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DIY Planner/Journal with Kraft-Tex

Last year I bought a Happy Planner because I loved all the accessories that I could buy to go along with it.  After a year of using it though I realized I didn't use the planner portion very much, I was using it to hold the extra pages that I bought.  Happy Planner must realize that I am not the only person who works this way because they give us all the things we need to DIY a planner or journal ourselves. Kraft-Tex is the perfect solution for the cover since it is durable, we can sew it, stamp on it, and even run it through our printers to make this planner 100% unique to you.

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I missed the May project because we were busy making masks for a charity group that works with kids.  While missing a business deadline is never a good thing, helping those kids not fall through the cracks is a good thing in my opinion.  Plus, it worked out for me in this case because the two colors work together so well that they just belong together.  May's color is green and the yellow is June's color of the month.  Maybe my country girl is showing because that color combo just happens to be a tractor color combo too that I see a lot. 

Items Needed For DIY Planner

Kraft-Tex - I used emerald and saffron  
Happy Planner Discs Amazon Michaels 
Choice of Planning and Journal Pages Amazon Michaels
Decorations of your choice

Making Your Own Planner with Kraft-Tex

I used two layers of kraft-tex for my covers.  Remember we need a front cover and a back cover.  If you are using your Cricut to cut the kraft-tex it will cut it to size and put the holes down the side, you need four pieces in total.  Be sure to use a strong grip mat, the knife blade, and set your machine to cut garment leather.  If you are using the punch you will need to cut your kraft-tex 7.5 inches wide and 9.5 inches tall and punch the one side on all four pieces. 

I used my Cricut to cut my kraft-tex.  For the back cover, I added hearts to cut so it was similar to the first quilt I ever made.  I will add stitching around the hearts but I didn't have the right shade of green.  I used the spray glue to hold the two layers together, saffron on top for the front, and the emerald on top for the back cover.  I had to restrain myself decorating the front cover.  I had all my stamping supplies out and thought about adding embossing, glitter, everything but remembered that it doesn't always look so great.  

I used an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of the emerald for the inside cover.  Before I cut it I ran it through my printer and printed some of my favorite quotes, bible verses, and song lyrics on it.  That way every time I open the planner I will be inspired.  

I think the back will look even better once I get the stitching on it!  I never would have dreamed that I didn't have that shade of green in my stash of thread.  Such a quilter's fail!

Once you have your front cover and back cover decorated the way you want it's time to put it all together.  The covers just pop onto the rings and then you can fill it with whatever pages you want.  If you can't find pages that you need you can use the Cricut file or the hole punch to create the pages that you need.  I use these note pages to write out ideas for the blog and make my to-do lists for the week.  I also have this graph paper that I can use to design quilts.  

If you make your own planner be sure to post it on Instagram and tag me @homeecmel and use the hashtag #krafttex so we can see how you decorated your planner. 

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