Tuesday, 1 September 2015

September project for Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Gooood morning bloggaroos, and welcome to September! (Really?! Where is the year going? Next people will start to throw the dreaded "C" word around!)

The end of the summer holidays are in sight! Our lot go back to school on Monday, and I have to say, I'm really looking forward to having a little time to myself! Of course, this won't happen until Wednesday, what with work and husbands and all that, but still, counting the hours! lol.

On to my September project for Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

As I have been taking on more at work, and seem to have less and less time to get everything done these days, I decided to try and make my life a little easier. So I took a plain black A5 ring binder, and made a planner!

I started by covering the binder with burlap - my favourite material. next, I took a piece of thick card (the backing card from my pack of TH burlap panels, in fact. Waste not, want not!) and put together a cover panel.
I started with using some embossing paste through a TH stencil and then began layering pictures and ephemera. a metal word band tied on with twine, and some letters to spell out "Planner" also got added, and I used my gold leafing pen (Rust-oleum. AWESOME pens. They actually make things look like gold, unlike most other things) and went around the edges, and finally added a little faux stitching here and there.

And of course I added some small talk phrases, and finally attached a keyhole/lock embellishment to the side.

That was the outside done.

To cover up the folded over pieces of burlap on the inside, I cut some pieces of TH paper to cover the inside covers. (that's a lot of "cover" for one sentence, lol)

Finally, I used some thick card and collaged some scraps of TH paper onto it, to make a cover page for the planner. The great thing about using a ring binder, is that next year I can simply remove the 2015 pages, and add new ones.

And finally, the pages themselves look like this:

They were printables I found online, which mostly suited my purposes. The other side of the sheets was left blank on purpose, so I could do some journalling too if I wanted to.

That was my project this month, but I hope you'll come play too! The theme, as always is Anything Altered Art Goes.

And I'll be back mid-month to show off another little project, along with a tutorial, so see you then!

Have an awesomesauce (that's in the Oxford dictionary now, you know!!) day!



brenda said...

A super creation Sammy, loving all the texture and great vintage feel.

B x

aussie aNNie said...

Wowzer Sammy this is just fantastic...super gorgeous.xx

KT Fit Kitty said...

Awesome planner! That looks beautiful!

Desire Fourie said...

Sammy this is gorgeous. Loving the burlap, earthy tones and vintage feel.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Elise said...

Oh wow Sammy! Very STUNNING in all of it's vintageness! I'm loving it! And I know it right? Where are the months going?! They're flying by!

Big hugs,

Sarah said...

Very touchy feely Sammy!! Love that gorgeous little girl and her very best friend!! xx

cotnob said...

A fabulous planner Sammy, great texture and brilliant vintage design.
I hope it works!

Donna Mosley said...

Great planner Sammy. Love the burlap & all the fab details.

Donna x

TangledBlueRose said...

Wonderful dress up for the binder, much much nicer to see than a plain one :) Thanks for sharing!~kim

Sandra Wright. said...

What a great project, loving the burlap and the embellishing pulls everything together so beautifully...great internal pages too...
and yes, I've already mentioned the c word...along with the tune jingle bells that seems to be going around in my head,lol...xx

Toni said...

Sammy what a great idea... Boy do I need to make myself a planner... I have notes everywhere and they would really help keep my life in order. Love the burlap. It too is one of my favorite materials. All your ephemera made it perfect. Beautiful job !

Jane Savage said...

This is totally AWESOMESAUCE!!! Love it, Sammy! I NEED one!! xxx

Christine L said...

Wow - what a fabulous and so useful project Sammy.... love the vintage photo on the front... I wonder what happened to that little girl??

Christine x

Kat W said...

This is fabulous! It will be so lovely to keep organised with something that you have designed yourself; it will be a joy to use it every day :-)
The gorgeous textures and vintage details are wonderful too.

It's so funny how these things coincide because I am currently gathering ideas for making my own planner, so seeing yours is very inspirational! I liked the printable planner you chose; I have been finding none of them are quite perfect for me so think I might be making my own!

Big hugs, Kat xx

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

I love this hun fabulous transformation xx