8/30 DIY or DIE: Make a Broke-Ass Wedding Planner with Cricut Explore Air

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Affiliate Disclaimer NewGuys, I’m so in love with / super proud of this DIY. Part of it is because I’m so DIY-dumb that I’m actually amazed I pulled this off and part of it is because I know you guys are going to totally love it. I mean, anything that can help keep you on top of your game while planning your badass, broke-ass wedding is gonna be something you dig, right?
DIY or DIE Make a Broke-Ass Wedding Planner with Cricut Explore Air
We’ve been asked time and time again to come up with some sort of planner / checklist for you guys and when Cricut approached me about creating an amazing DIY using their Cricut Explore Air machine I jumped at the chance to do just that. As part of Cricut’s Wedding Campaign, “It’s Your Story, Make It Personal,” I saw this as the perfect opportunity to create something gorgeous, useful and doable for even the DIY-incapable. Having looked at a bajillion wedding planners and notebooks over the years, I realize that most of them don’t really work for the kinds of weddings Broke-Ass couples have — mostly because they aren’t customizable enough, or are too rigid in the to-do and budget areas, which can get super overwhelming. Broke-Ass couples do weddings their way, and y’all should have a tool that helps you do just that. So with the help of Cricut and Canon, I set out to make a totally personalized, super flexible and still adorably useful wedding planner to help you stay organized and on top of your shizz.

If you’re not familiar with Cricut and their cutting machines here’s the rundown: You know all those cool vinyl decals, precision-cut paper goods and unique lettered signs you’ve seen on Pinterest and moped over not being able to pull off yourself? Well, with one of these bad boys, you can. The Cricut Explore Air can cut over 60 materials, making it a veritable wanna-be DIYer’s dream come true (click here for a list of all the shizz the Cricut can cut). I was more than a little overwhelmed when I first got my machine, because, again: DIY-dumb. But after playing around with it (and feeling the overwhelming need to label my silverware holders), I got super giddy about all the stuff I could do with the machine. There are easy tutorials and instructions available on Cricut‘s site and YouTube, and there is pretty much no limit to the amount of creative awesomeness you can bring to life. Not to mention, Cricut is going to have some baller-ass giveaways and prizes every week this month — we’re talking wedding dresses, craft goodies, wholesale wedding flowers and even a honeymoon (OMG). Stay tuned at the bottom of the post for more deets.


Make a Broke-Ass Wedding Planner with Cricut Explore Air

Supplies for The Broke-Ass Bride Wedding PlannerSupplies:

Cricut Explore Air

Printer (Canon MG7720)

Free BAB Downloads

White 12×12 Cardstock  (x 11)

8.5×11 Paper (lined or unlined)

Washi Sheets

Standard Grip Cutting Mat

Transfer Tape

Pearl Paper 

Double-sided Tape

Hole Punch

Paper Fasteners

Paper Trimmer

How To:

Step 1:

Download and Print Free Broke-Ass Printables:

Wedding Planning Checklist

Budget Worksheet

Guest List Worksheet (print 2 copies — one for you, one for your partner)

Planner Cover Design (make sure it saves as .png)

Canon PIXMA M7720 Wireless All-In-One PrinterStep 2:

Head over to Cricut Design Space and upload the Planner Cover Design and insert into project. I stretched the dimensions of the design so that the top left corner began where the 1 and 1 intersect and the top right corner was at 8. The design will stay proportional when you stretch the image. Add whatever text you’d like. To replicate our design, use the following fonts and sizes:

To Do: Straight & Simple, 172.8

Before: Penmanship, 56.41

I Do: Yours Truly, 186.3

Tip: If you can’t see the text, click under the Layers tab on the righthand side, click the text layer and make sure it’s white. Because this is a cut-only project, the actual color doesn’t matter. It may also help to right-click on the background design and click “Send backward.”

Ensure all layers have a little scissors icon next to them so the Cricut knows to cut them. Click on each of the text layers and hit “attach.”

Planner Cover in Cricut Design SpaceStep 3:

Choose Washi Sheet pattern. Attach to Standard Grip Mat. Power on Cricut, turn dial to Vinyl and load mat. Click “Go” in Design Space and follow the instructions. Watch the magic happen.

Cricut Cutting Washi SheetStep 4:

Washi Sheets tend to be a bit fragile, so carefully peel the mat from the sheet and using the weeding tool peel the outline and letters from the backing. Cut enough transfer tape to cover the design, remove backing and place transfer tape over design. Use the scraper to ensure tape is air bubble-free. Using spatula if necessary, carefully peel transfer tape + Washi sheet from back and place on white cardstock. Use scraper and spatula to press Washi design onto cardstock and clear air bubbles and carefully peel off transfer tape.

Using a paper trimmer, trim cardstock with design to 8.5″ x 11″.

Planner Cover Design with Transfer TapeStep 5:

Trim two pieces of card stock and one piece of Pearl card stock to 9.25″ x 12″. Using double-sided tape, affix Pearl cardstock to one piece of white cardstock to make it sturdier. Center cardstock with design on Pearl cardstock and affix with double-sided tape.

Step 6:

Trim 8 pieces of white cardstock to 8.5″ x 11″. Print one of each of these graphics on the cardstock (click to embiggen).

Step 7:

Arrange papers into piles:

From top: The Broke-Ass Bride Wedding Planning Checklist, Yay! You’re Engaged Cardstock, The Broke-Ass Bride Budget Worksheet, a few sheets of blank paper.

9 Months To Go Checklist, Guest list Worksheet, a few sheets of blank paper.

6 Months To Go Checklist, a few sheets of blank paper.

3 Months To Go Checklist, a few sheets of blank paper.

1 Month To Go Checklist, a few sheets of blank paper.

2 Weeks To Go Checklist, a few sheets of blank paper.

1 Week To Go Checklist, a few sheets of blank paper.

1 Day To Go Checklist.

Collating Planner PapersStep 8:

Using hole punch (I highly recommend not being a dummy like me and using a three-hole punch instead of a single-punch), align piles and punch holes.

Arrange piles so 1 Day To Go Checklist is on the bottom and working upward so The Broke-Ass Bride Wedding Planning Checklist is on top.

Center paper on cover and blank cardstock. Punch holes in cover pieces. “Bind” planner with fasteners (optional: Use twine, ribbon or other material to tie together binding.”

Step 9:

Marvel at your mad DIY skillz, go forth and plan!

For this project, I used the Canon PIXMA MG7720 Wireless All-In-One Printer, which was generously provided to me by Canon. If you’re considering DIYing your invitations or any part of your wedding day paper goods, I can’t recommend this printer enough — it can print on a huge variety of materials, does a quick, quiet and precise job and … you can do it all without leaving your couch, even if the printer’s across the room (wireless, yo!).

This Week’s Cricut Contest:

Win $1500 toward a Celia Grace Wedding Dress! *Swoon*

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