Hello, my name is Lakia, and I am a planner addict. If you’re new to the blog you may not know that, but if you’re a frequent reader you can see that planning is what I do. It’s therapeutic for me. Yes, I find peace and happiness in putting down stickers. Hey, everyone has their ‘thing.’ Aside from that, I find myself getting a lot more done when I brain dump everything that I’m thinking on to paper.
If you interested in planning and don’t know where to start, check out my Planning for Beginners series.
As always be sure to click the highlighted links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.
1. PLANNER (duh)
There are so many planner options out there which is why I highly encourage you to check out my Planning for 2017 series. If you’re buying a planner as a gift, I highly recommend buying a planner where you can easily take the pages in and out such as the Happy Planner or the Michaels 6-ring personal size planner. Especially, if you’re buying for a beginner, the option to take pages in and out as you please.
While the coil may be more durable to some, when you start adding stickers, and washi throughout the year, it bulks up quite a bit. Leaving that window open to take . Below are some planner options that you can buy IN STORE (major plus when last minute shopping)!
- 12 Month Happy Planner (mini/classic/big) – $19.99, $24.99, $34.99
- Michaels Creative Year Planner by Recollections 6-ring planner -$19.99
- Michaels | Creative Year by Recollections A5 Binder – $29.99
- Michaels Creative Year Spiral Planner by Recollections – $19.99
STICKER RULE — ALWAYS USE A COUPON WHEN PURCHASING!
There’s so many stickers that you can buy at your local craft store (Michaels, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby). The great thing about these stores are the coupons that they provide. At Michales/AC Moore you can get anywhere from a 40%-60% coupon off one regular priced item (depending). Hobby Lobby always has a 40% off one regular priced item coupon.
As for what stickers to buy that won’t stress you out? VALUE PACKS! Happy Planner’s latest release, their crazy amount of value packs retail for $19.99, but again, those coupons! They also have smaller packs that are $4.99 which you can mix and match to your liking.
Hobby Lobby has one of my favorite lines, Paper Studio. They have sticker sheets where you get two in a pack for $1.99, BUT wait until the entire Paper Studio line is 50% off and you get the stickers, 2 sheets, for $1. I also love anything seasonal when buying something for a planner. Seasonal stickers you know will get used. If you know who you’re shopping for you can get real creative with the Paper Studio sticker sheets customizing them to the likes of the person you’re buying them for.
- Happy Planner Value Sticker Packs – $19.99
- Happy Planner sticker packs – $4.99
- Hobby Lobby Sick-A-Bilities Stickers (Paper Studio) – $1.99
3. Washi Tape
I’ve purchased washi from AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels, but Michaels has BY FAR the best selection. They recently released their washi boxes under their Recollections line. The original price was $30 for 45 rolls of various sizes which averaged down to _ per roll which isn’t bad, BUT during Black Friday they dropped the price to $10 (some were lucky enough to score it for $4) and now it’s their Everyday value. They only have 2 options of these (seasonal & rainbow), but it’s a great option.
NOTE: COUPONS CANNOT BE USED ON MICHAELS EVERYDAY VALUE ITEMS!
They also have washi tubes available for $10.There are also washi tape tubes which are a great option as well. If you’re not getting the $10 everyday value from Michaels, try Hobby Lobby and even AC Moore (if there’s one in your area) and USE A COUPON!
- Seasonal Washi Tape Box by Recollections
- Planner Washi Tape Box by Recollections
- Washi Tape Tubes by Recollections
- Hobby Lobby Washi Tape Tubes – $12.99
Pens are the easiest thing to buy, yet there’s so many options. When it comes to planning I love a ball point pen, but you don’t have to be fancy. When gifting I would recommend the Paper Mate Flairs which have more of a marker tip. If you’re going for a more sleek look there’s the Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens. You can pick these up at Staples, Walmart, Target (or any other store that sells office supplies), but you’re guaranteed to find these there; especially Target. I’m currently using the Uniball Signo that I purchased in a 2 pack from Target.
Of course you can find these on Amazon, but when you’re last minute shopping and you need to get to a store, these are available. It’s also best to keep it simple so they can know where to find them again that’s convenient. At the end of the day, yes pens are pens, but in the planner community THEY’RE EVERYTHING!
- Paper Mate Flairs – $ 5.89, 5 count
- Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens (0.7) – $9.89, 6 count
- Uniball Signo 207 – $2.44, 2 count
- Pilot G2 (0.5)- $4.99, 5 count
You have the planner, stickers, washi, and pens, now it’s time to put it all together. Storage is the best gift to give, especially to a beginner who may not know where and how to corral everything. Michales has a super cute artist tote at the everyday value of $5. If you can’t get your hands on that, one of the popular storage systems happens to be a Craftsman toolbox that you can find at Sears or KMart. Not bad at a price point of $15. Totes really vary by store, but when packing all the goodies inside, be sure to display how to store everything. Make it easy!
- Michaels Artist’s Loft Fundamentals Tote – $5 (everyday value, no coupons)
- Everything Mary Deluxe Craft Organizer– $34.99
- Craftsman 12 inch Tool Tote – $14.99