DIY Pointillism Notebook

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Time: 30 minutes
Materials: sharpies, moleskin notebooks, pencil, stencil

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)One habit I’ve formed since becoming self-employed is making countless to-do lists. At the end of each day, I write down everything that needs to be done or that has an upcoming deadline. Not only does this keep me organized, but it also helps me clear my mind before wrapping up work for the day. Plus, there’s something so satisfying about being able to physically cross an item off a to-do list, don’t you think? When I saw these Neon Sharpies at Staples (hurry– they’re even on sale until August 24th while supplies last!), I knew I needed to give my plain notebook a makeover.

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)

 

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)Start by lightly tracing around your stencil onto the notebook. I was able to make a stencil by mocking up a design in photoshop then tracing it on a sheet of paper from the computer. After, I cut out the letters and taped them down. Of course there are much easier ways to do this, but if you don’t have a printer or stencils handy, this method works!

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)Remove your stencil and correct any mistakes. You’ll use these marks as a guide, so make sure they’re as clean as possible.

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)On the outside of your line, make a series of dots with every color. The line should almost appear solid. The further you move away from the initial line, the further apart your dots should be. Continue until satisfied.

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)Erase your initial pencil marks and you’re done!

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)And if pointillism isn’t your thing, you can achieve painterly brush strokes (like on the notebook underneath) using chisel tip sharpies, also available at Staples.

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)

 

I’d love to know, how do you stay organized?

 

 

  • http://www.homeyohmy.com/ Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    So so cute, and looks like it’d be a lot of fun to do! I have a notebook sized planner where I keep my “editorial calendar” (lots and lots of things crossed out and written over) and drawings/plans for projects. That’s pretty much it! I rely on the notepad in my phone a lot, too :P

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      Thanks Amy! I LOVE the notepad! It’s so great for writing down ideas when you’re away from home. I’ve switched to Google Calendar for my editorial calendar because it turns out that I change my mind a lot. Mine would be one scribbled mess :)

      • http://www.homeyohmy.com/ Amy @ Homey Oh My!

        I really, really should used Google Calendar and save myself millions of scribbles, but I always come back to wanting to write things by hand or being able to look at lists right in front of me. I’m so old-fashioned!

      • http://www.jadeandfern.com/ Marlene || Jade and Fern

        Ooo, what is this notepad app you’re talking about? I’m definitely an old-school list maker when at home, but it would be nice to not have to carry a notebook with me when I’m out and about.

        P.S. Rachel, this is soooooo cute!

  • http://littlekoo.wordpress.com/ Little Koo

    Lists lists and more lists! I mostly use colornote on my smartphone.

    I do love this dotty design, so much so that I recently did something very similar to decorate onsies on my own blog. Great minds! :)
    http://littlekoo.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/hand-decorated-initial-letter-babygros/

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      Gotta love lists! And I’ve never used colornote before, but I’ll be sure to check it out!

      I just saw your decorated onsies project and they are so stinkin’ cute! Thank you so much for sharing. You’re so right about great minds :)

      • http://littlekoo.wordpress.com/ Little Koo

        Thanks :)

  • http://www.paintthegownred.com/ Paint The Gown Red

    This DIY is a doodlers dream, and I love it! (confession: I’m a doodler)

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      Oh yay, that makes me so happy! You should totally share more of your doodles by the way :)

  • lauraimurray

    Gah! Another reason for me to buy another notebook! :) I’m old-school in my organising ways, I keep my filofax in my bag at all times! There’s just something about writing on paper!

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      Absolutely, there’s something about writing a task down that makes it feel more important and real. I love that you carry a filofax with you at all times! Glad I could give you another reason to buy a notebook :)

  • puck

    Oe, I really like this! I think there’s a chance I’ll do this to one of my blogging-journals in the future. My most beloved notebook is my bullet journal. It has a red cover and it’s very smooth, and I put some stickers on it. I use washitape on the inside of the journal, so I have a sort of “tabs”. Works fine for me as well!

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      Oh, I hope you do! Your current notebook sounds like it’s amazing. I love the idea of using washi tape to create tabs!

  • http://ilsetenhave.wordpress.com/ Ilse

    Oe, I really like this! I think there’s a chance I’ll do this to one of my blogging-journals in the future. My most beloved notebook is my bullet journal. It has a red cover and it’s very smooth, and I put some stickers on it. I use washitape on the inside of the journal, so I have a sort of “tabs”. Works fine for me as well!

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      Oh, I hope you do! Your current notebook sounds like it’s amazing. I love the idea of using washi tape to create tabs! Sounds colorful and fun :)

      • http://ilsetenhave.wordpress.com/ Ilse

        Haha, it is! Actually I should make a blogpost about it sometime. =)