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”→
Interesting question in the Happynichi Inspiration Facebook Group
In the Facebook Group that I recently created, HappyNichi Inspiration, one of the members asked what a HappyNichi was and I was quite intrigued. Immediately, two answers came to mind. But I’ll get into that in a moment.
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.
I was watching a video from one of my fave #plannerbabes, Tameka of Pastries, Pumps and Pi on YouTube and she was doing her 2019 Planner line-up. When she got to the section about her Mini Happy Planner and wanting to do a vision board but wasn’t sure how to go about it since the space is so limiting, I thought of an idea.
This DIY Vision Board hack is completely inspired by @coupontoprovide’s dashboard folder tutorial on YouTube. Lakia of @chaoticcritic did a neat riff on that tutorial. I think my riff is a simple, yet functional version that creates a larger space for a vision board. However, there are a myriad of functions that this could be used for: dashboard for post-it notes, goal board, word of the year board, habit tracker, etc.
File folder (I used a decorative one from Walmart but any file folder would work)
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
Fiskar’s Deluxe Paper Trimmer
Happy Planner Mini Insert page (I used an extra one I had from an old planner)
Let me know what you think of this tutorial – it was my very first! Also check out my YouTube channel for other great content!!