I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t like staying stagnant – especially when it comes to my planners. Stagnant = boring. So how have I stayed in a happinichi and DIY mini for over a year? Because I give them makeovers regularly. Changing things up keeps my planners fresh and exciting without having to setup something completely new! Which is why I desperately needed to update my planner covers today…
If you’re ready to give your own planner a makeover, read ahead and/or watch the video below. I also have a free cover design available for download!
DIY Planner Cover
What you’ll need:
- Cover design (free download here)
- Cardstock or vellum
- Paper trimmer
- 10 mil Laminate sheets
- Planner punch
Before you get started, you’ll need to turn your laminator on to warm up. When you’re laminating 10mil, it’s good to let it warm up at least 15-20 minutes before you use it, even if the machine says “ready” way before that.
(PS: Make sure you have a laminator that can specifically handle 10mil sheets like the one I use here.)
You’ll also want to print out your cover design on cardstock or vellum, depending on what look you’re going for. I did a vellum cover tutorial previously, but today I’m making one with cardstock.
For my covers, I used CorelDraw to add the front and back designs to one side of the paper and a full page star design to the back. I like using a program like this because I can resize things to the exact dimensions I want, or edit them as I need before printing. Plus, I like adding 2 designs to one sheet to save paper.
If you don’t have Corel or a similar program, you can always use Microsoft Word, or print the files directly – one design to each sheet of paper. You can put the pages back in your printer and print another design on the other side if you don’t want white space.
If you print a .jpg or .png file, be sure to size your design to the closest photo dimensions. Since my planner is the size of a mini Happy Planner, I printed them at 5×7 inches and will cut them down a little smaller in the next step.
Visual learner? Watch the video:
Using your paper trimmer, cut your cardstock or vellum down to the size you need. (PS: A mini HP page is 4.63 x 7 inches. )
Once your designs are cut out, add them inside your 10mil laminate sheet. Push one up to the sealed edge and leave space before the second one so you have room to cut them out.
Run the sheet through your hot-and-ready laminator. If it doesn’t look perfectly sealed, I like to run it through a second time.
Now trim the laminate away, leaving a small border – about 3-5mm – all the way around the cardstock.
Use your planner punch to punch the holes. I’m using the big happy planner punch, and it can be a tight fit with the thick cardstock and thicker laminate. I usually stand on mine with all my weight so it punches all the way through.
Once your holes are punched, it’s time to add it to your planner!
Free Cover Design
I drew this particular cover design specifically for this tutorial, so I’ve decided to give it away as a freebie to all my email subscribers. If you’re already a subscriber, you can use your freebie password to download the front and back cover designs in the Freebie Library.
If you haven’t signed up yet, you can sign up for emailed newsletters here, or in the box below this post. Then the library password will deliver straight to your inbox.
If you’d rather not sign up for my emails, you can also purchase the cover designs in my digital planner shop.
Hope you love it!