December 16, 2017

12 Days of Christmas: DIY Christmas Planner Cover

It's almost Christmas, baby! I've been bit by the Christmas bug quite early this year. Your girl has been jamming out to Christmas music and buying decorations before Thanksgiving. Be-fore, y'all. Who am I?
First things first is to Christmahfy my Happy Planner. As I shared in a previous video, creating planner covers are really easy and take about 30 minutes tops. Also, I just purchased my 2018 Happy Planner so I will definitely share that in a blog very soon.

Products Needed

  • Scrapbooking paper in various colors and textures
  • A laminator 
  • Laminating sheets
  • Glue stick

  • A hole punch or disc hole punch 
  • Scissors 
  • Edge rounder
  • White watercolor paint

Let's Do This

Grab two red and two black pieces of scrapbook paper and cut them into 9.7 x 7.7 inch rectangles. I'm cutting them for the classic HP, but trim yours to fit your Erin Condren or Big and Mini HPs. I used a paper trimmer because it makes life so much easier. Punched one sheet using the Happy Planner hole punch and use it as a guide for the rest of your pieces. This ensures that the holes are positioned correctly on the remaining pieces. Glue the trimmed red and black sheet of paper together using a glue stick.

Next, cut out four circles out of various scrapbook paper. I used glitter, foil and stripped paper for my design. The foil ended getting steamy in the laminator so I wouldn't use it for future DIYs. Arrange the circles on the front cover and glue down using a glue stick. Round the outer corners of both covers using an edge rounder for a neater look. Next take white watercolor to draw on the ribbons of each ornament and add 'Merry Christmas' or another Christmas quote to the bottom of the cover.

Allow to dry for 15 to 20 minutes before inserting into your laminating pouches. I used 3mil pouches but would recommend 5mil or even 10mil for more stability. I ran my covers through once and then used scissors trim the excess plastic and holes.

If you have an Erin Condren or another spiral planner, a DIY planner is still achievable. All you'll need to do is mark where you should place your holes and use a hand held hole punch and scissors so you can snap the cover on. 

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