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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

January 15, 2010

Decoupaged Calendar/Planner cover-PINK!

I'm embarrassed to say it has been in the 70's here in S. California. Very cold at night but warm during the day...and yes we have even been drinking Ice Tea!
I don't know about you but at the first of the year I always get new calendars, planners, birthday calendar books...etc. It is important to me to remember birthdays and so I always take a little time and write in everyone's birthday so I can at least send them a card for a memento for their birthday.

I don't care for the generic look of a daily appointment book so I decided to take the cover off and make my own cover ....with decoupage of course.
I actually think this would be a good gift for a newly married couple with everyone's birthdays in it so they can get started with the birthday traditions that the family carries on.

Below is the scrapbook paper pad I used. It has a lot of sweet paper in it...lots of hearts. (from Joann's.)
I took the plastic cover off...the outside of the planner is now just plain cardboard.
Next I laid it on the paper I chose and traced around it to get the right size fit. I added an inch or two to the edges. You are going to fold the paper over the inside flap and glue down!

After you have cut the paper the right size and folded the inside flaps down, you will want to apply the Modge Podge to the outside and just inside the flaps.

Wipe off any excess Modge Podge...make sure that while your planner is drying that the pages don't touch each other or any part of the planner dries itself shut!
So I would stand it up while it is drying. Next I added some quotes. I found that the vellum quotes dried well on one side and on the front side it wrinkled up! You need to keep rubbing it down while it is drying. Or just type your own quote on cardstock (works the best I think with M.P.) and apply that to your new planner.

To add a little frill I added ribbon and a sweet little button.

On the inside I added stickers on special family birthdays and anniversaries.
It was quite easy...and I love the look of my little planner as opposed to the generic look. However....sometimes generic is the way to go when you just don't have the time! Been there done that!

Playing along today with Beverly @ http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Thanks so much for your visit!
"The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with JOY." Psalm 126:3


Patricia said...

hi debbie!
i love your planner and the how to was wonderful
i pass these planners by all the time but you made it so special
many blessings

Lisa said...

Love the planner!!! Well done! I am off to JoAnn tomorrow to look for that paper!!
Happy Pink Saturday!
Hugs, Lisa

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

That is a great idea. I finally made a calendar on one page with all the anniversaries and birthdays...and taped it to the inside of my kitchen cupboard. That way, I don't have to remember where the planner went. I KNOW, it is getting THAT bad...but at least I KNOW it!!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

That is so pretty - much better than my generic calender. I'll have to try to make mine prettier. Thanks for the inspiration. laurie

Vicki said...

Hi, Debbie,
I love how you have decorated your planner and personalized it! So very pretty! I especially like the scriptures, pink ribbon and pearl button. Happy Pink Saturday to you! Vicki

Anonymous said...

Hi debbie, you made your planner so very special.When someone takes the time to make something it makes it all the more special...Kathy

Teacup Mosaics said...

This is ADORABLE. Great idea, you must smile every time you see it, I would. HaPPY ps!

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Awwweee... your planner is absolutely lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Happy Pink Saturday,

Thru Pink Curtains said...

you have just given me a great idea for my granddaughter and i to make. she is visiting today. as kids at home we always used to make covers for our school and other books out of paper bags, but fancy ones are nice and she loves to embellish
have a happy pink day.

Unknown said...

I love it, great tutorial,
Happy Pink Saturday!!

Crystal said...

Hi Debbie,
What a great planner idea. I just love to decoupage. I am having a hard time finding those kind of victorian/romantic paper. I am definitely going to try Joanne's, I always forget them :)
Thanks for sharing your fabulous creativity.

Have a Blessed day!

GwendolynKay said...

You did a lovely job on the book. Pink Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie!

Love your book--nice tutorial too!

You are so talented!

Stop by...love to see you!

Happy Pink day!


Mary Bergfeld said...

What a great idea. Your execution of it is beautiful. I hope you are having a great Pink Saturday.

♥Mimi♥ said...

♫Happy Pink Saturday♫

Gloomy and gray over in my neck of the woods today so all of the pinks shared this Saturday are so special and cheerful. They remind me that there are more colors than just white, gray and black.Your pinks are wonderful! My goodness - so special☺

I hope your weekend is filled with sunshine surrounded by the laugher of those you love.

Please pray for the people of Haiti. May God bless each and every soul.

Denise Marie said...

terrific job! love the ribbon and pearl button.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good morning Debbie...I love what you did here with your date book...I just got one from the Dollar tree last weekend...I see a fun project coming my way girl...Thanks...I see your also from Ca. so I added you to my follow list hey us Ca. gals have to stick together ha ha!! You also have a great blog...May you have a great day on your piece of Ca. my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

the mixie pixie said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Your planner is adorable!! Thank you for sharing your methods. I will have to try it.

Home Is Where The Heart Is said...

What a great idea, Debbie!

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

What a great gift idea!! You always come up with the most creative things!!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a great idea to recover the planner! Very pretty! What would any of us do without Mod Podge?!?!

Mind if I ask where you found the Vellum quotes?

Happy PS!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Blondie's Journal said...

You are always busy making and creating. I love that in you. This is a neat project. It turned out beautiful!


Betty said...

You are a very creative lady. Love our planner. Happy Pink Saturday!

Tommie Jo said...

I love pink and the color of that ribbon is just luscious! Great job!

Kim Dellow said...

Oh love! That is a fabulous project! Kim

Anonymous said...

I prefer yours too amongst all the common colors of planners :-) And yes, it will be a wonderful gift for someone - very personalized and there is love put into it :-)

Happy Pink Saturday!


Unknown said...

Great idea! Very cute.

Anonymous said...

I love those kind of planners and I really like your decoupage approach to spiffing them up! Thank you for the wonderful Pink Sat. tutorial! Dana

9405018--Pat said...

Debbie, I love your planner nice job...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Simple Home said...

This is such a great idea. I love how you take us step by step too. I need that. The whole thing turned out wonderful.
I've been drinking iced tea too, and I know what you mean about feeling guilty, but we do have some storms coming this week. I wish we'd get snow, but I think it might be a little too warm.

Anonymous said...

What a fun, pretty, useful, easy project, Debbie. I like that :) Happy Pink Saturday~thanks for the inspiration!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

So pretty in pink! I love this~

Sue said...

What a perfect project! I bought some new office stuff and now I think I need to foof it up some!

Barbara Jean said...

Thanks for the instructions on how to do this wonderful project.


barbara jean

Darlene said...

I LOVE your planner. It turned out so CUTE! What a great reminder for birthday's.

Our weather was beautiful today. In the 60's with the sun shining brightly. LOVE it!♥

Anonymous said...


xinex said...

Your calendar book is just so cute and adorable....Christine

Angie said...

So so cute! You are so talented at paper crafts!

Bobbie Lynn said...

What a great project and that would make a great gift for this years Christmas. I need to write that down in "things to do" book for gifts.