Saturday, 23 October 2010

Christmas Planner 2010...

...done, and ready to help me get organised (be warned; long post - put the kettle on LOL).

About this time last year I made a Christmas Planner using some free printouts created by Jane Dean. All the printouts were designed so that they could be coloured in...a bit like having a grown-up colouring book LOL It was the first time that I had created a project using my Promarkers (other than a few cards, that is). At the time I was very pleased with the results and even more pleased when I received a comment from the Christmas Planner website to say that they were featuring my book on their site. I was so is a great site and there are so many great ideas for holiday planners over there.

I have a link to the site in the list of blogs/sites I like to visit and hop over there from time to time to see what's new. You will probably remember a a couple of posts ago that a visit to the site had lead me to a new place, The Shabby Art Boutique. The site is run by Kerryanne English and she has loads of great ideas for Christmas stuff...guess what I found - printouts for a Christmas planner...yippee!!!
The covers for the planner have been made from chipboard (greyboard) covered in some wrapping paper that I had. The panel is white bazzill punched around the edge with one of my Martha Stewart 'Round the page' sets. Some red miri to matt & layer, the oval having been cut & embossed with the largest scalloped Nestie I have. Alphabet is Papermania glitterations. And the stamped image was one of my John Byar's stamps coloured using Copics.
The pages are all free printables from Kerryanne's site that I have coloured using Promarkers. I printed the pages straight onto 290 weight white card.
Once the images were coloured I covered the back with PP from the Papaermania "A Silent Night" A4 paper pack.
I had the same paper pack in A5 so I covered some C5 size white envelopes to match, doodled around the edge and then mounted to the page to create a pocket to store receipt/notes etc and provide a place to stick photos to later on.
I had a lovely time colouring in the images but I'm sorry to say I am not a very organised 'colourer' LOL I grab pens and colour/blend/shade as I go but rarely pay attention to the actual colours used. This means that I can never list the colours that I have used to creat an effect.
As I know that I don't pay much attention to the colours I have used I have at least learnt to colour everything that I want a particular colour - all in one go...if I was to go back to it later I wouldn't have a clue.
I didn't want any of the images too brightly coloured and I didn't want too many different colours as I already had the paper pack in mind when I started.
Kerryanne's artwork is lovely and I really enjoyed the time I spent bringing the printouts to life with my own choice of colours.
Hopefully this year I will be able to add lots of photos to the PP pages - last year my PC died and I lost a lot of my pics cos I had downloaded them from my camera and then deleted them from the memory card...fingers crossed for this year.
I had intended to bind this with my BIA but that is not going to happen. The chipboard I have used for the covers is too thick for my poor little 'blue guy' and I wouldn't want to damage the paper either by trying to wedge it in. In addition, because I have used 290 weight card for the pages and stuck PP & envelopes to them the whole thing is too thick for the 1.25" o-wires.

Never mind, I have some 2" book rings that I will be using and I have some lovely ribbons that I will use to decorate the rings.

This planner is much bigger than last year's and a lot heavier but I am really pleased with the way that it has turned out. Another thing that I noticed was that my colouring in has improved...LOL

Wonder what I will find on my wanders next year............................


Mrs Elmo said...

Very pretty well done

Jules said...

What a lovely idea and so organised! Your planner is lovely :D

Glen said...

Lovely planner Toni. Good to keep a note of life's comings and goings. TFS. ~Glen~

airing cupboard crafts said...

Its fab Toni, I now have it on my list of things to do x

Debbie said...

That's lovely! What a great idea!
Debbie x