Upcycled Happy Planner Frame

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I recently caved and joined the Happy Planner craze. I’m a note taker and list maker (really I just like the feeling of acomplishment when I get to check things off!).

So I found a sale and got my first Happy Planner! It’s beautiful with flowers on the cover and pretty inspirational sayings on the inside, things like:

“Savor the small things.” And “Focus on the good.”

It’s even packed full of pages with fun and chic designs.

So each month as I went to empty out the previous section I found myself setting aside the decorative pages. The thrifty side of me said it would be a waste to throw such pretty pictures out. While the crafty side of me said there has to be SOMETHING I can do with these. Eventually I had a nice little pile sitting on my desk. My husband finally insisted that I stop hoarding them or finally do something with them.

I decided to start by upcycling an old picture frame using a quote and a design page together. This project is really so simple you’re going to think I’m crazy!

I began by gathering my supplies:

Glue, scotch tape, or scrapbook tape (depending on what you have laying around)


Happy planner pages (1 quote, 1 design that compliment one another)

Dollar Tree Frame or any old Frame you have laying around


1. Match a quote page with a patterned page. You want them to compliment eachother not clash of course. The pattern will be acting as your background.

2. Now, my Frame was a little big so I had to use black construction paper as a second background (to put the pattern on). This acted as a filler between the Happy Planner page and the Frame. If you use/buy a smaller frame this step won’t be necessary. You may also have to trim the construction paper to fit into the frame.

3. Trim your pattern page so the hole punched edge on the left is no longer there. Tape pattern page onto the middle of the construction paper.

4. Now you’re ready to trim down the quote page. I wanted a good portion of the pattern to show behind the quote so I cut close to the words. You can allow however much or little of the pattern page to show as you’d like.

5. Next you will want to position and tape the quote onto the pattern page. (If you’re not using glue or scrapbook tape, you’ll want to fold the scotch tape to be double sided..so it won’t be visible)

6. Last, place your newly designed, upcycled page in the frame and do what you’d like with it! I placed mine on the kitchen bar but you could hang yours in another room, give it away as a gift, or even do a few more and try to sell them on a craft page!

I often find that we buy things and let them go to waste but if you stop and think you will find ways to upcycle and reuse them! Be creative and make something beautiful.

What are some items around your house that you’ve successfully upcycled?

4 thoughts on “Upcycled Happy Planner Frame

  1. What a great idea. I am guilty of saving calendars because I like the pretty pictures. So I think I will try this idea and frame them. (Maybe you can help me lol)

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