With an old Happy Planner classic cover set and old spare Happy Planner rings, some paper and a punch, I was able to create a DIY Happynichi (or Classic Half Size) Book I’m using for holiday planning.
I wanted to create a cute DIY Happynichi planner (now known as a Happy Planner Classic Skinny) to organize my holiday notes, lists and other information.
I like the size for specific topics or temporary occasions.
Below is a photo of the supplies I used to create my DIY Happynichi.
I did as much DIY as I could. Meaning I reused whatever I could reuse.
Down below I go through each item and I explain what I used, how I used it and show you what to do with it.
- Paper Trimmer
- Happy Planner Punch
- Rounded Corner Punch
- Happy Planner Stickers
- Happy Planner Filler Paper
- Happy Planner Discs
Step 1. Create Your Cover.
You will need a good trimmer. Especially a good one with a nice sharp blade because you are going to be trimming laminated covers and multiple pieces of cardstock and paper. I especially love this one and this one. But you can use what you have, as long as it works.
I was the recipient of a gifted box of OLD Happy Planners.
Since I didn’t really need them, I gave some away, and then took the rest apart in hopes to use in exactly this way.
Or if like me, you have old Happy Planners you aren’t using anymore, remove the cover and use it.
Side note: Since the front cover of the planner I chose had words on it that would be cut in half, I went ahead and reversed the cover.
If the cut words or photo bothers you on the inside once you’re done, you can cover it. I just don’t care, so I leave mine alone.
Step 2. Round the Corners.
This is an optional step. But when you trim the cover in half, one side has rather sharp ends.
I like to simply use a corner rounder on the edges to make it nice.
I have like four different ones, and they all pretty much work the same.
Step 3. Trim your dividers
If you’re including dividers in your new DIY Happynichi, you will need to trim them to fit as well.
When I made my first Happynichi as a holiday planner, I used blank dividers and cut them to fit.
The second book, I went ahead and used the old dividers I had in my stash.
Eventually I will probably cover the old happy planner dividers with scrapbook paper, but that’s an optional step, so I didn’t include it.
You can also make your own dividers using cardstock.
Step 4. Trim your filler paper.
I also use printer paper as a blank canvas.
You can see by this photo, I used a couple of different kinds.
You need to cut it down to size and add it to the various sections in your book.
Step 5. Punch everything.
From the covers, dividers and filler paper, everything needs to be punched.
I have the big punch because I use all three standard Happy Planner sizes for planning and it’s also the most versatile.
It punches mini, classic and big. For this project, you’re re-punching everything for the Classic (9 mushroom hole) size.
The NEW Happy Planner Punch is AWESOME!
Yes, it’s an investment, but it is totally worth it. You can make loads of things!
Step 6. Insert the discs.
I used some old ones I have from the Arc system. You can use any color, style or brand you wish. Here are lots of options.
And if you want Happy Planner Discs, use those instead.
I just try to use something that compliments the cover. You will need 9 for this project.
Simply put together your DIY Happynichi. Start with the covers on the discs first.
Then add the dividers and then divide the paper up for each section and put it in.
Step 7. Decorate with stickers.
This is again, optional. It’s really about if you want to decorate your final cover or not. And it doesn’t actually have to be stickers, it could be glued on die cuts, paper or whatever you have.
I like decorating the front cover to separate topics and plus it just makes me feel good when I see it. Use whatever you have. Do whatever you want.
You can get some cute decorative stickers at my Favorite Planner Shops on Etsy.
This book is my holiday planner. I used it for Thanksgiving first.
For Thanksgiving I had:
- ingredient list
- shopping list
- cook times
I also created a weekly spread for the week before Thanksgiving.
- days guests arrived
- which day to put the turkey in the refrigerator to thaw
- what order everything needed to cook and when the turkey needed to go in the oven
I have added Christmas to it now.
I have included:
- gift idea & stocking stuffer page
- ordered and received gifts
- received and sent Christmas cards
- Christmas Eve Menu
- Christmas Breakfast Menu
- Ingredient and Shopping List
I also included a weekly spread for each of the two weeks leading up to Christmas. It seems Christmas is a bit busier than Thanksgiving. ha!
Gratitude and Simplicity
I created this second book to store my work oriented goals for the New Year.
Then I found the sticker I used to decorate the cover with.
My focus for the new year, is on minimalism, simplicity and gratitude. So that’s what I am using it for now. I will create a few of my own sheets to go inside as the month goes on.
What will you use your DIY Happynichi for?