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un(fold): to happen as time passes

So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 The Message)

I love how a journey unfolds. You open your map. You plan your destination, make your reservations and then look forward to the day of departure. The day arrives with much expectation and even a little uncertainty of how the trip will turn out.

Today, I planned to link up with Random Journal Day, so I was wondering how to weave my un(Lent) adventure with Dawn and Susie’s monthly journey into our journals.

One way I keep track of my life is with a planner. And I thought that I would feature my planner this month for the link-up. This little side trip fits right in with my word for today: unfold.

A calendar/planner is a great way to watch how the year unfolds. I have been on a hunt for a long time for a planner that also doubles as a journal. With my new found love for mixed-media art in my journals, I was really excited when I heard about The Documented Life Project.

I had some extra time yesterday to catch up with the project. I was impressed with their cool planner/journal/sketchbooks. But I had one unplanned problem, I didn’t have a Moleskine planner like theirs. I almost jumped in the car to go buy one, when my word for the year (use) whispered in my ear, “Use what you have!”

I have a planner* for July 2013-June 2014. I was a little disappointed that I’d only be able to use it through June. I really wanted to have one for the rest of 2014. One of the features of the one online was fold-out pages attached to the existing calendar pages. Aha! I could “add” pages to my planner with fun paper and washi tape.

So I added pages for July through December for my month at a glance, and had enough other pages for week at a glance in a two-page spread format. Here’s the results:

The month pages added in…


Close-up of the month tabs.


Two page spread for week at a glance…


unfolds to give more space for journaling and art! (I cut a piece of watercolor paper to the dimensions of the planner, then taped it to the existing page with decorative washi tape.)


The taped in pages create a colorful edge!


Decided I had to decorate the cover, too!


So as the year unfolds with unexpected joys and bends in the road, I have a really inviting place to document life!

*I bought the blank planner at Office Depot, it’s a Foray (6×8 bound version) Academic Planner. You can use any planner that you have 🙂

10 responses to “un(fold): to happen as time passes”

  1. Haha! I almost featured my planner! But, decided to save it for my Makeover Monday series! LOve, and will read later. popping in to resolve some issues on the post!

  2. Yay this is so creative of you! Talk about using what you have! Brilliant and so satisfying I bet! Susie

    1. Thanks Susie! Yes, the creative part of it makes me want to USE my planner and keep track of God’s grace in my everyday life

  3. I love your painted pages–so pretty! My hubby finally saw my stash of Washi tape yesterday (gulp!) He is utterly befuddled–haha (thank goodness he loves me! LOL!)

    1. Dawn, I newly discovered Washi Tape and LOVE it! lol

    2. Thanks Dawn! Yes thank God our husbands love us even if they don’t “get” our creative pursuits…

  4. Well, here I am again, Kel! Your post here was still up on my computer from last night! I had some troble linking my own post via my Tablet and got tired and frustrated so headed to bed without finishing my journal entry visits. Now I am fresh and ready to engage our community! lol. I LOVE your planner, and I have to say, we are on the same page with trying to find/create a planner/journal combination…I have not been able to yet, create nor find the ONE. I have to use a few. But I will check out the Documented Life site. However I am not a Moleskin fan…there are a number of books that are more reasonably priced that are just as well made. I am also on the same page of using what I have! Although I confess to buying stickers and washi tape the past two weeks…both for my planner and journal journey. So lame, yet there you have it. I have to get back to my use what you have mode…Love that we are in sync! Art Date soon!

    1. I look forward to reading about your planner…as I recall you have a pretty creative way of using yours, too…while I use what I have…I still enjoy getting new things, too…keeps the creativity flowing!

  5. Wow, this is gorgeous. My mom liked kind of journal: a planner/ journal in one. She used it far less creatively than you but she was always on the hunt for them. She liked knowing her calendar and her thoughts all at once when she looked back. Oddly, it’s exactly the opposite of my goal in keeping a journal. I don’t care about the specifics. I care only about the internals of life. But you seem to have married them in such a fashion that I’m rethinking the idea. Thank you.

    1. Carolyn- I love adding color and even collage to my regular journal. I am hoping this planner/journal will house the highlights of my week…I still like plain old written journaling to process the internals of life, too…I hope you try some art journaling or collage just for fun!

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Hi! My name is Kel Rohlf. I am an intuitive mixed-media artist, creative writer and performer. Life is a performance. I often attend.


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