I’m happy that this trend is back! Joining the Art vs. Artist challenge(?)
I have a lot of interests and I wanted to honor them all lol:
I’m happy that this trend is back! Joining the Art vs. Artist challenge(?)
I have a lot of interests and I wanted to honor them all lol:
March was filled with qt with my family and with people close to my heart.
We went to Gandang Ganda Sa Sariling Gawa, a womancentric zine and art fair, and it made me so happy that there are lots of like-minded women in this corner of the world who are sharing their art. Here’s my loot:
I also had more time to experiment with different art forms.
Like making collages:
I sometimes catch the sunset when I ride the bus home. I try to take some photos whenever I can:
Loving my old uni posca markers and enjoying experimenting with them:
I’ve always felt that Valentine’s day is my kind of holiday: lots of cheesiness, flowers and chocolates galore, hearts hearts hearts plastered everywhere, and all those hues of pink and red.
This year, I received so many happy surprises from my partner, who remembered my fave flowers: gerberas, statice and carnations!
She also surprised me with a pamper kit (which serendipitously is also what I gave her lol) via a scavenger hunt and numerous (!!!) love letters. How’d I get this lucky?
We also went to Baler to surf together. The Joy bus ride was terrifying, tbh, but having someone hold my hand while I clutched theirs with a death grjp throughout the nerve-wracking ride made it (a bit) bearable. ♡
Loved the chill vibe of Charlie Does!
I’ve been dreaming of owning my very own Camel midori so I finally got one!
I also went to the Big Bad Wolf Booksale and almost fainted from happiness. Here are the books I got:
I focused on arts and crafts books since I know these are the really pricey ones that I’ve been eyeing in bookstores. We went twice but I think the best finds are found in the earlier days. Less messy bookpiles and less people too!
I got inspired to paint some sakura blossoms using fountain pen ink (oxblood):
Since I missed making collages, I made some collages recently as well. My books from the #bbwolfbooksph inspired me to make these:
Plus, I’ve been filling up my journal/planner pages daily:
I hope February has been kind to you too! 😙
Hello, friends! How has 2018 been treating you so far? I hope you’re doing great, and I hope you’ve been showering yourself with love and kindness. I have been taking care of myself more lately, and I’ve spent less time pressuring myself about all my 2018 goals and just going with the flow. I like this style more! Here are some of the highlights of my January. It’s my birthday month which makes it really special.
This month was filled with aromatherapy–I have been making mood-enhancing oil mixes using what I’ve learned from a perfume-making seminar eons ago and from some research and through following my nose haha. I can’t stop making them, and I carry some bottles in my bag daily.
I have also been painting more and filling up more pages in my journals and planners. I use several planners and journals and I don’t think I’ll ever just stick to one. I love using pretty paper!
I also am falling in love with a lot of cats from BGC. My day isn’t complete without petting them:
Not a cat but super cute so this has to be included:
Were you able to see the #superbluebloodmoon? I was so mesmerized by how magical it was. 🙂
I discovered I could make art using the notes function of my phone and my fingers. Enjoying it a lot. What stuff have you been enjoying lately? Tell me all about it! ♥️
I just found out that I’m one of the nominees for the Arts and Crafts Blogs Award 2017 by PromocodePH. If you’d like to vote for me, please click here. You can also click the banner image at the right side of the page ——–>
Thank you very much in advance! Have a lovely day. 🙂
Whew, 2017 finally came to an end, and I couldn’t be more grateful. 2017 was my year for mindfulness, and at the beginning, I thought it would be all about more ways I could be more mindful in my thoughts and actions. To be honest, I envisioned myself all enlightened due to my daily meditations and super diligent in my journaling.
Boy was I ever wrong.
I’d like to think of all the things thrown my way as tests where I was unprepared–the big breakup, work changes, moving, etc. etc. I kept trying to tread water in flashflood after flashflood and in the end I finally gave up fighting it and decided it might be better to just float.
And float I did.
If those were tests, I’d like to think of myself as the master makeupper–wherein I took makeup tests because I haven’t learned my lessons yet. Those makeup tests involved lots of yoga and meditation (haha, it was a year of mindfulness after all), a trauma yoga workshop, a sound meditation workshop involving soundbathing, retreats in faraway places, going wayyy out of my comfort zone by dating again (lol), and learning how to ask for help when I’m drowning. It felt like one of those movie montage scenes after a breakup: finding myself, lots of self-discovery, trying new activities, learning what I look for in a partner (and what dealbreakers are), and also tons of #adulting. I am grateful I survived all of it, and I am grateful that I still have that optimistic side of me that knows that this too shall pass. And that I’ll pass those makeup tests, so help me, Universe!
I am glad my heart wasn’t hardened by everything–I believed in finding true love again (and my rose quartz crystals certainly put me in the right state of mind), and some time later, that’s exactly what happened.
The biggest lesson I learned this 2017 was trusting myself and my intuition, and taking care of myself as well. I learned that it’s okay to be vulnerable and not know the answers all the time. I learned how to take opportunities that would help me grow as a creative, even if it was out of my comfort zone. I learned that life wanted to give me nice surprises, if I opened my hands and eyes to them. I got magical messages from the Universe via the law of attraction and synchronicity. My family and friends were there for me when I needed them the most, and I am forever grateful.
We ended the year with a farm and beach trip, very similar to trips that saved my heart and sanity in the middle of the year, proof of the Universe’s magic yet again.
To you: Thank you very, very much.
Highlights of 2017:
❤ Hobonichi feature!
❤ Collab with Moleskine
❤ Live demo with National bookstore and Ban.do
❤ Being asked to be a part of Creative market Dubai
❤ My own brush calligraphy has been turned into a font by mixfonts.xyz (look for “Daydream”
❤ Meeting KB ❤
❤ Journaling a LOT.
My word for 2018 is light. Lightness of heart, without baggage or drama, and being a beacon of light for myself and others. Lightness of body too, if I’m in the mood for it, but since I am more for living in the moment and listening to what my body wants, that might take the backseat for a bit. I’ll try to eat healthier and exercise more though, the usual start of the year resolutions, heh.
My 2018 goals include:
❤ Making time for art
❤ Consistent journaling and writing
❤ Lots of selflove and selfcare
❤ Consistent yoga and meditation
❤ Kindness to myself and others
❤ Healthier food choices
❤ Using my best stuff now
❤ Living each day as if I paid for it already
I hope 2018 is kinder and brighter for all of us. From my still-beating heart to yours, have a great year ahead! 🙂
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:
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:
To use or not to use? Erasers that can also serve as miniature toys:
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!
When I was still studying, we didn’t even have this option of having clearbooks or folders with cover designs! Looks amazing and classy:
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
These acrylic containers look so good and can store your highlighters and pens for your desk:
They have powerbanks, usbs, sd cards and other accessories for your laptops and computers. That unicorn powerbank is on my wishlist:
COOL AND CHIC:
You can never have too many pouches/pencilcases:
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:
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):
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. 🙂
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):
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:
There were so many cute pouches and pencil cases and coin purses!
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.
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:
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:
How cool is that? Happy shopping! 🙂
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! 🙂
Happy new year, lovely friends! 🙂
Honesty time: 2016 was such a ride–there were times when I wanted to just shout–“stop the ride, I want to get off!”-but thankfully there are still those moments that made me feel grateful for this lifetime.
I summed up a list of the highlights of my 2016 in my previous post, and I think I am still processing this hell of a year both in terms of internal (i.e personal life) and external (politics in this country and internationally) factors. I think 2016 made us re-assess our values and what’s important to us and I certainly learned what I can and will definitely not tolerate. I think you know what I mean, wherever you might be in the world.
It makes me feel glad though, knowing that some of my family and friends feel the same way so I feel braver and more hopeful knowing that.
Journaling also helped me deal with my feelings. I used to write long personal entries in my livejournal and in my analog journals before and am trying to get back in the habit of doing that for my eyes only this 2017.
But! Decorating my art journals and planners certainly nake me feel happier too. Especially if I use my colorful art materials like pens, washi tapes, and stickers. I also joined several local planner and journal groups on facebook and the friendly planner/journal lovers there make me even more excited to play with my journal pages. 🙂
Here are some of my pages:
See more of my pages in my instagram page: @mabuhaydiy 🙂
I’ve been organizing my stuff and I have come to admit that my hoarding problems tended to get the best of me. This also means less savings and more clutter so I plan on being more mindful about my purchases next year. I started with unfollowing temptation which came in the form of online stores lol. I also want to try to meditate more and try to be more calm and relaxed this 2017 onwards. With the help of analog journaling, a meditation app (calm is the best), and listening to my body, I hope I get to be more mindful this 2017. Mindfulness is my key word for 2017, what’s yours? 🙂
I used to write diary daily or at least I tried to document my everyday life in the past. But I figured out that it´s not the way for me. Like many people do, I used to sit down and wrote in my diary mainly when dealing with a hurtful experience or difficult emotions. I also tried to document my everyday life with writing down what I did the day, week, month or with whom I spend my time with. But I noticed that it was more of a third person memory keeping instead of keeping a diary about what I´ve been really experiencing or going through. I always had a hard time to put all my thoughts & feelings into words to describe it. So I often ended up frustrated and wrote nothing at all. I was craving a way of documenting my life, my innermost thoughts & emotions in a way that really suits me.
Right now I am mainly inspired by hand-lettered creations & watercolor illustrations. And I am always drawn to everything moon phases, traveling, maps, astronomy, nature, etc. related! But in general I am inspired by emotions, quotes, music I am listening to or things that happen in my life or my environment. The people I spend my time with often inspire me. Sometimes I just watch people, nature, animals, street life…. As mentioned before do I always carry a small notebook & a pen with me. So that I can write down little notes from ideas, thoughts & questions that pop up in my mind. That makes up for great journal inspiration later! Sometimes a conversation with a friend inspires me as well as the episode of a TV series or movie I watched the other night.