Planner Girl 101: Series to Educate, Encourage, & Empower


Are you a planner girl? Newbie? Wannabe? Have no idea where to start but know that planning is for you? Check out our new series to educate, encourage, & empower ALL planner girls. (Because guess what? You already are!)


Hey all you ladies who want to get your planning on!  All you planner wannabes, newbies, and addicts (you know who you are!).

Welcome to Planner Girl 101!  This series has been created to educate, encourage, and empower anyone who loves the world of planning.

Why Planner Girl 101?

Jenn (co-owner of Planner Squad and “my person”) and I are frequently asked about how to start planning.  We get questions like:

  • What is planning?
  • What do I need to start planning?
  • How much time does planning take?
  • What do all those crazy abbreviations and lingo mean?
  • Where do I go to get these planner goodies that you all speak of?
  • What planner is best for a beginner?
  • And the list goes on and on!

And we totally LOVE it!

We want to hear more and more questions about planning!  Planner Squad is all about spreading the planner love, baby!

A few other comments that were the driving force behind this much-needed series include:

  • Well, I am NOT a planner girl! (said with a sniff and condescending tone)
  • I only use digital planning, therefore, I am NOT a planner girl!
  • Sounds nice, but I don’t have time to plan.
  • Groovy, but I don’t have money to plan.

Au contraire, mon frere!  (That’s a bit of French for ya!  Ooh la la!)

Sweet pea, I’m here to assure you that you ARE a planner girl.  It is my firm belief that we ALL are planner girls.  (I want to climb to the highest mount and scream it from the rooftops.  Fortunately, I have Jenn to restrain me from acting upon such foolish notions.)

Oh yes, you read that right!  You ARE a planner girl.  Even if you have never used a color pen or written a date in a calendar or own a roll of washi tape!

Hopes & Dreams of Planner Girl 101 Series

The mission of Planner Squad is to unite the planning community, one roll of washi at a time.

It is also our passion to bring the joy and benefits of planning to all.

It is to shed light on what planning actually is, to debunk myths of what a planner girl is said to be, and to help all those closet planner girls come out into the light and embrace their inner planner.

Let your Planner Love shine!  (I feel like I need to grab a lighter and wave it back and forth in the air.)

We shall be looking at it all, from Planner ABCs to tips & tricks to ways to grow in your planning.

Join Planner Squad for our Planner Girl 101 series. We hope to educate, encourage, and empower ALL planner girls!

How Can You Help?

For now, write your questions, experiences, and tips for becoming a planner girl in the comment section below.  What would have been helpful for you to know as a planner newbie? If you are a newbie, ask your questions here!  (Remember:  No question is too small or is silly!  If you have the question, chances are quite a few other ladies do, too!)

I am working on a major project that will be coming very soon!  If you are interested in helping other planner girls get started and reach their planning potential, email me (Amy)

Super excited to get this planner girl party started!



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Happy 1st Birthday Planner Squad! Here’s Your Invitation to the Party

Happy First Birthday, Planner Squad! Join us as we celebrate with giveaways & more!


Hey hey Squadettes!  Planner Squad is turning 1 and we want YOU to celebrate with us!

Get ready for the ultimate in planning fun and giveaways!  We are super excited to party like rock stars with giveaways and more in our Planner Squad Facebook Group.

A Look Back At Planner Squad’s 1st Year

I have tears in my eyes as I think back over this past year with Planner Squad.  When Jenn and I began to chat about a site dedicated to all things planners and uniting the planning community, we never dreamed that it would grow like it has.  And that amazing growth is all because of YOU!

Which post drew you to Planner Squad?  Was it our super popular post, Ultimate  List of Where to Find Free Planner Printables?  Maybe it was our Ultimate List of Planner Pens?  Were you drawn to the free printables?  Or our Etsy shoppe?

Whatever your reason for becoming a Squadette, we are so very pleased that you are here!  Jenn and I have major plans for 2017 to bring you the best in planning.

To thank you for your support and dedication, we thought it best to have a giveaway party in our Facebook group!

We have had some AMAZING companies contribute to this giveaway.  Jenn has been working hard to organize this festivity to make it fun for all.  Get ready for prizes on the hour, starting at 10 am CST on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  

It’s kind of like a reverse surprise party!  We are going to surprise our guests (that’s YOU!) with the prizes you can enter to win.

Details for Planner Squad’s 1st Birthday Party!

Who: Planner Squad and YOU!

What: Birthday Bash and 5k Member Giveaway

When: January 24, 2017 from 10 am CST

Where: Planner Squad Facebook Group

Why: Reached 5k members in our facebook group and our 1 year birthday (Boom!)

Planner Squad is 1! Join us for our happy birthday party for a mega celebration + giveaways! Find out more here:)

Jot down Planner Squad Happy 1st Birthday on Tuesday, January 24 at 10 am CT in one or more of your planners. We can’t wait to see you there and get this party started!

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Ultimate List of Free Valentine’s Day Planner Printables

Check out this Ultimate List of Free Valentine’s Day Planner Printables to make your planner lovely.  Includes links to gorgeous free printables that will make your planner shine with love!

Use the Ultimate List of FREE Valentine's Day Planner Printables to make your planner lovely.


Love is in the air!  Get your planners ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day with these FREE printable planner stickers.  You will find a variety of styles, colors, and Valentine’s Day themes.

Free Valentine’s Day Printable Planner Stickers

Valentine’s Day Happy Planner Printable Sticker Sampler (MintFox Stationery)

Valentine’s Day Planner Stickers: Free Printable (Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes)

Planner Stickers for Valentine’s Day { Free Printable } (CuteDaisy)

Valentine’s Day Rustic Stickers for Planners (CuteDaisy)

Have Some Valentine Fun with Valentine’s Day Planner Printables (Scattered Squirrel)

First Valentine’s Day Freebie (Keturah Design)

2 Free Valentine’s Day Planner Sticker Printables (Planner Pickett)

Love/Valentine’s day planner stickers weekly kit –Free printable and cut file (Lovely Planner)

Free Valentine’s Day Print & Cut File (Wendaful Designs)

Freebie Friday: Printable Planner Stickers with adorable shades of pinks & hearts! (rather be reading ya)

Valentine’s Day Freebies (Miss Write)

Pretty in Pink Planner Stickers – Free Printable (Vintage Glam studio)

Heart Attack by Traci Reed + Free Planner Stickers (Traci Reed Design)

Free Printable Download – Pink Hearts Journaling Elements (Vintage Glam studio)

Printable Valentine’s Day Planner Stickers to Organize Your Week (Weigh to Maintain)

Love Kit and Free Printable Planner Stickers (Bible Journal Love)

Free Valentine’s Planner Stickers (Amber Downs)

Almost Valentine’s Day + Free Printables (Lucki Charms)

Vintage Valentine Planner Printable (Victoria Thatcher)

 Use this ultimate list of FREE Valentine's Day planner printables to make your planner lovely for the holiday.

More Planner Fun with These Free Printables

These gorgeous free printables would be great for dashboards or decorative cards in your planners.

Free Valentine Printable {Because we LOVE you!} (Webster’s Pages)

Free Glamorous Valentine’s Day Printables (bella storia)

Free Valentines Day Printables (Soho Sonnet)

Do YOU have a favorite Free Valentine’s Day Printable that’s not listed here?
Leave the link in the comments below & it will get added to this list!

Which one of these printables is your favorite?

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Recollections Spiral Planner Giveaway

Want to find out more about the Recollections Spiral Planner? Get a sneak peek plus enter to win our giveaway for one planner + 2 bonus sticker packs. Giveaway ends 1/1/17.


I love finding new planners to learn more about and enjoy, don’t you?  I was as happy as a kid at Christmas to find the Recollections Spiral Planner earlier this year.  And now I am triple as happy that Planner Squad is able to host a giveaway for this amazing planner!

Cue twinkly lights and lots of glittery tinsel!

Have you had a chance to check out the Recollections Spiral Planner available at Michael’s (Shop Michaels Online)? Gor-geous!

I am new to the world of spiral planners.  I have been told by some very trustworthy planner girls that this planner is very similar to Erin Condren but at a much more affordable price.

Cue pipers piping, heralds singing, and lords a-leapin’!

With my super duper special Michael’s 50% off coupon (if you are not a Michaels Rewards member, you need to be!  Free to join and extra discounts!), I got my hands on a Recollections Goal Spiral Planner. I am totally in love with this planner that I keep for blogging.

I was so in love with that goal planner that I went back (with another 50% off coupon!) and picked up a large Recollections Spiral Planner that I will use for homeschool planning in 2017.  (I have already started to prepare it because it is so dang cute and is calling to me!)

Jenn was bit by the same planner bug and has two Recollection Spiral planners, too.  During one of our many chats, we decided that Planner Squad had to do a giveaway.

Recollections Spiral Planner Giveaway

One lucky Squadette will win one 7.5″ x 9.25″ Recollections Creative Year 12 Month Spiral Planner (Vertical).  Jenn and I both agreed that this cover with inspirational words and phrases was super cute and needed to be our giveaway planner.

There are four awesome features of this planner that I must point out:

  1.  4 sheets of functional and fun stickers
  2. double-sided pocket folder
  3. clear zip envelope
  4.  laminated covers with blank insides that you could use dry erase marker to jot down notes again and again

Take a sneak peek at the Recollections Spiral Planner & enter to win this one in a giveaway!


Take a sneak peek at the Recollections Spiral Planner & enter to win this one in a giveaway!
Monthly spread


Take a sneak peek at the Recollections Spiral Planner & enter to win this one in a giveaway!
Weekly spread


Take a sneak peek at the Recollections Spiral Planner & enter to win this one in a giveaway!
One of the four sticker sheets found in the Recollections Spiral Planner.


Take a sneak peek at the Recollections Spiral Planner & enter to win this one in a giveaway!
One view of the double-sided pocket folder plus back laminated inside cover.

Here is your chance to enter to win this adorable planner!  Giveaway ends January 1, 2017 (that feels so weird to type!).  Best of luck to all who enter and may the planning force be with you!

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Mini-Happy Planner Giveaway

Enter to win this adorable Mini-Happy Planner + more awesome planner goodies at Planner Squad!  Giveaway ends Dec. 3.  Find more planner resources & freebies over at

Do you hear the bells and whistles?  Do you see the fireworks going off?  It’s time once more for a Planner Squad giveaway-let the celebration begin!

Jenn and I love to bring these fabulous giveaways to our Squadettes.  It is our little way of saying you for being a loyal planner girl.  (And if you are not a Squadette yet, what are you waiting for?  Pop on over to our rockin’ Facebook Group and jump in the fun!)

This month, Jenn selected the most adorable giveaway and we are so pumped up to get it started.  A Mini-Happy Planner!  (Bet you guessed that from the title!  You are so smart!)

We know how hard it has been for some of you to find these sweet things.  When Jenn saw this cutie, she immediately thought of our Squadettes and messaged me.  “We have got to get this for a giveaway!  The Squadettes will love it!”  Isn’t Jenn a wise one?

In case you are not familiar with the Mini-Happy Planner, I will share a few fun facts.  Happy Planners come from the glorious company known as Me & My Big Ideas (a.k.a. MAMBI).  These gems are super fun to decorate and customize.

We loved their standard size Happy Planner and fell head over heels for the Big Happy Planner.  And then, MAMBI outdid itself.

A compact ball of planner fun wrapped up in style!

Here are the details on the beautiful Mini-Happy Planner in this giveaway:

  • pages are 4.5″ x 7″
  • same laminated front & back covers that are also 4.5″ x 7″
  • undated
  • disc bound
  • monthly and weekly layouts

And here are some pictures to get you drooling over the Mini-Happy Planner we are giving away!  Squeal!

Mini-Happy Planner for Planner Squad giveaway is stylish and fun.

Inside cover and first page of Mini-Happy Planner for Planner Squad giveaway.

Monthly layout of Mini-Happy Planner for Planner Squad giveaway.

This Mini-Happy Planner for Planner Squad giveaway is adorable and functional.

Example of a dashboard found in the Mini-Happy Planner for Planner Squad giveaway.

Back cover of Mini-Happy Planner as part of Planner Squad giveaway.


I adore the black and white theme!  I think that makes it so much fun to decorate and add a splash of color to where you want it.

Mini-Happy Planner Giveaway

One lucky Squadette will win this prize package valued at over $50:

  • one Me & My Big Ideas (MAMBI) Mini-Happy Planner
  • Planner Squad Shoppe Surprise Pack (Jenn is going to surprise our lucky winner with goodies from the Shoppe!)
  • Planner Squad Shoppe $15 Gift Card to pick out even more great planner goodies!

Giveaway ends December 3, 2016 at 11:59 pm CT.  Best of luck to all who enter!




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