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DIY Faux Leather Planner Cover

January 21, 2015

I'm such a paper hoarder.
For some odd reason, I have this inexplicable love of composition journals, notebooks, sticky notes, etc. I mean, I do use all of the above on a daily basis to help keep myself organized (read: justification for continuing to hoard paper). Over the past few years, I have covered a composition notebook, made a moleskine inspired journal and even showed you how I use them to keep myself organized.

Although I loved last year's covered model, it was a one time use situation (until I figure out how to reuse it). This year, I decided I wanted something a little more durable, plus I want the option to reuse it. After a quick trip to my local Joann's farbic store, I found large rolls of vinyl (aka faux leather) in the upholstery section in almost every color imaginable. My DIY was coming together beautifully.

The original price is somewhere around $18 per yard. Since I only needed 1/3 of a yard and I got it while it was 40% off, my total to about $4 including tax per color. Since the rolls are so lengthy and the price was way too good to pass up, I purchased the faux leather in turquoise and lime green and was able to cover a standard composition notebook, a spiral notebook, and my old Bible (which is about 3 inches thick). Plus, there's still enough fabric left over to cover at least 1 other composition notebook.

The best part of using faux leather is it won't fray. I did glue a bookmark onto the center fold inside the cover as well as hand stitched a pen holder onto the back flap. The decoration on the front was actually an upcycled piece from here. 

Fun Fact: If you ever get pen mark on the cover, wipe it off with alcohol.

Happy crafting!

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