I’m Giving Away a Brand New Mint Cuttlebug!

 

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It’s so good to be back and blogging. It’s been ages and just so happy to be back.

And what a way to welcome you back to my blog with this amazing GIVEAWAY!

Been hiding this under my sleeves for a couple of months now.  I’m just over the moon excited and finally I get to share this today. To celebrate the launching of The Happy Station, (new name but the same amazing people who brought us the Cricut products in the Philippines), I’ve teamed up with them to give away a brand new mint Cuttlebug machine to one lucky follower on my Instagram or facebook account.

It’s really easy to join. Just follow me on Instagram at marrylcrafts, and look for this photo with the hashtag  TheHappyStationXMarrylCrafts.

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For bonus entries, follow me on facebook/MarrylCrafts, and tag your friends when you repost.

This giveaway will run from October 17th, 2017 to October 25th, 2017. We will choose a random winner  from among all the entries both on Instagram and Facebook. Winner will be announced on the 27th. This is open to Philippine residents only.

So hurry and go to my Instagram account to join. Good luck!


Top 5 on my Back-to-School Shopping List

It’s the end of May and that only means it’s back-to-school for the little lady in less than a month. One of the things I look forward to is shopping for school and office supplies. Now that she’s nine year old and loves stationery, we get to shop for school supplies together. So off we went to SM City Cebu.

Apart from the usual pencils and papers, I’ve rounded up these five organization items that should be on your desks this coming school year or for your home office. #MarrylFinds

  1. Pen Cases or Pouches

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Not just plain and boring pen cases but pretty ones with fun designs like these. I gravitate towards designs that have muted tones or geometric patterns. But those with colorful and playful designs are too cute to resist says the little lady. We got these pen pouches from SM Stationery Department at SM City Cebu. I love the variety of pouches they have and surprisingly they were very affordable. Some were made of canvas, plastic and fabric so you have plenty of options.

 

       2. Planners

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Whether you use it as your agenda, goal-setting or just to-do lists, everyone needs a planner as part of your organization and planning tools. I enjoy both functional and creative planning. Personally, I don’t think you need very expensive planners if you want to do either kind but I think it always begins with good quality paper. I found these really cute planners at SM Stationery that has beautiful paper, perfect for both creative or functional planning. My little one seems to have caught the planner bug too. She has one of these planners that we bought from SM Stationery Department.

3. Notebooks

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One can never have too many notebooks. I found these pretty sturdy spiral notebooks. They have these designs of calligraphy pens on them and I am sold. They even have plastic tabs that will allow you to divide your notebook by sections. The paper quality is great too.

4. Organizer Trays

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One of the items from the SM Stationery department that I always look for are these plastic organizer trays. They come in different sizes and colors. What I like about these organizers is that they are transparent and stackable. Perfect to organize both your home and school supplies. As a crafter, these are great for my cube inks, blending tools or stamps. It’s easy for me to find my supplies because I can color-code according to the supplies I have. Here, my daughter organizes her little collection of highlighters, sticky notes and page markers.

5. Travel Bag / Make-up Organizer

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Some refer to it as toiletries organizer, others use it for make-up. I found these at SM Stationery in different designs. I thought it was perfect to hold my daughter’s hygiene kit which includes a face towel, extra shirt, underwear, wet wipes, etc. The size is small enough to tuck inside one of her school bag’s pocket. She can just take out the whole bag and put everything back, all in one bag. They come in different fun designs and very affordable too.

Those are my top 5 items on my back-to-school shopping list this school year.

Whether you’re a mom with school-age children or a crafter who needs to replenish your craft supplies (or both), I think it’s imperative that we organize our supplies to (keep our sanity)er,  keep things in order. Any crafter knows that “out of sight, out of mind” cliche just speaks the truth. If you don’t see it, you tend to forget about it.

These organization and planning tools are a must-have for our home office or just to make this coming school year fun for our little ones.

*all items on this list were from SM Stationery Department, Lower Ground Floor at SM City Cebu.


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?