It’s no secret that I love organizing and list-making. So it should come as no surprise that few things fill me with greater joy than a new planner. I’m sure many of you might think I’m speaking with hyperbole… or maybe that I’m just being ironic… but nope, I’m just that crazy (about planners).
Last week, I was browsing a Brooklyn $0.99 store — and by the way, in NYC $0.99 stores can also be $29.99 stores — when I found a perfect planner for a mere $0.99. I’ve been needing a new planner, but I’ve been putting it off since those things are best found in places like Target, which is a 30 minute subway ride away — something I just haven’t found time for lately.
This isn’t to say that I’ve been without a planner this whole time; I bought the current one I have last summer when I realized my previous 2011 one wasn’t meeting my scheduling needs (yes, I am slightly embarrassed over my dorky-ness as I type this). But since that one only went through the end of May, I had an issue. Count my lucky stars when I found a planner — comparable to the majesty and awesomeness of my previous one — for a mere $0.99! Similar planners start at about $8 and can be upwards of $30, so yeah I was pleased.
Ok, so this post isn’t just about my new planner, though that would be a news-worthy talking point in my book. I decided that since I paid so little, I might try to decorate it. After all, I do look at it every day, if not several times a day (without my planner, I’m like a chicken with my head cut off).
I’ve always liked the texture and multi-dimensional look of things with cut-outs, and I figured I could achieve a similar look with an Exacto knife and a smidgen of patience. I’ve never enjoyed cutting anything circular with Exacto knives, so I knew that something like polka dots or quatrefoil would be out (much to my chagrin). I turned to the Interwebz for inspiration:
Since I was only keeping my old planner around for tax record purposes, and since my old planner was made from a similar, pleather-like material, I would use it as a guinea pig.
As you can see, I pretended like a quatrefoil pattern was possible. I also tried a chevron pattern, but I thought it was reading way too Charlie Brown for my taste (though I love me some Peanuts gang). I was dead-set against any kind of words or a saying because I didn’t want it to get into junior high land (something easily done when you’re talking about decorating a planner).
However, when I tried the harlequin window pane pattern, I was more than pleased.
I decided to cut out the pattern, then affix a contrasting piece of scrapbook paper (also $0.99) to the underside, that way the pattern would show through the “windows.” And voila!
Yeah, it took a lot of measuring, a lot of planning, a lot of cutting, A LOT of patience, and a fair amount of time, but I’m more than pleased with the end result.
And I felt comforted knowing that if I failed epicly, I could just recycle my mess-up and get another one… for $0.99. It was hardly a risk.
How about you? Have you embellished an every day item recently? Are you as crack-addicted to planners as I am? Organizing? To do lists? Am I the only one?!