making my planner pretty

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I got into the habit of using a planner in Junior High when we got one for free, and I've kept one every year since then. I usually buy them to correspond with the school year, but this time I decided to go for a new one in January.

While I was shopping around I stumbled upon Ninj and Ninj on Etsy, and fell head over heals for their cheeky planners (especially this one and this one), but I needed something a bit more work-friendly, and a bit less expensive. So I decided to try to make my own.

I started with my favorite kind of planner, a (plastic) spiral bound one with a plastic cover. I found mine at Dollar General this time, but I've also found them at Wal-Mart.

I used P80 sand paper to take off the writing on the front, and to prep the surface for painting. The planner already had a rough texture, so the scratches left by the sanding weren't that noticeable. 

Then I sat down and sketched out a bunch of ideas for the cover. When I got one I was happy with, I redrew it onto the cover (though I could have used carbon paper to transfer it). 

I used gold leaf paint to fill in the letters with gold, trying not to make mistakes, and failing, of course. But any mess ups could be erased with a sharp exacto blade.

I used acrylics next, repeating the same process as the gold leaf. 

After letting the planner sit for a few days, I used spray enamel to seal everything. I think I put on about 5 coats, because I was really worried about how the paint would hold up after I tossed it into my bag. It's been a month now, though, and the writing still hasn't scratched off, so I'd call this a win!

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