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How To Decorate Your Planner With PanPastels

Posted by Kim Dellow

This fun planner hack will add color to your day! Learn how to decorate your planner with PanPastel.

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Hi, it's Kim Dellow here to share how I have added some extra color to my planner with this mixed media planner hack! I've used PanPastel for this example as it works really well on the Me & My Big Ideas Create 365 Note & Graph Paper that I am using. The great thing about these pastels is that they will work on smooth paper and the graph paper is quite smooth but it holds the PanPastel well.

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Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Me & My Big Ideas Create 365 Note & Graph Paper
  • PanPastel - Magenta Extra Dark
  • PanPastel Ultra Soft Artist Pastels - Magenta
  • PanPastel Ultra Soft Artist Pastels - Violet
  • PanPastel Ultra Soft Artist Pastels - Turquoise
  • PanPastel Ultra Soft Artist Pastels - Bright Yellow Green
  • PanPastel Ultra Soft Artist Pastels- Rich Gold
  • PanPastel Sofft Art Sponges 4 Pack - Assorted
  • Lawn Fawn - Cole's ABCs Dies
  • Stick It Die Cut Adhesive Sheets - Handy Size, 8" x 6-1/8" SK155
  • The Crafter's Workshop Mini Chevron Stencil 6" x 6"
  • Circle die
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Paper
  • Washi Tape
  • Fixative Spray (optional)
  • Golden Acrylic Ground For Pastel-8oz (optional)

Let's Hack Our Planners!

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First I started by sticking a couple of strips of the graph paper to some Stick It and then coloring the paper side with the Rich Gold PanPastel. You get a very subtle look with the gold so if you want a stronger gold then try priming the paper with a pastel ground like the Golden Acrylic Ground For Pastels. I was happy with the subtle gold look so did not treat the paper first.

Once the paper is covered, cut it with the Cole's ABCs Dies and keep them to one side for use later.

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Next I lined up the stencil I was using on my paper and used spare paper and Washi tape around the edges to protect the surrounding area. I've picked a stencil with a symmetric repeat pattern so that I can easily move the stencil down to cover a larger area but you can use a non-symmetric pattern and go for a more abstract look. Or use a larger stencil and block off the areas you don't want to use.

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I then started to add the PanPastel color using one of the Sofft tool sponges; it doesn't really matter which shape Sofft Tool you use but try not to press too hard with the sponge on the surface of the stencil as it can crumble the sponge.

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Keep adding color and vary which color you use as you move down and across the stencil. Blend where you change colors so that there are no hard lines and don't be afraid to go back over areas with more color if you want to.

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Once I had covered the whole area, I then removed the stencil and lined it up with colored pattern on the paper so that I could continue the process to cover a larger region. Once you are happy with the placing of the stencil, don't forget to mask off areas you don't want to cover and use Washi tape to hold the stencil and masks all in place.

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I covered a piece of the note paper with PanPastel and cut it into a heart shape then cut a circle from a clean piece of note paper and stuck the heart and the circle to the pastel chevron pattern with a piece of Stick It adhesive sheet. To finish I added the gold-colored lettering from Step One.

If you want, you can use a pastel fixative to fix the piece.

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Totally cute and totally easy to do. You could always turn it into a bespoke cover for your planner by laminating it and cutting out the holes!

Thanks for popping in.

Kim Dellow