It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Think about your pumpkin spices (which I hate), sweaters, boots, and scarves, but don’t forget all the fun stickers they have for fall as well! I recommend getting to Hobby Lobby or Michaels and pick out some cute fall tapes or sticker books to help get you in the spirit. Here are my October spreads!
When Life Gives you Lemons….
Drawing Outside the Lines
Thanks for taking a look at my calendar spreads. I know none of these have a huge over bearing fall theme, but don’t worry. Halloween actually falls in the first week of November so I can’t wait to show it to you! Let me know if these inspired you and share your ideas!
I’m back! With full force might I add. I am motivated and inspired! July and August are CRAZY for me but I have so much great new content in store for you guys and I can wait to share it all! So today I am sharing my September calendar spread! Got some new tapes from Hobby Lobby and was also trying to use some old tapes that I have had for a while and felt 0% inspiration from. Here it goes!
Every time I think of “cherry blossom” I think about how every girl in the 90’s used this scent for lotions, sprays, body glitter, EVERYTHING. We adding this striped tape gave it a little upgrade in my opinion.
Everyone know what roses mean to me and if you purchase planner stickers on a semi-regular or regular basis, you probably have a plethora of them. So try and mix it up. This is roses and polka dots part one. I tried to make my own spaces instead of confining myself to the pre-determined areas of the calendar. Turned out pretty well!
“Work and play should be separate; don’t carry your personal life into your office and don’t take any coworker drama home.” -Becoming EmJay
Sometimes I have to remind my self that even though I use one planner for everything, my personal life and my work are two separate parts of my day. That’s where this inspiration came from. I also found some Pinterest inspiration of basically overloading the middle with stickers and leaving the rest pretty bare. Than I got bored which sometime is my calendar downfall. I end up adding to much or adding something I don’t like, but this time I definitely think it paid off. All of that cheetah print you see? yeah. Hand Drawn. By me. Took forever, but I didn’t do it all at once. Just doodled when I had time. Didn’t finish it until today actually. This is definitely my favorite spread for this month for sure.
Pretty simple, too many flower stickers. I know. But I really need to use them. I LOVE the black tape though.
So my biggest problem that I have come across is that I have a bunch of sticker books with a scarce number of stickers left and me being the hoarder that I am, I don’t want to waste stickers so I keep sticker books that I haven’t really touched. So, recently I did somewhat of an inventory of what I have. Turns out, I had a lot of baby blue! So baby blue and striped is what I came up with. Played with making my own spaces again with this one.
Ew. I hate this one so much but like I said I have some stuff I need to use before I invest in more. One of those things is this God awful star tape. It came in a set so whatever, but I think I did what I could with it. But you can definitely tell that I wasn’t feeling very inspired by it.
So there you have it kids! If you have any questions about this months spreads or if you if you have a favorite or just want to say hi please comment below! Love you all bunches!
Whats up, Buttercups! I am so happy to be back blogging and posting all of my favorite things. I experienced so many drastic life changes recently, but I am so blessed to blog, and work on artwork, and spend more time with my two year old. Planner layouts are a fun way for me to relax and de-stress. I’s almost like meditation for me.
So continuing on with cutting down on some older stickers, I’ve been trying to create layouts with some stickers that I wouldn’t typically use, or do not feel like I have enough of a vision of how I could utilize them into an organized and productive layout in conjunction with other stickers. I noted that I tend to steer away from yellow. Not sure why because, honestly, I think yellow is a B-E-A-Utiful color. But I did notice that I have very few yellow stickers in comparison to other colors. Here is what I came up with.
Monthly Page Layout
Week 1 Planner Layout
Week 2 Planner Layout
Which came first The tape or the stickers?
So, I get this question quite a lot. Are you supposed to start with stickers first or tape first when starting a new planner loyout. Honestly, it doesn’t matter. I typically start with stickers just because I have more of them and I’m currently tying to cut down on some older ones by using them first and working around those opposed to trying to fit them in somewhere else.
I would say to start with what inspires you. Currently, I am inspired by desire for supply reduction. I want less stickers in my sticker box. I I have been working around the stickers. But when I purchase new tapes (which I definitely did yesterday and you’ll see them coming up soon in the march spread!) my gears definitely change to tape first. Because who doesn’t like using their new stuff? Not me. I use newer stuff than my older supplied. Hence,why I am in my current situation of purging via using older stickers first.
Week 3 Planner Layout
Week 4 Planner Layout
Alright homies. Hope you enjoyed this month’s spread! I will add a link in just a little with all of my products per usual on Likeittoknow.it.
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Hey guys! I apologize that I’ve been pretty absent lately. August is crazy for me with my day time job, and on top of that, we moved! There has been little free time, and when there has been, I’ve used it to eat or sleep. So, below are my August spreads for my calendar. Loved some, hated others. It is what it is. Comment your favorite below!
I had such good feedback regarding my calendar spreads. Not only did I inspire people, but it made me feel incredible that people found them to be cute. So, in an attempt to keep the good vibes, I’m going to keep posting them every month!
So as you can see, I’m trying to work on color coating the design portion with the functional part. That way everything matches. I got a HUGE book of flower sticker so I thought this would be a fun way to use them for the monthly spread.
I can’t lie, this is one of the best spreads I have ever done. But, don’t get discouraged if a spread doesn’t turn out so great because the more you practice with different layouts and different supplies, the better they’ll get!
As I said before, every spread cannot be perfect. But, the great thing is that there are tons and tons of products out there. If I had really wanted to I could have gone out to buy some stuff to spruce up this page. However, I didn’t have the time or motivation for this spread.
When I first started this spread, all I did were the middle vertical flowers. Honestly, I should have left it that way because it was adorable. So, just try to remember that less is more sometimes!
Rose Gold is so popular right now, so I tried out this spread! Turned out pretty good!
Here is a list of the products used for this months’ spreads:
Erin Condren Life Planner (Vertical Spread)
The Happy Planner Sticker Book (Fun Florals)
Erin Condren Designer Sticker Book (Classic Collection/Edition 4)
The Happy Planner Sticker Book (Simply Lovely)
Agutape AGU Foil Gold Skinny Washi Tape (purchased on Amazon)
The Happy Planner Sticker Book (Watercolor)
Hope you enjoyed! Comment or share your ideas below!
Who’s sick of digging through drawers and bins full of eye shadow pallets and lipsticks to find what you need? I know I was.
So, Here’s a step by step tutorial on how I organized everything into 3 easily accessible makeup organizing accessories!
Decide what type of function you are looking for.
I really wanted:
Firstly, create the ability to see the heads/tips of my brushes so that I could make an informed decision on which brush I needed to use with what product and get my desired effect.
Secondly, organizing my makeup into categories based on their use.
Thirdly, to stop having to dig and dig to find products!
So here are the three items I purchased to make that happen that are all available on Amazon!
Acrylic Make-up Organizer
Acrylic Eye shadow Pallet Organizer
Let’s Get Crackin’!
Step #1: Firstly, dump everything out onto a flat surface and make every item visible. Certainly remove all of your brushes and put them into the brush organizer. See? This is easy! Secondly, take out all my eye shadow pallets and put them into the eye shadow pallet organizer. My pile is looking much smaller already.
My Piles VS. Your Piles
Well, then comes the interesting part. It will be different for every person depending on what products you have. The acrylic organizer that I purchased has 4 large drawers, 2 small drawers, and a topper with one large section, two medium sections and a bunch of little small sections for lipsticks. Lets start with the drawers. Divide you makeup into piles.
Pile #10 is not pictured because I forgot to take a photo (“Great job, EmJay”): Highlighters!
Pile #11: Trash; sometimes baskets for storage can just be a catch-all for everything; just take it straight to the trash can!
I Have Too Many Piles and Not Enough Drawers!
Step #2: Secondly, you’ll need to combine some piles. But, how do you do that? OK, so there are 4 big drawers and 2 small drawers. That’s 6 drawers in all that I currently have.
What Piles Can You Subtract?
Subtract your piles by 3 if:
If you have a trash pile
A pile of things that won’t fit
Or a pile of non-brush utensils. Essentially, I have 6 drawers but 8 piles.
Therefore, I need to combine some of these piles. Subsequently, the non-brush utensils will go onto one of the little compartments on the top.
Too Much Shit and Not Enough Drawers Space?
Now I have 5 drawers left (1 small and 4 big) and with 6 piles. Certainly, my biggest pile is definitely my eye shadows. There is no way that all of my eye shadows will fit in one drawer. So I can a split them up in a functional manner?
Divide Big Piles into Smaller Piles.
In conclusion, I divided my eye shadow into 2 groups:
Pallets/ or multiple colors in one compact
Take a look below at my two piles.
As you can see, I divided my eye shadows and then used to of the big drawers and they fit perfectly with some room for growth, but lets be real. I don’t need anymore eye shadow ever.
Combine What Fits, Not What Doesn’t!
Alright, what does that leave me with? I still have 1 small drawer and 2 big drawers. My piles are down to 5.
Take a Look at Your Progress!
Next, was the part I had a little trouble with. Long story short I felt like all face related items (e.i. foundation, concealer, primer, bronzer, contour, blush, and highlighter) really all belong in the same category, but I couldn’t fit all of it together. As a result, I had to move some things around.
Small Detour Ahead
During the process not everything will always fit. I tried to combine a few categories with no avail. But eventually I came out on top. Therefore, I took these 6 categories and divided them into:
Contour & Blush
Foundation & Primer
Nope. Nope. Not Today, Satan.
Definitely didn’t like that. I didn’t like all my foundations and primers out on the top. Just for purely aesthetic reasons. It’s not pretty to look at. So I had to switch it up.
Pucker Up Buttercup!
Lets go over what is left, shall we?. Well, its pretty simple. I have one small drawer left and a pile of lipstick! How meant to be is that? Keep in mind: You have lipstick all over your house. And I love all the colors I have. Put the ugly things in the small drawer and display all the pretty ones or ones you use regularly up top.
Fortunately, I still have some space on the topper. So, what can I use it for? Well, the topper is like, easy access, so I decided to pull a few every day essentials out of the drawer and store them on top. That way I can just grab and go!
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I hope that this little “how-to” was helpful for you. To see the finished product, please click the link to my Instagram!
So most people aim to be comfortable in whatever their wearing, but what if you want to be comfortable AND stylish? Here’s how a turned a basic T-shirt into a grunge-inspired, fashion forward outfit!
First and foremost, let’s talk about what you can do to the actual T-shirt to dress it up. Knot it. Putting a simple knot or a hair tie bunching fabric to either side or to the front will drastically change the way a T-shirt looks and it also accentuates your mid region. Most T-shirts are loose fitting which makes the bottom appear saggy, baggy, or ill-fitting. Putting a simple knot or tie into a shirt give the T-shirt dimension and something else to look at beside its natural seam line at the bottom. Just bunch up any extra fabric that covers your pants and throw a tie in it and tuck it under the shirt, If you have a lot of extra fabric as I did with this shirt, you can pull the fabric together, twist it tight and then loop it through itself to tie a knot.
The next item I recommend to dress up any outfit is a generic blazer. It will completely change the direction of your outfit from “I woke up like this” into “I’m going to make today my bitch”. For this grunge inspired look I stuck with black, but a blazer in any color will work. I rolled up the sleeves on mine for 2 reasons:
The interior of my blazer has a different print which give my outfit some more dimension
I live in Alabama and it is hot AF outside.
Be mindful of what kind of jean cut you pick. My advice is to pick the opposite pant style as your shirt. If your T-shirt is SUPER fitted I would recommend a boot cut or a flare. If it is more bulky try a skinny jean. You can also play with the rise style and how tight or high you make the knot in your shirt. The jeans I chose are high rise and I tied the knot accordingly so that my belly would stay at bay (for the most part). If you go with skinny jeans be aware of wear the jeans end and your shoes begin. I cuffed my jeans to accentuate my shoes; another useful tip for dressing up an outfit!
Accessories, accessories, accessories. When dressing up any outfit, accessories are KEY. It’s incredible what a big pair of statement earrings, a belt, or even a simple bracelet or watch will do to an outfit. As you can see I chose to stay in the same color family, but feel free to step it up with a big pair of hoops or tassels in your favorite bold color.
I haven’t ever been super into belts with jeans. I usually gravitate towards waist cinching belts with any type of dress to accentuate my non-existent waist. Here I chose to use a belt really to draw attention away from my belly. Because the belt is a different color than my outfit, it is more likely to catch your eye than my midriff if it pops out accidentally.
OMG, shoes. Lets talk about heels. I love them, but how can you make it through a whole work day with heels without feeling like your feet are going to fall off? Here’s my trick: Platforms. Hear me out. If a heel is 5 inches tall and the platform under the ball of your foot 3 inches tall, technically your are only separating the ball and heel of your foot by 2 inches. The platform portion is giving you 3 inches of height without changing the angle at which your foot is sitting. Therefore, in my not-so-professional opinion, platforms are much easier to walk in for longer periods of time. Also, if you don’t have a pair of black combat-style boots, you’re missing out. They can go with pretty much anything.
So there you have it people. If you have any questions about what or where I got any of the items I’m wearing or for more helpful tips please contact me! xoxoxo
Alright, so recently I started doing a little more “designing” in my calendar to keep it fun and fresh and functional. I was tired of having notebooks with lists, a calendar with appointments, and sticky notes everywhere. So I purchased an Erin Condren calendar and over time I have collected a butt load of stickers. It makes my planner not only cute and functional, but it always keeps things interesting. It is also a HUGE stress reliever to design a planner page! I usually dedicate at lease one hour of time for myself on Sundays to design my calendar/planner pages. I try to do it when the weekend is winding down and I’m getting ready to start another work week. I figured, since I love it so much and I always look for other designs, why not share my own in hopes that it inspires some designs of your own! I will list several of the products I use below the pictures of my June calendar/planner pages below if you would like to purchase any of the same products!
So here are some of the items that I used in these spreads of you are interested:
Erin Condren Life Planner (vertical layout)
The Happy Planner Stcikers (Various packs, all available at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Target)
agenda 52 sticker pack (also available at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Target)
Dalus gold foil washi tape (purchased on amazon)
agutape skinny gold foil washi tape (purchased on amazon)
As always, feel free to reach out with your comments and questions!