Hi there! Jennifer here. Have you lost the motivation to use your planner? Perhaps you need something new to get you going again. Today I am here to show you a fun way to use a traveler's notebook as a planner. You can create your own planner layout that works for you. I was able to do this using a blank notebook, washi tape, and stamps.
Donut-Inspired Planner Layout
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- Webster's Pages Color Crush Naturals Travelers Planner - Blush & Gold Foil Dot
- Doodlebug Washi Tape - Rainbow Dots
- Doodlebug Monochromatic Washi Tape 12 Pack - Stripe
- Doodlebug Monochromatic Washi Tape 12 Pack - Scallop
- Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens - 10 Color Set
- Tsukineko VersaFine Inkpad - Onyx Black
- Lawn Fawn Stamps - Plan on It: Calendar
- Lawn Fawn Stamps - Plan On It
- Sticko Stickers-Donut Characters
- Avery Elle Pigment Ink Pad-Fizz
- Avery Elle Pigment Ink Pad-Raspberry
- VersaMagic Dew Drops 4-Pack - Pretty Pastel
- Fiskars Stamp Blocks
- Apple Pie Memories Acrylic Stamp Blocks
The main thing to do first is to choose the way you would like to layout your planner. I personally like having the layout horizontaly. This is because I like to split my events/appointments from my to-do's/ tasks. First, I used my pencil to sketch out some lines to visually see how I wanted it all spaced out. I was inspired by some Sticko donut character stickers that caught my eye. So, I chose some washi tape that I felt coordinated with the colors in the stickers. I placed the tape on the top and bottom of the pages. Next, I placed washi tape where I drew the lines to divide up my days of the week.
These planner stamps from Lawn Fawn made it easy to date my planner. If you use undated inserts, these would work great! Since these are clear stamps, you will need to use a stamp block to stamp out the images. I love the ones by Fiskars and Apple Pie memories because they come in various different sizes. It is important to use the correct size block for the stamp you are using. This will help to avoid any smudges, uneven stamping, and over inking. The smaller blocks in particular are best for stamping those small icons and dates. My favorite inks to use when stamping in my planner are VersaMagic chalk inks which has no bleed through and very minimal to light shadowing. I also love my Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink for detailed images especially when stamping words or phases.
Next, I strategically placed my stickers in places where I felt would take up the least amount of space. This is usually in the corners and edges of the page. When keeping track of events or tasks that are the same time on each day, I chose an icon that best represented that. For example, I used a banner to keep track of my work schedule in the hospital. Since, it is the same time each day, it would be redundant to write in the time each day. A stamp makes it simple. Depending if it's day or night shift, I just place AM or PM by writing it in. If you have AM/ PM stamps, you can use those instead. I also like to keep track of the weather. I am not usually good at checking the weather, so writing it down in my planner the week before helps me to be aware of it.
Another planner favorite are the Staedtler Triplus Fineliners. They have the boldness of a marker, but the smoothness of a pen and comes in a variety of colors. I love to color code, so those pens are very handy. Here I used it to make a simple weekly cleaning routine. First, I used the checklist stamp and stamped a column for each day of the week. Then, I listed each task that needs to be done.You can also use this method as a habit tracker. Perhaps you are on a no spend, or trying to cut back on drinking soda. Maybe you want to keep track of how often you go running, or post on your blog. Now you can stay of top of the things and mark it down each day you do them.
I hope I have given you some valuable tips for getting you back on track with your planner. Making your planner look good is meant to inspire and motivate you to actually use your planner, and help you remember the things that need to get done. Use those stickers and stamps to your advantage! Don't be afraid to get creative with your planner. Happy planning!