Friday, August 3, 2012

diy: nail polish swatch book

Have you ever gone to the store and returned home with a nail polish you already had? 
 (Of course without the intention of buying the same color). 

I went shopping and my eyes were drawn to a blue nail polish from Revlon. I put it in the cart and it wasn't until I was going over my products making sure I wanted to buy them, that I realized I had that color already. Not only did I have Blue Lagoon, I didn't like the formula, I liked the color but It dried funny. I don't like to return make up, so I was glad that I had noticed it before making the purchase.

I started to think about it, and really, unless I wear the color constantly, like Time Square from NYC, I don't remember all the names of the nail polishes I have. So instead of playing the guessing game and trying to remember while out and about, I thought it would be a good idea to make a list of the nail polishes I did have, with swatches.

I had made this notebook for myself a while back when I was getting my blog started, it was just some cheap little note pad that came with some package, but instead of wasting it I decided to customize it using a map to cover the booklet, kind of like I did in my post A Gift for A Traveler. It fits perfectly in my purse, and is great for writing little tid-bits down for my blog, and now I have decided that it would also hold my nail polish swatches.


I sorted the colors by brand and made a page for each of them. I left the back of the pages empty because each page will hold 20 swatches (20 lines on each page) and 40 front and back.

From left to right, I wrote
#, (Brand Name), ♥, swatch. 
 

You might be wondering why I put the ♥ I put it to represent how well I liked the color, full heart for me is completely love and will buy again, half a heart means like the color but don't like the formula, empty heart means, it sucked!!! and depending on how much of the second half is filled is how much I loved the color on my nails. Talk about organized huh?
So basically all you will need for this is
  • a booklet/notebook/journal
  • nail polishes
  • pen
  • free time!
I think this is pretty easy to figure out yourself, no instructions needed, I can just suggest a few things instead.
  • Write out everything first before you do the swatches, otherwise you will be waiting for swatches to dry or trying to write and smearing the swatches instead. (especially if you are right handed)
  • Sort by brand. It will be easier to skim through brands then skim through colors. 
  • Leave a page in between other brands if you tend to buy a lot of a certain brand.
  • Keep it neat!
  • Use a small journal so that way you can keep it in your purse.

    So that's it! It's super easy, It's a great way to keep your colors on hand, and you can use it to compare colors so you don't buy colors that are too similar to each other!

    Hope you enjoyed! And, that fluffy furry nosy thing in my pictures is name Kiara. She likes to watch me blog and roll my lipsticks off the bed.

55 comments:

  1. Love this. I do not have enough nail polish that I need to do this, but it is so neat and creative.
    Oh, and I love love love the new header.

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    1. Thanks!

      I on the other hand will need it very much!

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  2. Hi Sherry, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thanks so much! :)


      I will check out your blog soon!

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  3. Spotted. Your cat should be really adorable in real life. :D

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  4. Love this swatch book! What a great idea, I'm excited to follow you and see more great ideas, feel free to follow me back at www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

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  5. What I cute idea!! It's like a little nail diary :)

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    1. Haha thats a cute way to put it. I think I am gonna do other swatches in it as well.

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    1. I think my handwriting looks sloppy today! But thank you :D

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  7. Aw Sherry!!! This is such an awesome and cute notebook!! <3

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  8. ohhh this is such a good idea! think i'd just enjoy swatching them tbh :p x

    www.katblogsyeah.blogspot.com

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  9. Did you see your button on my page? Doesn't it look gorg???

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  10. Wow nice! Anyway, I found your blog in Blog Hop. I am your new follower. Drop by on my blog and say hello.

    www.akachymecindy.com
    www.littleslimgirl.com

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  11. Great idea. May have to borrow.

    ♥ With Love,
    Tisha Jade

    http://www.neverjaded.com

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  12. That is a great idea. I will try to incorporate this into my shopping trips on some level or another. (I don't buy that much nail polish but I shop often!) Thanks for the neat idea. New follower here from Friday Blog Hop!

    http://lovejoyjunction.blogspot.com/

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    1. I need to get my grandma to some how use it! So she will remember what to buy, but then she will just forget to remember the book.

      Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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  13. What a fun idea! I bet that your mails look fabulous all the time. Love your blog and the design. I'll definitely be back for me. I found you via the blog hop and would love a follow back!

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    1. I try to! Sometimes I get lazy though.

      Thanks (: I will check out your blog asap

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  14. Love it! Just found you through Friday Blog Hop. Followed!

    Follow back?
    http://thirteenfashionblog.blogspot.com/

    -Kendall & Tiana

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  15. I missed this blog!great idea and cute. if i ever become a huge nail polished fun I might do the same thing =)

    dailylivingingeneva.blogspot.com

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    1. maybe for lipsticks too! I am considering doing lipsticks and just putting a piece of clear tape over the swatch to keep it in place!

      Thanks for reading (:

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  16. this is a really cool idea! I am also a pisces and I love ChrissyAi's blog. I am your newest follower, feel free to check out my blog too!
    -S from Canadian Beauty

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    1. Yay! Another Pisces! I agree, Chrissy is awesome! Thanks for reading!

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  17. Absolutely love this idean and your blog, I am a new follower from the Blog Hop.
    Feel free to check my blog out as well:

    www.theprettyvain.blogspot.com

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  18. Woah! I have to do this :D although I actually do remember all polishes I buy, but this is such a cute idea :) do you paint the polish straight onto the paper or on tape/clear stickers?

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    1. You could benefit since I'm sure your collection is HUGE.Straight to the paper! It just needs to dry well so it doesn't stick to the other pages. It was somewhat relaxing doing this.

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    2. Haha well, not as huge as I've seen with other bloggers, but definitely a fair amount of polishes to swatch and compare. I tried in a note book, but I think the papers were too porous because the darker shades would shine through on the back and I guess I wasn't patient enough to let everything dry properly... So, I want to check something with you before I go about it; is it okay if I print a few swatch books (for myself and possibly for other people as well, like as gifts)? It's your idea, and I definitely don't want to steal something and present it as mine. I will put your name and website on the back of the cover under the thank you session and if you want one of them, I can send one to you as thanks for the idea. But ONLY if you think it's okay that I print them, that is. :)

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  19. This is super cute and very handy!!! May need to try it! =)

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  20. This is an amazing idea!! I love your notebook and the organisation! I will definitely try this! xx

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  21. i love the colors! and super love the notebook thing, you're such a creative person :D

    hope you have a fab day hun! ~ xx
    Chriissydollxo's Blog

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  22. This is awesome I'm definately gonna try this out!

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  23. Just stumbled across your blog, and this was the first post I had to check out! It's such a great idea! Just one question though, does the nail polish bleed through to the next few pages? :)

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  24. I just found this post through google and I'm so going to do this! xo

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  25. omfg aldfgkbearlgkvb You have made my favorite "swatch book" by far!! this is amazeballs I cannot wait to do this :) thank you!

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