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.


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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.


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[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.



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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.


IMG_3700SUNDAY:
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”.


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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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