I had already purchased a planner to organize everything this year, but as I started writing things in, I found it wasn't working for me. So, I decided to make my own using drawing paper, acrylic paints, a catalog, and stamps.
I started off by measuring my paper into 2x2" blocks, then stamped in the days of the week and the month with the Tim Holtz Worn Alphabet set. Closed, the planner is 8.5x11" so I am hoping there is plenty of space to keep track of everything. Next step, use a calendar and copy in the dates. You can also see here that I punched 4 holes and tied it with pretty fibers.
I used my Gelli plate, acrylic paints, stencils and found objects to paint my cover.
Then, I decided to whitewash it to tone it down a bit so the stamping would show up better.
Front cover: I stamped into the background (dots and splats) and stamped onto sheets from a clothing catalog (like a newsprint) using my good friend Andrea's (at Snapping Monsters) awesome stamp set! You can check out the full set here. I also stamped around the edges with Paper Artsy stamps.
Back Cover: more fun with the stamped images
Closeup details - final step was going in with pens and adding detail.
Now I have my own unique artsy planner to use all year long!