Review: Paper Mint TN inserts and planner stickers

I was so excited and giddy when my TN inserts and planner stickers from @papermintph arrived. I’m a fan of locally made products and these really delivered. I got a book journal and I’ve been longing for one for the longest time and this one has the perfect size!

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I love regular-sized TN inserts because my handwriting is big and messy haha so the space needs to be big as well without being bulky.

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The weekly one is great as well–the paper can handle the ink of my brush pens (zig mangaka, artline markers, pentel touch) and the space for wach day is just right for me. I love the space on the upper right which can contain top three weekly tasks or inspirational quotes or a motivational word and you might not see it but there’s a grid there too so maybe some pixel art? 🙂

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My favorite stickers would have to be the hexagon ones since they can be decorative and also used as bullets for tasks. In love with the plain brown craft covers too, which you can decorate as you please.

If you want to see all their other awesome products, do check out their instagram: @papermintph or their site: papermintph.com. They also have an fb page: facebook.com/papermintph.

P.S. Because @papermintph is awesome, they’re giving us a special treat: You can get 10% off if you purchase Php300 worth of products! Just use the coupon code: “mabuhaydiy10off”. You can use this code till July 17 so go go go! Happy shopping! 🙂

Thank you for letting me try your lovely products, @papermintph! Loving the thoughtfulness behind each and I can’t wait to play with these some more over the weekend. 🙂

Learning is cool (and fun!) with SM Stationery

It’s almost June and that means it’s time for some back-to-school shopping!

Back-to-school season meant cool new school supplies and it was something that excited me a lot growing up. I have fond memories of holding my required school supplies list from school and searching for the items with my mom, which I considered our back-to-school bonding ritual every school year.

When I was a kid there weren’t that many options when it came to school supplies and stationery. What I did to make my notebooks stand out was to personalize them using photos and ads that I fancied from old magazines. 🙂

I went to the SM stationery department in SM Mall of Asia and I felt that same giddy back-to-school vibe I always got before. I am happy to report that my wish as a kid has been granted– they have so many options for students/stationery lovers like me!

Whether you want to fit in or stand out, I’m pretty sure SM Stationery has endless possibilities for your type of “cool”. Here are just some ideas:

ARTSY/DIY COOL:

I located the washi tapes/stickers area first and was so thrilled that they have decorush deco tapes! If you haven’t tried these, they look like correction tapes but they have cute designs and can be used for borders in your notebooks or to decorate plain notebook covers or even to create labels in sticker paper to label your school stuff! I first tried this when I bought one impulsively from Japan. I couldn’t understand the directions but when I tried it I was hooked. 🙂 What’s even better is that if you have the case already you can just buy refills and the refills are interchangeable. Trying my best to resist hoarding these so you can also try them out haha:

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To use or not to use? Erasers that can also serve as miniature toys:

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I’m glad there are so many correction tape design options but it’s giving me this urge to start a correction tape collection lol. Just look at how adorable they all are!

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MINIMALIST/PREPPY COOL:

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When I was still studying, we didn’t even have this option of having clearbooks or folders with cover designs! Looks amazing and classy:

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TIP: They have black notebooks with black paper inside and they are also selling a lot of metallic gel pens and white pens which you can use for a funner way of note-taking! I think the fluorescent ones would make you excited for jotting down your learnings from your different subjects. Maybe even try different-colored pens for writing down formulas or important dates, for example. 🙂

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Headphones for editing videos or earphones for the long commute or ride in the school bus. I envy those who can study with music on, I couldn’t concentrate and would find myself singing along or humming along! My way of studying was to crunch ice cubes to keep me awake while making reviewers which I’d read over and over during the commute to school the next day. 🙂

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These acrylic containers look so good and can store your highlighters and pens for your desk:

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TECHIE COOL:

They have powerbanks, usbs, sd cards and other accessories for your laptops and computers. That unicorn powerbank is on my wishlist:

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COOL AND CHIC:

You can never have too many pouches/pencilcases:

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These are post-it notes! Loving the many different nature-inspired designs:image

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BEST DEAL AWARD:

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You guys, I couldn’t believe it when I saw it too but these awesome bags are only php399 each and it already comes with school supplies! Best deal everrrr!
If that hasn’t blown your mind already, the best part is that they’re packaged depending on grade level and can also be for highschoolers! I had such a hard time deciding which to get for myself (I fell in love with the bags and you can never have enough stationery lol) because the designs and colors are all so great haha. Here are some quick snaps of what’s inside this all-in-one school pack:

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BONUS: You can also get a free watch with a minimum single receipt purchase worth Php1,500 from SM Stationery from May 1 to June 30. 🙂
TIP: You can personalize these with these cute patches (which I bought and are now in my journal covers):
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You can use these patches to customize your notebooks and pouches as well! Saw a lot of plain pouches which can be jazzed up with these babies. 🙂

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QUIRKY COOL:

I don’t know about you, but my mood is instantly brightened when my stuff has silly animals or creatures haha (especially when they’re cats and there are tons of cat-themed stuff in SM Stationery):

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There are matchy-matchy sets so if you fall in love with a print, you’re in luck! You can match your pouches and bags and pencilcases using the same print! I loved this quirky cat print and was delighted to see it in a drawstring backpack and in an insulated lunchbox:

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There were so many cute pouches and pencil cases and coin purses!

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One of my fave things about SM stationery is how the supplies per brand are organized so neatly and given ample space for pen tester fanatics like me haha. I could spend hours just testing out various pens. I kid you not.

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Have I mentioned how they have all other items needed for school projects like boards and cartolinas and styrofoam and crepe paper? Because they have all those too:

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If you’re planning on doing some back-to-school shopping at SM, don’t forget that your school supplies needs can all be found at SM Stationery as well! Save yourself a lot of time and effort and be like me and rack up those SM advantage points haha. 🙂

Here are some more picks and deals to inspire and excite you:

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How cool is that? Happy shopping! 🙂

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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! 🙂

Digitizing my journals in Youtube

Hello! 🙂 Super excited to share with you something I’ve been working on–my journal digitizing project! I have so many journals since childhood and I’ve been meaning to archive its contents for the longest time and I’ve decided that I’d share it with you! 🙂 This is also for me, when I’m older and super forgetful, and is a way to document my progress and journey as a creative. I also plan on showing my stationery collection, art and book hauls and process vids too. Stay tuned! 🙂

What I’ve been up to: January 2017

I’ve received my dream cover and have differentiated my two hobonichis by having one as my #HOMEbonichi and the other as my #ROAMbonichi. My homebonichi stays at home and is meant to be used as my gratitude and wonderfulness journal–filled with the highlights of each day and what I’m grateful for. My roambonichi comes with me everywhere, and is filled with ideas, art experiments, longform journaling and lunch break journaling. I’m happy about this setup and looking at the 2 beautiful covers and inside colors side by side makes me giddy! 🙂

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Sorry for the bad lighting–I took this photo as soon as I received my sherbet (left) cover haha.

Here are some pages:

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I’ve been doing collages lately as well. It feels good just tearing the paper and gluing things down.

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I tried mixing matcha soymilk and jasmine and it made a cool yummy refreshing drink. I drank it and ate my fave corn nuts while journaling on my midori. My midori has more watercolored food items (I like how there’s more space there) and ephemera because my hobonichis are both a6 in size so the space is sometimes a bit small haha.

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I’ve added a hashtag in my instagram (@mabuhaydiy) called #mabuhaydiyjournals so that my journal posts are all seen in just one click. Mostly so I can see stuff that made me happy since my journal entries are mostly stuff that made my day/week. Check it out if you want to see it too! 🙂 I’m not yet done tagging all photos because there are too many but maybe someday 🙂

Magical notebooks: Eden Street

A beautiful parcel arrived yesterday and I was delighted that it matched the theme of #colorexploration! Yellow and green 🙂

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Inside were these beautiful items from @edenstreet. Swoon.

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Couldn’t resist placing my little pony and unicorns in this shot–they belong together!

Snapped another photo, this time with my #colorexploration bouquet, featuring mint and green.

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They make me smile and feel so happy and giddy. I just adore the feel-good sentiments in the journals and I love how it’s just like a love letter from the universe. 🙂 I can’t wait to fill these with positive quotes and lovely sayings.

Thank you very much, @edenstreet!

To order these items, check out the instagram page of Eden street: @edenstreet 🙂

Stay golden!

Journal peek: July 2016

I’ve been having “such fun” (as Miranda’s mother is fond of saying–have you watched the Miranda series? I want to be her when I grow up) with my midori traveler’s company journals.

I am influenced by the many comics and books I’ve been devouring like a madperson recently and I was a bit concerned that reading would take a chunk of time from making art but am pleased to report that it’s feeding each other. I read more and listen to more music, I make more art. Or maybe I’m just more relaxed lately.

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This last one is inspired by my idol Frannerd 🙂

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:

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Sometimes I use the stickers or stamps as bullets:

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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:

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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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Beehappycrafts
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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. 🙂