What I’ve been up to: May 2017

Just came back from the surprise long weekend which gave me some time with my family. πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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A colorful artsy summer at the SM Stationery Art Fest 2017

Last year, I was lucky enough to attend the SM Stationery Art Fest which featured my favorite stationery brands and had art workshops by creatives I look up to. (Thanks, Universe!) πŸ™‚

This year, I had the pleasure of attending it again, and I couldn’t be happier. The timing couldn’t have been better too! I personally love that it coincides with the summer season, which is perfect for students on vacation and adults who are excited to learn something new for summer.

Stationery and art workshops are my passion and I looked forward to learning more about how to maximize the use of said office/school supplies. The workshops are so innovative and exciting, and are facilitated by local creatives. There’s a lot of cool workshops, like metallic mandala art, floral doodling, diy shrinky dinks, diy watercolor stickers, diy sharpie watercolor art, gothic and brush calligraphy, and slime making. I wish I could have joined them all! πŸ™‚

Here are some photos I took on the 1st day of the event, which runs from April 19-23 at the Mega Fashion Hall. Loved the pastel theme this year, it looked so fresh and fun!

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We loved these cute colorful icons displayed in stands. Resisted the urge to pluck them off and pose with them a la photobooth style haha:

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I doodled on this ice cream cone because I adore ice cream:

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Like last time, the participating brands had artsy activities you can try per area. The participating brands this year are Faber-Castell, Elmer’s, Sharpie, Ifex Philippines, M&G Stationery, and Pilot. Being a stationery lover, these are all brands I adore and use. It was really fun seeing the numerous possibilities and artistic creations you could make with their products (and the creative and colorful product displays!):

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There were a lot of colorful markers which you can use to doodle or color in these artsy installations. A crowd favorite. :

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Everything was so. Tempting.

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Thankful that I got to bond with the titas (who were also in last year’s Art Fest!) Ella, June, Geli and Trish πŸ™‚

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Just had to pose here–glittery giant cuties? Yes please!

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Drone shot/climbing up the highest floor in the mall lol. This was taken while Wednesday, papercutter extraordinaire, was setting up for a demo in partnership with Ifex. Loving the orange comma stage! I was joking how it was a nice flatlay prop/bed shot from above, haha:

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Loot from the event, featuring products from the participating brands. Check out more colorful snaps featuring the above brands in my previous post. Can’t wait to make tons of art using these:

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P.S. It’s their last day today! Hurry over to the Mega Fashion Hall and you might still get to join the art workshops and watch the demos (and hoard items to your heart’s content, haha). πŸ™‚

Thank you, SM Stationery,Β for this fun event and thanks also to Faber-Castell, Elmer’s, Sharpie, Ifex Philippines, M&G Stationery, and Pilot. Till the next Art Fest!

Follow SM Stationery PH for the latest updates, events and promos:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smstationeryph/
Instagram:Β https://www.instagram.com/smstationeryph/

Have a fun, artsy summer! πŸ™‚

Quick peek: What’s in store for you at the SM Stationery Art Fest 2017

Calling all lovers of art (and stationery!): Heaven is a place on earth! πŸ™‚ The SM Stationery Art Fest (@smstationeryph on instagram) is paradise if you love stationery and creating art. They partnered with major stationery brands too, like Sharpie, M&G, Faber-Castell, Elmer’s, Ifex and Pilot. The best thing is, it runs starting today until April 23–which means you can hoard to your heart’s content and join all the art workshops they’ll be having this weekend. Check out my previous post for more details regarding workshop schedules. πŸ™‚ Take a look at some of the photos that I took below and treat yo’self! πŸ™‚

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Summer artsy possibilities with SM Stationery’s Art Fest 2017!

Summer is my ultimate favorite. I consider it the season of possibilities: you can opt to relax at home or take a soothing vacation somewhere, or you can maximize the sunny weather and be productive with classes and workshops. 

I want the best of both worlds, though, and since art workshops are challenging and fun but also gets you in the “flow” (i.e. a state of being in the zone/peak performance), I consider it both exciting and relaxing. πŸ™‚ If I could, I would join all the art workshops that exist, haha.

Try it for yourself with the variety of art workshops in SM Stationery’s Art Fest this weekend. Check out the photos below for more details:

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I can’t wait! See you! πŸ™‚

What I’ve been up to: April 2017

We went to the beach! My first beach trip for the year, and it was at Laiya Coco Grove, Batangas. Spent a lot of time journaling and attempting to paint:

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Went to a Hobonichi meetup where the Tokyo Hobonichi team joined us! πŸ™‚ Here’s our hobonichi stack photo which is more of a hobonichi wall haha πŸ™‚

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Attended sakura gelly roll’s kawaii journaling workshop with chichi! Drew a bikini babe because summer haha:

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Joining #the100dayproject because I want to push myself again. Hope I can finish this project! Mine is #100daysofobsessions:

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P.s. Makiko, the illustrator for Hobonichi drew us in our planners! So awesome.

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I gave them a washi watercolor artwork inspired by my sherbet hobonichi. I hope they like it:

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Happy times, thank you

It’s when you feel too busy to make art that you probably should make art, if you were me.

I resist it a bit with chores and work as an excuse but find that it’s just like a workout–once you’re there you can’t seem to stop and you feel pretty great after.

I was inspired by FRUiTS growing up and read an article on how the fashion situation in Japan is so different now due to stores like Uniqlo. Did this washi tape fashion collage using my handmade @seamountainco palette and I find that tearing washi tape is incredibly soothing.

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Quick watercolor portrait in 15 minutes–I didn’t use a pencil here so I was just modifying it as I went.

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Happy that K and I are trying new restos again.

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Joined my first #protonsworkshop and it was a collab with gogogelato and we got to eat lots of gelato and even see the process of making it–I got to churn some buko lychee sherbet which I took home after. Also met a lot of new friends, which makes my heart very happy. I hope you are having a good March too, wherever you may be.

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What I’ve been up to: March 2017

Happy summer! Summer is my fave season and I’m so honored that I got to be the one to make the March 2017 journaling prompts for #HobonichPH:

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Don’t forget to use the hashtag #HobonichiPHChallenge if you’re participating! πŸ™‚

I had so many happy moments these past few days:

😙 I got to try and experiment and make my own handmade rose gold watercolor paint! Kinda obsessed with rose gold recently and I thought I’d try and make paint with this hue in mind:

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Success! It took a lot of trial and error but happy with the outcome. Brought it with me to a mini artambay with my washi and sticker-loving friends yesterday.

😙 Got new washi tapes (first group buy and so worth it!) and mildliners yesterday and got to bond with friends:

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😙 Attended the #ArtfairPH with K, her first time:

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😙 I also painted mini abstract paintings which I turned to stickers using handpainted watercolors made by @seamountainco πŸ™‚

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😙 I uploaded several flipthroughs of my past journals and travel project life in my youtube channel, if you want to take a peek: http://tinyurl.com/mabuhaydiy2011journal

I hope March has been good to you too.

Digitizing my journals in Youtube

Hello! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

What I’ve been up to: February 2017

Happy month of love! πŸ™‚ My heart has been extra happy lately mostly because of my several fb groups– I made a washi tape and sticker lovers PH group and we have a hobonichi book club and several planner and journal FB groups as well. I think my calling might be bringing people together for art-related stuff haha. πŸ™‚

I also got to try handmade paints by @seamountainco! Check out the colors I achieved from these 5 colors and the painting I made using these 5 as well:

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I finally was able to organize my washi tapes as well!

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I started an online book club years ago with daily themes on tumblr: booklat.tumblr.com πŸ™‚ Happy that my book club dreams migrated to the FB world with the Hobonichi book club PH–here is my page for it:

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Did a bit of urban sketching inside a cafe:

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Received this beautiful bouquet from the gf for Valentine’s day! Such a sweet surprise, and she specifically picked different flowers because she knows I love painting them. Thanks love!

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Used stickers from #ARdailysticker to decorate my monthly hobonichi spread for February:

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Made some stickers too! πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚ I’m not yet done tagging all photos because there are too many but maybe someday πŸ™‚