enthusiasm, so I snapped some photos to help me remember that I have more than enough (thanks, Universe!). I just uttered this wish to have said materials in my head, and lo and behold, friends and relatives and friends of relatives started to give me their pre-loved art materials, so that I could use them, they said.

These photos will remind me to use them, and to stop hoarding, hopefully:

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On moving and attachment

A few months ago, we were blessed with a fantastic opportunity, which we immediately grabbed. This blessing would mean we’d have to move and we accepted that with giddy hearts. We’re not yet truly done with the whole moving shebang, but I couldn’t resist decorating the new place even when it’s not the top priority–eep!

The previous tenants used extra-strong double-sided tape in affixing stuff to the wall, so there are some unsightly adhesive spots. Since I had to cover these spots, I stuck some of my artworks and art/snailmail that I received from awesome people to the walls using my ever-favorite washi tape.

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ImageI’m happy about the numerous white walls I can affix stuff to and our bookshelf! I’ve always wanted a tall bookshelf with a glass panel so that it won’t be too dusty (asthmatic problems hehe) and hard to clean, and so that I can admire them books–my preciousssessss.

But! We’ve also invested in some under-the-bed storage boxes and filled four (!!) of them with books and magazines. We’ve also converted some cabinets that should be for shoes into bookshelves, cause for me and my partner, books trump shoes.

Our former home didn’t have an elevator, so it was quite a challenge moving with these babies. These are only half of what I’ve decided I couldn’t part with.

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ImageI’m a morning person and I love the sun. However, the afternoon glare is a bit too wild in this new place. I didn’t like the flimsy white curtains sold at the mall, and couldn’t find dainty lace ones (any leads?). The thick white ones were too pricey. Good thing I was able to buy a fabric shower curtain that had this nice metallic gold and white pattern in one side, and silver and white in the back side. I wasn’t able to buy curtain hooks so I made do with what I had, and used safety pins. Success!

I want to hoard those shower curtains, but the one I saw seemed to be the last piece. Heh.

Speaking of hoarding, the main lesson I’ve learned with this move (this is the third time I’ve moved) is that I should lessen my hoarding and my attachment to material things. I gave away more than thirty books and more than fifty magazines that I loved and cherished to people who might be able to give them better homes than just throwing them. I wanted to donate them to charity but I don’t have a car and it’s a challenge lugging them around. I also considered selling them since I could use the moolah, but it was a bit more complex setting that up, (bank deposit, coordination, shipping, meetups, etc.) and I needed all the time I could get, so I decided to just give them away. For weeks I’ve carried some to work for office friends who might be interested. I hope they like them, and that they’re well taken care of. 🙂

I also realized that I’ve accumulated quite a lot of arts/crafts materials, since I tend to forget that I already bought this brush/card set. My goal starting now is to organize my supplies more, so this won’t happen again. I should also use these hoarded materials, which is what I’m doing now with my washi tape. If you’ve taken a peek at my Instagram account, username’s @aphazia, you’ve seen these already:

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I like the designs of Cath Kidston so I used my pretty floral mint green and pink washi tape and used it to decorate the cabinets. I’m happy I got over my fear of using the pricey washi tapes and realized how life quickly changes and how each day should be filled with things that make you happy. So go on and use that nice perfume before it evaporates, dress up (you never know what possibilities await you!), go wild with your expensive art supplies and make beautiful art, or make a mess–just use it now if it gives you joy. 🙂 Have fun creating!

Artsycraftsy exploration: Bras Basah Complex in Singapore

Bras Basah Complex is filled with shops selling arts and crafts tools, new and old books, and fancy and quirky trinkets. Be sure to check it out when you’re in Singapore. Here’s what I got from the place (except for the Oh Comely mag, which was generously given to me by my friend Patricia. Thanks Patricia!):

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Cat Socrates has a real cute kitty inside their store (yay!) and other cute knickknacks:

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Art Friend has arts and crafts materials–I spent around an hour or more just browsing through the wares. So many choices!Image

Basheer Graphic Books is filled with wonderful arts and crafts books and magazines. This is where I got my “An Illustrated Journey” by Danny Gregory book:Image

I made a DIY scratch map of the world to inspire me to explore this lovely world more often. Scratched off countries I’ve visited:
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To read more about my Singapore adventure (part 2!), check out my post in my other blog. 🙂