Planner Tutorial

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Yesterday the kids had a half-day, which means no work for me 🙂 I went out as soon as the bus left to do my errands all by myself, which is so nice sometimes! I got so much done, and didn't even have to listen to anyone fighting in the back seat…you get the message…anyway, on my way home a couple of hours later I thought I'd stop into the local dollar store, since I had about 30 minutes until the kiddos came home.
Yes, you guessed it, this planner only cost $1! Can't beat that!!

I was actually in there looking for some fake blood for my 8th grader, he's going to be a character in "Haunted Hallways" that his school is putting on as a fundraiser tomorrow night. We went last year and it was really good, so good that my 4th grader is too scared to go this year! Well, no luck finding the fake blood, but I did come across this little 18 month planner. I don't know about you, but I have to write everything down, and I actually still have one of the old SU! planners, I just keep replacing the date pages!

Here's what the planner originally looked like:
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And here's how I made it my own…1st I cut off the plastic covering, which revealed a floppy cardboard type material. It is definitely not sturdy enough to last as the cover, so I covered the front and inside with designer paper.

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I covered the entire front of the planner with adhesive, then used my favorite Always DSP to cover it. Love those polka dots! I was using scraps because I have been using this paper like crazy and don't have too much left, so I just stuck them on and then trimmed the edges to match the cover, no specific measurements necessary!

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Next I needed to figure out what to do with that spiral bound edge…too narrow to try and sponge color on there, didn't match our spiral punch, so here's what I came up with:
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I put a strip of dsp over the spirals, then I snipped in at each edge of the coil. You can click on the picture to get a closer up look at it. Then I cut between the snips. There is still a little of the cardboard stuff showing, but hardly noticeable, see?
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Next I made myself a little nametag. I used chipboard covered in Whisper White Craft Ink, then applied Heat & Stick powder and heated it until it was melted. Then I sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and re-heated to set the glitter into the Heat & Stick. I used the Simple Serif Alphabet to stamp my name in Chocolate Chip, and I attached them to the cover with silver brads. I finished it off with some Chocolate Chip satin ribbon I had leftover from last year. That is some beautiful ribbon, I wish it would return!!
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