Kawaii Stationery Party!

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Hello! I finally have a bit of extra time to blog, whee! :) I know I have a lot of other things I need/want to blog about, but I just feel like I need to blog about our most recent event first, the ♥ Kawaii Stationery Party ♥ while the memories are still fresh! So, here goes~
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My friends and most of my instagram followers probably know that I’ve rediscovered my love for journaling recently, as influenced by my friend Kaila (Rainbowholic) (she even gave me a Hobonichi Techno as a gift! I’ll post something about my #hobonichichi experience here hopefully this month), and best-selling author/artist-friend >///< Abbey Sy (we attended her new book #ABCsofJournaling launch last September, will also blog about it soon haha I told you I have a lot of other past events I need to blog about :)))! Most of my co-teammates in Kawaii PH caught the journaling fever too, especially Ashley and my sister Kaye.

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Coming soon: my #hobonichichi blog post featuring my super fat hobonichi hahaha

So when Moonleaf contacted us for a possible event collaboration, a journaling event was the first thing that came to our mind! We wanted a very chill event where people can just hang out, do some journaling, share stationery, and shop for stickers! We also wanted to give some stationery sellers and sticker artists an opportunity to market their stuff. Moonleaf has also just released their planner for 2017, so it was just fitting! :)

We had a meeting with Moonleaf’s marketing manager, Mike, on the 3rd of November, and we finalized our plans on the same day. We decided to conduct a small kawaii-themed journaling workshop side-by-side with a stationery mini-bazaar on the cafe’s al fresco area. We only had a week to prepare, which meant more or less 7 days to invite sellers, gather attendees, and get everything in order! ;A; *challenge accepted!* (????)

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I brought my printer with me hahah (゜▽゜;)

On the day before the event, we were almost done with all the preparations. We also had to prepare for Kawaii PH Store’s booth for the mini-bazaar, so we spent the last day of prep at the Kawaii PH Headquarters.

(Sleep over! ( ゚▽゚)/)

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1/2 of our luggage… Sorry Mr. Uber driver ;_;

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We woke up early in the morning to head to the venue for ingress.

We arrived at the venue at around 10am to start setting up the tables and chairs that we rented, and to put up decorations.

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Kaye was in charge of inflating balloons! :) She also produced the buntings/banderitas on the night before.

There were only 3 of us at that time, so while Kaye was busy inflating balloons inside the cafe, Francis and I cleared out the al fresco area (we even hauled a refrigerator…) to give way for the bazaar. It was quite a hot morning so we were semi-drenched in sweat lol setting up the tables and chairs. Bye make-up (iДi)

When Ashley arrived, Kaye and I switched places, she went outside to help Francis with setting up the Kawaii PH Store booth while I went inside with Ashley to decorate the workshop area.

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Good job with setting up the KPH Store booth, Kaye and Francis! ♥

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Ashley and I put up these buntings, balloons, and ribbons! We came up with some of the designs on the spot hehe

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Tadaaaaa~ °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖° Great job Ashley and Chichi hahaha (and Kaye for the balloons!)

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Ashley’s presentation and the workshop’s attendance sheet ♥

Around lunchtime, the participants and sellers started to arrive. Kaye and Francis were in charge of the bazaar, while Ashley and I got ready for the workshop! ヘ(= ̄∇ ̄)ノ

💙💙💙💙  Part 1: K A W A I I   J O U R N A L I N G  W O R K S H O P  💙💙💙💙

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Workshop poster ♥

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We’ll do our best! (^∇^)(^∇^)

The workshop started around past 1pm. After Ashley and I introduced ourselves and showed the attendees our own journals, we asked them to do the same! :) Here are some of the attendees showing us their journals (some of them had just started journaling!) :

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She’s a huge fan of Little Twin Stars! ♥

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After the introductions, it was time for Ashley’s talk~

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Ashley talked about basic intro to journaling. She told the story of how she got into journaling in the first place! :)

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She said she used to use her blog / social media accounts as a sort of “online journaling”, but recently got into physical journaling after she was influenced by Kaila! (*≧▽≦)

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She also talked about how journaling changed her/her life for the good. Her talk was really motivating! :)

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“Journaling is like a creative outlet.” Designing pages surely does bring out the artist in everyone!

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Great job, Ashley!!

After Ashley’s talk, we did two quick rounds of Bring Me (a party game haha)!

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Attendees getting ready for the game lol

First, we asked them to bring us a… Totoro sticker! ヘ(= ̄∇ ̄)ノ

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Our first winner! Haha I was really amused because her Totoro sticker was my drawing lol

Thanks for sponsoring our first prize of the day, Rainbowholic Shop! ♥

For our second question, we asked them to bring us… a journal page written in pink ink! 💝

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I look so derpy in here but she looks so happy to have won haha so here it is!

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Congrats!!

Before we went on with the workshop, we distributed their freebies, which are piles of kawaii stationery from my own beloved collection! (Yup I love collecting cute stationery since I was a kid!!) Most of them are even vintage and not being produced anymore, so please use them well, attendees~ ∠( ᐛ 」∠)_ ♥

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Hope you like these statio! :3

After distributing their free milk tea coupons too, it was time for my talk~ (゜▽゜;)

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My talk was more on the details and creative side of journaling, sprinkled with stories and advice here and there ahaha

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Me showing them pages of my fat journal! :))

I talked about basic journaling materials and tips on using them! I’ll make a separate blog post about this~ ♥

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derp * Here I showed Kaye’s journal to the attendees haha

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Funny how all of my photos while talking are derpy. These are the least derpy ones and I still look weird :)))

My favorite line from my own talk (I have a favorite line from my own talk??) (๑꒪▿꒪)* :

” You might say, ‘Oh, I didn’t accomplish anything today’, or ‘What’s the point if I’m always just at home’, or ‘I had a boring day.’ You know what? Journal about the small things, the smallest, tiniest events in your day. Journal about how you felt when you woke up, how the flowers in the garden looked, how the frogs sang when it rained, how you played that silly game on your phone, how it felt to just lie there resting. It’s those little things we tend to forget. The things we forget are the things we tend to miss in life, so don’t let them go undocumented: cherish them too.”

Most people are obsessed about productivity, which is not a bad thing, but nothing’s wrong with an “unproductive” day. Don’t just look at the big picture~! (ノ*゜▽゜*)

Journaling made me notice the tiniest things in the day, and by that my days are instantly a bit better. ♥

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I also shared with them where to get inspiration for designing pages: Japanese fashion magazines like Larme, and journaling books like the #ABCsofJournaling! :)

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Derpily showing a sample of Moonleaf’s planner to the attendees

After my talk, we proceeded to the next activity: “Draw your own stickers”! ♥

We gave each of the attendees a sheet of matte sticker paper. I also let them use some of my own drawing materials!

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These are from my own stash ;3; please take care of them! :))

Here are some photos of the attendees working on their own stickers:

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Next activity was…. STICKER EXCHANGE! <3

It was super fun haha I got so many cute stickers from this activity!!

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Aww new friendships were made! ;3; <3

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Next activity was to work on today’s journal page on their journal, while we took pictures of the other attendees for the same-day printing lol (print-while-u-wait)! Haha this is actually why I brought my printer! :D

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Trina’s cute bag!

While the others were busy working on their journal page, we took pictures of the rest batch by batch.

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Seishun Kakumei! <3

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BEST POSE AWARD!!!!!!

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Naomi, cute as hell as ever ;A; <3 <3 <3

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Belated happy birthday, Trina! ♥

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AHAHA of course, Kaye wouldn’t miss out on the photo-taking! :)) ♥

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We had our turn too hehehehe

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Setting up my laptop so I could print their photos~

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“I’ll cut the photos~”

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Hilarious chats with Kaye and Ashley while waiting for the printing o finish~ :))))

After distributing their printed photos, they continued to work on their journal pages! Here are some of their WIPs:

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A quarter past 4pm, we concluded the workshop! (But as promised, the attendees could still continue working on their journals if they liked) ♥

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°˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖° Thanks to everyone who attended the workshop!! Hope you had fun! °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

💙💙💙💙  Part 2: S T A T I O N E R Y  M I N I – B A Z A A R  💙💙💙💙

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While the Kawaii Journaling Workshop was being held inside the cafe, the Stationery Mini-Bazaar was also ongoing at the cafe’s al fresco area from 1pm to 7pm! :)

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Kaye and Francis were in charge of the bazaar area~ ♥

Just look at all the awesome things the booths were selling!!! I wish I had time to go around during the day~

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Ger, Razel, and Jaja!

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Stationery / Sticker Heaven!!

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All the amazing and cute artworks omg

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Kawaii journaling things!

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Here are the websites/pages/accounts of all the booths that participated, in case you want to see their cool stuff:

@queenhoshi

fb.com/crescentkiss , fb.com/teapawtyph

@sabgeid , @cassykicks

@jemandtheholochans

fb.com/artbloqph , fb.com/camiiieleana

@don.fumar

@moondreamsph

@shaerandio

fb.com/thereadingroom888

@fandomfeelsph

@jen_mandia

@sticks.and.tones

@labelmaker.ph

fb.com/curlytwirly

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And with that, our little event has ended~ with lots of different lessons learned from the experience!

I also just want to paste this from my recent Facebook post:

Thanks to everyone who participated in our event, Kawaii Stationery Party! <3

Thanks to Moonleaf Tea Shop for collaborating with us! <3 And to Mike for accommodating our team. :)

Thanks to the bazaar sellers for your support and hard work, I know the selling area was so hot and I wish we could’ve done something about it (we wanted to rent industrial electric fans but we thought that such strong winds would blow away your paper/sticker products ;_;) But I hope you guys liked our event somehow / didn’t hate the experience that much ahahah and would consider participating in our future events again. <3 We promise to provide better selling conditions for you next time. ^_^

Thanks to the workshop attendees for spending a part of your day with us! (And for swapping stickers with us wheee) Hope you had fun! <3 Thanks also to everyone who gave me gifts (?!) ;A;

Thanks to our friends from the Kawaii PH community who came to the event just to see us and spend time with us. <3 It’s super heartwarming! ;_; Love you guys

Thanks to Rainbowholic Shop / Kaila for sponsoring goodies for the workshop games!

Thanks to Francis and Kaye for ALL the hands-on help!! From inflating balloons to carrying tons of luggage lol, from setting up tables while drenched in sweat hahaha to carrying that refrigerator!!! (!!!!!!) :O Haha cheers to us, cuz we’re a f* tripod!! :))

And most of all thanks to Ashley who is as beautiful inside as she is outside ;_; <3 *hugs* We did our best!! <3 T_T

It seemed impossible to accomplish this event in that very little time, with a very small team, but we did our best. We’ll do better next time~ ♥

Cheers, Chichi ♥