I picked up a cheapy planner at Walmart, which started out like this:
I wanted to give it a new cover and some dividers, then re-bind it with my Cinch machine. So the first step was to cut off the binding, which I did with some needle-nose pliers and some wire cutters.
Maybe I had some inner stress that I didn't know about, but it was actually kind of therapeutic to destroy the wire binding.
I took the unbound pages to my paper cutter and cut off all the holes.
With the pages ready to be re-bound, I started making the cover. I chose a piece of Prima Garden Fable paper and stamped some images on it using Ranger Black Archival ink.
I whipped out the watercolors and painted inside the shapes, then drizzled more watercolors around the shapes.
I punched out some colored dots, outlined them with Sharpie, and curled some Prima Wire Thread into circles. I added a piece of yarn here and there, too. I glued them on and added some week days that I cut out of a piece of patterned paper.
I drew a girl and fussy-cut her out and glued her on, then added the "Go and Do" sentiment which was cut with Tim Holtz's Block Talk lowercase alphabet. I stamped on some dates and glued the whole picture to a piece of chipboard that was the size of my planner cover.
The last step was to use the Cinch machine and a Cinch coiled wire to bind the whole thing back together again. I made tabs out of patterned paper, a Prima flower and Project Life cards.
I plan on leaving this planner in my craft room and using it not only to write what I need to do, but also to record what I have done. I try to embrace the mantra of "Go and Do" because I have a tendency to sit and dream instead. Dreaming is so important, but action is a critical part of the formula, too, and one that I can improve on.
I had a lot of fun creating my planner and these are the fabulous supplies I used from Simon Says Stamp to make it:
I'm excited to see what you come up with for this week's, "Make a Plan" theme. Upload your creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.