How To Make An Altered Mixed Media Planner Part ONE

  Paper planners are a big deal again.  I've been seeing pics of personalized, stickerized, post-it note peeking planners since the beginning of the year.  I love their bright colors (usually some sort of pastel or rainbow colored, with blasts of gold foil)  and the leather covers, I love all the things people add to them: the multi-colored pens, the Japanese stickers, hedge hog post-it notes.  Whole etsy shops are now devoted to planner stickers, from coffee cups to flip flops.  Several of my favorite scrapbook companies are making planners, and I see new planner kit clubs popping up everyday.  The colors are happy!  The graphics are modern!  They are a little expensive!

I've had a planner before.  In fact, if I look around, I can probably still find two or three of them.  They are pretty useful, because I tend to write with a pen more than I type.

But they don’t really fit my dysfunctional lifestyle very well.  

Some people I've noticed have one planner, but lots of planner girls looking to achieve perfect planner love have two, or six, or more, to fit every plannable function in their lives.  

Yeah.  NOT doing that.  

I want one.  One that I can take with me to my different jobs. One that I don’t need my glasses to write in, where the lines aren't so close together that I use three lines to write two words.   One where I can write goals, ideas, plans for craft projects, blog projects and writing projects.  One that has no wasted pages and has not a single page that says “NOTES.”  

Seriously.  NOTES.  Gah.

I’m not in a history class, this is my life.  I want something that motivates, encourages, dares me to write something important and interesting and NOTES is not it.  

To Alter something  just means to change it from it's original state.  This binder is from Walmart and I altered it big time.  

Mixed media is the use of multiple mediums.  I used lot's of Mod-Podge to glue down different papers.  Papers from the wonderful 7 Gypsies, Gypsy Moments collections, some Canvas Corp Brands tissue paper, sewing pattern tissue papers, and papers from my scrap bag.  I painted it with gesso, Tattered Angels High Impact paints, Glimmer mists, and chalk board paints.  -  This messy style will lend itself to doodling and scribble writing as I sit waiting for the baby to wake up at work.  (as a Nanny I occasionally get to sit during nap time. It is quite pleasant.)

The idea for this planner came from the Canvas Corp Brands Design Team Challenge to “Create an Agenda.”  I’ve seen some really brilliant ones too - which fill me with inspiration.  I will share more photos with you soon as a I continue to work on the Dapoppins LIFE planner.  

Now, I showed you my planner, will you show me yours?  Leave a link in the comments so I can see how you are planning Your life!


Time to Spark some Creativity - Altered mni-Altoid Tin

 It's time again to Spark some Kreativity with the Kraaft Shaak Design Team!   This month we were challenged to make something WEARABLE, incorporating items from our Kraaft Shaak Mixed Media Kits.

Hooo Boy.  Wearable.  Wear-Able. 

First I was gonna make a broach.  

Ahhh.  Nope.  Maybe not.

Then I was gonna make a lacy wristlet.  

Yeah.  About that.  Not So Much. 

I'm not one of those people who struggles with a blank page, with a lack of ideas.  Not right now, anyway.  I have so many ideas that I sometimes get a leetle lost.  

Okay.  Just between you and me.  How many of ya'all got a few projects that you bought the stuff for (on sale) but you either didn't get started, or your only got the first part started before something else came up.  

Raise your hand.  That's right, I see you. See, we are sisters!  

So I had an idea to take something I was gonna start, but hadn't gotten very far, and use that for this Wearable.  (Wearable!  Did you see what Sandra and Shel made?  Click their names  and prepare to be blown away.) 

And then I didn't like it.  

And then I started something else....I really loved the way Shel and Sandra used their paper in their projects. But that wasn't going right. 

And then I went back to the first thing. And I still didn't like it.  But I kept working it, and now I like it a lot. 

And I can wear it too!    

I focused on using the fantastic  Finnibiar Mechanicals from my Mixed Media Kit from the Kraaft Shaak, and a bunch of things from my stash.  If you have any questions about what I did or how, please let me know in the comments!  I love to answer questions and I am way to lazy to list everything out!  

{Shameless plug that I am not paid for}

I am loving things like micro beads, glitter, pastes, and glass beads right now.  I love seeing all the different ways I can use them.  These gold micro beads are from my stash, but one of the awesome things about the Mixed Media Kit from the Kraaft Shaak is that you get a selection of these things to try out- so if you have never used them in your art, crafting, scrapbooking or cardmaking, NOW you can give a them a try and not feel like your buying too much of a bunch of stuff you just want to try.  

Thanks for visiting me for this 

Spark of Kreativity.

I didn't do anything super fabulous here.  This is a project you could do.  It doesn't require a lot of special tools, or supplies, no exact cutting, and I only measured one time.  And even then it was just "ish" measuring. 


Just come back and let me know what you make.  I can't wait to see it!


Alter This - A Use My Stuff Challenge - Free Background Photo

A couple of my fav mixed media artist are Tam Laporte of Willowing Arts and Juliette Crane.  I love the images they create, that are all their own, but I also love, love, love the details and layers of their backgrounds.

I think one of my fav things is to make backgrounds.

I kinda make the background and then feel so satisfied that I don't know what the heck to do next.

So I have a challenge for you.

(blows horn for big challenge)

I give you permission to download this background, save it, and up load it to something like Canva, or Picmonkey, or Rhonna Designs - and make it your own.  Put a quote on it.  Brighten or soften the colors or add a filter.  Add a beautiful picture to it. Do something.  Go old school print it out, glue it in your art journal, and add a more mediums.


Cause I think that would be fun.  Then you got to share it with me.  Just let me know.  Tag @Dapoppins  and say, "Hey, girl.  Look what I done!"

Dapoppins Back Ground Mixed Media

Dapoppins Mixed Media
Put a Bird On It! 

Come on' PIMP my background.  (is that what the kool kids say?) You know you want to.

Here is what girlfriend +Nancy Gaines came up with: