BLOGGER TAKEOVER: Wicked Fun with Diva & The Divine!

About-me-image-1Briana, founder of the blog Diva and the Divine, is a food and fitness lover who  has lost 72 lbs and is strong in her love of Jesus, music, and coffee! Her blog is about finding the simple joys, and make them your fuel for life.

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While I don’t have enough space, cash, or desire to throw a giant Halloween bash, I love celebrating seasons and holidays, and Halloween is no exception.  I have a few decorations out, some spooky treats in the kitchen, and some of the latest Halloween goodies from Erin Condren in my office.  Only EC could make Halloween fun and functional.

For those of you that don’t know, my all time favorite musical is Wicked. Wicked centers around Elphaba (more commonly known as the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda from the Wizard of Oz starting beforethe events that we know from the movie.  It’s brilliantly written, the music is incredible, and I’ve been hooked for years. To say I’m obsessed is putting it lightly. When I lived at my parent’s house, I color matched my bedroom to the musical’s poster.  My college senior recital was titled “Defying Gravity,” and I even got a lime green Ford Fiesta before it was cool (ok..it might not ever be cool, but there are definitely a lot more of them around now) because it was the perfect shade of “Elphaba green.”  See? Obsessed!

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When I saw one of the Halloween releases from Erin Condren had Wicked written on it, I knew I had to have the collection, so I picked up a few (okay..all) of the “Wicked Fun” items EC offered to give my office a little bit of a Halloween flair.

My LifePlanner™s both got makeovers to stay current with the holiday, and while my blog planner is sporting last year’s October cover, my new monthly planner is sporting the new “Wicked Fun” cover in my favorite wicked colors: Elphaba green (aka to the rest of the world as lime green) and good old black.

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I have been obsessed with the bound journals that EC released this year, so when I saw “Wicked fun” was offered as a journal cover as well, it went into the cart in the same custom colors as my ECLP cover.  This journal proudly bears a quote from my favorite song in the musical, “Defying Gravity.”  Not only does the journal make me smile, but it’s great for writing down my ideas for various Halloween festivities.

While my planners and notebooks rarely leave the office, the EC Halloween offerings can be used in other parts of the holiday too.

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For some baked goods to serve at a party (or just to myself and the Mister), I had my sister (who is the baker at Deanna’s Delights) make and frost some yummy, festive cupcakes for my acrylic tray. While many people don’t necessarily think of purple as a Halloween color, I find it goes perfectly with my  wicked acrylic tray insert from EC. I customized the colors so they felt a little more “Wicked the musical” and less wicked witch with the giant wart on her nose, and the purple and orange treats matched perfectly.

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Holiday Tip: Add a few drops of food dye to your frosting or cake batter for an extra festive feel.  You can give something as simple as boxed cake and canned frosting that extra special flare.

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Art Prints by Erin Condren & Marco Fine Arts

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I can’t believe the day is finally here… I’m so proud to announce the launch of art prints by Erin Condren! Ever since partnering with Marco Fine Arts, a fine arts printing company of the highest quality and reputation, I’ve dreamed of diving into the interior design space. Today, my long-term goal has become a reality: to bring the same colorful and motivational designs from your desktop to your decor!

Not only is it thrilling to see our designs as the true pieces of art that they are, it feels fantastic to know that through this partnership, we’re bringing our customers the finest quality art prints available. Ever since partnering with Al Marco of Marco Fine Arts, we’ve been able to vertically integrate our processes to keep costs at a minimum without sacrificing quality- and it’s all made right her in the good ‘ol USA! From the archival paper we print on, to the contemporary-cool wooden frame and everything in between, each component is a display of the finest craftsmanship in the biz- and boy, aren’t these babies beautiful!

Here’s a bite-sized breakdown of just how awesome these art prints really are:

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Archival Paper

In the printing world, there are two types of paper: there’s archival…and then there’s everything else! Kidding, but in all seriousness, when a print is exposed to all sorts of light, temperature, and humidity the paper quality really does matter. Archival paper, and particularly the matte white paper we print on, allows the vibrancy and integrity of the artwork to really pop, and prevents it from fading or wrinkling over time.

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Rich Finish Wooden Frame

While I am certainly no expert on interior design, one thing I’ve learned is that contemporary styles are seriously versatile, making our frames the perfect addition to any aesthetic. Not only does their angular profile pair well with a ton of style themes, the gesso coating gives the moulding a rich, smooth finish that’s seriously sleek and unobtrusive, letting the beauty of the print do all the talking.

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Acrylic Cover & Dust Protector

Two words: shatter-proof! I don’t know about y’all, but living in earthquake country along with a busy home filled with two teens and a dog, a shatter-proof print is exactly what I look for when filling my walls. The acrylic cover does just that, while also protecting the print itself from any wear and tear. On the backside, an acid-free dust cover provides a custom finish.

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Hardware Instant gratification is the name of the game: when I order an item, I want to be able to enjoy it right away! All of our prints are fitted with hardware necessary for hanging, so as soon as it arrives, your art is ready to be displayed. Now if only picking the actual prints were this easy!

Not quite sure how everything should hang? Stay tuned for our upcoming post on how to create a gallery wall!

4 Ways to Creatively Cover Your Textbook!

Getting back in the back-to-school groove is a whole lot easier when your scholastic supplies bring a smile to your face! One of the first tasks all students are given is to cover their textbooks, a project that usually involves repurposing a brown paper bag. We thought we’d take this DIY a step further and add a little excitement with our new sticker sheets!

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What you’ll need:

– brown paper bag

– scissors

– sticker sheets/sticker book(s)/washi tape

How to create your cover:

1. Gently remove the bag handles.

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2. Cut down the side of one of corners the bag from top to bottom, then cut the rest of way around the 3 sides of the bottom to remove the bottom flap. Open up the bag and lay it flat- you should have one long rectangular piece.

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3. Customize the fit to the size of your textbook by placing the book in the center of the paper and creasing the top and bottom excess paper (or you can mark the dimensions using a pencil) to fit the actual height of the book.

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4. Set the book aside and fold the top and bottom along the crease or pencil lines.

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5. Place the book back in the center and wrap the paper across the cover from left to right so that the ends meet evenly.

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6. Fold the overlap over the front cover and crease the paper along the edge. If there is significant excess paper, you can trim it down. You should have enough bag to wrap about 3/4 of the way into the inner front cover.

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7. Insert the cover into the slots created by folding the top and bottom of the bag, slide until you hit the crease, and close to create the final fit. Cover should fit snugly, not to the point of tearing, but not loose, either.

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8. Repeat the same process on the back cover. You’ve now got your blank canvas ready for decorating!

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Block Letters

Against the backdrop of plain brown paper, a cute and colorful design can really bring excitement and style to an otherwise boring book cover! One of the simplest and easiest design options is to spell out the first letter of the subject or topic with designer sticker sheets or the individual sticker sheets (if you prefer to stick to one particular design theme).

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Spell It Out

One of the hidden treasures in our cool for school sticker book are the metallic alphabet stickers hiding in the back of the book! They are incredibly versatile, and are a fun to way personalize just about any paper product for a unique and fresh way to truly make your supplies your own. Keep it straightforward with the title of the book or the subject, or have some fun with phrases: ‘hola’ for a Spanish text, or ‘E equals MC squared” for a clever physics cover.

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Go Avant-Garde

It goes without saying that we love to celebrate creativity, and the beauty of this DIY project is the ability to customize your book covers any way your heart desires! There are a million-and-one ways to customize your covers, so we encourage you to get creative – we especially love the idea of creating an interactive cover with sheets from our coloring book and matching colored pencil set! It’s the gift that keeps on giving for those less-than-lively lectures 😛

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Want more creative ways to use our stylish new stickers? Check out our Pinterest for TONS of DIY ideas!

Fall Party Feature: Perfect Placemats for Every Occasion!

It’s fall, y’all and I couldn’t be happier! For my household, this means more family gatherings and reasons to celebrate. No matter who or what you choose to celebrate, I’m going to share multiple ways to use one of my favorite products to make all your parties feel extra-special…

Designer Placemats that are disposable and conveniently bound together in a pad!

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 Halloween Cookie Decorating
Whether it’s a full-blown halloween party or just an after school activity with the little ones, cookie decorating is a fun fall activity that feels even more festive when you set the stage with wicked fun placemat pads! Other than the obvious benefit of containing the mess of sprinkles and frosting, they can also be used in a TON of other ways.. pumpkin carving, anyone?
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Floral Ink Tea Party
All you need to throw a sophisticated tea party is classic tea set, a few delicious cookies, and a fabulous floral ink design to add a touch of fancy! The gorgeous color palette of this design makes picking a coordinated napkin color a cinch.
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Palms Backyard Entertaining

The epitome of elegance comes alive in a palms themed garden party! One of the best aspects of placemat pads (and the palms design) is their versatility- you can use them for almost any occasion! You’d be surprised at how instantly these gorgeous palms placemats add to your entertaining aesthetic!

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Hosting a bridal or baby shower? Share the love on a custom colored heart design that compliments the wedding theme colors or nursery. The text inside the heart is customizable so you can truly say it from the heart!

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Special Moments

Celebrate a soccer goal or a super grade! The pad of “You are Special Today” placemats is great to have on hand for any spontaneous celebration and a personal favorite in my family.

Looking more for party-planning inspiration? Shop all the delightful designs for our placemat pads here!

How to Apply NEW Nail Wraps!

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I’m obsessed with nail art these days and LOVE following the incredible work of nail artists on social media! However, for those of us that don’t have the tools or the talent, I absolutely love the brilliant invention of nail wraps (stickers!!!). We’ve partnered with NCLA who has some amazing collaborations with Beyoncé & Hello Kitty, so, I was incredibly honored to be collaborating with them for my first collection of wraps! The application process is really meant for DIY-ers and takes some practice to make perfect!

Here are a few hints to help you with an accent nail or full set of fashionable nails:

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What you’ll need:

  • Nail wraps in your favorite design – mini nail file included!
  • Base coat/Top Coat (not included with nail wraps)
  • Tweezers/Dowel (optional, also not included)

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1. First, clean and file your nails as you normally would before applying polish. Any nail shape will work, however, I recommend keeping them square to make the design really pop and to eliminate how much you need to trim them to fit!

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2. Apply a clear base coat (NCLA has a great option, but any clear base coat will work!) onto clean, dry nails, and LET DRY. I can’t stress this part enough- without a fully dry base, the stickers may slide and won’t adhere properly.

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3. Depending on the width of your nail beds, you may need to trim your nail wraps (don’t worry about the length, we’ll get to that in a moment). Should you need a trim, simply measure the excess against your nails and use cuticle scissors to cut them to size.

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4. Next, apply the round side of the nail wrap against the cuticle. Stretch from the bottom upward and outward until you have the perfect fit!

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5. Air bubbles? Don’t stress! Press firmly from the cuticle in an upward motion until the wrap is completely flat.

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6. Lastly, use a nail file to remove any excess by filing in a downward motion. Apply a coat of clear polish for a flawless finish!

Ready to ‘nail it’ with nail wraps? Shop all five designs here!

*Don’t worry if you forget these instructions when you get the wraps. They come with a full set of easy to follow instructions as well.