Ever wonder what to do with your abandoned planners and journals? I have a large variety of leftover notebooks and planners that I have filled and I just can’t bear to toss them out. In the spirit of recycling, I decided to see what else I could do with some of my discards that would be useful or fun.
This project falls into the fun genre. While I am sure it could be useful to someone somewhere, this was purely a project for art’s sake. I was inspired by paper lanterns and wanted to use the pages in the planner to create something something similar.
I chose to use a rainbow of colors, not because I like rainbows, but because I wanted to use my colors equally to make my markers last a bit longer. I colored each page with a single color and if I had used just a color or two, a few of the markers would have been spent.
The coloring process took a lot of time, and I was tired of it by the time I was finished. To keep the rainbow smooth, I had to pattern the colors repeatedly. I made a few mistakes in the beginning, but it was not a problem, there were plenty more pages. I simply cut out the pages I screwed up and moved on. Fewer pages would make the pages spread out more and show larger sections of color, so I was happy to do it.
After the coloring was finished, I moved on to creating the honeycomb by folding the corners of each page. The top corners were folded towards the front of the book, the bottom corners were folded towards the back. I applied adhesive to the folded corners, one page at a time and press it into the adjoining page and moved on to the next. I attached the outer pages in the same manner to the front and back cover.
At this point, the planner was a semicircle. I could have left it this way, or glued the cover together to form a honeycomb that is circular.
I imagine that you could create a really beautiful pinwheel by illustrating the pages with textures and following up with color. If your planner is filled with writing, this would make an interesting background and could be combined with a limited color palette with striking results. If you want remove some of the pages, the honeycombs would spread wider, showing more color and emphasizing the honeycomb.
So I have to ask, how would you use this? Would it be a party decoration, a home decor item or something more interesting. I would love to hear your comments.