I am so excited to share this easy erasable meal planner tutorial with you today!  Meal planning is the one task I try to do every Sunday, along with going to the grocery store.  I really try to make sure that I get myself organized for the week ahead, and when I meal plan, I don’t really have to think about what to make for dinner… I just actually have to make dinner!

I really wanted something a little more inspiring to record my meal planning for the spring and summer months, because my motivation to actually make anything goes way down.

So, I decided to create an erasable meal planner using Xyron and Deep Red Stamp products that would totally fit in my kitchen!

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Erasable Meal Planner Tutorial

Materials

  • Xyron 9″ Creative Station with permanent adhesive refills AND two-sided laminate refills
  • Grunge Tag Rubber Stamps from Deep Red Stamps
  • Teresa Collins Mega Runner
  • Scissors
  • Paper Cutter
  • Paper (I used DCWV paper for this project)
  • Water Colors
  • Galvanized Plaque Similar To This One
  • Silhouette Cameo

Materials

Tutorial

1. Decide on the colors you want to use for your meal planner.  I went with yellows, greens, and pinks as they go with the decor in my kitchen.

Cutting Paper

2. Take a piece of paper and cut it to the size you want to cover the galvanized plaque.  I used the yellow polka-dots to act as the background of my meal planner.

3. Using your Deep Red Stamps and the water colors, paint the stamps to the colors of your choosing.  I went with yellow, teal, and deep pink.  I wanted to make the tags look smudged, so after I quickly painted on the water color and stamped it on the paper, I flapped the paper around.

Watercolors

4. I created a total of five tags using the water colors and the stamps.

5. Once the water color was dry, I cut out each tag.

6. Then I cut out letters using my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut out the letters in white paper so they would stand out against the colorful background I had chosen.  I cut out “M”, “T”, “W”, “Th”, and “F”.  I also cut out the word “Dinner”.

7. I removed the letters from the Silhouette cutting mat and laid them on my paper.

8. I added a stripe of floral paper to the left-hand side of the paper, which is where I plan to put the tags.

9. I cut out a pocket from my DCWV paper stack, along with some embellishment hearts and a bow.  And, I cut out another piece of paper to use as a notes section on my meal planner.

Making Stickers

10. I laid everything out on the polka-dot paper.  When I was happy with where everything was placed, I ran everything except the pocket and the paper bow through the Xyron Creative Station with the permanent adhesive refill.

11. I put the floral paper on the left-hand side of the polka-dot paper.

12. I added the word “Dinner” to the top of the meal planner.

13. I put all five tags over the floral paper, then I added a letter next to each tag to represent a day of the week.

14. I put on the paper to use as a note section for the meal planner, and then I added some embellishment hearts to the corner to give the meal planner some sparkle.

Adding Pocket

15. Using the Teresa Collins Mega Runner, I rolled the three ends of the pocket and placed it under the notes section.

16. Then, I ran the entire meal planner through the Xyron Creative Station with the two-sided laminate.

Cutting Pocket

17. Taking my scissors, I sliced the top part of the pocket with one end of the scissors.  I wanted to create an opening where I could store things like coupons.

18. I attached the meal planner to the galvanized plaque using the Teresa Collins Mega Runner.

Erasable Meal Planner

19. Finally, using the Teresa Collins Mega Runner, I attached the paper bow to the top corner of the meal planner.

Erasing Meal Planner

And, I found that the best way to write on any Xyron laminated product is Lumocolor Permanent.  These pens easily erase and write really clear on the laminate, which I love!

I cannot wait to use this meal planner each week when I am getting myself organized!  The pocket is the perfect place for my coupons or any other small item that needs to go with my meal planner.

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