I had some people ask for photos of some of the prints I pulled off myhomemade permanent gelatin plate. I am fighting a bit of a cold, so I’ll keep this short– but I did want to share. These were originally 11″ x 14″, but they have been trimmed down to 4.75″ x 8.25″ to fit in my 2014 planner. I’m planning on adding them in with washi tape to expand my Moleskine. I’ll be using this book for EVERYTHING, so it needs to have a lot of pages! I didn’t go with a larger book because I wanted something that I could easily stick in my purse. This book will calendar my appointments, as well as be a place where I can document my daily activities, my appreciation lists, and work with my word for the year. I’ve tried having separate journals for different purposes, but I didn’t really like that. It only contributed to my scattered lifestyle! I think/hope having one book that records everything will help me feel/be more organized in the upcoming year!
I got the idea for this Planner Extraordinaire from Roben-Marie Smith and some of her friends. They are facilitating a project they call The Documented Life Project. I don’t scrapbook, but I was immediately drawn to the idea of documenting my daily existence. I love the idea of having a big, chunky book full of receipts, movie ticket stubs, photos, appreciations, journaling, etc. The project is free, so if you’re intrigued, please stop by her site and check out the details. There’s a lively Facebook group that’s full of inspiration! There is an OPTIONAL, budget-friendly ($12), mini-class starting Wednesday, 01 January if you want help setting up your planner to look like theirs, but it’s not a necessary part of the project. The facilitators will offer prompts and challenges to carry you through the year. I’m really looking forward to the process!
As promised, here are some pictures of the prints I pulled off my homemade, permanent, gelatin plate. Since I was only making backgrounds for the daily ephemera of my life, I didn’t spend a lot of time on each print. I used a couple of texture tools and a couple of stencils. I used mostly inexpensive craft paints and a few student grade paints. I think I only used one color of my Golden Fluid Acrylics, and then only one time. I rarely cleaned off the plate, so there are some interesting color/texture combinations. I think these are going to suit my purposes wonderfully! Oh — they are overprinted, and they are printed on both sides of the paper. I used a sketch-weight paper, as I didn’t want my book to become too thick or heavy. I don’t plan on art journaling in my planner, so I didn’t need pages that would hold up to wet media.
See all the messy notes on the desk calendar underneath my gelatin prints? This is why I need a planner so badly!