DIY Trendy School Supplies

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I’m not one to brag, but I think over the past two months I’ve done a pretty good job of erasing any evidence of ‘school’ from my life. My backpack is hidden in some corner of my room out of sight, my school uniform is crushed underneath a pile of clothes in my cupboard and every time someone mentions “studying”, I throw something at them. Clearly, summer’s having a great effect on me.

So you can imagine the shock – the betrayal, really- I felt when the other day I went grocery shopping with my mum and find a whole display of school supplies. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s just disrespectful.  I mean who gave that supermarket the authority to crush my dreams? It’s not even like there’s one small school supply section. Oh no, they’re EVERWHERE. How am I supposed to forget about school when I walk into the cereal aisle ready to buy some cheerios and end up surrounded by shelves of set squares and colouring pencils? (On a side note; I’m not even sure where that joke came from, I don’t even eat cereal).

Anyways, all this to tell you guys that I have finally faced reality and accepted that I’m going back to school soon. So much so, in fact, that I decided to do a couple of back-to-school DIYs. I have to say, I’m really happy with how these ones turned out! I went for a black and gold/yellow theme with geometric designs, and I think they ended up lookin’ pretty stylish ;). Plus, they’re all super simple to make. All you need is some tape, some basic materials that you’ll have at home, and some creativity!

  1. The Tape Art Notebook

 

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This was a bit of a spontaneous DIY, which are always my favourite! I just happened to have an old notebook lying around, and I thought I’d have a bit of fun re-vamping it with whatever art materials I could find. I had some paint and this tape on hand (and yes, I am the type of person who buys tape with sheep patterns on it), and in an hour I basically had a brand new notebook.

 

What you need

  • a plain, hardback notebook
  • some tape
  • acrylic paint

Steps

  1. Use your tape to create a triangle pattern on the cover of your notebook.  Don’t worry about trying to make it perfect – trust me, it’ll look good either way.
  2. Next, paint the entire cover of your notebook and leave it to dry. I used two coats of paint to make the design stand out even more, but it’s totally up to you.
  3. Finally, carefully peal back the tape and you’re done!

2. The Washi Tape Pencil

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I’m going to be honest with you guys, this may well be the most complex DIY I’ve ever posted on my blog. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Maya, this is way too complicated”, and yes, it does takes years to acquire the necessary skill to complete this tutorial. But, I think with time, you’ll eventually figure this out.

What you need

  • washi tape
  • a pencil

Steps

  1. Wrap the tape around your pencil.
  2. Give yourself a pat on the back and go take a coffee break. You’ve earned it.

 

3.The Stripy Folder

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A part from being artsy and enjoying the art of creating and all that, one of the reasons I like to DIY things is because it’s way cheaper than just buying them at a shop. Instead of buying an expensive folder with a cool design on it, you can get a cheap, plain one and make a cool design yourself!

What you need

  • a permanent black marker
  • some tape
  • a plain folder

Steps

  1. Outline a triangle shape on your folder with some tape. It can be whatever size you want, but if you ask me, the bigger the better!
  2. Take your black marker and draw horizontal and vertical lines inside of the triangle. Draw as many as you can, and don’t worry if it looks messy.
  3. Carefully peel back the tape, and you’re left with unique & trendy design on your folder.

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I hope you guys enjoyed these DIYs and get a chance to try them out! Make sure to share & like this post if you’re going back to school too, or if you just feel like being a nice person. That’s cool too. Oh, and don’t forget to comment below letting me know which DIY was your favourite and if you’re looking forward to the new school year!

 

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How To Stay Organised

So, I’m naturally quite a disorganised person. I’m forgetful, I procrastinate constantly , I’m always late and my desk is a huge mess.  I’m the type of person who does my homework on bus. I’m that annoying classmate who always has to borrow a geometry set before maths exams. I’m that one friend who says I’ll get back to you later, but never will.

The worst part is that I’m in denial of how unorganised I am, so I’m always trying to convince myself that it’s a good idea to stupid things like plan events, get involved in projects, start a blog… 😉

Just last month, I thought it would be brilliant idea to plan a surprise birthday party for my friend. First of all, you should know that I only remembered it was her birthday a week beforehand. Then, I had to go through the agony of organising a venue (a task which I ended up entrusting to my mother – making a reservation is just too much responsibility for me). Finally I had to sort out the guest lists – and can I just say that getting people to confirm whether they are free or not is a nightmare (not to mention that my social skills are as poor as my organisation skills).

Anyway, in the end everything did work out all right, but I think it’s fairly obvious that organisation is not one of my greatest talents. However, I have managed to prevent my life from turning into complete chaos with a few helpful tricks I’ve picked up over the years. Hopefully, you’ll find them useful to!

  • To-do Lists

At the risk of sounding cliche, I would honestly get nothing done if it weren’t for To-Do Lists. As simple as it sounds, just having all my tasks for the day laid out in front of me makes me way more productive!

  • Set reminders

OK, so you know when someone gives you a piece of important information that you absolutely can’t forget and instead of writing it down, you convince yourself that you have the best memory in the world? But, two weeks later, lo and behold you’ve missed your doctor’s appointment, job interview and best friend’s birthday party.

Seriously, the amount of times I’ve written a little ‘X’ on my hand and told myself I’ll remember to do something is unbelievable. To avoid this situation, set reminders on your phone for the day before your event, so you’re sure to remember!

  • Timetable Tip

If you’re like me and can never remember your timetable, just take a picture of it and set it as the lock screen wallpaper on your phone. It may not be that stylish, but it’s a total life saver!

  • Sticky Notes

If there’s something you really want to remember, jot it down on a sticky note and stick it up somewhere you won’t miss it like your mirror or computer. Sounds simple, but it works!

  • Invest in a pinboard

If you have tons of paper all over your desk just get a bulletin board and pin up all the loose sheets. This way you can keep your desk tidy and actually read what’s written on each sheet of paper when you’re bored!.

Well, those are all my tips for today. Do you have any organisation life hacks? If so, leave them in the comments below – I’d love to know!

Also, I’m so sorry, I know I haven’t uploaded in ages , but I’m actually on holidays in France at the moment and haven’t had my laptop with me! Of course, an organised person would have prepared posts beforehand… ;). Anyways, don’t worry – next week I’ll be back to posting regularly.

Have a great week!

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Tips for Last-Minute Studying

My exams are this week and since I’ve basically spent the last few days memorizing huge amounts of utterly useless information, I felt it was appropriate to share a few tips that I find useful when studying before a big test.

Tip # 1 :Time Yourself

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This is a really basic tip, but I find it really helpful! All you have to do is set a realistic time limit for studying each subject. Then, set a timer for the appropriate amount of time and start working. Trust me, just seeing the time tick away next to you will encourage you to work faster and stop you from getting distracted.

Tip # 2 : Your own Soundtrack

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OK, this tip sounds a little ridiculous but I promise it works! Basically, if you want to study/do something really quickly, find a ‘War Music’ playlist and listen to it while doing the task. You’ll feel like you’re in an action movie and subconsciously work twice as fast!

Tip #3: Three point rule

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Whenever I have a lot of information to learn by heart, I like to divide it into headings, and write a maximum of 3 bullet points per heading. This makes the information much clearer and easier to memorize.

Tip #4: Typed Notes

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Even though most of my friends like to write notes and flashcards by hand, I think its so much handier to type them out on the computer.You can print them out, save them for studying at a later date, share them with your friends online and easily modify them if necessary. This tip is especially good if, like me, you have terrible handwriting and want to keep your notes neat and tidy.

Tip #5: Study with a Friend

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If I need to learn a list of dates for History or a bunch of Spanish vocab, I always try to get a friend to test me. This way they can correct me if I make a mistake and explain anything I don’t understand. Plus, let’s face it, working with a friend is much more entertaining than studying by alone!

Well, those are all my tips and tricks for last minute studying. I hope you find them helpful and do well in all your exams!

Speaking of which, I’m pretty sure have a Spanish exam tomorrow… better go study :/

 

 

 

 

5 Reasons I Can’t Study

1. Lack of Motivation

Seriously, I can’t even find the motivation to run on a treadmill for 5 minutes, and teachers are expecting me to study for hours? Don’t be crazy. If I had that kind of drive I would be doing something useful with my life and not aimlessly surfing the internet with hopes of one day winning the lottery.

2. Time
Why is it that because I’m a teenager everyone just assumes that I have all this time on my hands? Between my non-existent job, Netflix marathons and serious procrastination, my schedule is pretty full.
3. Useless Information
OK, I know education is important and everything, but some of the things they teach us are just ridiculous. Why am I sitting over here memorizing a detailed map of South America when I can’t even find the local grocery store without a GPS? Honestly the systems just a mess.
4. Responsibility?
So let me get this straight Mum and Dad… you expect me to use my own initiative to go and study? Oh so now you’ve decided to start treating me like someone who’s responsible? That’s funny, because when I didn’t want to clean my room last week, then you called me an immature brat…
5. Distractions
Sometimes I sit down to start studying and it literally feels like the universe is conspiring against me. As soon as I open my  books that’s it, my phone starts vibrating, Mum’s calling from downstairs and aliens have invaded Earth. Next thing I know its 1 a.m. , my exams tomorrow morning and I’m possibly less intelligent than I was before I started ‘studying’.
Seriously though, all jokes aside, I wish you all good luck in your upcoming exams! Mine are coming up soon and I’ll be posting a few study tips over the next two weeks to help you get through the work load 🙂