Welcome to my life, Happy Planner. 8 Reasons Why You Need One Too!

Hello friends!

So, my planner addiction has been confirmed. I walked into Michael’s last week, and just could NOT pass up the Happy Planner from MAMBI (me & my BIG ideas). And yes, Eric scolded me a little bit for it. One of my high school teachers (who also loves and feeds my addiction) mentioned this planner to me, and I just sort of looked away from it. I had just spent a week designing my own planner, and was not ready to give it up just yet.

But as the semester went by, and I am getting more involved in programs here at UK (You are now looking at the UK Mountain Cats Short Term Trips Chair!), I have begun to realize that my planner wasn’t cutting it. And of course, my attention span with planners is about three months (guilty as charged)…I get tired of looking at the same ol’ thing, and always need a fresh start.

Is this love at first site?
Is this love at first sight?

But…let me tell you, I am IN LOVE this new planner. This planner has given me life this week! I am so eager to pull out my books and complete my homework, JUST so I can check it off my list. Plus, for every hour of studying I do, I’ve been giving myself five minutes to mess around with it/decorate it/fill it—fantastic motivation!

If you have not picked up this planner, you must, and here’s why you should:

1. It’s cheap.

I picked up this planner at Michael’s for about $20. Of course, it was a little more than that, but hello, everyone knows everything as Michael’s is basically 40% off (they always have coupons!!). This is such a great price, especially when considering that this planner goes from July 2015 to December 2015—That’s a year and half worth of planning, and you won’t have to buy another one for a while.

2. In fact, you probably will never have to buy another one again.

You can buy add-ons for this planner, including notes pages, more monthly inserts, etc. And it is definitely cheaper than buying a new one! Almost everything is interchangeable and customizable, including the cover, the ring, the pages….everything! I just went to buy a pack of note pages to put into mine.

3. You can tear the pages out, AND THEN PUT THEM BACK IN.

What a marvelous invention!! It’s nothing like a three-ring binder punch, you just easily push them in, and viola! It’s definitely something you have to see for yourself—I have nothing to compare it to, because there is simply nothing like it. This is wonderful for those who like to decorate their weekly spreads. Covering it with washi is now 100x easier!

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They just pop in and out so easily. 



4. The weekly spreads are unique.

You are never totally stuck with the same old pre-printed designs every week. One week may have quotes, the other may have a cute pattern, and the months have varying color combinations. My attention span just got a lot longer because I get a fresh new design every week.

5 . Inspirational quotes!!

It is so lovely to read a little bit of a pick me up every few weeks. As a bit of a pessimistic person, these really brighten my day 🙂

6. You can buy sticker packs that fit the planner perfectly.

I LOVE that MAMBI sells supplies that fit your planner to the smallest degree. I never have to worry about sizing. They are always just the right size.

7. It totally beats the Erin Condren planner.

In price and in convenience. I can buy all the supplies locally, without having to order it online. It’s incredibly cost efficient, and I don’t have to look at the same thing every week! Plus, I just flat out hated that overly used little asterisk symbol after a year of staring at it!

Of course, there are some avid Erin Condren fans out there—I was one for a long time! But this planner is REALLY similar (especially if you love her vertical layout!) and SO much more convenient on my budget and my life.

8. Uhh…I just looked on MAMBI’s site and you can buy kits for it!

WHAT WHAT WHAT I NEED ONE NOW!! *hint my birthday is coming up y’all*

Here a few snapshots of my planner thus far:

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My October Monthly Spread. Hmm, didn’t realize how plain jane it was…on to decorating!!
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I just LOVE this washi set!
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This week’s spread. I should definitely start posting these on Instagram—get me a follow and we can make this happen.

So, if you haven’t picked up a planner this year yet, I definitely recommend this one. I mean, how can you not already be in love with it? Also, it would make a great gift for anyone that has a knack for organization!

Thanks for reading,

Yin

How did you like this review? What do you like/dislike about this planner? Do you have another planner favorite? Why is it the bomb dot com? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

*Okay guys, I’m really going to try to make a post every Friday. Hopefully, I’ll hear from you next week. Until then, have a wonderful day!

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!