Instagram Contest: Win Bike Bookends!

We’re giving away one of our newest premium products this month!


This is an absolute must-have for all biker dudes and dudettes!  It’s so cool and hipster and an ideal gift for young and old, guys or gals.



Join the Contest on Instagram!

1- Follow @papemelroti 

2- Post a papemelroti product shot 

3- Add hashtags #papemelroti and #papemelrotigiveaway08

4- The prettiest post will win!


We’ll pick the winner by February 23, 2016.


Can’t wait to get one?  Order one for yourself in the color you like.


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Free Printable Photo Borders

This Valentines, frame your favorite couple photos in one of our free photo borders!  Designed by Papemelroti artist Calej.


They’re in the sweetest pale pink hues and they come in 7 different styles.  You can use these for your digital scrapbooking or as you new Facebook profile picture!  You can print these on sticker paper and put them up on your wall or notebook!





Here’s a sample of how it will look like!



So save the PNG file below and have fun!  (Just right-click and save!)





You may use Canva to layout your photos on these borders.

Remember these are for non-commercial use only.






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The story behind the success of Papemelroti

The story behind the success of Papemelroti

Posted at 01/20/16 4:09 PM

MANILA – When you’re in the mood to look for Filipino-made arts and crafts, one name may pop into mind: Papemelroti.
What started out as a small gift shop in the 1960s, the family business has grown into a specialty shop carrying a wide variety of paper products and other accessories mostly made from recycled materials.
But what does “Papemelroti” even mean?

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One of the owners, Patsy Alejandro Paterno, shared that the brand name comes from the names of five Alejandro siblings–Patsy, Peggy, Meldy, Robert, and Tina.
They are the children of Benny and Corit Alejandro, the owners of Korben Gifts.
Patsy said her mother herself made stuffed toys and dolls from scrap when they started the small business.
“‘Yung mga pira-pirasong tela, gagawin niyang stuffed toys. ‘Yung mga toilet paper rolls, gagawin niyang doll. ‘Yung bote, gagawin niyang piggy bank. So mula ng bata ako, nakikita ko ‘yung nanay ko na mahilig gumawa sa kamay niya. Very artistic siya, very creative,” she told “My Puhunan.”

The owners of Papemelroti, Patsy Alejandro Paterno and her siblings. Photo from My Puhunan Facebook page

Patsy said the first Papemelroti opened in 1976 in Ali Mall, selling recycled and re-purposed products designed by her siblings.
“Kailangan kasi na iba ang paningin natin sa basura, which is exactly what my mom used to do,” she said.
Patsy said the Filipino brand is conscious about helping the environment and empowering Filipino families.
“We’re really committed to helping Filipino families, so ayaw naming mag-import from other countries kasi that means tinutulungan mo ‘yung mga pamilya doon, eh dapat mauna dito,” she said.
Patsy’s brother, Robert, is still involved in designing some of the products in the store, including piggy banks made from plastic bottles.

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Robert believes that their business was able to survive over the years because young Filipinos go through the “Papemelroti phase.”
“Tumatak na din sa isip ng mga tao na dito ka makakabili ng mga paper products na hindi ganoon kamahal. ‘Yung mga bumibili sa amin, karamihan mga bata,” he said.
Papemelroti now has 18 branches in the country, most of which are located in Metro Manila.

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Story Stones Exhibit






We salute INK (Ilustrador ng Kabataan) for the Story Stones exhibit held this January!  The installation was not only appealing to children but to everyone who saw it!






Here are some of Robert’s illustration on the stones.



Here’s what other people said about the exhibit





ROBERT JOHN A. ALEJANDRO
A graduate of Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines, Robert is an award winning graphic designer.  He is a founding member of Illustrador ng Kabataan (INK), an organization of children’s book illustrators.

His varied projects include design and illustration for books, magazines, and advertisements as well as designs for shopping malls, retail shops and entertainment centers like Eureka at SM Mega Mall.For papemelroti, Robert makes designs for stationery, bags, figurines and a variety of decorative accessories, often using his popular “Official” characters and Filipiniana themes.  He was once the host of the popular television show “Art Is-Kool” on Channel 7, a children’s art workshop on TV and formerly one of the correspondents for “The Probe Team” with Che Che Lazaro on Channel 2. 

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Images of Inspiration

We are frequently asked where we get our inspiration?
The truth is that inspiration comes from all around us.  It comes from the divine and it comes from the mundane, from special things and everyday things, from the old and the new.

See what inspires Robert Alejandro when he is tucked away, high up in his apartment.

Robert loves books, even those in a different language.  He has an eclectic taste in all forms of art.


In truth, Robert doesn’t like to open his abode to the public that even those closest to him are not allowed to enter!  But he was generous enough to show a few of his treasures to us here.


 Do you find inspiration in old illustrations? children’s books?  paper cuttings?  metalwork?  paints and colors?


As they say, “a thing of beauty lasts forever” – and so does the inspiration that those things bring us.  They show us that even the simplest drawing of a child can be a source of joy and motivation for us to also create!


 Each curious thing in his lair carries good memories with it of Robert’s worldwide travels.  They are precious finds from flea markets, museums, street corners and everywhere.


We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what inspires Robert!

What inspires you to create?



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No Sew Fabric Journal



Make 2016 an organized one with this journal that you can carry everything with you!  Simple materials for a stunning, versatile journal!




Materials:

Cloth (the fabric I used came from an old dress)
Cardboard (a used folder will do)
Thin garter 
Glue gun and glue sticks
Button
Velcro
Scissors
Paper made into signatures
Lay out the signature/s on the cardboard and cut the cardboard with a margin of about 1/3″-1/2″.
Cut 2 pcs if fabric with a margin of about half an inch around the cardboard.





Fold the margin of 1 piece of fabric around the cardboard and use a glue gun to attach it. Fold the margin of the second piece of fabric to cover the other side of the folder but this time use a double fold to make the edges neat. 



Lay the signature/s down on the fabric covered folder. Tie each signature down with a thin garter passing the garter over the journal cover.

Cut a small piece of fabric to make the closure. Glue it neatly to the back of the journal, and then glue Velcro to the other end of the closure. The other piece of Velcro should be attached to the front of the journal. 
Add a button or embellishment to hide the Velcro. You can also decorate the journal with ribbons, laces, fabric flowers, paper cut outs, etc. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Papemelroti’s owner and artist Patricia Paterno has been married for 21 years to a man with a good heart. They have one son who is as funny as his dad. She has been working in the family business since she was 11. When she gets home from work, she stays in her craft room and makes collages, scrapbook layouts, ATCs, and thinks of ways to re-use things normal people would throw away. Visit her arts and crafts blog.  She wants to be passionate about God’s passions so she also made a blog, Hebrews 13:3, about their service in the QC Jail.
See more crafts at

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