The way we use planners has definitely evolved over the last few years, if I do say so myself. I’ve noticed for a lot of people it’s about keeping motivated to use the planner. What better way to do that than some adorable accessories? I’ve found it’s a good way to keep yourself involved with your planner by decorating your planner pages with stickers and washi tape or by simply using cute post-it notes. Here are some examples of how I use fun accessories to spruce up my planning and keep things interesting!
Okay, in the beginning, stickers were one of those things that I thought was a waste of money (it’s still not far from the truth…) and thought I would never decorate my planner with stickers. Oh, how wrong I was! I’ve since learned that using stickers (and washi tape, for that matter) can help add personality and flair to a page. It has the ability to help those who are crafty, and even those who are not, feel like they’re doing something creative. It’s a simple form of self-expression, which I believe is so important as humans. Elle Fowler uses stickers on her weekly spreads not just for planning, but as a way of scrapbooking as well, which I think is an awesome idea (if you have the funds to buy all those stickers, that is). I’ve been using stickers mostly on my month-at-a-glance pages, but that’s about to change when I get into my Plum Paper Planner at the beginning of next year.
Sweet Kawaii Design, I have fallen in love with you! How stinkin’ adorable are these blog and Fall themed stickers?! I’m stocking up for next year to use these in my PPP, and I simply cannot wait! I gush every time I look at these, which I really didn’t know was possible to do that over stickers, but that’s before I met Sweet Kawaii Design stickers, so…Also, I have a coupon code for you guys to get 10% off in her shop and I’m pretty excited about it because if you love stickers, you have to see what else is in her shop!
Coupon Code: LETSBEFRIENDS (10% off)
And because I couldn’t wait to use these stickers, I found out the first day of Autumn next year and used my very first stickers in the new planner!
Then there’s the stickers I find in craft stores, such as Michael’s or A.C. Moore. If I ever find anything I like, I most definitely use a coupon. You can pull up 40% off coupons for these stores anytime. You’ll notice that I have a lot of seasonal stickers!
Not gonna lie – totally stole this idea from Elle Fowler. I just started using an accordion file to store my stickers. This one came from the Target Dollar Spot and was only $1!
Also in the beginning, I didn’t understand the whole washi tape thing and why you would need it. I didn’t want to waste my money on it and actually thought it was for kids (don’t hate me for that one, please!). And again, how wrong I was! Adults, especially those who decorate their planner love and I mean love love love their washi tape. People have built some serious collections of washi tape to use in their planners! Personally, I don’t want a huge collection, just the ones I know I’ll use for certain “projects” (read: themed pages), but I have noticed I’ve collected quite a bit over the last year. Etsy is a really great place to find washi you wouldn’t otherwise find.
Ask any writer, planner, or lover of office supplies, and you’d be surprised how serious they are about their pens. There’s always a designated pen for something. When it comes to planning, some people color code (I used to but no longer), or stick to one specific pen. If I’m not using a colored pen then I’m using a black ball point pen. But I don’t like plain jane ball point pens. There has to be some sort of personality to it. I’ve always been drawn to office supplies that are different.
When I saw this Gem Pen from Juneberry Cottage, I knew I had to add it to my collection. How adorable! I currently use this one for my blogging planner. They also have a ton of cute planner goods in their shop, which I recommend checking out. Juneberry Cottage was so kind and gave me a coupon code for my readers for 15% off their purchase!
Coupon Code: BRANDIESELLERS (no minimum and expires October 10, 2015)
Next, I use my Le Pen pens currently for my Filofax. If I want to use a black ball point pen, I use my gold Kate Spade pens. And lastly, I’ll be using a black Staedtler pen for my Plum Paper Planner next year.
Sticky notes are so handy to jot down ideas, lists, or extra details as you plan. I’ve loved sticky notes ever since I was a kid and was so happy to have an excuse to buy them again. I absolutely love all the different options out there! I know plenty of planner lovers who not only hoard washi, but also sticky notes. It’s just what we do. Sticky and washi never go bad.
Because I love my readers and planner freaks so much, I’m doing a little Target Dollar Spot giveaway. One winner will get this adorable notepad and sticky note set!
- be a subscriber to brandie-sellers.com
- comment on this post about what are some of your favorite planning accessories or what would you like to start using?
Giveaway ends on September 4th.
Good luck everyone!