Pointed Pen Calligraphy Workshop with Aina

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For the longest time, I’ve been meaning to get acquainted with the pointed pen again. And to learn from one of the calligraphers I truly admire i just exciting.

I’m really excited to finally be meeting Aina Kristina. We have been talking about a calligraphy workshop since 2015 and finally she’s coming to Cebu!

Please join us on the 7th of May 2017 at Kanna Coffee and Tea for a Pointed Pen Calligraphy Workshop.

Registration fee is only P1, 900 which already includes breakfast, materials and worksheets. Please email ainakristina.writes@gmil.com to reserve a seat. Slots are limited so hurry!

See you soon!

 


Gift-wrapping Idea Using Tone-on-Tone Stamping

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Like most of you, I enjoy wrapping and giving gifts. I am always searching for that perfect gift wrap. I thought it’d be fun to create your own gift wrapper using some kraft paper or any type of brown paper packaging. There’s just something about brown paper packages that are so pretty.

Also, I have been drawn to tone-on-tone techniques in stamping and thought I could experiment with this technique to create my own gift wrapper.

You will need:

  • any brown paper preferably kraft or any brown packaging paper
  • stamp inks (I prefer Tsukineko VersaMagic in Sahara Sand, Jumbo Java and Gingerbread; VersaColor Bark)
  • stamps
  • cotton string or twine
  • wax seal
  • parchment paper or tissue paper
  • pages of old magazines or book
  • glue and 3M magic tape

Begin by taking your brown paper and randomly stamp on it using your supply of stamps and inks. Since I’m using brown paper, I have found that these color of inks I have mentioned above work well to give you that tone-on-tone effect. One of my favorite brands of chalk and pigment inks are Tsukineko’s VersaMagic and VersaColor.

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I’m so glad they are now available at National Bookstores here in the Philippines at very affordable prices. I used to purchase mine from Michael’s and Joann’s in the US. Finally, I can just get them readily available here in my side of the world. Yes! There is a craft God who heard my plea.

Ok, now back to our project. Set aside your stamped paper to completely dry.

Take your  gift and wrap it with a tissue or parchment paper, just to protect your gift. Then wrap it with your stamped brown paper. You may use some washi tape to adhere the ends. I just used a 3M magic tape because I prefer a clean look.

Next, tear a page from an old magazine and use it as a belly band just to give some contrast to this color palette. Adhere the ends with a glue. Then take your cotton string and wrap around your gift several times. To secure and hold the string in place, add a wax seal on the section where the strings intersect.

You may also add some dried flowers or leaves to your packaging.

How easy is that? I think this is a great way to re-purpose some of your supplies like brown packaging bag and magazines.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful and you try this really easy tone-on-tone stamping technique on your next project.


Cebu Summer 2017 Planner Meet with Aina

 

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Hello everybody! I’ve been wishing and hiding this under my sleeves for a while and finally it’s happening. Aina Kristina is coming to Cebu this summer!

For those of you who are not familiar, she’s a famous calligrapher from Manila, Philippines. You can check her amazing calligraphy on instagram: ainakristina and on her blog here.

To all our friends from the Visayas and Mindanao, if you are into journaling and/or planning, please join us on the 6th of May 2017 for the Cebu Summer Planner Meet. It will be held at Gelatissimo, Streetscape in Ma. Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu City.

Registration is only P500 which already includes lunch and dessert prepared especially by our friends from Gelatissimo.

To register, please email Aina at ainakristina.writes@gmail.com. Let’s have fun on May 6th!

See you soon!


Best Gift Ideas for Travelers from SM Stationery

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Are you till stuck on what to get your friend or a family member who loves to travel? Well, I have been going around the city looking for something useful for them.  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite #MarrylFinds from SMStationery recently. The best part? These item are very affordable! They range from P69.00 – P350.00 only (about $1.40 – $7).

Being a crafter and documenter, I’ve always been trying to share my passion for memory-keeping to more Cebuanos through my workshops and social media posts. Documenting your travels is a great way to start with memory-keeping using traveler’s notebooks.

 

Lately, documenting through traveler’ notebook is getting a lot of attention, what with all the beautiful leather and paper goods available. I have my fair share of leather traveler’s notebook I’ve purchased abroad and mind you, they can get very pricey.

 

I was over the moon excited to find some really gorgeous traveler’s notebooks at SM City Cebu at their Stationery department that  were fairly of good quality but nothing too pricey like those sold abroad. The staff at the SMStationery were so kind to help me with their selection of these leather goods.

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Their Stationery Department had this vast election of traveler’s notebooks at a very affordable price of not over P250.00. That pink one was my favorite from the loot.

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With no minimum purchase, you can have your items gift-wrapped for free. I went straight to their gift-wrapping section and had my gifts wrapped at no extra cost. How pretty are these gifts?

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Like all experienced travelers, you need tags for your luggage for easy identification. Still at the Stationery Department, I found thee really cute and inexpensive luggage tags which cost only P69-P99 only. I got a couple for future travels. You’ll know when this might come in handy  :)

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For those long layovers, headphones are definitely a must-have. I found this stylish but very functional headphones for only P349.75. They also had Christmas gift boxes near these headphones which fit perfectly for my gifts.

 

Here are some more goodies I found that I fell in love with right away. Because, succulents!

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They have gift wrappers and paper bags like this with really whimsical designs that you can also purchase for no-fuss-shove-it-all-in-the-bag gifts.

I hope this helps you to get something stylish yet functional for your globe-trotting friends and family members. Hurry and head on to SM City Cebu or any SM Stationery near you.

I’ll be sharing another #MarrylFinds here and on my Intagram account: marrylcrafts. Please also find me on our facebook groups: MarrylCrafts and ArtsandCraftsCommunityPhilippines.


Sharpie x Marryl Crafts Color Pop

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I have teamed up with Sharpie Philippines to bring you a free mini-workshop on the 23rd of October 2016, 5;00-5;30 PM at SM City Cebu North Atrium.

National Bookstore is bringing to Cebu the much-anticipated “Calligraphy and Color Fair” which brings together brands and artists to celebrate creativity on this two-day event ,  October 22-23, 2016.

Among the brands that will be highlighted is Sharpie Philippines. They will have a booth during this two-day event, displaying their latest collection of permanent markers.

On the 22nd of October, I will be doing some demos in the Sharpie booth, on really easy DIY projects like designing and Sharpie-dyed totes and shirts.

On Sunday, October 23, 2016, I’ll be up on stage for the actual demo from 5;00-5;30 PM . This will be a mini workshop and materials will be provided by our friends from Sharpie Philippines.

This is a very easy project and is a great bonding moment with friends and even children. This mini workshop is free so please do drop by and learn how easy it is to customize your totes and shirts using Sharpie markers.

Seats and materials will be limited so please come early.

Again, a big thank you to our sponsor, Sharpie Philippines for bringing this event to Cebu.

 

See you soon!


Get Ready for Crop and Plan 2016: A Creative Retreat 2 comments

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Do you use an agenda? A planner? Do you do journaling? Would you want to explore creative journaling and art journals? Would you like to meet other creatives in Cebu?

Join our community of Creatives in Central Visayas on the 9th of September 2016 for the second Planner Meet Cebu.

Now on our second year, this is more than just a planner meet. It will be a creative retreat to discover, connect and be inspired through planning and journaling. Anyone can join whether you have a planner or not as we hope to make this a “meaningful gathering” for all creatives.

Each participant will receive a goodie box from our kind sponsors to get them started into creative planning. Prizes will also be raffled off.

Like last year’s Crop and Plan event, we have limited slots as this will be an intimate gathering to have more opportunity to connect with each of the participants.

One of the activities will be a mini-workshop on flatlays and mobile photography. We will also do our Gallery Walk for each participant to share and be inspired with the creative planning and journaling from all attendees.

Registration is only P1, 299 which already includes food and drinks, retreat goodie box with surprises from our kind sponsors both local and international brands/craft stores.

We can’t wait to meet our creatives in the Visayas!

To secure a seat, please register here

See you soon!

 

p.s. If you’re a local brand, store or just want to support our community in Cebu, Philippines, and at the same time would like your brand to be promoted, we are still accepting sponsorships for our goodie box and raffle prizes. Please email us marrylcrafts@gmail.com

 


Calligraphy and Stamping on my Planner

 

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Sharing last week’s spread in my C&S Designs Back to Basics planner.

For those who are familiar with this planner, you might wonder why it’s not coiled. I actually took out the entire planner,uncoiled it and punched holes in it. Transferred the planner to my Macaron planner from FindingNana shop.

I love the paper quality of this planner and the vertical layout but I was having problems stamping and writing down my entries because the coil gets in the way. I had to figure out a way to do something about the coil.

I think hat solve the problem + the Back to Basics color scheme matches well with the Lavender Macaron planner.

Incorporating stamping and calligraphy in my planners and journals is always a lot of fun. Clear stamps are so versatile. You can change the theme and look of your layout just by changing the colors of your ink. Although acrylic inks are inexpensive, i still prefer the high-quality clear stamps referred to as  photopolymer stamps. They render very vivid stamped images giving you more bang for your buck as compared to your China-made acrylics.

This planner has different color schemes per month so I took March’ color theme and complimented it with tickers from Happie Scrappie. Her tickers are of really good quality sticker paper and the colors are vibrant. I must say, one of the best planner shops I know in as far as quality-made planner goodies.

These stickers had prompts like ‘note’, ‘today’, ‘remember’ etc. I just trimmed the sides as it was a wee bit long for the layout. This is a great way to use your scrap stickers.You can use strips of  stickers with no prints as headers or borders for your planners.

I think using stickers this way adds a pop of color,  just enough to compliment your planner’s color scheme, Not too all-over-the-place decorating which I prefer. But then again, it’s your planner and you can decorate it however you like.

I also used the stickers to do calligraphy on my planners. I think it’s a great way to avoid bleed throughs which happens a lot when you write on thin paper using brush or calligraphy pens. Game-changer :)

Calligraphy pens I used here are from Tombow (hard and soft tip), Zig Kuretake Cocoiro Letterpen in hard tip and the Zig Mangaka Flexible Fine.

All the stamped images are from my clear stamp line, Marryl Crafts. I figured  that since I already have colors from the stickers to the planner’s layout, going black on the stamping is always more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Now that school is over for the little lady and summer is here, I will hopefully have time to play with my planners and some much needed craft time. Crossing my fingers, you know mommy duties are 24/7. haha!

What are your plans for the summer?

 

 


Less is More

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This post is a bit of a novel, so please grab a cup of tea or coffee :)

First thing’s first. this is sort of a note to self post and may not apply to you. Just my personal discoveries with my #olw.

 

My one little word this year, “intentional’, has allowed me to discover so many opportunities and insights which I would never have paid much attention to. As a crafter, I have some craft supplies I’ve accumulated over the years. It gives me so much joy to be surrounded with pretty paper and tools. yes, I have a love affair with beautiful paper and pens.

I didn’t find anything wrong with it a few years back. But moving in to our tiny home, that’s where I started having problems with storage. When the husband evicted me from my then craft room which now is his study (filled with law books that seem to take a life of its own), my “collection” was all out in its glory for everyone to see. I’m a mess!

Part of being ‘intentional’ this year was to break free from that consumerism mindset of wanting it all. It’s a vicious cycle. Whether it’s craft supplies, pen, devices or what have you. Come to think of it, I wasn’t really a hoarder or didn’t want to think of myself as one until I read the book ‘the Magic of Tidying Up” and followed her advise to declutter by category, not by location. You will have to gather one category, say clothes, all of them on the floor so you’ll see how much clothes you have accumulated.

The hardest category for me  are my craft supplies. Last December, I mustered all the strength I could gather and collected all my craft supplies. Propped all of them on the floor and that was it for me! There were just way too many scraps of paper, old projects, unfinished projects, tools I had never opened, pencils, etc. I placed them all in boxes and worked on it per box. It was easier and less stressful that way than one go. Slow woman takes forever!

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It’s amazing what a simple action can make you realize. It’s not anymore in line with my goals to hoard supplies just because they’re new or everyone is raving about it. That’s how I ended up with boxes of craft supplies and half of it I wondered why I purchased or had them. I threw away bags of those that were not really my style or really outdated. Yes, tossed them. If I  would have kept them for one minute for a future destash or share those really old paper pads, I would have found a reason to keep them. It’s a downward spiral from there. So, yes toss them as quickly as possible.

As of this writing, I have finished box no. 2. Still a lot of sorting. I haven’t even proceeded with arranging them in storage. I’m still a work in progress. I still buy supplies every so often but now I’m learning to buy when I run out of supplies of pretty paper and more importantly I look at the quality.

In Mari Kondo’s book, she mentions about keeping only things that spark joy to you. I guess that helped me— and really asking yourself what do you want to be. As a crafter and a homemaker, hoarding was not in my list anymore. But that doesn’t mean I will stop buying. That will be impossible as I need a creative outlet everyday. Beautiful paper and pens will always put a smile on my face. It’s more of asking myself if it’s in my design preference and if the quality is good.

At the end of the day, it’s really looking at the end in mind. I don’t want to be surrounded by too much stuff but a few best finds would sound good.  Those that really spark joy.

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I wrote those quotes with Zig Cocoiro Letter Pen in Brush Tip and Zig Kuretake Brush Writer. They’re my personal favorites. Feel free to print those quotes. They’re just simple brush calligraphy but those  quotes speak so much of my truth. Run them in your MINC machine for that extra shine.

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I realized that it’s not about how much stuff I have but more importantly, what I can create with it. My challenge is to ‘create more and consume less.’ I can do this.

 

What about you? Where has your one little word taken you?

 

 

 


Creative Planning with Minimal Supplies 2 comments

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Planning has been one of my creative outlets especially when time does not permit me to do crafts that i truly enjoy like scrapbooking, felt crafts, jewelry-making, paper flowers and so much more. Creative Planning is sort of my on-the-go creative outlet. There’s really no right or wrong way of doing it. I think it’s more of a personal expression and whatever style works for you.

Today, I want to share how you can do a quick creative planning even with just a few planner goodies.

This is my Getfiled camper planner that I use as our family planner. Most of my days are filled with mommy duties and my small business. That actually leaves me with little time to do creative planning and crafts. But I still manage to squeeze a little time doing those because I need that outlet, everyday. How do I find time? I try to make it functional, most days it’s just minimal decorating but always fun! Apart from it’s primary purpose to write your agenda, I actually do it for the process. Writing down my thoughts and plans is my therapy as much as it serves its purpose. They say there is power in writing down your thoughts. The husband and the little lady thinks I need to write it down or it won’t happen. Forgetful woman, haha!

I used to go crazy with my planner stamping last year and use tons of inks in different colors. Come to think of it, it was too festive for my taste. More like, all over the place, haha!

Lately, I find myself streamlining my decorating a bit. Blame it on the Konmari method or probably reading too much design books. I kind of slowly eased to my design preference I think: clean, functional but always fun design elements. With that in mind, you can still get creative with your decorating even if you only have a few colors of inks in your stash. Here, I’m using only three colors of inks: Versafine Onyx Black which is my go-to ink for texts or stamps with tiny details, Versamagic Pink Grapefruit and Sea Breeze.

Instead of using washi tape for borders, I like using stamps to have control on the color and size. Using a few colors actually allows you to have a visually appealing layout. It looks more ‘put-together’, aesthetically. So don’t worry if you only have a few inks in your stash. You can still do creative planning sans the hoarding tendencies. (guilty*).

I hope you are inspired to get creative with your journaling and planning even with minimal supplies.

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Stamps used are from Mommy Lhey, LoveCynthia and my designs from Marryl Crafts.

Those cute paperclips are handmade by my friend kay of  BitstoPieces. Use code MARRYLCRAFTS to get a discount when you purchase from her shop on Etsy.

Itty bitty stamp clock is from my shop here.