DIY Happy Planner Happy Notes
I watch a lot of YouTube videos. Seriously, I watch more YouTube than I do
television or Netflix. Recently I came across Christy’s Plans YouTube channel
and she had a great hack to create her own DIY Happy Planner Notebook (I’ve included her video below). I’m sure there are other videos, but I really like how she used regular paper to create her notebook. It looked really easy to do and was quite pretty as well. She also has some other great hacks in her video as well. I might have binged watched about half a dozen videos.
Hard to source Item
Because I truly love dot grid paper (honestly, if I could afford to only use
dot grid paperwork in everyday life, I would), I had purchased some Happy Planner Dot grid paper in the Happy Planner Classic size from Amazon (I can’t source it locally). I kept it neatly tucked away thinking I would add it as needed to my big happy planner, but I never really did. I can’t source the notebooks here nor any of the happy planner dot grid paper so I suppose I was keeping in safe because it was so scarce a commodity.
Dot Grid Paper
My love affair with dot grid paper came from my first bullet journal, my hot
pink Leuchterm 1917. I was never really a big fan of the traditional planner style since I didn’t think that I had enough to put into a monthly/weekly (which is pretty laughable since I have four ‘traditional’ planners now, so I thought a bullet journal would be a great way to make my own. The paper in that journal is awesome and I was hooked. I’m currently using my hot pink Leuchterm 1917 journal, but not in any way that a bullet journaler would approve (I apologize to those who watch the video below and see my crimes. Honestly, it hurts me every time I do it but I’d rather commit this sin than let my beautiful journal go to waste). And so my Happy Planner classic sized dot grid paper sat, safe but unused.
Inspiration to create a Happy Notes Notebook
However, when I watched Christy’s video on creating your own Happy Planner notebook, it inspired me to do my own version with things I had on hand. At the very least, it would be an easier and more organized way to contain my paper. I had some classic rings in my stash and unlike Christy’s method, decided to use a Target dollar spot file folder and contact paper. I had some other classic sized paper as well and decided to keep it all together in one notebook.
DIY Tutorial on making your own Happy Planner Happy Notes Notebook
I did a DIY tutorial on the process which I thought was fairly quick and
easy (tutorials always make things seem like they take longer than they
actually do). I might make more of these with regular notebook paper, graph paper, or watercolor paper. Check out my video and definitely check out Christy’s (and channel) since I think both offer really good alternatives to purchasing a notebook especially if you already have things on hand or can’t get your hands on a ready made one.