My DIY Planner

I just can’t seem to find the perfect planner for me. There are plenty of good ones out there, but it’s either (!)their too expensive, or (2) it’s too cute that I can’t bring myself to use it for the fear of messing it up. So I decided to make a planner by myself. The good thing about DIY’s is that you can customize it according to your personal preference, making it very much useful than store-bought planners.

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This is how my DIY Planner looks like. I think the pink and yellow felt foam I used for the cover is super adorable.

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I used a round velcro for the lock, and lavender colored papers for the pages.

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This is how it looks like when opened, I made some sort of pocket in the right for my sketch book (which was also a DIY using notepads).

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This is basically the pattern for all the months’ pages.

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I also made pockets for my to-do list sheets.

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The other half of my planner is for my blog ideas and schedules.

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Close up of blog planner…

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At the back, I place some notepads for scratch and reminders.

All in all, I’m glad I made this planner. It’s easy to bring to school as it isn’t as bulky and heavy like some store-bought ones. Also, it’s really simple and chic!

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Converse Nail Art

A friend of mine noticed that I started doing nail art and she asked me if I can do hers as well. Being the good friend that I am, *eherm*, I said yes. She requested the converse inspired one. So for practice, I decided to try it on me first. I think it turned out fine, considering that I’m a newbie at nail art.

Blue: OMG (Oh My Golly) Nail Colors in Atlantis, Black: Sassy Nail Art, White: Sassy Nail Art
That squiggly line there was caused by my pretty shaky hands… 🙂

Shopping Scheme to Save Money

photo from googleI Love Shopping!!!

..but that doesn’t mean I shop a lot.

I’m a very thrifty person. Well, in my situation, I have to be. I’m still a student; broke and jobless. My parents earn just enough for our basic needs, so the allowance they give me isn’t really that much. As a result, whenever I go out to buy something, I make sure that it’s worth it. So, as much as I would like to buy all kinds of clothes, accessories and makeups.. I can’t. Unless I magically win the lottery and become a multimillionaire, I won’t be able to get these unnecessary luxuries. I don’t do lotteries, so it’s impossible for me to win. That’s why I chose to make my shopping scheme. It’s not that grand. This is just a reminder to myself whenever I want to go shopping.

My shopping scheme:

1. Know your prospects. Window shopping is such a great opportunity to know what you’re gonna buy. Make a list of shops that has the product that you wanted. If possible, take pictures. At home, compare prices and qualities. Sort of like in America’s Next Top Model. Choose the best among them.

2. Watch out for a sale. Seriously, this has to be the most basic of all basics. Buy stuff for lower price. But be careful. Sometimes people tend to panic and buy stuff that they don’t really need.

3. Try Ukay-ukay (bargain stores/second-hand stores/thrift stores). Don’t look down on these stores. There’s a lot of oldies but goodies in a much cheaper price there. Be mindful though, especially in the clothes. Wash them carefully.

4. Settle for one. You don’t need two of everything. Or three.

5. Stay simple. You don’t need that much clothes and accessories. Mix and match what you already have.

6. Brands are nothing. Brands don’t really matter. The products are. As long as it has good quality, it’s perfect.

You can say this is my way of talking myself out of shopping. Actually, it works. But not always. I deserve to spoil myself sometimes. 🙂