Hey there crafty ladies!
I decided to not post a blog last Monday, due to the Easter holiday and the fact that many schools were on Spring Break. But now I am back and ready to make some more cute stuff with you!
This week’s DIY craft is planner related. We are going to be making removable week markers for The Happy Planner. If you gals are like me, you tend to keep your planners pretty stuffed. It’s always good to have a marker so that you can quickly and easily find the current week. One of the tricky things about The Happy Planner is that it has “arc” style punches. If you want to make inserts of any kind for it, you don’t necessarily have to have the arc punch. I am going to show you how to make them using a good, old fashioned, hole-puncher.
So, lets get started!
Here are some of the supplies you will need.
- Scrapbook paper of your choice
- Scissors or paper cutter
- Happy Planner or other Arc-style planner
- Ultra Fine tip Sharpie
- Single Hole-puncher
- Laminator and laminating sheets (optional)
Start by measuring your scrapbook paper to your Happy Planner. You can make it whatever width you would like and the height should be slightly taller than the planner, so that a little piece sticks out over the top. Use your pencil to mark off where you need to make your cuts. Then, get to cutting! I rounded the corners on mine, but that is totally optional. Also, if you would like to have anything written or stamped on your week marker, now is the time to do it. I used a stamp to put “THIS WEEK” at the top of mine. You can use your Sharpie to write whatever you would like.
This is where you can be creative. Use stamps, a sharpie, or a sticker to identify what your marker is being used for.
Now, it is time to laminate. If you don’t have a laminator or don’t want to bother with it, then feel free to skip this step. I like to reinforce my page markers so that the edges don’t get frayed. It does make it a little harder to hole punch, but as long as your puncher is sharp, you should be good.
BONUS TIP: If you are using an old hole-puncher that has seen better days, then get a piece of aluminum foil. That’s right, aluminum foil. Now punch a bunch of holes in it. Now your puncher is (kinda, sorta) as good as new!
After you have finished laminating, trim the excess laminating sheet away.
Now, lay your marker down on top of your planner and line it up how you would like. The photo below shows how I lined mine up.
I lined the bottom of the bookmark up with the bottom of the planner. As you can see, that leaves a little sticking above the top of the planner.
Now, take your Sharpie, and make tiny marks where you will need to hole punch.
Here is a close up:
Now, make your punches. Close to the edge, but not so close that it breaks through the side. After you have your holes punched, go through with scissors and cut slits into the side of each hole, so that they will snap into your planner.
Your final product should pop in and out of your planner, easily!
That’s it ladies! Now, when your planner is closed you should easily be able to open it up to your current week and plan to your hearts content!
This is what mine looked like, with the planner closed:
Until next time!