Hey, y’all! To bring my August crafting adventures to an end, I have a Mini Planner for you I created using the August Cards, Tags, & More Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club. It is a 6”x6” Weekly Planner, and holds about 12 weeks worth of pages. I used disc binding so it would be easy to add and remove your weeks and dividers.
I hadn’t originally thought of using my laminator when I started this planner – because I forgot I had bought a laminator a few years ago for a very specific purpose – but as I was going along, I found myself thinking “I wish I had a way to strengthen the dividers without a lot of bulk; something like a lam-in-ate…oh yeah!” Check out my video to see how I constructed my planner, and swing by my (not Tres Jolie!) Flickr to grab up the planner pages.
I grabbed up my 1” circle punch and started punching from all of the smaller pieces of the Craft Consortium papers I had left over from my other two projects this month. I didn’t punch into any large pieces unless I had to – fortunately I had enough small pieces left and only had to punch a few circles out of larger sections.
I then started layering up my circles on some heavy chipboard using Liquitex Matte Medium to hold it together – and while I didn’t have a template for my covers, I have created a template to show you how my circles went on!
I had those rose gold discs, so I wanted to add some rose gold to my cover, so I grabbed up a few mediums from my stash that I thought I could mix together to get a color close to the color of the discs.
As I mentioned in the video, I hadn’t originally planned on laminating my journal, but after I remembered I owned a laminator, I ended up peeling off some of the back layers of my chipboard before feeding it through to get laminated.
On the inside of my front cover, I have more laminated pieces of the Belle Fleur papers that I turned into two pockets and a tuck-in flap. I have some stitching throughout my planner, but to attach my pockets to the cover, I used E6000 because I was gluing two laminated surfaces together.
You can see one of the flaps I made for my planner at the front – I really liked the idea of turning one of my left-over circles (from the mini album) into a flap! Then I just stitched on a tab I had punched out and added some color to with a gel pen.
For the back cover, I just added a couple of half-circles as a couple more tuck-in flaps.
It took me a little bit of trial and error, but I did eventually manage to get everything lined up so the holes wouldn’t end up punched through any of the boxes on the planner pages. My printer has a feature that allows me to set a custom size for my paper (if it isn’t one of the pre-programmed standard sizes), which did make it a little easier for me to print directly on my 6”x6” pages – check your printer settings to see what will work best for you!
The majority of the time making this planner was spent feeding pages through the laminator – and I started feeding everything through that I thought would make it! For this flap, I stamped directly onto the inside of the laminator pouch, added the phrase from the rub-on sheets, used some gel pens to darken the phrase and add some color around it, laid a bit of lace trim in, and laminated it all together!
Here are a few more dividers I made – attaching various pieces to the tops – like some of the vellum from the flower pack that I laminated or some of the trim so that half-circle would be easier to find.
Anytime I stitched through a laminated piece – if it wasn’t going to be glued down like the pockets on the front – I added some of the trim to the back to cover where the sewing machine went through to cover the rough holes.
I made up a lot of different clips to go with my planner sometimes layering smaller pieces and stitching them together. Then I would sandwich the paperclips with some E600 between the laminated piece(s) and some craft felt.
To create longer clips, I would use my E6000 to attach my pieces onto some hairclip blanks!
I even added some of the Prima flowers to one of the hair clips, and sometimes instead of using a single jumbo paperclip, I would use two regular ones so my tabs would be able to have the “correct” orientation on the edge of a page.
Thank you for joining me here in my corner! I hope you enjoyed my planner this week and it gave you some ideas of what you can make using this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit! Don’t forget, only one more week and September’s kits will be revealed!
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