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DIY Big Happy Planner Layout Templates – Free Printables

Happy Planner 2020 Release and the Planner Newbie

My friend Shary and I decided to a collab on own YouTube channels that gave planner newbies (or even planner veterans) some of our thoughts, tips, tricks, and hacks about various Happy Planner styles.  As requested, I’ve formatted the templates for the Big Happy Planner.  Check out my blog for the free printables that fit the Classic Happy Planner. Continue reading “DIY Big Happy Planner Layout Templates – Free Printables”

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DIY Classic Happy Planner Layout Templates – Free Printables

 

Happy Planner 2020 Release and the Planner Newbie

My friend Shary and I decided to a collab on own YouTube channels that gave planner newbies (or even planner veterans) some of our thoughts, tips, tricks, and hacks about various Happy Planner styles. Scroll down for Free Printables Continue reading “DIY Classic Happy Planner Layout Templates – Free Printables”

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DIY Happy Planner Vertical Layout |Collab with Shary for #FreshStartNewPlanner series

Happy Planner 2020 Release

Although I haven’t seen any sneak peaks on YouTube or Instagram, I’m fairly confident that within the next few weeks, we’ll see all the new January – December 2020 Planners and corresponding sticker books. Continue reading “DIY Happy Planner Vertical Layout |Collab with Shary for #FreshStartNewPlanner series”

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Easy Lettering/Workbook hack in a Happy Planner

Book bound Systems

Lately, I’ve come to realize that not only do I love the style and quality of Happy Planner products, I LOVE the functionality.  More and more, if it isn’t on the disc bound system, it isn’t for me.  I love being able to take pages in and out of my Happy Planner system. Continue reading “Easy Lettering/Workbook hack in a Happy Planner”

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DIY Happy Planner Dashboard Layout |Collab with Shary for #FreshStartNewPlanner series

Happy Planner 2020 Release

Although I haven’t seen any sneak peaks on YouTube or Instagram, I’m fairly confident that within the next few weeks, we’ll see all the new January – December 2020 Planners and corresponding sticker books.  And the frenzy will begin.  But for those who are either new to Happy Planner or just looking for a fresh start, I’m hoping that this collab with Shary will be beneficial to you. Continue reading “DIY Happy Planner Dashboard Layout |Collab with Shary for #FreshStartNewPlanner series”

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20+ Ideas/Ways to use your Happy Planner Notebooks

Happy Planner Happy Notes

I might have mentioned once, or twice, or a hundred times that I love stationary.  Back to school season (even though I’m not in school, a teacher, or have children in school) is one of my favorite seasons.  All of the pens, paper, markers, and notebooks!  It’s a stationary nerd’s paradise.

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DIY Happy Planner Half Note Folder: Two Styles

Happy Planner Half Notes Folder

Happy Planner currently makes folders for their Mini, Classic, and Big size systems.  However, Happy Planner does not currently have a folder made for the Half Sheet Happy Notes.  Many people that I’ve seen on YouTube and Instagram have cut down a classic size folder and use that.  With the limited access to Happy Planner items in Hawaii, I don’t have any extra folders that I feel comfortable cutting.

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Savings and Goals Tracker + Free Printable

Goal Setting

I haven’t been the best at setting goals.  Actually, I’m kind of horrible at them.  I think it’s based on fear of not living up to my goals and the notion that I’d be doubly a failure.  So I don’t set them.  Or I make them so vague that it’s easy to accomplish.  Or I make them so specific that I already know that I can meet them.  However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t strive to set better goals.  I think for me, it helps if I can set goals but also have small wins as I progress through them.  I once read somewhere it’s like the Angry Birds or Pokemon Go mentality, the more you win (even if it’s small) the more you want to continue to win.

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Posted in General, Happy Planner, Meal Ideas

Quick and easy creamy chicken taco casserole

Prep time: 10 minutes      Cook time: 10-12 minutes

Great weeknight dinner

On the weekends, I tend to cook things that take a little bit of time and preparation because I have more time to enjoy the process.  It can be as simple or elaborate as I choose and take a few minutes or a few hours.  However, if I factor in commuting time, my days tend to be 11-12 hours long during the work week.  After working full-time during the day and then sitting in traffic for hours, the last thing that I want to do is come home and make a complicated or time-consuming dinner. I have several go-to, quick and easy meals that I can prepare that are ready in 30 minutes or less.  However, every once and again, I try something new but still strive to have it done (including prep time) in under 30 minutes.

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Happy Planner and Hobonichi Page sizes

Planner Newbie

I’m still pretty new to the planner world.  I tried my hand at bullet journal late 2017 but it seemed to be so much work to maintain the spreads.  In October 2018, I took the plunge and purchased my first Happy Planner.  I’d always felt that I didn’t have much going on in my life to warrant a traditional planner but as I was trying to focus more on my social media and business, I thought I’d have more to track.  I’m so happy I took the plunge!  The functional aspect of a Happy Planner can not be overstated – being able to take pages in and out is such a game changer.  However, the added bonus of being able to create decorative spreads gives me the motivation to return to it again and again.

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with my Happynichi.  It’s a planner system that is part Hobonichi Weeks, part bullet journal, and part Happy Planner.  You have the slim design of a Hobonichi Weeks; the freedom of a bullet journal; but the flexibility of a Happy Planner.  Being from Hawaii, none of my local stores sell the Half Sheet Happy Notes Notebook (which the HappyNichi is made of) from Happy Planner so I made my own of materials that I had on hand.  Because I also do YouTube videos, I found it a bit difficult to find the various sizes of Hobonichi and Happy Planner pages.  I wanted to do a really simple blog with that information in hopes that it might help others who are making their own products or accessories.

YouTube video: How-to DIY your own Happy Planner Half Sheet Happy Notes

https://youtu.be/u1c3yXRVBhE

Hobonichi Sizes

The Hobonichi system of planners originated from Japan and is becoming wildly popular with the U.S planner community.  There are three sizes and two styles of Hobonichi planners: Cousins, A6 Planner, and Weeks.  The Cousins and A6 Planners are done in the daily style while the Weeks is done in the planner style.  I do not own any of the Hobonichis but I heard the size,  portability, and paper quality of the planners are excellent.  Below you’ll find the sizes of pages for each of the various planners.  Please note: the cover sizes for the Happy Planner is usually about .5 inches wider than the page.



Hobonichi Cousins:  148 x 210 mm or 5.8 x 8.3 inches

Hobonichi A6 Planner:  105 x 148 mm or 4.8 x 5.8 inches

Hobonichi Weeks:  95 x 187 mm or 3.75 x 7.4 inches

Happy Planner Sizes

In 2015, the Happy Planner system was launched.  Two factors that I believe make it so successful is that 1) it uses discs and 2) the company’s endless array of planners and accessories.  The Happy Planner currently has four (official*) different sized planners and five different layouts (to my knowledge).   The disc count for each planner sizes are as follows:  Micro (4), Mini (7), Classic (9), *Half Sheet (9), and Big (11).  The various layouts that I am aware of are the horizontal, vertical, dashboard, academic, and monthly.


Happy Planner Micro: 3 x 4 inches or 7.62 x 101.6 mm

Happy Planner Mini: 4.5 x 7 inches or 114.3 x 177.8 mm

*Happy Planner Half Sheet:  4.125 x 9.25 inches or 106.172 x 234.95 mm

Happy Planner Classic:  7 x 9.25 inches or 177.8 x 234.95 mm

Happy Planner Big: 8.5 x 11 inches or 215.9 x 279.4 mm

(I’ve also made my own Happy Planner Midi which is a (5) ring system and 4.25 x 5 inches or 107.95 x 127 mm to emulate the Hobonichi A6 Daily Planner)

Happy Planner Midi

*I mention this since the Happynichi aka Half Sheet Happy Note is not a planner system Happy Planner currently makes and is part of their notebook line.

I hope you find this blog useful.  Since I generally make my own products and accessories, I find having all of this information at my disposal makes it easier for me to work on my projects rather than always having to hunt down the information.