New Year 2022 Shop Update

Last December I opened my store on Shopee selling a few Christmas themed sticker sheets, greeting cards, and a memo pad. I was thinking of just making some for myself and for a couple of friends but then decided to make some more, and post them on Shopee. I already made a few sales before I opened my store so even if I only made a couple of sales on Shopee that didn’t stop my enthusiasm from making more sticker designs for this year.

I was surely pressed for time making my new sticker designs but I’m ecstatic to announce my new products for 2022! 7 new designs which are perfect for your planners, bullet journals, or diaries. I have 3 New Year themed deco stickers and 4 journal stickers that are writable for planning your goals this year, looking back at the things that happened last year, and tracking the habits you want to do this year.

Cute decorative stickers for your planner including a resolution sticker sheet. (Approx. size is 3.8″x5.7″) All of the sticker sheets are available in Vinyl Matte paper which are smudge proof, UV proof, and semi-waterproof (it is waterproof but not advisable to be placed in mugs, tumblers or anything that can be exposed to too much water).

The Journal Stuff stickers are made of Regular Matte sticker paper which are writable and UV proof but not waterproof. (Approx. size is 3.8″x5.7″)

These sticker sheets are perfect for bullet journals and even your planner.

Aside from the sticker sheets, I also have a matching memo pad that is also New Year themed.

These memo pads are available in limited quantity but will be available for pre-order for bulk orders.

These new stickers and memo pad are already available in my Shopee store as of writing. Unfortunately, the store is only open to Philippine customers. Even if I don’t have a store open to international customers, I’m willing to sell a digital version of the sticker sheets on my Ko-fi page. Let me know in the comments if you would be interested in buying a digital version which you can print and cut on your own.

I hope you guys enjoy my new shop update. I’ll see you again soon on my next post.

Happy New Year!

January 2022 – Wallpaper and Calendar

Happy New Year everyone! As my first post for 2022, I would like to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who have been reading my blog posts, and to the regular supporters of my wallpapers and calendars. I truly appreciate your support for my illustrations. Also, I’m beyond thankful to the new friends I gained last 2021 in both my Twitter and Instagram accounts. As a novice artist, I honestly have doubts in terms of my creativity and I’ve been worrying a lot whether people like my illustrations or not. Getting positive comments and the increase in my follower count became my strength to push forward and to strive to become better with my craft. I hope you can still join and continue to support me this 2022. As a resolution, I’ll try to be more active in posting here on the blog and to create more illustrations and products that will excite you. Again, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

This month’s wallpaper and calendar theme was inspired by the New Year Sticker Sheet that I created for my shop. Milky and Miggy were preparing to celebrate the new year with some party poppers and fireworks. The color palette was inspired by this year’s Pantone (based on what I read). Just like last month, I have two wallpaper designs: 1) Regular Wallpaper 2) Calendar Wallpaper

Just a quick note that starting this year, all monthly wallpapers and calendars will be posted on my Ko-Fi. They are still ABSOLUTELY FREE but should you wish to tip me for my artworks, you may also do so. If it is your first time to use Ko-Fi, just follow these steps:

To download the file for free, just put zero (0) on the amount portion then click GET NOW.

If you wish to tip me, just put any amount then click GET NOW.

You will be redirected to a page then put in your email address and nickname then click CHECK OUT NOW.

Once you successfully check out, click VIEW CONTENT on the next window that will pop-up and then DOWNLOAD the file.

Click on the photo of the file you want to download:

I hope you enjoy this month’s downloadable files just as much as I enjoy making them for you. Thank you for dropping by and I’ll see you again in my next blog.

If you have any theme requests for next month’s wallpaper and calendar design, feel free to drop me a line in the comments or you can also email me at justbuhnnie@gmail.com.

All downloadable files are for personal use only. Please do not trace, copy, reproduce, or share my illustrations and works for the purpose of selling or making profit. You may share them on your social media accounts but please tag me @buhnniestudio.

Art as a business

A little over a year ago I decided to take the plunge and bought an iPad to start my journey to digital illustrations. It was merely a hobby, something to take my mind off the pains of the pandemic. Clearly, Covid-19 took a toll on most people’s mental health – and I’m no exception. After watching countless videos on bullet journaling and studio vlogs from artists selling their crafts on Etsy, I suddenly had my Aha! moment. To be honest, buying an iPad in time of the pandemic was not a wise decision as I’ve been trying my best to maximize my budget since I’m still running my start-up business. I was torn for a couple of months because I needed an outlet to distract myself but I was worried to spend a lot (while I had no regular income coming in). In the end, the iPad won!

Draw, draw, draw

Ever since I got my iPad I’ve been drawing non stop. Seeking inspiration from Pinterest and a bunch of YouTube videos, I would sketch everyday to improve my craft. After months of making digital illustrations, I could compare the progress of my first illustrations to my current ones and I’m pretty satisfied with my new drawing style.

Taking the leap

I’ve been supporting local and international artists by buying their handmade products and I even subscribed to Patreon accounts of some of my favorites. Being a huge sticker hoarder, I enjoy collecting their works (A LOT) and seeing them successfully make a living out of something they are passionate about is something that really piqued my interest. Once in a while I would accept small and personal projects from family and friends. It was kinda like testing the waters to see if people would be interested in buying my products in case I decide to sell them. Surprisingly, I got good response from my small projects and that’s when I decided to take the leap and start my small handmade stationery shop.

Getting started

It took me a long while to get started. The search for the right cutting machine, printer, the best materials for my products, packing supplies, and choosing the right platform where I can sell my products at took up most of my time. I also had to do test prints and have made samples which I gave out to select people to get feedback.

I’m listing down the equipment and materials I needed to get me started on my new business venture. Please note that the list is just the things I use and does not mean that everyone has the same process.

List of equipment

  • iPad or tablet (for making illustrations)
  • Laptop or computer (for editing the illustrations)
  • Printer (to print the illustrations)
  • Cutting machine (to cut the stickers kiss cut or die cut)
  • Laminating machine (to make waterproof stickers)

List of supplies and materials

  • Sticker papers (assorted vinyl, regular stickers, transparent, kraft, etc.)
  • Photo top (cold laminator film)
  • tissue
  • mailers
  • cellophane or glassine bags

Store opening

After spending long hours preparing my products and pushing back my shop opening date several times, I’m proud to say that my shop is finally open! It was so surreal seeing the product photos already posted in my shop and that people are actually viewing them.

A couple of hours after making my shop live, I got my very first sale! I was out for some errands at that time but I started packing the order as soon as I got home; and it was the best feeling ever. As soon as the courier service picked up the order, it felt legit. I told myself, i finally made a sale and it was on its way to its new home.

Store link and current promotion

Currently, my store is only open to Philippine customers. I’m still testing the waters and I still have to learn about making an international store (I’m thinking of either Etsy or putting up a Shopify account). I need to do my research first. Plus, I’m working on a few more products which I plan to launch by January next year. So far, my store only have six products listed but that’s totally understandable since I’m still starting. I want to know what customers would want to see in my shop so I’m open to suggestions. If you have ideas please leave them in the comments. I very much appreciate your feedback.

If you’re from the Philippines, you can check out my Shopee store here. I’m currently having a small sale happening that will run from December 12-15, 2021 only. Use the code below upon check out so you can avail of the 5% discount (its not much but I hope it still helps).

Thank you for visiting my blog today. If you have content suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me in the comments. See you on the next blog!

November 2021 – Digital Download

It’s November! Wow, in just a few days it’s already Christmas. I know a lot of people are also looking forward to Thanksgiving but since I’ve never celebrated it (I’m not even sure if our country celebrates Thanksgiving), I tend to be more excited for Christmas.

With Christmas in mind, I thought of having two color palettes for this month and have a total of 6 downloadable files with 3 files per color palette.

Blue

  1. November Calendar Wallpaper
  2. November Calendar
  3. November Desk Calendar

Beige

  1. November Calendar Wallpaper
  2. November Calendar
  3. November Desk Calendar

This month’s theme is Cozy Day at the Park. Living in a tropical climate, we never get to experience snow. Whenever I watch my favorite Christmas films, I get to see a lot of snow covering the streets and Christmas trees. Those movies were the inspiration for this month’s theme – Milky and Miggy sitting at the park to watch the snow fall.

Download them here:

I hope you enjoy this month’s design and illustration. If you have any suggestions for next month’s design, please feel free to drop me a line here or you can email me at justbuhnnie@gmail.com I’ll try my best to consolidate all your suggestions.

As always, I’m happy to share these downloadable files with you for your PERSONAL USE only. Please do not copy, trace, reproduce, steal, or distribute any of my illustrations or downloadable items with the intention to sell or make profit in any platform not limited to physical, electronic, or digital sales.

Likes and shares are greatly appreciated so please tag me at buhnniestudio in any of my social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).

Illustration Update – September

Hello friends! I just updated my Illustrations page with my recent drawings. I think the last update was March this year and it has been several months now. Recently, I’ve been trying to make my drawings more cohesive. I’m very much into chibi and cute things so I try my very best to come up with cute illustrations that I’ll enjoy. I also try to limit the brushes that I use with every drawing. I used to experiment a lot on brushes and in some of my illustrations, I would use more than five types of brushes. With my new drawings, I drew them more simply using a maximum of three brushes. I might be using more pastel colors in the future too.

Also, I made some changes in my instagram account. I archived old illustrations to make way for the new ones. Like I said, I wanted to be more organized and cohesive with my drawings so I had to start fresh. My Buhnnie logo also changed to go with the same drawing style as my illustrations.

My new Instagram profile

New Instagram Profile

Comparison of my previous logo and my new logo.

Original logo
New Logo

In line with the new updates I made, I’ll try my best to update my illustrations on Instagram, Pinterest and also here on my website.

As always, thank you for reading my blog and hope to see you here again soon.