Friday, June 27, 2014

DIY Polka Dot Shorts

Remember that time way back when I posted an outfit with my DIY tribal shorts, and I mentioned maybe posting how to's in the future? Well, here it is! A couple of weeks ago, I got together with one of my friends and we had a craft date. She made a ton of dorm decor, and I found a pair of old jeans and turned them into shorts. It's a very simple DIY - read on to see how I made them!

Supplies
Old jeans / shorts
Scissors
Marker
Optional: needle and thread, iron / hair straightener, ruler, box cutter / razor blade
The first thing I did was put on my pair of old jeans, and roughly marked how long I wanted my shorts to be. Remember not to cut it too short - you can always cut more, but you can't go back once you've cut too much!
Make sure both pant legs are even, and just snip off the legs with your scissors. I left enough length so that I would be able to roll the ends.
Next, I made my stencil. I had some cardstock from an old project that I recycled. I punched out a circle, and voila - you have your stencil!

Brush wise, you should probably use an actual stencil brush, but I found that the flat end of a cheap foam brush works just as well. I made a couple of mistakes, but you can always go back over it with a smaller brush. I squeezed some paint onto a plate, loaded the flat end of my brush, and dabbed it over my stencil.
Try not to paint it on, because that will cause paint to go under your stencil and ruin your pretty circles.
If you want to be precise, you could use a ruler to measure where your polka dots go, but I just eyed it, and it turned out fine!
About half way through, my stencil became soggy because of all the paint. Just punch another hole in your paper, and you've got a brand new, dry stencil!

After I got my first row of polka dots
You can always fix rough spots with a smaller brush.
And there you have it, your very own polka dot shorts! Depending on your style, you could fray the ends with a razor or box cutter, roll it and sew it, or leave it as it is. I ended up rolling mine and sewing the seams on the side so that it doesn't become unrolled. I'm way too lazy to actually use an iron, so I used my hair straightener to crease the ends. Practical, yes?

Do you ever make your own shorts? Stay tuned to see how I style mine!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Meet Emily, Planner Enthusiast

Well, it's been a while! Blogging had to take the backseat for a while - I think it's safe to say that Spring 2014 was my busiest semester yet! I have a lot of plans for Crazy Scarf Girl, but whether or not they'll be executed is highly debatable since all I do is sit around and watch Supernatural.

It's good to be back, though, because today, I present you a very pressing matter: what is your favorite planner?





In case my URL didn't give it away, I'm actually crazy. One of the things I'm crazy about is planning. If I don't write something down, I will forget. As a result, I've developed a sense of what works and what doesn't, and I know exactly what I want in a planner.

This year, I'm comfortable with investing more in a planner since I use it every single day. (Seriously. Without my planner, I'm lost.) After I narrowed it down to four options, I came up with a list of questions. If you're on the same journey as I am, go ahead and answer the following with your favorite planners:
1. Does it contain the academic year (July 2014-July 2015), or the regular year (ending in December 2015)?
2. Is it lined, or unlined?
3. Is it split into morning/day/evening?
4. Are the Saturday/Sunday blocks the same size as weekdays?
5. Does the planner contain a folder?
6. Does each week have a 2 page spread?
7. How much does it cost?
(I may or may not have made an Excel spreadsheet for this.)

Because I'm a student, I prefer the academic year. To me, the year starts in August and ends in May, and I don't really have a need to plan my summer (yet).

I also like unlined, morning/day/evening blocks. With my old planner from Target, I would write all of my meetings for the day, but it would be out of order. Not gonna lie, I may or may not have missed a meeting because of this. Luckily, the morning/day/evening sections will solve this problem for me!

My favorite planners are from Erin Condren, Plum Paper Designs, May Designs, and Sarah Pinto. My real struggle? Choosing between Erin Condren and Plum Paper Designs. Maybe you can help me out!

Erin Condren Life Planner
$45 with coupon, originally $55

I'm sure you've heard of it - Erin Condren is all over the blogosphere. I absolutely adore the layout and customization, but the only thing holding me back is the price and the fact that I have to purchase more months in order to get the academic year. That, and I would have to purchase a new one starting in January - ugh! That would seriously throw off my flow.

To help with the price, you can sign up with any referral link (mine is here, if you fancy). You get $10 off, and the referrer (me) gets $10 in credit if you make a purchase. Even though I absolutely love it, the cheapskate inside of me doesn't know if I can handle dishing out $45 + shipping on a planner, you know?

Pros: adorable designs, customized cover, unlined, morning/day/evening blocks, can be used longer, includes a bunch of extras
Cons: expensive, kind of bulky, not the academic year, narrow daily sections

$35

My favorite thing about this planner is that you can customize the 7 different sections. I'd split mine into morning, day, evening, to-do, and leave the remaining 3 for school organizations. Unfortunately, this planner is lined. I've used lined planners in the past, but I feel like it's restricting. And I'm picky. However, if you don't care about whether or not it's lined, this is a great choice if you want to customize your sections!

Pros: adorable designs, customized cover, customized sections, academic year
Cons: expensive, kind of bulky, lined, narrow daily sections

May Designs Planner

$16.50, Summer Sale


Of my four options, May Designs has the most designs to choose from, and it's the cheapest. This is definitely something I'd use in high school. It's smaller so you can toss it in your purse, but since I rely so heavily on my planner, it doesn't make the cut this year. I'd recommend this one if you want something cute and convenient!

Pros: adorable designs, incredibly customized cover, convenient size, unlined, inexpensive, academic year
Cons: small daily sections, not divided into morning/day/night

$20

This is another one I'd use in high school. It's a convenient size, and it looks like something you'd find at Target. Unfortunately there are only 3 designs, but I like the layout of the weekly spreads. Like the May Designs Planner, I'd recommend this one if you want something convenient.

Pros: convenient size, unlined, academic year, inexpensive
Cons: no customization, not many design choices, not divided into morning/day/night

Phew - that was a lot of analysis, and I still haven't made up my mind! Help me out here - which is your favorite?