DIY Planner Dividers: Personal Size

Hi everyone!

I have a super easy paper crafting project for you today!

I recently purchased a kikki.K personal planner!  I love my new planner, but I didn’t love the dividers that came with it.  I’ve seen so many cute handmade dividers online, so I decided to make some myself!

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Here’s a little sneak preview of the finished product!

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Supplies:

  • Large paper dividers or file folders
  • Paper cutter
  • Glue dots
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Dividers that already fit your planner
  • Decorative papers and appliques
  • 6-hole punch (find one here)

The dividers I have came with seven tabs.  I knew I only wanted four tabs for my dividers, so I had to make a few adjustments to make the dividers fit and not look awkward!

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You’re going to start by tracing your first divider onto one of the large file folders.

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Leave a little space at the bottom of the first tab.

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Take the next divider “in line” and scooch it up a little to create a larger tab for your first divider.  Finish tracing the rest of the tab.

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This is actually a picture of the second divider, but you can still see what the divider tabs should look like.

Once you have the dividers drawn out, cut them with your paper cutter.  I cut all the straight edges first.

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At first, I wasn’t sure how I was going to cut the tabbed side of the divider.  I decided to cut part of it with the paper cutter and the actual tab area with a pair of scissors.

While using the paper cutter, I had to be very careful not to accidentally slice my tab right off!  To avoid that happening, I stopped the paper cutter about half an inch from the tab on each side.  I then finished cutting it with some scissors.

Getting the inside corners perfectly rounded was pretty tough, but I think I managed okay!

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Here are all the cut out dividers!

You may have noticed that there are five papers in the picture!  About halfway through my project, I decided to make a dashboard to match my dividers!

To make the dashboard, just line up all of your original dividers, trace around them, and then cut it out!  It’s super easy!

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I love the striped, metallic dividers, but I wanted to add a little something else to them!

I found these fun Project Life cards and cardboard appliques at Hobby Lobby.  When I saw them, I knew they’d be perfect for this project!

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I played around with a few different design options.

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Here’s what I decided on!

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I used some adhesive, glue dots to attach all of the decorative items.  I’m rather heavy handed with every kind of adhesive, so you may not find this many glue dots necessary! 🙂

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Now it’s time to punch the holes!  Once all of the holes are punched, your dividers are complete!

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Here are all of the finished dividers!

Aren’t they so cute?!  I love the light pink with all of the gold accents! So classy!

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I absolutely love the way the dashboard and dividers look with my light blue planner and matching, pink planner clips!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial!

Happy Crafting and Happy Planning!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Happy Hedgehog

Hi everyone!

I have another embroidery project to share!

I made this little hedgehog for my best friend, Kylie, for Valentine’s Day!  I know that Valentine’s Day has passed, but I couldn’t post my tutorial until after I gave it to her!

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Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (Get a copy here!)
  • Embroidery hoop (I chose a 4″ hoop)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Fabric (I used muslin)

IMG_8377DMC Floss Colors:

  • 321 – red
  • 840 – light brown
  • 838 – dark brown

As you can see, I had an issue with 838!

Somehow, my thread turned into a delightful, brown knot!  So much fun! 😉

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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

We’ll be using this little guy from the Woodland Animals section of Doodle Stitching! IMG_8345Start by hooping your fabric and tracing on the hedgehog motif.

I tried my best to center him!  If it ends up really crooked, you can always go back and fix the fabric! IMG_8349Using the light brown thread and the Back Stitch, we’re going to stitch around the body. IMG_8352Continue stitching up and around his back. IMG_8353_2Use the dark brown thread and the Satin Stitch to create his eyes and nose. IMG_8359_2The spines are very easy to stitch.

Using the Straight Stitch, start at one end of the pencil line and stitch to the other.

Each spine should be made up of only one stitch. IMG_8360_2Continue adding spines.

After adding all the spines that we’re traced on the fabric, I filled in a few holes. IMG_8363_2Time to add some little hearts! IMG_8365Each heart is made of two Lazy Daisy stitches. IMG_8368Once all the hearts are added, our cute, little hedgehog is complete! IMG_8384Happy (super belated) Valentine’s Day!! Bow signature pink

POPSUGAR Must Have Review – February 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my POPSUGAR Must Have review! IMG_8074Subscription box days are my favorite days of the month!! IMG_8076Such a pretty pamphlet! IMG_8114Each box comes with a card full of detailed information on each product. IMG_8115Box contents:

  • Tarte Cosmetics – Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush – True Love
  • U.S. Apothecary – Rose Water Bubble Bath
  • ACME Party Box Company – Bamboo Heart Cutting Board & Cheese Knife
  • BaubleBar – Mini Arrow Pendant Necklace – Silver
  • Figs & Rouge – 100% Natural Balm – Lemon Berry
  • Chuao Chocolatier – Ravishing Rocky Road Bar
  • Sally Beauty – FingerPaints Nail Color – Brushstroke Blush

IMG_8094Tarte Cosmetics – Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush – True Love – Retail Value $26

I was SO excited when I saw that I would be receiving a Tarte blush is my February box!

Tarte is a fantastic brand, and this blush is great!

True Love is a very pretty reddish pink! I have to be careful with it though!  I’m used to a little bit lighter blushes, so I have to make sure I don’t apply too much!  I don’t want to walk out of the house looking like a clown! IMG_8134U.S. Apothecary – Rose Water Bubble Bath – Retail Value $30

This bubble bath is so luxurious and fancy! It smells pretty good too!

I don’t take bubble baths very often, so I’ll be saving this for a special occasion! IMG_8130ACME Party Box Company – Bamboo Heart Cutting Board & Cheese Knife – Retail Value $32

This is the cutest cutting board and cheese knife I’ve ever seen!

I don’t have much use for this right now, so I think I’ll save it and gift it to a friend in the future! IMG_8100BaubleBar – Mini Arrow Pendant Necklace – Silver – Retail Value $32

I’ve never bought anything from BaubleBar before, but I’ve heard great things about the company!

This necklace is perfectly dainty!

I read a few spoilers before I got my box, and saw that the necklace was being given out in several different metals.  At the time, I couldn’t decide which one I wanted.  I’m happy to say that the silver was a perfect choice for me!

I haven’t worn it yet.  I’m waiting to pair it with the perfect outfit! IMG_8137I was really excited to see that the necklace came with a coupon code!

I can’t wait to go online and see what else BaubleBar has to offer! IMG_8126Figs & Rouge – 100% Natural Balm – Lemon Berry – Retail Value $8

This is another item that varied from box to box.  Based on the reviews I’ve read, there are at least 2 different flavors.

I love lip balm, but I not a huge fan of the types that you have to stick your fingers in.

The balm says it’s tinted, but I didn’t notice any color when it was applied to my lips.

A few positives for the lip balm are that the smell is nice and light and the packing is super adorable!  I’m a sucker for good packaging! IMG_8117Chuao Chocolatier – Ravishing Rocky Road Bar – Retail Value $6

This chocolate bar is very yummy!  I’m eating it as I’m writing this post!

The marshmallows and salted caramel almonds are a great touch! IMG_8121SPECIAL EXTRA – Sally Beauty – FingerPaints Nail Color – Brushstroke Blush – Retail Value $5.50

This nail polish was added to every February box as a special bonus!  Very exciting!!

The polish I received is a pretty baby pink color!  Very fitting for the spring! It also came with a BOGO coupon!  Who doesn’t love BOGO?! IMG_8081I am very pleased with my February POPSUGAR Must Have box!

I payed ~$27 for this box and received $139.50 worth of product!

That is so awesome!

What did you think of your February box?! Bow signature pink

DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Sweet Cupcake

Hi guys!

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I have a cute embroidery project for you! IMG_8058Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (Get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used light pink gingham)
  • Needle
  • Pencil
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

The Motif Collection book is FANTASTIC, because it comes with a CD of all the embroidery designs.  It makes it so easy to download the images and print them in any size for your projects! IMG_8013We’re going to start our project by printing out the cupcake and tracing it onto our fabric.

I chose to place my cupcake at a bit of an angle!  It adds a little whimsy!! IMG_8015Now, we’re going to dive right in to the stitching!

This entire project is made with the Back Stitch. IMG_8018This project is super quick and easy to do if you’re in a hurry! IMG_8019I love the heart on our cupcake! It makes the cake so much cuter! IMG_8021The blue icing looks kind of like a fluffy cloud! IMG_8023Feel free to add some French Knot sprinkles or another fun accent! IMG_8025I was going to add sprinkles to my cupcake, but I forgot! I can always go back and add them though! IMG_8026Now comes the words!

I went through a phase where I downloaded a TON of fonts off the internet!

The font I used here is one of them.  This font is called “always forever.”  You can find it here, or you can use your own font!

I chose to place my words at an angle to add some (more) whimsy! IMG_8030Stitch the words!

It’s easier if you use small stitches.  You have more control, and it ends up looking neater and nicer. IMG_8050Once the words are complete, you’re all done!! IMG_8055Isn’t it so fun?!

I love it!

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Crafting!!! Bow signature pink

Julep Maven Review & Coupon – February 2015

Hi everyone!
It’s Maven review time!

IMG_7923If you’d like to receive fun, purple boxes in the mail each month, click here!

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  • Glow Highlighting Powder – Champagne
  • Fan Brush
  • Lip Gloss – Lively – Sheer Hot Pink
  • Hartleigh – Classic with a Twist – Holographic Heart Glitter Top Coat
  • London – Classic with a Twist – Heather Blossom Crème
  • Coupon

IMG_7963The theme for February is “The Afterglow Collection.”

IMG_7951Glow Highlighting Powder – Champagne

I’ve never used a highlighting powder before.  I tried this one out this morning and it seems very nice!

The champagne color is beautiful and perfect for my skin tone!

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I’ve been trying not to add on for the last few months, but I couldn’t resist this month!  I decided to add on the fan brush that goes with the highlighting powder.

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It’s the perfect weight, and the bristles are very soft and fluffy!

IMG_7948You can see how thick and luscious the fan part is.

I received a Julep eyeshadow brush a few months ago, and really love it.  I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for another fantastic Julep brush!

IMG_7938Lip Gloss – Lively – Sheer Hot Pink

I like this lip gloss A LOT more than the one I received last month.

Thankfully, this lip gloss is not as bright as it appears in the bottle.  When applied, it’s the perfect shade of natural pink!

I think I’ll be getting quite a bit of use out of this product!

IMG_7933London – Classic with a Twist – Heather Blossom Crème

This polish is so pretty!  I painted it on my fingernails last night, and I really like it!

It’s perfect for the spring time, and it kind of reminds me of Easter!

Hartleigh – Classic with a Twist – Holographic Heart Glitter Top Coat

This polish is very festive for February!  The hearts are perfect for Valentine’s Day!

IMG_7970Hartleigh was included in every Maven’s box as a special Valentine’s Day treat!

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IMG_7965Last but not least, we have this month’s coupon and quote!

As usual, the coupon is good for two uses and expires on March 31, 2015!

What did you receive in your February Maven box?!  Did you add on the Fan Brush too?!

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