Friday, July 25, 2014

Robert Alejandro's FREE Portfolio Book

Explore the whimsical world of graphic designer Robert Alejandro.

You can see the unassuming artist's work on mall structures, building walls, award-winning publications and even in Paris bookshops!

Handpicked as one of the Asians of the Year by Channel News Asia, Papemelroti is proud to share his brilliant work with you! 

"Robert Alejandro is an acclaimed and award-winning artist, creative director, illustrator and designer who’s life’s work and fight against extreme poverty in The Philippines can be watched in this special Channel News Asia feature, which names him as one of the world’s Asians of The Year." - Wardour and Oxford

"I've known him as an artist / reporter / backpacker / kindred spirit / kid at heart who sketches anywhere and whoever. ROBERT ALEJANDRO has this way of disarming people and breaking the barrier with his pen and paper…"  - Jazel Kristin, Featured Filipino Artist interview

"Robert Alejandro is another differently striped voyager, he prefers traveling with a sketching pad and some gel pens instead of DSLR or compact camera." - Crowd Drawer by Elmer Ner Valenzuela

Would you like to have Robert Alejandro's FREE portfolio book? 
Email to request! 

Robert's hideaway was featured on Swank Style.  Take a peek.

PHOTO CREDIT: The Swank Style


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Make a Greeting Card from Recycled Materials

"Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship."  ~Benjamin Franklin

Indeed it is the little things that sometimes get us in a tight bind with our expenses.  It's good though that we can get downright crafty and do away with a lot things we can just make (instead of buying)!

Here's a card you can easily have fun and be creative with!  Most of the materials can be found at home (or in the trash bin!)

What you need:
carbon paper
fabric scraps
cardboard (we used the box of printer ink)
white glue
scrap paper

Even if you don't know of anyone with a birthday coming up, these things are just really handy to keep around when you need them!  The fact that it is handmade doubles its value!


1. Save this pattern (Right-click on the image below and "Save as").  Print out this pattern.

2. Trace the shapes using carbon paper onto cardboard.  We used thick paper from the box of old printer ink.

3. Cut out the patterns.  You'll notice that there will be a blank side and a printed side.  We will basically use the blank side.

4. Spread glue on the printed side of each shape.

5. Cut out a border and banner shapes from the fabric scraps. 

6.  Put the different shapes together.  You don't have to follow our layout!!!

7. You can put these words inside the card:

May you always have...
Walls for the winds 
A roof for the rain 
Tea beside the fire 
Laughter to cheer you 
Those you love near you 
And all your heart might desire.

8. Cut a piece of paper for inside the banners.  Write "BLESSINGS" or other wordings you like on the banner.

9. You're done!  You just need to put lace on the edges of the borders so it becomes extra special.   Now you have a special greeting card!

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Eagle Broadcasting Network Guesting

Patsy just finished talking about the business on Eagle Broadcasting Network's "Pambansang Almusal" teleradyo with Eden Suarez. (July 3, 2014)

More about Eagle Broadcasting

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Vintage Finds Giveaway

++++++++++++++++ This Contest is Closed ++++++++++++++++ 
We are now waiting to hear from the winner!

"Looking old, though new as can be
Keepsakes such as these are lovely to see
Who the winner will be, no one can say
These things of beauty to cherish every day"
- papemelroti

Time for a July giveaway!  Are you ready?

We're giving away three premium items to one lucky winner!

See the flower, chintz fabric and pearl?  They each belong to one of the trio of prizes.

Prize no. 1 is a Vintage Collage Book Cover

A friendship stitched in time is so fine.  So many intricate handmade parts make this a beautiful gift for a friend.  A reusable cover for your book, notebook or bible, this adds such wonder to your reading.  Inside are garters to secure the pages.  Made of cloth, lace and dainty components.
Size 6.75 x 5.125 x 1.25 inches

Prize no. 2 is a Vintage Travel Bracelet

For the avid traveler and dreamer.  Keep the elegance of Paris around you.  It's got the Arc de Triomphe, Je t'aime, Pearl, Globe, Eiffel Charm, Suitcase and Eiffel Tower.  An extender is there in case you need it bigger.

Prize no. 3 is a Long Rose Pearl Pendant

An elegant yet simply styled piece.  It lengthens your look with a single slim, long chain and  two rows at the center.  The metal flower base and rose hang at the side for an asymmetrical effect.

Anyone in the world can join this contest.

It's so very simple to join!
Just fill up the Rafflecopter form below.

Submit your entries at our Rafflecopter above and get extra entries there too! 

It's got easy to do tasks such as tell us your first impression of Papemelroti (the company / the shop / the website etc).

*Be sure to really do the tasks as we check each and every one.

*Also make sure that the accounts you have are not dedicated to purely giveaways.  We will not count those.

*This contest is open worldwide but shipping costs must be shouldered by participants. 
The winner (if in the Philippines) can get the business pack via the nearest Papemelroti branch.

The contest ends on July 23, 2014 (Wednesday).  We will be contacting the winner via e-mail and will announce it also in our August e-Newsletter so watch out for that.

*Winners must reply within 3 days or we will sadly have to pick another winner.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Vintage Collage Book Covers

Friendship Day is coming up (on July 30th) and we made something new for this special occasion.

We love all things vintage (as some may have noticed).  It's because old things only grow better and more precious with the passing of time.

We wanted to make something that symbolized what friendship is and friendship does.

Here they are ... what are they, pray tell?

These look like books but they aren't.  They are book and notebook covers.

Let's take a closer look...

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up." Ecclesiastes 4:9

Friendship is a mix of two or more different personalities.  Something different, when brought together can create something beautiful so long as each complements the other.

This handsewn keepsake is made of different materials (like chintz in varying patterns) and yet they come together in Victorian-inspired theme.  

A friendship stitch in time is so fine.  So many intricate handmade parts make up the whole.  In our relationships, we build memories over the years.  Each one forming a strong bond.  Each friendship is a collage of times spent together.

The butterfly print signifies our evolution and transformation into better people when we have friends.  No man is an island and we were made to live and love people.

We have favorite pastimes and places.  We talk about the things we have in common.  We share our thoughts with one another.

Again and again we go back to our old friends.  Just like this reusable cover for a book, notebook or bible, we let our friends "cover" for us when we are in need.

Friends make ordinary days more special.  They add laughter, music and fun to something that would otherwise have no color.  

This book cover adds such a wonder to your reading.  Inside are garters to secure the pages.  It's made of cloth, lace and dainty components.

"A friend loves at all times..." Proverbs 17:17

Small Book Cover
Size 6.75 x 5.125 x 1.25 inches
P210 / $6

Medium Book Cover
Size 8.125 x 6.25 x 0.75 inches
P260 / $7.50

Dyeing with Tea

I love vintage fabrics and lace.  But I know how expensive it is and I do not like expensive!!!

So I use tea to dye fabrics, laces and ribbons to create vintage looking projects.

Sometimes I do not even know what will happen when I start a project.  Here I looked for fabric, lace, ribbons that I can combine to make a vintage looking fabric collage.  

Included in this pile:
a Indian blouse I have used for years
(but there's a hole in it so I decided
it had to be retired even if I love wearing it!),
a torn tablecloth with a lot of 
torn Battenburg lace and various lace blouses
(I bought these in an ukay-ukay,
a second hand shop).
I dyed all of it, plus some ribbons in a tea bath.

Then I looked for a picture that could pass for an old one.  I chose one of my sister whose
birthday is coming up.  Then I transferred it to some tea dyed cloth.

You can use transfer paper bought in bookstores or craft shops.  There are other ways too,

using mod podge, etc.  Just look in google and see what kind of transfer you would like to use!

Then you audition pieces, tearing the fabric, cutting out pieces of lace, and moving it around your photo.

Then, when you are happy with the placement of the pieces, pin it up.

Then sew it up.

I used running stitch all over.  So simple!  And for the ribbon, I pulled the stitches to make a ruche.

Then I attached the ribbon to add some shiny texture.  I didn't follow my first plan, I changed it a bit!

Here is the finished product.  

I added some buttons, and a metal heart from a bracelet I took apart.

I quite like it!  I think my sister will like it too!

by Patricia Paterno

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Father's Heart

Today we want to feature the Puso ng Ama (or the Father's Heart) Foundation and try to put the spotlight on their Children's Library Project.

This non-government, non-profit community of young people helps kids in Payatas.

If you're not familiar with Payatas, it's one of the poorest areas in Metro Manila.
People called it Payatas from "Payat sa Itaas" ("Thin at the Top" in Tagalog) which means the soil is not fit for farming.  Thus the site is still where the city's largest open dumpsite resides.

Assessing the enormous needs of the young people living there, Puso ng Ama Foundation is responding by putting up a Children's Library at their center.  

Staffer Ben Salvedia is now collecting book donations.  We hope you will consider going through your books and lending a hand by donating some of them.  Book cases are also needed.  *Please do not give used workbooks. 

Books can be dropped off at all Books for Less bookstores.
BFL Branches:

SM Mall of Asia Pasay
SM Supercenter Pasig
RCBC Tower Makati
My Metro Town Mall
Centris Station, QC Ave.
Shopwise Eastwood
Shopwise Commonwealth
Cyber and Fashion Mall, Eastwood City
Pioneer Center, Pasig
SM Marikina
SM City - Masinag - Exhibit
SM City - Taytay - Exhibit

See more at:

TO DONATE: Please seal and label  "c/o Meldy Fider for PNA Book Drive"Please also place the name of donor and e-mail and/or contact no.

Thank you very much for your support!

To know more about the foundation, visit their Facebook page here.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Free Downloadable Patterns

Patterns are so fun to play with!

You can make a room full of things much better just be adding a sprightly bit of patterns to each of them.

Here are some projects you can use these pattern for:

trinket holder
greeting card
pencil holder
drawer liners

See the project how-tos below.

Download images by right-clicking the large image file and choose "Save as ..."

Size of downloads are 8.5 x 11 inches, 300 dpi

Blue Green  Dotted Stripe Pattern

Right click this image below to download the full pattern

Red Braid Pattern

Right click this image below to download the full pattern

Pebble Beach Pattern

Right click this image below to download the full pattern

Pink Blossoms

Right click this image below to download the full pattern

Blue Happiness

Right click this image below to download the full pattern

*All images are for personal use only.  No commercial use allowed.

Now on to the projects!

To start, print out the different patterned paper using a colored printer.  Get your scissors, glue and other materials to make a variety of items.  You can make them all and use one pattern to make it coordinated.  You can download the paper multiple times and do remember it's for personal use only.

To make a trinket holder, cover the middle portion (where the label is) with the patterned paper.  We used an old tea can for this project.

To make the greeting card, cut thick construction paper sheet the size of 8.5 x 5.5.  Pick a dark color like what we used - dark purple (see below) so it will contrast better with the design.  Fold the sheet into 2 to form the card base.  

Download our cat-tern (cat shaped pattern) and use a carbon sheet to trace the cat-tern on to our free downloadable patterned paper.  Cut the cat shape and paste onto the front.  Then use silver gel pen to write the "Just For You".

The pencil holder has the same procedure as the trinket holder (above).  We used an old medicine plastic bottle as the base and took out the cap (try to find another way to recycle that!).

To make a container for pictures, snacks, sewing supplies, and other everyday things, use the same process as the trinket holder and pencil holder.  We used a biscuit container and the bottom portion is a little smaller than the top portion so take note of that when you cut your patterned paper.

To have pretty decor flitting about your room, just download this pattern, print and use carbon paper to trace it onto your patterned paper.  Staple them back to back, fold a bit so they look like they are "flying" and punch a hole in the center to hang with ribbons.

There are also a lot of great ideas from bloggers! 

We're sure you have more ideas!  Why not share these with us?  Feel free to send us a line at info at papemelroti dot com with picture samples of your work!  Enjoy!

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