Spring Planner Makeover

Spring Planner Makeover

Hello, planner friends!  A super excited Meka here with you today  to share my spring Carpe Diem planner makeover! But first, a minor disclaimer—I may have gone slightly overboard with florals this time around. Spring is in the air and I just couldn’t resist!

Just about every Simple Stories collection out right now has florals or light-hearted colors that I picked to springify my #teampink planner. From stickers and washi paper tape, to scrapbook paper and enamel dots, it’s all in here! Collections I used: You and Me, Carpe Diem, Life in Color, Hope, plus tiny bits of both Heart and You are Here.

My planner pockets have come to life with paper flowers adorned with Decorative Bradz and chipboard stickers. A You are Here camera, Life in Color butterfly, and Carpe Diem floral bouquet will make dreamy paperclips this month.

To make this fun washi sampler, I used a Life in Color Bits and Pieces tag as the base. A scrap of thin cardstock glued to the back made it sturdy enough to wrap with some of my favorite washi tapes. The tag would have looked just as sweet with the top adorned with ribbon, a Decorative Brad, or one of the many flower stickers in the Simple Stories collections, but I chose a resin cabochon for variety.

My “It’s a Brand New Day” dashboard got a lift with stickers and word phrases. They should peel off the plastic without too much fuss whenever I’m ready.

Underneath the clear dashboard, I sandwiched a translucent vellum sheet in front of the floral explosion that is the Believe patterned paper from the Hope Kit. This way the title stands out from the background, but you still get a good dose of spring pretty.

I’ll tell you something about myself that I’ve heard many other planner girls say, too: I have the hardest time writing on the first page of any notebook. I can never even write my name in my planners! But, this Carpe Diem floral bouquet and these bright alphas from You Are Here gave me just the push I needed to make this planner officially me!

The “Kiss the Girl” floral paper from the You and Me collection is beyond adorable. So I reused a pocket I made from it a couple of months ago.. To make it feel new again, I added this inspirational card cut from "Elements #2" 12x12 scrapbook paper from the Hope kit. Adhering it with removable washi tape means I can swap out inspirational cards anytime.
The next pocket page required some scrap love.  The floral bouquet on the pocket itself was just what I wanted, but the teal stripes on the backing were too bold for my spring mood. So I tucked a piece of “So Much Happiness” floral paper from Life in Color inside the pocket to cover the stripes . I accidentally cut the page too narrow, but a thin strip of the coordinating pink from the back of the same 12x12 sheet hid my mistake and added an extra detail. 

Of course, I used my removable washi tape trick again so I can reuse the pocket for future décor. I just love it!  

My favorite part of the spring makeover is all the little details I added to the Life in Color monthly tabs. Bits of floral washi paper tape and a few tiny stickers give the tabs such a pretty feel.  I created the “planning” tab by tracing around one of the other tabs as a template, and adhering a clear label sticker from the Carpe Diem basic dividers pack.


For my April monthly spread, I covered the Sunday-start weekday headers with washi paper tape. The skinny strips are the perfect height! The You Are Here collection had cute pink mini alphas to re-label the days into Monday-start. I used stickers, fussy cuts from Elements papers, and word phrases to embellish the monthly pages.

Cheery, hand-picked Simple Stories florals and embellishments—well that says springtime all the way!  I hope you find some time to give your Carpe Diem a spring makeover, too!