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Hello again! I’m Courtney, here to share with you a plan with me using something a little different this week! For this spread I decided to change it up a bit and added black card stock to my A5 binder to create a black “underwater” inspired background that is so easy to do and really eye catching! So let’s get started!
Supplies I used:
- Black Card Stock
- Binder Ring Punch (or single hole punch will do)
- Scissors and/or Paper Cutter
- The March Little Bits Box
- White gel pens (I used Sakura Gelly Roll Pens)
- Colorful gel pens (I used Sakura Moonlight Gelly Roll Pens)
- Glue Stick or Pen
- Rounded Corner Punch
- The March Little Bits Digital Stamp (Mermaid)
- ML “Big Brush Dates” Stamp Set (“April” Stamp)
- ML “Magical Sea” Stamp Set (Mermaid Stamp)
- ML Ink Pad in “Peonie Pink”
To start, I took two sheets of black card stock (any brand will do, I picked up mine at Michaels) and using my ruler trimmed the pages down to 8.5 x 5.5. I used a paper cutter but scissors would work fine too. Next I rounded the corners with a paper punch and used a 6 ring binder punch to cut the holes for my binder rings. If you only have a single hole punch that isn’t a problem – you’ll just put the papers next to the rings where you want to punch and mark the space with a pen/pencil. Then taking your hole punch, go over your dots and punch out each until you have 6 on each side. Now you have two sheets punched, trimmed and rounded and are ready to start mapping out where you want to place your daily squares.
I used a ruler, along with my white gel pen to trace out boxes measuring 2.25 x 2.25, starting just a little over an inch down the page. I continued tracing out 4 squares per page, giving you 8 boxes total.
Let’s discuss white gel pens for a minute, because I know there are MANY out there and if you aren’t someone who frequently uses them, you may be a bit confused about which one(s) to purchase. As you can see I have several white gel pens. The ones shown in the picture below are ALL good and I would recommend any of them. However, hands down my ABSOLUTE favorite white (or any color for that matter) gel pen is the Gelly Roll pens by Sakura — I know…I’m old school!
Next I took the colorful weekday stickers in the Little Bits Box from March and added Monday through Sunday to their corresponding boxes. For the remaining Box I used the “reminder” sticker from another sheet of stickers included in the March Little Bits Box. Afterwards, I went back and wrote in the date next to the weekday stickers for each box. Now you can see the general set up of your week and are ready to add die cuts, stamps and stickers to dress it all up!
General Tip: Make sure to use pigment inks when stamping directly onto black card stock in order to get a bright and visible impression. Pigment ink stays on the surface of your paper whereas Dye ink will soak into the paper and you won’t be able to see it.
After I had my weekly skeleton in place I went back with the washi included in the March Little Bits Box and ran it along the bottom of both pages just to add some color! I was careful to line up the bottom of the paper with the washi to prevent any unwanted overhang. I also went back over the bottom 2 sides of each with the rounded corner punch just to ensure that all sides were still rounded and neat.
I downloaded the mermaid digi stamp from March’s Little Bits Box and printed her in various sizes ranging from about 1 in. to 3 in. just to ensure that I had a size that would work with my spread. When printing the digi stamp I used Xpress It card stock, because I knew I would be using Copic Markers to color the image. In my opinion, Xpress It is the best paper for use with alcohol markers. However, if you don’t have any of that particular brand paper, printing on standard card stock will still work great. After printing my mermaids I cut each one out and was left with a die cut ready to be colored and added to my spread.
I also used the mermaid stamp from the “Magical Sea” stamp set, I again just stamped on Xpress It card stock and cut her out before coloring both mermaids with Copic Markers and simply used a glue pen (but a glue stick would work just as well) to adhere them to my spread.
After I had my mermaids colored, I went through and picked various die cuts and stickers from the March Little Bits Box and added throughout my week to create a cool underwater sea spread! To add a little extra cuteness I went and added bubbles throughout again using my white gel pen! This spread is cute and functional and I really think the black background adds a lot to the “underwater” theme.
Lastly, I went in with one of the colorful gel pens and wrote out any reminders, tasks, appointments etc. I have scheduled for each day! After I was finished I added the finishing touches with a few bookmarks and paper clips that were also made from items in the March Little Bits Box! I hope you enjoyed my plan with me for this week! If you want to see other planner spreads and/or Little Bits Box creations, be sure to check me out on Instagram @clmplans
See you next month!