Paper Crafts

Valentine’s Day Tag with Paper Flowers


Hi friends! It’s great to be back creating what I love — paper flowers!

For Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d give the husband a tag album. The tags inside had love notes and why I am so grateful to have him. The cover tag had some itty bitty paper flower embellishments and some calligraphy. I prefer using the pointed pen but my supplies are still in the boxes (transferring my supplies takes a village and a year, Tee Hee!), so the brush pen it is. This cardstock was quite textured so the ink bleeds too much. No big deal though :) The husband doesn’t mind.

But I enjoyed thoroughly creating these tiny roses. Quite challenging especially when you ink the edges, but never daunting. Always fun!

The cardstocks I used to create the flowers were from IFEX. You can check their website here  and check out their paper products. I got mine from National Bookstore.  Find the packaging with the label that says ‘Worx’. This is 200 GSM in cream.

I love working with cream paper because you can always ink the paper using your favorite markers, watercolor or inks and it gives you a very beautiful hue and life-like colors to your flowers. Here I’m using distress inks from Tim Holtz. I used Picked Raspberry and Peacock feathers.

I also used my Cuttlebug from The Happy Station to cut the tiny petals. It makes my life so much easier! You can always cut your petals using scissors but the intricate details to this beautiful die from Tim Holtz just makes a whole lot of difference.  Please visit their website here to purchase yourown Cuttlebug. It’s a really good investment.

I think they came out really pretty, don’t you think?

You can always experiment with whatever supplies you have but choose the right cardstock. I always say this in my workshops, ‘it always begins and ends with beautiful paper.’

Incidentally, I will have a paper crafts demo on the 11th of March, 2018 at Ayala Center Cebu for the Stationery and Art Fair presented by IFEX. Please join me as I share some paper crafts projects using the cardstocks from IFEX. I will also bring my cuttlebug so you guys can see how it works.

I’m over the moon excited because they will also launch the Paper Bar at National Bookstore!

Do you know what that means? More cardstocks readily available for Cebuanos! (happy dance!). More gorgeous paper = more paper crafts!

Happy days are here, Cebu!

See you!



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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


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



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


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


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


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.

Gift-wrapping Idea Using Tone-on-Tone Stamping


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.


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.

Stacking Gifts + Paper Flowers

imageIt’s three more days before we celebrate Valentine’s day 2016. I’ve been creating something special for the husband and the little lady. I’ve been procrastinating (as always) but in a good way. I’m not really stressing too much about making it perfect but just really enjoying my time to think of something special to give. I’ve been pretty busy with the mini album and I think that’s probably the best little gift I can give them. Sharing more about that mini in the next post.


Meantime, I bought my gifts for them and thinking of wrapping my gifts using some of my unused wrapping paper. Truth be told, whenever I go to bookstores or stores that have wrapping papers, I kind of buy them when they call to me. Yes. When I see gorgeous patterns, even when there’s no present to wrap, I buy them in a heartbeat. So when I started KonMari-ing the house last year, I found wrapping papers that were more than a year old! I know but I have stopped. I’ve repurposed some of them, tossed half of it, and kept only a handful. This yellow stripes had to stay.

Because yellow!

imageYesterday at National bookstore, I saw lots of gifts being wrapped and there were so many stacked together with this gorgeous white and gold damask wrapping paper and then tied in a golden yellow ribbon. I was so in love with the paper but I had vowed not to buy any unless I ran out of papers. So I went home not buying any. Hooray!

I love the look of stacked gifts as they add a bit of dimension and height vis-a-vis one-layered boxes.

Today, I took out my wrapping papers and this yellow stripes just screams pretty. Nothing red and Valentine’s about it but that’s the whole idea. Find whatever you have at home and repurpose or recycle some lightweight cardstock or even a plain white paper would be perfect!

Sure, adding your usual ribbon or bow always makes a gift look beautiful. But at times it’s too predictable, not to mention, expensive.   Consider using ephemera or even tags, whatever you’ll find in your stash to compliment the color of your wrapping paper.  I took out some embellishments I made like this pretty layered rose and some Project Life cards. Those journaling cards with gold foil accents were just perfect to add a little shine and pop of color.

I also found the oversized paper flower I made a couple of weeks ago. I was about to toss this to the trash as the center/stamen just drove me crazy. The bud was too closed and I had wanted a more open or cabbage rose of some sort. So I took out the bud and added my light pink felt rose. If you look closely, you’ll notice it’s a different material from the paper flower. I think it worked well. Tied the stacked gifts with jute twine and added my handmade paper flower.

What do you guys think?

I hope I’ve inspired you to use your scraps of paper, Project Life cards, paper flowers and other embellishments to make wrapping presents extra special. Show your love to someone you hold dear with something inexpensive but definitely unique and pretty.




The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Holiday Launch: Brewing Stories and Giving Flavorfully


Now back to our daily routines. Back to creating some new designs for my Clear Stamp line. I had been itching on finishing the new designs. I had left some designs for final editing and now after two months, I wanted to add more details. Back to the drawing board it is. I browsed through my  notes and doodles and while leafing through the pages of my planner, particularly the Bucket List Page, I can’t help feeling so much gratefulness and joy while reading through my entries I wrote at the beginning of the year. I wrote some important Life Lists and things I wanted to accomplish this 2015. Among those was a wild and BIG dream of creating my own line of clear stamps made in the US. I had no idea how I was going to realize that little dream but I just had to write it down on paper. I’ve been crafting for so many years and one of the biggest dreams any crafter in the world would want is to have their very own line of craft products sold worldwide. Not handmade creations because every crafter has tons of DIY or handmade projects, but a real high quality product with your name on it. It was too far-fetched but I kept writing them down, tirelessly.  I realized how such short a time things change and your perspective changes. That, and some significant milestones I wrote down on the planner.

Such is my love affair with planners and journals. They’re not just notebooks nor paper. To me, they hold a very special key to one’s passion and purpose. Ha! My writing is getting melancholic probably because of the rain, pouring out the window as I write this. My apologies.

I’ve been on the lookout for new planners and journals I’ll be using this coming new year. I’m eyeing a couple but have yet to make up my mind. Lo! and behold, I got invited to the launching of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s Holiday Launch of their Giving Journal (The universe conspires!).

The little lady in tow, I arrived at the venue and it was a fullhouse. I was greeted by a presentation and listened to stories. The tone was set. I knew it was going to be a wonderful day.

The activity that followed was what got the crowd engaged. We were treated to a mini-workshop on basic watercolor and brush calligraphy led by Earl Tawny Hisoler. I met her at the first Pen Meet Cebu a few months back. She did a pretty good job considering it was her first workshop. I know the feeling. Years back when I did my first Craft workshop, I was a nervouse wreck :)

It’s so nice to see more and more Cebuanos embracing and celebrating creativity. This activity was a hit considering that calligraphy is making a huge comeback.


I was fortunate to have been seated with the happy bunch, friends from the media and one I worked at SunStar years ago. I enjoyed doing the drills. It’s really different practicing with other people around you than doing it at home. So much happy energy around you makes it very engaging. We managed to finish the drills and wrote our ‘power’ words. Not! I did manage to write this phrase down on the watercolor paper Earl provided. I took out my phone, snapped a photo and managed to quickly digitize my work. Pretty raw but this was what I wrote: Write your story.

imageSo much fun yet so little time. The much-awaited journals were presented and I was all ears.


The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® hopes to give flavorfully this season in ways that warm the soul as much as the body. As a way to encourage its community to brew their best years, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® released a new edition of The Giving Journal. It is a journal designed to inspire each individual to pursue their passions and find meaning and fulfillment in everyday moments, while at the same time providing them with the opportunities to give back by helping others.

It is the tradition of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® to give back to the community, and it has partnered with Real LIFE foundation, the Giving Journal’s beneficiary, to fulfill this tradition by supporting the educational needs of the less fortunate. To date, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has already sponsored 38 university scholars since 2011 – giving them the chance to fulfill their dreams, help their families, and improve their prospects for a brighter future. At present, the brand is proud to share that 13 of the sponsored scholars have already graduated. Evidently, The Giving Journal is certainly not your ordinary planner; it is a gift where the joy of giving and receiving it lasts well past the holiday season.


imageOne of my favorite features on this journal is the Vision List. It has sections for Personal Goals, Financial, Career, Health, Self-development and even Giving Goals. That’s something special about this journal. I wanted to personalize this page as all goals are just dreams if you have no action plans. So I took out the “Joyful Planning” stamp set that I designed specifically for planners and journals, and stamped a banner on each category just to highlight the words. I used Versamagic chalk inks. I stamped the words “Action Plan” on each of the banners. Also, added some itty bitty heart bullets for my entries. This tiny heart stamp is still in the “Joyful Planning” set. No bleed-through. This journal has great paper quality. That’s something every planner / journal enthusiast looks for. I’ll be sharing more about how I personalize this journal in future posts.


Start collecting your stamps now at any Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf cafe and score these gorgeous Giving Journals. Part of the proceeds of these journals go to Real Life Foundation. That’s what got me sold. Pursuing your passion and giving back to the community. Big love!



In case you’re wondering, I just added the embellishments and tag in my journal because I love all things pretty and planner goodies are up there on my list. Tee! Hee!  That t tag with the roses are actually stamped images using my “Happy Day” clear stamp set. This set is the first one I designed which features stamp-layering. So proud of this set and I’m still discovering new ways to use it. If you’re interested to try stamp-layering or have not tried stamping, please check our clear stamp designs. It’s available also through for our friends in the US. they ship worldwide.

Of Paper Bows and Making Memories


I’m sorry I’ve been MIA the past weeks. My in-laws are home for a month’s vacation. We’ve been pretty busy making memories together, and that’s a good reason to be MIA, right? We took a short vacation in this beautiful resort. So many firsts for me and the little lady. We went swimming during the day. A sun-kissed complexion is really a nice way of putting it. More like sun-burned! But the memories and the time spent together is all worth it. When I’m older and the sun-spots get darker then I’ll blame myself for basking in the sun all day, haha!



It’s a joy being able to make a conscious effort to really ‘make time’  with people we hold dear. My family and in-laws are home only once a year and we always cherish the time we spend together. We practically do the same things together like doing the grocery, going to church, running errands and even reading and eating our favorite food. We are blessed to have this family time. The little lady is enjoying the time learning to play the piano/organ with Lola (GrandMa) and playing ‘tickle me’ Lolo (GrandPa).

I hardly have time to craft as we’re always out. I get to run errands and ship orders.  All I do is pack once a week then off to errands and meeting relatives. This will go on for a couple more weeks. It’s really this time of the year when the  crafting takes a backseat. But it’s a good thing to take time off from what I usually do and make time for what truly matters. However, I was able to squeeze in a few minutes last week to do some paper crafts which I’m sharing with some planner friends in Manila for their Planner Party. I think I finished 20 only though.


I made some paper bow clips, just a little something for these ladies in Manila who will have their Planner party come 24th October, 2015. I really enjoy making handmade gifts and giving them away. Over the years, I have come to appreciate those who take their time to create something with their hands. It’s not so much what the gift is but the time that person has taken to create that gift. The same holds true about brands and small businesses and the stories behind these businesses. That has a special place in my heart because like me, I’m a homemaker and that’s my priority. But I’m also trying to keep that balance and pursuing my creative passion.


There’s something about itty bitty glassine bags and putting goodies in it that I enjoy so much.


I also made these layered paper flowers I’ll use to embellish my mini album. I just love this die from Maggie Holmes! I got inspired to make more of these pretties when I received the good news last week that I won in her recent Giveaway – a $100 gift card from Eeep! I thought I’d share what my winning comment was on what inspires me: Women and their stories, that inspires me. Being a homemaker, I share the sentiments of women who keep a balance between family and pursuing their creative passion.”  Click here for the post on Maggie’s blog.


I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend, making memories with your loved ones.

DIY Embellishments using Marryl Stamps 1

Summer is over in my side of the world. My brother came home for a vacation and we had so many wonderful times together, making memories especially with the little lady. Oh how she adores him! The two would go to the playground in the late afternoons and she would tell her friends about her Uncle who was a computer scientist. That’s how she would call him :) We went on food trips, he was a foodie like us. We went to family gatherings, short vacations, swimming…there was always great conversations and moments worth keeping. I couldn’t wait to do our Summer 2015 album.

Finally, I found time last week to visit a photolab and printed our summer 2015 pictures. I don’t have a pocket printer because I find it more economical to print tons of pictures in a studio (or I may be wrong).  I’m still on the fence if I should get a pocket printer. I don’t know which ones in the market are good. I hear a lot of good things about the Fuji Instax Share and the LG Pocket printer. What are your thoughts?

Anyways, I’ve started working on the first few pages of my album last week. I’m loving this size of the We R Memory Keepers 4×4 Instagram album. It’s not too daunting for me compared to my 12 x 12’s and I can easily slip pictures into the page protectors without worrying too much about how my layout looks. In fact, I can squeeze in a little bit of layout design even with this tiny size.

Today, I’d like to share with you how I used some stamps from my  Heartstrings clear stamp set to make your own embellishment or ephemera. When I designed my first stamp set, I didn’t just have planners in mind. Although many thought it was solely intended for planners because of the size. When I was working on the designs, I wanted to be able to use it for  different craft projects I am passionate about. Memory-keeping (Project Life) was on top of my list.

Here’s one simple and quick project you can do using my “Heartstrings’ stamp set to make your own embellishment for memory-keeping or your planners.

imageI took my scraps of cardstock from Heidi Swapp’s My Favorite things 6×6 paper pad and stamped Beautiful on to paper. For those who are not familiar, the words at the bottom 2 rows in this stamp set are in my handwriting :)  I love including handwritten sentiments in the stamp set especially those positive words that I use on my planner or on other craft projects.

Here I used Versafine Smokey Gray and Onyx Black inks.

imageI also used the Love round stamp  using Versamagic Persimmon, Versamagic Java, Versafine Smokey Gray and Onyx Black inks onto cardstocks. I love how the different colors of the ink and paper gives it very varying results. My favorite is when it’s stamped on this turqouise paper and using the Versamgic Persimmon ink. It looks a little distressed or rustic.

imageI used a 1/2 inch punch to cut the love stamped image. The size of the punch is perfect for the inner circle of the stamped image. I hand-cut the words beautiful.


I took a small piece of paper , inked the edges and used it as a photo mat.

imageI took a small piece of paper, punched one side to be added as a layer for the layout. I then took the stamped words and did simple layering on one side of the layout. Surprisingly, I had a lot of fun making this layout despite the tiny size.. The different ink colors, papers and simple overlapping of the stamped and punched-out sentiments tied all of it together because of the colors. It probably would have looked differently had I used too much bright ink colors. I may have used scraps of paper but it was from the same paper pad collection so I guess I need to keep that in mind when doing this DIY embellishments. You could also ink the edges of the all the embellishments if you want a more distressed look.

imageimageSo here’s my simple DIY embellishment/ephemera using some of my stamps. I hope you’ll try doing this simple project and share your pictures. Please give me a link back so I can see your project.


Big love,


DIY Personalized Tissue Paper



I’ve shipped out all the “Heartstrings” stamps for the first batch of orders and I thought I’d share how I packaged them. It was a very simple packaging that I did myself but lots of love and DIY went into every little package. I made a simple thank you card and had a little fun adding texture to the paper and embossed the edges. Unnoticeable to most people, but not to me :) Because they say ‘love is in the details.’



imageA great way to personalize wrapping your gifts is to use clear stamps and design/decorate your tissue paper. Featured here are stamps from my “Heartstrings” clear stamp set.

I took some white gift-wrapping tissue and stamped my “happy mail” stamp all over the tissue paper. I tried stamping on both the glossy side and the matte side of the paper. Both sides took on the stamped images quite well. but I prefer the glossy side as it takes on crisper images of the stamps. I used Versamagic inks and it really looks pretty good. These inks have great coverage and gives me crisp images. Below is a close up of how my stamped images look on the tissue paper. You can still read the word ‘happy’ which is pretty tiny on the stamp.

imageIf you’re not familiar with this stamp, the happy mail stamp is part of my ‘Heartstrings” Clear Stamp set that I designed (my very first set!) and is meant for planners as well as different craft projects. I’m showing here how you can use it to personalize a gift-wrapping tissue paper. I used muted tones here but you can experiment with bolder or brighter shades of the Versamgic inks. I’ve also used Versafine and they render very crisp images of the stamps.imageSO that’s how my stamps were packaged using my DIY personalized tissue paper. I hope you try doing this quick and simple project using my stamps. Please give me a ping back so I can see your work.

p.s. The “Heartstrings” stamp set have sold out but if you’re from the Philippines and wish to pre-order, please email us, your name and city and we’ll contact you as soon as the next batch of orders arrive. For those outside the Philippines, thank you very much for your support and patience. We have received all your queries, emails and messages on Instagram and Facebook. Just warms my heart to know you find our stamps adorable!

We are trying to get a reseller in the US to help us distribute the “Heartstrings” stamp set and make it available for everybody. We’re working to arrange this very soon for all of you. Again, we thank you for your encouragement and support.

This has my heart!




June 2015 at a Glance


imageMay went by so fast but it was such an amazing month for me and the entire family. May had a lot of firsts for me including the release of my first stamp set that I designed. We also got to spend a lot of time with my brother who came home to the Philippines for a vacation. Nothing beats spending quality time with the family.

Before you know it, June is here! June means back-to-school for the little lady. Yes, in my side of the world (in the Philippines) school starts in June and ends in March.

Here’s a quick look at my first week on my Heidi Swapp Memory Planner’s June at a Glance.

I did some back-to-school shopping on the first day. Here I used my shopping bag stamp. This stamp was a simple doodle I did last March which is now one of stamps in my ‘Heartstrings” stamp set. When I go shopping, it almost always makes me happy (go figure), even grocery shopping! so I just had to add that smiling face in there. June 2nd was the first day to ship the first batch of orders for the stamps. I stamped the “happy mail” to remind me of that special day in June. I was smiling from ear-to-ear, packing and shipping my own clear stamp set! Oh happy day!

There are 2 sets of hearts in the set. The bigger heart can be used to decorate or add a heart embellishment on your planner or project. Here, I used it as a background for June 3rd just to make a written sentiment or reminder pop.

There are also sentiments (in my handwriting) in my stamp set. The word ‘today’ is stamped on June 4th. It was a little reminder for me and I just like mixing both stamped doodles and words. I think it looks pretty and looks like handwritten but it’s actually stamped.

imageOn the other side of the page, I used the hot air balloon stamp to decorate the top which was bare. I colored it using Uniball pink pen. It starts out wet which looks like paint but dries out quickly. I also stamped the word ‘Grateful’ (in my handwriting) because I had every reason to thank everyone who encouraged and supported me with my first stamp set that I designed. I sold out in 5 or 6 days!

I have two chibi girls in my stamp set and this one stamped on June 6th with smiling eyes is the one I use when I’m excited about something or feeling the love. :) I filled the tiny bow with pink ink from the same Uniball pink pen.

On the right, I stamped the word Focus, still from my stamp set, so I can write down things I need to work on for the month of June. I used Versafine Onyx Black in all the stamped images shown here. Those were just a few of the stamps in my ‘Heartstrings’ stamp set and some ideas how you can use them on a planner. I’ll be sharing more ideas on how I use them in other projects.


As mentioned, the stamps have been sold out. But we’re doing a pre-order for all my friends in the Philippines. Please email us with your name and city. For those of you from other countries who’ve been asking how to purchase my stamps, please bear with me as I am finding a way to get a reseller in the US. I hope we can arrange that very soon.