Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

Hello there, and welcome to my stop on the Spring Fling blog hop!

What is it about longer days and warmer weather that lifts our spirits and makes us feel like anything is possible? In my corner of the world, spring doesn’t last very long, and summer can be – well, let’s just leave it at “unpleasant.” But spring is my favorite time of year, and when I’m not outside enjoying it, I find myself wanting to get crafty.

I’m a recent convert to the idea of using a planner for fun and function, and since I discovered MAMBI’s Happy Planner, I’ve enjoyed coming up with new accessories for it. Today I’m sharing a mixed media cover set for the HP Mini.

Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

It was a lot of fun to make, and I’m in love with how it turned out. Included is a step-by-step tutorial for you to make your own, as well. Enjoy!

  1. Gather supplies

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    White cardstock, Perfect Medium embossing pen gelatos, cling wrap, water sprayer bottle, clear embossing ink, HP punch. (Not shown: laminator and laminating sheets)

  2. Draw your design

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Mandala design – I googled “hand drawn mandala” and took inspiration from some I saw in the search results.

  3. Emboss
    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Cover design completely with embossing powder, then shake off the excess.

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Design covered with embossing powder. Use a heat gun to melt the powder.

  4. Add media
    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    I used gelatos in spring-inspired colors: robin’s egg blue, sky blue, grass green, and daffodil yellow.

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Put the color medium of your choice onto a sheet of cling wrap, then spray water generously to get the color moving.

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    “Smash” the color onto the white cardstock. You may need to pick up the plastic and move it around to get the coverage you want.

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Your embossed design will show through the color.

  5. Add finishing touches
    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    I handwrote the phrase “Make it Happen” with the embossing pen, then covered it with gold embossing powder.

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Added some “zazzies” and heated the powder.

  6. Laminate
    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    For a Happy Planner mini, both covers should fit into one laminating sheet.

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Use a 4 mil laminating sheet for a really sturdy cover.

  7. Trim and punch
    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    After trimming away the excess laminate, use a page from your Happy Planner to line up where holes should be punched. Use a grease pencil or marker to mark placement.

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Turn the punch upside down to see where the holes should align. Make sure the edge of the cover is inserted all the way into the punch before punching.

     

  8. Bind
    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Use your favorite discs to bind your covers and your Happy Planner pages together.

     

     

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little spring planner tutorial. If you’d like to be among the first to know when I post more content like this, be sure to subscribe to the Kreative Updates email list. You’ll get this cool printable freebie when you do!

Free printable journaling cards

And to continue the blog hop, scoot on over to my friend Beth’s blog, Scrapping Wonders, for more mixed media fun, this time in a traveler’s notebook! Beth’s post

Or catch the whole thing:

Karen Fitting: Think Spring http://wp.me/pdovL-qG
Lisa Harris: Mixed Media Spring Planner Cover: http://mykreativepursuits.com/mixed-media-planner-cover/
Beth Soler: Mixed Media Travelers Notebook http://wp.me/p2E66M-2XQ
Kristie Sloan: Spring – Word Tags for all Seasons, home decor http://kristiesloan.com/spring-word-tags-for-all-seasons/

 

Have you ever found yourself in a total scrapbooking rut? Thought about maybe giving up on this hobby that you love and trading ‘er in for some BINGO daubers and a membership at the American Legion Hall? That’s what happened to me not so very long ago.

I started off 2015 strong, doing layout after layout in my own personal Scraps and Stash challenge. During that time I put a serious dent into my stash. And, as it turned out, into my motivation, too. I simply burned out. Kaput. Zip. Zilch. Nada. And so I took a long break. Toyed with the idea of boxing it all up and donating it to the nursing home, dusting my hands off, and moving on.

But there’s just something about the smell of shiny new patterned paper. And the way paints and stains can tint your fingers the most gorgeous of shades. So I resisted the urge, and I decided just to play. Play with all those pretty papers. Play with all those inks, stains, and paints. And you know what? I started having the time of my life. And I opened my mind to other kinds of creating. Like planning. And Bible journaling. And listing. Ah, yes, listing.

Perhaps you’ve heard of it. Challenges like “30 Days of Lists.” Classes about using lists as journaling in our scrapbooks. But my favorite of all is the totally FREE, totally FAB Listers Gotta List Challenge hosted by Cori “The Reset Girl.” I’m a newcomer to all this, but there is so much about Cori that resonates with me, and I adore the way she organizes the challenges. They’re fun and inspiring and, best of all, SIMPLE. Want to do a few lists from the whole month’s prompts? Fine. Want to jump on a month and sit out the next? Fine. You can make listing whatever you want it to be for you. And best of all, there’s a supportive, caring community just waiting to welcome you however you choose to participate.

So how am I incorporating listing into my memory keeping process? It’s really not much of a leap at all. I’m using all the same products from my stash. In fact, I’ve gotten to use some things already that might never have found their way onto a scrapbook page. My lists are contained in this funky, eclectic ledger-style notebook I made myself, and at the end of the month, I can envision disassembling it and sticking some of the list pages down with appropriate photos to create actual layouts that tell a cohesive story.

 

Wish I knew how to rotate iPhone photos for my blog!

Wish I knew how to rotate iPhone photos for my blog!

Isn’t that fun?  Check out my process video to see how the notebook cover came together:

And here’s just a handful of the lists I’ve done for January:

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Not all the lists are so “me-centric.” I joined at the first of January, when the central theme was goal setting, personal reflection, and the like. But you can look back at previous months’ lists on Cori’s website and see that there is a variety of topics to choose from. As for these, I can envision them being used on pages or as inserts between pages in an “About Me” album or mini. And the journaling will have been done already, in an easy, fun, and painless way.

So, hopefully I’ve convinced you to give list challenges a try. It’s super easy to get started. Just visit the Listers Gotta List website and sign up to receive the monthly list email. Then decide how you’ll keep your lists – in a notebook similar to mine, on a set of notecards, on Project Life cards, or whatever floats your boat. Then when the prompts come in, start listing. And I’d absolutely love it if you’d share your lists in the Listers Facebook page or on Instagram with the hashtag #listersgottalist. You can follow me there @KwiteKreative.

Now I’ll send you along to my creative friend Alice’s Make it Monday post. Today Alice is pondering the question “Do your kids have YOUR bad habits?” Uh-oh. Sounds intriguing! Check it out at Scrapbook Wonderland.

See you soon!