January 26, 2010

My very first tutorial!!

*drum roll please* Here it is, this is my very first tutorial!! The other day I got an urge to be organized this year....I absolutely loooove getting organized! This urge sent me to Target to get a small planner in order to keep up with my kiddos doctors appointments along with all the other very important dates for this year. However, when I got to the store they were incredibly picked over and the planners that they had left weren't very pretty. Alas, it didn't stop me!! I found the type of planner I wanted (a simple one with just the months) and headed home.

Now, to make it not just functional but pretty too!! Here's what you'll need:

Your (not-so-pretty) planner
Scrapbooking paper
Ribbon, bows, pictures, etc.

This is my planner. It was rather plain looking with just the 4 pictures... I'm guessing they were supposed to be one picture for each season. Choose your scrapbooking paper that you want. I fiddled around with several sheets before I picked the one I wanted.

Once you picked your paper, turn it over so that the blank sheet (or opposite side if it's double sided) is facing you. Position your planner so that the paper touches the bottom and side of the front cover. After you have it all lined up, you need to trace around the cover. Cut it out after you finish tracing.

Line up your paper with the cover. You might have some extra paper around the edge. I dealt with that after I glued the paper to the cover. So, glue the paper down first. Then open it up and use either scissors or a craft knife to cut away the extra.

After you have your paper glued down and fitted you can start adding your embellishments. I kept mine somewhat simple. I added a pink ribbon down the side to accentuate the pink flowers on my paper. Then I took chipboard numbers and glued them to the top of the ribbon. Isn't it much better than how it started out? I'm pretty proud!
Show me yours in a comment or leave some love :) My project is also listed over at My Frugal Family! If you're looking for some great crafts but don't have a ton of dinero to spend-- go check it out!!



  1. Very cute idea!

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  2. Nice job on the tutorial!!! I have some spiral bound notebooks that could use some pretty paper love too! Gonna have to give this a try!


  3. Lovely! I'm going to try it out on some notebooks too. Such lovely gift ideas.

  4. Now if only you had a classy pen to write in it with...

  5. Way to go on your very first tutorial! you did a great job!! Thanks for joining the Craftaholics Anonymous party! I had fun stopping by and checking out your craftiness!