14 March 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Brands, Day Three: My Erin Condren Planner

Hi everyone! Today's design draws inspiration from something I carry around with me almost daily - my planner. For years I had been using Moleskin planners, but in the past year or two my use of them, and my organization, had been on the decline. Or at least that's what I perceived. This year, I was surprised with an Erin Condren planner by the amazing Lindsey over Wondrously Polished. The design on it is so marvelous, I knew that someday I would make some nail art based on it.

My Erin Condren planner and matching nail art


About the planner and design: But first a bit of back story. At the beginning of the year, Lindsey showed off her new planner and matching nail art. I made a comment that I loved the planner and I was looking for a new one. Well, like the wonderful friend that she is, she surprised me with my very own planner. And she obviously knows me well because she chose the paisley design for me. I've shown so many paisley designs on this blog, but the design on this planner is different from them all - very bold, colourful, and very dynamic.

My Erin Condren planner and matching nail art

You can see a better picture of the planner at the Erin Condren website.

Yes, these planners are pricey, but they are so well designed, and every detail has been thought through. All the pages are wonderfully designed, it has motivational quotes throughout, and plenty of pages for notes and organizing. Because it's so beautiful and well designed, I want to stay organized, and I enjoy carrying this around with me! I know I'll be buying another one next year. :)

Okay, but onto the nail art!

Erin Condren inspired nail art

To get this look: I decided to stay true to the design of the planner and the colours used. Since the background is not black, but more of a slate grey. I started with a base of one coat of Cult Nails Fetish, and one coat of Essie Cashmere Bathrobe (I don't own a dark slate grey, otherwise I would have used that).

Erin Condren inspired nail art

The next step was to paint where my design would go, and block it out using Cult Nails Tempest (an opaque white). This would allow for the colours to show up more.

I then painted in the design with my colour: Nubar My New Obsession (blue), Sally Hansen Lightening (yellow), Nubar On The Radar (red), Models Own Soda Pop Pink, OPI My Vampire is Buff, Misa Lime Love, and for the brown/nude a mix of Models Own Nude Beige and Essie Cashmere Bathrobe.

Erin Condren inspired nail art

The last step was to paint the black detail lines and also refine the outlines around the shapes using a mix of Fetish and Cashmere Bathrobe.

Erin Condren inspired nail art

Overall: It's not my usual paisley design, but I love how it turned out. I absolutely adore my planner, so it was nice to spend a few hours making something to remember this gift, and my friendship with Lindsey.

What do you think of this design? And thanks for reading!

See also:
Day One: Pretty Little Bottles
Day Two: Ode to Kodachrome

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17 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful and impressive! Amazing work!

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  2. This is so incredibly beautiful! And I'm so happy that you love the planner!! You did such a great job representing it. Really spectacular, as always <3

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  3. What a fun print! It turned out amazing.

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  4. Such a pretty pattern - you've matched it so perfectly!

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  5. Wow. This is so stunning and well executed.

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  6. Wow, absolutely beautiful! Nice colors.

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  7. Gorgeous nails, they came out flawlessly and really do match the planner. Amazing job! :) Makes me want to go run out and get a planner like that of my own (and match my nails, too!)!!

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  8. These are just absolutely stunning! Amazing job! Just gorgeous!

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  9. Omg, I just ordered my own Erin Condren planner a few hours ago! And then I open up bloglovin and see this post! Loooove your nail art and how you interpreted the cover onto your nails.
    And I'm so excited to get my own planner I can barely wait! O_o

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  10. Oh my gosh Meghan!! Seriosuly great!! I am just in awe of all these amazing brand mani's.

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  11. This is beautifully painted! You have such a talent for the small details in a manicure!

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  12. i really don't know what i love more - the mani or the planner! xx

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  13. Holy crap wow!! These are incredibly fantastic and so detailed, too! Superb

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