WK 40: Layout Tutorial

SET UP: Starting a new week is exciting! New week means blank slate. To begin I start off by  putting in the dates for the week.

IMG_3631The past couple of layouts I have been adding a little color and design in the tiny date box as a background. Just an extra detail for me to personalize it.

Here I used Winsor and Newton’s watercolor paint in Indigo to paint the leaves. I wanted a more translucent look since I will be stamping over them.

DATES: When filling in the dates I either write or stamp them in. Here I am using the  Day by Day Calendar Stamp Set I purchased from Pipit Zakka Store. These are great because you use one stamp for each date instead of using the same numeric stamp over and over to cover the necessary days.IMG_3633

The perfect stamp ink to use and avoid bleed through is the Versa chalk inks by Tsukineko. My friend Eunice introduced me to these and I was skeptical at first but now I love them! I got these Versa Magic at JoAnn’s. There are so many different colors and shades. [Pictured here is the Versa Magic in Aegean Blue.]

After putting in the dates and picking a color theme. I write in as I go, day by day. Of course if there is something important to remember ahead of time, I will pre-fill that in before decorating.

[Staedtler: Triplus Fineliner, Winsor and Newton: Water Colours, Royal & Langnickel 2/0, Uni-Ball Signo 0.38, Versa Magic: Jumbo Java, Gingerbread, Wheat, Aegean Blue, Night Sky]

TOOLS: There are so many ways to decorate your planner. To highlight a special entry for each day, I use a variety of stationery tools. I pick out the ones I want to use to coordinate with the color theme and keep it on hand so I can decorate/design/hand letter as I go.

STAMPS: I love stamps!! There are so many planner stamps out there but I especially love the  365™Fall Collection stamps sets. So adorable and functional! A definite must have! Each set has so many options that you cannot help but be inspired. For this week I used the School and Daily set.

IMG_3635[365™Fall Collection: School. You can purchase them at SakuraLaLa’s store.]

EXTRAS: Towards the end of the week,  I look through and add in things that I may have forgotten. For those blank areas I just flourish with the what I got. This consists of washi tape, labels, stickers, ephemera…etc. I keep my little odds and ends, bits n bobs and other tiny treasures in a wooden windowed box. This way its easy for me to find and coordinate as I please.

 WATER COLORING: Besides adding the little flourishes, I especially love accentuating each week with watercolors and brush script. It has been a huge part of my journaling process and I incorporate it all throughout my planner.


Try not to feel pressured to fill up all the blank spaces or decorate to make it ‘perfect’. Mistakes happen. I admit I feel the stress and pressure of creating something and wanting it to be perfect. I just remind myself, “this is your planner/journal so make it your own and stay true to yourself”. Advice I hold true from Eunice when I took her Inspiration Lab workshop.

If you make a mistake, there are plenty of easy fixes to hide it and no one is the wiser. Just make sure you are enjoying what you are doing. This is suppose to be therapeutic not stressful.

I hope that you enjoyed my little tutorial, I definitely had fun doing it! Each week I will show you my weekly planning process and will break down into detail what was used and how. There may be a YouTube video in the near future. Fingers crossed! Thank you for reading and have an awesome day!

Xoxo, Jennie

2 thoughts on “WK 40: Layout Tutorial

  1. Eunice says:

    Jennie! I am so proud of you!!! Great entry!! I was thinking YouTube too but trying to figure out how to do it. I may need your help on that one and perhaps we can do a collaboration video some day! xoxo

    • jennie says:

      Omg. I’ve been scratching my head around the idea of doing a YouTube video too. Chris and I thought about getting a camera or at least in the mean time a stand to hold my iPhone. Even thought about a photo box just to have consistent bright lighting for it. Brain storming… Errr I wish you lived closer.

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