Hello! It’s Kristi again. In my last tutorial I showed you how I created the cover for my “Summer Adventures” Dyalog Journal. You can view that tutorial here.
In this tutorial, I am going to show you how I prepped the calendar portion of my journal. I love how Ranger gives you so many options to organize the Dyalog system to completely fit your needs. For me, I wanted the ability to keep track of all my summer fun. Often short on time I knew the Agenda Insert would be the perfect way to keep track of the fun without feeling overwhelmed by filling an entire blank page.
Step 1: Begin by adding a light hand of paint to every page of the agenda insert with a baby wipe. Add a small amount of paint onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet and spritz it with water using a Mini Mister. Then lightly dab a baby wipe into the paint.
Step 2: Very lightly added the color to the page. Careful not rub too hard or use too dark of a color. Allow your pages to dry completely. This will make the next steps easier.
Step 3: The next step is to add the dates to each page. Use All the Right Boxes Stamp Set and a Jet Black Archival Ink Pad. The circles and squares are perfect for this. Alternate the shapes you use on each page. I used squares on this spread.
Step 4: Then use circles. After you have added your circles and squares, go ahead and handwrite the dates inside each circle and square.
Step 5: Using the Mini Ink Blending Tool and Foam add acrylic paint through the stencils from the Border It, Doodle It and Stencil It Sets to give the page a bit more dimension. Do this randomly throughout the insert. You can leave a few pages blank, as well.
Step 6: Add Washi tape and Creative Dyary Tape Sheets to the Pages you left blank. I love the versatility of the washi and tape sheets. Such a simple, easy way to add some color to your pages.
Step 7: I wanted a few tabs for my summer months. Using the Blind Date Stamp Set, Stamp July and August on to a few scrap pieces of canvas and sew them directly onto the edge of your agenda pages.
Step 8: I added the Background Insert to my cover to make memory keeping easy for me. Since the backgrounds are already created – I can just add photos and other pieces of ephemera to my journal without much fuss. Make some pockets on a few pages using Dylusions postcards. Stitch the bottom and left side of each postcard directly into the insert.
Above are a few pictures of my pages that I have filled with notes, pictures and stamps from The Full Package Stamp Set. I keep a small kit of washi tape, adhesive tape and pens to be able to add to my journal daily.
Here's a quick flip through of the finished Summer Adventures Dyalog Journal!
I hope you enjoyed my two tutorials on how I created my Summer Adventures Dyalog Journal. The versatility and ease of creating exactly what you need makes the Dyalog System a must have for me. Summer can be rushed, your art and memory keeping shouldn’t be. Have a happy, sunny, safe summer!