If you’re interested in learning to use or make printable planner stickers, you’re in the right place!
If you’d prefer to make printed stickers, check this article of how to make planner stickers at home.
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Why Make Printable Planner Stickers
First up, why should you think about making your own planner stickers?
Well, using printable stickers for planner decoration and organization is a great way of saving money. The cost of buying pre-made stickers can really stack up and some stickers in kits might get wasted.
Below, I’ll guide you through some basic steps on:
- how to use printable planner stickers
- how to make your own planner stickers
- how to print printable planner stickers
- how to cut printable planner stickers
Plus, as well as how to print and cut stickers, I have some tips on where to find the best printable planner stickers too!
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Let’s start at the beginning:
What are Printable Planner Stickers?
Planner stickers are small decorative stickers that are used to decorate and personalize planner pages or calendars and printable stickers can be printed and cut by customers at home. They’re digital downloads that can be downloaded instantly or delivered to your inbox from the shop you’ve purchased them from, e.g. Etsy. You could even turn drawings into stickers!
These stickers can be printed out on the sticker paper of your choice and used in a physical planner, scrapbook or journal. Printable planner stickers often include a variety of designs, such as decorative boxes, washi, icons, and other labels and they can be used to organize and decorate your fave planner. Stickers for bullet journal fans, paper planner lovers and even scrapbookers.
Printable planner stickers typically come in the form of a PDF, PNG, JPG file (or cut files for Silhouette and Cricut) and they can be printed on a home printer or at a local print shop.
They can be used to mark important dates, events, or appointments, or to highlight specific tasks or goals. Planner stickers can come in a variety of colors, designs, and shapes, and are typically made of white sticker paper.
Some planner stickers are functional, such as those that have a specific purpose or message, while others are purely decorative (and pretty!) and used to add a personal touch to a planner. Some people use planner stickers to help them stay organized, while others use them as a creative outlet or a way to express their personal style. Or like me, some use them for so much more!
Planner sticker sizing varies a lot and they can come in a wide range of designs, from simple and functional to more decorative and creative. Some common types of planner stickers include:
- Date and event stickers: These stickers typically have a specific date or message written on them, and are used to mark important events or deadlines on a planner or calendar.
- Task stickers: These stickers are used to mark specific tasks or goals, and can help with prioritization and time management.
- Decorative stickers: These stickers are purely decorative, and are used to add a personal touch or a pop of color to a planner. They can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, and can be used to match a particular theme or color scheme.
How to Use Planner Stickers
First, you’ll decide which stickers you want to use and where you want to place them in your planner. Maybe you’ll pick a specific theme, like Christmas or a holiday, or a color palette.
You’ll peel the stickers off of the backing paper in turn and carefully place them in the desired location in your planner. Make sure to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles to ensure that the sticker is securely in place and so you can easily write on the relevant ones.
If you are using stickers to mark important dates or tasks, you’ll write the information next to the sticker or on top of it. This will help you stay organized and ensure that you don’t miss anything important!
You can use different colors and styles of stickers to differentiate between different types of tasks or events. For example, you could use red stickers for important deadlines and green stickers for appointments. Do you color code in your planner? Swap your colored pens for stickers!
You can also use stickers to create a visual representation of your schedule or to-do list. For example, you could use a sticker with a picture of a lightbulb to represent an idea, or a sticker with a picture of a heart to represent a personal event.
Printable stickers are a great way to both organize and decorate your planner. A weekly or monthly printable planner sticker kit includes stickers you can use to:
- write To Do lists on
- highlight appointments
- schedule events
- schedule birthdays
- add reminders to buy, clean or get things done!
- record and track your habits and goals
- plan ahead
There are also many back to school printable planner stickers to log your lessons, homework, study times, exams, terms and school holidays.
Workwise, perhaps your stickers can help you to plan for tracking your projects, To Do list, meetings, phone calls and events.
Can you see how using stickers can really help to organise all aspects of your life?
The great benefit of printable planner stickers is that you only need to print and cut what you need. You will waste less ink, time and money this way – it’s so much more cost effective! I love making my own affordable planner stickers.
How to Make Printable Planner Stickers at Home
Making planner stickers at home is a super fun and creative way to customize your planner and make it your own – I’ve been making my own stickers for years and I’ve taught over 4000 people to make their own in my sticker-making courses and eBooks. Find out more about them here – you could start making your own stickers today!
Here’s how you can get started to make your own planner stickers at home:
- Get the tools: To make planner stickers, you will need white stickers paper, a printer, and a computer or device with a design program or app. You can also use markers, colored pencils, or other art supplies to color in or decorate your stickers.
- Choose your designs: Think about the types of stickers you want to make such as functional stickers, to-do lists or habit tracker stickers. Or do you want to make decorative stickers, such as images using clip art of or patterns? Choose a design that reflects your own personal style and the kind of stickers you want to use in your planner, journal or scrapbook.
- Create your first design: Use a design program or app to create your stickers. You can use a program like Silhouette Studio or Cricut Design Space (I teach both, here!) to create custom designs. Choose the colors and fonts that you love to start creating your stickers.
- Print your stickers: Once you have created your sticker sheet, print it out onto white sticker paper.
- Cut out your stickers: You could use a cutting machine such as a Silhouette or Cricut or use a pair of scissors, paper cutter or a craft knife to carefully cut out your stickers.
- Use your stickers: Position and stick the stickers into your planner, journal or scrapbook!
I started with the free Silhouette software but have also used both the Business and Designer editions. The free version is more than sufficient to make planner stickers.
In the beginning, I had no idea that a sticker maker machine even existed and it baffled me on how people could make and cut them! I thought there must be a magical sticker printer that print stickers and cutter machine to cut them. Then I discovered the Silhouette and later, the Cricut.
You can buy a Silhouette Portrait online here.
The Silhouette isn’t a sticker printing machine as such, it’s art and sticker design software to design your own planner stickers and a sticker cutting machine to cut them after they’re printed. It isn’t just sticker maker software, it does SO much more.
Make Planner Stickers in Canva
I’m super passionate about planning and organization and I’m excited to share my insights on using Canva to design unique and personalized stickers for your planners.
Canva is an online design tool that offers a user-friendly platform for creating various graphics, including planner stickers. It boasts an extensive library of templates, graphics, and fonts, providing an abundance of options to personalize your stickers to match your unique style and planner theme.
When it comes to sticker templates, Canva has got you covered. They offer a fantastic collection of pre-designed templates, making it easy to find the perfect starting point for your sticker designs. With a simple search for “sticker” templates, you’ll have a plethora of themes and designs at your fingertips.
The beauty of Canva lies in its flexibility. Once you’ve chosen a sticker template, you can customize it to your heart’s content. From changing colors to adding text, resizing elements, and incorporating your own graphics or photos, the possibilities are endless. Canva empowers you to create stickers that align perfectly with your planning needs and reflect your personal style.
Printing and cutting are essential steps in bringing your sticker designs to life. For printing, I recommend using sticker paper and ensuring that you adjust your printer settings for optimal results. As for cutting, you have the freedom to choose between scissors or a cutting machine, depending on your preference and available resources.
To make your sticker designing experience even more enjoyable, I offer some helpful tips and inspirations. Canva’s “magic resize” feature is a game-changer, allowing you to effortlessly adapt your stickers to different planner sizes. Adding elements like borders, shapes, and icons can bring visual appeal to your designs. And don’t forget to explore various sticker themes such as meal planning, fitness tracking, or gratitude journaling to keep your planning journey exciting and engaging.
Organization is key when it comes to your precious stickers. I recommend storing them in clear plastic sleeves, folders, or small boxes to keep them protected and easily accessible. By establishing an efficient organizational system, you can quickly locate and utilize your stickers whenever needed, ensuring a smooth planning experience.
Canva is a powerful tool that simplifies the process of designing custom planner stickers. Whether you’re a seasoned planner enthusiast or just starting out, Canva empowers you to unleash your creativity and design stickers that perfectly complement your planning style. So dive into the world of Canva and let your imagination run wild as you create stunning and personalized stickers for your planners.
Make Planner Stickers in Silhouette Studio
You can also create personalized planner stickers using the Silhouette cutting machine and Silhouette Studio software.
Silhouette is a cutting machine that opens up endless possibilities for crafting. It allows you to cut precise shapes and designs with ease, making it the perfect tool for creating planner stickers. Familiarize yourself with the features and functions of your Silhouette machine to ensure a smooth crafting experience.
Before cutting, it’s time to get creative! Design your stickers using software such as Silhouette Studio and let your imagination run wild as you create various shapes, patterns, and illustrations that align with your planner’s theme and your personal style. You can also explore online marketplaces for pre-made sticker designs if you prefer a shortcut.
To ensure a successful cutting process, it’s important to properly prepare your sticker sheets. Load the sticker paper onto a cutting mat, making sure it adheres securely. Adjust the settings in Silhouette Studio according to the type of sticker paper you’re using and the intricacy of your designs.
Now comes the fun part! Send your sticker designs to the Silhouette machine for cutting. Watch in awe as the machine skillfully cuts out each intricate detail with precision. Once the cutting is complete, carefully remove the sticker sheets from the cutting mat, ensuring not to damage any of the delicate stickers.
Now that you have your freshly cut stickers, it’s time to add those extra details that make them truly special. Consider using markers, colored pencils, or even washi tape to add pops of color, shading, or additional decoration to your stickers. This step allows you to personalize your stickers even further and make them truly one-of-a-kind.
To keep your stickers organized and readily accessible, invest in storage solutions such as clear plastic sleeves, sticker binders, or small boxes. This ensures your stickers stay protected and can be easily browsed when it’s time to plan. Peel off the backing and place your stickers in your planner, bullet journal, or any other organizing system of your choice.
Make Planner Stickers in Cricut Design Space
Let’s now look at creating customized planner stickers using the Cricut Maker or Explore!
Let’s begin by familiarizing ourselves with the Cricut Maker. This incredible cutting machine is a game-changer for crafters, allowing you to cut precise shapes and designs with ease. It’s the perfect tool for creating unique planner stickers that will make your planning experience even more enjoyable.
To get started, you’ll need to design your stickers. Whether you prefer floral patterns, motivational quotes, or cute illustrations, the choice is yours! Utilize design software like Cricut Design Space to create various shapes, elements, and themes that align with your personal style and planner needs.
Once you have your sticker designs ready, it’s time to prepare your sticker sheets. Load the sticker paper onto a cutting mat, ensuring it adheres securely. Adjust the settings in Cricut Design Space based on the type of sticker paper you’re using and the complexity of your designs. This step ensures that the machine cuts the stickers accurately and cleanly.
Now comes the exciting part—cutting your stickers with the Cricut Maker! Send your designs to the machine and watch in awe as it flawlessly cuts out each intricate detail. The Cricut Maker’s precision and versatility allow you to achieve professional-looking results. Once the cutting is complete, carefully remove the sticker sheets from the cutting mat, ensuring you don’t damage any of the delicate stickers.
To add those finishing touches, consider using markers, colored pencils, or even washi tape. These additional details can bring depth, shading, and pops of color to your stickers, making them truly unique. Let your creativity shine as you personalize each sticker according to your preferences and the theme of your planner.
Now that you have your beautifully crafted stickers, it’s time to store and use them effectively. Invest in storage solutions such as clear plastic sleeves, sticker binders, or small boxes to keep your stickers organized and protected. This ensures that they stay in pristine condition and are easily accessible whenever you need them. Peel off the backing and place your stickers in your planner, bullet journal, or any other organization system of your choice. Get ready to see your planning pages come to life with these personalized stickers.
Creating custom planner stickers with the Cricut Maker is a fantastic way to infuse your planning routine with creativity and personalization.
Designing Planner Stickers Overview
I started by measuring my planner and working out what sizes I wanted my stickers to be, such as:
- Full boxes
- Half and quarter boxes
- Sidebar stickers
I started out designing with very basic shapes using different colours and the free patterns provided in the software. Then I started experimenting with more complicated sticker designs and got hooked!
Over time, I got much quicker and learned how to create multiple different kinds of stickers very quickly with no stress. I share all of my tips in this course.
Being able to make my own planner sticker range has saved me money and helped me start my own shop, Paper Planner Club and print my own stickers! Buying Erin Condren planner stickers online is expensive – although I still do (I can’t help myself!) and you can see my fave planner sticker stores on Etsy here!
How to Create Reusable Sticker Templates
Once you have created a printable planner sticker template once, you can also reuse it many times. For example, I have created a basic Weekly Kit template and simply change up the colours and patterns to create a whole new kit!
To create planner sticker templates:
- Open your design software and create a new document and then set the dimensions to the size of your planner stickers.
- Decide on the layout of your stickers. E.g. how many stickers will fit on one sheet?
- Design your stickers! Use different sizes, shapes, text, and images to create the look you want.
- When you are happy with your sticker sheet design, save it as a template that you can reuse over and over again.
Or, you can grab by pre-made sticker sheet templates here!
Next, here are some general tips on how to print your own stickers at home:
How to Print Planner Stickers
To print planner stickers, you will need:
- A printer
- Sticker paper in A4 or Letter size
- A computer or laptop
- Your completed sticker sheet!
Here is a step-by-step guide for printing planner stickers:
- Open your design software and the sticker sheet you wish to print out.
- Load your sticker paper into your printer.
- Print your stickers by going to File > Print or by pressing Ctrl + P.
- Carefully cut out your stickers using a cutting machine, craft knife or scissors.
- Enjoy using your stickers!
I don’t know if there’s a best printer for stickers for how to print stickers at home – so many will work just fine. The best printer for sticker printing might depend on if you want to use an Ink Jet or Laser printer. I’ve used an affordable inkjet printer for years when making mine.
If you have found the best printer for printing planner stickers, share in the Comments!
Where to Buy Sticker Paper
Sticker paper for planner stickers can be purchased at office supply stores, art supply stores, and online retailers. Here are a few places where you can buy sticker paper:
- Amazon: Amazon has a huge selection of sticker paper, including clear, matte, and glossy options.
- Staples: Staples sells a variety of sticker paper, including options for laser and inkjet printers. Pick the one that’s right for your printer.
- Office Depot: Office Depot carries sticker paper in various sizes and finishes, including white, clear, and glossy.
- Michaels: Michaels sells sticker paper in various colors and finishes too.
- Etsy: Etsy is an online marketplace where you can find a wide range of sticker paper, including options that are specifically designed for planner stickers.
Before purchasing your sticker paper, check it’s compatible with your printer and the type of stickers you want to create.
I share my unicorn premium matte sticker paper with you in my course, The Sticker Shop Plan! It’s the best sticker paper for planner stickers I have used and has 5-star feedback from my customers.
Some sticker printer paper isn’t cheap so if you’re on a tight budget, you can always print your own stickers on blank paper and use glue. It’s time-consuming and a bit messy though! However, it’s one option for how to make stickers without sticker paper.
How to Cut Planner Stickers
If you want to use a cutting machine, such as a Cricut or Silhouette, you can use these to cut out your stickers. Just load the sticker paper into the machine and use the software to print and cut out the stickers. Or you can use scissors or a craft knife.
Most printables kits include paid or free printable planner stickers with cut files, as mentioned above. Some might have specific printable planner stickers for Cricut or Silhouettes but most can be cut with either, or by hand.
This is how you can download printable planner stickers from my Shop and how to cut them with a Silhouette. I send my printables in a Zip file with instructions on how to cut stickers.
After you have unzipped the file, you’ll see it contains the following formats of the printables so you can choose the one you want to use:
- Planner sticker PDF
- PNG and Blackout Files
- FREE Silhouette Studio file showing cut lines
It’s easy to print the bought or free printable planner stickers PDF version and cut the stickers out with scissors however I like to open the Silhouette or Cricut software and print from there. I can then use my Silhouette or Cricut to cut the stickers using the cut file provided from whoever I’ve got the sticker files from.
You can buy a Silhouette Portrait online here.
Summary of How to Make Printable Planner Stickers
I hope the tips above have helped you learn the basics on how to make your own planner stickers.
Learning how to make your own stickers at home will definitely save you money but it’s also so much fun too. You might unlock a creative side that you didn’t know you had!
Before you invest in any of the equipment above and start learning how to make printable stickers, really think about how often you will print and cut your own stickers. I wouldn’t recommend investing in these unless you plan to use them a lot.
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Let me know if you end up making your own printable planner stickers! This post on how to make printable planner stickers was originally published on Oct 14th 2018 and updated on June 6th 2023..