31 May 2016

30 Day Art Challenge, June 2016

This is it. Here we go. Time to be brave and take the 30 day art challenge. 

I just read something that goes – Pablo Picasso always wanted to return to the uninhibited and innocent expression of the child artist (Curtis Tappenden). I admire how children can freely express themselves through art, undeterred by how their work will be judged. 

Months ago, our first graders had their Art and Artists unit. I watched in admiration as they freely, happily and bravely created art. From the get go, almost every one of them considered themselves artists. They were not afraid of making mistakes, and just dove into the creative process. No over-thinking, no inhibitions. 

It was a glaring contrast to what I feel about creating art.

Just the thought of creating art and showing it felt daunting, frightening, overwhelming. 

This might explain it - Johns Hopkins’ Dr. Charles Limb’s preliminary study on the creative mind showed that the lateral prefrontal cortex of our brain, the one responsible for self-monitoring, self-reflection, introspection and working memory, decreases in activity when one allows the creative, communicative, expressive areas of the brain to function. The creative mind begins to emerge – letting go of inhibition, the fear of making mistakes and welcomes generative impulses. 

It is my hope that the pressure of posting an artwork a day for 30 days will liberate me from my overactive lateral prefrontal cortex. 

One of the things on my bucket list is to have an art exhibit one day. I do not know if this will eventually lead to that. For now, social media is my art gallery. 

I am happy that my hubby Paolo, and friends Selena and Maggie are going on this 30 day art challenge with me! 

Join us? Post an artwork a day, for all 30 days in June – a painting, a sculpture, any artwork! Tag me!‪#‎paperminties‬ ‪#‎30dayartchallenge‬ ‪#‎30dayartchallengePhilippines‬

28 February 2014

Halloween in August

Halloween came early for paperminties last year as we celebrated Alana's birthday in August.  Little Alana L-O-V-E-S all things Halloween and since I am all for unique parties, this party was a treat to plan with Alana's mum! ( Special thanks to Rej for the referral!)

From the party invites, down to the full party package with cut-paper art for the centerpiece sticks and wall decor, paperminties got a fair slice of the cake and boy, was it fun!

Additional story bit: Alana's mum intended to surprise Little Alana with this Halloween-themed party.  It was super gratifying to see Alana smiling from ear to ear when she saw the decorations! 

A shout-out to Alana and family for entrusting this project to us! 

Another shout-out to the Periwinkle and Lace team who did the dessert table!  We enjoyed working with you and admire your work.  Great job!

Here are the Halloween in August party paperminties.

Birthday invite.

Birthday invite.

Table centerpiece sticks.

Pumpkin Wall Decor.

Green Spider Wall Decor.

Black Cat Wall Decor.

Witch's Hat Wall decor.

Large Wall Decor

The Manila Polo Club banquet and events staff did a great job coordinating the table covers with the party theme!  We are grateful!

Thank you, Polo Club, for nice, purple table covers!

Wall decor behind buffet table.

Spot the black, velvet-y table cover!

Large wall decor.  

Hope we got a better shot of the dessert table by Periwinkle and Lace!  They did an exquisite job bringing in the Halloween vibe! 

Backlog Posts Teaser!!!

Just like that, six months passed.  Life happened, literally, as we welcomed Baby #2 in August (plus I went back to teaching at a new school).

The blog took a backseat and party paperminties posts were shelved.

With the recent party paperminties inquiries, the nagging urge to post the paperminties-decorated parties surfaced.

Please watch out for the delayed posts as we will post them soon!

Teaser photos of what's in store.

Halloween in August.

Shabby Chic Tea Party.

Poopoo Party (yep, you read that right!).

13 September 2013

Party Paperminties - Cute as a Button Party

This Cute as a Button Party was in early August.  Birthday girl Kristiana turned two and her mommy and big sister thought it best to throw her a button-themed party since she loved fiddling with buttons!  Really clever theme!

Mommy was very hands-on with the preparations.  When I met up with her to discuss the party details, she had already finished decorating brown paper bags with circle cutouts and making paper pinwheels as centerpieces!  It made my work a lot easier.  All I had to do was add buttons to the pinwheels and paper bags, make table confetti and the large wall decor.  As an add-on, I decoupaged paper buttons on a letter K that mommy saved from Kristiana's Baptismal celebration.

Here are some pre-party photos and photos of the party venue on party day!

Brown paper bags made by Kristiana's mommy with the help of her loving Yaya Amy!

Paperminties paper buttons on the circles of the brown paper bags!

Pinwheels by mommy made from scrapbooking paper!

Paperminties paper buttons added onto the pinwheels.

Table Centerpiece pinwheels with paper buttons and paper button confetti on the table.

Table Centerpiece pinwheels with paper buttons and paper button confetti on the table.
Table confetti - Two-layered paper buttons from cutout circles.  I punched the four holes in the middle with a one-hole ticket puncher!  Labor intensive but results were satisfying.

Decoupaging Letter "K" with the paper buttons.

The finished product!

Large Wall Decor by paperminties!  How many buttons do you see?! = )
Brown paper bags with the thank you tags made by Kristiana's mommy! = )

Buttoned up Letter 'K' waiting for the cupcakes and cake!

Buttoned up letter 'K' with cupcakes and cake.

Posting more August projects soon!  Do watch out for them! = )

31 July 2013

Two Parties, One Day, One Venue!

Transportation Party, July 14.  Afternoon party at Shakey's.
Noah's Ark Party, July 14.  Lunch Party at Shakey's.
It's been a while since I last posted.  Paperminties has been busy this month and we are so grateful!  Yay!  For starters, we were booked to do party paperminties with a transportation theme for July 14...then came a last minute booking for a Noah's Ark party also on the same date! Despite the last minute advice, I couldn't resist doing the Noah's Ark party theme since it was so exciting to do!  The surprise was that it was going to be in the same venue.  One party during lunch and the other, an after-lunch party.  What blessings for paperminties!

The transportation party was booked months before the event.  Jose was turning one and his parents sought paperminties' help to do the party decor.  Both Daddy and Mommy were so hands-on with the party planning and conceptualization.  They chose this party theme since Jose loves all kinds of vehicles.  The party decor centered on the transportation giveaways they handpicked (they had to be food-grade plastic by the way!) and the color scheme/theme was just red, blue, yellow and green.  The only party decor out of the color scheme were the centerpiece sticks in yellow and black (by paperminties), and the orange traffic cones that both Mommy and Daddy worked on.  The orange cones were so seamlessly done that they fooled many into thinking that they were the real deal.  I really wish I could take the credit for making them!  LOL!

Below are some pre-party photos and photos of the party itself.

Transportation giveaways as party decor pegs and Mommy's washi tape.

The giveaways dictated the color theme -  red, yellow, blue and green.
Transportation Party Large Wall Decor by paperminties, situated atop the Dessert Buffet.
Table confetti by paperminties.

Table Centerpiece sticks by paperminties.

Party paperminty car used as giveaway bag decor.

Transportation Party Large Wall Decor - situated atop the buffet area.

Days before the Transportation party, another friend of mine messaged me and asked for help to decorate her baby's Baptismal Reception scheduled on the same date, July 14.  I hesitated at first due to time constraints but when I found out that the theme was Noah's Ark, I just couldn't resist!  Just visualizing the ark and cutesy animals excited me!  After agreeing to do the decor, I was surprised to find out that the Noah's Ark party was going to be held in the same venue - Shakey's, Sucat!  What are the chances?!?!  It further confirmed my decision to go for it! 

Here are the photos.

Noah's Ark party Large Wall Decor by paperminties.

Close-up.  Noah's Ark party Large Wall Decor by paperminties.
Table Centerpiece Sticks by paperminties.

Noah's Ark party table centerpiece sticks by paperminties.

Noah's Ark party table centerpiece sticks by paperminties.

Noah's Ark party table centerpiece sticks by paperminties.

Noah's Ark party table centerpiece sticks by paperminties.
So these were paperminties' July parties!  Will be posting another exciting July paperminties project on this blog soon.  Please watch out for it!

And please check out paperminties facebook page for more party photos!  Book us for your next party/event!