DIY Day Planner by Blog of the Week: Imprintalish

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Hey mamas – I’m happy to announce something new here at Happy Hour Projects.  Every Tuesday I will be bringing you the Blog of the Week.  There is SO much inspiration out there, I love to be able to showcase some amazing fellow bloggers. 
I am so excited to bring you my debut Blog of the Week, Imprintalish!  Lish has a fantastic blog – if you don’t have her on your must-visit list yet, you should!  She is generous enough to share a tutorial with us today – so I will turn things over so you mamas can get to work on this awesome project!
Hi everyone!!
First, I’d like to introduce myself…my name is Alicia, but everyone calls me Lish, and I blog over at Imprintalish.
Imprintalish is a lifestyle blog with a focus on raising my two little boys. I cover everything from crafts and photography to pretty finds on Etsy & Pinterest. I also promote my Etsy shop and unveil new designs to you before they make it to my shop! My blog is loaded with photos and all my daily impressions, inspirations and imperfections! I love meeting new people so don’t be shy about stopping by and saying hi!
Now on to the good stuff…I am so happy to be here today at Happy Hour Projects! Adrianne always has the best crafts and projects and I am a big fan of Freestyle Friday’s too.
Today, I am going to be sharing one of my newest creations with all of you! Since becoming a mom of two, my organizational skills have disappeared. I used to be the list master (ask my husband!), everything had a spot and I knew exactly what I was going to do next! Not anymore, now with a small home business, blogging, two kids, a husband, cleaning that needs to be done…it is never ending! So, I came up with a customized way of staying organized, and it only involves some Hemming Tape Iron On Adhesive-no sewing! (Well, except for a few hand stitches!) It only took about an hour to do too!  

Scrap Fabric
8.25″ x 5.75″ Day Planner
Hemming Adhesive Tape
Scissors
Iron
Measuring tape
1. Measure, mark and cut the fabric around your planner. Leave an extra 1.5 inches around the top and bottom and an extra 3.5 inches on the ends. Double check the measurments of your planner before you begin cutting. As you go along through the steps double check how the planner cover will fit!
2. Once you have cut your fabric to size, iron out any wrinkles. Then turn over so that the backside of the fabric is facing you. Starting at the top, fold fabric over 1/2 inch and then 3/4 of an inch, use the iron to crease the fabric in place. Do this to all four sides.
3. Line up the Hemming Adhesive Tape underneath of the creased fabric, make sure it is completely covered by the fabric. Follow the instructions that came with the hemming tape. Iron in place. I did the top and bottom first and then the two ends.
4. To create the book flap, measure in 2 inches from the ends. Working with the backside of the fabric facing you, fold fabric over and pin in place.
5. Add a couple of stitches to the top and bottom corners to hold in place. Or if your feeling energetic, you could stitch along the entire top and bottom where the edges meet!
6. There! Your day planner jacket is complete! Try it on for size!
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So…you could just leave it as is…or you can jazz it up!!! I totally choose to jazz it up! You could add some ribbon, some fabric flowers, a monogram…just grab whatever you have lying around. I found a piece of leftover fabric, a button, ribbon and an elastic. This is what I did.
1. I quickly hand stitched through a strip of fabric and kept pulling the thread until I got the ruffle look I was after. I left the edges raw and I didn’t measure it at all. I only layed it on top of the planner to make sure it was the right length and then tied off the thread.
2. I measured out enough ribbon to wrap around the planner. Use the iron on hemming tape to attach it over the stitching on the ruffled material. I left the ribbon to cover the back of the book loose. Then I stiched a button onto the front of the ruffle. Placement is totally up to you!
3. Again use the heming tape to attach the ruffle part to the planner cover, don’t attach the ribbon onto the back just yet.  
4. I cut a small piece of elastic to wrap around the button on the front of the planner. It was roughly 5 inches long and then folded in half. To finish off the back of the cover, lay hemming tape under the last bit of ribbon and under the elastic. Iron in place.
5.Voila! Your planner cover is complete!
6. I got a downloadable calender here. I printed it off and glued it into the front page. I am going to use this page to mark all my appointments, birthdays and holidays.
7. For the inside of the planner, I made a daily template and glued them onto the pages, one for every day of the month. I used the labels “To do”, “Blog to do’s”, and “Meals”. Perfect for the mom blogger!
Click the photo below to get your free download!

To download:Document will open in a new window, click to enlarge, right click, click save to computer. Print away on your home computer! 

Now you’re ready to get organized!

 

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed making your very own customized day planner. I know it has certainly made my life more organized and a little less stressed, and as a bonus, its so nice to look at! Thank you Adrianne for inviting me over!
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Comments

  1. says

    I love this! Thanks for the post. Good to know that I am not the only one who lost their organizational skills after having kids!

  2. Marie says

    Love how it turned out! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Show & Share!

    Marie
    Mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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