I know that most people start the new year with lots of goals and resolutions. Not me. It wasn’t that I wasn’t thinking about them because I have been since September. Continue reading “Make your own Planner Trackers 2020: Social Media, Wellness, & Reading”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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.
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.
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.
Happy Planner Odyssey
I started my Happy Planner Odyssey in October 2018. Prior to that, I had been watching countless videos on YouTube from #plannerbabes of all kinds: Happy Planner, Erin Condren, Plum Paper, Bullet Journal, etc. Having used an inexpensive generic, horizontal, spiral planner from Walmart for work for a period of time in early 2018 (it quickly became too much work to track the work), I realized that I really did want the ability to customize and remove/add paper to the Happy Planner.
In an intentional, albeit impulse purchase, I picked up a Happy Planner (big) one morning from a local Wal-mart. Intentional because I knew I wanted to buy one. Impulse because I had found a random one in their clearance section (and by clearance, it was $4 less than usual). For me, it was a sign that I was supposed to buy it.
Happy Planner Classic
A few weeks later, I picked up a mini Happy Planner (neither the Big Happy Planner or the Mini were in a style I wanted but the availability in Hawaii is extremely limited and I didn’t want to wait for something from Amazon) from another Wal-mart. I had already determined functions for both the Big and Mini planners but really wanted to ‘play’ in the medium size Happy Planner (the Classic).
Having no reason to buy one, I ordered an undated, Happy Planner Classic from Amazon anyway. I didn’t really know what I would do with it but I knew that I would think of something. Worst case scenario, I would feature it in a giveaway on my YouTube or Instagram (I really enjoy doing giveaways).
Inspired by YouTube
I might have mentioned I’ve watched countless videos on YouTube. Seriously, I barely watch TV these days. One weekend, I stumbled across a channel (hopefully I can find it) where the woman did a mock layout. I think she has a sticker shop and wanted to test/play with her most recent set. She knew she wouldn’t use the planner as she had others that were functional, but the entire planner was full of mock-ups.
What a revolutionary idea! But I couldn’t help think that it was wasteful – in her case, it made sense as a way to advertise her new sticker line without blatantly advertising her new sticker line. I don’t have a sticker shop. So what could I do to play but still be less wasteful?
Creation of 52 by 20 Challenge
My 52 by 20 challenge idea came from this… for 52 weeks, starting late October 2018 through October 2019, I would semi-decorate the planner but date it for the year 2020. But in a genius twist (at least I think so), I would feature it in a giveaway in early in November 2019. Just in time for the giveaway winner to use it for the new year. I truly love this idea!
At the time of this blog post, I’ve already completed 13 weeks of the challenge. I can’t believe that I’ve already completed 3 months worth of this planner. If you have been watching my video, you know that I have been heavily featuring the Spring section of the #squadgoal girls. So much so that I purchased a few additional books just so that I would have enough to last me through the challenge.
I upload videos about this challenge on a weekly basis. If you’re like me and want to play in the planner that you don’t really have a use for, I invite you to do your own #52by20challenge. And you don’t have to feature it in a giveaway like I am. I’m sure a family member or friend would love to have a planner that you spent your time and attention on.
Happy Planner Uses
I you have the person in mind, you could customize it to their tastes and needs. This would be a great gift for that young person in your life who may want something to help organize in a fun way. This would make a great gift for that new mom who may want to organize, plan, and have a pretty planner but may not have the time. This would make a great gift for the ‘kupuna’ (elder) in your life who may want a pretty planner but wouldn’t know where to start. This would make a great gift for that student in your life who might need some motivation to plan in a fun yet functional way. The possibilities are endless on who you could gift this too!
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DIY Happy Planner Series
This is the 2nd of my Happy Planner Mini DIY series where I create coordinating covers/dashboards for the Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook-Style cover (I’ve linked that video below) that I made in a previous video.
In my YouTube video, I show a quick and easy way to make your own DIY Happy Planner Mini Cover/dashboard. I make a distinction between a cover and a dashboard because for some, these terms are interchangeable. I based this distinction on the actual Happy Planner Mini. For my purposes, I prefer to create covers to cover the entire front of the planner versus dashboards (think monthly dividers) however, I’ve left dimensions for both below depending on your preference.
Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook
Because the Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook-style covers may not always match the Happy Planner cover, I thought this was a quick and easy solution to that. Plus, I usually do the Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook-style cover and the cover/dashboards at the same time since the laminator I use is already on so it really does make for quick and easy project.
The measurements listed below are for one cover or dashboard. However, when I create my own, I typically make two although you could make as many as you’d like, especially since I find them very useful when making my Transformer style Happy Planner Mini. See my video below for my example on how I use my own covers to create my Transformer sections in my Mini Happy Planner. Since this is my on-the-go planner, I find this method very user friendly.
Cover: 7.25 inches by 5 inches (makes one cover)
Dashboard: 7 inches by 4.5 inches (makes one dashboard)
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- One piece of 12 inch x 12 inch card-stock or scrapbook paper (heavier weight is preferred. If you want your inside cover/dashboard to be decorated, I would recommend a double-sided paper.
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Video of Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook-Style Cover