For years I’ve tried to use a planner, but have never stuck with it. I’d feel inspired to use it for a week or two and then would lose interest. For some reason, all of that has changed for me since I got my Happy Planner. A few weeks ago I showed you how to make DIY Planner Stencils and today I’m going to share with you how to make DIY Planner Folder Pockets.
It took me awhile to start using my Happy Planner. The planner is so pretty, and I had looked at so much Happy Planner inspiration from other Happy Planner users that I felt super intimidated to write anything inside of it. I was afraid that it wouldn’t be pretty enough! After I made my stencils though, I got over that intimidation and decided that my planner didn’t need to be as pretty as everyone else’s, I just needed to have fun with it and USE IT!!!
My Happy Planner is the Fresh Floral Happy Planner. They make so many pretty Happy Planners that it’s hard to pick which one you want to buy. They also have a ZILLION beautiful accessories to go with your planner. Every time I go to Michaels (which is weekly) I spend about 10 minutes standing in the Happy Planner section looking at all of the pretty accessories. Pretty much every week I end up buying something new (like these awesome Happy Planner Pen Holders) but it’s also fun to DIY things for my Happy Planner.
The other day when I was cleaning up my craft room, I came across some planner stickers that I had been gifted at a conference a couple of years ago. I was so excited to find them (I had forgotten about them) and immediately brought them over to stick in my planner. The problem is, I don’t have any pockets for my Happy Planner, so I decided to get to work and DIY some of my own.
I fired up Cricut Design Space and got to work designing them. Today I’m going to share with you my free design file, and share with you the tutorial for how to make one of your own. Read on to learn how to make DIY Planner Folder Pockets!
How To Make DIY Planner Folder Pockets!
–Cricut Explore, Cricut Explore Air or Cricut Explore Air 2
–Cricut Cutting Mat
–Cricut Scoring Stylus
-Thick Card Stock (I used Cricut Gold Glitter Card Stock for one folder and Mambi Sheets Baby Girl Card Stock for the other)
-Single Hole Punch (or Happy Planner Arc Punch)
-Scissors (these are the ones I use)
-Optional: Washi Tape or a second piece of card stock depending if you want your folder to be lined with washi tape or another piece of card stock. (Alternatively you could use a two sided card stock.)
–My Planner Folder Pocket Design File
Step 1: Open my Planner Folder Pocket Design File and decide which folder shape you want to make.
Step 2: Decide how you want to line your folder pocket. If you are lining your planner pocket with washi tape, you will only need to cut one folder pocket. If you are lining your folder pocket with a second piece of card stock you will need to cut 2 folder pocket, one regular and one done in mirror image.
Size your planner folder pockets to the appropriate size. Since the card stock I buy is 12×12, I size my planner pockets at 11.75 inches in width and 9.25 inches in height.
Step 3: Press Go, turn your dial to card stock or custom for glitter cardstock and cut out your planner pockets.
Step 4: If you are making double sided card stock planner pockets, glue the two pieces together, right side facing out. I usually just use a glue stick for this part.
If you are making the washi tape lined planner pocket, lay washi tape over the areas that will be showing when your planner pocket is folded closed. I usually lay the washi tape a bit farther out than the card stock goes, and then trim the washi tape afterwards with a pair of scissors or an utility knife (this is the one I use) to make sure that everything lines up nicely.
Step 5: Fold your planner folder pocket closed and glue along the outside edge and the bottom edge. I usually use Gorilla Glue for this step because I love how tough it is and that it will never pop open. After I glue I hold the planner pocket closed for 30-60 seconds and then secure with binder clips for 10 minutes or so, until I know the glue is dry.
Step 6: Here is where you want to make the holes for your planner pocket. If you have the Happy Planner Arc Punch then you can go ahead and punch away. If you don’t, here is my trick for making the holes yourself!
A. Take something out of your planner that has the holes in it. I usually take out one of my Happy Planner Dashboard Pages. Place the planner item with holes on top of your planner folder. Clip with binder clips if you want a little extra security that it will stay lined up.
B. Using a pen, put a dot on your planner folder pocket through each of the holes, I put my dot in the center of the hole, towards the top.
C. Take the binder clips off, remove the item that already has holes, and punch holes in your planner folder pocket.
D. Once you have each of your holes punched, go back with a pair of scissors and do two small snips between the edge of the planner pocket and each hole. This will give your planner folder pocket room to “snap” onto the Happy Planner Rings.
Voila! You can use this method to add holes to anything you’d like to add to your Happy Planner.
Step 7: Snap your planner pocket into your Happy Planner. Fill it with gorgeous things and enjoy!
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