One of my pet peeves is when manufacturers or retailers place stickers on items that aren’t easily (or ever) removed. Case in point. After months of searching (I’m very particular*), I finally settled on a 2009 planner and forked over money for it. When I got it home, I tried to remove the sticker from the back (because who wants to carry around a dark blue planner with a price tag clearly visible on it for 12 months?). This is what happened.
I set the planner aside, since I didn’t need it for a few more weeks, so that I could figure out a solution. I think I came up with something that works and will make me smile (instead of frown) when I look at my planner for the whole year.
I used scraps of denim (the spine) and two pink prints left over from my lap quilt (the pink on white floral and the pink jellybean print on the back), as well as part of a strip from a recent Jelly Roll purchase (the green). I also used a decorative stitch (in hot pink, no less!) on the pockets and along the top (I would have done it along the bottom, too, but I nearly ran out of thread – that’s the fourth spool of thread in the last month I’ve used up!). I love it, and can’t wait to start using it (classes start Wednesday).
*My guidelines: vertical weekly view with columns wide enough for a small Post-It note, times marked clearly reflecting days longer than 8-5 (preferably 8-8 or 8-9). You wouldn’t think it’d be asking too much, but it is.