DIY: Mean Girls Burn Book Planner + Free Printable

“Four for Glen Coco. You go, Glen Coco!”

If there’s a list of the best, most quote-able, one-liner movies, there’s no way Mean Girls is not on it.

Okay, but seriously. As a subtle shout out to one of the funniest
high school movies, I present the Burn Book planner. Read on for the
tutorial and for the free printable template! So fetch.

 

Supplies

  • Pink planner or notebook(I used a Moleskine planner)
  • Burn Book free printable template – only available here!
  • White card stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black and red Sharpies
  • Optional: Q-tips
  • Optional: kiss mark stickers

1. Open up the “Burn Book” free printable template. Resize it to fit your planner/notebook if needed, then click “print.” Remember to print the template on white cardstock. That will hold up better under daily wear-and-tear than regular printer paper.

Optional alternative: If you’re a calligraphy expert,  copy the letters by hand if you so desire. (That’s what I did.)

2. Cut out the “Burn Book” letters. Apply glue to the back, and stick them to the cover. 

Note: I used super glue. I figured it would work better than a glue stick.

3. Here’s the fun part! Grab the black Sharpie, and doodle away! It
takes some time, but it’s fun, I promise. (Think about it: when was the last
time you just doodled on a notebook? High school, probably.) Doodle whatever your soul desire, or use this picture to imitate the real deal.

Tip: To get the appearance of smudges, color the tip of a Q-tip with the black Sharpie, then swab it on the notebook’s surface.

4. Draw the kiss marks with a red Sharpie, or stick some kiss mark stickers on the cover in lieu of free-handin’-it.

5.
This is the most important part.
Fill this planner/notebook only with rainbows and smiles, and plans to bake cakes  –
none of that mean girl stuff, k?

This project was originally posted on By Dawn Nicole on July 8, 2015. See original post here.

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DIY: Stapler in Jell-O Paperweight Inspired by The Office

Originally this project was intended for a Father’s Day handmade gift. This Jim-Halpert-prank-inspired paperweight would make a brilliant home-made Father’s Day gift! It will brighten his day at the office, silly pranking aside. (Um, let’s be honest, I’d love this for myself. You must understand. I’m obsessed with The Office.)

Supplies:

  • Epoxy resin + supplies
  • Yellow resin dye/dye alternative 
  • Plastic or silicone mold
  • Mini stapler

Tips:

Okay, to be honest, I had to make this twice. I had no idea resin was so temperamental! So to save you some time, I’ve compiled these following tips to help you avoid my mistakes.

     The mold: Your mold doesn’t have to be a
by-the-book mold you buy at the craft store. The first time I used an 8oz Daisy sour
cream container, and the second time I used a small Tupperware from the dollar store. You know, even something like a yogurt cup
could work (just as long as it can fit the mini stapler, plus enough
resin to completely submerge it, and as long as it’s pliable enough to
pop out your finished piece)!

     Resin dye/dye alternatives: First of all, I have to tell you that if you want sure results, then stick to resin-made pigments! Alright, now I can’t be held responsible for ruining your resin projects. So I would’ve used a dye meant for resin, but when I saw the price for a 3 ounce bottle, I changed my mind. Luckily there are dye alternatives! There are lots of alternatives
to resin dye. Since resin reacts adversely with water, you can’t use
anything water-based. I tried oil paint, and pastels. Oil paint makes vibrant color, but it leaves little paint particles floating around. The pastels
worked pretty well, but the resulting color wasn’t very bright. Note: I scraped off and used about 1/4 teaspoon from the pastel. If you use this dye alternative, I suggest you scrap off at least 1/2 teaspoon.

     How much resin you will need: Before you pour any resin, first figure out how
many ounces you’ll need to completely submerge the stapler. A good
way to do this is to measure it out using water first. Pop the stapler
into your mold, and start off pouring 6 ounces of water in the mold, then go from there. Note how many ounces it takes to fill the mold(FYI for both my attempts it took 6
ounces). Keep in mind, that equal proportions of resin, and hardener is
critical for proper curing. Note: Be positively sure that both your mold, and the stapler are completely dry. (Any water will make your resin cloudy.)

1. Mix the resin according to your resin’s specific directions, then mix in your dye.

2. Position the stapler in your mold, then slowly pour in the resin. Note: Remove any staples that might be in the stapler.

3. Allow your piece to cure for 24-72 hours, then carefully pop it out. If there are any imperfections or uneven edges, simply cut and sand them off. Polish the resin if needed – mine didn’t, so it’s unlikely.

This post was originally published on June 10, 2015 on Dawn Nicole Designs.

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Sneak Peek: DIY Burn Book Planner + Free Printable


Oh my! I just realized I haven’t wished any of you a happy July! 

Happy July!

Anyway, here’s a sneak peek of my guest post for bydawnnicole.com this month, and I can sum it up in two words: “so fetch.”

So, preface: I am just now buying myself a planner. Don’t judge me, I’m actually the kind of person who really loves using a planner, and I’m good at using one. But there’s just this new thing about me that makes time pass so quickly and so slowly at the same time, and I forget things a lot, like buying myself a planner. …Oh, it’s called having a baby. Hahaha! 

I really love unique items, like pants with a crazy print, or clever, fun shoes, or unordinary jewelry pieces, so on and so on. So naturally I wanted to spruce up my ordinary, pink, Moleskine planner. And where did I find inspiration? Mean Girls! Duh.

Continue reading for a snippet of my full post on bydawnnicole.com!

“Four for Glen Coco. You go, Glen Coco!”

If there’s a list of the best, most quote-able, one-liner movies, there’s no way Mean Girls is not on it.

Okay, but seriously. As a subtle shout out to one of the funniest high school movies, I present the Burn Book planner. Read on for the tutorial and for the free printable template! So fetch. 

Click here for the full tutorial plus a free printable!

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Sneak Peek: DIY Stapler in Jell-O Paperweight

First off, PHEEWW! I went unplugged this last week(sorta…I got on Instagram once to see my notifications, and I checked my email everyday), and the simplicity of life was very sweet. Although I guess I need to include that life was very sweet this last week, too, because I was in Disneyland with my family! 

From this end in Nebraska, only Ben and I could make it. And OH MY GOSH, taking care of a baby by yourself is exhausting! Particularly on airplanes. I gained a whole new level of admiration of all those single mothers, and single fathers out there.

So anticipate some major catch up from me this week(as I try to keep up with Ben’s withdrawals from all the constant cooing, holding, and smooching from my family).

Second of all, I don’t think I’ve every told you guys this, but I’m a contributor for Dawn Nicole Designs. Once a month until November, you can find one of my DIY’s over on her blog! 

Here’s a sneak peek from this month’s: a Father’s Day gift DIY.

It’s clever, it’s funny, it’s practical, and best of all, it’s homemade(you know me, I’m a big fan of homemade gifts)!

stapler in jello resin paperweight 
Hello, lovelies! And Happy (soon-to-be) Father’s Day to all the men in your life!
If you’ve got a husband or dad who loves The Office, this Jim-Halpert-prank-inspired paperweight made out of resin would make a brilliant home-made Father’s Day gift! It will brighten his day at the office, silly pranking aside. … 
Click here for the complete how-to!
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