5.24.2016

Feeling Stagnant

I think around this time every year I get to feeling a little bit stagnant.  I get to feeling like I don't know what to share, I don't know what to blog about, I just feel a little less inspired.  I don't know if it is the changing weather or what...but sometimes I feel like I need to just take a break. 

So, I'm just writing this to say you may find fewer posts than normal on the blog in the near future.  Do not be alarmed!  I will come back to blogging.  I always do!  I have a few posts scheduled up and a few ideas I hope to see to fruition.....but there's just going to be a lot of silence here.  So be sure to check me out on Instagram and Snapchat (both are @fivesixteenths) and my YouTube channel.
While I'm gone though, this is probably what I'm doing

Failing at a lot of projects
Whenever I feel less inspired, I always just make things.  I make random things - things I'll never use, things that suck, things that don't work out.  This helps me get out the creative energy I feel I have building up but can't execute.  It clears way for more focused creativity.

Thinking
I'll be thinking a lot about what I'm doing and why I'm doing it.  This will lead me back to why I started blogging in the first place and it may lead me to a new change in the blog.  I might come back with brand new ideas or I might come back with a brand new perspective.  My main concern now is to make sure that I am offering diverse content that I'm proud of.  I don't want to continually offer the same type of content over and over - there are a few different things I'm interested it....so I need to find that balance and brainstorm new content regarding the things I love.

Mainly I'll be trying to move Forward.  My word of the year really comes into play here.  I feel like I've been moving in that forward motion but I'm feeling myself slow up.  So I just need to take a second, sit back, and see where I need to go next.  There are a few things I need to do to get me back on track.  I've got a ton of ideas in my head but they are being blocked by the energy to create and the inability to follow through.  So I'll probably be taking some time to get my head back on straight.

If you want to read more on my word of the year, click here.  Please hop on over to my other social channels to follow me there in case I don't  have much to say here in the next few weeks.  I'll be back though.

xoxo, Moe

5.23.2016

Make it Monday // DIY Glitzy Stiletto Manicure

There are few things I love more than having an awesome manicure - my #planneraddiction is probably one, and so is coffee.  If I had a million dollars my nails would be on point every day (no pun intended).  I've been drawing a lot of inspiration from Jefree Star ever since I started following him on Snapchat recently.  I've always had a thing for those stiletto nails and even started wearing my nails in a really severe almond shape.  I've been wearing some press on/glue on nails from the drug store for probably about a year now.  Last week my manicure was a set of French tip nails from Kiss and I couldn't recommend those enough!  This week I thought I'd try something new - a little bit of bling and little bit of a stiletto.
 
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I've done this mini stiletto nail before (not sure if I'd ever showed it on any social media) but these nails make for the perfect base.  And the best part is they are super affordable from your local drug store.  I suggest checking out CVS and using your Extra Bucks for some awesome discounts.  They are called Active Oval, but they are more almond to me.  And that shape is perfect for filing into a tiny, mini stiletto point.  I could not function if I had a full stiletto nail - I would not be able to type at all - so the little mini point is cute and interesting.  This shape, I think, is great for long fingers - especially if you want to emphasize the length.  It might be weird but I love how alien they kind of look!!

So anyway, I got together some supplies and I'm going to show you how I did it

Supplies // oval or almond shaped glue on nails (I prefer these from Kiss , nail glue (if not included in your kit), base coat, top coat, coordinating colors of your choice - polish, glitter, rhinestones (I used craft glitter and craft rhinestones from the craft store), file, quick dry spray
 
Begin by picking out the nails to best suit your fingers.  There is a trick to this - you don't want them too wide and you don't want them too narrow.  Once you find a nail that fits your finger, find the size smaller and see how that looks.  If the first one looks better choose that one - but I often see others with glue on nails like these where the nail is way too wide for their finger.  The more natural the nail looks the better.  You may find you have to file down around the edges to make the nail fit your nail bed better.  Take the time to do this step!  This is especially necessary if you find you've run out of the nail size that fits a certain finger best.  This step will ensure that you have the best fitting and most natural looking nails glued one.

If you're a pro at applying glue on nails, go ahead and do your normal routine.  I use a file to scuff up my natural nail a bit so the glue will adhere better.  Lay all the nails out in the order they will be applied and begin to apply them one by one.  I start with my thumbnail on my left hand - I apply glue to the back of the nail then place the nail on to the nail bed starting at the cuticl and sort of rocking it down.  For me, this give the best adhesion.  Continue until all nails are on your little fingers.
 
Begin to shape the nail into a mini point with the file.  Follow the natural angle of each side of your finger to create a nice point.  Shape all the nails into a mini stiletto.  Do not file too much at once but alternate the filing from side to side to get an even point.

Paint your base coat.  Choose the nails that will be covered with glitter, paint every nail except for the ones covered with glitter in the polish color of your choice.  Choose the nails that will remain rhinestone free, paint the top coat on all nails that will remain rhinestone free.

Glitter Nails
Make sure you have a place to make a mess with the glitter!  Paint the top coat, one nail at a time, on the nails that will have glitter.  Pour the glitter over the nail, tap off the excess.  Use the remaining glitter to repeate the process on each glitter nail.
 
If you find you may need to add more glitter, pain the top coat again, pour the glitter again, etc.  If the glitter gets everywhere - which it probably will - use a paint brush to dust off the glitter around your cuticle.  One you are satisfied, paint the final top coat over the nails.

Rhinestone Nails
This one may be a little tricky.  Squeeze out a little bit of glue onto your plate, using the toothpick dip it into the glue then pick up a rhinestone with the glue end of the toothpick and place it on the nail.  Fill the whole nail or do a strip down the middle - it is up to you.  Repeat with however many nails and whatever design you prefer.
 
Once everything is done, if you haven't already, go a ahead a spray the quick dry spray onto your nails.

Now you have a crazy glitzy mini stiletto manicure!  It might be crazy but it's definately worth it!

What is the craziest manicure you've ever had?  Do you find it super fun to play with your nails?

xoxo, Moe

5.20.2016

Free Printable Weekly Mini Kit Planner Stickers - Bright Summer

I am so, so, so happy warm weather is finally here!  You know what I hate though?  Yard work.  It's not my jam, so everyone just has to deal with the fact that my flower beds are pitiful.....it seems no matter how hard I work, its not ever done.  So, just nope.

I'd rather be crafting anyway.
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Today I have for you a free printable sticker kit designed for these week on one page vertical inserts in the shop.  These are the inserts I've been using lately in my planner and I have to say I really do like them.  I used to be a no-white-space planner in my week on four page vertical inserts but these week on one page really lend to some white space (at least for me).  Of course, you can use these in any style planner - just have at it!

There are  two styles of these stickers - one where the patterned full boxes have a faded white box in the middle to write on, and one that doesn't have this.  There are also two file types - a Studio file to use with your Silhouette and a PDF.  But guess what?  If you follow the steps in this video tutorial you can totally use the Print then Cut feature of your Cricut Explore to cut these as well!  Both files feature an image area of 5.5 x 8 inches - the maximum Print then Cut area that the Cricut Explore can handle (I based it off the measurements for the Chrome browser so the image would work for those you may use Design Space in Chrome - that is my browser of choice).

If you have a Silhouette, simply open the Studio files and find that the cut lines already exist.  You may have to do some fancy pants stuff with your blade depth and registration marks since all Silhouettes are different.  If you don't want to waste space, use the knife tool to chop up the image and move it (with the cut lines) around. Duplicate parts that you want, etc, to fill up the print area of the Silhouette.
If you have a Cricut Explore, simply use a PDF to JPG converter (like this one) to make the PDF into a JPG to upload to design space.  Following this tutorial, you can erase the white of the jpg and have perfect cut lines for this sheet!  Once you add the image to your canvas, be sure to size the width to 5.5 inches (the height should automatically change to 8) and hit the Go button.  It is the perfect size for the Print then Cut area of Design Space.  If you get an error that the the image is too big, be sure you've sized it properly.

If you don't have either of these machines - you seriously should consider getting one!  The Silhouette is a bit more advanced that the Cricut Explore, but they both are worth it (I have both and use both for different things!)  Check out my video tutorials here and my Cricut projects on the blog here.  But, if you still want to cut by hand - simply download the PDF and get to snipping.

The headers in this printable have been left blank so that you can customize them and print as many as you'd need.  The printable features a limited amount of each element so printing at least 2 of these will get you most of what you need - so make seven To Do headers then sevn Today headers, etc in your design program and print. This can be done in both Silhouette Studio and Cricut Explore (both programs can be used for free!)  However, if you have access to neither you can use an online PDF editor like PDFescape to overlay text.  I like this one because you can rotate the PDF to overlay the text properly.  Then save to your computer and print!  Easy peasy.


I hope you enjoy this printable, please remember that this is for Personal Use only.  Do not claim this as your own, do not give this freely to others (printed or through file sharing), do not sell this printable in any form,  do not link to the file itself please link to the blog post.  Please play nice - that is just the right thing to do.  The patterns used in this kit are from the Pixeled Paper Blog.  

Let me know if you've used them, I'd love to see your layout on Instagram!  Share it with me by tagging @fivesixteenths because I'm a sucker for planner layouts!!

xoxo, Moe