I have to admit, I like organizing in paper format. I like the tactile aspects, and the records that it keeps. I’ve tried organizing electronically, but then I delete the task once I have completed it and there is no record of what I’ve accomplished. There is something about crossing the task off the to-do list that is so satisfying! Plus pretty stickers, colored pens, and washi tape!
Some things are suited for electronic form, such as a list you plan to share with someone else or a list of links that you want to be able to easily click on. However, I find that for my purposes I like the paper versions especially for scheduling, tracking, and gratitude.
I am constantly on the lookout for ways to improve my planner habit and there are always new ones to discover! When life picks back up post-quarantine, I plan to return to using weekly spreads instead of monthly and I love to mix them up based on my new stickers or a specific theme.
I have been stockpiling some of my supplies, waiting for the chance to get to use them!
These beautiful Erin Condren mini monthly tabs are on hold until the end of the year when I start planning out my 2022 layouts. Tabs like these are so awesome for any bullet journal style since they just stick right to your pages. I’ve already been using these beautiful tab stickers this year to divide things out by month and by topic. By the way, do check out Sunshine Sticker Co. for so many wonderful functional stickers and washi tapes! I would place another order today if I didn’t already have so many pretty stickers to use!
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If you are looking for templates and printables to add to your bullet journal, I invite you to take a look at some of my favorites – the One-Page Monthly, several weekly planner page options, and even the Canva Planner Template.
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There is something about that blank planner page that makes me want to pull out my entire sticker collection!
Some pages are better off with a minimalist design, but some just beg for decoration and stickers and gel pens.
Left to right: Coco and Opal from CrateJoy, Erin Condren, Planner Kate from Etsy
I fell in love with the Coco and Opal Design Planner Stickers as soon as I opened my first packet! They are a reasonably priced monthly subscription from CrateJoy. The above stickers are from the month of July with a delicious lemonade theme, and I actually laughed out loud at the text stickers on the bottom section of the picture — “Stupid To Do List”.
One of the biggest names in personal planners and planner stickers is Erin Condren, and with very good reason. I have not tried her actual planners yet (truthfully, I didn’t want to switch styles mid-year) but I had to try out some of her stickers and accessories. My favorite feature is that a majority of the stickers are customizable. The larger sheets pictures above (the watercolor and the lacy ones) are in colors that I selected. I love that you can coordinate them to your existing color scheme or to the season! The little hexagon ones above are brilliant – they are page markers that wrap around the paper so you can find something quickly!
In all honesty, PlannerKate1 is one of the most successful shops on Etsy. I don’t mean the most successful sticker store or planner accessory seller, I mean one of the most successful shops PERIOD. Remarkable! And I just had to try them out. They are mostly designed for the Erin Condren planners (in sticker shape and size) but could be used in just about any planner you have on hand. I tend to use more functional stickers and these certainly fit the bill.
Behold the Erin Condren seasonal surprise box! It seems to have already sold out so I don’t think I am spilling any secrets….
There was so much in this beautiful box that I could barely fit it all in the picture. The fall color scheme is gorgeous shades of navy, purple, and teal with silver highlights. I always appreciate silver highlights over gold but that’s just a personal preference.
Padfolio Set *sneak peek* – navy vegan leather containing two to-do list pads and one weekly calendar pad
2-pack of folded paper ornaments *sneak peek* – haven’t opened them just yet but can’t wait to hang them in my home office
Hexagon Sticky Note pack *sneak peek* – who can’t use pretty sticky notes in their planner, on their calendar, on the fridge at home, anywhere really
3-piece ballpoint pen set *sneak peek* – three pens in purple, navy, and teal (please note that the ink is a smooth black ballpoint)
2 sticker sheets *exclusive* – I love the fact that these fall leaves aren’t the normal fall colors of orange and yellow
Interchangable covers *exclusive* – snap into the EC planners but they might fit other spiral notebooks too
Large eraser *exclusive* – because life is about learning from your mistakes
Asterisk decorative tape dispenser *sneak peek* – roll out the sparkly stars to decorate your fall calendars
Stationery set *exclusive* – gorgeous notecards with silver envelopes