Altered Composition Notebook Planner
With all of the fancy planners out there, why do I want to use a Composition Notebook as the base for my Paint Plan & Chronicle journal? First, let me be clear about what PP&C is: part day planner, part art journal, and part diary. It is all of these things All-In-One-Book! Of these three things I would say the least part of it is the planning. For future planning, events to be scheduled month’s in advance, I use a traditional planner. For this book I am living more in the moment, planning just one week at a time. Daily writing will be the main feature of my journal. This is why all planners I have found do not work for me. I will explain how I use my PP&C in the third video, which will be up soon. I will start the first day of each month with a PP&C post for that month. The first formal one will be August 1.
The cover of my All-In-One Journal is made from a Canvas Paper Sheet that I apply with double stick tape. The canvas paper comes in a pad and I suggest getting it larger than the size of your journal so you have the choice to wrap it around the sides. This is the same substrate used to make canvas to hang on the wall. I will show you how I paint mine in an upcoming video. For now you can get yours ready. (I also put cloth paper tape along the sides to preserve the pretty tape I have bordering it. Paper tape is sold in pharmacies next to the knee wraps and braces.)
Fredrix 3501 Canvas Pads, 12 by 16-Inch
All of the decorative papers in my journal were inserted using the double sided tape because it is strong and no wet glue was needed. I inserted a plastic pocket in the front of the journal where I plan to put recipes for the week/month. The washi tape is holding it very!
The beginning of the month page is the landing page. I put a tab on the corner and a month at a glance chart to mark important days.
On the other side of the month’s dashboard is the prompt for the month. The theme I chose is abundance and a question I heard at my local church (non-denominational) was – What are the 3 things you didn’t get from your family of origin, that you wanted and thought you really needed? Under the question I wrote them down.
- Validation: For some odd reason my thoughts, feelings, and opinions were not important to my family. I was told my thoughts/feelings/beliefs were wrong and my experiences weren’t real or valid. I grew up with no sense of stable self and questioned anything that came from my own brain.
- Self-Love: No one in my house was allowed to love or be kind to themselves. To feel good about oneself meant you were stuck up and thought you were better than anyone else.
- Play: No one in my family was allowed to play. My family was the no fun police!
So I grew up feeling empty in these areas but! Guess what? The places in your life that your family did not give to you, you NOW have an abundance of it TO GIVE. Get it? Because I can’t bare to make someone else feel like I did, I always intend of giving people validation for their feelings, the room for it to be okay to feel good about themselves, and I LOVE to encourage them to play. All the areas that I thought I lacked I now have limitless amounts of in my life. This is what helps me to feel abundance where there was once lack.
The very next page is the Week-At-A-Glance page. That is the extent of my planning. This journal is more about documenting what happens each day then long term planning. I find that works best in a dedicated planning journal. (My friend Rada just sent me a purple Filofax and that is going to be my long term planner. When I get inserts for it I will show you how I decorate and use that. I find it VERY helpful to have a planner to organize youtube/patreon work.) The very next page is where I start my daily posts. Because there is only one tab all the way in the back of the book, I have ALL THAT paper to do with whatever I want. No more feeling like I am stuck to one page, I can actually write in this book. This is an example of how I set up a page in the morning. I wrote the word abundance to keep myself thinking about it throughout the day.
This is the back of the journal where I inserted a pouch with paper tape. If your Washi tape doesn’t like to stay put, add a little two-sided sticky tape and that will keep it down.
This is the back of the journal where I taped in beautiful hand made paper I got from the art store. You could also wrap your entire notebook with the canvas paper if you wanted to paint the back.
Even if you have a fancy planner for your planning, I encourage you to make a PP&C journal with me. And I would like to know, what are your 3 things? Let me know in the comments below.
Here is a FB group where you can upload your pages!