DIY: Spruce up an Old Journal

Are you ready for the first project in our DIY wrapping paper series? The projects are very easy to make, no crafting experience necessary. And if you stay tuned, I’m sure that by the end of the month you’ll be collecting wrapping paper books for yourself, too!

Today, I will be showing you how I Spruce up an Old Planner with Wrapping Paper.

Ever since I was in grade six, I have been using planners/journals to keep my schedule and tasks organized. And even if there are lots of digital planners available, I still can’t go all paperless… Being able to write, doodle and beautify my planner with colored pens, markers and washi tapes has always been an interesting activity to me!

So, without further ado, lets go on with the steps, shall we?

Materials Collage

What you’ll need:

  • An old planner/journal or notebook
  • Wrapping papers
  • A pair of scissors or cutter
  • Scotch tape
  • Double adhesive tape (optional)
  • Plastic cover (optional)


For this project, I am using my 8 years old planner. This planner has been with me since I was in high school and it’s a good thing that I kept it because I haven’t seen the same kind available these days. I love that the pages are refillable so I can just throw away the old fillers and get new set each year. A refill is way affordable than getting a brand new planner, you know? Price range for a new one is about Php400 to Php1000. Too expensive for me, really. I think I’d rather spend a thousand bucks to get myself into a craft or blogging workshop, than a planner.

Now if you’ve got an old planner or a journal, you can do the same instead and save for something else, right? My planner is really old, and it sure looks like it — the plastic cover is no longer clear and a number of unremovable dirt stains in every part of it. Yikes!

So, today I’m going to give it a new look!

Steps Collage Steps:

  1. Pick your wrapping paper book, or any wrapping papers available to you.
  2. Choose the design to use to cover your old planner. You may opt to pick another one to cover the inside part like I did on this planner.
  3. Place your planner flat open on top of your wrapping paper and gently measure the size that you need to cover the planner. Making sure to leave at least an inch of the wrapping paper per side before cutting the rest of the wrapping paper.
  4. Fold the wrapping paper around the front cover of your planner. Every now and then you may want to close your planner to make sure that your wrapping paper fits the planner perfectly.
  5. Extend the wrapping paper up to the back cover of your planner and repeat step #4.
  6. After covering the outer part of your planner, grab your second wrapping paper and measure the inside part of the cover, as show on the photo. Make sure that the ends of the first wrapping paper is covered, too.
  7. For this part, I used double adhesive tape and adhere it to the back of the second wrapping paper. Also, place the wrapping paper as close to the binders as possible. If you can tuck it in below the binder clip spine, do so.
  8. Gently lay it flat on the back of the cover, making sure that it is flat and the side of the wrapping paper close to the binder spine is tuck nicely under it to give it a neat look.
  9. Repeat step #8 for the back cover of your planner.


Scaled Wrapped Journal_Fotor

Tada! Now you have a really nice journal again, albeit old! Who would know that this is an eight years old planner? The wrapping paper and the new refills has made wonders in making my journal look brand new again!

You can also do the same with your new journal, planner or notebook to give it a more chic and personalized feel. Should you decide to do the same, please let me know in the comments below. I’d love to see how you did yours, too! 🙂




2 comments on “DIY: Spruce up an Old Journal

  1. Jen Peñano says:

    Hi, I’m planning also to do this kind of project one of these day. Thanks for sharing this project. 🙂

  2. Maricel says:

    Nice! Love the cupcake printed paper! 🙂


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