One of the biggest differences between that gorgeous $50 Erin Condren planner and the $8 Plan Ahead planner is the cute factor. And it all starts with the cover!
The best expensive planners have super cute, laminated covers with modern designs. The cheap planners have functional but icky plastic covers. Luckily, WE are crafty and WE can totally fix that!
Here is how to give your cheap planner a makeover so it looks more like the fancy planners that cost the big bucks! (And more importantly, so it looks pretty and makes you happy.) After all, you are going to be using it every day, right!? 🙂
- a craft punch with punch head that is 1/8 inch or a little bigger
- heavy scrapbook paper or decorative card stock. You can also grab these free printable covers here:
- self laminating sheets
How to change your planner cover:
Remove the existing cover without destroying it or the rings. Do this by making little cuts at the back of the punched holes, beside the rings, like this:
Remove the cover, and set aside. You will need it later to measure.
Place the old cover on the decorative card stock you have chosen for your new cover. Then trace around it and cut it out.
Carefully place your new cover on to the self-laminating sheet and follow the instructions of the laminating sheet you have chosen.
Press around the edge to make sure there is a good, uniform seal. Then cut any excess laminating sheet away, leaving about 1/4 inch seal all around. Round the corners if desired.
Place the old cover on top of your new cover and position it to the left side. Use a craft hole punch to punch holes through the existing holes. You can also use a pencil and mark the area where you need to punch instead.
Now create little cuts into the holes so you can slip your new cover back onto the planner.
Hole by hole, pop your new cover on as shown below and plan away! 🙂 Make a bunch of covers to match your mood or the season…they can be changed so easily, you can really have some fun with it!