How To: Monogrammed Binder Cover

August 25, 2014

THE SCHOOL YEAR HAS OFFICIALLY STARTED! For me, today is the first day of school.
With the rush to make sure I had my first day outfit done and I had all of my school supplies, I forgot to make a cover for my binder, yikes! So here I am at 8PM Sunday night trying to figure out cute covers that use only black and white because of course, my printer is out of color ink. Luckily, my binder is pink, so a simple black and white monogram will definitely work!
Trying to make these last minute with no help would be such a pain! I figured out a super cute, easy, and free way to make monogram binder covers.

1. Find a monogram you like. For interlocking vine these are great, and these are good for circle monograms.

2. Save your monogram as a .PNG image. For the interlocking vine you will need to zoom out on Adobe Reader and screenshot the last page after you enter your initials.

3. Decide on what two colors you want to use. Go to and use the overlay option to change the background color. Make sure the image is saved as a .PNG for the overlay feature.

4. Go to and use the bucket fill option to change the color of the script/letters. You may have to do this in separate parts if your monogram is not all connected.

5. Save the monogram with image size 850 x 1100. This is the size of a normal piece of paper and ensures that your monogram will be the right size. 

6. Save your image and print it out! (I made mine black and white, but will definitely be using this pink one once I have colored ink!)


Agenda Organization - Kate Spade Agenda

August 21, 2014

I start school in 4 days!! I can't wait, so in the meantime I wanted to do another back-to-school post! My new Kate Spade Agenda and Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens are the two things I'm most excited about, so I figured why not feature them?

I like to color code my agenda to keep everything I have going on organized. In my agenda I use brown for appointments and family events. I use red for things regarding my internship, dark blue for volunteering and student government, and orange for things going on with my friends. I use light blue for school events.

At the beginning of the year I give each of my classes a color to write my homework in as well as use for my notes. I write my homework in order by class, or write no homework so when I get home I know what homework I have in each class. I also write down all club meeting information on the bottom line.

Being organized is super important to me, and during the school year my agenda is pretty much the only thing that keeps me sane!


What's In My Backpack!

August 18, 2014

I don't know about you, but for me school starts in 1 week!!  Although this summer has treated me well, I'm excited to jump back into the school year!  I love reading back-to-school posts and seeing the school supplies all my favorite bloggers use, so today I present to you what's in my backpack!

In my backpack, I always keep a book to read after tests, or if I have any free time. I'm currently re-reading The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall.  It's an easy read perfect for the end of summer.  I also have two school essentials -- my TI-84 calculator and index cards!

This school year, I'm most excited about my new pens and my new agenda! Last year, I used a large Lilly Pulitzer agenda, and I absolutely adored it. My only problem was the spirals, they got caught in everything and caused my agenda to tear. This year, I purchased a medium Kate Spade agenda, it's a size smaller than last year and has the spirals on the inside. I figured a smaller size would be easier to fit in my backpack once I have all my textbooks! The  monogram on my agenda is from PreppyGlam. My new favorite pens are the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens. I purchased mine via Amazon, but they are also available at Target. I'll admit they were a bit pricey for pens, but hopefully they will last me the majority of the year. I went for colorful pens because I'm a big fan of color-coding my agenda and highlighting important notes. This year I'm going to try a 5 subject notebook where I will store notes and handouts for most of my classes.

Occasionally I bring my laptop to school, but only when absolutely necessary, because I would hate for it to get damaged or stolen. I ordered the TKOOFN hard pink case via Amazon, and I love it! I take water to school with me everyday to make sure I stay hydrated, my favorite water bottles are Camelbak. My Vera Bradley lunch bunch was purchased 3 years ago, it is extremely good quality and it's the perfect size for packing my lunch. Last but not least, my Land's End backpack was purchased about 2 years ago. While it's been great, it's obviously been worn so I ordered the North Face Jester II. I'm super excited to start using my new backpack once it arrives!
(pictured is Land's End backpack)


A Day At The Beach

August 4, 2014
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