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DIY December Daily/Traveler’s Notebook 2019

A Brief history of the December Daily concept

A few years ago, the December Daily concept pinged on my radar.  December daily is a concept started by Ali Edwards in 2007.  The concept is based on memory keeping, or ‘telling a story’ for every day in December leading up to Christmas.  It generally involves elements of scrap booking, pictures, thoughts etc. (you can find more here: https://aliedwards.com/projects-december-daily)

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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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DIY Happynichi Laminated Traveler’s Notebook Style Cover

Laminated Traveler’s Notebook Cover

I’ve been making Traveler’s Notebook covers for quite some time now.  I make covers for Mini Happy Planners, Starter Budget kits, and B6 Traveler’s Notebook sets for my Etsy shop.  However, the size of a Happy Planner Half Sheet (Happynichi) proves to be more challenging.  The challenge comes in because of the size of the Happy Planner, letter or legal sized laminating sheets don’t really work.

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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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Online Income Tracker + Free Printable

Budgeting Amateur

Let me start this post by saying that I am not a financial adviser and all of my posts regarding budget related items are based on my own experience.  I document my journey (which is sometimes a bit rough) online to hold myself accountable but also in the hopes that it might help someone else in a similar situation. I’m nearly 47 and do not have my finances under control. In fact, if you’ve seen any of my budget videos, more often than not it seems like my finances are controlling me.

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Budget Friendly Planner Stickers

The (sticker) struggle is real

If you’re in the planner community, whether Happy Planner or Erin Condren (being the two I predominantly see), then you know that the struggle is real when it comes to planner stickers.  Either you have the money but the stock is low in your area (or just not available locally), or the stock is there but the funds are low.

I fall in the middle of that quandary… I have funds (although I should use it towards debt) but I cannot locally source Happy Planner items where I live.  Because I live in Hawaii, if I order through Michael’s, Joanns, Hobby Lobby, or Happy Planner.com, not only do I pay regular shipping charges, but Alaska and Hawaii typically have additional shipping charges.  Perhaps I’m so used to amazon.com but I really don’t want to have to pay for all that extra shipping.  I’d be okay paying shipping costs like any other customer from the 48 states, but as we have USPS locations here, I don’t know why I should have to pay more.  I enjoy decorating my planner so although stickers are not necessary to plan, they do inspire and motivate me to continue to plan.

My local Walmart has very minimal Happy Planner items and a local craft store has some of the older products but at a very high price.  As far as I know, those are the only two stores on Oahu that carry that product line.  I don’t think you can buy Erin Condren products on island but I’ve seen on Instagram that she does have brick and mortar stores in the mainland.

Instagram put these on my radar

A week or so ago, I saw a post on Instagram that showed some new sticker books from WalMart.  I didn’t get my hopes up as things I see on Instagram (even at a store located in Hawaii) doesn’t mean my area stores will receive the product.  Much to my surprise, I was able to find two of the sticker books.  I’ve done a flip through on my YouTube channel of the contents [warning, I’m really great at doing flip thrus].

Pen & Gear Sticker Books

The Pen & Gear Sticker books are a Walmart brand and according to their website, items are usually an in-store purchase only.  I’ve purchased other Pen & Gear sticker sets (sold in a pack of four on sticker glossy paper) and I thought they were okay.  For my purpose, the glossy stickers work best in my mini due to the size but only work with a ballpoint pen.

I didn’t have much hope to find the new sticker books and having purchased their stickers in the past, didn’t think they would be as awesome as Happy Planner stickers.  Boy, was I wrong. Although not sized for any of the Happy Planner sizes (mini, classic, or Big), I think the new Pen & Gear sticker books really work well with the mni and classic sized planner.  I’ll have a separate blog post on the comparison between these and Happy Planner stickers.  The stickers are matte, beautifully detailed, and a great value for your money.  I paid $7.32 for the 30 page sticker books and $3.12 for the 15 page sticker books.  I’ve seen others who paid $6.88 and $2.98 respectively.  The 30 page Happy Planner sticker books can run between $3.50 (on clearance at Joanns, Michaels, Walmart) thru $24.95 (at a local craft store).  To my knowledge, Happy Planner does not have an equivalent to the 15 page sticker book.

Stationary Aisle

If you go on your own hunt for these, please note, you’ll probably have the best luck looking in your stationary aisle near the notebooks.  That’s where I’ve found mine and others have had similar success in the same aisle.  You could also look near your store’s planner section and if all else fails, check out the scrapbook or craft section.

Check out my video and good luck in your pursuit of these beauties.  A definite recommend from me!

Johanna