BLOGGER TAKEOVER: Nail Art with Nail Allie, Nina Nailed It & Wondrously Polished

I have always been a sucker for a flashy mani, but as of lately I am TOTALLY digging the EC Nail Art trend. It all began when I asked my local nail salon to imitate some of my fave cover designs and I was stunned by their ability to recreate these patterns so closely, and on such a small scale! I began lusting over a few artists on Instagram who have done amazing work and I knew we had to find a way to collaborate. After sending them each a LifePlanner™ Stylized Organizer (to keep their busy lives and mani pedis in check!) they each recreated their own favorite designs and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the final product. These three girls are some of the most talented artists I’ve ever seen and while they have all found inspiration in our designs, the inspiration truly is all around us! I hope their work amazes you as much as it has me, and inspires you to design your next mani around your favorite design… Stay tuned as might just have some nail news coming your way soon!

1. Lindsey @WondrouslyPolished

Hello, all! My name is Lindsey and I run and create over on a little nail art blog called Wondrously Polished. I work full time as a civil engineer, then come home and spend my evenings dreaming up new nail art designs and doing my best to stay fit and healthy. While I have always been a stationary and planner lover (I recall a pretty sweet Lisa Frank planner growing up!), it wasn’t until the last few years that I really got into utilizing a paper planner again. A friend of mine shared a photo of her beautiful new Erin Condren LifePlanner™ and I knew immediately that I had to have one for myself.

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Up until getting my first LP, I had been trying to get by with writing notes, to dos, and random appointments on scraps of paper and just hoping I would remember where I put THAT specific scrap of paper! Not entirely efficient, and with big blogging, fitness, and life goals in mind, I needed something that could keep up with me. 

My first LP was this awesome photo floral cover and I LOVED it. As an artist (albeit in an odd medium), I am always on the lookout for new ways to find inspiration. My favorite thing to paint is fun prints and patterns and I think we all know that the EC covers are all about that! To celebrate this year’s LifePlanner™ and all the beautiful new covers, I figured I’d draw inspiration from the new cover I chose, Blossom. 

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And since I can’t control myself, I figured I’d do another look inspired by the new cactus print because, well, it’s fabulous.

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While both of these designs are a bit more advanced, if you want to give them a go yourself, you’ll need a base polish (like the black or pink shade I’ve used), some craft acrylic paint (or nail polish), and a detailing brush. You can also use a matte top coat like I have to really make the details stand out. 

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Follow me on social media or my blog for more! Or @wondrouslypolished on Instagram and Facebook.

2. Nina @NinaNailedIt

Hi, my name is Nina! While I’m a full-time nail artist, I’m also a full-time 11th grade English teacher and a total stationery nerd. My LifePlanner™ is the perfect representation of me, right down to the Instagram handle, @NinaNailedIt.

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It was so easy to be inspired by my planner because of the lovely color palette and geometric design. It’s the perfect back to school manicure and planner just in time to impress my students and keep me organized!

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3. Nail Allie – @NailAllie

When I first spotted the floral watercolor planner cover option for the LifePlanner™, I just knew that it was the one for me! It combines my love of flowers and watercolor art and I felt that it would look great all year round. Not only does this design look wonderful as a planner cover, but it also works well as a nail design!

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To recreate the watercolor floral pattern on my nails, I began by applying two coats of a white polish. Then, I gathered a few pink, purple, orange, yellow, green, and blue polishes for the watercolor flowers. To mimic the watercolor effect, I first put a small amount of polish on a piece of aluminum foil and mixed each color with acetone. This helped to thin out each of the polishes which made them less opaque. When painting on the thinner gray lines of the more detailed flowers, I decided to use acrylic paint instead of nail polish. This is because acrylic paint tends to dry a bit slower than nail polish, which allowed me more time to paint the smaller details of each flower.

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I finished the design by applying a matte top coat. I just loved carrying around my planner while sporting my matching nails!

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Fri-DIY: Sticker Book Cake Toppers

When it comes to DIY projects, one fact seems to always hold true: the cutest crafts are usually the simplest! Even if you aren’t the world’s best baker, these custom cake toppers will bring a heartwarming, homemade touch to even the most basic of boxed brownies. The best part? They are stunningly simple to make – and the options are almost endless!

What You’ll Need:

– Assorted wooden sticks (we used toothpicks, craft sticks, and dowels)

– Your choice of sticker books

– String for sticker banner (optional)

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Depending on your party theme or the occasion, we’ve got a TON of sticker books with the sweetest stickers to choose from! Whichever you choose, you will need duplicate stickers to wrap both sides of your wooden sticks, so keep that in mind. Most of our books come with duplicate stickers or at least duplicate shapes for easy attachment.

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Next, simply peel your sticker, attach it to one side of your stick (we used toothpicks for cupcakes and dowels for the cake) and carefully adhere the duplicate sticker to the back, securing the stick in place. Voila!

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To take your cake decorating to the next level, you can even try fastening a banner using two sticks and a piece of string! Simply decide on your banner length, tie a section of string to two sticks, and attach the “flags” in the same manner you used to attach the stickers to your sticks. For this girly themed celebration, we used our designer sticker book edition 2 with metallic accents for the flags, and our monthly sticker book butterflies and flowers for extra decorations. Pretty genius, right?

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No time for baking in your busy schedule? We won’t spill your secret! Grab some cupcakes from your local grocery and spell out something sweet with letters from our Cool for School sticker book.

Stickers are a steal right now! Shop any LifePlanner™ or Teacher’s Lesson Planner, get a free classic sticker book on us.

How To Set Up a Homework Station

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Ah, homework! Back to school means back in the begrudging afternoon homework routine. Some don’t mind it, for others, it can feel like pulling teeth! Never fear, proactive parents, we’ve got a few tips for creating a peaceful place where the focus can be… well… focus!  Training our young children to be efficient time managers is a daunting task, but it can certainly start with the homework station. Keeping this space organized (and helping your child maintain it) is the key component to an inviting, peaceful learning environment that they will want to come home to enjoy. Mainstreaming this process and making it a routine they don’t have to think about will make homework less painful, and hopefully lead to an easier after school routine!

First things first, find a spot in your house away from distractions. This means a room or area with no TV, no phones, no devices. If your child has a device, make sure they turn it in to you for the duration of the homework period or have them put it out of reach. If your homework is timed like ours is, then give them a separate timer, like an egg timer or kitchen timer. Do not use one on a digital device or they will be tempted to play games, or worse, ask Siri for the answer!

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The Chair! This is important, especially if you have younger school children. Because most chairs at home are suitable for adults, the place where your child will sit each day after school should be fitted to their height. Be sure to have a chair that is the correct height: the child’s feet should be flat on the floor in order to stabilize themselves when they write. There is a direct connection to nice, controlled handwriting and their feet being flat on the floor! Some desk chairs are height adjustable, so be sure to take time to fit your child to the chair every few months.

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Supplies! Set this desk up with the same love you’d have to set your own desk. Get a set of colorful supplies to be used exclusively used at this homework station- meaning one glue stick, one nice set of colored pencils, one set of markers, plenty of pencils and erasers, paper clips, stapler, scissors, etc. to avoid breaking concentration in order to go sharpen a broken pencil lead or find a highlighter to mark an important place in the reading. Don’t forget a scratch pad and file folders! Keep everything they might need within reach to avoid having them get up and lose focus. Additionally, sticking to the same time for homework each day will help set the routine. For example, my kids come straight home, have a quick snack and then get right down to homework.  Whenever I get a little homework push back, I always pull out my favorite quote, “Let’s get it done so we can have some fun!”

Still need a few supplies for the school year? Shop our entire line of black to school accessories! Best of luck to you this year with all your homework adventures 🙂

How Do You Sticker?

It’s probably no surprise to y’all that I am a very visual person… so when it comes to seeing my schedule, I am a sucker for stickers! Without the array of asterisks, colorful flags, and motivational quotes, it would be much tougher for me to make sense of my days- and a whole lot less fun! We know our fans are just as stoked for stickers, which is why we’re constantly developing new books and sheets so that your personality can shine through your sticker design!

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to use our stickers – I encourage you to find the system that suits you! However, if you need some ideas and inspiration, we’ve put together two short videos featuring our monthly and classic edition 2 books to walk you through all the ways you can sticker your way to success! I’ve also outlined the different ways I use some of our sticker styles below.

Monthly Sticker Book:

Classic Sticker Book Edition 2:

Flags: I attend a LOT of weekly meetings, so the brightly colored and uniquely cut flags are a regular lifesaver. The metallic accents make them pop against the page, they’re the perfect size to write on, and I love that I can color coordinate them so I never get confused on which meeting is which!

Asterisks: Aside from being adorable, I use these stickers to mark appointments and errands! We cut them in many different ways to fit all areas of your weekly and monthly spreads.

Quotes: Perhaps my proudest sticker accomplishment, the stunning metallic quotes are cut to fit the daily boxes of your weekly LifePlanner™ layout, giving you a a weekly dose of motivation or inspiration!

Borders: I’m a total weekend warrior, so I love to anticipate a fabulous weekend of fun by bordering my Friday-Sunday stretches with the metallic border stickers! Cut them to the size you need, or use them to fill the margin above your monthly spread header- they are just the right dimensions!

Sheets: The most versatile of all our sticker collections, designer sheets are a do-it-all dynamo when it comes to organizing your LifePlanner™! These sheets can be cut to make all sorts of stickers (more info on that here) and look absolutely lovely in the margins of a neutral planner to add pops of color!

Sticker heaven is waiting…buy any sticker book and receive our first classic edition FREE!

Easy Summer Entertaining With Erin

Those who know me will tell you: any excuse to throw a party, you can count me in! So when I saw our posh palms design printed on wine totes, trays, and placemat pads, it got me SO excited to plan an elegant summer soirée!

Whether you’re the one greeting guests at the door, or you’re on the hunt for the perfect hostess gift, no evening is complete without a sip of something refreshing while the sun sets! For a themed event, try customizing the bottles with gift labels – I love this look for engagements or anniversaries when you may want to keep the bottle as a keepsake. Or if you’d rather leave the label clean, a wine tote in palms print is the perfect way to present your favorite beverage to the host.

Feed your fancy side by whipping up a charcuterie plate! It’s not actually as fancy as it sounds- just an array of cured meats, cheeses, and dried fruit, but when served on a palms acrylic tray is charcuterie-chic! I love the green and white palette in an outdoor setting, but you could also customize the colors in bright fuchsia or orange for a tropical-themed fiesta!

In keeping with the sophisticated style of the theme, fern fronds are a super simple way to decorate your table scape. Place settings in palms are just too posh, especially with matching placemat pads. String lights overhead add a finishing, romantic touch that will lead your guests to linger long into the night!

This gorgeous, garden get-together would not be complete without green tea macarons. Served in a palms acrylic box, they are a charming treat on top of an exquisite evening!

Inspired by all this natural beauty? Wait ’till you see wood grain! Shop new designs now.