diy stampin’ up planner cover

Planner Nerd…

I’m a total planner nerd, so as soon as I saw that Stampin’ Up was coming out with their Love Today Planner Kit, I just HAD to have it.  I was prepared to like it, and use it, but WOW. I LOVE this thing!  I’ve had an old-school Day Runner, a couple of knock-offs, plenty of my own various notebooks… and most recently, a Filofax, an Erin Condren Life Planner, and a DIY bullet journal.  They all have their pros and cons – and yes, so does this one.  However, paper quality is really important to me, and this has, to date, my favorite paper.  None of my favorite pens or markers bleed through – at all!  It’s a dream for stamping in.  And it’s just so darn pretty!

My One Issue:

I plan to do more planner posts, as I play around and personalize mine more.   I didn’t want to wait on this one tip, though.  Once I realized that I was going to want to take this baby everywhere, I became concerned about the cover.  It’s very solid, and the little metal corner protectors are nice.   I think it will last.  I just don’t think it will look as pretty after a few months of heavy use.  So…I had a few different ideas, and I’ve seen a couple of them bounced around.  In the end, I decided that I didn’t want to cover up the beautiful blue and gold design, and  I wasn’t ready to risk doing anything permanent.  I have, over the years, made lots of various book covers… but never a CLEAR one.  There’s a first time for everything, though.  🙂

My Solution:

After some experimentation, I ended up using just the following supplies:  two C-Line Shop Ticket Holders, some Artist Tape, and a pair of scissors.  Oh, and a Sharpie.  Many paper-crafters (myself included) use these shop/job ticket holders for storing and protecting our 8-1/2 x 11 cardstock.  Note that the Avery Job Ticket Holders should work fine for this, as well – I just have spares of the C-Line ones on hand.  And I imagine that there are lots of various adhesives that would work as well – I just knew that this was a strong, heavy-duty tape that’s easy to work with.

How To:

At some point in the future, I may try to do a video tutorial for this, but honestly, it was mostly just a matter of messing around until I had something that would work.  I ended up cutting down from the top, along each side, until the sleeve was about 7-1/2″ from the bottom of the cut line, to the bottom of the sleeve.  Using a bone folder, I folded over the extra plastic.  I could cut it off, but for now, I’m leaving most of the plastic there, with a tentative plan to create some sort of pocket. I did this with both of the ticket holders, and slipped one on the front of the cover, and one on the back.  The “seam” is intact from the outside.  The cut-line is along the inside of the sleeve, with the folded-over piece on the inside of the planner.

Here’s the inside of the front cover:

Stampin' Up planner with DIY cover, made by Kitty Smith, at bashfulcat.com

Yes, it’s a little bit big, and a little bit loose – but I think that’s going to be a plus in the long run.  Here’s the back cover from the inside:

On the back piece, I ended up cutting off a bit more of the sleeve, on the top and on the folded part, to get a better fit.  I knew I was going to have to do “something” to hold it together, and I wanted to try and disguise that as much as possible.  In the end, I put the area where the two sleeves meet on the back of the planner.  One strip of heavy-duty tape seems to be enough to hold it together.  While I’d actually like to do something a bit more decorative in the future, for the time-being, I just colored the white tape with a metallic gold Sharpie pen.  It’s not perfect, but it looks much better than the white did.  Here’s how the back cover looks:Stampin' Up planner with DIY cover by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

Gottcha Covered

And here’s the finished project:Stampin' Up planner with DIY cover by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

Is it perfect?  No… but for a quick, cheap “something” to protect my precious planner, I’m pretty happy with it. 🙂  I’ll share more planner thoughts and ideas in future posts.  For now, I just wanted to get this out there, since I know other planners had the same concern.  If you’re one of them, and you find a better way to protect your planner, will you let me know?  I’m always eager for new ideas.

Do you have this planner?  What have you done to customize it?  (By the way, those “first and last” pages you see in the above shots?  Those are my own home-made dividers, cut from Stampin’ Up paper, and then laminated.)  Thanks so much for stopping by, and Happy Planning!