Welcome to another edition of my Planning for Beginners series. This is installment number 6 and we’re looking at the inexpensive side of planning. I wanted yo save this for the end of the series to highlight what’s popular first, but to share alternatives on what’s cheaper. Check out the previous installments below and be sure to click all the links highlighted!
- Planning for Beginners: No Right Way to Plan!
- Planning for Beginners: What’s Your Style?
- Planning for Beginners: Sticker Stash
- Planning for Beginners: Etsy Stickers 101
- Planning for Beginners: Washi on Washi
This series is all about printables. Yes, there are Etsy shops that sell printables, but there are tons of free resources as well. Some of my favorites include:
- MyPlannerEnvy (Happy Planner layout friendly)
- NinjaMomDesigns (Happy Planner layout friendly)
When I first started planning I was overwhelmed by all the sticker varieties and washi tapes that I had completely ignored the fact that there were free printables. A lot of my planning this year has featured printables and you can print off entire layouts OR icons. There great thing is, you don’t need a sticker machine to use these. Print them out, cut, and glue. Voila, a spread of your own.
I will say that it can get tedious depending on what you’re cutting out, but don’t buy a sticker maker, Silhouette, just to buy one. When it comes to icon stickers (checklists, boxes, banners), it doesn’t really matter which site you choose. When it comes to layouts, having a Happy Planner can be a challenge. I love the layouts from My Planner Envy and Ninja Mom Designs because they offer both Erin Condren Life Planner formats plus the Happy Planner.
What paper should you print these on? Regular printing paper works. I will say that I have printed on glossy paper and while it’s nice and vibrant, I prefer regular paper. I have also printed on label paper as well for checklists. Below are a few of my layouts featuring printables.