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Documenting Life in Art: Mixed-Media Art Journal Planner

Hi all. Seth Apter back on the blog and I am a man with a plan. Make that planner. Late last year I decided that I was going to document my life in art for every day of 2017. I wanted to be able to look back at the year and have a record of the happenings in my creative life. While I do not have time to actually work in my journal daily, I have found time to document multiple days at a time and by the end of the year, I plan to have all 365 days covered in my journal.


To create my journal, I used my 3 Ring Binder. Measuring 7.25 x 9.25 inches, this sturdy, kraft-colored journal is the perfect size and was just waiting to be individualized mixed media style. Cue the paint, ink, stamps, stencils, die cuts, and rub-ons.

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I ran out of space after the first three months of the year and am now working on filling my second binder.

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The pages I am journaling on include the tabbed pages that come with the 3 ring binder as well as additional pages from the Binder Pages Refill Pack.

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In addition, I am cutting my own pages using my Change-A-Page Steel Rule Die set. This steel rule die set cuts up to 6 sheets of card stock at a time plus thicker materials such as fabric, cork, cardboard, felt, leather, craft metal and more. It also includes a movable window die and a tab die that you can choose to use and place in any position.

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And if you are a lover of tabs, you can make as many as you like using my Grab-A-Tab Steel Rule Die set.

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I have never before attempted to journal so frequently. While at times daunting, just seeing the pages and the binders fill up has been inspiring, encouraging and very satisfying.

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If you have thought about journaling but just haven’t found a way to start, take it from me — it is well worth the effort.

Spellbinders® Supplies:
Spellbinders® Platinum™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
SA-001 3 Ring Binder
SA-002 Binder Pages Refill Pack
SR-081 Change-A-Page Contour Steel Rules Dies
SR-082 Grab-A-Tab Contour Steel Rule Dies

Visit me on my blog and/or website to see more of my daily journaling all year long.

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Seth Apter

Seth Apter is a mixed media artist, instructor, author and designer from New York City. His artwork has been displayed in multiple exhibitions and can be found in numerous books and national magazines. He is the voice behind The Pulse, a series of international, collaborative projects that are the basis of his two books, The Pulse of Mixed Media and The Mixed-Media Artist. He has also produced two workshop DVDs: Easy Mixed Media Surface Techniques and Easy Mixed Media Techniques for the Art Journal.



  1. This is fab Seth. All the tiny details that make life BIG. And these pages, they speak volumes. Your fingerprints are all over these. As always, incredible artwork and great inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Mega thanks Debi. I have always believed it is all in the details.

      1. YES IT IS…

  2. Oh my , those covers…. those pages….the detail !!! This is something EXCEPTIONALLY SPECIAL! Seth. Your commitment and dedication to documenting your 365 is commendable and so inspiring . I’m in awe! Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring . x

    1. Thanks a million Amanda. I really appreciate your enthusiastic feedback!

  3. I keep looking at all the details showing on the pages and adore them Seth. It is such a pity that the page contour steel rule dies are so expensive ( over 30,00, so I have to pay taxes importing them to my country , also because UPS delivers them), otherwise I would buy them immediately. It is such good a concept with the moveable tabs and windows 🙂

    1. Thanks Cecile. I do wish everybody were able to have a set!

  4. Hi Seth, One question: how do you find the time? (ha ha) The details are amazing. I love the concept of journaling every day of the year. I had just made notes tonight in my Moleskine to make a Christmas art journal using file folders as pages in a 3 ring binder. When I saw your binder and pages I knew I had to get these. You are such an inspiration. Thank you. Cheers-Darlene

    1. Thanks Darlene. Love the idea of a Christmas art journal. Enjoy making it with the binders. And as far as the time — I cannot keep up with actually journaling every single day. But I do document every day, usually in bursts of 8 or 9 days at a time. I finally made it into August yesterday!

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