Scrapbook Paper in a Planner

Happy 2018!  It’s so much fun to take out my new MAMBI planner and decorate it for 2018.  I decided to use some scrapbook paper and embellishments in my planner this month, so I’ll share that process with you.

Using Scrapbook Paper and Embellishments

There are a lot of great planner supplies on the market, but sometimes its fun to use what we already have in our craft room.  I have been scrapbooking for a long time, so I have a wide variety of scrapbook paper and embellishments in my craft room that would look great in my planner.

Why Scrapbook Paper and Embellishment

Using scrapbook paper in a planner

There are a lot of pluses to using scrapbook paper and embellishments in a planner.  Here are a few.

Wide Variety of Themes

One great reason to consider using scrapbook paper and embellishments in a planner is the wide variety of themes available.  Virtually any theme or color is available, so a planner can be decorated to represent your likes and interests.

Works with Any Size Planner

Scrapbook paper works with any size and style planner, because you cut it to fit.  That’s a real plus to for me, because this year I have a big MAMBI planner and most of the supplies I have are designed for a classic size.

Cost Effective

Scrapbook paper is fairly inexpensive.  One sheet of 12×12 scrapbook paper will decorate an entire spread with some left over.  Because I scrapbook,  I have lots of scrapbook paper scraps and left over embellishments.  This means I can decorate my planner for free!  Got to love free!

The Process of Using Scrapbook Paper and Embellishment

Winter Wonderland scrapbook paper

It’s pretty simple, but there are a few things to keep in mind when using scrapbook paper and embellishment in a planner.

Keep It Thin

First, select embellishments that aren’t too thick.  Puffy stickers, cardstock stickers and washi tape are ideal, while dimensional stickers and buttons aren’t the best.  Remember you’ll be writing in your planner, so thin embellishments are best.

Fussy Cut Embellishments

You can cut scrapbook paper into rectangles with a paper trimmer or cutting machine such as a silhouette, but you can also cut out shapes with scissors.  By fussy cutting shapes with scissors you can create your own embellishments that match the paper perfectly.  Plus I find fussy cutting to be really relaxing.  Additionally, a wide variety of shapes can be cut out with a silhouette and used to embellish a planner.

Adhesives

My favorite adhesives for my planner are a double sided tape and quick dry glue.  If you want edge to edge coverage, you can apply sheets of double sided adhesive to your scrapbook paper prior to cutting it out.

January Before The Pen Planner Spreads

Here are my before the pen spreads for January 2018.

Week 1 – Gold

I’ll be ringing in the new year with this bright gold planner spread.

2018 Gold Before the Pen

Cherished by Paper House is a great way to ring in the new year.  The rice paper tape is the perfect length for my planner page, and the oversize Cherished labels look great.

Week 2 – Winter Wonderland Scrapbook Paper

Winter is in full bloom by the middle of January, so I chose to embrace winter with this fun winter themed page.

Winter Wonderland scrapbook paper

I love the fun colors and sayings of the Winter Wonderland scrapbook paper from Simple Stories.  I cut the embellishments from pieces of paper and glued them in place.

Week 3 – Fun Colors to Brighten the Winter

Adding a few bright colors to my planner to give me a boost in the winter.

Travel Planner Spread

Love the color of these travel labels, and they aren’t just for travel.  These colors are so pretty, and a bit wintry, so decided to do one week with these labels.  Plus their large size work great in the big MAMBI planner.

Week 4- Disney Theme

To add a bit of whimsy to my planner, I decided to decorate a couple weeks in my planner with a Disney theme.

Using scrapbook paper in a planner

I had a bunch of left over scrapbook paper scraps and embellishments from my Disney Flipbook, so decided to use them in my planner.  Free planner supplies – love it!  The fun colors of this scrapbook paper will surly brighten my winter.  In addition to using paper scraps I added some die cuts to this spread.

Week 5 – Disney Theme

I love Disney, and had a lot of scraps left, so decided to do 2 weeks in a Disney theme.

Using scrapbook paper in a planner

By varying the colors and motifs this week has a look all its own.  For this spread I chose to focus on red, aqua and black.  Most of it is paper, however I did add a few stickers and a couple of items from the die cut pack.

Happy Planning!

 

Supplies Used

Below are the planner products I talked about in the post. To make them easy for you to find, I have linked each of the items below. I personally selected all of the products used in this project. All products, except the Paper House Productions products, were purchased by me. As always, I am not receiving a payment for doing this project or writing this blog post.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase by clicking on one of the affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog at no cost to you.


MAMBI Planner
Me and My Big Ideas - Create 365 Collection - Planner - Big - Modern Brights - Undated

Cherished
Paper House Productions - Cardstock Stickers - Labels - Cherished

Rice Paper – Cherished
Paper House Productions - Life Organized Collection - Rice Paper Stickers - Borders - Cherished

Warm Winter Wishes
Simple Stories - Winter Wonderland Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Warm Winter Wishes


Snow Cute
Simple Stories - Winter Wonderland Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Snow Cute

Travel Labels
Paper House Productions - Cardstock Stickers - Labels - Travel

Fun
Simple Stories - Say Cheese Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Fun

Admit One
Simple Stories - Say Cheese Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Admit One


Magic
Simple Stories - Say Cheese Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Magic

Yellow Dots
Simple Stories - Say Cheese Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Yellow Dots

Bingo Cards
Simple Stories - Say Cheese Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Bingo Cards

Black Dots
Simple Stories - Say Cheese Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Black Dots


Blue Dots
Simple Stories - Say Cheese Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Blue Dots

Expressions Stickers
Simple Stories - Say Cheese Collection - 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers - Expressions

Fundamentals Stickers
Simple Stories - Say Cheese Collection - 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers - Fundamentals

Die Cut Pack
Simple Stories - Say Cheese II Collection - Bits and Pieces with Foil Accents


MAMBI Punch
Me and My Big Ideas - Create 365 Collection - Planner - Big Punch

Paper Trimmer
Fiskars - 12 Inch Premium Cut-Line Portable Trimmer - Blade Style I

Silhouette
Silhouette America - Cameo Version 3 - Electronic Cutting System

Scissors
Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors


Double Sided Tape
Tombow - Mono Adhesive Dots Roller - Permanent - Refillable

Adhesive Sheets
Sizzix - 6 x 6 Adhesive Sheet Pack - Permanent - 10 Sheets

Quick Dry Glue
Scotch Adhesive Tacky Acid Free 4 oz Bottle

 


 

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4 Responses

  1. Lori

    Love it! I also use scrapbooking paper in my planners. I have so many scraps from years of scrapping that I could fill several hundred planners! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • danceforjoyalways@yahoo.com

      Wow! Thank you so much Lori. It’s so fun to use the same supplies on different projects.

  2. Vicki Martin

    These ideas are awesome. I have a planner and I am having so much problem trying to jot something down. I have no children, well babies. My grandkids are not around. I would love to know more about what you put in your planners. Thanks!

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