September 12, 2014

Upcycled $ Store Planner

I love the dollar store, and I love calendars.  This is the time of year that you'll start seeing 2015 calendars and planners popping up in stores.  I know it may seem like 2015 is a ways off, but snag the calendars you can find now while the supplies are plentiful.

Upcycled $ Store Planner @ Blissful Roots

I buy multiple calendars and planners for each year, so when you can score ones from the dollar store, then you don't break the bank.  And if they're not quite what you're looking for, buy them anyway!  It's amazing how you can transform many of them.

Upcycled $ Store Planner @ Blissful Roots

This is what the planner looked like that I found at Dollar Tree.  Not terrible, but a little juvenile for my taste.  It came in a clear plastic cover, so I was able to take it out of the cover, take off this bright polka dot cover, and add my own.  I used Nob Hill "Framed"paper from My Mind's Eye (from their Market Street collection).  It wasn't quite big enough to fit the size of the original cover, but I just cut a bit extra and added it on to the back.

Then I added a bit of glue down the spin of the planner and attached my new cover in place of the old one.  The planner will slide back into the plastic when you're done, so the plastic will help keep the new cover in place as well.
Upcycled $ Store Planner @ Blissful Roots

After that came the embellishments.  The paper was so pretty that I didn't need to add much, but enough to personalize it.

I added a black 'b' sticker for my name, and then cut 2015 out of my Cricut (you could use stickers, or even write it on) in black card stock and added it to the cover as well.  Such a difference for such little effort!

Upcycled $ Store Planner @ Blissful Roots

You could also embellish the inside month pages (they're a bit plain) if you're crazy like me.  I added a new label to October and a few bats as well.  Do as much, or as little as you'd like. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you found a little something worth your time.

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  1. I usually hope for calenders and diaries as Christmas presents and then when I don't get given them (like last year) I have to buy whatever is left in January. We have a very attractive tractor calender on our kitchen wall this year! I love the idea of just picking up a cheap one and then giving it a little makeover. I've tried this with notebooks but never thought to do the same for a diary or organiser. No tractors next year - something pretty instead! thanks

    1. Thanks so much for visiting, and for you comment Julie! I’ve waited in the past before for calendars, and have had similar experiences as yours. But as soon as I spotted the dollar store calendars and planners, I knew I needed to snag them. Nothing at our dollar store stays around for long. I’ve learned to grab the things I like when I see them.

  2. I'm always so glad when I find other people who still use a real day planner. I do have reminders in my phone, but there's just something about being able to open up a paper planner and write in it. I love that.
    Your upcycle turned out so cute; I really love the paper you used. I'm all over florals these days.

    1. I will always be a paper planner gal! Phones are very convenient, but not as pretty!
      Thanks so much for always taking the time to comment!! Hope your day is going well, and you got some sleep last night. I’m down to a month left in my pregnancy, so I’ll be joining you soon. We can be sleep-deprived together!

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