Hi! It is Wan, back again. Today, in my final guest post, I am going to show you how I create a dashboard/page marker for my planner using stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop.
As some of you may know, I have an Erin Condren Life Planner, and I like keeping a marker of some sort at the page I am at, so I can easily find my place. The marker can be anything from a magnetic bookmark to a journaling card to a dashboard and I like changing them up for variety. However, whenever I have a week that I know I would need sticky notes quite a lot because I have fluid appointments, I like to use a dashboard as a page marker, so that it can also act as a landing place for the sticky notes. And with my newfound addiction to stamps, I get to make my own!
To do this, I start by selecting the paper I want to use and cutting them down to size. For this particular dashboard, I chose watercolor paper as I was planning to use watercolors to color in the stamps. I then used a page marker from Happiescrappie as a template for size. This is because I frequently use her page markers in my ECLP and I like the particular size (for those interested in making it a similar size, it is 9 by 3.75 inches).
After tracing the size out on the watercolor paper, I used my paper trimmer to trim it down to the right size.
I then finished off preparing the paper by rounding the corners. I like rounding corners because I personally find that it gives the dashboard a more finished look.
With the paper ready, I could then start stamping. As I am in the midst of a super busy time, I wanted something adorable and uplifting to keep me going. I looked through my stamp sets and settled on using Beary Much, which is one of my all time favorite stamp sets from Sweet Stamp Shop. The baby bear and a ton of balloons, with an appropriate caption, would totally fit the bill (If you are following me on IG, you would have seen how much I love the baby bear and the balloons together. I even stamp them out just for coloring practice!).
Now that I have decided on what I wanted on the dashboard, I started by stamping in the caption I wanted to use, “Remember to look up”. First, I lightly penciled in two lines where I was going stamp the caption, so I had a guide for where to place the letters.
I then stamped the caption with Versafine Onyx Black ink, using stamps from Script Upper and Script Lower. The ink was chosen because it wouldn’t bleed with watercolors. As for why I chose to stamp in the caption first, it was because I had to stamp each letter individually, and I knew that this was going to be the most likely place that I was going to mess up. if I were going to have to start over, I would prefer not to have wasted too much work.
After the caption, I proceeded to stamp in the balloons. I stamped the first balloon around the centre of the dashboard, so that it could then be used as a guide for where I would place the rest of the balloons. I then stamped in eight other balloons, because to me, nine balloons looked like a good number to have on a dashboard this size. This is the best thing about making your own dashboards, you can customise everything based on what you find personally pleasing.
Now for the finishing stamp, the little bear. I chose to place the bear right next to the caption, because I could imagine him lowering his eyes, and looking straight at the caption which would serve as a great reminder to him (and me, of course!) to look up, and in the process of doing so, find things that bring him joy (like colorful balloons!).
Once everything has been stamped, and I was sure the ink was dry, I erased the pencil markings, as I didn’t want to run the risk of running the eraser over watercolors (I have no idea what it would do, but I was certainly not going to take the risk of having to stamp everything from scratch).
With that done, I used my Waterbrush and “Simply Art” Watercolor Cakes by Loew Cornell to color in the balloons and the bear. I like using my Waterbrush because it is a very convenient way of applying watercolors. Moreover, if you are anything like me who can be pretty distracted and clumsy when crafting (too much on my mind!), you would want to avoid having a container of water anywhere near your art.
Once the watercolors were dry, I finished the dashboard by laminating it, so that I could use it as a landing place for my sticky notes without damaging it. You can choose not to laminate it too, if you just want to use it as a short term page marker. However, if you want to keep using it for any length of time, it is best to get it laminated for durability.
So there you have it, a dashboard/page marker for your planner. You can also use these same basic principles for creating journaling cards to go into your planner, so do experiment, especially when the Sweet Stamp Shop has so many awesome stamps to choose from! I hope you have enjoyed this post and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram or post on Facebook when you use Sweet stamps in your creations, because we would love to see them!