I want to go into the things that have evolved in my planner this year, but that’s another post – today let’s just have a nice look at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017.
For the last week of the year I just wanted something pretty and easy, so I took a watercolor texture I had and basically cut it into pieces, slapped some titles on it, and voila:
Since the Aurora Borealis is a bucket list item of mine I used one of my two related washi tapes as an accent.
The font, surprisingly, is called Northern Lights. I got it in one of those big font bundles Creative Market often features.
Now, allow me to introduce you to the new hotness, my 2017 Plum Paper Planner:
She’s essentially the same planner as I used in 2016 – for the first time I used a single planner the entire year, which I think was at least partly because of how much fun I had decorating it every week. So I stuck with a sure thing, the vertical lined column layout. It gives me the structure of columns but without dictating what I put where, aside from the pretty much useless daily checklist box at the bottom. (I usually just cover that up with pretties.)
I designed the cover using this gorgeous watercolor background set and one of my favorite quotes, then ordered it through Erin Condren since they have a custom cover option. Erin Condren covers fit Plum Paper planners in terms of the coil size, but note that they are a bit narrow, so my tabs stick out a bit. The Marauder’s Map cover I got for 2016 is wide enough to cover the tabs.
(Don’t worry, I’m not getting rid of that cover – I adore it. I just wanted something new for a while. I’m still using the bookmark and the cool thing is I can switch out the covers whenever I like. If you’re looking for a cover I highly recommend Stickebeans on Etsy – the quality of her merchandise is phenomenal especially given her awesome prices.)
Inside the new planner I started off by adding a bank of sticky notes inside the front cover and pasting in my Core Desired Feelings for the year which I mentioned in my last post.
I really like using the same font and watercolor botanicals I got for the new blog design. Speaking of which, I took it a step further with this week’s New Year theme.
I found the watercolor graphics over on Creative Market by OctopusArtis, whose images are flat out gorgeous. The download had a limited commercial license, but all I wanted it for was my blog and for personal printed stuff – I’m not going to sell the theme or anything like that, even though in my opinion it’s lovely. I adore how the Dailies tracker sidebar came out.
In addition to the botanicals I added in some Pinterest-harvested images of things I want more of in my life this year – reading, writing, meditation, yadda yadda. I like the sense of serenity and space the theme gives this week. It certainly needed it, as did my blog, in my opinion.
I also included my list of Core Desired Feelings as a sort of invocation. Overall I’m pleased as punch.
Whatever’s in store, I think 2017 is off to a rather fetching start.
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