Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fabric Flowers for a Good Cause

Visitors at Papemelroti shops will notice a new sign at the counters that look like this:

The fabric flowers are added on to a matching box which will add to the delight your gift will bring.

After using the fabric flower as a gift add-on, you can use it as a hair tie, bag ornament, wrist cuff or curtain tie.

These fabric flowers are also great to decorate your books, bottles and as a craft component!

So how can purchasing a fabric flower help someone?

Papemelroti artists Robert Alejandro and Meldy Alejandro-Fider conducted a workshop to teach moms from informal settler areas how to make these flowers.

The Novaliches Christian Community call them their "scholar moms" because their are supporting one of their children with school needs.

Every fabric flower you purchase helps these moms provide for their family's basic needs so add a flower every time you purchase a gift!

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Juan Project 2014

Sharing with you some pictures from the Juan Project.

A group of friends (including our very own artist Robert) travel to the remotest areas of the Philippines every year to provide school supplies to children in need.

Robert Alejandro: Thank you again to all who helped!  More than a THOUSAND school bags + school supplies were given to school children from the islands of Culion, Palawan!!!!! thank you Angel Aquino (instagram account) for the pics!!!

To support the next Juan Project contact Robert through his website

Mga Rebolusyonaryong Dekalogo

Just out!   Robert Alejandro's cover illustration - 

National Historical Commission of the Philippines
Year: 2014

Cover design for a collection of decalogues written by Apolinarion Mabini, Gregoria De Jesus, Andres Bonifacio, and Emilio Jacinto. Decalogues are like the ten commandments to the Katipunan, words to guide each member in their fight for democracy and to be a good Filipino.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Patsy's 10 Favorite Things

You'll be delighted at the article on Patsy on Real Living Magazine this month (August 2014)!

It's on the My 10 Favorite Things at Home feature on page 96.

Patsy contributes most of our Craft Projects on this blog so a lot of her creativity shines through on this blog!

*Patricia Joy Paterno is one of the co-owners and artists of the Papemelroti chain of gift shops.  See her Heartworks blog

Visit us at Papemelroti for more features on us 

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Talking About Giving Back

Papemelroti owner and resident artist Robert Alejandro shared about giving back at Assumption College's Year IV PEACE Work Project Launch last July 31, 2014. 

P.E.A.C.E. stands for Political Education, Advocacy and Community Extension.

The event's theme was "BUKAS... Open to Sustainable Development; AC Social Enterprise".

The event was organized by the Center for Social Involvement (CSI) of the Assumption College Basic Education Division.

Thank you for inviting us to share the Papemelroti story!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

In the Grand Scheme of Things

We love wise sayings and this month, it's all about the grand scheme of things!

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Craft a Grand-Garoo!

I've always wanted to make a small stuffed toy with a pocket to put a note, or a baby’s tooth, or a lock of hair. So I decided to try and see if I can actually come up with it. I first made a drawing, and then made a pattern from that.

Next I looked for some recycled material. This one is thin leather from an old jacket. I traced the pattern on the wrong side of the material.

Sew on the pocket, using an easy running stitch. I sewed it in front so it adds some 
decorative touch.

Then I sewed the two wrong sides together with a running stitch. You can also
use a sewing machine for this.

Make sure you sew on the line of the pattern.

Invert to the right side of the fabric.

Now we put on the face. I used scrap felt for the eyes and nose. I just used white glue to attach the pieces. Don’t put too much glue or else it will make a bit of a mark like it did here! To make the eyes, I drew on white paper, cut it out, and glued it on the felt. Then I tried a permanent pen on another piece of leather to see if the ink won’t run. After I saw that the ink didn't make a mess, I drew on the mouth. 

After, I stuffed it with some cotton. Be sure to fill up the ears well before stuffing the body. I used a pencil to push the cotton into the ears.

For the bottom, I cut up a piece of cardboard to add some stiffness to the bottom. I cut out a piece of leather just a bit bigger than the cardboard.

Then I sewed the bottom using blanket stitch.  

Here he is. Haven’t thought of a name yet!

Craft developed by Patsy Paterno

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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