Thursday, January 16, 2014

SCHOOL SUPPLIES DIY: 3-RING BINDER

With Spring semester having just begun, I found myself at an office supply store to shop with my sister. 
I'm no longer in school, but it occurred to me then that many of my followers still are! 
Whether it be middle school, high school, or college courses, 
I realized I don't often post content regarding that period in a girl's life. 
I'd like to change that!
School can feel taxing much of the time, but what always made it feel more fun for me, 
was the challenge of expressing myself within it's rules and restrictions.
I loved to express myself through the clothing I wore, 
but also through the way I chose to decorate my school supplies. 
There's something to be said for opening up your locker 
and pulling out supplies that give you a little jolt of happiness and smiles, 
as oppose to drab and dreary books and binders that fail to reflect your spirit and interests.
With that said, here's a little DIY for how to make your 3-ring binders suit you a bit better.
I'm currently using mine to house all things blog and inspiration-book related.
Filled with magazine tears, happy lists, ideas, and lots of notes ^_^
1) Begin by pulling inspiration offline. Select photos you love, pictures that reflect your passions, and try to pick within a color-theme. Something I like to do is choose a color for each course, then coordinate book-covers and binders with that same hue. For instance, a lavender collage for your English binder would be paired up with a lavender notebook as well as a lavender book-cover for the textbook used in that class. Then apply that formula for each and every class--pink elective, mint math, lime social studies, etc.
2) Be sure to size your photos appropriately when printing them out. 
You want to be sure that everything will fit within the width & length of your binder.
3) Snip out your photos and play around with the arrangement you'd like to see.
4. You'll find the trickiest part of collaging your binder is definitely the act of assembly. It can be a real pain when you realize that every new photo added will essentially disrupt the ones you've previously positioned. Don't sweat it! You can adjust them as you go along. I choose one large photo as my background image, then add photos from the bottom of my binder, up to the top. That way, it's a bit easier to control their placement.
5) Lastly, pair up your binder with the rest of the supplies required for that course. 
Clearly, in my example, I've chosen a bubblegum pink motif.
Hopefully you'll love the final product!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Years Resolutions 2014

Many of my Tumblr followers have messaged me, asking what my resolutions are for the new year.
I think seeing January 1st on the calendar is perhaps even more exciting to me
than the glitter and fancy fun of New Years Eve! 
I love the idea of starting fresh and beginning a new chapter in my life. 
I like the hopeful feeling the new year bares, 
and this year I thought long and hard on what I wanted my resolutions and goals to consist of.
With that being said, below is my list of resolutions for the year 2014 :]
This list is a direct excerpt from the journal I keep, 
which is why each resolution is addressed to myself.
I'd love to hear some of yours as well!
1) Blog more frequently and include more personal content through all of my social media outlets. Take more photos.
2) Sell unworn clothing and unused items and make some money to use toward something I really covet.
3) Do more activities solo. Grocery shop alone, see a movie by myself, grab some coffee solo. Familiarize myself with independence and learn to love it.
4) Actively try to enjoy the present and plan for the future. Live in the moment more. Utilize my time on Earth more productively and proactively. Accept and let go of my past.
5) Go to the dentist. Be responsible regarding my health in general.
6) Accept and explore my interests. (I tend to focus on single facets of my personality and feel that there isn't enough space to accommodate everything I like!) Gotta stop trying to micro-manage myself. 
7) Hunt for a job to fall in love with. 
9) Visit a new city or state. Maybe take a road trip.
10) Get a suntan :]
11) Care less about how other people perceive me. Stop trying to please everyone! It's exhausting. Account for the cold hard fact that it's impossible for everyone on Earth to like me. Do what I love and make no apologies for what others don't understand.
12) Purchase a fun, candy-colored wig and play around with my look.
13) Open up to the idea of relationships. Being open to the prospect of loving another person does not mean I have to abandon my own interests, goals, or personal space. Learn to include another person in my life and find balance.
14) Show more self-respect. (I'm quick to make self-deprecating jokes and undervalue myself) stop allowing other people to lecture me about what I should be accomplishing and where I falter. It is not their place to do so! 
15) Think twice before saying "no" to someone or something solely because I'm afraid or unmotivated.