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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Michaels.com 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.
Inside Front Cover
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!