The Papemelroti DIY Station: For Artsy Fartsies

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I think any Manila Millennial would know this humble and homey craft store. We have either gifted their products or have received them ourselves! Papemelroti is one of those stores overflowing with love and care and unicorns and rainbows and travel and a time when dreams come true. It’s like your grandma’s house where cross-stitch works of love go to hang and display themselves on walls for visitors to see while the smell of warm, freshly-baked cookies fill the house. Heavenly. Delightful. Homey. Papemelroti. (Forgive the untimely tone, I just had an Anthony Bourdain TV marathon and find that I have picked up a thing or two from him)

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Needless to say, I love this brand. It’s all about positivity, happiness, love, and above all: hearty crafts. Can I get any more gaga for a brand like this?!
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All Pape {Pa-Peh; they way I like to call it} stores look the same but there’s one store that’s particularly different. Pape recently transferred to the newly opened Gateway Tower in Cubao. A bit hidden from it’s old location but that’s simply more things to love about it! It hides one special, secret, hidden treasures in Cubao:  A PAPEMELROTI DIY STATION!!!!!

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Can you imagine how ballistic I was when I saw it for the first time?! I immediately phoned up a friend and told her to have a crafty afternoon with me. The Papemelroti DIY station is like a unicorn, you don’t think it’s magical existence exists until you see it and when you do, you smile and go crazy… In the best way possible.
Here’s how it works!

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Pick and purchase a DIY-able item on the nearby shelf. The prices are beyond reasonable and are more than affordable, they are really cheap and worth more than your money. I got a notebook and a 5piece set of blank postcards to give to my friends.
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Pay for your purchase, the warm ladies in the counter are more than glad to help you out.
Sit and craft away! Pape, being the warm, loving and nurturing brand that it is, made sure that you have everything you need: from crayons to stamps to glue! They even provided some shredded book pages for you to add to your work! Giving it that signature Pape-look. How can you not love this?!
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You can mix and match techniques! Purchase some other items like post cards, letter cubes, and stickers to put on your master piece! I love this teacup and teapot post card! Talk about being a one-stop-shop!
I can sit here all day. Where’s the milk and cookies? Where’s the personalized quilt at?  I can live here.

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The best part about DIYing? NO RULES. Make it your own! Pour your heart out! This is better than getting a pre-made card from bookstores! Gifting items like this give that “I really care about you” messgae!
And need we dwell on the fact that they look super cool?!

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It’s a wonderful place to relax, I’d pick making 100 notebooks and postcards than going for a massage any day. You can create gifts for your friends or simply hoard Pape items. Hoarders, trust me, you. Are not. Alone. You will spend arounf 1-2hours and you won’t even notice that you have! Time flies when you’re DIYing!

 

Here’s my finished post cards for my friends! I made each as personal as possible! Mau (my other crafty friend) made her post cards with her initials and well… Very her. She customized her notebook with a ready-made cat postcard that said meow. With Pape’s crazy-awesome products, it’s hard to come up with a bad DIY-product! Anyone can totally do this! Best tip I can give? JUST HAVE FUN WITH IT.

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Tell me how you’ll do your own Papemelroti DIY! I’d love to share DIY tips with you!

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Much love and crafts,
LMTP.
Papemelroti DIY station is located in the Gateway Tower, Gateway Mall, Cubao. In the 4th floor, in between Officeworks & Rustan’s.
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