Well this is my second post for the day. So many things going on this week. My life and my blog have been full!! If you are looking for my Petaloo/Graphic 45 project, just scroll down a little and you will find it.
But I also have another fun project to share with you. A 2013 planner that I created using digital pages and cut files by Lori Whitlock Designs.
I am constantly on the lookout for things that I can make that will make my life more organized. I have a lot going on and it's easier to juggle it all when I use calendars and lists. So here is a brand new project that I have been working on for Organization 2013. It was entirely made from scratch so throughout this post you will see pictures of the different pieces and I will try to explain as much as I can about how I did each.
Here is the cover of my planner. I used For the Record 2 by Lori Whitlock for Echo Park throughout the planner. I just love the colors, the flowers and the fun embellishments in this line. Perfect to carry around all year. To create the planner I used a piece of chipboard which I scored in the middle to create the spine. The size of my planner is 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches so I did have to cut the chipboard down a little. The spine is about an inch wide. After I had scored and cut the chipboard, I folded it to look like the outside of a book. Then I attached a two ring binder mechanism that I had bought on Etsy with brads. I also used foam tape and score tape on the back inside of the mechanism to create a strong hold. You can see the brads on the last picture better. Then it was just a matter of decorating all of the areas with patterned paper.
Here is a picture of my first tab from the Divider cut files. I named each of my tabs for a different section as you will see throughout the pictures. Here are my calendar pages. The labels are also from Lori Whitlock and they are so fun and easy to use. I loved mixing up my colors and patterns for each little section. Then I just typed out my words, welded the letters together, and cut them out to fit on the label.
Here you can see the planner pages created by Lori available at JessicaSprague.com. These are all PDF files but you can easily import them into Photoshop, resize them, which is what I did, recolor them, and then print them out. I printed all of the pages out on smooth white cardstock paper.
You can kind of see the how I attached the binder mechanism in these pictures. The brads help strengthen the bond but they really are more decorative than functional. The score tape on top of the foam tape really helped. I'll try to take a picture of how I did it and add it later.
Here is a look at February's page.
Here is my next tab, Grocery Lists. Again I used the label cut files and some fun embellishments from For the Record 2.
I probably will just print out a bunch of these pages on copy paper since they won't be staying in my binder for long.
Last tab is my Notes, probably my most important section in my planner. I always have so many projects going on in my head and things that I want to remember. So, writing it down really helps me to keep everything going smoothly.
This last picture is off the inside of the back cover. I know you can't really tell from the picture but there is a pocket that I made out of patterened paper. I actually built up the sides of the pocket with adhesive and paper so that the pocket would hold a bit more. I think that I will probably put receipts and important papers there until I can file them away.
This last picture shows you the spine a little bit better. The brads are old Stampin Up! ones. They are very heavy and strong. So glad I had something like these in my stash.
Wow, I know that is a lot of pictures. I hope they help if you are trying to recreate a planner like this. All of the files for the cover, dividers, and labels can be found at Lori Whitlock Designs and the Silhouette store. The planner pages are found at JessicaSprague.com and the For the Record 2 papers, sticker and chipboard embellishments are from Echo Park.
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Have a great day! Christine