WK 42: Planner Layout Tutorial

THEME: Purple, Olive, Brown

IMG_3681[Royal & Langnickel 2/0; Versa Magic: Purple Hydrangea; Prang Oval-16 by Dixon]

SET UP: This week I wanted to try something a little different. As I looked back through my planner, I realized that I don’t use much purple. So to challenge myself I decided to do just that. As usual I used watercolors to brush script ‘October’ but this time I used the watercolor set from Prang IMG_3699(purchased at Michaels). For the date boxes I did a subtle polka dot design with the same watercolors and stamped the dates using Day by Day Calendar Stamp Set.

As I tried to gather items that would coordinate with this week, I admit it was a lot more difficult than I initially imaged. So to  find the right colors I decided to seek help by using a color wheel.  I searched online and came across the website, Paletton. It was just what I was looking for. You choose the color and it will tell you its coordinating counterpart. You can use an online source like I did, or you can purchase a color wheel at your local art store.

IMG_3689[Winsor & Newton watercolor set; 365™Fall Collection: Daily and Aki; Versa Magic: Spanish Olive, Jumbo Java, Perfect Plumeria; Fion Stewart-Green Path

MONDAY: I wanted to flourish the start of the day so I used the dove and flora stamps from the 365™Fall Collection. I multi stamped the dove to give a movement effect, as if it were soaring through my planner. For the flora in the dove’s mouth, I did not initially intended to be an olive branch but after I stamped it, that’s what it reminded me of. So to continue that concept and to break in between notes, I used this olive design washi tape and a circular grid sticker.

To highlight important information I used watercolors to box that in because the color pens I had didn’t quite match to the colors I wanted. Instead of making it a plain rectangle I added a dotted line effect to make it stand out. Below that I made ‘home cooked meal’ sticker, which was to cover up a mistake I made. The cute little house stamp was perfect to accentuate the  home in that sticker. And to finished the day, I used brush script using the same watercolor palette.


TUESDAY: To commemorate the wonderful happy mail I received from my dear friend Phuong, I used a postage stamp sticker (purchased at Hobby Lobby) and a postage cancel stamp from Traveler’s Factory.

The start of this week I was already making all kinds of mistakes. If you notice closely the cancel stamp was made into a sticker to cover up a crazy ink smear I made when initially stamping on the page. You may not see the smear (thank goodness) but its there…hiding. So do not fret when you make a mistake, we all make them. There are plenty of ways to fix them. Now below that to continue the postage decoration I used a Tim Holtz postage vintage style washi tape. It compliments the stamp sticker just right!

IMG_3692[StazOn: Gothic Purple; Versa Fine: Onyx Black;  365™Fall Collection: Daily; Yellow newsprint washi tape; Classiky: Women Purple washi tape]

WEDNESDAY: I absolutely adore this tooth stamp! For that darker rich purple hue, I wanted to used the StazOn: Gothic Purple. As I’ve mentioned in my previous post this ink bleeds through the paper. To avoid this I stamped on a white adhesive label and made it into a sticker.

I hand lettered ‘K’ with pencil and filled it in using watercolor. Love how it has a gradient effect. To combine more purple into the mix I decided to use this lovely washi tape from Classiky. Now I was unsure if I wanted to go with a pastel purple, but I love the design and it actually adds the right softness to compliment the  hand lettered ‘K’.

At the bottom of this column I used the cloud and lightning bolt stamps. At first the bolts were stamped in black, and I did contemplate to use yellow ink but didn’t want to throw the whole color theme off. So to add a little extra color and texture I taped over the bolts with a text print washi tape, traced, cut and taped over the initial stamp.

IMG_3693[Classiky: Collage Green; MT: Travel Way; Chamil Garden (Shoukei): Sandglass; Versa Magic: Perfect Plumeria; 365™Fall Collection: Daily]

THURSDAY: That little guy you see in the Thursday box is a Japanese Rain Doll (Teru teru bozu). It’s is a traditional Japanese handmade doll said to bring good weather and stop the rain. I thought it was fitting since it was pouring out. For the rest of the day, I just decorated with washi tape and added a little hand lettering to flourish.


[Prang Oval-16 by Dixon; Winsor & Newton; Versa Magic: Spanish Olive; Alpha Stamps by Kodomo No Kao; Iro Label: Innocent]

FRIDAY: Kept it very simple. Used an alpha stamp set that was gifted to me by my darling friend Eunice. Boxed/highlighted the info and a simple cursive ‘K’ using watercolors. To finish I used these dot stickers I purchased from SakuraLaLa. They have tons of designs and colors which are ideal for your planner.


IMG_3698SATURDAY: I was so lucky to have received these gorgeous handmade stickers from Fab.  I highly recommend you
her out on her blog or Instagram (wreckthisgirl). When I first saw them I knew I had to use them, especially for my planner. I’m so excited that the purple and olive green matched perfectly with this week’s theme.

Completely toned it down this day and just highlighted a note using Le Pen in Olive Green. I painted an olive branch (which was at the start of this week) to finish the week.

For the quote I used a similar rich purple balance out the brush script I used for the ‘October’ title.

QUOTE: “Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, ADVENTURE”.


This week was definitely fun and a learning process for me. I hope that you had fun reading and hopefully learned something too. If there are any particular requests I would love to hear from you. Until next time, have a wonderful week and keep smiling!

Xoxo, Jennie

2 thoughts on “WK 42: Planner Layout Tutorial

  1. Beth says:

    Jennie, I’m so glad you started a blog! I love seeing your planner spreads in more detail and learning how you put them together. Thanks for taking the time to show it!

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