Happy New Year everyone! I'm back talking over Wendy's blog.
Have you fallen for the planner craze that's sweeping through the craft industry?
I have always used planning tools, an old notebook, a calendar on the wall, my cell phone...anything to keep me on track. I've taken inspiration from all the company's making planners and made my own from what I have. Not because I don't like the ones available but more over because I like to be different and I'm committed to using what I've got (so I can buy more!)
A couple years ago I won a package from Basic Grey, but just set it aside as I don't really use small binders, so I thought I could use that.
I pulled out all the supplies I had left from that win and went to work assembling it.
I soon realized I didn't have near enough inserts so I grabbed a smash book I had filled, went to the back of it and cut out the remaining pages. I lined them up with the binder, punched holes and inserted them randomly.
That made me think about all the scraps I have lying around, or older paper I have that's a bit too thin for my pages..well let's just say the book will be a work in progress and possibilities are endless!
For the cover I pulled out my mixed media supplies and played. I applied gesso to the front, covered it with a light coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint and scribbled on some gelatos (OH how I love those things)
Inspired I grabbed my new Prima Stencil and applied heavy modeling paste through it. I was hopeful it would absorb the color from the gelatos, but when I want that it doesn't happen! So I began applying paints to color the flowers.
Finally the band on the side bothered me so I took some chipboard Thickers and painted them with Distress Paint in Aged Mahogany and Picked Raspberry. Once dry I used my Matte Medium to apply. They are stickers but I find chipboard needs to be glued. A little accenting with paint on the edges and I call it done.
I used similar techniques on the back..that I love!!
So 2015 is in the works, I have a lovely binder to put my notes and ideas in, and a place for things to go before I scrap them. Best of all I was able to creatively use my stash.
I hope you take some time to play and have fun this month!