video tutorial! diy cover for the love today planner

Love Today Planner

Hello fellow paper peeps!  So, I’ve already shared just how much I love my new Love Today Planner by Stampin’ Up!  This thing is awesome!  And I’ve already told y’all how I made my own protective plastic cover for it (see here for previous post).  Well, due to popular demand (okay, maybe it was just one person, LOL), I have recorded a video tutorial for you, so you, too, can make an awesome cover for your planner.  🙂

Video Tutorial:


All I used to make this cover was two job ticket holders, scissors and tape, and a ruler & pen.   I’ll link to some similar products below, but I encourage you to use what you have.  I’ve been using shop ticket holders from C-Line to store my 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock, and I’m really happy with them, but I have a few of the Avery Elle ones that others have recommended, and they would work, too.  For adhesive, I used this old “book binding tape” that I got years ago as part of a kit.  I’m linking to some “artist tape”, which appears to be the same stuff, but honestly, I would use what you have.

The video shows how I put this together, but basically, I just trimmed two ticket holders so that they fit over the cover, and taped them together.  I was able to put the tape along the back, so the front side is nice and clean, and then, for the example in the video, I added a strip of matching blue cardstock over the tape, so it doesn’t stand out like the white tape did.  However, you could totally use this as an opportunity to embellish.  I wanted my actual planner cover to show through, but perhaps you’d rather go to town with different decorations.

The first ticket holder, for the front of the planner, I measured from the top of the opening, and cut down 4-1/4″ on each side.  Then I folded over and scored the flap.  (Long-term, I plan to turn this isn’t a pocket, but I’m still coming up with the best way to adhere it down.)  Then I cut and removed the top edge with the hole.

On the second ticket holder, for the back of the planner, I measured from the top of the opening, and cut down 5-3/4″ on each side.  Then, from the very top of the sleeve, I completely cut off and removed 4-1/4″ inches.  Yes, I could have cut that part off first, and then cut down the sides.  And note that these measurements do not have to be exact, particularly if you use a different brand of job ticket holders.  I originally started with two full sleeves, and just experimented, until I was happy with the fit.  (Remember, though:  it’s easier to cut more than it is to cut “less”, LOL.)

Once both pieces were cut, I put them on the planner, and taped them together.  Voila, protective plastic cover.  🙂  Here’s a look at the finished front:


There are a few things I learned (the hard way, of course, LOL).

Do not use regular page protectors – you need something thicker and heavier.

If you’re going to decorate the actual cover of your planner, do that before you make this protective cover.  You could just decorate the protective cover, but I’m not sure how long things like stickers would last on it.  (That’s one of the advantages of having this DIY cover – it will protect your embellishments.)

I’m certain that there are many different products you could use to adhere the two pieces together.  However, you may want to stick to something that isn’t too permanent.  I was able to remove this tape, and put it back with zero damage to my DIY cover.

Now that I’ve had this on my planner for a couple of weeks, I can confidently say that it holds up pretty darn well.  Mine still looks absolutely perfect.  🙂

Do you have the new Love Today Planner?  What have you done to fix yours up?  I would love to see it!  If you have any questions, about this or any of my posts, or anything paper or planners or Stampin’ Up!, just send me a note.  Thank you so much for stopping by, and Happy Planning!

Supplies used (with affiliate links, where available.  See full disclosure here):

Stampin’ Up! Love Today Planner
Stampin’ Up! Paper Snip

Night of Navy Cardstock
Snail Adhesive






new cover for my erin condren

Kitty's new ECLP coverI’m just so excited that I have to share.  Yes, this is another planner-related post.  I can’t help it – I’m just so crazy about my new Erin Condren LifePlanner!

A couple of months ago, Erin Condren had a coloring contest, to celebrate the release of their new Coloring and Sketch Pad.  To enter, you were to print out the available PDF featuring a page from the coloring book, color it, photograph it, and post it.  I read the rules about five times, making sure there wasn’t any note about “only using white paper”, or “don’t color outside the lines”, etc.  There weren’t.  So I printed mine on Kraft paper, and went to town.

I had so much fun with this design!  I used Prismacolor pencils for all the color, and a white gel pen for some accents.  And I added some dots and bubbles to the background.  I was really happy with how it turned out, and I did enter it into the contest… and was chosen as one of the 10 winners!  Woohoo!  I wasted no time in using my gift certificate towards the purchase of my first LifePlanner.  I ordered the “ready to ship, order your custom cover later” version, because I knew that it would take forever for me to decide on a cover.  I really love all of Erin Condren’s designs.

After I received my planner, I couldn’t help thinking that wouldn’t it be fun if I could use my coloring contest page as my cover?  Of course, the site required that you have the rights to anything you use on your cover.  You can’t take a photo of someone else’s artwork and use it for yourself, which is totally understandable.  And I obviously didn’t own the rights to this design… but Erin Condren did… so I asked… and they said YES!  I love love love how it turned out!

If you don’t yet have your own Erin Condren LifePlanner (and awesome accessories!), you can get $10.00 off your first order, if you use my link to sign up.  (And I get a little something, too!  I hope to someday turn those rewards into prizes for my blog readers.)  So keep coloring, friends.  You never know what rewards you might reap.  🙂

Happy coloring, happy planning, and thanks for stopping by!

erin condren lifeplanner love

Kitty's ECLP coverYes, it’s true, I have joined the Erin Condren LifePlanner bandwagon.  I know, I know… how many planners does one person really need?  What can I say?  These are just the most fun, colorful, upbeat, happy planners out there!  And I had a gift certificate to cover the cost… well, most of the cost… okay, okay, it covered part of the cost.  What was I supposed to do?  I couldn’t very well ignore the gift certificate, LOL.

So, no card to share today, but I know I’m not the only crafty person who likes planners.  And this planner is going to help me get organized so I can make more cards and blog posts and videos.  (Yes, the last three planners were supposed to do the same thing, but this one’s different.  Really!)  😉

Of course, like all good crafters, I had to embellish this a bit.  I’m afraid I don’t have a ton of fancy washi-taped and stickered pages to show you (yet… let me know if you’d like to see those in the future), but I do have my own take on a to-do list for the Erin Condren LifePlanner.

So, I also have the new, totally awesome Erin Condren Coloring Book & Sketch Pad.  I just love these playful designs!  The book has a bunch of coloring pages, and then these cool, graph paper sheets with smaller versions of the designs on them.  And you get two of each design and sketch paper.

Kitty's ECLP 1I got this idea to use some of these pages inside my new LifePlanner.  One of the things I had done with my Filofax, which worked pretty well, is to create a To-Do List that has all the things I do (or try to do) every single day.  I laminated it, so I could use it over and over.  I decided to take a couple of matching sheets from the coloring book, and do the same thing for my planner.

I took my new favorite pens, wrote out my list with little check-off boxes, and colored the designs on the side.

Kitty's ECLP 2(Sorry for the post-it notes, but I don’t think y’all need to see everything I do every day, LOL.) I did have to trim the page a little bit to make it fit the planner, but I was able to save most of the design on the one side, at least.  I made two identical lists because I wanted to be able to use it from either side.  You’ll see what I mean in a moment here.

So, I glued these two sheets back-to-back, and ran them through my laminator.  (I waited a LONG time to buy that baby, thinking it a was too much of an extravagance for something I’d hardly use.  I was so wrong – I’ve found tons of uses for it!  And I got it on sale.)

Kitty's ECLP 3Now, I wanted to actually be able to attach this into my LifePlanner, so I used a page I didn’t need from the planner as a template (you could use the removable cover) and took a dry-erase marker to mark where I needed the holes to go.

Kitty's ECLP 4I trimmed off the excess lamination and punched out all the holes with a 1/8″ hole punch.  Then I used scissors to cut a notch in each one of the holes.

Kitty's ECLP 5Kitty's ECLP 6Just line up the holes and push it onto the coils, and voila – a reusable To-Do List!  (By the way, the dry-erase markers seem to rub right off with a paper towel or rag.  Some people use slightly more permanent markers and wipe them off with alcohol swabs.  I may switch to that if I find the ink transferring to other pages.)  I wanted this list to sit out on my desk where I couldn’t miss it.  I use a dry-erase pen to check off the items as I complete them, and then just wipe it off each night to start fresh the next morning.  With this set-up, I can have the daily list right beside my weekly layout.

And remember how I made this two-sided?  All I have to do between Wednesday and Thursday is flip the page, and I’m ready to go for the remainder of the week!

Kitty's ECLP 7Now, there are lots of tutorials on the Net for making your own removable covers for the Erin Condren LifePlanner.  This is just sort of a variation of that.  By the way, while this method works just fine, I think that laminating it and using the Erin Condren coil clips would work even better.  This was just more economical (and quick, since I don’t have any extra coil clips at the moment).

And speaking of those covers… I’m thinking about using one of those more elaborate designs from the Erin Condren Coloring & Sketch Book to make my own new cover.  What do you think?  Oh, and if you don’t yet have your own Erin Condren LifePlanner, you can use this link to get a $10.00 discount on your first order.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and happy planning!

Supplies featured (some affiliate links used – see full disclosure here.):

And for those who are curious, most of the unusual stickers and sticky notes that I haven’t linked to were purchased at Mitsukoshi, the incredible mega-store in Epcot’s Japan pavilion… but there are plenty of other sources.  The washi-tape is Queen and Company.