Friday, February 26, 2016

Looks good on paper...

Getting ready to make my weekly page for next week for the DLP 2016 UnPlanner class, so it's time to post the page I made for this past week.   Even though I like printing the weekly form on different papers, I felt like the pages were all starting to look the same.  On this one, I already had the big flower on the back of the previous week (the flower sticker was to cover some smudged black ink on the cream colored cardstock.  The art itself is a freebie from class that I had printed on label paper).  I really had no plan, other than to not have the days of the week lined up normally.  I used a stencil to draw the words for the days of the week, and water color pencil to box them in. I'm happy that I ended up with something with a completely different look. 

Next, this is probably something I should keep to myself, but it is what it is!  I started the year with one page in my planner to show the weekly assignments we would do each month.  Then I needed someplace to put the monthly/weekly themes, so I made a page to do that.  Last week, I decided I needed a spread sheet to track what I had and had not finished.  I don't finish each assignment each week, and sometimes I don't do an assignment at all.  But since I work in such a random fashion (on the art cards, for instance), I needed to know what I still needed to do.  It's only the second month.  Who knows what kind of tracking page I will end up with by December!
I also printed out a year-at-a-glance page just for my personal use.  It was intended to go in the planner notebook, but it may end up on my bulletin board instead.  I got it from this website which has a lot of different types of pages to download and print.  A lot of journalers are using the Midori Traveler's Notebook.  I love the concept - pages are held in by elastic bands, and you buy the types of pages or inserts you want.  If you want to make your own, the website I linked to provides different pages for doing that. Just print what you want to use.
Waiting for tomorrow's assignment, and I feel the urge to paint something, so I may have paint on my next pages!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Taking a Leap

Thought I needed to catch up on posting some of my planner pages.  So, it's February now.  The theme for DLP UnPlanner for February is "Love Without Hesitation--Taking the Leap"... blah, blah, blah.  Okay, people who know me know that I'm sarcastic.  So that is what fell out of my head when I worked on that theme! 
Coincidentally, the same weekend the theme came out, I received an email from Erin Smith Art, where I have bought things online before.  (Caution, her items are funny,but some may find the language on some items offensive. Fair warning!)  Anyway, I printed the art on the right hand page directly from her website.  Seemed to fit perfectly for me.

The first week challenge was to use thread or floss, so I sewed around the art, plus made an art card with paper that already had a stitched pattern in it. I just realized the challenge for the second week was to use shades of one color.  I think that art card might do double duty and work for both weeks!
I'm dismayed to find my binder is filling up very fast.  At this rate, it will be full by the end of March.  We were instructed to get two binders for the year, so I do have more than one, but I have to reassess right now.  I'm now making my weekly pages with either paper or lighter weight cardstock.  There is one monthly assignment that I may skip, as it's not really speaking to me (the Dare2B assignments).  

Leaping onto the next challenge... 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Random Things

In no particular order (because these are not from the same weeks), new things in my 2016 Planner include:

Monthly view for February:
I had printed blank calendars on several different papers last month, and thought red would be good for February.  I used an edge punch to make the right side border... and accidentally tore part of the design.  A tab covers that nicely.  My planner is a bit flat because I haven't added a lot in the way of 3D embellishments.  I came across this birthday card a friend made for me several years ago.  I like the way it looks with my red February pages, plus it adds some dimension.

Miscellaneous things to use:
One of my weekly pages above, which was printed on scrapbook paper.  I'm finding I like to print on scrapbook papers.  I also discovered a stack of papers from the freebies in Somerset Studio magazine.  One is on the left, a good choice for February.  They have printing and advertisement on the back, but folded in half they make a good sturdy page ready for embellishment.  Came across the giant playing card and I'm not sure yet what I will do with it, but it seems right for February.

Art card and List 10 card:
The small art card on the right was for an assignment to use something from a flyer or magazine.  Instead, I used some numbers from the selvage edge of fabric.  I sewed it to the card, which already has paper with mark making from one of my play days.  I used it last year in the DLP journal, and enjoyed finding a use for this smaller piece.  (Seriously, these selvage edges are as popular as the inside of security envelopes.  Just do an internet search for fabric selvage images and see all the things people are doing with these scraps that were meant to be thrown away.)
One of the monthly assignments will be to list 10 things (last month was 10 books that influenced you).  I happened to have a pad of blank lists, found on a sale table once.  I collaged and stenciled a large tag where I will place my list, and added a batik fabric tie at the top.
The first month of the DLP Planner is behind us.  Moving on to the February challenges.