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project planner 2015: watercolor

>> Saturday, January 24, 2015

*runs, huffs and puffs* The project planner post is here!

I know, I know, I am almost a month overdue with this post. I usually post the project planner just before the new year starts but because of the unfortunate event that my laptop went kaput and I had to have my hard drive replaced, the post was postponed. I was able to finish and document the whole process of making the planner a week or two before new year, but it was only today that I made time to transfer the photos from my camera to the laptop.

My laptop is also fine, by the way. It has a new hard drive which means I have tons of space for new photos. Horrah!

Back to business.

When I posted on twitter that I was starting on the project planner, friends have asked me what the theme was for the year 2015. I initially planned on doing a calligraphy-themed planner, with all the fancy swirls and flourishes as a design. I had wanted to join workshops so that I was prepared for the planner project.

But because I am a full time student, which meant having no regular income, I was broke to enrol in a calligraphy workshop. Flourish plans became a flop. In between "thinking times," I opted to looking at calligraphy and handwriting videos on youtube just so I could at least get an idea how to flick the wrist and add pressure to the pen or brush to make pretty handwriting.

So I didn't exactly let go of the calligraphy theme. I switched it up a bit and made it into a "pretty handwriting" theme.

With that set, I got my materials ready.

I wasn't sure where the paint would come in but I took it out anyway. Just for color motivation.

For two years, my planner was upright. I changed it for this year and went landscape. It's the "pahabang pahigang" layout.

I cut and folded the paper lengthwise.

I made a template out of an index card for the days so I didn't need to keep on measuring and lining up paper.

Another initial plan was to but stamps so that I would just stamp the days on the planner. As usual it cost money again (and Typo's set is too expensive for me right now). Second plan was to carve numbers out of cheap erasers and make my own stamps. Laziness got to me again so I had to think of a Plan C.

My Plan C was to write the days. I used paint because I liked the texture of dried paint on paper. I was happy with my paper purchase too because the paint didn't bleed through the paper.

One color per day. It seems that I was going for the colorful path, which wasn't my original plan. haha

Back to the coptic binding. I still need practice on this.

I used an illustration board covered with ripped brown paper for the hard cover. I mixed the glue with water so that the paper won't wrinkle.

I couldn't find how to do this kind of binding so I just figured it out myself. It helped that I did the coptic binding first before attaching it to the illustration board. It wasn't as elaborate as coptic binding. It's just a through and through.

Not too shabby for an experiment

Patterns for the two mini envelopes for cards and what nots.

The peg thingie so I can attach the elastic to make the planner close.

I attached two elastic bands on the cover where the pen can go. It can hold two thin pens. I also doodled on the cover using white paint.

Aaaaand for the walkthrough of the whole planner (aka you can skip all the how-to and go straight here)...


Covered my mechanical pencil with brown paper and painted over it so that it'll match the planner

Inside: Part 1

Front flap with name for notes, front envelope

back envelope

tabs for the months

Weekly design

Made a bookmark pendant out of brown cardboard, painted 2015 on one side and Y on the other. Y because, duh.

Inside: Months
Each month has a paint pattern, which took me long because I couldn't decide or think of designs.

Tah-dah! That's also it for the first post of the year. Hopefully I'll go back to blogging, as soon as I keep my life in order.



>> Monday, July 21, 2014

He arrived in a neatly-wrapped gift, an additional visitor when my friends and I hung out a few Saturdays ago. The name Edge emerged out of frustration over a missing puzzle piece -- an edge. It was also a follow up pun when one of Ed Sheeran's song came on Spotify.

Suddenly, we blurted out his full name, like our minds were instantly linked. "EDGE SHEEPAN!"

There was no debate. It was the best name we came up with and I have never been more proud that decision.

Edge is currently residing on my table, right beside the TARDISes and a Dalek, a bottle of knick knacks and another bottle of my baby teeth and wisdom teeth. Supposedly it's supposed to motivate me to focus on my school work and make me smile whenever I start to hate the cycle-of-paper-writing.

Edge has definitely taken the boredom out of my life. But I was also distracted. ehehehe.

Ever since I received Edge, that little sheep has taken over my Instagram.

1. Nope, not my birthday. I was just hogging the attention from Edge.

See, told ya.

2. I asked Edge to help me with school work, and he just passed by and ignored me. Gee, thanks.

3. He doesn't like to be kept waiting.

4. No, you're not allowed to come with me.

5. He remembers birthdays.

6. When the storm hit last week, power went out. Edge stayed with me in bed the whole day as I wasted the hours reading.

7. He is having a hard time conversing with a Dalek.

8. He challenged a Ferrari to a race. Okay.

9. The highlight of Edge's July was getting a drawing from Jace.

That's his happy face, I promise.

We're now brainstorming on a possible account, video, or series for Edge. Hope the attention doesn't get to his fluffy head. We'll see where his adventures will take him. One procrastination moment at a time.



>> Friday, June 06, 2014

I'm not talking about the food (because that's yummy). It's the annoying spam texts that you get, selling insurance or condominiums or whatever. My friends and I were discussing this matter on chat and the ways on how we could prevent it.

Most of my text messages on my phone are from spam texters. I don't erase them, just so I can track if ever they send another text message from the same number. I just usually reply with "I am not interested." but if they get all pesky and send a message again, I unleash the taray mode. I vary the replies with: Picking on their grammar, replying with "nahiya naman ako sa pangsa-scam mo," saying that I've told them a gazillion times to stop and they don't have respect for other people's request, or texting them with random stuff repeatedly (good thing I'm on unlimited texting).

Thankfully, Globe has a new online feature where you can report spam texts. Their campaign #stopspam hopefully should lessen the number of annoying texts people get from spammers and scammers. I haven't gotten to report the numbers that have made their way to my inbox, because there are a lot. And by a lot...

Caritas Insurance
+639068744527 (Jeff Dy)
+639261688127 (Jeff Dy)
+639058692560 (Rafael Bautista)
+639234079513 (Rafael Bautista)
+639058692560 (Rafael Bautista)
+639066196899 (Micah Lim)
+639066196899 (Micah Lim)
+639358214533 (Lisa Castro/Bea Trizha Bernardo)
+639152538405 (Lisa Castro/Bea Trizha Bernardo)
+639355387675 (Lisa Castro/Bea Trizha Bernardo)

Health Card
+639155099390 (Kamille Roa, Medical Benefit Card from Clinica)

Offers from banks
+639302133095 (Jon, East West bank, offers credit card)
+639068478824 (Georgina Go, Manila Bankers, offers gift certificate)--> Reference Number: SMC14070001402

Personal Loan
+639367954830 (Jinky)
+639165644706 (Chinatrust, Lyn)
+639278149959 (Chinatrust)
+639177870854 (Chinatrust, Jade)
+639771653362 (Chinatrust, Jade)--> Reference Number: SMC14060004393
+639163452746 (Chinatrust, Kelvin Chan)
+639358473599 (EastWest Bank, Mark)
+639179511545 (Standard Chartered, Karla Locsin)
+639053489354 (Reden De Jose)
+639179940391 (Gerald)
+639174770391 (Gerald)
+639233500550 (BPI, Marcko)
+639355384083 (Wheng)
+630265514415 (Wheng)
+639355384083 (Wheng)
+639066447898 (Divine Valdez)
+639175760230 (Jing)
+639164373392 (Michelle, fast_cashloan@yahoo.com)
+639156912733 (Michelle, fast_cashloan@yahoo.com)
+639356228029 (Michelle, car loan) --> Reference number: BOP14080001586
+639202239418 (Michelle, car loan) --> Reference number: BOP14080001586
+639177345996 (Michelle, car loan) --> Reference number: BOP14080001586
+639179805126 (Erika Perez)
+639154425495 (Erika Perez)
+639161928225 (Sterling Bank, Mel)
+639357424711 (Kim)
+639173361993 (Richard)
+639173880984 (Maybank, Christy/Lance)
+639157508708 (Maybank, Christy/Lance)
+639158078524 (Maybank, Christy/Lance)
+639357940302 (Jiezel)
+639354015792 (Julia)
+639268568185 (Joyce)
+639752122294 (Regh)
+639354692231 Reference Number: SMC14070000403
+639369953418 (autotrustph.com)
+639178936850 (autotrustph.com)
+639367959654 (Car pawning) --> Reference Number: SMC14070001715
+639266016370 (Bianca) -- Reference Number: TMP14080000155
+639265194816 --> Reference Number: BOP14080001610

+639052232533 (Salcedo SkySuites)
+639166899496 (Salcedo SkySuites)
+639272561815 (Salcedo SkySuites)
+639053463401 (Three Central, Salcedo) --> Reference Number (for deactivation): TMP14080003015
+639154612098 (Veritas North)
+639288990099 (Alveo Land, Nina Jimenez)
+639175838199 (Alveo Land, Alma Quijano)
+639151124103 (Alveo Land, Ayala Land, Nina Jimenez) --> Reference Number: SMC14080001344
+639162156429 (Jay-ar Alba)
+639279197169 (Megaworld, Rain Serrano)
+639357000025 (Megaworld)
+639152602788 (Megaworld, Roy)
+639178281986 (Megaworld, Roy)
+639177695415 (Megaworld)
+639176242406 (Megaworld)
+639151790549 (Ayala Land)
+639154005457 (Ayala Land) --> Reference Number: SMC14080000736, SMC14080000736
+639153398634 (Bryan Garcia, thefortcondos.com)
+639167973782 (Ortigas and Company, Augie Perez)
+639063087725 (Ortigas and Company, Augie Perez)
+639369403366 (McKinley Hill and Global City, Kevin Stevens) --> Reference Number: SMC14070000402
+639363206019 (McKinley Hill and Global City, Kevin Stevens) --> Reference Number: SMC14070000402
+639154260418 (McKinley Hill and Global City, JB Africa) --> Reference Number: BOP14080001598
+639178141830 (McKinley Hill and Global City)
+639351317415 (Libis and BGC Fort) --> Reference Number: SMC14070001392
+639052116699 (Makati) --> Reference Number: SMC14070002863

"Discount billing" (aka send me load)
+639752308786 --> Reference Number: TMP14070004761
+639169335776 --> Reference Number: TMP14070004761
+639052023259 --> Reference Number: TMP14070004762
+639052023259 --> Reference Number: TMP14070004762
+639166708997 --> Reference Number: 639163452746
+639279182497 --> Reference Number: 639163452746

+639369523469 (Tax Principles)
+639273231156 (Philippine Tax Summit, Alex)--> Reference Number: SMC14070000426
+639175516528 (Philippine Tax Summit, Alex)--> Reference Number: SMC14070000426
+639055327035 (Compensation and Benefits Conference, May)
+639175516528 (Compensation and Benefits Conference, May)
+639331892340 (High Impact presentation Skills Seminar)
+639173057276 (High Impact presentation Skills Seminar, Grace)
+639279215667 (Strategic Recruitment Summit)
+639065874905 (Strategic Recruitment Summit, Aliyah)
+639153343377 (ASEAN Integration Summit, Jen)
+639278027358 (Cash Flow 101)
+639173361993 (Cash Flow 101) --> Reference Number: TMP14080002155
+639162428071 (Cash Flow 101)
+639356475171 (Asthma and Allergies)
+639175102257 (Asthma and Allergies)

BenLife Co. Inc.
+639264874777 (Ronnie Canete)

+639069314809 (magic jack, phjack.com)
+639261222454 (Powerbank, gadgets888.com)
+639175102258 (Powerbank, gadgets888.com) --> Reference Number: SMC14070003526
+639362454161 (Sony Bluetooth Headset, gadgets888.com) --> Reference Number: Reference number SMC14070003526
+639356472903 (herbalforkids.com)
+639175102257 (herbalforkids.com)
+639177635430 (satellite cable tv, dish.com.ph)
+639056744283 (calling card printing, norel888@gmail.com)
+639077008668 (calling card printing, norel888@gmail.com)
+639101071119 (Sky Cable)
+639362453738 (FibreLife)
+639356475396 (FibreLife)--> Reference number: 1406712693849
+639175102257 (FibreLife)--> Reference number: 1406712693849
+639064159894 (Optrimax Plum)
+639277138839 (Optrimax Plum) --> Reported
+639332829936 (Buy ink cartridge)

Earn money using the internet
+639357078500 (kaakbay.ph)

"Swindler daw kayo."
+639322210919 (moneymarketasia.com)


Note: Those with the reference numbers have been reported to Globe. I also have a consolidated list in this link. Feel free to comment.

Probably one or two of them are just trying to make a decent living. But because they're just too many and not a week goes by without receiving a message, I generalize all as spam. This list will probably be updated regularly if more and more texts arrive.

Wish I had enough time and wit to play along with a scammer, just like this person who made an effort to even send a peso via bank to a scammer. Maybe one day, I'll be able to think of a comeback.

To report spam:
1. Tweet Globe: @talk2globe or fill in a form at their website. (I prefer tweeting them because they give immediate feedback)
2. Include the number of the spammer and a screenshot of the message
3. Don't forget to include the hashtag #stopspam


Color Bound

>> Saturday, May 24, 2014

Publishing. The last step in the process of writing. It comes in many forms -- a book bound and sold in bookstores, a digital copy in a blog or website, or a handout read in class -- as long as the written work is available for others to read.

After fourteen [insert adjective here] teaching sessions in April and May, I was able to have five thirteen-year old kids come up with their own stories. While I was doing their portfolio, I thought what better way to showcase their hard work than to compile all their stories and publish it into a booklet? Printing their stories and putting them in a folder was not appealing and it would just look like a normal submitted school project. Their published work had to look more legit.

All the kids learned the basic elements that went into a story. After going through several drafts, they submitted their final copy to me for final editing and proofreading. At the end, I had 45 pages worth of stories, complete with title pages and with a different page size.

Fonts used: Core Circus Pierrot for the title page, Palatino Linotype for the rest of the text

I was lazy to figure out how to layout them digitally. I printed them on scratch paper, then stuck them on folded paper. That way, it'll be easier for the photocopying ladies at UP to reproduce them.

I only spent a hundred pesos for reproducing 7 copies of the booklet. They even did the cutting and the stapling! UP SHOPPING CENTER YOU OZZAM.

The cover was printed on colored paper and it was cut to the dimensions of the booklet (when closed: 5"x6", the whole spread is well, duh: 10"x6")

Attached the cover to the spine using double sided tape. Gotta love double-sided tape. It is the answer to everything arts and crafts.

Tadaaaahhhh. Seven booklets ready for distribution! Well, six because I kept the red one. I gave one to my teacher.

One parent said, "Ay wow, souvenir."



>> Monday, March 17, 2014

A few days after the Amoranto shoot, we met up again as if we didn't miss each other. Nah. Nope. I don't miss them. Ugh, I'm sick of their faces. Ew. Yuck.

Halabyooo fronds.

Finally, we were complete! Edlyn's been living on the other side of the metro after getting married last January. Her schedule was free that day so we stole her from her wife-y duties for a couple of hours to hang out like college students. It was also Jace's opportunity to shoot Edlyn. Not with a gun, mind you.

Cerz also remembered to wear something locally made so that she, too, can be shot.


As usual, we didn't follow our plan. For an hour or so we were distracted with the puzzle that we left abandoned the last time we hung out. Because sorting was done, we were able to sit down and put the pieces together. We got crossed-eyed from trying to figure out which colors and pieces fit together until we were able to accomplish 98% of the edges.

The start (photo by Jihan)

Edges! Look, there's another puzzle box behind us waiting to be put together. (photo by Edlyn)

We just let the peak of the sun pass before heading out again. We found our shooting place at the Chocolate Kiss building along A. Roces Avenue. There weren't any people so we were able to shoot along the hallway.

See the entry of this look on Pinoy Threads

See the entry of this look on Pinoy Threads

I shoot Cerz, she shoots back.

Cerz is one of the writers of the recently concluded local show Got to Believe. Besides watching the show, we found entertainment in the live tweets from the fans. The fans were very passionate about the KathNiel pairing that whenever the characters would go through hardships, they would send hate tweets to Cerz and the rest of the writers of the show. They didn't know that every 8:30, we were all huddled on the FB chat, with Edlyn scrolling through the hate tweets, and us laughing/getting annoyed with the nonsense that the fans were sending. There was one time that Edlyn got fed up and replied to one of the fans who criticized Cerz's abilities as a writer. Eschooseme. Whojotinkyooarr? That started the war between her and that one passionate fan.

Soon, Edlyn coined herself as the sole member of the Kampon ni Helga.

When we met up that day, Cerz and Edlyn just had to have a photo together.

Hashtag paki-trend

I wonder what happened to the fans. After the show, we let them be and moved on to better things in life.

We're now planning our next meet-up. Every time we'd meet online (note: every day), we'd dream of the places we'd want to visit. We've gone as far as Japan and UK already in our dreams. We still have to raid Edlyn's house. That's next in our agenda and we need to settle with a good date to do that.

My gorgeous friends



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