The Making of Midori Dashboards (with stamps)

Hi everyone! 
It’s Saturday again, i.e. blogging day. As my exams drew closer, my weeks gets more and more chaotic, and my knitting more frantic. I am still solidly in my sock knitting phase, which means lesser time for my other crafts, like lettering or watercoloring. But just last week, I saw a very nice dashboard in a Filofax planner decorated with stamps. I knew I had to do something similar, so here they are. 
I apologise for the lousy photos. It has been raining for 2 days consecutively and I couldn’t get any natural lighting at all! Plus the weather is miserable and it just makes me want to hug Penelope and laze in bed all day. 
I made four dashboards. This is one side of them. 
I have made a lot of dashboards for my midori/ fauxdori. Usually I cut them to size, corner punch them, and bind them with clear tape. But this time, it took extra time to do the stamping and all the coloring. Five hours in total! 

The other side of the dashboards. 
I used Bitty Bungalows by Paper Smooches, Little Edibles by Mama Elephant, Baah Humbug by Lawn Fawn and Iconic by Studio L2e. Stamped with Memento Black Ink and coloured with Derwent Inktense color pencils and a water brush. 

I’m really loving the ME and Lawn Fawn stamps. Aren’t these fruits cute?
 Unfortunately, there are a few mistakes with my dashboards. 
First of all, my measurements are way off. I chose to size my dashboards at 20.5cm and 10.5cm but I cut the new dashboards at 7cm width! So I taped them further apart with the tape. I don’t really mind, except it’s annoying because I should have been more careful!
Secondly, I initially wanted to use copic markers to color them in, but as copic users know, the paper will bleed through. So unless I want to put those papers together, back to back, I can’t use copic markers. However, the paper that I stamped my images on is not suitable for Inktense, which prefer water-colour paper. 
Thirdly, I shouldn’t have chosen that black and heart birdhouse for a stamp. I find it too much black on the dashboard and it doesn’t look as nice. I’d love to ink them all up in multicolour stamping inks. Perhaps next time!

A look at one of the dashboards in my midori. I love sticking post-its on the dashboards. The clear tape made it more durable, and much nicer. Of course, I’d have laminate it if I own a laminator! I have a clear film post-it in the photo above that I bought from Daiso. There’re always fun and handy things to be found in Daiso! 🙂
Thanks for letting me share with you my dashboards! Perhaps you’d feel inspired to handcraft your own dashboards! These are easily adaptable into different sizes, even an A3 size that you can hang on the wall and use as a noticeboard! 
Have a great weekend, 

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