5 Easy Ways to Use Cardstock in Your Planner

Cardstock in your planner is such fun! Check out these 5 awesome ways that you can rock your planner with cardstock.

 

I love figuring out new ways to use my planners and planning supplies.  There are just so many tempting good deals on planner goodies that I have a tendency to get a wee bit obsessed when adorable materials are on sale.

Please tell me you know this type of planner girl fever.

When you walk into a store that sells planning goodies and you armed with coupons or see those beautiful sale signs, you get a bit feverish.  And excited.  Like wanting to turn cartwheels in the aisle and do a little yodel.  Okay, you might not be quite as weird as me, but the thrill is real!

Sometimes, planning supplies that you have been eyeballing for a while are reduced in price to make it worth your while.

Other times, you happen upon a glorious new planning gem and it’s like you want to sing to the rooftops!

Ladies, these feelings are real.  They are genuine.  And these feelings are what I go through whenever I discover a new pad of gorgeous cardstock.

Feel free to insert whatever planning material that you are slightly obsessed with.  These feelings are not restricted to just cardstock!

I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would amass the collection that I have today.  And the collection continues to grow!  I mean, when you walk into the store and find anywhere from 24 to 36 pages of beauty staring up at you and waiting to come home so you can use them to prettify your planner, how can you say no?

There are so many fabulous ways to use cardstock in your planners!

Now, you may own more or less of cardstock.  That’s cool. There’s no need for cardstock comparison or jealousy.

There is definitely enough cardstock to go around, my planner friend!

Then, you get home.

You wonder what you are actually going to do with it.  In the store, it looked so pretty and needed you. And you needed it.

But, then what?

Don’t just let your pretty cardstock sit there, alone and unused!

 

5 Easy Ways to Use Cardstock in Your Planner

1. Dashboards

Dashboards are super easy to make using cardstock.  With the right type of punch for your planner, you can easily create decorative dashboards.  Use a ruler to size your paper to fit properly in your planner.  A paper trimmer can be useful to help you cut straight lines.  Or a nice pair of scissors will do.

When you have your dashboard cut to size, punch and insert into your planner.

Use cardstock for interesting dashboards in your planners.
Cardstock on cardstock 🙂

2.  DIY Washi  Tape

Have you seen all that gorgeous washi tape out there?  Oh my stars!

If you can’t afford to have all the washi tape of your dreams, you can make your own!  Use a paper trimmer to correctly size and cut whatever cardstock you have on hand in place of washi tape.  A glue stick or glue dots can be used to adhere your DIY washi tape into place.

You can use cardstock for DIY washi tape!

Make your own washi tape using card stock! Great for themed planner layouts!

3.  DIY Inserts

Planner inserts are one of my most favorite planner add-ons ever!  These cute little babies can help you truly customize your planner.

Simply take a piece of your favorite cardstock.  Measure and cut to size.  Punch.  Decorate with stickers and stamps.  Use your favorite pens to jot down to-do lists, chores, errands, meal plans, and more!

 

4.  DIY Stickers

Have you ever seen some of the special pages in your cardstock pad collections?  Oooh!  They are so purty!

Choose a pack of cardstock for a beautiful planner layout theme.

Cut those sweet things out & glue them in as stickers!  Or use a decorative punch to make some super cute DIY stickers for use as decoration or functional purposes.

You can use a decorate paper punch to make DIY stickers out of cardstock.

 

Great way to repurpose cardstock trimmings.

Don't throw away cardstock trimmings! Use them to make DIY planner stickers!

 

5.  Pretty Planner Envelopes

You can make your own pretty planner envelopes out of cardstock.  They look so adorable and they really aren’t that hard to make.  With just a few materials and a bit of time, you can use up some of your cardstock stash for functional AND pretty planner envelopes!

Make some pretty envelopes for your planners to increase storage options.

 

What are some creative ways that YOU like to use cardstock in your planner?  Share your ideas in the comments below 🙂

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How to Make Pretty Envelopes for Your Planner

Need a great way to have extra storage in your planner? Check out this DIY tutorial on how to make pretty envelopes for your planners.

 

Do you need a great way to store and organize receipts and small notes in your planner?

Want a way to boost the use of your planner by making it more functional yet maintain its pretty?

Find out how to make pretty envelopes for your planner!  Super easy DIY project that you can do with only a few materials, a bit of time, and have creative fun.

 

What You Will Need to Make Pretty Envelopes for Your Planner:

1.  12 x 12″ Cardstock

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2.  Scissors

3.  Washi tape (or regular tape)

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4.  Glue stick

5.  Marker (optional)

6.  Paper clip (optional)

 

Steps to Make Your Pretty Envelopes

You can make your own pretty envelopes for your planner out of cardstock & a few other materials.

  1.  Select the 12 x 12″ cardstock that you would like to use for your pretty planner envelope.

 

It's easy to make pretty envelopes for your planners!

2.  Use a 6 x 9″ mailing envelope as a template.

 

You only need a few materials to make pretty envelopes for your planners!

3.  Gently open up mailing envelope at its seams and lay out on cardstock.

 

Check out this step-by-step tutorial on how to make pretty envelopes for your planners.

4.  Use a pencil to lightly trace the template onto cardstock.

 

Pretty envelopes for your planners are super simple to make & enjoy.

5.  Cut on traced lines.  Save those paper trimmings!  You can use those pieces in creative ways in your planners!

 

Have fun making your own pretty envelopes for your planners!

6.  Optional:  Draw light lines on cardstock where you plan to fold.

 

Get step-by-step directions & pictures on how to make your own pretty envelopes for planning.

7.  Fold cardstock along seams (two vertical on sides and one seam on bottom).  Use a ruler (or other straight surface) to press the seam and flatten.

 

Making your own pretty envelopes for your planners is fun!

8.  Use ruler again to make sure seams are flat.

 

Easily make pretty envelopes for your planners with this tutorial.

9.  Use a glue stick to apply a thin line of glue to outer edge of one vertical side.  Overlap the other side and press to adhere.

 

Pretty envelopes are fantastic additions to your planners.

10.  Use glue stick on bottom seam of the envelope.  Fold bottom side up and press to adhere.

 

You only need a few materials to make pretty envelopes for your planners.

11.  To make your envelope even prettier, use a few pieces of washi tape to reinforce the seams.

 

Make some pretty envelopes for your planners to increase storage options.

12.  Fold the top side down.  You can use a piece of washi tape to keep envelope shut.

Pretty envelopes are awesome for your planners & easy to make!

13.  A paper clip can also be a great way to secure your pretty planner envelope.

 

You can easily make pretty envelopes to enjoy in your planners.

14.  Use a punch appropriate for your planner to place holes in the envelope on the side (or bottom).  (Shown:  my A5 Carpe Diem, Stella, with Recollections punch.  Yes, I name my planners.  They are like good friends.)

 

And there you have it!  Rinse and repeat for as many pretty planner envelopes as you like! You can even make these envelopes to use outside of your planners.  The possibilities are endless!

How will you use your DIY pretty planner envelopes?

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