Andrea Cervantes is Beruna Girl, designer & illustrator from Laguna, Philippines.

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This blog is still alive, yes! I’ve expected December to be super busy, but not THIS busy. I’m keeping track on things at Instagram though.

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Made stuff like t-shirts and moving scale models for our office Xmasย  party. It’s my local Lantern Parade tradition (aka stating up really, really late at work).

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Made some prints and the wall for My Apt., Heima’s new store for men with taste. Even with the limited time they gave me do these, I enjoyed working on these! Follow them in Instagram @thisismyapt. Blog entry soon!

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Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and Cafe opened its new branch in BGC, so I’ve made a few more graphics for them via Heim Interiors. Must visit by BGC, I miss that place!

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I attended the Lantern Parade yesterday! It was still super fun even though I didn’t see a lot of friends, and the floats this year are awesome.

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In notebooks news, I’ve just delivered the last batch for Xmas. Jessica Zafra also featured my notebooks in her blog (with my batchmate AJ’s and Noel’s hilarious comics series, Crime Fighting Call Center Agents) after I attended her book swap. It still feels surreal to be featured, though.

Wait, what? It’s halfway through December? But there’s so much to do!!! Aaaagh!



Hey guysssss! It’s been 2 months since I’ve updated, and as always I feel really bad about it. But then again, I’m just collecting stuff for things to share, and these couple of weeks have been super exciting for me.

Heim Interiors, the interior design firm of Heima Home and Lifestyle, commissioned me to make lettering designs for Vanilla Cupcake Bakery.

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I’ve been curious about the overall shabby chic look of Vanilla Cupcake since I saw their small Trinoma kiosk, especially after I’ve treated myself to an afternoon there: it looks and feels like Heima’s early shabby chic collection, but done in pastels. And I was right, it was definitely Heim Interiors!

The team approached me to make handwritten, cupcake-themed decals for their project. At first I didn’t know it was for the store, and it was a good thing because I loved their concept and I don’t want to stick to a preconceived style the store is using.

I guess I was super excited and pumped that I got the concept quickly and worked on it. I had a hard time with the lettering: my handwriting is the worst, and although I can style it and make it look better, it was not what the concept asked for. So I went on and modified and tweaked some typefaces, which looked pretty good (aka better than my handwriting).

The decals looked super cute, I can’t resist making mock-ups!

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Because I haven’t been going around the malls during those weeks, I didn’t see them posted in the stores until last week. I was looking for a present for my boyfriend (it was his birthday!) and I was going around frantically when I passed by and gasped! It was so surreal.

After designing the decal, they approached me to design the neon light lettering for the shop too! These kinds of quirky, unexpected details make Heim Interiors stand out: a sweet-looking store with neon lights, and it works! Who knew?

The team wanted baking/cupcake quotes in script. I came up with two designs within a day because I was super excited! This time, I followed my gut and decided to make one with modified typefaces and one with my (cleaned-up) handwriting. Mockup again, ugh they look so cool!

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They chose the one with my handwriting! It was a revelation, really!

The neon lettering is installed in their new UP Town Center branch in Katipunan. I wish I can visit the store soon, but for now I’ll just repost the pic from @heiminteriors’ Instagram account. (Let’s make the #friendless Katipunan meet happen, guys!)

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October is starting to be an interesting month to blog about, and I’ve lined up some more posts and projects that would hopefully push through (you know, apart from me doing my day job). I hope it does and I hope I can do everything well!



Hello guys! I have been busy to sit down and blog but I do get to post on tumblr and Instagram, because it’s an instant gratification thing. So let me make up for it by posting stuff with my phone!

I got myself a really affordable smart phone, and I’ve been using it lately because it’s pretty convenient (Google apps are great!) even though the camera’s not so good. All of our cameras have broken down and are under repair, so I got to rely on this cam, and although I’m really not satisfied with the photos, it got me posting in Instagram quite a bit. So, to the updates:

Soon at Heima

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Super secret Heima project! Heima’s new stuff this fall will be so great, can’t wait for the release! (Reposted from @heimastore, of course.)

Paper cut practice

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So happy to do more, proper layout when we get our camera back.

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Made a Saul Bass-inspired poster for Person of Interest just because I saw the SDCC poster and it makes me giggle and point at how, uh, mind-boggling it is.

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Also, WHO’S LISTENING TOย WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE? Guys, it’s ridiculously good, and it makes me doodle things.

Mabuhay DIY interview

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I got featured and interviewed in Mabuhay DIY! Mabuhay DIY is super crafter Drea’s blog, which chronicles her arts and crafts journey. I wish I can make time and craft religiously like her. Thank you so much Drea! <3

There are so much stuff to do this month and I hope I can blog more about it!



I am recovering from a flu so that means I stayed at home instead of doing the things I planned to do with my friends this week, huhuhu. ๐Ÿ™ Today I tried getting up and finished another Afterschool piece, and I had so many mistakes that I practically redid most of it. ๐Ÿ˜› But here it is! <3

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Algebra

Paper cut on acid-free paper, approx 16 X 10 in

Did this while watching HBO’s Romeย (best TV show ever, you guys) and the original Star Wars trilogy. I know, isn’t it weird that these get me in the zone? ๐Ÿ˜›

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So I hope you had a more productive weekend than me. See you next week!



Hello guys! I have a secret, special project, and I just want to share the first part of it to you. I will be making more paper cuts in the future, and I hope you will stay tuned. ๐Ÿ™‚

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History

Paper cut on acid-free paper, approx 16.5 X 10 in

And here are some WIPs. I did this all last night while watching Homeland (good show btw). ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to rest my hand today but I’m itching to do more.

People were asking for more WIPs, hehe. So here are additional ones – from the drawing stage. I made these preliminary drawings on A3 paper days ago, and pretty proud that I did!

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Cutting the stencil

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The tools of the trade: X-acto knife, tracing paper, and my canvas. <3

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I hope I can finish everything by next month. Challenge accepted! Tune in for some updates!



Hello guys! It’s been a while – because I am so busy again at work, but mostly because I am working on my site! After some beta testings, here is the new berunagirl.net! ๐Ÿ˜€

I was really unhappy with my first beta layout (you can see it here). It wasn’t me, the fonts weren’t that good, plus I had a hard time making up my mind about the homepage. This looks so amateur compared to my old Multiply website layout, which I thought was the best layout I’ve done. I had to redo it, or I wouldn’t be able to write on it.

Firstly, I was planning on using my old Tumblr logo, which I did last year. I believe it looks vintage and script-y, and I thought it expresses what I love:

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The thing with this logo was it was too plain for the minimal website I wanted to do. So I decided to spruce it up:

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I love it! I love the ornaments and how I can make a pattern from it. But it didn’t grow on me, I don’t know why. Maybe it was too digital? Anyway it didn’t fit in with the layout, so I had to think of other ways:

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Which are pretty cute, but NOT ME. Especially the one in the right! I also tried going to the hipster logo direction that everyone’s going into now:

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NOPE. Maybe because I overdid it? But it’s still not working for me!

I was very challenged with this website, that I spent some time off to think about it. I decided to make a moodboard, but it soon grew and became the moodboard of the website. I wanted to have a clean, minimal layout ย – blank and white with pops of colors and curves.

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Then things got clearer and I took on a new path. I want something handmade or resembling handmade paper cuts and drawings, and I want to feature silhouettes, because I love drawing and making paper cuts of faces and heads. I gave it a shot:

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I love the last one, but I was having a very hard time to incorporate these with text!

Then I got inspired: what if I try doing calligraphy around it instead? In between breaks at work, I wrangled with my handwriting and finally produced this baby:

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And after tinkering with it in Illustrator, the final product:

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I love it so much! It’s perfect for me! And when I tried it on the theme I am using, it fits perfectly.

It took about 2 months for me to make all these – branding is not really an easy area for me but I am always inspired when it looks so effortless and lyrical. I really hope I can make my works look like that. But then again, baby steps! ๐Ÿ˜€



  • January 22, 2012
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I am a big, BIG fan of BBC’s Sherlock and after that amazing season ender, fans came up with the I Believe in Sherlock Holmes Project. If you have seen the series and the last episode, you’d know why we’re doing it. (Explaining it would require lots of spoiler alerts, so please go and watch it!)

So I thought about making spray-paint stenciled posters. But as I was doing it I was enjoying too much! It came out as a papercut. ๐Ÿ˜€

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I’m planning to make it as a poster and do more characters, so stay tuned! ๐Ÿ˜€

EDIT: Wow, 670+ notes on Tumblr! ๐Ÿ˜€ THANK YOU EVERYONE! Now must make some more! ๐Ÿ˜€



Here’s something I’ve been doing on Tumblr… which I forgot to do and am only continuing now!

10 Things in Type!

My tumblr friend Andi tagged me in the “10 Things You Don’t Know About Me” meme, where I should give facts people rarely knew about me. I saw it as an exercise to practice typography, so that’s where the project started.

And then, after the third one, I forgot about it, eep!

So here’s to keeping the tradition and getting on with the project! You can find the short essays about them in my Tumblr.



  • January 2, 2012
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I am so lucky to be invited to take part ofย Heima Store‘sย MT washi tapesย launch. It’s been a while since I was in the loop, so I was surprised that they contacted meย and asked if I could beย a guest crafter for a day.

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I met some wonderful craftsy people! Almost all of us were too amazed with the washi tapes that we just went with our guts to produce our pieces. I planned a more intricate piece but I might take too long so I just hoped for the best and did it. I am happy that many folks liked my work. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, Decor8 liked my piece, apparently!

Thank you Heima Team for inviting me to this project! And I will be coming back to get the tapes! ๐Ÿ˜€

*all photos from Heima Store’s Facebook albums and Tumblr. ๐Ÿ™‚



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