Thursday, August 30, 2018

What was old is new again - Bullet Journal/Planner Cover Makeover - with Cheetarah

Hi everyone, it's Cheetarah here and I'm excited to be back on the blog to share a project I made under a new segment which is called "What is old is new again" in which the StencilGirl® Creative Team is asked to pick something up at their local thrift/ second-hand store and give it a new life.

I went to Het Warenhuis which is a thrift store where I live in Leiden, the Netherlands and browsed around when I found something that caught my eye... A discarded notebook cover what was probably used for IT-work segment course. Lately, I am slightly obsessed with notebook covers, I have a variety of those already, but saw real potential to turn this into a jazzed up cover for my Leuchtturm A5 planner. And So I bought it for 50cents(!) and went to work. 

So as you can see the cover went through quite a transformation!
I've filmed the process for you which you can see below: 

I really enjoyed giving this quite boring cover such a successful make-over.
Here are some close-up shots of the cover in use:

It currently holds my Emerald Leuchturm A 5 notebook / daily planner.

I added a transparent folder in the back for loose items and you can see the Einstein quote quite nicely through it. Also I thought it was fun to add this quote as it was a cover specifically for learning/work but now it's transformed to hold my thoughts and idea's which come forth out of my imagination :)

The front and the back of the cover, the swirl patters cane through so nicely with the help of Finnabair Opal Magic paints! And I love the depth the translucent Mettalique paints provided.

This statement on the inside pocket is such a powerful one and it reminds me to be present for all things I am doing and planning to in my life with the help of organizing it in my bullet journal& planner.

The StencilGirl® stencils I used are:

Diamond Dance  Stencil by Terri Stegmiller

Pen and Ink Stencil by Lesley Riley

uplifting words stencil carolyn dube

Uplifting Words by Carolyn Dube

Borderlines - StencilClub
Other products used: DecoArt Media black Gesso & Modeling Paste & Velvet Touch Sealer, Finnabair Opal Magic Paints in rose gold, violet gold, aqua rose, violet aqua, teal rose and green gold, Metalliques in Midnight Sky and Mermaid Teal, Jane Davenport Paint over pen, Permanent black fine liner, a mini foam roller, make up sponge, double sided tape and clear pocket from Avery.

Hope this inspired you to give your notebook cover a new look with the help of awesome StencilGirl® Stencils! Thanks so much for stopping and have an awesome day!


  1. I see that the first stencil used is my 6" x 6" Marbles 6. Thanks for choosing it among the other StencilGirl stencils! May I have your permission to share this video and a photo or two of yours, on my blog? -- giving full credit to you, of course! If you would first like to check out my blog, here it is --

    1. Hi Cecelia, absolutely, share away :) I absolutely loved working with your stencil on this project :) xo Cheetarah


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