DIY: Stickers (without a Sticker Machine) w/ GIVEAWAY

So, I promised you a cool post yesterday about how I made my own stickers for my planner. Believe it or not, I do NOT own a sticker machine that creates stickers, because, honestly, I don’t have the money to invest in fancy machines like that—especially since I found a way to make that at home for much less than the cost of a machine and sticker adhesive that comes along with it. Here’s a lengthy tutorial on how to create your own stickers so that you can enjoy personalized stickers that fit your planner and personality 🙂

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  • Planner
  • Ruler
  • Avery White Shipping FULL SHEET Labels 8.5×11″ (I found mine at Wal-mart for about $6 for 10 sheets!)
  • Printer (with Ink, preferably color)
  • Scissors or Paper trimmer
  • Background photos (I grabbed mine from Pinterest)
  • Microsoft Word (& a positive attitude when working with it!)

Step One: Use your planner as a guide to measure the width and length of the potential sticker. This is a no-brainer! Of course you want your stickers to fit perfectly in your planner.

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If you are using my planner template, the “blank space” dimension is 2×2.2″ exactly.

Step Two: Now is the time to open up Word to set up your tables. Bare with me; this is a little bit of a detail oriented bit…but rest assured, I will carry you step by step!

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First off, you want to to find the LAYOUT tab, click MARGINS, and then click NARROW.

*From now on, I will be using “>>” to denote what to click next!

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Then, click the TABLES tab >> click the (+) button >> hover your mouse to insert a table.
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Now, right click your table >> TABLE PROPERTIES at the bottom of the list
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TABLE PROPERTIES will open up a dialog box like so. Click OPTIONS in the bottom right corner.
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This will open up an even smaller dialog box (so many!), where you will need to make sure that it looks exactly how it is on my screen >> OK

Here are the key details to this dialog box:

  • Top: enter “0”
  • Left: enter “0”
  • Bottom: enter “0”
  • Right: enter “0”
  • Allow spacing between cells: unchecked, enter “0”
  • Automatically resize to fit contents: unchecked (this is very important!)
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After you click OK, you will still be in the original dialog box. Refer to the ROW tab >> CHECK the SPECIFY HEIGHT box >> enter the height of your sticker (Mine is 2″) >> Make sure the “Row Height” is set to EXACTLY >> UNCHECK “Allow row to break across pages”
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Move onto the COLUMN tab >> CHECK “Preferred width” >> enter the width of your sticker (Mine being 2.2″) >> make sure “Measure in” is in INCHES (or your preferred measure use) >> OK

You should now have a table set up perfectly with the dimensions of your stickers. You may need to delete excess rows or columns that run off the page—a half sticker is not a good sticker!

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Step Three: Gather your images. I find it fun to use Pinterest as a search engine for background images. I’m making a Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour sticker for when I go see her in September!

Isn't she gorgeous?!
Isn’t she gorgeous?!
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Once you find the image you want to work with, open it up >> right click the image >> SAVE IMAGE. I save my images to “downloads” for easy access, and I don’t have to rename it.

Now, go back to your Word document and then open up your downloads folder (or wherever you saved your image). Drag and drop the image into one of the boxes in the table.

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Click on the FORMAT PICTURE tab >> CROP >> then align the image to your taste. Make sure that everything you want on the sticker is within the box!

Then, REPEAT this process until you have a whole chart of images! This is much easier if you save several images and drop them all in at the same time, rather than doing it one by one.

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Can you tell that I love Taylor Swift and cute animals? **Disclaimer: None of these images are owned by me, and have only been used in a personal setting.

Step Four: Grab your Avery shipping labels and print these bad boys out!

*I added some vitamins stickers under mine to save on paper…use all the space you can—this adhesive paper is not cheap!

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**GIVE AWAY** If you promote this post (via Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest) and tag me in it by Saturday, August 22, 2015; I will choose one lucky person to receive an adhesive sheet JUST like this. Details below.

Step Five: Use your paper trimmer or scissors and cut each sticker out. & you’re good to go!IMG_0884 2All you have to do is peel the back off the stickers and stick them wherever you please!

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What I love about this is that I am able to create ANY sticker ANY size for ANY event to task. I love how customizable it is, even if I have to get a little crazy with Word to make it happen. I love buying stickers, but sometimes they are not the perfect size or design. You can even make stickers from personal photos of your family or friends. Using this method, I can cater to all my needs and even make these without leaving the house!

More details on the giveaway: I decided to get a little fun and give back to some readers, and so why not a give away of a sticker sheet just liked this? If you promote this post on social media (via Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest) and tag me in it by Saturday, August 22, 2015; I will choose one lucky person to receive an adhesive sheet JUST like this. You must be following me on whatever social media site you decide to utilize. The winner will be notified using the social media site of choice on Sunday, August 23, 2015 by 5PM EST, and must respond in 24 hours (or else someone else will be chosen!) The sticker sheet will either be mailed as a whole to the winner.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this lengthy post, and am thankful you have stayed with me through it! I am definitely up for creating stickers for those readers who are overwhelmed by this DIY, yet still want some personalized stickers. Please email for further consultations about making your own sticker PDF sheet with me: cxyinchen@gmail.com

Thanks for reading,

Yin

Did you like this DIY? What images would you like to see on stickers? How did this work out for you? Please let me know in the comments below, and feel free to ask me any questions!

Plan With Me: Week of 07/27 to 08/02

Hi all,

So I’ve been really interested in the “Plan With Me” videos and posts online, and have decided to try it out. This is the first week that I’ve gotten to use my new planner that I created from scratch, and I am SO excited to show you all how I have been using it. I’m going to try to provide a few tips and tricks along the way, here goes:

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One of my favorite things that I use to “spice up” my planner is washi tape. I created my planner to have a simple design, therefore I am able to mix and match designs, washi, and stickers without worrying about matching colors. This leaves me free to make each week my own.

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I love my sunflower sticker. Wait up for a new post tomorrow about how I made this!

This week I was going for a bright theme with all things pink, orange, and yellow. In my “blank space,” I created my own sticker which I will post about tomorrow to show you how to make personalized affordable stickers fit to your needs (so stay tuned!). Sunflowers are my favorite flower, and I was so happy to incorporate this sticker in my planner to keep me upbeat and happy like the sunshine!

I had a really big week this week from coming back to my college town, finalizing my new apartment details, volunteering at the hospital, helping my friend move out, and, of course, planning my sister’s sweet sixteen. I’ve still got quite a lot of things to do to prepare for this coming fall,  but having a planner really keeps me organized without feeling scatter-brained and overwhelmed.

I had originally split my planner into two sections each day so that I could have one section for school and save the other for more personal things. I really like this set up, but since school isn’t in session…I just utilized the entire space. I used the top section for “planned” events and the bottom to record things that happened that day anyway.

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I got these see-through post it notes from Wal-mart on clearance for 75 cents—what a great buy. I love stocking up on supplies with clearance items. I jotted down some notes about a canoeing trip that I might take next weekend and my notes with my apartment office.

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I put down vitamin stickers each day because I recently found out that I have a horrible vitamin deficiency that has really taken a toll on me. I feel exhausted every day, and my vitamin D, iron, and B12 deficiency seemed to be the root of the cause. So I wanted to make small stickers to remind myself that I need to take my vitamins daily so that I could be at the top of my game every day. These kinds of stickers really make me accountable for taking vitamins/medicines that I usually forget about, because I love to “check” them off!

IMG_0880IMG_0878My to-do list this week was SUPER FULL, and unfortunately, I didn’t fulfill everything on my list. But because it is so easy to see what I did and did not complete, I am able to transfer these “to-do”s for next week.

I also made myself a “don’t forget” insert that I made myself (check out the DIY spiral bound insert here) for my trip to Kings Island this weekend, as well as written directions on the back on how to get there.

This week, while stressful and full, ended up being a great one. If you aren’t currently using a planner, I really recommend it to keep up with tasks and events that go on in your life. It truly keeps me accountable for what I know I should do, and it ends up being sort of “yearbook”-like at the end of the year—especially with my “reflection” section. Looking back at my old planners, I find myself reminiscing about events I had totally forgotten about!

Thanks for reading,

Yin

Did you like this post? What do you think about my planner? What do you have in your planner that makes it unique to mine? Let me know in the comments, and please share!