Something fun: Exchange gift ideas for Christmas from SM Stationery

Christmas is almost here! Have you done your Christmas shopping yet?

I’m a big fan of doing my Christmas shopping in one place. For me, it’s less stressful and more time-efficient, and all I need to do is find a store that has everything I would love to give (and receive!) and my Christmas gift list–and maybe a rest area where I can admire my purchases afterwards :). Lucky for me there’s an SM Makati nearby, with my fave section of all time–The SM Stationery department! I belong to that SLSB club–Stationery Lover Since Birth, and I had to remind myself when I shopped that I was shopping for gifts for other people and not myself, haha (but I got myself some goodies too as a ‘reward’ for successfully ticking off all the items in my Christmas shopping list, heh #treatyoself).
I noticed that SM Stationery had so many wonderful gift possibilities and they couldn’t be more perfect for the holiday season. I know for a lot of us Filipinos, Christmas means ‘exchange gift’ time, or ‘secret santa’, where you spread the holiday cheer by having a group of people exchange names for a secret surprise gift exchange. Categories like “something cute”, “something long”, etc. are usually decided on by the group and a set budget for each gift is also agreed upon. It’s a fun way to be creative and to bond with your officemates or relatives, and it’s something a lot of Pinoys look forward to during Christmastime.

If you’re looking for some exchange gift inspiration or you just want to see gift suggestions that you yourself would love to receive, I’ve come up with a comprehensive guide for you!
I’ve grouped them according to the usual exchange gift categories to make it quicker and easier for you. The fun part is that you can also mix and match items from various categories because the pens, which are usually “something long” are so cute that they can also be “something cute”, and I think we can all agree that everything in SM Stationery is something useful (especially if you’re a member of the SLSB club like me!). The best part is that you can buy everything in one place–they can all be found in the SM Stationery department. Enjoy, and I hope you find the guide useful! 🙂

 

SOMETHING STICKY

Washi tapes, paper tapes and stickers:

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SOMETHING COLORFUL

Be fashionable when listening to your fave songs with these trendy headphones:

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They have a lot of earphones in various colors too!

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Organize your life and workspace/study area with these colorful paper clips and other office supplies:

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So many colors in one pen! Perfect for planners and journals. Multi-colored pens:

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SOMETHING CUTE/QUIRKY/WILD

I lumped them all in one category because they’re all those 3! 🙂
Animal pouches and wallets:

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Correction tape, magnets and erasers:

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Animal and cupcake keychains:

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Too cute! Bunny earphones:

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Colorful storage solutions:

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SOMETHING SQUISHY

Squishy miniature luggage wallets:

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Kneadable art erasers:

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Squishy penguin wallets and squishy camera wallets:

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Squishy luggage tags!

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SOMETHING SPARKLY/SHINY

They have so many sparkly metallic pens!

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Must. not. hoard. metallic. tapes.

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SOMETHING FRAGRANT/UNIQUE

These are pens with perfume at the end!

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Scented pens, markers and pencils! Bonus: They come in Christmasy scents and I really really wanted all of them:

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SOMETHING SOFT/FLUFFY/CUDDLY:

These pens are so fluffy, they felt like clouds on my hands:

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Neck pillows, fluffy and soft pouches and keychains:

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SOMETHING MULTIPURPOSE:

This is a pen, a keychain, a penlight and a whistle! A must-have for anyone:

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SOMETHING SWEET:

Pens in the shape of lollies and fruits, won’t break any dietary restrictions:

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SOMETHING PERSONAL(IZED)/LUXE:

Help them label all their items with this labelmaker. I plan on getting that wood grain and clear tape for myself soon!

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For scrapbooking and for crafting:

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SOMETHING POWERFUL

Everyone I know would be glad to receive a powerbank. Or two.

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SOMETHING LONG/COLORFUL:

They have shelves upon shelves of pens in various colors:

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SOMETHING COOL/LIFE-CHANGING:

True story: My life was changed when I got a usb fan–now the daily commute is a bit more bearable, despite the traffic, haha. These usb fans are cool and practical:

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Calendars and planners to help them organize their appointments and gimmicks:

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SOMETHING NAUGHTY:

This category is a tough one, but look at this lucky find: This panda sticks out its tongue when pressed. Very unique and cheeky.

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SOMETHING HANDY:

Pouches and pencilcases in all the colors of the rainbow:

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Eco bags that are very useful and cool-looking too:

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SOMETHING ARTSY:

I saw these art packs which are so convenient and perfect for giving!

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So many notebooks, journals, notepads, and sketchpads! Paper heaven!! I could spend days in this place:

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To wrap up your presents, they also have gift wraps categorized by color, which was a nice touch for me:

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If you’re too busy or in a hurry, they have ready-made pouches as well aside from the paper bags which I think is a cute and unique way of packaging your presents.

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Happy Holiday shopping! 🙂

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Website: www.smstationery.com.ph
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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. 🙂

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 beautiful  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. 🙂 🙌

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! 🙂

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”. 🙂

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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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.

An artsy craftsy summer at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Summer for me means unwinding, relaxing, and trying new things. I did all of those today at the SM Stationery Art Fest at SM Megamall. I also met new friends!

If you love arts and crafts supplies and learning as much as I do, I bet you’d have a blast as well at the SM Stationery Art Fest. I’m still adding items to my wishlist haha. From today till April 17, Sunday, they’re having pop-up booths of arts and crafts brands, coloring activities, on-the-spot calligraphy and papercutting, and more!

This coming weekend (April 16-17), they’ll be having the workshops of super-talented local creatives. The corresponding workshop per brand is free when you purchase Php300 worth of products from their partner brands: Ifex (International Fine Paper Exchange), Pentel, Titus and Faber-Castell. For updates and for the details, check out their FB page: facebook.com/smstationeryph. Or check out my previous post.

I have always loved arts and crafts supplies so I was really excited about today’s event. (So excited that I went to the venue one hour earlier, lol)

Even the stage got me excited! How awesome is this giant orange comma:

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At the Ifex booth were these beautiful artworks by Alexis of Inkscribbler. They also sold various pads (Canson is one of my faves!), calligraphy pads and the books of Abbey Sy:

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Here’s Wednesday Sambile, doing on-the-spot papercutting and calligraphy! Starting today until Sunday, you can get a free papercut and/or calligraphy from her when you buy Php200 worth of products from Ifex.

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These paper samples from Ifex had me salivating–I’m a sucker for colorful things and paper so I spent a lot of time just admiring these samples. You can order paper from them for use in invites, greeting cards, business cards, etc.:

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At the Pilot booth, where you can test their parallel pens:IMG_20160413_203815.jpg

Here’s Tippy and Pearl trying them out:

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Adult coloring books!

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There were artworks everywhere to inspire you even more:

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I got excited when I saw the Faber-Castell polychromos pencils at their booth:

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The greatest part was when I asked if I could try them and they said yes! Another item ticked off my bucket list. 🙂

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They’re so easy to blend and smooth–I can imagine why it’s part of their premium line. Wish I could have this set (and the beautiful container!).

More artworks:

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These mason jars with colored pens inside and fresh flowers are so pretty! At the Titus booth:

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These flowers are fresh and lovely! I had to take another photo. I want to draw/paint this one day:

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Since I love notebooks and pens, I was drawn to SM Stationery’s stall. Notebooks and pens make my heart beat faster haha:IMG_20160413_160715.jpg

Got myself nifty pens! Look at those cute designs!

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In the venue are huge color-it-yourself murals that anyone can color or doodle on. Here’s me trying it out. Thanks to Tita Ella for taking this photo!
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Happy to see everyone coloring and doodling! Love how art brings people together, no matter what your age may be:

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I ended the day feeling inspired and invigorated, and surprisingly relaxed. Something about art puts me in the zone and most of the time it’s almost the same relaxed level of feeling you get from a massage or from a chill day. Does that happen to you too?

Here’s a peek of my loot–Expect a detailed review soon! I can’t wait to play with all of them. 🙂
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Hurry on over to SM Megamall for the SM Stationery Art Fest until this Sunday, April 17. Unleash your creative side and have an artsy craftsy summer! 🙂

P.S. Check out the instagram hashtag: #SMStationeryArtFest for more photos from today’s event.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. 🙂

 

Artsy event alert! SM Stationery’s Art Fest

When I pass by SM Department Stores, I can’t resist checking out my fave section–the stationery section. I often find great deals and cute office and school supplies there, and if you know me, you’d know that stationery’s one of my weaknesses. (Along with stickers, art materials, books and milk tea 🙂 )

As a kid I collected stationery and stickers, and traded sheets of stationery with friends who were as obsessed as I am. We’d go to each other’s houses carrying various folders (Mine were the free promotional folders from the conferences my parents attended haha) filled with our “collection”. Then we’d trade sheets of stationery–dependent on the quality of the paper, size of the sheet, design, etc. That’s how I learned to haggle, lol.

My love for stationery and school/office supplies never waned, which was why I got so excited when I learned about this event!

Here’s a teaser:

 

 

 

In partnership with my fave art brands (or brands I hoard) Faber-Castell, Pentel, Ifex and Titus Pens, SM Stationery will be having an Art Fest at the Mega Fashion Hall on April 13-17, packed with workshops by local creatives and an exhibit:

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For only Php300, you can join a workshop by the artists above. Here are the detailed mechanics:

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For updates and more details, check out:
https://www.facebook.com/smstationeryph

I can’t wait! See you! 🙂
#SMStationeryArtFest

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. 🙂