Planners are a real passion for me. Honestly. You can see my 2014, 2015 and 2016 planners here on the blog! Planners for me are a beautiful marriage of scrapbooking, art journalling and organization and because of that, I thought I would share my best advice about planner decorating for beginners!
The Ultimate Mini Guide To Planner Decorating For Beginners!
Decorate your Inside Cover and Dashboard
On the inside of most planners, you will be given space to store stickers and business cards, images or sequin pockets!
A dashboard is the very first page of your planner and is generally a plastic insert or card. Sometimes even both.
Aren’t confident enough to create your own dashboard? You can buy some rather fabulous pen pouches to insert at the start, like this amazing one!
For my planner dashboard, I’ve left the plastic protection and stuck a page from Flow daily calendar 2016 with watercolour flower.
Then I added a mixed fabric stitched tag attached with double sided tape and a number shaped paper clip (I LOVE these colourful ones!) that secures the week we’re in.
Planner Decorating For Beginners Using Dividers
You also don’t have to DIY your dividers. I love these dividers, the doodles are adorable and the colours give you an excellent colour palette to work within your planner!
Decorate Calendar Pages
Transparent Stickers Are The Future!
Use colourful transparent stickers like these to denote special events or appointments, you could even use a colour coding system along with said stickers.
If you’re going on a sticker buying rampage, DO NOT forget about Emily Ley! Oh my god. Her sticker books. My mum is ALREADY asking me what I want for my birthday (months in advance) and honestly, the only thing on the list right now is this sticker book.
Decorate Weekly Pages
In weekly pages, I decorate with everything under the sun. Coloured pens, fancy paperclips stamps, stickers and doodles.
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Planner Deocrating For Beginners With Doodles:
I found some amazing guides to creating your own doodles, click images to visit source:
However, if you aren’t confident enough to draw your own shapes, dividers, headers and doodles; you can purchase planner stencils galore on Etsy.
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Planner Decorating For Beginners With Stickers
This is a great example of how you can use stickers to decorate a notebook or planner! Reset Girl from Simple Stories.
Add Photos and Notes:
There are so many types of decorative paperclips and binder clips out there, it’s really just a matter of choosing colours and shapes! I have numbered gold paperclips in my planner but I really love this bow:
Tassels and Closures:
It was a little large so I used a stapler to make it smaller. You could also use a nice glitter headband if you wanted something to use as a closure.
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Decorate With Scrapbook Tags or Bookmarks
Tags and bookmarks are slim and small enough to insert between weekly inserts, so you are still able to view your weekly layout with pretty decoration.
Now that we’ve completed the mini guide to planner decoration for beginners, do you feel confident that you could create a fabulously pretty planner?
Do you have any more you could add to this? I would love to hear suggestions!
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