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How to do Newspaper Nails

Newspaper nails are really easy, last a long time and a unique way to paint your nails. They are all the rage on Pinterest right now and you’re guaranteed to get compliments. They are one of my favorite ways to paint my nails because of how cool they look and how long they last. 
You will need: 
Rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl Alcohol) 
Clear base coat
White nail polish
Newspaper or Magazine
Bowl
Clear top Coat
Rubbing alcohol, white nail polish, clear nail polish and a bowl. 
Step 1: Paint your nails with a clear base coat to protect your nails. Let dry. 

The base coat protects your nails from discoloring 
 Step 2: Paint on two coats of white nail polish. 
Two coats of white nail polish
Step 3: Cut out some newspaper text or pictures you want. Keep them small. 
Step 4: Pour rubbing alcohol into bowl
Step 5: Let the newspaper piece soak for about a minute
Step 6: Carefully put the newspaper onto your nail 
Press paper onto nail for 15+ seconds. 
Step 7: Press firmly on the newspaper for at least 15 seconds. Make sure all sides of the paper transfer to the nail. Be patient. 

I used both text and pictures from the newspaper
Step 8: Repeat for your other nails 
Step 9: Apply a top coat
Step 10: Show your friends and receive compliments. 

These lasted two weeks on my nails 
Tips:
Be patient! I didn’t wait until the white nail polish was 100% dry and so it didn’t work out. 
Leave the newspaper on longer than 15seconds until it fully transfers

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How I Used Pinterest for My New Apartment

A month ago, I signed a lease on a new apartment. I knew that I needed new furniture and was excited at the thought of shopping for all of it. But how could I stay organized while shopping? How could I remember what all I’d seen? Pinterest.

I made a board and appropriately called it Apartment.

I’m on Pinterest all day as part of my job so I know how to use it really well but you don’t need to be a professional Pinterester for it to help you.

The board started out being a place where I’d pin neat ideas that I hoped of someday accomplishing.

Will I actually use any of these? Probably not. 

Who knows, maybe someday I will be bored enough to buy plastic animals, cut them in half, paint them and glue them onto a piece of wood to make a necklace holder. Looks nice, but I probably won’t make it.

As I started to look for furniture and bedding, I needed a method to keep track of the products I liked. Luckily, almost every retail website now days has a PinIt! button so I would just pin the product I liked to my Apartment board. Then I could add my own notes in the pin description and the pin linked back to where I found it.

Pins of the bed sheets I liked. I ended up buying the one in the box. 

This transformed my Pinterest board from dream-apartment-ideas into actual-apartment-ideas.

Previously, when I’ve searched for items to buy (like a graduation dress) I made a Word document or Google Doc. But a Pinterest board is a much neater and cleaner way to keep track of potential items to buy.

Pinterest can be a clean and simple way to remember what you looked at when online shopping

When I went to IKEA with my mom and my best friend, we ended up buying some furniture there. So, I searched on Pinterest and IKEA for images of what I bought and pinned those to my Apartment board. That way, I could remember what I had bought already. When I searched for the IKEA furniture on Pinterest, I could see creative new ways about how to use that piece. Bonus!

I pinned the IKEA furniture I bought to remember what I had

I’m sure those who follow me on Pinterest may have been annoyed or confused as to why I was suddenly pinning all these shower curtains and sofas. If I was more concerned about not bombarding my followers or more shy about what I was pinning, I could have made it a secret board.

My parents and I looked at local furniture stores and when I saw a couch or dining room table I liked, I took a picture on my phone and made it into a pin for my Apartment board. This helped me put all my options in one place and remember what tables I’d already seen.

I took pictures of furniture I saw and pinned them on my board to remember. 

I hope this showed you how you too can use Pinterest.

My only complaint about Pinterest is that I wish there was a way you could move pins that you’ve already pinned around. I like that you can move your boards around but as of now, you can’t move your pins. Sad face.