Monday, 12 October 2015

Creating Goodies for your planner

Hi guys! Stef here from the Noveltea Corner, and today I'm back on the Mrs. Brimbles blog to share some ideas and tips for using the items in your Stationary boxes to create fabulous goodies for your planners! I've also got a video for you if you'd like to see some close-ups of the different items, too!

With the September box I was able to create 2 fancy dashboards, a planner pocket, 6 fancy paperclips and a page marker and still have tons of paper, stickers and washi tape left over to create lots of other goodies. I also love that the papers are double sided and so you can create some really fun looks in your planner using both sides - perfect for those of us who love paper projects, right?

Planner pockets are super simple to put together. For this one I simply trimmed the paper to the height and width I was after and folded the bottom portion of the paper up. A bit of double sided tape on the right-hand side, trimmed with a bit of washi, and some binder holes punched later and I've got a quick and easy planner pocket that can hold paper clips, notes, Project Life cards or anything else I can think of!

The fun little flair badges included in the kit had some adhesive foam on the back which I removed. Then I just used some hot glue, a paperclip and backed the whole thing with a 1" circle of black paper to keep it all neat.

Usually I'm a pretty simple dashboard/divider kind of gal. I find some pretty paper, cut it out and laminate it.

This time, however, I wanted to make them a little more special. So, out came my stamps and ink pads. I've had this quote stamp for ages and have never had the perfect project to use it on. I think it makes a wonderful dashboard quote - a great reminder to see every time I open my planner. Because I loved the pink woodgrain on the paper, I didn't want to detract too much from it, so I used some pink ink (love some tone-on-tone stamping), Onyx Black Versafine ink and some gold ink and I think it came out really nice.

Continuing along my 'special' dashboard decorating style, I used the cut-apart sheets - I know, I struggled with the idea of cutting them apart, too! - and created this fun, red/yellow/black themed divider. 

I turned on of the cut-aparts into a page divider, too, adding washi tape along the edge - both for reinforcement and decoration, as well as a word sticker.

Top Tips

* Tiny word stickers are perfect for adding detail to projects like this. Pick words that speak to you and the style of the decorations you're creating.
* Use paper punches (in whatever shapes you have) to create tabs. They're quick and easy and add a fun detail to your work. Consider using the reverse side of the patterned paper you've chosen, or a contrasting colour!
* If you choose to laminate dashboards/dividers for your planner, try to use laminating pouches that are a little thicker. I used 125 micron pouches to make sure they were a little more sturdy.
* Don't be afraid to try something new! These colours are not the colours I usually have in my planner, but once I started playing with them, I fell in love. 
* Use extra items from your stash - don't let those goodies sit there and go unused. (This is hard for me, too, trust me! I have so many fun things I hoard because they're gorgeous, but they should be used and enjoyed!)
If you've made it all this way, and you'd like to see a close up of the goodies I created, here's the video as promised:

Don't forget to share your tips for using up the wonderful supplies in your Brimbles Boxes in the comments. You can also stop by my blog, or my Instagram page, for other planner DIY tips and tricks!

Until next time, friends, happy planning!


  1. Love your post and that quote is perfect as a dashboard. Am inspired!

  2. OMG this is all so beautiful!! I love everything. That dashboard is DIVINE!
    Deb C (aka Craftin' Chaos)

  3. wow...I am so love love....beautiful job and so creative