notebooks & calendars

April plan book

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in notebooks & calendars, spring | 0 comments

The goal: to make a tricked-out customized plan book for April.

I started with a blank Moleskin notebook full of unlined pages. I got it at the nearest Barnes & Noble.

blank moleskin Keetha

The first step: Add a thin layer of gesso to the cover. Gesso creates an opaque surface to paint on.

gesso moleskin cover Keetha

While it was drying, I decided which paint colors to use. I wanted a spring-madras feel for the design so I picked the colors I could imagine in a gorgeous Easter-colored madras shirt.

chose moleskin colors Keetha

I painted the colors on here and there without planning. Otherwise, I could have spent a lot of time over-thinking composition and the color wheel. Plus, next I would go over the top of the piece with a white glaze, so I knew it didn’t matter too much exactly how it looks at this point.

painted moleskin cover Keetha


I mixed plain white acrylic paint with glazing medium and brushed it over the painted cover. I wanted the colors to show here and there, a misty look.

white wash moleskin cover Keetha

I painted on the paint/glaze mixture and made lines and marks using a wooden skewer. I wiped off some of the glaze mixture with baby wipes and let it dry.


The pieces below are the look I was going for. I made them a while back and don’t remember how! Apparently, I didn’t use white paint and glaze. It was probably a thin layer of gesso.

painted pages Keetha


Oh, well; it didn’t turn out the way I had it pictured but it was a fun experiment. Now it’s my traveler’s notebook, ready to go.

plan book in tn Keetha

April plan book in tn Keetha

I may come back and embellish the front and/or back cover with a hand-lettered quote or some stamps or washi tape.

Now, onto the inside pages!

April Plan book list Keetha


(In the fall, I made a plan book for October. I made them in November and December, too; just forgot to post any photos!) 

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October Traveler’s Notebook

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in fall, featured, notebooks & calendars | 0 comments

I love fall. October is my favorite.

When I got a sweet little plain calendar, well, it just called out to be embellished.

Keetha October travelers


I got the monthly planner from Yellow House Paper.

Keetha fall planner


I pulled a few (just a few) fall-type odds and ends.

Keetha fall planner goodies



Keetha autumn traveler's notebook

Keetha autumn traveler's


Keetha October front page

I tricked out the back cover, too. Fall comes just once a year, after all!

Keetha Oct notebook raven


Keetha notebook

I made that other bad boy, my “Yay Ideas” notebook, this summer before we left going to the beach. I had just gotten Get It Done by Sam Bennett and knew I’d have lots of ideas to write down.

I used scrapbook paper (from My Mind’s Eye) and plain printer paper.

I have a separate notebook for ideas about blog posts and web site updates and the like.

Keetha traveler's notebk


All of which fit in my traveler’s notebook cover that is so pretty.

Keetha traveler's notebook cover

I just love it. I got it from Perfect Papier. The turquoise color is just gorgeous. I chose the green elastic. Everything about it makes me happy.

Along with the scrumptious fall-flavored notebook within.

Just think! I get to make one for November, too!

(On the monthly planner cover: The scalloped scrapbook paper at the top of the cover is from the Steampunk Spells collection by Graphic 45. The leaf stamp is by Tim Holtz.)




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