How to: On-the-Go Notebooks and Planners


Hello American Crafts Fans! Terhi Koskinen here again with some new and colorful ideas for you planners!

Sometimes, life makes it hard for us to be creative. For me, this includes traveling with my family and work, and even moving to a temporary apartment – yes, especially the last one! The usual room of craftiness has changed to a small suitcase of my favorite crafty supplies and that has taught me a great deal.


I have learned to love using watercolors and stickers. This time I took my favorite watercolor set and my favorite sticker books. I played around with my planner to create this vibrant spread.


Planners can be for upcoming days and events, but they may also serve another purpose. Planners can be for memory keeping as well! I like to mix these two. That way, in addition to calendar pages, I also have these notebooks to fill with anything. I can draw and paint on the go, write down my to-do lists and memories, as well as create these layouts-of-a-kind. And I can do all this without a large selection of crafty supplies.Watercolor_Journal_Studio-4

This spread was quick and easy to create on-the-go. I first added the photo and then with added the stickers. I noticed that even the thinnest stickers can be layered, both with simply sticking on top of each other and by adding other embellishments like die cuts, Thickers or puffy stickers.


The finishing touch and most satisfying part was the coloring. There is nothing to protect the thin journal pages beneath the stickers and watercoloring, so I needed to be very careful with the amount of water I used. Just a very small drop of mixed water and color spread around each sticker was enough. And I think the effect is worth doing!


Hopefully you have checked out all our new releases. I spy a variety of new items to add to your on-the-go crafty supplies. My most favorite is the Amy Tangerine Watercolor Kit, it includes everything I can imagine for watercoloring!

Go ahead and try out coloring your pages and other crafts to a new level! It’s so much fun!

Terhi xx


Products used: American Crafts – Journal Studio products: Journal Inserts – Dream (349446), Stickerbook (349362), Paper Clips – Dreams (349452), Ephemera – Good Vibes (349449), Mini Puffy Stickers – Good Vibes (349453). Stickerbook Inspirational Life (92966), Travel Watercolor Brush (320559), Watercolor Set Brights (376366), Head in The Clouds Dual Tip Pens (349474), New Day Beaded Tassels (349525), Sticky Thumb Foam Dimensional Dots (340272).