USING A PLANNER TO MANAGE YOUR LIFE
Do you use a planner to manage your life? In A Journey Begins with One Step I wrote about how using a planner was one of the tools I used to get off the couch when I was deeply depressed. Experts in child behavior profess that children crave structure. Well, I think adults do, too. So, with this in mind, a few years ago I went and bought a small, cheapy planner from Walmart. Having a written schedule to follow helped me start to get everyday jobs accomplished. Once I began to finish the “easy” tasks, I started to undertake more difficult and time-consuming tasks. Using my planner is only one of many strategies I use to stay off the couch (for the most part). Nonetheless, my planner helped to change my life.
Scheduling with my planner has worked well for me and now I am just a little bit obsessed. Consequently, I have progressed to designing my own planner stickers. And, I am serious about my stickers. Once I put a sticker in the book, it stays there – no changes. (If you continue to read Adding Shimmer to Life, you will find out how much I hate change).
SERIOUS PLANNER STICKERS
I am so serious, a little too serious, about my stickers that my family teases me about them. Oftentimes, I say, “I made a sticker and it is in the planner – you can’t change it now.” Of course, I don’t really mean it (well, kind-of). But, hey, removing a sticker either tears the paper or leaves a sticky residue. This is a huge problem for me – a tear or a dirty spot (you know the dirty spot that appears after you remove something sticky) mars my planner. Therefore my planner is less pretty. Less pretty = less happiness in my world. (Are you catching the humorous exaggeration here? I am exaggerating, right?)
MY ADULT PROBLEMS
For one week each summer, we are all (my parents, Hubby, Skater Boy, and Straight Shooter) at the beach house in Delaware. Usually, just the kids and I go for long weekends. This past summer, we were driving home from a nice dinner when Hubby mentioned that we might go home a day earlier. I, of course, said that it would be impossible. The sticker was already in my planner (I really didn’t want to go home early…yeah, that’s the reason). After that comment, my parents, husband, and even my children spent the entire ride home making fun of my planner sticker addiction. By the time we arrived back at the house, I had tears in my eyes and my stomach hurt from laughing so hard.
Since then, I endure horrible teasing about my planner – just because I try to make my life a little prettier. Adult problems – life is so difficult. (I really hope that my sarcasm is coming through in my writing. Otherwise, you might think I am actually crazy.)
ADDING SHIMMER TO MY PLANNER
OK, back to my planner use timeline. After using my cheapy planner successfully for a while, I upgraded to an Erin Condren Life Planner. If you do not know about ECLP’s (yeah, I am so cool that I use the abbreviation) and you use a paper planner, you might want to check them out. If you like your things pretty like I do, this is the way to go. They are a little pricey, but if you use your planner as much as I use mine then the price will most likely be worth it to you.
The reason I discovered ECLP’s and why I wanted one in the first place was, of course, because of something I saw on Pinterest. Planner Stickers. OMG, the sheer amount of free, pretty stickers available online was enough to have me drooling. So, not only is the planner pretty by itself, I also had the opportunity to make it even prettier! I immediately ordered my first Erin Condren Life Planner and life has never been the same.
I JUST HAD TO MAKE MY OWN PLANNER STICKERS
When I first got my ECLP, I used some free printables for a few weeks. But I was not using all of the stickers and the free printables did not have all of the labels that I needed. Wasting the paper and ink with unused stickers is not good. Also, I really did not like having to write events in my planner that could be on a sticker. I needed customized stickers to meet my needs (and cut down on the amount of writing). That was it. I had to make my own.
ADDING SHIMMER TO YOUR PLANNER
For a while, I copied and pasted designs, changed sizes, and added text. Recently, I started to design my own stickers and now I am sharing my latest set with you. Since I wanted a fall theme, I started with a photo of leaves that I found on Pixabay.com to start my creative process. After I downloaded that first photo, I found a few more that matched (I have a thing with everything matching – it can be a problem). Of course, I made a sheet of stickers with my personal preferences for my ECLP. However, not everyone needs a skateboarding icon or a “Day 1 – Band & Swimming” label. So I added to and deleted from my personal sheet. The result – a printable that I think will be useful to you. Click on the link below to download the FREE printable!
IF YOU FUSSY CUT – USE THESE TIPS!
Many bloggers who share planner sticker printables cut their stickers with a cutting machine. I am not at that point in my planner journey yet. I am still “fussy cutting”. But to make cutting easier, I align the stickers and size the icons at 5/8”. And, I have 2 tips for easier fussy cutting:
- Use a ruler and craft knife
- Press lightly to only cut the sticker paper and not the backing, too.
- Cut the vertical lines first and then the horizontal ones.
- Use a 5/8” circle punch to cut the icon stickers.
Using these tips makes the job less time consuming compared to cutting each one individually with a scissors.
OR, USE A CUTTING MACHINE
Alternatively, you may want to use your cutting machine. For this, I created a blacked-out JPEG file below that will make creating a cut file on your cutting machine relatively easy. A JPEG is the best I can do today; I am still using the free version of Silhouette Studio which does not have the option to make an SVG file.
EDIT THE FALL IS IN THE AIR PLANNER STICKERS
If you want to be able to edit these stickers and you have Microsoft Publisher, click HERE to access the Publisher file. With the file, you can edit sizes & text and add & delete stickers.
Now that you know how I manage life with my ECLP and make it pretty – How do you make your planner pretty? Let me know in the comments below.
I hope you enjoy these planner stickers and add a little shimmer to your planner today!
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HALLOWEEN PROJECTS ON THE HORIZON
I am working on some Halloween projects – specifically a Witch Hat Door Hanger. So keep checking back for that tutorial. ~I am still working on the Ruffle Tote tutorial I promised in Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – What is the difference? and I plan to share it soon. However, Halloween is creeping up this year and cute Halloween projects are mandatory!
LEAF PLANNER STICKER STATS
I made these stickers to fit the ECLP (I try to get the measurements exact, but they may print smaller or larger). If you have the horizontal planner of any other planner, feel free to resize to fit your planner. The leaf photos and backgrounds are free images from Pixabay.com; I did crop, change contrast/brightness, etc. to fit my needs. Also, most of the icons are from free dingbat fonts except for: the laundry basket, crock pot, and sneaker that are made by Freepik (www.freepik.com) from www.flaticon.com. These planner stickers are my personal creation. Please do not sell them. If you would like to share them on your blog or website, I only ask that you give me credit.