Let’s start 2016 off right – customized planner, inspiration cards – and a freebie!Sandy Allnock Customized Planner

Some of you know…I’m not in the least a planner girl. I’ve even raved on about my digital organization tools, and chuckled at my girlfriends who spend hours making their paper planners pretty. I don’t have time to make ’em pretty! Or at least not weekly. But what I figured I COULD do is make some planner gifts, which I did for Christmas, and then added a few touches to my own new (GASP!) planner – and we’ll see if I make it past February with it in use!?!? lol! Mighta just wasted a bunch of money on it! ha 🙂

Customized Planner Extravaganza: Let’s get busy!

The video today is a wee bit epic….it’s got a few sections so feel free to use the annotations at the beginning to jump to parts you care about.

  • Print bookmarks/inspiration cards: How to print and trim the free PDF download Inspiration Coloring Cards.
  • Coloring tutorials with a few mediums.
  • Customizing a planner using coloring pages to create cover panels, and add them to any planner with any configuration of holes.
  • Make bookmarks with the Fuse tool
  • Check out the planners I decorated!

Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

How’s that for epic? At least epic for someone like me who isn’t a planner girl!  🙂 Here are stills of everything made in the video..first the cards. Use them for bookmarks – or just as inspiration cards to tack in your craft room, stick in your wallet, or give to friends. I think I need to print a bunch of the Suck it up Buttercup cards after my recent rant! ha!


Check out your office supply store for planners if you don’t have one – they don’t need to be expensive. The ones from Blue Sky are really nice, and one type has a pocket cover (below, left) to just slip in a trimmed-down coloring page! These two are from the Pepin coloring books I love so much, colored with LePlume markers.


These are also Blue Sky planners; on the left is one with a plastic cover over top of a coloring page panel prepared just for the planner – if you use watercolor, consider covering it with some Distress Glaze to protect it from moisture. I also glued mine to a piece of heavyweight Neenah using StickIt to make it good and sturdy, before punching holes to get it into the book. The panel on the bookmark on the right, by the way, was created while I was making THESE. And then assembled with the Fuse. See more of the products in the supply list at the end of this post. (I did say it was epic, right? Keep a-scrollin!)planner3

I stamped the roses from THIS set and colored them with Copics – you can use anything feminine on this card and it’ll work great! I used airbrush on the ‘start doing’ card – check THIS post for more on getting started with Copic airbrush. Both floral panels here were painted with Brusho…they were warmup experiments, but were perfect for colorful panels for the bookmarks. All the beads and sequins I used are from Pretty Pink Posh.planner4

I hope this was helpful – even if just the cards made you feel a little inspired to get ‘er done!


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