I have always been a little stationery obsessed. Even in this digital age, I rely heavily on my paper planner. I do keep certain things in my digital calendar, so I always have those dates with me on my phone. However, my daily to-dos, dumping my brain, creating a master list, having a place to list and track goals – all of those things go into my planner.
This post contains affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure policy here.
There are so many great planners out on the market now. I currently use and love my Erin Condren Life Planner. Other planners I have been eyeing are Inkwell Press, Day Designer, Emily Ley and The Happy Planner.
In the past year or so, the planner world has blown up with decorative planning. If you are not familiar with it, basically it is a cross between having a functional planner and a pretty memory book. When I wrote about using a planner in the past, I confessed to you all that I am more likely to use an organizational system if it is pretty. My planner is no different.
If you do a quick Etsy search for “planner stickers“, you will find tons of options. I knew I could create some functional, yet pretty stickers on my own. Today, I am going to share with you how to begin to create your own planner stickers with your Cricut.
Start by opening the Cricut Design Space™ app. For this tutorial, I used my iPad and the app. But you can also use your computer, as well.
Note: All of the measurements I use are sized to fit in the Erin Condren Life Planner.
Add the ‘Something to Celebrate’ flag shape.
Delete the bottom layer so it is just one layer.
Click edit. Click the lock next to the size to be able to fully customize your dimensions. Edit the size to 0.25″ wide x 1.875″ long. This will create a long but narrow flag shape. After you edit the image size, be sure to lock the dimensions in place so the flag doesn’t become distorted as you work.
Insert the star shape. Edit the size to 0.20″ wide. The length will automatically adjust to the correct proportion.
Copy and add a total of 6 of the star shapes. Select all of the stars. Under ‘edit’ click to align center and distribute vertically. This will allow the stars to be centered in the flag shape and evenly spaced.
While all the stars are still selected, select weld in the layers menu. Select print. Change the color to white.
Change the color of the main flag shape to any that you want. I chose a color that would match the colors in my planner.
Select both layers – the welded stars and the flag shape and attach them. Create as many copies of this shape as you would like.&
I like to use the app because as you are laying out your design on the mat, a set of guide lines are brought up to help you align all of your images. If you are using the computer version, simply select all the images you want to line up and use the alignment tool at the top.
To create the small flag shapes, add the same flag shape from above and delete one layer. Size the flag to 0.5″ wide.
Adjust the color as necessary and select print. Create as many copies as you would like.
I welded mine together once I had them placed so they would act like one group of stickers. You could also select all of them and group them together.
To create the outlined box shape, you will need to combine two square boxes together, one with color and one that is white. Insert a square shape. Unlock the size and change the dimensions to 1.5″ wide x 0.375″ tall. Lock the size.
Insert another square shape. Change the size to 1″ wide x 0.3″ tall. Change the color to white.
Place the white rectangle on top of the colored rectangle. Position so that a larger amount of the color will be shown on the left side. Select both images and attach them.
Change the color of the bottom rectangle to match your planner.Make as many copies as you want.
To create a sideways flag with an embellishment, start by adding the flag shape from above and delete one layer. Edit the size to 0.4375″ wide x 1.5″ tall. Rotate the flag on its side.
Insert a heart shape. Edit the size to 0.25″. Change the color of the flag to match your planner.
Position the heart on the left side of the flag. Change the color of the heart to white. Attach the flag and the heart together. Add as many copies as you want. You can click on the Cricut Design Space™ file below to recreate and customize this project for yourself.
Cricut Design Space file: January Erin Condren Planner Stickers
Once you are ready to print, you can do so right from the app. Simply follow the onscreen instructions after selecting ‘Go’.
Once you have your stickers created you can help them to further organize and decorate your planner. I have shown how I use them to list my kid’s activities and where I need to be. (You can see my favorite pen below. It is erasable!)
I also created a file with small dots using similar techniques to those listed above. The colors match January, February, and March in the Erin Condren vertical life planner.
Cricut Design Space file: Planner Dots
Note: I am not including a tutorial on how to create the weekend banner stickers in this post. It is much more complicated than the other designs. I have a separate tutorial on how to make the weekend banner stickers.
- If you are having trouble with the print then cut feature and your machine reading the registration marks, close the top cover and be sure your light is clean. If it seems dirty, brush it off with a clean, dry paint brush.
- To maintain the layout you have created without having to move around all of the layers, before selecting ‘GO’, choose ‘select all’ and then ‘attach’. This will keep your images exactly as you have them laid out in Design Space.
- Once you flatten an image you can no longer change the color.
- You can now print then cut right from your iPad!
- When using Cricut Sticker Paper, there is a custom setting for it: Sticker Paper, Printable – 0.2mm. I have found the Washi Sheets setting to work well with other types of sticker paper, but you may have to test our your settings to get it just right for your particular paper.
Tell me, do you use a paper planner? Do you like to decorate it with stickers and washi or keep it simple?
P.S. You can get $10 off your first purchase at Erin Condren by using my referral link: https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/laurasilva and get a Cricut Explore Air $199 and under (through 3/31/17).