Tuesday, January 31, 2017

DIY Pen Roll Holder

Looking through art supplies, one inadvertently comes across different types of pen holders.  They come as zippered up pouches, notebook types, wooden cylinders and more.  Which type holds your pens best?  

Pouches are not really ideal as they bunch up the pens and you need to pickup each pen before you know what color it is.  Canisters and desk cylinder holders are fine but they don't really show you all the pens at once.  You still need to rummage through it to get the particular pen you need.

A notebook with rows and rows of pens held by a garter on a flat page works better although these are hard to find and usually pricey.  Besides, they usually look pretty boring.

A solution is to make your own!  It's kind of an intimidating task but you can do it - even if you don't have much time.  You also don't need to buy a lot of expensive materials at a craft store.  Just choose materials you have lying around the house.  The design will be assymetrical so it won't look like every other pen roll holder!

It will look like this!  Isn't it so exotic and bohemian?  Get yours too!  Each one will be unique!


Over-sized Patterned Blouse
Cloth Scissors
Needle and Thread
Cloth or leather
Ruler (though I didn't really use one)

1.  Choose an old, over-sized blouse with reasonably thick cloth.  I used one with a colorful design and with lining inside.  The sleeves must be wide enough for the project. (see step 4 to know what I mean).

2.  Check if the sleeve is wide enough.  Your pen height must be smaller than the sleeve's width.  If it's the right size, pick the sleeve with the nicer design.  This will the material for our Pen Roll holder!

3. Cut out the sleeve.  You'll want the widest part of the sleeve to be neatly cut.

4.  So lay out the pen once again and imagine it suspended on the holder.  Choose the side of the sleeve that you want for the outside and inside of the holder.  Nice huh?

5.  Look at the length of the sleeve with the pen on top to see how long your holder should be.  Imagine your colored pencils and see if they'll all fit in there. 

6.  If you don't want it to look too funky, you can straighten the shoulder part of the sleeve and cut it straight.

7.  Turn the fabric wrong side out.

8. Pin the wider edge of the sleeve.

9.  Sew together!

10.  Admire your work!  Neat!

11.  Turn right side out.  Do the other side (the cuff part of the sleeve).   I liked how the cuff looked so I just did a blind stitch to keep it together.

12.  Snip off one of the blouse buttons. We turned over the button cause we liked the bamboo feel of the other side!  Sew it on the cover of the pen holder as a notch for securing the holder in place.

13.  Cut the strip on the blouse where the buttons go - we will use this as the strap on the pen holder.  Cut neatly!

14. Cut the length you need depending on the thickness of the roll.

15.  Sew the part where you cut with blind stitch.

16.  Secure the slot on the button to ensure it is going to be sewn on the right area.

17.  Sew the strap onto the back of the holder.  Use a blind stitch once again, so it looks neat.

18.  Cut a piece of cloth 50% smaller than the whole holder.  You may use a ruler to measure the piece.  We just estimated the size.  Place at the piece at the middle as shown.  Pin down.

19.  Sew the edge onto the cloth, taking care not to let the needle pass through the other side of the holder cover.  Then put a pen through and sew each section - see pattern for sewing in white (above).

20.  Finish sewing until the other edge.

You're all done!  Put in your pens!  Try it out!  Enjoy your new Pen Roll Holder!


Meet the youngest sibling of the original Papemelroti brood of artists, Christina Alejandro Burke.  At the age of 7, Christina was already working in the family business.  Customers would fondly recall seeing her wrap gift items on the floor because she couldn't reach the countertop. She oftentimes dabbles in drawing, calligraphy,  photography,  music, and typography.  Christina is based in Tokyo with the love of her life, her husband Patrick.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Bright Ideas for Romance

Newlyweds get a lot of advice from their elders and they're all the better for it as they embark on a journey that is not without its ups and downs.

If you come into a relationship looking only for the fun times, you'll get a rude awakening for long term relationships are best matured in the not-so-fun times.  It can only be true love if it stands the test of time.

One advice is to love, no matter what.  Isn't that a tall order?  What if she shops too much? What if he burps so loudly every day?  Love, no matter what.


Be grateful for God's best gift to you - your spouse.  When he/she does something you don't like, think of the phrase, "love no matter what".


We remember things better when we write them down.  Grab a brush pen and do some calligraphy!  

There are a lot of brushes to choose from!

We like the Kuretake ones as they produce thick, bold strokes.

The best advice we can give you is -

Wait, you don't have a brush pen?  No worries, we had our artist Calej make a sample video of calligraphy without a brush pen.  She just used a black ballpen.

It's your turn!  


Imagine being married for 90 years?  That's how long Karam and Kartari Chand were married until the husband's passing last October.  He was 110 and his wife was 103 at the time.  They have 8 children and 27 grandchildren.  Let's see what we can learn from this amazing couple.

The two met as teenagers in India and eventually settled in the U.K.  When asked the secret to their happy married life, they said, they they "don't argue" and they get along.  Is that possible you say?  It must be!

Some would argue that arguing or "discussing" is part of married life and that fighting fair is good for your relationship.

We must agree that expressing your opinions and not keeping it inside is good but how do you say this to your partner without arguing?


Express yourself lovingly and not argumentatively.  See what this does for your relationship.


Print the quote below and color in with crayons or paint, etc.  Paste on your journal to remind you of the week's assignment.

Respect comes from the Latin word "respectus" which means "to look back, to regard, to consider".  We are to look at our spouse with attentive, reflective vision.  We are not to disregard them or to forget looking at them.

Some studies have shown that RESPECT is even more important than communication.  In 1 Peter 3, where the bible talks about marriage, respect has more mentions compared to love.

"Wives, respect and obey your husbands in the same way. Then the husbands who do not obey the word of God will want to know God. They will want to know God because their wives live good lives, even though they say nothing about God. 1 Peter 3:1"

 "Husbands, also live with your wife the way you know is right. Respect her because she is a woman. She is not as strong as a man. Also respect her because God has given her, as well as you, the blessing of life." 1 Peter 3:7

So, respect is one of the secrets to a long and happy marriage.  We don't give it only when our partner does something good but even when they have failed you.  It's something we shouldn't ever forget if we want them to be content and happy in the relationship.


Read 1 Peter 3 and think of how to respect to your spouse in the day to day circumstances of life.


Make a song about respect!  Click here for the online music studio.  Just play around with it and have a fun memory.

Our last advice is by no means the least.  It's probably the most important.  You'd think our spouses ought to be at the top slot but it's God who should occupy that place.

Putting God first puts everything in the proper order.

"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Luke 10:27

If we put God first and consequently, His ways, that is the best we can do for our spouses.  God is love and if we follow the ways of love, we cannot go wrong.  God alone can give us the grace we need to make it the best marriage ever!

If we put our spouses first and our world revolves around them, this is not going to be a happy way to live.

Just think of your spouse agreeing with you even when you are going to do something wrong.  This is not good for our spouse.  If God was in first place, we can encourage our partner to make the right decision, in accordance with God's righteous ways.

Put God first and your spouse second.


Spend some time in prayer thanking God for His blessings and of course, for your spouse.


Create a collage with your favorite traits of your spouse.  Use your calligraphy and computer for typing out the characteristics of your spouse!  Then you can give it to him/her as a memorable gift!

We hope you enjoyed making the projects in this article!  Feel free to share them with us by a link on the comments below!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Heart Collage

Say it with Heart!  Use our Free Collage Printables offline and online - for your website, or craft projects!

You might have seen our present 2017 Valentines Day display and noticed the heart collage designs stitched together to form a sort of soft sculpture.  We want to share with you these designs so you can make your own mix and match of things to enjoy this season of hearts!

Projects you can make with these are:

Greeting Cards
Make these your Valentine greeting card cover design!  Just use this site to resize it to what you want before printing.

Profile Picture Badge
Update your profile picture on Facebook with a heart badge!  Just use this site to make the badge.

To use the images, just right click on the design you like and choose "Save as" to place the image on your computer.  You may use them for your personal blog or website to bring a little romance on your page.

Make your own romantic t-shirt by printing out this design on cloth transfer paper.

See more projects below...

*These images are for personal use only and not for any commercial use.

Just go over to a floor tile store and pick out a small enough tile for a coaster.  Glue on the heart print out on top and then spread a sealant like polyurethane to make it waterproof!

Image with Text
Make an online greeting with Fotor.  Put the heart design and add your own words to make the perfect e-greeting.

What else can you make with this free printable?  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Find the Fifty

************************* THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED!  *************************

We have picked a winner! 

Congratulations to Maybielyn M. David for getting the right answer - 34!

"Happy 50th Anniversary, Papemelroti mi'loves! Thank you so much for the lovely giveaways! I can't wait to see them, indeed 34 is a lucky number. Continue to inspire others by your arts! God bless, always!"
- Marbielyn


Time has flown by so fast!  The business has been so blessed!  We are so happy to share with you that we are turning 50 this year!

From a small little gift shop on Tomas Morato, Quezon City, we now have 21 stores and counting!  The late Papemelroti's proprietress, Socorro Alejandro used to say that she never planned for the business to be as successful as it is now.  Indeed God has miraculously transformed the outlet for her hobbies into a thriving family corporation.

In commemoration of our Golden Year, we are having more and more giveaways for all of you out there!  We've already been holding contests for years now but we are going to step it up this year!  Isn't that exciting?!

This month we are giving away some of our newest, most sought after products. These are wonderful additions to your home or office spaces!

Let's see the prizes...

Prize(d) List:

Life was Made for Good Friends Small Deco Poster
Make Time to Explore Small Deco Poster
The World is Yours Mug
When in Doubt, Smile Zipper Pouch
If You Dream It Mousepad
The Secret to Getting Ahead Ring Keychain
Wander Bike Pendant
Make Today Notebook
Wooden Easel Stands

To win these prizes, all you need to do is look closely at the image below and count how many 50's there are.  Then share the contest link on any of your social media accounts.

We are accepting entries from all over the world!

This contest ends on January 31, 2017!


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