DIY Happy Planner Covers and Dashboards

Happy Planner Cover Tutorial

One of the things I love most about MAMBI Happy Planners is how much you can customize your planner. Creating your own covers is a fun, easy way to show off your personality with your planner.

Here are a few tips and tricks for creating a professional-looking cover on your first try. Have fun!

  • Start with a sheet of scrapbook paper you love (Use two coordinating sheets if you’re making front and back covers.) Use dashed lines to trace an outline of your current planner cover.
    TIP: To make a bookmark or a dashboard to hold a few sticky notes, cut your scrapbook paper in half vertically so you have two long strips. Everything else in this tutorial will be exactly the same!
  • Use a paper cutter or scissors to cut the cover just inside your outline. Since the lamination extends a little past the cover, you don’t have to cut exactly on your dashed lines to get the same size. This means you won’t have any  accidental pen marks on your finished cover.
  • You can use the scrapbook paper as is, or you can decorate it with washi tape and/or stickers if you want it to be even more unique.
  • Happy Planner Cover DIY
  • Laminate your cover. I use this Scotch laminator, and I love it. I’ve also used FedEx Kinkos to have things laminated before.
    Having a sheet or two laminated is reasonably priced, but it’s worth it to invest in a laminator even if you only have a few things in mind. Once you have a laminator, you’ll think of so many more things you could laminate. I didn’t think I would use mine often, but I use it all the time!
  • Trim your cover. Don’t trim the cover right at the edge of the paper. The stuck together plastic on the edges is what will hold your cover together, so it’s important to leave a little there.
    When we were cutting the paper, we cut inside the outline so this cover will still be about the same size as your original cover.
  • Punch the cover to fit your Happy Planner. Pay attention to where you’re punching to make sure you’re getting the holes in the right spot. I hold the original cover up to my new cover as I’m sliding it into the punch. Then I slide the original cover out so I’m only punching the new one.
  • If you want a thicker cover, laminate your cover again. I do this after I’ve trimmed and punched the first layer of lamination so my punch and paper cutter aren’t working with such a thick layer of plastic.


If you use these tips to create your own Happy Planner cover, I’d love to see! Tag me on Instagram @katietheplanner.

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