Hashtag Pin It Pinas

If you’ve been a long-time reader of this blog, you would have already come across several blog posts mentioning how Pinterest is such a big part of my creative life. I even wrote an entire post about it and how it helped me with my wedding planning!

So when the opportunity to take part in building the Philippines’ Pinterest community as a content curator came knocking at my door, I immediately said yes! I’ve received e-mails to promote and blog about brands before, but a lot of them were brands I’ve never had any experience with or even brands that I didn’t believe in.

But Pinterest is different because I am already a part of its world as a user (I visit it everyday, and pin quite a lot) and it’s really helped me be updated with the creative world (and more, because I also go there for home decorating inspiration and recipes). It’s also helped me survive those dreadful artist’s block moments. Continue reading

Hokkaido Haul

Over the Holy Week break, I joined my family on a trip to Hokkaido in Japan, hitting cities such as Sapporo and Otaru.

I didn’t really plan to do any art supplies shopping because it was a guided tour but I still managed to find some treasures, both ones that I’ve been looking for and ones that I didn’t expect I’d even see there.


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Traveling with Art Materials

I’m headed for a quick trip soon, and as per usual, I bring a bunch of my art materials.

It used to be that I’d bring bulky items with me and never get to use them, but this time around, I’m gathering my smallest materials and bringing just the essentials. And yes, try my best to actually journal my way through the trip.

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Tools of the Trade

I’ve been getting quite a number of questions on Instagram about the materials that I like using and would recommend, and I’ve been wanting to create this list since last year anyway, so I decided to compile everything for anyone who’s interested.

This did take a while because for the last few months, I kept adding to the list and it always felt like it wasn’t ready for sharing. But enough of that! I can’t keep procrastinating, right? I’ll just have to surrender to the fact that this list is always going to be flexible and I should just add to it whenever I find a new material that I love.

So without further ado, here are my beloved materials and recommendations!

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February 2015 Favorites

February has come and gone! And now it’s another new (and hopefully just as exciting) month for 2015. I still can’t believe it, to be honest, because it just feels like time is going by so fast. And yes, February is the shortest month of the year, but it certainly didn’t feel that way with all the wonderful things that happened.

Here are some of my favorite moments from it!

Lorra Elena's February 2015 Favorites

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December 2014 & January 2015 Favorites

December 2014 didn’t bring a lot of good things (as some of you may already know) so it was hard to pick my favorites that month, so I thought I’d combine it with January 2015’s favorites. January was definitely much kinder, allowing me (and I’m sure a lot of others) to refresh and look forward to the new things that a new year brings.

Lorra Elena's December 2014 and January 2015 Favorites

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2015 Instagram Giveaway

This giveaway is long overdue, as I was supposed to have done it before the new year. That plan didn’t pan out, but I’m not scrapping the idea!

I thought that the new year would still be a good reason to let you guys know how much I continue to appreciate your support and encouragement!

I decided on THREE SETS OF PRIZES, so that means there will be THREE DIFFERENT WINNERS! I really wanted to extend the prizes to as many of you as possible. If I could, I would have a prize for all of you. Maybe in the future. But for now, there will be three winners, and I hope that a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone of you will be enough!

Some qualifications for the giveaway:

  1. You must be a resident of the Philippines.
  2. You must have an Instagram account.

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2015 Personal Projects and Our #365doodleproject Website

Hey you!

First of all, I just want to thank everyone who read my previous blog entry on the lessons I learned in 2014 (a special shoutout to those who took the extra time to leave a comment). It’s one of the scariest entries I’ve ever written and published because I also revealed a lot about myself in there, including failures and aspirations.

Secondly, to anyone who’s wondering, I’ve decided to forego making a December 2014 Favorites canvas because there weren’t really a lot of favorites last month. Instead, I’m going to be combining that with the January 2015 Favorites. So watch out for that at the end of the month!

The first page of my 2015 Creativity Journal.

The first page of my 2015 Creativity Journal.

Anyway, this new year, I’ve decided to be more prolific and disciplined. That’s why I took on not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR different 365 projects.

Write a positive word everyday!

Write a positive word everyday!

  • #365DoodleProject with my friends Airees, Reg, and April
  • 365PositiveWords (in my kikki.k 2015 planner, monthly view)
  • 365 Gratitude Journal (using my Filed Scribble planner)
  • 365 Creativity Journal (in my kikki.k 2015 planner, daily view)

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The Lessons I’ve Learned This Year (2014 Edition)


2014 was a whirlwind of a year, wasn’t it?

I thought I was going to hit a home run all the way to the end, but as life always does, 2014 decided to end with a huge upset of the status quo.

But I promised myself that I’ll always try to look at the brighter side of things, and remember that 2014 was a year of courageous firsts, open doors, and exciting adventures.

Being more positive, more than I’ve ever been my entire life, has opened my eyes to the opportunity to learn from my mistakes instead of dwelling on the bad moments. That in itself is a huge lesson, but that wasn’t the only lesson I learned. I’ve decided to compile the 10 big lessons I learned last year and share them with you through this blog post. Continue reading

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