Tuesday, August 11, 2015

How to make DIY Bookmark for Erin Condren Planners

I started using my Erin Condren Planner back in July. Since then, I have been looking for ways to use it practically while also adding in some decorative elements. I discovered that I often easily lost my place within the planner. Yes, there are monthly tabs. My problem was that I wanted to quickly flip to the week I was working in and to any pertinent notes for that week in the back of my planner. The answer for me was to create a set of personal book marks using some of Deflecto's flexible pouches. The process is super simple. In fact, you can make a bookmark in less than 5 minutes.

Here is a closeup of the four bookmarks I created. I chose to put a few 3x4 pocket page cards from a recent Cocoa Daisy kit inside my pouches. The cards are double sided, so there was no need to worry about what to put on the back. Any3 x 4 inch pocket page card would work. You could also add family photos. The Deflecto pouches are sturdy and they remain closed. I am not worried about the cards slipping out, so I didn't feel the need to fuse the top of the pouch shut. Leaving the top open will allow me to change out the cards as often as I please.

As I mentioned in the video, you will need to We R Memory Keepers fuse tool to seal the sequins into the bottom of the pouch. The Deflecto flexible pouches are thicker than a page protector which means that using the metal ruler as a guide is not an option. The layers are too thick for it to fuse well. Set the metal ruler aside and use your glass mat or a cutting mat with a grid to draw a straight line free hand. Work slowly and steadily so that the Fuse tool doesn't slip on the glossy surface of the pouch. Do not apply to much pressure or you will cut the pouch rather than fusing it. At times, it may help to lift the tool and place it down again gently as you work across the pouch.

The Deflecto flexible pouches come in packs of ten. It's very likely that you won't need 10 bookmarks. I plan to make a few extra to give as gifts. They are so quick and easy to make plus there is the added bonus of being able to personalize them for any friends or family who also love Erin Condren Planners.

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Ready to create your own bookmarks? Look in your supplies for washi tape, ribbon and sequins to match your planner covers.

You can find the Erin Condren Coil Clip connectors at the Erin Condren Website under Planner accessories.

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I plan to take the Planner Love class through True Scrap in September. I hope it will help me in finding that perfect balance between a practical planner and a decorative one. Would you like to join me?

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