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Saturday Seminar: Watercolors

It’s Saturday Seminar time!  I have to admit I was really super excited for this one because I planned a tutorial video for you to watch, which is at the bottom of this post!

I love to watercolor in my art journals, but sometimes you just want a little more color in your planner, and so here is a quick way to do it!  You can use all sorts of markers, the best ones I find though are ones that react with water like the Tim Holtz Distress markers.  But you could do this with Tombow dual brush markers, or Jane Davenport Mermaid markers.  Keeping in mind the more pigmented and even darker in color the markers are, the more bleed through you will have if you watercolor directly onto your pages.

There is nothing stopping you though from watercoloring on sticker paper and sticking it into your planner, or even watercoloring on watercolor paper and gluing it in either. Both options would work very well if you are not wanting bleedthrough or are worried about your actual pages warping from the water, just make sure that your sheets are completely dry before adding them into your planner, or moving onto the next page if you are working on more than one spread!

Both options would work very well if you are not wanting bleedthrough or are worried about your actual pages warping from the water, just make sure that your sheets are completely dry before adding them into your planner, or moving onto the next page if you are working on more than one spread!

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Above is a page I did previously in the month I did 2 small sections of watercolor on a page, the one on the left has less water added to it than the one on the right so the colors didn’t spread as much as the one on the right.  Both effects look great!

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Here I used a note sheet, and water colored a little on the background with some Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers and used it as a background for my front cover of my May insert.  You could also use watercolor as a background on the pages you like to journal on, or some of the blank pages in your book.  You don’t have to just be abstract about it either, you could draw, or stamp and watercolor those images as well!

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Here is the page that I will do for you in the tutorial below.  It is quite easy to watercolor with markers, and get only the area you wish, I will show you how below!!

I hope you enjoyed my version of this weeks Saturday Seminar Topic!  Please feel free to go to the Cocoa Daisy Planner Fans Facebook page to share your watercolor ideas, and read what other people do with their watercolors in their planners!

Happy Planning!

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Saturday Seminar: Markers & Highlighters in your Planning

Welcome to Saturday Seminar!

This week’s topic is Markers and Highlighters and ideas to use them in your planning!  I love adding color in my planner and a great way to do this is with markers, especially when you plan on the go, you can pop them in your purse and use them when you need to!  I have this case from Websters that works great for on the go planning

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You can use them to help color code your calendar marking things for work, kids, together, personal, etc.  Here I used mine for work and scheduling tasks so that I can easily glance at it when I need to know what tasks need to be done, but these tasks don’t clog up my main planning pages

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You can use them to add a pop of color, here I used Tim Holtz distress markers to watercolor; more on that at a later date, and use them to highlight a sticker or appointment, by drawing around the sticker or appointment

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Use them for planning, here I used markers instead of a pen to separate my days, and plan my meals for the week.

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Here I used them to add a little pop to the back cover around my washi tape

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Here I used them to write a quote that I like on one of my note pages in my Social Media Planner

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I use my highlighters mostly in my Social Media Planner pages to help color code filming, posting, and preparation tasks for things.  I also used a marker to color my social media stamp instead of using a stamp pad because I don’t have that color of stamp pad.  You use the brush end of the marker, and rub the stamp along the flat/long edge of the marker to cover, and then stamp your image.

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So how about you? do you like to use markers and highlighters in your planning?  How do you like to plan with them?

Happy Planning!

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Saturday Seminar: Colored Pencils

For April’s Saturday Seminars, we are going to talk about color tools!!  I’m super excited to share some of the ideas I have using some of the great tools we have out there!!

This week we cover Colored Pencils, or Pencil Crayons, or whatever you like to call them!  They can be a great addition to your planner, to use for decoration, coloring in stamps, color coding your month, or week or day.  You can use them to create anything you want in your planner, the possibilities are endless!

I wanted to share with you a couple of things that I did this month with colored pencils!

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Here I used them to highlight special days in march and add a little color to the days that don’t have dates on them at the beginning of the month.

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Here I used them to color code stamps that I used to highlight tasks I wanted to complete, red for posting, and yellow for filming.

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And here I used them to help me separate Saturday and Sunday instead of using washi, or stamps, I drew the little flowers and then added the shading on either side.

What do you like to add colored pencils to in your planning?  Chat with us over on the Cocoa Daisy Planner Fans Facebook page in the Saturday Seminar topic!!

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February Set Up

It’s February 2nd can you believe it?  I know I can’t!  Punxsutawney Phil decided that there will be 6 more weeks of winter…booo…hiss…lol.   ETA, maybe I should listen to our Wiarton Willie, our Canadian ground hog, as he says early spring this year!!

Thank goodness either way for being able to insert color into my drab grey winter scene with lovely papers, stickers and washi tape!!

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I worked this morning with some cute valentine’s themed papers to make a new faux pocket for February, and also some pocket dashboards.  I used 6 different sheets for this and made a full set of matchy, matchy dashboards for my planner.  Each one has an envelope pocket as the back cover for receipts and loose notes etc.

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The faux pocket is laminated this time, I cut off the excess lamination from the edges because sewing it does make the edges strong enough without the added edging that the lamination makes.  But now the papers and the washi are protected from use!

A tip: if you are laminating your faux pocket; use the edge of scissors to cut the pockets back open, as you may end up cutting too far with an exacto knife and accidentally cut your pockets right off! (i didn’t do it, but I came close!)

And here is a quick video walkthrough of my February planner set up

What sorts of things did you include in your February set up?

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Organize your Key

Now we are getting to the point where we are ready to start tasks in your bullet journal.  Part of tasks is tracking what the are in your journal, a place, or appointment, a to do, and even to designate that a task is compete.

Thats where a Key comes into play.  Generally these are at the front of your book, maybe the single page 1 before the page 2-3 spread, maybe your key falls on Page 26, because you want it after your future planning pages.

I did one on page 1. this is my main key. I left lots of room incase I decided to change one of my icons, or even what they were used for.  I have seen some examples of keys that were just done in pencil as well, until the user figured out what works for them.  The original Key is on bulletjournal.com if you want to start with that key and then adapt it to fit you.

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I also did a flip out key that I could keep for handy reference while I was planning my tasks.

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I did this by writing down my key on a scrap piece of grid paper, and then washi taping it on the last blank page of my journal, this page, in the Leuchtturm1917 anyways is a bit heavier paper then the rest of the book and seems to be a great place to keep something I will reference a ton.