How To Tuesday: Recycle Magazines and Boost Your Mood

Happy Tuesday!

In today’s post I want to share with you how I take a giant stack of magazines and turn it into a compact book. It’s super easy and a great way to have all your favorite articles in once place. Plus it is a great way to boost your mood! (keep reading to find out how)

What You Need:

  • Your stack of magazines. I like to stick with one type of magazine per book but you can mix magazines if you want.
  • Three-hole binder
  • Scissors
  • Clear sheet protectors. Make sure to get sheet protectors that already have holes punched in the side.

How To:

  • Grab your stack of magazines and organize them by type of magazine.
  • Flip through each magazine and cut out each recipe or article that you want to keep.
  • Create different piles for your articles. For example I divided mine into three piles: recipes, workouts, and beauty/fashion.

 

 

  • Slip the articles into the clear sheet protectors and then pop them into your binder. You may want to use a separate blank sheet of paper to make a divider to separate each of the different themes within your binder.
  • Optional: Make a decorative cover or label for the front of your binder.

To prepare for this project I like to make a cup of my favorite coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and get snugly on the couch. I also like to turn on my favorite music or movie. I found this project to be a great way to unwind while still keeping my mind active.
Sometimes a small project can have a big effect on your mood. The act of organizing stimulates the left side of your brain and when you are able to easily complete this project you are rewarded with a sense of accomplishment. In addition, the act of creating something or looking at creative content keeps the right side of your brain happy. In combination your brain produces more serotonin. (The chocolate can help too!) Serotonin makes brains happy. A happier brain means a happier you! So the next time you are feeling a little down grab that stack of magazines and those mood-boosting juices flowing.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little DIY. If you make a binder like this let me know what magazines or recipes you used in the comments below! You can also tweet me @imperfectperla.

Have a great day!

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How To Tuesday: Make Your Own Custom Make-up Palette

It’s DIY time!

I thought of this last week when I was repurposing empty containers…ok, trash. It didn’t really fit in the same theme as those other products but I still thought you might be interested in trying this.

 This is a great way to use an old DVD case to make your own custom make-up palette.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. De-pot the eye shadows, blushes, bronzers, or lipstick pans you want in your palette.
   
 2. Arrange the products in the palette so the DVD spool is not hitting any products. If you want to get extra crafty you can take a very sharp knife and actually cut out the DVD spool. Alternatively you could place the products in the circle of the spool.

3. Next, take some super glue and glue in your products. Make sure you are comfortable with the arrangement before hand because the super glue is not easy to remove without ruining your product.

4.  Then take out the inside cover and trace it’s shape around the new cover you want on your palette. I chose to use a pretty piece of card stock but you might also consider printing something on your computer with a title for your palette.  

5. Slip the new cover in place and you are done!

 
Here is a picture of one I made. I chose a piece of pink damask card stock as my cover because I LOVE all things damask.

Here is the inside. As you can see mine has been well loved. 
 
 
Also, if you are wondering how to de-pot products here is the way I usually do it. You will need a lighter or a lit candle and a safety pin or needle.
 
1. Hold the flame under the product to loosen the glue holding the product in its pan.
You may need to wear a protective glove or hold the container in a cloth because the container may get very hot.
2. Next very carefully try to slip the safety pin in between the product’s container and the pan. Lift up ever so gently to remove the pan.
 
This sounds much easier than it actually is unfortunately. It may take a few attempts before the pan comes out. I would also recommend you try this method on a cheaper product you don’t care as much about because it can take some practice to get it right and you don’t want to ruin any of your favorite high end products.
 
Have a beautiful day!
 
C
 
 

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