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Gift Idea: Luhvee Books Review

Recently, with the end of college, I have been feeling a need to make photo books and put my memories in print. Something about flipping through a book of pictures and written memories makes me feel a whole lot more nostalgic than scrolling through a Facebook album. After hours making scrapbooks and a few too many paper-cuts, Luhvee Books reached out to me and I could not wait to try out their service! Its an online fill in the blank book maker that has themed love books – think significant other, mom, grandma – with prompts that are easy to fill out.

Today, I am going to walk you through the entire process so you can decide if you would like to create one of these amazing books to capture your memories. I think they would be an amazing gift for the upcoming holiday season or for an anniversary or other important date.

*Disclaimer: this book was gifted to me by the lovely people of Luhvee Book Inc; however, all opinions are my own and completely honest. As always!

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Getting Started on a Luhvee Book

First things first – you have to pick the right Love Book. There are multiple options for someone you love, moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas. I flipped through the previews of a few books and picked out the “Why I Love You” option to make a book for my boyfriend.

Before I started making my book, I collected about 30 of my favorite photos into a folder on my desktop. I would recommend doing this so that once you get started the process is quick and fun!

Making the Luhvee Book

Once you are good and ready to make your book, you simply upload photos for each page and finish the sentences. You can personalize some of the prompts and change what they say, but I found even if a prompt took a little thinking to finish, they ended up being amazing sentiments that I may not have thought to include on my own.

The entire process took me about 1 hour until I was ready to order the book, but I could forsee it taking more or less time depending how much thought you put into it. I kept going back to my photo archives to find more photos to match memories that I was mentioning, so I think that slowed me down a bit, but also made for an amazing finished product.

Luhvee Book Inside

Recieving the Luhvee Book

About a week after I placed my order, my Luhvee book arrived in the mail in a firm package. The book was in perfect condition with a matte hard cover and thick, matte pages.

Overall, I am very happy with the quality, delivery time, and creation time of this book. While I enjoy making books by hand, I think this digital option is amazing if you are making a book to show someone how special they are and want to do it in high quality, quickly.

MY GOAL

As always on Sophistication and Sparkles, my goal is to help you get the most out of life during your college years and early twenties. That includes making memories and recommending quality services! I hope that this post gave you an idea of how you can create a great book and show someone how much they mean to you. If you are interested and want to save some $$$, please use the code: LUHVEEALANA for 20% off from now until December 31st!

~Alana Robin

DIY Sunglass Organizer

With finals behind us, it is time to throw on some shades and head to the beach. I am a bit of a sunglass addict myself, and am constantly looking for new ways to keep my sunglasses organized. This DIY sunglass organizer has been the perfect solution for me because not only is it simple and small, but also it creates a work of art out of those cool mirror glasses I bought and have only worn twice…

Supplies

DIY Sunglass Supplies

  • Frame
  • Stapler
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paint brush

Step One

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Remove the glass and backing of your frame and paint it your favorite color! This will personalize any old from you have lying around the house, or even a frame from the Dollar Tree, like mine.

Step Two

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Once you frame is dry, cut a piece of string to the width of your frame. This is where you get to be a little creative: Do you want the frame vertical or horizontal? Do you want two rows of sunglasses or one? Do you want the sunglasses to overlap?

I, personally, choose to keep my frame simple with only one horizontal row of sunglasses. I figured my frame was only an 8″ by 10″  which proportionally held one row best. I plan on possibly making one or two more frames and hanging them on the wall as art.

Step Three

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Once you have the proper length string, you can secure it with a simple staple! I found the staple to be more than strong enough, but if you need some extra reinforcement, I would recommend a dot of hot glue over the staple.

Step Four

IMG_4670Now that your frame is complete, it is time to slip on the sunglasses and style it in your room! I plan on bringing mine back to school with me in the fall, so merely propped it against a wall. Once I get back to school, I will secure it to the wall using Command Hooks. They are perfect for a dorm or apartment because they can be easily removed without damaging the wall.

If you try out this DIY sunglass holder, be sure to send me a picture of it—and your sunglass collection—on Instagram, @alanarobina.

~Alana Robin

 

DIY Shut Eye Pillow Case

I have always been a huge fan of pillows. This past year, I upgraded from a life stuck in a twin bed, to a full bed. Needless to say, I was quite excited. I think most people would be happy to just have some extra space. Not me! I am happy to have more room for more pillows. Okay, so that was partially sarcastic, but I really do love a bed full of pillows. Recently, I found a pillow I really liked, and decided to make a shut eye pillow case.

I currently have about 10 throw pillows on my bed, so these new pillows are a great addition! They look adorable when placed next to each other, or you can make one pillow with both eyes. That is probably my favorite part of making things myself; you get to customize items to your exact specifications.

LEARN HOW TO MAKE A SHUT EYE PILLOW:

DORMIFY

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MY GOAL

As always on Sophistication and Sparkles, my goal is to help you get great deals! With this DIY video, I show you how to find something on the internet and make it yourself for a fraction of the price. As a college student, I know the budget struggle, so I always want to share options that are fabulous, yet affordable for your lifestyle. I aim for things to be well below your average price range, so you too can be like me—ballin’ on a budget.

~Alana Robin

DIY Marble Desk: Temporary Paper

I have recently become a huge fan of marble. I think as such an elegant look, while still being fun. As a college student, I cannot afford nice things. Old mismatched furniture from my landlord is all you will find in my apartment, so I wanted a way to spruce things up. I found this awesome marble temporary paper and was instantly intrigued. I figured that if I could change the look of my things with a simple sticker, that would be pretty amazing.

When I first saw this paper, I definitely had a few reservations about the ease of application though, so here is my step-by-step guide to how to use it!

DIY Marble Desk with Marble Temporary Paper

STEPS

  1. Measure your desk, and simply cut along the grid.
  2. Peel and place. This step is a little difficult because you want to avoid air bubbles. I found the best way to do it to be gradually peeling off the back as I put it down, as seen in the picture.
  3. Drawers: for the drawers you want to cut out a piece to size and then mark it at the knobs.
  4. Once you mark the knobs, cut a hole. Once you peel off the backing, you can easily shove the desk knobs through the whole and apply the sticker. I did end up having air bubbles with the drawers though, so I would recommend cutting larger wholes for the knobs to avoid making my mistake!
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Overall, I am quite satisfied with my temporary paper purchase. Not only was it easy to apply, but also it looks amazing and has a nice finished feeling. My favorite part about it is that it adds some personality to my room. I think most college apartments and dorms have pretty boring furniture, so temporary paper is a great way to liven a space. I would definitely recommend this product and temporary paper as a whole. I think it would even make a good back splash for a kitchen or bathroom as well!

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