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? πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

Welcoming 2017 with a new planner calendar from @parvousph :)

2016 is almost over and you know what that means–it’s the season for 2017 planners and journals! Haha. Being a stationery fiend, this is something I really look forward to during the last quarter of the year.

I really love planners and journals (sew my previous post about my journal journey). I’ve found an obsession that combines my love for art, writing, stickers and scrapbooking and my adoration for notebooks. I tend to forget things unless I track them down too, so this is pretty useful.

If you like decorating your journals and planners, here are some ideas:

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I used the notes pages of my 2016 @parvousph planner calendar for this, and beside it is the 2017 version (for orders, visit @parvousph and @inabinablog—it’s super affordable, only php220!) πŸ™‚

Here’s how I decorated my October spread. Loving how there’s enough space for decorating:

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I personally recommend having it in your workspace for daily tasks. The monthly spreads can give you a quick overview of activities and tasks for the current month. You can also decorate the boxes for stress relief during lunchbreak heh. πŸ™‚

Thanks, @parvousph! πŸ™‚

Book review: Meditate your weight by Tiffany Cruikshank

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I’ve been meditating for quite some time, and I was really pleased when I started reading this book. It extolls on the values of meditation and how it’s beneficial to your body. It’s essentially divided into two major parts, and the first part contains facts about how meditation is helpful to your mind and body. They’re backed by research which I enjoyed, and is easy to understand (except perhaps for some parts with scientific terms where my eyes kind of glazed for a bit haha). The second part contains daily meditation exercises which you’re supposed to do for 21 days and I’m on day 4 right now. It contains thoughts to reflect on, and the time you must spend for meditating for that day to ease you into doing a longer, more beneficial, practice, and has a journalling assignment at the end of each practice. I love how I get to understand myself more daily because of this book, and the losing weight part is much anticipated as well. I am hopeful about losing weight via this book, and if not, the meditation part more than makes up for it. πŸ™‚

Rating: 5/5 stars

Disclaimer: Received this review copy from bloggingforbooks.com. All thoughts are my own.

 

Read more about this book from Amazon.

 

Review: Traveling with Faber-Castell watercolor pencils

My mom gave me a set of mini watercolor pencils from Faber-Castell some years ago and they’re still what I bring with me when I travel. I love the convenience of having handy pencils and watercolors in one portable set, and how the 12 colors are enough to create more colors. Perfect for traveling, since it’s spillproof and very convenient.

On the road with my trusty journal and trusty Faber-Castell watercolor pencils:

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My old set is worn into one-inch stumps but they’ve been with me to a lot of trips and they now have a sentimental value. I was lucky enough to be provided with a new set by Faber-Castell for review, which I immediately tested on my journal:

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You can achieve a high-level of intensity by building up the layers and blend two colors to create a new one. We also used it to color, and here’s what my cousin came up with–this is her first time to color and try these pencils and she loved it. Look at how beautifulΒ  her output was:

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I’m having another trip soon and I’m surely bringing my Faber-Castell set with me again. πŸ™‚ 🙌

Disclosure: The items used in this post were samples provided by the brand. All opinions expressed are my own.

Review: Bonding and unwinding with Obra coloring books from Sterling

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These beautiful coloring books were a huge part of my weekend.

Last night, I met a friend I haven’t seen in a long time and we did a lot of catching up over coffee.

I taught her about color and watercolors (p.s. I have watercolor workshops in Makati, if you want to learn, go to: http://tinyurl.com/mabuhaydiyworkshop).

She applied what she learned to these coloring books and when her husband arrived, he also joined us:

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The pages are filled with unique and inpsiring artworks waiting to be colored:

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My cousin and I bonded over coloring this morning as well:

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Still in awe of her color choices and combinations! πŸ™‚

I’m happy that I got to bond and create art with my friends and family, and I think coloring artambays are great activities that would allow you to talk while still zoning out and being in the “flow”. πŸ™‚

Disclosure: The items used in this post were samples provided by the brand. All opinions expressed are my own.

Review: Color your world with Titus pens

If you’ve ever tried drawing with a ballpoint pen, you’d know that it’s both challenging and exciting. It can’t be erased so each mark has to be deliberate, but that’s also the exact quality which makes it so exciting to work with–you won’t waste time second-guessing your marks and it will put you more in the “flow”, a state of being in the zone where the only matter of importance is you and what you’re doing, which is doodling, in this case.

That feeling of being in the “flow” of things is how I felt when I doodled using these Titus pens. I wanted to try them out because I actually love drawing with ballpens ever since I studied ballpen drawing in an art workshop by the Father of art workshops Fernando Sena a couple of summers ago. He gave us tips on drawing using ballpoint pens and what I remember most is his tip on drawing using one direction only.

Here’s what I came up with, using Titus Pens. I’m currently out of town right now and this is a clue to where I am right now:

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Titus pens come in a variety of shades which makes it perfect for drawing and shading: black, blue, red, yellow, brown, orange, purple, green, sky blue, pink. They write smoothly, but my hands were oily which I think made some parts smudge a bit, heh. I still love how smoothly they wrote though. πŸ™‚

These ballpen artworks were made on-the-spot by youth all over the Philippines using Titus pens. Jaw-dropping and super inspiring:

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Ballpen party! My fave would have to be the Titus OMG! Retractable w/grip (in the photo below, the violet and pink one at the middle) because of the rubbery grip, since I’m heavy-handed.

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Ballpen bouquet for you:

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Disclosure: The items used in this post were samples provided by the brand. All opinions expressed are my own.

For more updates, you can follow Titus pens on instagram @TitusPens or via facebook: facebook.com/TitusPens

Review: Paper possibilities with Ifex Paper

I’m pretty sure I’d probably faint from excitement if Ifex paper takes me to their warehouse, haha. I had such a great time just admiring and touching all the paper samples in their booth at the SM Stationery Art Fest.

I wanted to burst into a Disney-inspired little mermaid song number:
They’ve got watercolor paper and calligraphy pads aplenty–They’ve got cardstock and sketchpads galoreee

If you’re a paper lover like me, you’d understand, right?

Ifex stands for International Fine Paper Exchange, and they are the distributors of brands like Canson, Olin, Rives and Curious Collection, among many others. Canson is the watercolor paper brand I mostly use so I was really thrilled to see their booth at the SM Stationery Art Fest. πŸ™‚

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Their press kit (pictured above) contained products made using their paper: A planner, a calendar and coasters. Their calendar showcased a different type of paper per month with special printing techniques like these:

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These paper samples make choosing the right paper easier and hassle-free. Love that you get to see the exact shades and thickness of each sheet, and know instantly the colors they come in. This is perfect for people looking for paper suppliers for their cards or invites.
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Here’s an example of their paper in action. Love the cutout detail!

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My business cards are totally DIY but seeing the countless possibilities with Ifex paper is making me excited to redesign my cards. Maybe something with gold foil?.:)

Check out the instagram page of Ifex: @ifexph, or email them at info@ifex.com.ph

Disclosure: The items used in this post were samples provided by the brand. All opinions expressed are my own.

Exploring the universe: Taal, Batangas

For holy week, my family and I visited Taal, Batangas. It reminds me of Vigan because of the old houses. Look at the beautiful door knockers:

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We ate at cafe G, walking distance from Taal Basilica (we were craving halo-halo) which had very beautiful interiors. Ambience: A++! I love the theme of the resto, which was love. πŸ™‚

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The service was warm and friendly, and prices are reasonable, but unfortunately, the food left a lot to be desired. We enjoyed the tuna salad and broccoli and cheese soup (which arrived after all the main dishes were finished). My pasta order arrived after everyone was already finished eating, (they apologized since they ran out of pasta but I wish they mentioned it earlier so I could have simply changed my order, no big deal) and my chicken and mushroom alfredo did not have any mushrooms at all. 😦 It tasted like canned cream of mushroom soup but I was expecting even some mushroom bits. The canned cream of mushroom soup base also made it taste too salty, sadly. I could not finish my order because of it. My mom’s order was rosemary chicken which was too dry to be eaten and when she complained to the server they served her a better-cooked chicken, which was really nice of them. Props to them for that.
The halo-halo looked gorgeous:

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It tasted just okay, a bit too sweet for my taste. It had nata de coco, macapuno, red kaong, ube halaya, whipped cream and a cherry and a thin crispy waffle on top. The other tables seemed to enjoy their cold drinks which was perfect for the hot summer weather. I really hope they improve on these shortcomings and I’m willing to give them another chance, maybe for merienda. πŸ™‚ 

I love the mural outside Tampuhan Cafe. We weren’t able to eat there but hopefully next time. πŸ™‚

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Product review: Robert Simmons and Winsor & newton round brushes

My aunt gave me these two brushes as gifts and I finally got a chance to try them out! She got them from Blick Art supplies L.a.

Top: Winsor and Newton Cotman round number 8

Bottom: White Sable Robert Simmons round number 10

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I tried various brush strokes and I now understand why they call the Robert Simmons brush as White Sable–the hair is synthetic but it behaves just like real sable, but springier, which I like in a brush. If you lookΒ  at the photo above, the tip of the Robert Simmons brush is more pointed when wet. The flex is also easier to control. The W&N cotman is also soft and flexible but compared to the white sable brush, I find it harder to control, as you can see in the sample strokes below. I had to stop in the middle of a stroke because the bristles kept going in every direction. This might be effective for larger pieces but I still prefer the robert simmons brush. The tip of the robert simmons brush is more pointy even if it’s number 10, as opposed to the w&n number 8.
At the bottom of page I tried using the brush as horizontally as I can to the page and didn’t see/feel much of a difference. The left is the robert simmons brush and the right one is the winsor and newton.

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I enjoyed the robert simmons brush so much I made a quick watercolor painting with it:

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