Stationery Haul from BeeHappy Crafts

Shopping is a major weakness of mine, and it was almost inevitable that I would find BeeHappy Crafts irresistible. They have such a large selection of crafty things, and they have not neglected the stationery lovers. Here’s what I got for my first order.

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Washi tapes and stickers are a no-brainer, and I am quite happy with my finds. In addition I got an Amy Tangerine clear stamp set, mostly because I wanted a stamp of a world map. I also took this opportunity to get two sets of postcards and finally try out a Distress Stain (shade name is Brushed Corduroy). I finally bit the bullet when I saw that the map stamp was about to run out of stock. Ironically, that stamp set is the only one I have yet to use in this haul!

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At the end of the same month, I could not help but get yet another order. Again, it was because my target stamp set was about to run out of stock, and in this case it was the Bo Bunny postage clear stamp set. While I was making the order anyway, I also got this Kelly Purkey Coffee and Donuts rubber stamp set, which I had been eyeing for a long time now. I also got a second Distress Stain since I was really happy with the first; this one is called Weathered Wood. The tags and that cute little cow thing at the corner are freebies (I also got freebies from the first order, but I neglected to include it in the photo).

I’m really happy with BeeHappy (ha!), and it’s taking all my willpower to stop browsing the store again. There’s still a lot there that I want to buy!

 

Round Up: Traveler’s Notebook Haul

Over the past month or so I’ve been on a binge buying of most of the known local makers of traveler’s notebooks. Here is a round up of all of them in the order of acquisition, as well as a short comment on what I liked about each one. Clicking on the photos will take you to the individual haul posts with more photos of each TN.

Macata TN by CNPapercrafts

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The faux leather that they use for the Macata is the closest in stiffness and general feel to the Midori. Most Macatas are made naturally wide, and can hold a ton of inserts. It is a great affordable alternative and a good entry into the world of traveler’s notebooks.

 

Scarlet Dailydori by Planners and Journals

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The only maker offering true leather, and their leather is beautiful and soft. They come with first-rate inserts as well.

 

Dark Brown Notedori by NotedJournalPH

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Another good entry into traveler’s notebooks. The main difference with Macata is that they have a felt inside lining while Macata is more cloth-like.

 

Rouge Polkas Shutterdori by Shuttercreations.ph

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If leather or faux leather is not your cup of tea, then fabric might be the way to go. Shutterdori is the more affordable option, although the notebook is built to hold less inserts. They support a livelihood program for local women.

 

Clock Sewdori by Gav and Sav

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Another fabric TN, unique in their defined spine and the way their elastics are stringed. It is very sturdy, and comes in a variety of delightful designs. They are a special education (SPED) advocate.

 

Words TN by Aireescreates

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The only paper TN, but it is also such a work of art! Being paper makes it incredibly lightweight yet it is tear resistant. The TNs and the rest of Airees’ products are made with the help of artisans from Mindanao.

 

Quest Journal by Belle De Jour

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Comes in a really nice pastel pink color, and is similar to Macata and Notedori in terms of build. It is quite possibly the only one that will be readily available in big box stores such as Fully Booked.

Traveler’s Notebook Haul: Words TN by Aireescreates

Finally we come to the last installment of my traveler’s notebook buying rampage. This one is quite interesting because, well, you’ll see.

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This traveler’s notebook is made by a wonderful artist named Airees. She released her collection of traveler’s notebooks that features her own artwork on the cover called “Musings in Color”. In her own words she describes her TNs:

Made of our Philippine handmade paper from abaca & other indigenous fibers, it is tear-resistant, lightweight and eco-friendly. It becomes flexible as you use it.
I have always been an advocate of sustainability and buying locally to uplift the lives of our fellow Filipinos. As I embark on this creative journey, my dream of incorporating my love for color & journaling with our eco-friendly handmade paper has come true by coming up with these meaningful products lovingly-made by our talented local artisans.

I hope in my own little way, I am creating a ripple in supporting our homegrown artisans and emerging artists like me.

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Yes, this beautiful piece of art in the form of a traveler’s notebook is actually made of paper! It is indeed incredibly light, and is the lightest of all my TNs. It is also the only one I currently have that has edge stitching, which I absolutely love! As it is made of paper, it might not be fold-resistant, so any creases that is applied onto the cover will probably remain.

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Here is the cover in all its full-spread glory. This design is called “Words”, and is one of eight designs Airees has released in the Musings in Color collection. As you can see, the elastic closure is the traditional back installation like a Midori.

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The inside elastic is stringed similar to a Midori as well, except for the fact that there are two elastics installed already. This makes it a lot easier to put inserts in without having to get extra elastics to hold the inserts together. And check out that dark part near the edge of the inside. That is actually a full length pocket! This again makes this TN unique in my collection as this is my first that has this particular feature.

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The front inside cover is similarly constructed, and has another full-length pocket. The red elastic is really a great touch! The TN is constructed on the narrow side, so it can comfortably hold maybe 2-3 regular inserts without overhang. The Words traveler’s notebook costs Php350 and comes with two blank inserts, but I was able to get mine for a slightly lower price during the promo preorder period before she launched the shop.

Airees actually has a whole product range per design. She has a coin purse, a long wallet, an A6 journal, and a bigger 8.5″x5.5″ journal to match the traveler’s notebook. Check out the rest of her products on her Instagram, and also her shop.

Belle de Jour Quest Planner, Petit Planner, and Washi Tapes

Author’s note: I don’t usually do double posting on a day, but I thought this was worth publishing early for the benefit of people interested in buying these products while on sale.

This is actually an unexpected haul, but I got myself a few of Belle De Jour’s new paper products. I ordered these through their online store, which is currently having a sale that ends October 25!

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Specifically, I got the Quest Journal (left), the Petit Planner 2016 (top right), and their two washi tape sets (bottom right). First let’s talk about the Quest Journal.

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The Quest Journal is BDJ’s version of traveler’s notebook. It comes in only the regular size, and has two color options. I got myself this talc pink one (the other option is cool taupe), which comes with two inserts and a zip pocket/card holder insert. I thought this was a fair deal at the full price Php680, but is even better at the discounted price of Php500!

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The cover material is quite stiff and smells like paint. The inside is a brown felt material. As you can see here, the back is embossed with Viviamo’s logo. The arrangement of the inside elastic is similar to that of Midori, but the outside closure is a spine closure. The elastics are black, and the holes do not have eyelets.

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As I said, it comes with two inserts (one blank, one grid) with kraft covers. The paper quality seems a tad better than printer paper, but I have not yet personally written on it to really evaluate properly. The zip pocket/card holder insert seems fairly sturdy, but made rather on the narrow side. It can probably wrap around only one insert at best. The cover itself is made on the wide side, so I expect it can hold maybe four inserts quite comfortably.

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The Petit Planner 2016 is an adorable little notebook in A6 size. If you are familiar with the Hobonichi Techo, then the Petit Planner is exactly the size and thickness of the A6 Techo. The main differences of course are that this is regular BDJ planner paper (Techo has Tomoe River paper) and this is a weekly planner (Techo is daily). The regular price of the Petit Planner is at Php320 which is pretty fair, but is even better at the discounted price of Php250.

I made a gallery of the inside pages in case you want to know what’s in there. Make sure to click and scroll for a bigger view, and read the captions for my comments!

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Lastly I got myself all the washi tapes that Belle De Jour released. The regular price of these are Php100 for the set of two at the bottom, and Php 150 for the set of three at the top. The discounted prices are Php50 and Php75 respectively, which is a steal! It ends up at Php25 per roll!

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The quality is surprisingly nice for such an affordable washi tape. They are 15mm in width and 5 meters in length. Really, it’s not bad even at full price! The designs are pretty cute too, and my favorite turns out to be the one with the birds.

There you go! I hope you got a lot more insight into the new offerings of Belle De Jour. If you want to avail of the discount, hurry over to their shop and buy now! Remember, the sale ends October 25.

Disclaimer: All products were bought with my own money.

Traveler’s Notebook Haul: Clock Sewdori by Gav and Sav

In yet another installment of this crazy series of traveler’s notebook buying, I present to you my second fabric TN. This one is made by Gav and Sav.

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This is a regular sized traveler’s notebook, and is unique among those I have because of the pronounced spine. To be honest, at first I thought I wouldn’t like having a spine, but now that I’m actually using it I feel like it’s quite natural! When the notebook is completely full, it feels just like having a book!

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This traveler’s notebook is constructed uniquely in several ways. The first one is of course the pronounced and sectioned spine. The second is the way the elastic closure is arranged.

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Unlike most traveler’s notebooks, the Gav and Sav sewdori uses two flat elastics anchored in the front cover. There is an eyelet punched through here, where the elastics are threaded and where the key charm is attached. This way, the elastics actually go around the notebook front-to-back, instead of side-to-side (spine closures) or back-to-front (Midori style closures).

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Here is a view of the inside fabric. It is a beautiful green shade. I neglected to mention that both the front and the back fabrics feel really heavy duty, and there is some stiff interfacing sandwiched between them so that the form of the notebook is intact. It is stiff, pliable, but I think not foldable or rollable (today is invent-a-word day, did you know?). Here you will see the back part of the elastic closure, where the eyelet is quite visible. There is also a view of the spine eyelets, arranged in the Midori fashion. However, since there is also two elastics here, there are automatically two elastics on which to install inserts without needing extra elastics.

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Lastly, the notebook comes with two bookmarks that end in cute little charms. Going with the front charm, I chose lock and key charms for the bookmarks. They are super adorable!

Gav and Sav does not only sell traveler’s notebooks. As you can see, my order was actually a massive one! I got myself a big tote bag, two pouches, a passport holder (not a traveler’s notebook), and a pen roll, all in that same adorable cat print. #catlady in the house, yo. Unfortunately Lara (my wonderful and lovely Gav and Sav contact, and I suspect the maker of these items!) had run out of this fabric and could not make me a matching traveler’s notebook. I am first in line though once she restocks!

Overall I am very very happy with my Clock Sewdori, even if it’s not my first choice of fabric print. I love clocks and this has a nice vintage-y feel to it, and the charms are really adorable! This is a good choice of traveler’s notebook especially for vegans, since this is fabric and not leather. It feels very durable, and can take rough handling (which is my default!). This TN costs Php850 with three inserts.

Would you like to check out Gav and Sav’s traveler’s notebooks and other items? Head on over to their Instagram!

Traveler’s Notebook Haul: Shutterdori by Shuttercreations.ph

To start with, I did not actually purchase this traveler’s notebook from Shuttercreations directly. I bought this secondhand off one of the Facebook planner groups for a reasonable price of Php500. This price paid for the cover, two grid inserts, and two card holders. Let me first show you the cover.

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This red polka dot pattern is called the Rouge Polkas. It is my first traveler’s notebook made of fabric. It is not floppy at all as there seems to be an interfacing material in between the inside and outside fabrics.

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This traveler’s notebook has a spine closure, which is actually preferable to a back-closure. Strangely enough, only the spine closure has an eyelet while the other four holes are left bare.

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The inside of the cover is the same polka dot pattern but in blue. The contrast is lovely. The arrangement of the elastic holes is similar to that of Midori’s. The size is roughly the same as well, meaning it can probably comfortably take only three inserts.

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As I mentioned earlier, this set came with a pair of grid notebooks (with rounded corners) and a pair of card holders. The notebooks seem a little beat up, even if unused. The card holders (12 slots each) are quite pristine.

I feel fairly lucky to have scored this particular Shutterdori. I love red and this red-and-white polka dot is quite lovely and would have been the pattern I’d have chosen if I bought brand new. Shuttercreations is currently on a temporary hiatus, so I would not have been able to get a brand new one at the moment even if I wanted to. The deal was pretty sweet, as the brand new price of a Tall Minimal Traveler such as this Rouge Polkas is at Php339. The cover seems well maintained for a second hand item. The addition of the two card holders made the price quite worth it!

As I said, Shuttercreations is on hiatus, but you can still check out their items on their Instagram feed.

Traveler’s Notebook Haul: Notedori by NotedJournalPh

I had the opportunity to trade some of my underutilized paper items for a regular sized Notedori with V of NotedjournalPh. I’ve always wanted to try a Notedori as well, and it had sat in my wishlist for quite some time. It arrived neatly packaged with the signature Noted logo and the cute paper ribbon.

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I got the dark brown regular size Notedori, which is really quite dark to be almost black. It is a very classy color and looks very professional. The Notedori comes with a strip of leather of a contrasting color on the elastic closure, as well as a cute little charm. It also came with a few blank inserts also packaged similarly.

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I also recently got myself a bit of bright pink elastic, and I thought it goes really well with my dark brown Notedori. I swapped out the original brown closing elastic for a pink one, and attached one of my favorite charms. I also installed my Tali-Ti-Amianan tassel on the spine. I like how suddenly it has a lot of personality!

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The regular size is a bit wide, and can take around 4 or 5 inserts. I have here three regular size inserts and a couple of folder and envelope inserts, and there is barely any overhang. I’d like to note here that the corners are not rounded.

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The inside of the cover is a felt-like material. It looks like it’s not the same one as the front of the cover and that it has been adhered together. It’s very difficult to tell though, and it’s barely noticeable. The cover is on the stiff side, not at all floppy.

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The eyelets are also very well set. There is absolutely no snagging. It’s also not very difficult to restring, and eventually I decided to restring the inside elastics as well with the same bright pink one I used for the outside elastic.

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I am very pleased with my regular size dark brown Notedori. If I’m not mistaken, the regular size is valued at Php480, and it comes with inserts. Want your own Notedori? Check out their Instagram page!

Haul: Macata Traveler’s Notebooks from CN Papercrafts

If you follow me on Instagram, you might already have seen these. A few weeks ago I took up an offer for a swap from one of the owners of CN Papercrafts. She wanted a set of pens and calligraphy supplies in return for a couple of their traveler’s notebooks, which they call Macata. The swap extended into more pens for even more Macata TNs, and now here we are! Meet my four new Macata traveler’s notebooks.

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I got four TN covers in total: a Tan and a Bone in regular size, a Navy Blue in personal size, and a Navy Blue in passport size.

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Read on for more photos of my TN haul!

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Colourpop Haul and Swatches

The brand Colourpop has been recently taking the beauty world by storm. With 5-dollar products it’s really hard to say no. I jumped in the bandwagon and got myself a couple of lipsticks and three eyeshadows. I ordered from Nicolette Makeup (IG) at Php350 each (+shipping fee) and my package has just arrived. Let me show you what I got!

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Read on for what shades I got and the swatches.

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Glamourbox VIP Sale Haul

Glamourbox has recently celebrated its second year anniversary, and in line with this they offered a site-wide 20% off sale. In addition to that, long-time clients are invited to a VIP Sale of 30% off. I did not hesitate and grabbed myself some items that had been sitting in my wishlist for a while! Let me show you what I got.

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Since they released the Perfectly Pristine box last April, I was in love with the Aloe Derma Pure Aloe Vera Gel. I really loved how it performed, and since then I put the full sized tube on my wishlist and now I finally have it! It’s a pretty large tube which will take me a long time to finish. Just in time too, as I want to use this to calm down my daughter’s skin irritations recently. This 114g tube costs Php460 normally.

Another item from Aloe Derma that I was interested in is this Super Hydration Booster. I was curious what this does, and as I suspected this is a toner-like product. I have a lot of toners but I wanted to see how this one performs. This 110ml bottle costs Php215 normally.

We now come to the makeup items. The first one is Empro Triangular Brow Pencil. I really like eyebrow pencils, and this is my first one that has an interesting shape to it. I got the shade Brown, which I’m hoping to be dark enough to match my undyed hair. This one costs a remarkable Php975 normally, but it’s currently on sale for Php500!

Lastly we have a pair of Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palettes! I’m so enamored of my first one, Copper Peach, and as soon as I heard there were other palettes I knew I wanted to collect them. I got the two newest ones available at Glamourbox: the holiday themed Rich Gold, and the plum based Plum Quartz. It’s hard, but I have not even touched them yet except to take these pictures. Of course a beauty blogger will not even swatch items until proper product shots are taken first! Just waiting for a good opportunity. Btw each of these palettes costs Php620 normally.

To be honest that’s not all I wanted to get, but there were some items already sold out (Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balms) and some I wasn’t really sure I wanted to get (i.e. they were not originally on my wishlist). Overall though I am quite pleased, and I can’t wait to try them all out! I am definitely reviewing and uploading swatches for the makeup items.

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Happy Anniversary, Glamourbox!