Make your planner happy with these goodies

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In college, my friend Laura had a BIG planner that she carried everywhere.  She called it “My Life” and it wasn’t too far from the truth.  As my life became more multi-dimensional — mother, teacher, wife, blogger — the need for a user-friendly planner became a big priority.  Over the years I’ve used many planning strategies.  I’ve used Erin Condren planners, thin pocketbook planners, bullet journals….they’ve all worked well in their own ways.  For me, though, the biggest success comes from great planner accessories.  These little goodies make it fun to USE my planner, therefore I want to write in it more often.  

Pretty pens have always been my writing downfall.  Colors, grippers, and smooth ink have me gazing in the stationary aisle like a kid wandering around F.A.O. Schwartz.  My favorite pens are Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens and Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Retractable Pens.  These styles offer beautiful colors at an affordable price.  The InkJoy Gel pens dry almost instantly, so no more smudging!  These pens are also easy to hold which is important when you spend hours grading essays and student papers.

My childhood love of stickers has never quite gotten out of my system. Lucky for me, there are plenty of grown up stickers available!  Make your planner happy by using sticky flags and washi tape stickers.  These make your pages pop, drawing your attention to big events.  You can also use these to tape in special items like photos or receipts.

It might seem shallow, but a pretty planner makes all the difference for me.  I can deal with pages and overall size, but if the planner itself isn’t attractive, I don’t want to use it.  I like the sites that allow you to make a customized cover, but those aren’t always budget friendly.  A composition book works well as a bullet journal, and you can easily find these for as little as $1.

What are your favorite planner accessories??  Leave your comment below for a chance to win a happy planner item (up to $5) from Amazon.  The giveaway is self-sponsored and open to any US address where Amazon Prime ships free. Good luck!


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  1. me & my BIG ideas Create 365 The Happy Planner Important Sticky Notes

  2. Deborah W. says:

    I like the Me & my BIG ideas Create 365 The Happy Planner Important Sticky Notes .

  3. There were a lot of great planner accessories. I like the Me and My Big Ideas Planner Pouch.

  4. Kathy Davis says:

    I love the Fineliner Color Pen Set,0.38mm Colored Fine Line Point,Assorted Colors,10-Count. I think that I’m treating myself to these little darlings. They are $5.78.

  5. Sara Perrera says:

    The happy planner wash sticker pacm

  6. rochelle Haynes says:

    I like this me & my BIG ideas Create 365 The Happy Planner Note and Graph Paper, 7×9-Inch

  7. Thanks so much for joining the hop! Being able to use fun pens and other accessories is one of my favorite parts of planning!


  8. Melissa Storms says:

    I need both the Me and My big ideas expander rings and the hole punch.

  9. I like the me & my Big Ideas Create 365 The Happy Planner Washi Sticker Pack, 5 Sheets.

  10. I LOVE paper planners but I’m only recently getting into the idea of making my planner more like a journal. I did a bullet journal this year, and just bought a Happy Planner for 2018. I like the idea of making it look pretty/making it a keepsake, while also having it be functional, like I NEED it to be. I would get some accessories for my Happy planner for sure! 🙂

  11. I love colorful pens, is what I use most on my planner. I like the gel pens. 🙂

    Great post!

  12. I like the me and my big ideas planner punch!

  13. I like the me & my BIG ideas Striped Storage Case Planner

  14. michelle k says:

    I like Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Large Gold Foil Stripes Planner 122 Piece

  15. I love the Happy Mind Happy Life and the Always Believe in Yourself planner! The journal pens are awesome too!

  16. I’d love to get those carpe diem planner essentials mini stickers or some more washi tape!

  17. me & my BIG ideas Create 365 The Happy Planner Expander Rings, Pink.

  18. I like the Laws of Attraction Success Planner because Success! Success! Success!

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