Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Decorative Planner Stamping - Inky Messes

Decorative Planner Stamping - Inky Messes


Decorative Planner Stamping - Joanna`s Planner- Inky Messes

The end of January, beginning of February saw a couple of inky spreads.  It is always good to try new techniques and new media, even when things go wrong.  The first is the wizard spread from January.  I had found this fabulous new set of Newtons Nook stamps, which are all magical and very `Harry Potter-ish`.  The original plan was to create a scene in the middle of the right hand page.  The spread was designed to allow for this.  However, Once the moon had been masked and ink applied it was immediately obvious that this was going to end up being a bigger spread than originally planned.  In order to balance the spread I extended the dark blue sponging around both the pages adding a little extra between Saturday and Sunday. I didn`t want to ink up any extra at the beginning of the week as this is when my planner is at its busiest and space is at a premium.  But, on reflection it may have made the spread look fact I might just add that bit of ink in retrospect.


The owl on the left page is from the same stamp set.  The branch was hand cut into a piece of post-it pad to make another mask before inking in the negative space.  Stars were applied using a stampin` up chalk it marker and the bats were hand drawn using my planner pen...they were just added to bring the spread together and to add a little detail to the expanse of blue ink.


The inky mess on this spread was created using Stampin` Up Marina Mist and Night of Navy, they have worked really well.  There was no strike through and only a few fingerprints made it to the following page.

Now, in contrast to the wizard spread this magical scene was inked up using Distress Inks.  To be honest I am not sure what I was thinking about.  In the back of my mind I know distress inks are not good in my planner, but for some reason that piece of information was filed away in the recesses of my brain.  I know I chose the brand because I love the vintage feel of the ink colours. Here I have settled on Pumice Stone and Victorian Velvet.


These two colours were used both for the sponging around the edges and for the leaves that were stamped on top of the sponging.  The square in the middle of the right page was masked off and also sponged with a sentiment added using Versafine, which is my go to ink for every thing.

Those of you who are familiar with my spreads will be surprised to see a traditional vertical spread.  It was kindly gifted to me by Karen on the Planner Stamping Facebook Page.  I could say lots about this layout but I think a separate blog post on layouts might be more interesting.  The decorative stamps on this spread are from Lavinia stamps...a UK company whose designs I love.  They work really well with gelli plate printing but I haven`t got that adventurous in my planner yet.  Little blobs of glitter were also applied to add to the magic look.


Now the downside of distress inks...oh my badly they leaked through the 160gsm paper which verges on the edge of being very thin card!  especially where I have actually stamped with the distress inks.  They have done more than shadow through on my monthly spread which now looks a bit of a pig.  They also leaked through the right hand page and rendered the next week unusable so I have just added a note page in there and started again. (thank goodness for ringbound planners)

In order to add insult to injury as far as my February monthly spread is concerned, senior cat LOKi (Little Orange Kitty) subsequently walked across the entire spread with wet paws.  Those of you who are familar with the water reactive qualities of the distress inks can imagine the mess that is now my monthly spread!

oh well....c`est la and learn

Practical Planning stamps used on these spreads are from my favourite companies
Tiny Stamps Big Plans (Rowena often does personalised stamps so always worth a look)
Studio L2E
Lawn Fawn
Technique Tuesday (easily available in the UK)

I hope you are all able to enjoy this one :)

Monday, 6 February 2017

Decorative Planner Stamping - Hot Chocolate

Decorative Planner Stamping - Hot Chocolate


Decorative Planner Stamping - Hot Chocolate - Joanna`s Planner

This spread features a whole new layout which I developed from last weeks vertical spread.  This one is horizontal with boxes to add structure to the layout with a couple of vertical boxes for Sunday and notes.  I may still modify this layout as time goes on.

In the first picture you should be able to see (if you squint hard enough) that I have stamped snowflakes around the edges and embossed with clear embossing powder and also some white with glitter



On this page I have buffed around the edges with blue ink on a sponge.  You can see that the embossing powders resist the ink.  It is always good to buff again afterwards with a soft cloth just to bring up the whiteness.  Darker snowflakes were also applied to add detail and depth

Here the pages were pulled together with a Saturated Canary image that has been printed on to sticker paper, coloured with alcohol markers and applied to the background.  I have used a selection of planner stamps, from Tiny Stamps Big Plans, Studio L2E, Sweet stamp Shop and some washi from Doodlebug designs.

The Planner clip from Cherry Blossom in the Market Square finishes the piece off.


This weeks spread looks a little more structured than the previous months and I feel it will work well.  It will be interesting however, to see how it looks at the end of the week.

Wishing you all a great week  Jo x

Monday, 30 January 2017

Decorative Planner Stamping - A New Year - 2017

Decorative Planner Stamping - A New Year - 2017

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Decorative Planner Stamping - A New Year - 2017- Joanna`s Planner

Well this is it, a New Year a New Planner.  Except this year I have not got a commercial planner but have been making my own inserts using Microsoft Word and a ream of 160 gsm paper from Staples. They very kindly cut it down to A5 size for a very reasonable fee.

Paper has been a pain! I really wanted a good 140 gsm paper which would be similar to last years IWP paper but was unable to locate it here in the UK.  The choice was thinner or thicker.  Given that I wanted the paper for stamping I thought the thicker would be better and opted for a 160gsm product that is just a smidge short of card.  However, this was not necessarily so....I have to say the paper feels fabulous, soft and luxurious but I have had variable results stamping direct to paper.

Week one went really well.  I used an image from Faery Ink, printed on to sticker paper and coloured up using alcohol markers.  The background was lightly sponged with Stampin` Up ink pads.  I have used the 1/4 set up that I started using toward the end of last year.  It is really good for decorating but maybe a bit unstructured for planning.

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Week two, Monkey Week (rubber stamp for Kraftin Kimmie).  This week I decided to stamp direct to planner and colour with prismacolor pencils.  This technique worked really well on this paper but if you look closely you will see I have not been doing a lot of actual planning...the mojo is still hibernating.


Week three, a combination of pencils and alcohol inks on sticker paper



 So, what to think?  Do I wish I had opted for the commercial option?  This is a really difficult question to answer.  Here in the UK we have to pay an awful lot to import planners.  That linked with the decrease in the value of the GBP£ and the customs fees that are seldom avoided, meant that buying another IWP would be incredibly expensive...something akin to about $90-$100 and possible more.

I also had the option of a Happy Planner which I could punch to fit my Filofax or the `` which is an A5 Product.

I have used the `Personal Planner` before and whilst I love all the options for personalisation I was unable to buy this planner in an un-punched and un-bound form.  There were a few issues that I did not like and despite enquiry these could not be changed.  However, for European ladies this is a very good option if you like a bound planner.

The Happy Planner is not an A5 product and I don`t have any experience of be honest I am not sure anything would compete with my love of the IWP.

As you know I started playing with inserts last year and started with this quarter layout.  I have now started to experiment with a few other layouts which I will show you shortly.  Making my inserts is really testing my IT skills but hopefully I will achieve `planner peace`.  If not, I will certainly have the option to test drive different layouts and challenge myself to try different decorating styles.

To see how i got on look out for next post on `Inky Messes`

wishing you all a fabulous New Year
Jo xx

Monday, 16 January 2017

Planner girl collective -- quotes

Planner Girl Collective - Quotes - Joanna`s Planner

Where oh where to start with this particular subject.  Inspirational quotes are fabulous for getting ourselves through the year, for focusing on all the positives no matter how small and making them bigger in our minds than the negatives that will bring us down.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Planner Girls Collective - 2016 Overview

Planner Girls Collective - 2016 Overview & 2017 set up

Planner Girls Collective - 2016 Overview & 2017 set up - Jo Whight- Joanna`s Planner

Who are the Planner Girls Collective (PGC)?  Remember Confessions of a Plannerholic?  Well, we are the same group with a few new additions, a new name and some exciting new topics for the new year.