I have a confession to make- I hate planning. HATE it. I don’t really know why, but every time I try to get organized I lose interest, and just end up doing- I don’t know- not what I need to do.
Anyway, I recently found a new way of planning that uses bullets on graph paper. It actually seemed like it could work for me, and since I already had an empty graph journal I’d bought for like 2 dollars at Borders and never used, I’ve been working on my planning for the past week.
Of course, the journal I’m using needed a new cover. Black is just too boring, am I right? Ok, it’s not always boring- I actually like black a lot, but this journal needed something else.
- I began by sanding the faux leather surface. I knew I was going to be adding a lot of layers, and I wanted as much for them to adhere to as possible.
- Then came layers of gesso, cheesecloth, muslin, and texture paste. I specifically formed the muslin to create a pocket for a pen, so wherever I may take my planner, I’ll have a pen with me as well.
- I sealed them all with gel medium for extra strength before I added anything else.
- I used several stamps to decorate my textured surface.
- Then came lots of metal embellishments, along with a chipboard clock that I cut in two.
- Once they dried in place, I painted them with gesso.
- I added ink with a “controlled splatter” technique I learned from a recent video by Mireille Binet- she ink brushed on plastic wrapping to apply droplets of ink to the surface of her project, and I replicated that here. Thanks Mireille!
- Flowers and beads came next, with a few splashes of ink for the petals.
- The last thing was to add the chipboard sentiment.
Hopefully I can become more organized and better able to plan my days with the help of this altered planner. I think this yummy cover will help, don’t you?
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