2008… Better Late Than Never


At the start of the year, a fellow Etsy artist requested a custom weekly planner/sketchbook for 2008. I struggled to begin until I chanced upon some great inspiration by designer and artist Amanda Hawkins. She created her very own organizer and planner pages, which are available for download from here. Amanda’s fantastic approach to her own planner helped me to finally overcome my artist’s block and inspired me to create something exciting. Forget DayMinder!

I designed a weekly calendar page, complete with a system for stamping in the dates and the phases of the moon. I printed these pages onto a substantial drawing paper and interspersed various sketch papers and envelopes between each week. My hope is for each week to present a surprise and inspiration to the owner. The cover is machine embroidered canvas covering book board. The snap closure allows for expansion as items are added to the envelopes throughout the year.

I like how this project turned out so much that I almost considered creating one for myself. After remembering how much time it took, I changed my mind. I think I’ll stick to my current system/mess of little pieces of paper and sticky notes for now.



11 Responses to “2008… Better Late Than Never”

  1. Amanda H Says:

    That’s gorgeous, really! Thanks for the shout-out! :)

  2. Avie Says:

    I did a planner for a customer as well, but yours is just exquisite!

  3. Gina Says:

    This is so wonderful! If I get started now maybe I’ll have one for 2010. :) You have a great blog here–I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Chantel Says:

    can you tell me what this binding stitch is called??


  5. erinzam Says:

    This is a coptic binding… one of my very favorites!

  6. katelyn Says:

    This is such an awesome book! I love the closure and the look of the pages (:

  7. Nikki Says:

    Are the planner pages in this book custom designed? If so, would you be willing to share a template? Your work is amazing – I love your style!

  8. Anna Says:


    I am from the Philippines and love the work you did on this planner. I would like to ask if you’re open to making one for 2009 and willing to ship to the Philippines.

  9. brista Says:

    Oh, man, I love this. I’d buy it if it wasn’t already sold!!

  10. belinda Says:

    Are you able to make something like that for me for the period starting from October 2009?

  11. molly Says:

    just stumbled over this … but how stunning it is! kudos.

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