Speaking of stress, I still need to file my taxes. I use Turbo Tax, so it's a pretty easy process, but it requires a good bit of time and math. Which is not my favorite subject. However, I've developed a system to keep my 2013 taxes as painless as possible; I started keeping track of *professional things* in a planner You know, gas mileage, audition dates, how much money I spend on headshots, etc. Last month, I went to Barnes & Noble to get one. There were none left.
No, that's not quite true - this was left:
And while I'm not a Mom (let alone a Do it All Mom), I really needed a planner...and this one was on sale for seven bucks...and I had a 15%-off coupon...
So I bought the Do-it-All Mom planner. Uugh.
I've been using it like a good little actress (doing my taxes is gonna be SO easy next year), but I'm offended by its general ugliness. So I grabbed some wrapping paper from World Market, a bottle of Mod Podge, a paintbrush, and my own destiny.
|And the McDonald's tray|
But first I had to cut off that elastic band.
I wish I could've kept it, but it would have made this recovering process WAY more complicated, and I just didn't have the patience.
As it was, this project was CRAZY easy. I laid the book on the paper and measured how much I needed.
Then I covered all the paper with Mod Podge (the only legitimate crafting glue).
I smoothed-out the paper all over the binding. I was a little worried about the edges - they looked loose when I first glued them down. But they dried perfectly.
Lastly, I covered the outside in Mod Podge to protect it against damage. The saddest thing would be tearing my pretty new cover.
I balanced it up on its end to dry, and left it alone for four-ish hours.
Voila! A beautiful planner for my actor things!
I really enjoyed this project - it makes me want to recover more ugly books. I may buy a few sad journals at the Dollar Store and make them over.