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Goody Goody Gift Swap 2014

I participated in the Goody Goody Gift Swap hosted by Jenna Cantagallo last Christmas but I was overseas until January for an extended vacation with my family. I got my package when I came back at around mid-January. I really wanted to share what a lovely package I got from my swap buddy so even though this post is very late I still wanted to share it with you.

From Memphis to Singapore

Susan from Susan Simpson Home, sent me a lot of lovely presents.  She is a designer, stylist and curator. I loved the package she put together for me.  I pulled out, item after item out of the box wonderful goodies she sent me.

Goody Goody Gift Swap just for me

My presents include:

  • A six piece set of letter-pressed note cards with a sea theme from Charleston
  • A book mark with the Ouroboros design
  • A card from Susan
  • A number 2 buttons
  • A button with the Memphis map on it
  • A vintage eraser
  • A small notebook
  • A book of Fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen.

I’m looking forward to signing up for the swap this December. You can check out Goody Goody Gift Swap on Instagram to see what items were exchanged and sign-up for the mailing list so you can receive an update when the swap begins.

Modern Calligraphy Workshop in Cebu Philippines

We our hosting our second workshop in Cebu on March 28. We’re excited to hold this event in our hometown. Please check out the registration form for details. Should you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact us via the Contact Form or send us a private message via our Facebook page.

If you would like to join our Modern Calligraphy Workshop in Cebu Philippines, please fill-up the form below and make payment either by Paypal or by Metrobank bank transfer.

Schedule:

Singapore:

Mar 07 - Modern Calligraphy with The Little Happyshop - (sold out)
Mar 14 - Modern Calligraphy with Public Garden - (sold out)
Apr 25 - Modern Calligraphy with Public Garden - (not open for registration yet)
Apr 26 - Modern Calligraphy - (open, register via the Workshop Page)

Cebu:
Mar 28 - Modern Calligraphy (full)
Mar 29 - Modern Calligraphy (open)
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue: Cebu
Sign-up Form: scroll down to register at the form below

Reviews:

Marix from Scrappalific:
And it was worth it! I signed up from Katrina Alana. I liked the materials they provided, very detailed! She's very knowledgeable in this field and quite experienced so you get to know tips during the class. The class was hands-on and she's helpful in doing a demo.

Jael from Instagram:
With @katrinaalana :) well organised, packaged and paced class. Highly recommended

Kristinel from Instagram:
ending Jan2015 wit smudges participated in Modern Calligraphy Workshop by @katrinaalana today and learned a whole lot from it. While it's good that you do you own researches and watch tutorials online, nothing beats the teacher-student kind of learning. the practice sheets are the best! just what i exactly needed. and oh, that left hand technique revived my almost dying interest in calligraphy... thanks so much Lex and Katrina! hope to see you around. :)

Elle from Hey Jayel:
“It was also great because the class was held in smaller groups so Katrina could provide us feedback and advice as we practice our strokes. During the first part of the workshop we covered the differences between Modern and Traditional Calligraphy and also the different materials needed. I loved the tips that she gave us about nibs, inks and pen holders. I learned more in that half hour she was talking then when I did my research online!”

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Sign-up for our Modern Calligraphy Workshop

Level: Beginner
Hours: 3.5 hours
Participants: limited to 16 people
Fee: PHP 2,800
Payment Mode: Paypal or Bank Transfer (immediate payment only)
When: March 28, 2015
Time: 1:30 pm
Where: Choi City Seafood Restaurant at the Banilad Town Center

Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is ideal for beginners who would like to learn about Modern Calligraphy. Our goal is to equip you with the basics and the provide you with tools so you can continue learning and practising on your own even after attending our workshop. Our class size is limited so we can allot time for some one on one instruction if necessary.

This class will cover the basics:
- Types of Holders
- Nibs
- Inks
- Papers
- Where to buy supplies
- Exercises
- Writing letters and numbers

Supplies included in the workshop:
- 2 Nibs
- 1 straight holder
- 1 pen bird pen rest
- 15 guide sheets
- 1 practice notebook
- Katrina Alana Modern Calligraphy Alphabet
- 2 bottles of ink
- 1 rubber bottle base

Steps:
1. RSVP to the Facebook Event:
Facebook RSVP

2. Fill-up the registration form and deposit/transfer payment:

Your Full Name (required)

Name to Print on Name Tag (required)

Mobile Number(required)

Your Email (required)

***Please check your spam folder if you do not receive a confirmation email.***

Handedness:
 Right Handed Left Handed

Workshop Schedule:
 March 29 - 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Payment Mode (immediate payment)
 Paypal Metrobank Bank Deposit / Transfer

Option 1: Click here to pay via Paypal in SGD $
Option 2: Bank Deposit / Transfer (Please make payment within 24 hours and reply to the email you will receive with the following information)


Bank Transfer Reference Number :
Bank Transfer Date :

Bank Transfer Time :

Bank Name:

Bank Account Number:

***Bank Deposit / Transfer Conditions:***

1. Payment must be made immediately. We will email you to confirm your spot.
2. Please send a photo of the receipt or transaction number with the date and time of transfer.

***Bank Account Details:***

You will get the bank transfer instruction and account details on the email you will receive after filling-up this form.

Occupation (required)

Blog/Shop Name

Do you have any comments, suggestions or questions?

Your Message

Terms and Conditions:

We reserve the right to modify the venue, date or time of the class or cancel the class due to unforeseen circumstances. The organizers reserve the right to decline the registration any participant.

Katrina Alana shall not be responsible for and disclaims all liability for any loss, damage or personal injury of any nature whatsoever which may be suffered by you as a result of or which may be attributable, directly or indirectly, to participation in this activity.

Payment must be made immediately to confirm your slot. If you need more time to complete the payment, please email us at katrina@katrinaalana.com so we can hold the spot for you for 1 day.

Participants who are not able to attend the workshop on the day itself or stay for the entire duration workshop will not be refunded in full, in part or receive store/workshop credits. To receive a full refund, the notice of cancellation must be made at least 5 business days from the event date.

All materials and instruction are copyright of Katrina Alana. Any step-by-step instructions or original course content on the workshop must not be posted online as this is a violation of our intellectual property rights and compensation will required as deemed fit by Katrina Alana.

You authorize Katrina Alana and the event partners to publish photographs taken on this event for Marketing and other company publications for print, online and video formats. You acknowledge that there is no financial compensation for the use of the photos of your name, image or craft creation and release any reasonable expectation of privacy or confidentiality with the associated images.

By participating in this activity, you agree to all these terms and conditions.

Do you accept these terms and conditions?

Confirmed Participants List:
1. Xy-na
2. Laarni
3. Melissa Diane
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Modern Calligraphy Workshop Reviews

It gives us great fulfillment whenever we receive good reviews for our workshops since we sincerely want to impart what we’ve learned to our participants. We don’t want to conduct workshops for the sake of doing so. Our primary objective is to always add value.

Here are some reviews from our Modern Calligraphy workshop participants in our workshops in January:

1. Jael

Jael from Instagram:
With @katrinaalana :) well organised, packaged and paced class. Highly recommended

2. Kristine

Kristinel from Instagram:
ending Jan2015 wit smudges participated in Modern Calligraphy Workshop by @katrinaalana today and learned a whole lot from it. While it’s good that you do you own researches and watch tutorials online, nothing beats the teacher-student kind of learning. the practice sheets are the best! just what i exactly needed. and oh, that left hand technique revived my almost dying interest in calligraphy… thanks so much Lex and Katrina! hope to see you around. :)

If you have attended our workshops and you would like to give us some feedback or suggestions, please email us. We will greatly appreciate hearing your voice.

Hello

We haven’t forgotten about this blog but lately we haven’t been sharing anything due to our schedule. We’ve been so busy with projects lately that we haven’t had the time to post content from as far back as July. Whenever we can, we just rest to avoid total exhaustion.

It’s so exciting that things are moving along but I think that we haven’t had the time to relish our experiences and really savor each moment before jumping on to the next project. Starting September, we will more selective about the work that we take on so we can launch some passion projects that have been in the pipeline for years now.

I’ve been lugging my iPad everywhere taking photos and I was hoping to sneak in quick blog post however my full attention is required during these events and meetings. I have been active on Instagram since it only takes a minute to post something so please check @katrinaalana quick updates or to interact with us via the comment section.

We really want to share useul information, experiences and reviews like when we went to a trip to Penang, played around with new calligraphy materials, tried some new recipes, joined the Yellowren Festival and so much more. We will be resuming weekly blog posts by September 15.

 

Email is Down – Fixed

We would like to apologize to our clients and customers if your email bounced this past few days. We noticed that we were not receiving emails at our sales[at]katrinaalana.com email which is our primary email for enquiry and sales.

We are currently fixing the issue. For any urgent enquiries, please use our contact form or get in touch with us through our Instagram or Twitter account @katrinaalana.

We hope to resolve this issue today.

Update:  The email issue has been fixed today.

Open Call for Yellowren Arts Festival 2014 in Singapore

We joined the Yellowren Arts Festival in Tokyo a few months ago and now the second leg of the festival is in Singapore. The organizers are looking for artists and crafters who would like to exhibit their work, sell and conduct a workshop at the Lower Seletar Reservoir in Yishun from August 29-31.

If you would like to join the Yellowren Arts Festival 2014 – Between Us (Singapore), please contact Jeremy at jeremy@yellowren.com asap as slots are limited. Please read this copy of the Singapore Participation Guidelines and Event Details PDF as the event is different from the one in Tokyo.

Workshop Review by Hey Jayel

I was checking my comments and pingbacks at lunch when I saw a ping from Hey Jayel. She attended our workshop last weekend and I was keen to read what she thought about it. Please note that this is not a sponsored review from Elle. This feedback is her own.

Source: Hey Jayel

Elle: “It was also great because the class was held in smaller groups so Katrina could provide us feedback and advice as we practice our strokes. During the first part of the workshop we covered the differences between Modern and Traditional Calligraphy and also the different materials needed. I loved the tips that she gave us about nibs, inks and pen holders. I learned more in that half hour she was talking then when I did my research online!”

I was happy to hear that our 2 hour workshop was able to meet its objectives. We made sure that the class size was small so I could check up on each participant’s progress. It means a lot to me that one of our participants felt she learned a lot.

Read her complete review at her blog Hey Jayel.

Holiday Hiatus

After swimming with the whale sharks, we had a barbeque seafood at lunch under the tree. This was the view at lunch.

I haven’t blogged in quite some time since we went home for the holidays in December and we were so busy that I couldn’t squeeze in any time to blog at all.

We were meeting friends and family. Going to several parties and the beach. The internet could not entice me to spend more than a few minutes online. I guess that’s the mark of a good vacation.

We’re finally settled in again. Bags have been unpacked and orders have been filled. I’m so excited for the projects we have lined up for 2014. Stay tuned!