Friday, December 30, 2016

Customized Pocket Planner

I had this idea since last year but never got to working on the idea until this year. Planners are at a rage now. Despite the availability of the calendar in cellphones and tablets, some people still use planners. Most of my co-workers use this pocket planner. So, how about I personalize the planner.

I took the staples off the planner and cut a Strathmore Bristol paper the same size as the cover of the planner. To customize the planner, I stamped the recipient's name on the front using Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script stamp set. I embossed my friend's name using Wow! Gold Rich Pale embossing powder.

I masked this area and the back cover of the planner cover so I could stamp the My Favorite Things Rose All Over Background stamp. The planner is longer than the background stamp set. Since the name acts as a break on the background, I stamped the top area first, then the bottom area. I poured Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder to the area, then heat embossed it.

I colored the flowers with Kuretake Zig Clean Color Markers. I also applied some color wash on the area where the name is stamped. I adhered a thin strip of black card stock in between the flower and the area where the name is stamped. I applied some shimmer to these strips using a clear Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen. This draws the eye back to the name despite the busy, colorful background. I adhered SSS Tiny Flowers Sequins to fill in the spaces before and after my friend's name.

To control the warping of the paper, I ran this through the Sizzix. I added a ribbon to the planner to serve as a bookmark. I adhered this ribbon to the back cover, very close to the score line using a thin double sided tape. I adhered a wooden embellishment to the end of the ribbon using Ranger Glossy Accents. To cover this side of the butterfly, I adhered an Arc Wooden tape. I used a blade to cut off the edges then smoothed it with a nail file. I added yellow Nuvo Drops to the center of the butterfly.

I stapled back the planner sheets and slid the planner back to the transparent cover. I had to trim a bit off the edges to make it fit the cover sleeve.

Now, it is ready for gifting. Next year, I plan to start early so I can come up with enough to give away.

Thanks for vieiwing my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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  1. Great project! TFS it with Brown Sugar Challenge!

  2. elegant card, GREAT Job.
    Thank you for playing along at Brown Sugar this week.
    We look forward to seeing you again next time.
    Brown Sugar DT