July 17, 2017

DIY Happy Planner Cover

If you have a Happy Planner, you most likely chose your planner solely for the cover design alone. The design team at MAMBI has some A1 planner designs going on. With normal use, wear and tear does happen which gives you the perfect opportunity to get your crafting on. As a lover of all things DIY, I decided to make my own cover instead of buying a new one and let me tell you, it was the easiest thing ever!

Today I'll be showing you how I created my own Happy Planner cover. The same steps can be applied to your mini or big Happy Planners as well. It isn't a one size fits all kind of deal. My favorite part was picking out the scrapbook paper. My local Michael's has a HUMONGOUS selection and I went to town. As soon as I saw this gorgeous marble I knew I just had to have it. I even picked up extras for future planner covers. Get ready for Halloween covers!

I started out by mapping my design. I knew I wanted a marbled back and front cover. From there I chose two glitter papers. Unfortunately I somehow picked up two of a different pattern, one had larger glitter pieces than the other, and swapped it out for a beautiful rose gold with similar glitter sizes from my arsenal instead. I mapped them to size, 7.75 X 9.75 inches, and cut them out using a paper trimmer. You can use scissors if you'd like, but TBH, my hand isn't that steady. I grouped one piece of marble paper with one glitter paper and glued them together with an Elmer's glue stick. I found a Hustlin' sticker from a MAMBI sticker pack and added a gold heart sticker next to it. Round out the corners to match the typical HP cover style and it's ready for the laminator. I did find that little pieces of glitter transferred to the front page, so be mindful of that before you laminate the page.

After lamination, I trimmed down the excess plastic and marked off where the holes should be. Due to the thickness of the cardstock, scrapbook paper and two layers of laminating paper, my little MAMBI hole punch just couldn't punch through. If you have a heavy duty ARC punch, it would work instead. I took a hand held hole punch and punched out 9 holes then used a pair of scissors to cut slits through. After that, you are good to go.

Depending on the thickness of your laminating sheets, your covers should last you for awhile. If you're using the cover every day for a year, expect normal wear and tear.

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