February 2020 Calendar Spread

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

I used any yellow sticker I could find in my entire repertoire. I added some gold tape which I like but I wouldn’t recommend this particular tape. I got it at Hobby Lobby and it does not stick very well. But gold and yellow go very well together regardless.

Week 1 Planner Layout

So, the little purple “tab” stickers I have had since day 1. I know, it’s totally overused on this spread in my opinion, but like I said, I’m trying to use some older stuff so that I can buy some new things! Purple is the theme for this one obviously. And there isn’t much to say about this particular spread besides the fact that playing with different shades of the same color is totally cool. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve found that greens, reds and blues (primary colors) are particularly hard to mix different shades of in the same spread. Purples, greens, and yellows you should be good though.

Week 2 Planner Layout

I had this set of flowers that look particularly life-like, which made them hard to combine with any other flowers I had which typically looked like a cartoon or drawing. I started with the flowers and then found stickers that matched the colors within the flowers. I then went back and added the prismatic/stained glass-like tape when I realized That the colors were fairly similar.

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

I know, I know. This page is overwhelming. Cupid threw up on it. I’m not mad about it, but I mean, look at those ice cream/Popsicle things. How was I going to use those without it looking like A barbie calendar? Thankfully I had and excuse to be kitschy and tacky as fuck: Valentine’s Day. What better way to get rid of all those small little page fillers (hearts) than to heart the shit out of a Valentine’s Day spread.

Week 4 Planner Layout

So recently my best friend came to visit me and I told her to bring all of her planner supplies. By the way, she started using stickers and tapes because of me (#flex). When she was here we had an impromptu planner party. The great thing about getting together with a fellow sticker/tape user is that you can trade! So we went through our inventories and then exchanged sticker that we may not use but the other person will. It was also great because if there were any layouts that we had that we felt were lacking, we could use each others tapes! This is an example of one of those layouts. I purchased a “farmhouse sticker book (not my favorite) that had a lot of muted and grey stickers. One I finished the stickers, I didn’t have a tape that even remotely fit in with the color scheme. This fun tape did the trick. Yes, it has color, but its no muted and simple that it isn’t overwhelming and adds just a touch of character. Also, who uses coffee stickers? Isn’t coffee just a every day thing? Well, anyways, I was inspired by sing these little coffee cups because no one plans coffee. Coffee is just life.

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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Comment your favorite spread below!

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If You Can Organize Your Make-up, You Can Accomplish Anything!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Secondly, organizing my makeup into categories based on their use.
  3. 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 Makeup Organizer:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0721QQDC8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o06_s04?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Brush Organizer

Brush Organzier:
https://www.amazon.com/mDesign-Decorative-Organizer-Bathroom-Dressing/dp/B06ZXS6SKJ/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=rose+gold+makeup+brush+holder&qid=1561493724&s=gateway&sr=8-7

Acrylic Eye shadow Pallet Organizer

Acrylic Eyeshadow Pallet Organizer:
https://www.amazon.com/Acrylic-Organize-Transparent-Cosmetics-Collection/dp/B0791CQXMJ/ref=sr_1_18?crid=1YYJOFMPQ08P7&keywords=clear+eyeshadow+organizer&qid=1561493819&s=gateway&sprefix=clear+eyeshadow+o%2Caps%2C157&sr=8-18

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.

Large Items

Things that will not fit- These products just take up too much damn space. It’s not a perfect world. But at least I can replace my GIANT make-up bin with a much smaller bin to accommodate these four items.

Eyeshadow

There is no way I will ever use all of this before my untimely demise. Therefore, I will be leaving these in my will to one lucky son of a bitch in my will. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor. This is most definitely my biggest pile. It wont all fit in one drawer, but we will get into that later on.

Lip Products

Obviously, this pile is incomplete as any makeup connoisseurs will be. That’s because they’re EVERYWHERE (in your car, in your junk drawer, in you purse or purses, in your desk.) Healthy habit tip: Once a moth gather them all up! Fortunately, there is tons and tons of extra room in the top divider to display my collection!

Eye Liners

Because the piles were so small, this includes eyeliners for your lids and brows. Throw away any dried up liquid liners you may find.

Blush

Non-Brush Utensils

Mascara

This is a good opportunity to clean out and old dried up mascara if you have any! THROW THEM AWAY PEOPLE!

Primers

Face and lid primers are both in this pile.
I currently have any type of contour/bronzer in here too, but later on you’ll see that I decided to combine different things together so that everything would fit.

Not Pictured:


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:

  1. If you have a trash pile
  2. A pile of things that won’t fit
  3. Or a pile of non-brush utensils. Essentially, I have 6 drawers but 8 piles.

Let’s Combine!

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.

My two smallest piles were my liners and mascaras. Therefore I combined these and put them into one of the small drawers.

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:

  1. Pallets/ or multiple colors in one compact
  2. Single colors

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:

  1. Contour & Blush
  2. Highlighter
  3. 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.

So instead, I combined my foundation, concealers, and contours into one drawer.
I then combined the blush and highlighters into another drawer.

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!

Share Your organization Tips Below!

I hope that this little “how-to” was helpful for you. To see the finished product, please click the link to my Instagram!

xoxoxo