The Happy Planner: Getting Started

I discovered The Happy Planner in July during my maternity leave with baby number 3. As a full-time working momma of three, my life is chaotic, mom brain is (still) real, and some days a little extra ‘happy’ is needed. So when I passed a display for The Happy Planner at my local Michaels store a few weeks ago, I was instantly hooked.

The display was full of planners of different sizes, stickers, washi tape, and some other accessories. In my past life — and by past life I mean pre-children when I actually had time for my personal hobbies — I loved to scrapbook; The Happy Planner felt like the perfect fit.

A few things about The Happy Planner that appeal to me: 

  • The price! With a 40% off coupon from Michaels, I walked out the door with my planner for around $20. 
  • The accessories are unreal. The stickers, washi tape, pens, and extra inserts make the possibilities endless.
  • Each planner includes inspiring messages on the cover, on the monthly dividers, and throughout the pages.
  • The pages can be easily removed and replaced; remove the pages you don’t use and add additional sections that better fit your lifestyle.

Getting started with The Happy Planner:


  1. A Happy Planner – There are a number of awesome designs to choose from. Each planner is unique, so be sure to look at more than just the cover. The monthly dividers, weekly layouts, and “Currently” pages are all slightly different.
    • Side note: I noticed there were several unique planners for teachers and students or pregnancy and wedding planning. These options may be great for you depending on what you’re looking for.
  2. Create 365 Value Pack Stickers – These sticker packs are amazing and include everything you need to get started. I chose to start with Planner Basics and Color Story, but there are so many other choices, including: Seasonal, Productivity, Mom Life, Work Out, Memory Planning, Teacher, Student, Faith, and Everyday to name a few.
  3. Recollections Sticker Packs – I bought these smaller sticker packs for holidays and budget-related planning. There were a few other Recollections stickers packs available as well.
  4. Staedtler Duo-Color Markers – After some initial research, I chose this set of markers. It includes 36 colors with two different size tips, .5 – .8mm and 3mm.
  5. American Crafts™ Bible Journaling Pens – I chose a set of these black journaling pens for precision writing.

Another way to get started with The Happy Planner is to become a part of the planner community. I mean, it’s serious. Just search online and you won’t believe all of the cools groups and pages you can find for tips, tricks, advice. Here’s a few of my favorites so far:

Finally, I also discovered that Michaels offers a “Planning with Michaels” class — it’s free and in the evenings! I’ve signed-up and will be attending next week. Eek! I’m hoping to meet some local planner ladies and walk away with some tips, tricks, and inspiration. Visit to see if/when they’ll be hosting a planner class near you.

My Happy Planner

Newbie Tip! Since purchasing the BIG Happy Planner, I discovered that most of the MAMBI stickers don’t fit in the weekly layout boxes. For some of you, this won’t be a big deal, but for me, this was a HUGE problem. (Yes, I’m slightly OCD about these things.) There are workarounds, BIG stickers available in Etsy shops, and you can print stickers yourself, but I chose to use another 40% off coupon from Michaels to purchase a Classic Happy Planner since I had already invested in several sticker books. Just keep this in mind when you choose your Happy Planner!

Here’s a peek inside my Classic Happy Planner.

Getting Started with The Happy Planner


Getting Started with The Happy Planner

Inside Front Cover

Getting Started with The Happy Planner

Currently Page

Getting Started with The Happy Planner

Monthly View

Getting Started with The Happy Planner

Completed Layout Week of Aug. 21-27

Let me tell you, I’m way out of “scrapbooking” practice, but this first layout was really fun. I love the black and purple with the gold foiling. I’m definitely a full-on “planner addict” at this point, so be sure to follow me on Facebook or Instagram where I’ll be sharing my weekly layouts with you each week!

Do you have a favorite planner? How do you keep yourself organized? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them!

xoxo Sarah

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  • Reply Cristina August 21, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I just might have to try out this planner come January!

  • Reply Alyx August 21, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I love acrylic stamps for my planner. Currently using a Recollections planner but I’m always trying out new planners each year. Today I went to Hobby Lobby and all of the washi tape was 50% off so my planner is about to get a makeover with tape!

    • Reply thismodernmomma August 21, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Alyx! I was at Michaels just yesterday collecting MORE supplies – I saw the acrylic stamps and all. the. washi. I think washi will be my next venture. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Lisa Roe August 21, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    This planner looks great, I especially like that you can remove and add pages. That makes it easy to personalize for my needs.

    • Reply thismodernmomma August 21, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Totally agree! I can already tell I’m going to need to buy the larger discs! 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  • Reply April Kitchens August 21, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I’m using a recollection planner now, I’m looking to try something different though. I think i’ll move to a mini happy planner in the new year.

    • Reply thismodernmomma August 21, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      I saw the recollection planners, too. They looked nice, but I’m seriously in love with The Happy Planner. You’ll have to let me know what you think when you switch! 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Cheesy Mom August 23, 2017 at 2:30 am

    This looks so fun!

  • Reply Traci Ellis October 27, 2017 at 9:27 am

    check out they are local and they have some really good stickers and I’m pretty sure they even do customized ones!

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