In July, I got a new job! I spent most my days either training or learning on the job. To reflect this in my altered-planner-turned-journal monthly theme, I decided to focus on the process of the entry rather than the page itself. If you have ever seen my travel journal, you know I like a sense of movement in my pages.
In this dimensional, Summer, entry, I show you my entire process – including how I placed hidden journaling in a flap, under a rotating tag, and inside a pocket.
Before starting a project…
I like to spend an excessive amount of time finding inspiration. My favorite place for this is Pinterest, as you might have guessed from my constant repinning. This time, I was drawn to many of the brand Ruche’s Pinboards and ended up using the flower wall photo (shown in the screenshot) as one of my main inspirations for this entry.
First things go first: Workspace and Materials Preparation
Set up a comfortable but productive workspace for you and your cat. In my case, this is a table easel placed on a bed. Consider doing some concept planning and sketching. Decide on a vague theme (be it a color palette, a focus piece, an event, etc.) and narrow down possible materials. For me, a mix of the inspiring photos I found online and an Earl Grey tea box (shown later) were my focal points.
Second: Page Preparation with Gesso
Once I had an idea in mind, I needed to further prep the pages (I had bundled and pre-sealed the planner pages with some Gesso and matte medium before doing any monthly entries.) On one side, I used thick Gesso with a dry knife to build a moldable layer. Then, using the tip of the knife, I suggested a brick texture with rough dashes. On the other side I simply added a water-thin-ed layer of the Gesso with a brush to further fade the planner lines.
Fun fact: I am not left handed at all. I am so un-left handed that I had to take any “action” shots with my right hand, posing with my left.
Materials used for this step:
- old, white acrylic Gesso (Basics)
- nylon palette knives
- large, coarse bristle brush
Third: Define the texture
When the Gesso was fully dry, I began to accent the brick lines in black. I didn’t ink all the dashes, just enough to make the brick pattern stand out. I used a Sharpie for waterproof lines.
For the Fourth: Back to the Scraps
While the ink dried fully, I experimented with bundling combinations of paper. I knew I wanted to include the tea box and the hot air balloon. However, the balloon’s bright color was a bit too severe for the other elements. So I used cotton balls and a touch of nail polish remover to fade it – dabbing, not rubbing, the color off.
- 2013 mini planner
- Paperchase scrapbook paper remnants
- Whittard earl grey tea packaging
- pocket Paris map
- balloon paper embellishment (I believe it was Crate Paper)
- drugstore nail polish remover
Fifth: Time to Paint
Now that my pages were set, dry, and ready, I wanted to add some watercolor painting based on my main inspirational image from before.
I did light stems and leaves with Sap Green to place my flowers. Next, I used Rose, Vermillion, and then Gamboge to place washes for flowers. I alternately mixed combinations of those colors for different stems as well as additional layers on the now dry flowers. I mixed varying amounts of Prussian Blue for a few flowers and then with the green to add shadows on the stems. A touch of Cerulean Blue suggests Washi Tape on the flowers. Last, I used White Acrylic paint for highlights.
- Marie’s Watercolors
- Basics white acrylic matte paint
- washi tape (I don’t remember the brand, it was found at Hobby Lobby)
Sixth: Distressing and Stamping
Once the botanical wall was dry, I used distress ink lightly on the edges before taking it farther inward, with a focus on a Gesso seam: like a crack in a wall. I carried the distress onto the other page for consistency. I also used parts of various stamps and black ink to suggest a pattern similar to the paper I would be using on the brick wall.
- Distress Ink by Tim Holtz in Antique Photo
- acrylic stamps:
- and a leaf-trimmed frame
Seventh: Adding the First Interactive Element
Test your papers with your newly painted page to confirm. My paper is actually from a perfume sample but the designs were pretty. So I glued it down on the crease tail to create a flap. I secured it further with a blue scrap paper peeking out from inside the window.
- Balloon paper embellishment
- Scrapbooking binder clip (Hobby Lobby)
- Perfume sample packaging
- OPI nail polish
- tacky glue
Step Eight: Rotations and Envelopes
While the brick side dried (a binder clip holding it tightly in place), I worked on the other page. I cut this flower embellishment in half because it not only fit better, but it also gave me two chances to use it. I have been hoarding it for quite a while now and this helps to ease the pain of using it. I attached it via Washi Tape to a tag cut from the tea box (and faded/distressed by rubbing – not dabbing this time – nail polish remover). To give my tag a neutral resting place, I attached a rough, Watercolor Paper scrap with a brad that I had ripped off an old folder. I glued this down just on the top and bottom edges to create a pocket of sorts.
The tag slipped easily onto the brad. Attaching it this way enables me to rotate the tag and reveal the paper underneath for hidden journaling. In the pocket, I used the tabbed scrap from the tea box. For a writing spot, I added the lined embellishment.
- flower paper and lined paper embellishments (I believe all of these, like the balloon, were from a Crate Paper pack)
- Strathmore watercolor paper 300 series
- brad paper fastener (cut off old paper folder)
At this point, my brick page was dried, set, and ready for the last piece: a neutral writing spot. I used some basic graph paper here.
I added the letters J-U-L-Y to each writing spot I had created, as shown below.
With this altered planner post, I’d like to enter Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make a Plan at http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=2925