Challenge: Make a Plan

Planners are all the rage these days! We’d love to see your crafty planner pages, but this challenge can be taken many more ways! You can share a project about plans you’ve made, you could get a jump on holiday crafting, art journal a dream or hope for the future, or make a crafty plan of some other kind, and show us what happens!

Meihsia plans most drawings and paintings on her canvas cover sketchbook. This week, she decided to decorate the cover with inks and paints.


I always sketch or plan my drawings on this sketchbook before painting. The front and back boards of this sketchbook have been covered with primed canvas, so I applied Izink inks to created the colors and patterns. To add layers of images, I stenciled the background with Tim Holtz Layering Stencil and ColorBox Pigment Inks, and stamped with Tim Holtz Stamps and Simon Says Stamp Inks.

Maura is planning for the weather.


I taught earth science for years, and if I could teach my students to wear long pants when it was cold, or bring an umbrella if it was going to rain, I counted that a success. So, I immediately thought to plan for the weather with this challenge! I made a little weather journal using Tim Holtz’s Umbrella Man stamp , the Waffle Flower Weather Planner stamps, and tried out the Ranger Blueprint Distress Paint for the first time.

Emma is planning to be more organised!


From as far back as I remember I’ve always loved stationery products and have numerous notebooks, diaries and journals and when I saw this challenge I decided it was time to make my own planner and that’s exactly what I did! I began by decorating a worn cover using papers from the Correspondence paper stash. I added an frame and a corked vial filled with handmade blooms, together with various pieces of idea-ology before decorating the inside of the cover using Distress Ink applied through the Honeycomb Layering Stencil.

I (May) didn’t have a great plan this week.


When in doubt, a good hello sentiment always works! One plan I always make is to use up scraps on my desk by making small projects. This works in my favor especially when I fail to plan ahead enough for a challenge like this one. Hey, a lack of a plan is still sort of a plan, right?

Making a memory book was the inspiration for Sandra’s art journal spread.

I’m planning on making a memory book, and this spread is a reminder to actually do it. I need to make more pictures and journal about my life. I have so much fun date stamps like KaiserCraft Months and Simple Stories DIY Date, and this is a way to see them in action. I stamped twice with each stamp so I got an original and a ghost one. For a splash of color I used Picked Raspberry and Neon Pink.

Anna-Karin started thinking of daily plans, one of which is story telling time.


Story telling is the most important part of my son’s bed time routine, and I make up a new story every evening. This shadow box is inspired by that, which is why I used various fairy tale themed products. The box itself, as well as the owl and wooden embellishments are by Prima. The magical castle was die cut with a Sizzix die.

Cheiron loves to keep her thoughts and goals in a paper planner.


My nude filofax planner is very plain, so I used the Hero Arts Planner Page fancy die to make some artsy inserts of my own. I cut them from manila cardstock, painted and stenciled them with Distress Paints and made the tabs for them using the Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs & Tags die and some Chit Chat Stickers.

Ashli was inspired to document her daily plan…


In order to function around these parts, with four little ones, we rely heavily on a “daily list.” Using the Fuse tool, I created a custom pocket page, complete with lovely papers from the Seven, Baxter line. To finish things off, I stenciled using one of the Baxter Cards, and added some watercolor. Some old daily lists will fit perfectly in the pocket portion at the bottom of this custom layout.

For Nicole, keeping organized is important.


I like to work ahead and keep to a schedule. I instantly was inspired to create a Worn Cover Journal where I can keep my design team responsibilities, challenges and dates in order. The Assorted Pocket Pages are perfect to tuck my notes and inspiration.

Michelle is planning on making lists.


I haven’t jumped on the planner bandwagon, but this DIY-er loves to make lists with my Hero Arts Checklist Stamp. It’s a perfect fit for the library pocket that I made with the Silhouette Cameo. Coincidence? No, I planned it!

Summertime plans always involve a trip or two for Suzz and her family.


I have been hoarding the Tim Holtz Collection Folio waiting to create a trip planner. When I saw the challenge this week I knew it was time to pull out my planner and create a series of pockets using the awesome Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Pocket Cards. I also added some inspiring words for our trip using the Idea-Ology Words Remnant Rub-ons. Now all we have to do is plan our next trip and I am ready to go.

Andrea did a re-do on a basic generic planner.


When I saw this lonely little lifeless planner at Walmart, I thought it would appreciate a makeover. Using Prima’s Garden Fable paper, my trusty Cinch machine and my watercolors, I stripped it down to its binding and added some gusto!

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.


As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday August 9 Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.



  1. it’s a cool challenge, tough though as I don’t plan much of anything except for what needs doing around the house and allotmentgarden, m y life’s too boring for an actual planner lol..will brew on this one for a while

    1. remember – you can “make a plan” in MANY ways! Sketch out a project to make a plan, forget to make a plan (as I did), plan on joining in this challenge! ;) The project can be VERY loosely based on the challenge.

    1. well then it’s a good thing you can think outside the planner and approach this challenge many different ways! See our DT projects for inspiration – I myself made a card and several others took the challenge a much different direction as well.

  2. perfect examples. beautiful theme too. but…plans….I do have plan, but I think not that I can finished it by next monday. I have a page with stampin creatures and around it have I draw.
    but that was two weeks ago and still lays on my desk, waiting to be colourize. so that is my plan….if you understand what I mean. but the time, the days are going so fast and everytime there is always something going on(farm) that makes my plans to craft difficult.
    good luck!
    kind regards, Dora

  3. I had to think about this somewhat tough but very awesome challenge ladies. I’m trying to learn more and try different styles and looks, so I’ve a list of products, stamps and different techniques that I am trying out and working my way through! As always beautiful DT inspirations too – thank you for both! Karen x

  4. Andrea, your cover is fabulous, love the bright colors. I’ve used a planner for years, writing quotes, adding ephemera from the week, even drawing in it, but never designed the cover because I always bought a moleskin one. Since the office provided us plain black planners, this challenge made me think about making it uniquely mine. Thanks for getting me past the black. And Suzz, love the map. I use them all the time (thanks AAA).

  5. What an interesting challenge theme!!! Great job by the team and each of the entrants. It was fun to see how everyone interpreted the “plan” theme.
    <3 J

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