I got this cute image from the My Besties Shop, as a design team image (provided to me free to play with) and honestly, I couldn’t decide what to make with it. You can see the design team challenge blog HERE, including entering to win prizes with your own crafts, and seeing what others have done with this same image.
The image is super cute but I didn’t really need any cards, and the image I printed and colored was a bit big (but beautiful!) So I just sort of had this hand-colored image sitting there, waiting for me to figure out what the heck to actually use it for. I wanted something I’d see more than just a card, and I didn’t need another notebook cover or mini legal pad cover (that was my other main thought before this one) Suddenly I knew! I decided to make a planner dashboard!
The exact image is the Phoenix and Ella Urban Bestie Doll 1, available HERE for $4. It’s a very detailed image that is fun to color in!
It was quite simple, I took some fun scraps of paper from my “glue this to stuff” bin and kept it fairly simple. I wanted to be able to use it anywhere in my planner, at any time, so I didn’t want any words that might make it too specific or seasonal. I just glued the papers down onto a piece of composition notebook paper as a background. The back of the page is just various scrap papers, including a torn-out book page.
(The paper was because I had several notebooks with just 1-2 pages used and I tore them out to reuse them as new, and when you tear them of course the back of the signature falls out. So I have a stack of brand new but torn from a notebook pages. Super fun for mixed media stuff!)
Then I sent the whole page through my laminator machine, trimmed it down and rounded the corners, hole punched it to fit, and wah-lah! A fun dashboard! Now I can see the fun image more often than I would if I had chosen another project!
Mine is made for a disc-bound binder, BUT you can do these for traveler’s notebooks too! Just do a larger sheet, and fold it in half. The plastic may need some persuasion to stay in shape but it is doable!
I hope you enjoy this quick project and that it encourages you to make some things too! Don’t forget to chat with me in the comments below! I love to hear from you.