Make Today Your Day With This Gorgeous Planner DIY

Hello everyone! It is Anna-Karin and I am glad to be here with a quick and easy notebook project. This project is perfect if you need a gift to someone for the holidays, or maybe as a teacher or hostess gift.

Ever since I was a child, I have loved notebooks and sketchbooks, and homemade ones are the best since they are unique. I also like being able to pick my favorite papers for the inside of the notebooks. Ready-made notebooks and journals often come with papers that are too flimsy for my liking.

I used new Planner Pages & More products by Katelyn Lizardi for this project, and thought the Plan Your Day papers were so pretty that I almost wanted to make a notebook for every page in the paper pad. The pad contains both lovely patterned papers, versatile sentiments and sayings, as well as little tags and tabs. Although these products are meant for planner crafting, they can be used for a wide range of other projects, and the small size of the stamps and coordinating dies are perfect for cardmaking, gift tags and art journaling.

These are the products that I used: Christmas Planner Framelits w/stamps, Household Planner Framelits w/stamps, Grace For Today Framelits w/stampsFoodie Planner Framelits w/stamps, and Plan Your Day paper pad.

To make my notebook covers sturdy, I cut four pieces of Little Sizzles Mat Board in the same size as the pages (4 x 6 in). Glue the pages to the back and front covers with matte medium and place under a heavy book, or a couple of Bigz dies, to dry.

Stamp the covers with a couple of stamps from the stamp and die sets. Round two of the corners for a finished look and then sand the edges of the covers slightly.

Punch holes with a Crop-a-dile about one inch from each edge and repeat on all the inside papers. Bind the notebooks with rings.

Stamp images with Archival Inks. With the four sets that I used, you can make notebooks in a wide range of themes. I picked images and words that were pretty general, but had a positive and hopeful vibe to them.

Die cut the images with the coordinating dies. Use this sandwich: Sizzix Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, paper, die facing down, second Cutting Pad.

The images you see here come from the Grace For Today Planner set. I particularly like the origami birds.

You can also use the dies from the sets to die cut elements from the Plan Your Day papers.

Glue stamped and die cut elements to the covers. I thought the papers were so pretty that they didn't need a lot of embellishments. Here I used one extra sentiment panel, three hearts and two arrows.

This is the back cover of that same journal.

The coordinating die gives a really nice and finished look to the stamped images. You can also use them on their own, without stamping first. This arrow, for example, would look great also without the stamped impression.

I really like the little 'have courage' stamp.

This pretty sentiment was already printed on the paper.

I used smooth mixed media papers in my notebooks, but you can use any papers that you like. It looks nice if the two outer corners are rounded.

The second journal, with a sentiment tag, and three origami birds.

Here you can see that I sanded the edges slightly.

You can die cut a whole bunch of different tags from the Plan Your Day papers.

On the inside cover, I added a circular die cut sentiment. You can add more of these throughout the book.

The back of the notebook could just as well have been the cover, it is so pretty.

Thank you so much for stopping by here today! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

Happy crafting!


Other Materials Used:

  • Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, French Ultramarine, Deep Purple
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Matte Medium
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Mini Book Rings
  • Canson Mix Media papers
  • Neenah Smooth Solar White Cardstock


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