Student Planner

First of all, my heart goes out to those impacted by the recent hurricanes.  I can’t even imagine.  Those affected by these catastrophic events are in my thoughts and prayers.

We have a new challenge at Words2CraftBy –  head over for some awesome inspiration from the team.   The origin of our quote is unknown, but is frequently credited to Albert Einstein:

Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Themes could include back to school, kids, books, life lessons, imagination, thinking outside the box.  I decided to go with the school theme – I apologize that my photos aren’t the best.  I took them later in the day and then had issues with the online photo editing tool I use.

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I was trying to decide what could I make besides a card when some inspiration came to me via email for a Three-Fold Tag Holder Mini Album from Autumn (SewPaperPaint).  Thanks, Autumn!  Click on the link and you’ll find several examples of this mini album along with tutorials.  My “mini album” is 7 1/2″ tall, 4″ wide (each fold), and the pockets are 3 1/4″ on the front, and not quite 3″ on the back.  When I was working on this, I kept wondering what would be the purpose of a school-themed mini album, but added pockets on both sides to make it into a “planner” (obviously for a young student!).  

I made the tags for bookmarks (with Tim Holtz red jute string) and added Washi tapes and TH Chitchat words for inspiration.  Two of the pockets have assignment sheets added – I found freebies online.



To decorate my chalkboard piece of paper, I used TH stencils with Broken China and Cracked Pistachio DOX for the outer folds, and Fossilized Amber DOX for the center.

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On this side, only Fossilized Amber was used for the top portion.


I added a TH Mini Globe for interest.  I cut it out of lightweight chipboard and used Vintage Photo and Pumice Stone Distress EP, then added a little bit of Viva Precious Metal Colour in Olive.  Next, I cut out a round shape for water underneath.  I used Broken China Distress EP, then added some acrylic paints:  Prima/Finnabair Metalliques in Deep Water and Rich Turquoise.  I also added a little bit of white acrylic paint.  I spritzed with water to move the colors around a bit.


Washi tapes were added to all but the center folds, and on the front side, wooden apples were added to each panel.  These are from the Prima School Memories Wood Icons collection.  I painted them last year for my project and didn’t use them, but I remember using red distress inks.  I had also added red foil to one of them, but I left the other 2 as is.  The stars added are from a previous project.  My ribbon was in my stash.


My doll stamp is Julie Nutting’s “Riley”.  I colored her skin with Copics:  E00, E11 and E93.  Her outfit was made from scraps, and I added Glossy Accents to her shoes (you can’t tell from the photos).  Originally, I gave her brown hair but that was too boring, so changed it to blue.


I think I’ve covered everything – sorry for the long post.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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About Marty Fishman

Hi, I'm Marty! I love paper crafting, especially making favorites are Christmas cards. I am blessed to have a wonderful family: my husband of over 32 years, my son and daughter, and three fur babies (a cat and 2 dogs). View all posts by Marty Fishman

9 responses to “Student Planner

  • Kath

    A really lovely creation, great design, image and papers.
    Thank you for joining our ‘Use 2 or more DP’s this week at Allsorts.

    Kath x


  • Sybrina K

    Marty, This is fabulous…. maybe my favorite of all your W2CB creations… but I’m glad I don’t have to choose! I always love it when one of us makes a non-card project. Thanks so much for hosting this month at Words 2 Craft By. 🙂


  • Esther

    What an awesome tag holder! I love all the wonderful details you’ve included and that gorgeous Prima doll!! Congrats on being Top Pick for last months Cropstop link up – this would be perfect to link up this month!


  • sewpaperpaint

    Marty, you have taken this concept over the top with your amazing attention to detail! Thanks so much for the mention. I love how you’ve taken the idea and made it your own. The double pockets are so cool. Your tags are amazing and you always use JN dolls so well. I can tell that they are a favorite. I think my girls would have loved something like this when they were little! And they would have written all their big plans inside. How sweet! Big hugs, Autumn


  • Chris Franco

    So much work and thought went into this – and it shows! Congrats on making Top 3 over at my heARTful stamping challenge last week 🙂


  • Susie Bentz

    Oh my goodness but this is wonderful! Love tags, love JN, love your style! Thanks for playing along with us over at Quick Quotes!


  • Iwona

    I love it! Stunning project with great paper piecing. Thank you very much for joining us at Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenges this month.
    Hugs, Iwona


  • Sara Emily Barker

    Marty, I adore this mini album and each of the tags! what a fabulous idea for a young student. And no need to apologize for a long post (short by my standards! Ha!), because I love seeing all your details up close and learning how you think creatively. What a wonderful project; I think I may just have to get moving and make one. Sending hugs! PS sorry to be late, but better late than never! 🙂


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