LAUREN BELTRAMO
LAUREN BELTRAMO

Journal

Thoughts & things about design, travel, and lettering.

Planning to Plan

After reading this blog post on Uppercase Magazine I was inspired to get my own planning going in 2015. I have a plethora of notebooks in various stages of completion in all shapes and sizes - but a planner is, like, totally different. Right?! Well I did some browsing around and came across the agenda planner by Poketo. I loved the open-date nature of the pages because in case I miss a week it's not automatically RUINED. Plus I can keep using it next year if I (inevitably) skip a few weeks.

So far it's helped me keep track of the random ideas I have tumbling through my head throughout the day and set more long-term goals for personal projects. Now instead of trying to work on a bunch of different things at once I have a set list of things I'm working towards and blocks of time to work. We'll see how it goes!

Of course I couldn't resist adding a bit of bling: I used embossing powder on the cover to add my monogram, and the envelope it came in to make pockets on the inside covers. It was really great material, nice and thin yet durable. The cover material itself was better quality than I expected!

Embossing powder is really meant for things like greeting cards but it's pretty versatile stuff. First I sketched out my letterforms on tracing paper and then positioned it where I wanted it. I rubbed some graphite on the back, then traced over my image while it was on top of the planner. Next I removed the tracing paper and - Viola! - I had my outline. Then, using this VersaMarker Pen I drew on top (fair warning - this fucked up the point a lot and the graphite got sucked up into the tip); plopped some powder on, brushed the excess away and then fired up this heat tool to finish the job! 

The powder even layered nicely on top of itself. I added the silver strokes to the B after the L was already in gold. Unfortunately as soon as I finished I realized I veered too close to the spine and it is cracking a little bit. Who knows, in a year it'll probably be ready for a new cover design! 

I needed something just as stylish to go in my pockets as the pockets themselves, so of course I turned to my  House Industries Labels and Stickers . Love them! Now I can use the plethora of numbers to label my weeks and months out of order :)

I needed something just as stylish to go in my pockets as the pockets themselves, so of course I turned to my House Industries Labels and Stickers. Love them! Now I can use the plethora of numbers to label my weeks and months out of order :)