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.
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!
- Gather supplies
White cardstock, Perfect Medium embossing pen gelatos, cling wrap, water sprayer bottle, clear embossing ink, HP punch. (Not shown: laminator and laminating sheets)
- Draw your design
Mandala design – I googled “hand drawn mandala” and took inspiration from some I saw in the search results.
Cover design completely with embossing powder, then shake off the excess.
Design covered with embossing powder. Use a heat gun to melt the powder.
- Add media
I used gelatos in spring-inspired colors: robin’s egg blue, sky blue, grass green, and daffodil yellow.
Put the color medium of your choice onto a sheet of cling wrap, then spray water generously to get the color moving.
“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.
Your embossed design will show through the color.
- Add finishing touches
I handwrote the phrase “Make it Happen” with the embossing pen, then covered it with gold embossing powder.
Added some “zazzies” and heated the powder.
For a Happy Planner mini, both covers should fit into one laminating sheet.
Use a 4 mil laminating sheet for a really sturdy cover.
- Trim and punch
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.
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.
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!
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
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