DIY: Planner Cover

Who else loves to see all the cute covers people have on their planners? I know I do! I went Etsy window shopping and with shipping those cover can cost a pretty penny! I’m sure they of the most excellent quality, but I’m trying to save money this month. I know I picked an awful time for a no-spend, with the holidays and all. So my solution was to DIY a cover. 

I’m not the crafty time, not because I don’t enjoy it, more like I know that if I start a project, there is an excellent chance I’m not going to finish it, and I don’t want that cluttering up my life. Which has resulted in me being really picky about which projects I take on. So this project had to be fun and easy, something I could get done in less than an hour, and turns out I loved what I made so much that I just have to share!

What you’ll need:

  • Adorable paper, clip art, photos; however your going to decorate your cover.
  • 1/8″ hole punch, I used this one (1/4″ also works)
  • Ruler
  • Expo Marker (any color)
  • Sizers
  • Tape
  • Laminator (or an office center that has lamination services)
  • Erin Condren Life Planner – Or planner of your choice, I’ll be using ECLP.

What you’ll do:

Measure, using a ruler, out the actual size of the cover deign. Not including the clear boarder. I found the design measured: 6.75 inches X 8.875 inches.

Get your design ready: For mine, I searched the internet high and low to find the most perfect of designs. I also paid for the rights to use the artwork, this is something I did, there are a ton of great free options out there. Once I found the artwork I liked in Photoshop I added the font, and printed it out. If you don’t have Photoshop you can use similar programs like PicMonkey, or Canva.

Trim the Design: trim off the white. You can use a paper trimmer, but I used my scissors, and I just cut off all the extra white paper that my design didn’t use.

Laminating: I don’t own my own laminator, but we’ve got one at work so I used that one. If you don’t have one at home or work you can go to places like Staples, Office Depot, FedEx Office, etc. They should have a laminating service available.

Trim the laminated cover: I placed the cover that came with my ECLP under my project and used it as a trim guide. Cutting around the two.

Adding Spine Coils Holes: I placed my ECLP cover on top of my project and used an Expo (or dry erase maker) Marker to copy where the hole were. Removing the ECLP cover I could easily see where I needed to cut holes in my project. To do this part, I used my hole punch, and punched out every hole that was marked. There was a bit of residue left from the marker, so I used a cloth and wiped it off when I finished punching out the holes.  *NOTE: DO NOT use permanent maker for setting up the guide.

Last Step: Almost done! All that is left is snipping the slots that allow for the cover to slip around the coil. Just use your scissors and snip down the cover, cutting lines into each hole that was punched out.

Slip your new cover on to your planner and enjoy!

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