Learning A New Hobby

Hello everyone! πŸ™‚

It’s been a while since I was able to update this blog of mine. Been very busy these days. But still, I’m happy for all the blessings that were given to me and my family these days.

Right now, I am learning a new hobby. I got addicted to this after my friend asked me to help her with her baby’s christening invitations.

It was a real challenge for me and I was kind of reluctant to accept my friend’s favour since I wasn’t really a digital geek or Photoshop aficionado.

But still, I gave it a shot.

I asked my sister-in-law for a little tutorial since I didn’t know the functions in Photoshop very well. I just dictated the design I have in my head and she executed the “actions.” πŸ˜›

After numerous tweaking and deleting and editing and tweaking and editing again, we came up finally with a result that my friend liked. Here it is:

Christening Invitation|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

After that, I suddenly got hooked in making invitations.

Here are some of my “amateurish” creations. πŸ˜› This is what you expect from a newbie. Haha.

Some baby shower invites, for girl and boy. πŸ™‚

Baby Shower for Girl|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

Baby Shower Invite Sample|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

Then I saw our wedding invitation, I also tried making some.

Sample Wedding Invitation|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

RSVP Sample|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

After making the wedding invitation and RSVP card though, I noticed that I like the single-sheet than the ones with flaps, covers, ribbons and all the frills. I like simple-looking invitations. That’s the problem if you’re a minimalist. I don’t know if there are people who are like me who prefer simple and minimalist designs? Hmmm…

Anyway, here’s to me learning a new hobby. πŸ˜‰

I was just experimenting with the brushes and patterns and I’m still discovering the functions of each tools in Photoshop. It might take me some time to master this new hobby but learning new things is always fun. πŸ™‚


How about you? What new hobby are you learning nowadays? πŸ™‚






Keri Smith Creativity Books: Mess

Hello everyone! I hope you’re doing fine. πŸ™‚

I just wanted to share with you a book that I’m actually having fun with. πŸ™‚

It is Keri Smith’s Mess. πŸ˜€

Mess by Keri Smith|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

I found this book 2 or 3 years ago from the bookshelves of Fully Booked. It is a fun book because it helps you to be creative, encourages you not to be afraid of committing any mistakes and will make you believe that every accident is beautiful and colourful. πŸ™‚

This book gives only 3 rules. These are the rules to keep in mind when you are to buy or to do the tasks of this book:

  1. Do not try to make something beautiful.
  2. Do not think too much. (There’s no “right or wrong.”
  3. Continue under all circumstances.

The rules and tasks are open to each person’s interpretation. πŸ™‚

Here are some of my recent activities from this book:

Cutting circles from magazines. πŸ™‚ I like the irregularity of the circles. πŸ™‚ They look so cute. πŸ™‚

Mess by Keri Smith|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

Helping this very serious man to cheer up a little. πŸ˜›

Mess by Keri Smith|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

Painting using my fingers. I draw like a kid. πŸ˜›

Mess by Keri Smith|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

And finally, messing up the cover of this book! This was the very, very fun part! πŸ˜€

Mess by Keri Smith|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

This book has helped me a lot to loosen out. I am the kind of person who really follows instructions to the letter, I colour inside the lines, and I never wanted to make a mistake or to get stained. But this book has just told me to do the opposite! At first, I thought the instructions were rebellious and ridiculous. But after trying it, it really helped me to be more creative and to believe that sometimes, in order for us to be creative, we should not be afraid to commit mistakes. πŸ™‚

Mess by Keri Smith|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

Marimekko Inspired Mini Notepad

Lately, I have been having an extreme attraction to one of Marimekko’s Β pattern design. In case you haven’t heard about MarimekkoΒ yet, I made a background check. πŸ˜‰

Marimekko is a Finnish textile and clothing design company renowned for its original prints and colours. The company designs and manufactures high-quality interior decoration items ranging from furnishing fabrics to tableware as well as clothing, bags and other accessories.

When Marimekko was founded in 1951, its unparalleled printed fabrics gave it a strong and unique identity. Marimekko products are sold in approximately 40 countries. In 2013, brand sales of Marimekko products worldwide amounted to approximately EUR 191 million and the company’s net sales were EUR 94 million. The number of Marimekko stores totalled 133 at the year end. The key markets are North America, Northern Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The Group employs around 500 people. The company’s share is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.


The Unikko Red by Maija Isola for Marimekko. πŸ™‚ I love the look of the pattern because it’s so pretty and happy. No wonder it has been printed on almost everything: fabric and porcelain and has been turned into bags, clothing, shoes, and more.

This pattern has also been used in notebook and journal covers. And that gave me a nice idea on what I will do with my next planned project. πŸ™‚

I decided to do a mini notepad with this design as the cover. πŸ˜€

Without much ado, I brought out all my materials and started making right away.

I have 5 sheets of paper for signatures (journal pages) and an extra sheet to serve as cover.

I first sketched the flowers on the cover. The Unikko flowers are very easy to draw but I just looked at some images to make sure that it looks a bit the same.

Marimekko Inspired Mini Notepad/Sketching|AineeMacaraeg|CoffeeBreaksandRainyDays2015

My rough sketch for the cover looked like this. πŸ™‚

Marimekko Inspired Mini Notepad/Outlining|AineeMacaraeg|CoffeeBreaksandRainyDays2015

After sketching, I took some Sharpie markers to colour my sketch. The Unikko flower pattern consists of Red, Orange, Fuchsia and Black colours. I realised that it was very difficult to use the extra fine tip point marker for this. It took me hours to finish colouring. I should have brought some Sharpies with a bigger tip for a bigger coverage. πŸ˜›

Marimekko Inspired Mini Notepad/Coloring|AineeMacaraeg|CoffeeBreaksandRainyDays2015

It’s very difficult to take a photo while colouring at the same time. πŸ˜› I did some retouching and recolouring. After how many hours of colouring, my cover is finished. πŸ™‚ I added a black border for the spine. Then I punched holes for the signatures to be sewn in.

Marimekko Inspired Mini Notepad/AineeMacaraeg|CoffeeBreaksandRainyDays2015

I used the Saddle Stitch Binding technique for this notepad because it is easier that way. πŸ™‚ After stitching, trimmed off some of the edge so that it will have a nice, neat and even edges. My mini notepad is halfway done! πŸ˜€

Marimekko Inspired Mini Notepad|AineeMacaraeg|CoffeeBreaksandRainyDays2015

I decided to punch the corners of my notepad because I think it looks more pretty that way. I have always loved journals or notebooks with rounded corners. πŸ™‚

Marimekko Inspired Mini Notepad/Punching|AineeMacaraeg|CoffeeBreaksandRainyDays2015

And my mini notepad is finished and ready to be used!!! πŸ˜€

Marimekko Inspired Mini Notepad|AineeMacaraeg|CoffeeBreaksandRainyDays2015

I really had fun making this. I was happy that it turned out well. πŸ™‚ But if I were to make it again, I wouldn’t use markers anymore since they become dull eventually. I would use colours that are vibrant and glossy. I even scanned my cover before making this notepad and I tried editing it in Photoshop just to see the difference and as a back up in case anything goes wrong. I really am not that expert in Photoshop, I admit. πŸ˜›


It looks so vibrant and more polished. Maybe I’ll use this next time if I decide to make more of this. I really am planning to make more of this as gifts or personal use. πŸ˜€ And maybe next time I’ll use and experiment with different colours. πŸ™‚

Now, I’m going to enjoy my Marimekko inspired mini notepad. πŸ™‚

Marimekko Inspired Mini Notepad|AineeMacaraeg|CoffeeBreaksandRainyDays2015


Have a colourful and pretty day everyone! πŸ™‚





Watercolor Patterns

Recently, I have been hooked in painting using watercolors. I love watercolors since the colors look so transparent and you can easily blend colors to achieve your desired look. Also, it makes your paintings look whimsical and classy. πŸ™‚

I am still in the process of learning how to use this medium of color. And just these past few days, I made some watercolor patterns. I am not really good in illustrating that’s why I resorted into doodling some of the easiest patterns I can think of. πŸ˜›

These are some of the patterns I ended up making:





The third one was my favourite since that was the toughest for me and I was happy it ended up, uh, well, pretty for a novice’s eyes like mine. Lol. πŸ˜€

I made it as my Ipad lock and home screen saver. I’m sooo happy to see my own painting on my device! πŸ˜€




This is very easy to do by the way. Just paint or draw your desired picture, scan it, edit it–which means you can turn it into a vector image for a more polished look (I did not edit mine since I like it to look like a watercolor painting), and sync it to your device, set it up as your screen saver and voila! You have your own pattern! πŸ˜€

If you like one of my patterns (that’s an IF, lol), you are so much free to get it. You can edit it and make it more pretty. πŸ™‚

I hope you’ll have fun making your own watercolor patterns! πŸ™‚


DIY: Necklaces

Do-it-yourself projects are one of my most favorite things to do, especially during my leisure time. I just don’t know why, but doing something nice takes my stress away. I feel happy, very happy, to see myself making something all by myself and giving them to my family and friends as gifts and favors.

A few months after I got married, I started a hobby calledΒ bookmakingΒ and found it very fun to do. I got into bookmaking because of my love for books and journals that have blank pages, and I can customize the cover designs also.

Then lately, I got fascinated into making my own necklace pendants. I love necklaces especially those with antique-looking pendants, like what women wore during the Victorian era.

The reason why I got into making my own necklace pendants is because I wanted so much to have those pretty necklaces and give them as gifts to the important women in my life, but I find them too expensive. To buy just one necklace for myself would cost me hundreds of pesos, and thousands if I buy for every woman I would want to give one to.

So I started to look for online tutorials on how to make necklaces and those Victorian and antique-looking pendants. I was very happy to find many! Thanks to Google and Pinterest, I got what I was looking for.

To start my DIY necklace and pendants, I bought my materials atΒ Candytiles StudioΒ and bought a bundle pack of antique-looking circle pendants (it includes 10 pendant trays, 10 glass cabochons, and 10 ball chains and jumprings) and I bought a 2 oz Judikin’s Diamond Glaze as adhesive (if you want more info, just click the Candytiles link).


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Since I’ve got a stash of decorative papers which I used in book making, I used some of the paper scraps for the design of my pendant. I wasn’t able to document a step-by-step procedure in doing my DIY necklace pendants because I got soooo excited and just started making it, so I’ll just give you the link of the DIY necklace pendant tutorial that I used as my guide. Note: I just followed the process of doing, not the whole thing. But you can follow the tutorial if you like the look of her DIY necklaces better, it’s really all up to you. Be creative. I might also try using dried flowers in the future. πŸ™‚

*ClickΒ hereΒ for the tutorial.

I love how my necklaces turned out, and I made a lot in just one day. I gave some to my sisters, my mom, and my mom-in-law, and they pretty much liked it. Just imagine how happy I was to make my own necklace and give some too without spending that much. πŸ˜€ Then my friend came over to our place and I was happy to teach her how to make one and she was also happy to make a necklace of her own. πŸ™‚


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Sometimes, it’s fun to just make things on your own and I’m pretty sure that people will be happy to receive a gift which you can proudly say, “I made that for you!” Do try DIYs sometime and just be creative. Explore and make yourself and other people happy by making something nice and pretty.

I hope you’ll have fun making your own necklaces and other jewelries too! πŸ™‚




*Repost from my old blog. Originally blogged on March 9, 2013