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HOW TO: Create Your Own Planner Covers

 How To Create A Custom Planner Cover How To Create A Custom Planner Cover

Custom planner cover is a great way to show off your style and personalize your planner. There are some great options for custom planner covers. You could use your favorite scrapbook paper, purchase and download one from Etsy, or even use some old magazines. I have some free covers on my downloads page. Free covers are a great way to get started making custom covers without losing a ton of money. If you’re ready to make your own planner covers keep reading!


  • Planner
  • Scrapbook Paper, Card Stock, Downloaded Planner Cover, or anything you’d like to use for your covers
  • Paper trimmer or Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hole puncher (usually you can find one made specifically for your planner, but any basic hole puncher will work)
  • Laminator
  • Laminator Pouches (make sure the pouches are large enough to fit your planner covers)


  1. Measure your current planner cover. If you have a 3 or 6 ring binder style planner, measure one of the pages included with your planner. After measuring the page, add 1 quarter to 1 half of an inch to each side of the page measurement.
  2. Once you have your measurements, choose the paper you’ll be using for you cover. The pattern doesn’t matter, but you’ll want to make sure you have enough paper to create your front and back covers. To make your covers more stable, you can use 2 sheets of paper for the front cover and 2 sheets of paper for the back cover. I would suggest using a heavy weight paper such as card stock or scrapbook paper.
  3. Align the pattern on your paper the way you want it to appear once your cover is complete. If your pattern has a right and a wrong side, make sure to reverse the pattern when making the back cover so that both the front and back covers align properly when your planner is closed.
  4. Cut you paper to the appropriate size for your planner.
  5. Hole punch the front and back covers. If you’re using a basic hole puncher, use a current cover or divider to mark where you need to punch the holes. Cut slits in the holes if you’re using a disc based planner like The Happy Planner™. Hole punching is much easier if you do it before laminating the covers.
  6. Place the front and back covers into separate laminating pouches. Try to place the covers into the pouches as neatly as possible.
  7. Laminate your covers according to the directions provided with your laminator.
  8. Cut any access plastic from your your laminated covers. Punch holes in the laminator pouches in the appropriate spaces. Cut new slits if necessary.

Congratulations! You’re custom covers are now complete!

I’d love to see what you created! Follow me on Instagram @chitarralove and use the hashtag heyerynrochelle so I can see all your awesome creations!

Eryn Rochelle

Eryn Rochelle

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