WK 41: Planner Layout Tutorial

Many of us can feel a little overwhelmed with a blank layout because you may not know what to put or where to start. There is no right or wrong approach. Just look at it as an opportunity to capture moments of your life down on paper. No pressure. Let’s just take it step by step. This week’s post I wanted to keep it simple but informative, so I broke it down into daily sections.  (Side Note: For a bigger view click on the pictures)

Let’s BEGIN.

THEME COLOR: ranges of deep red to caramel to brown
SET UP: To start off I used Winsor & Newton’s watercolors to brush script ‘October’ and painted in the date squares to add a background color. I absolutely love the concept of mixing colors to make it your own. With watercolors you can make it as opaque or translucent as you please. For the dates, I stamped them with the  Day by Day Calendar Stamp Set using Versa Magic: Brick Red.



MONDAY: For this column I used a label sticker from the Teresa Collins collection in the cork design to highlight an important to-do. I chose the cork because it brings a nice warm natural texture into the mix and it has a perfect orangish brown tone to go along with the color theme. In addition to the label I wanted to accentuate the importance of the context  so I added the red washi tape clip. This washi tape has many different wonderful designs that you can use decorate your planner, snail mail or whatever you like. Perfect to precut and use as stickers!

Now to highlight another important note I used these beautiful circus style alpha stamps from Recollections. It adds a nice bold flourish to make break in between notes. You can also do this by sticking a little washi tape, which I did in the picture below.

IMG_3655[Le Pen: Burgundy, Classiky: Old Book Beige, Chamil Garden (Shoukei): Steps]

IMG_3658[Versa Magic: Brick Red, Staedtler Triplus Fineliner, Traveler’s Factory washi tape, 365™Fall Collection: Daily]

TUESDAY: I enjoy using color pens to outline or box needed information so I don’t forget. There are so many different kinds of pens out there but I love the Staedtler Triples Finalizer and Le Pen. They have a wide range of colors and they don’t bleed through the pages. I boxed in some info for work and at the bottom of the column I used a speech bubble/box for something I had forgotten to pencil in on Monday.

Now I’m not quite sure how it happened but I accidentally spilled some watercolor paint on my planner. No need to stress. I could have easily covered it with some washi tape or whitened it out, but instead I decided to embrace it.

To keep this column pretty simple but special I used the cute spoon, fork, knife stamp to highlight the delicious food I ate with my hubby. Also wanted to show my love for MTN (Midori Traveler’s Notebook) so I taped the Traveler’s Factory washi tape in the blank spot, which was just the right  fit.

IMG_3659[365™Fall Collection: Daily & School, Schedule Sticker: Daily Cat, Le Pen: Burgundy, Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous: pointing finger, StazOn: Spiced Chai]


WEDNESDAY: These 365™ planner stamps are so perfect to add a little cute flare to any item on your planner. Here I used the syringe and tiny school bus as a reminder for what was going on for the day.

Of course my favorite thing is hand lettering to make events pop out on my planner. For the letter K, I used the color pen and fill it in with horizontal lines for a more dramatic effect.

If you notice on the top left corner of this planner insert (018: undated vertical weekly) is has circular watermark where you can put in the month and year for that week. I rarely ever use that so I wanted to cover it up. To do that I wanted to stamp it with the StazOn ink because of its bold beautiful color but the issue with that ink pad is that it bleeds through the page. To avoid that I stamped it on a piece of gold vellum paper, cut it out and glued it over the watermark. I love the way it came out because the gold vellum brings a nice subtle shine to the overall layout.

IMG_3663[StazOn: St. Valentine, Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Versa Magic: Pumpkin Spice, Tim Holtz Ideology Ephemera pack, Target Dollar Spot: circular label stamp, 365™Fall Collection: Fukuro]

THURSDAY: The same concept as I did with the vellum, but this time I used an adhesive white label sheet where I stamped a circular label stamp, cut it out to make myself a label sticker. Wrote in a little snail mail phrase then on top of that I glued on a vintage style AirMail ephemera . Ultimately I was attempting to make it look like a cancelled postage stamp.

I used the cute coffee mug and alpha stamps as to compliment the events that occurred at the end of the day. This filled in a lot of the space which makes it look a lot fuller even though  not much went on for the day.

*Addition to WED: To completing my Wednesday, I used a Cavallini Paris sticker I received from my darling IG friend Wima and to complete the look I stuck on tiny label sticker I made using the Studio l2e: Labels & Tabs.

IMG_3670[Chamil Garden (Shoukei): Daily, Versa Magic: Pumpkin Spice, Cavallini & Co.: Vintage Letterpress, Spare Parts: Vintage Bottle Cap Sticker Pack]

FRIDAY: It’s Happy World Post Day. I outlined the Friday box with a color pen and added a little  washi tape with a small circle sticker to coordinate the color. To add a little more texture I stamped it with a small leaf stamp from Cavallini & Co.: Vintage Letterpress. At the bottom of my Friday I used a stamp sticker which I received from another sweet IG friend (Amy). I thought it was a perfect way to end my Fri-YAY.


SATURDAY: Washi tape plays a huge factor in how I decorate my planner. Here I layered a script, floral  and wax seal washi tapes to highlight some outgoing mail I completed. Beneath that I used alpha (purchased at Michaels) and a pen stamps for an additional embellished look.

SUNDAY: Here I wrote inIMG_3672 brush script and used one of my favorite label stickers from Tim Holtz. And again I turn to  washi tape to complete the overall decoration and color theme. This is the graffiti dark washi tape in caramel brown by Classiky and I layered it with a transparent grid sticker from a diary sticker set.


QUOTE: “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts”  -ELEANOR ROOSEVELT




I hope that you enjoyed this week’s post as much as I enjoyed posting it. Thank you dear friends for all your words of love and encouragement!

Until next time, have a wonderful week and keep smiling!

Xoxo, Jennie

2 thoughts on “WK 41: Planner Layout Tutorial

  1. Stella says:

    You’re getting very good at these blog tutorials. Congrats unnie! Proud of you for pursuing your skills and talents thru this artistic venture. Love you always.

    Your little sis

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