Ultimate List Of The Best Planner Pens

This ultimate list of the best planner pens is loaded with recommendations from planner girls! Check out why they love using the planner pen of choice. Is your favorite planner pen on the list?


What do you think are the best planner pens?  Do you have a go-to pen for planning?  What pens do you use for specific planners?

Finding the perfect pen for your planner can be hit-or-miss.  It is hard to know if a particular pen will write properly in your beloved planner.  No one wants a pen that will bleed through or write bumpy!

When you research and select the best pens for planners, think about these considerations:

  • paper quality
  • paper thickness
  • purpose
  • personality type (do you need to erase?)

We went to the best group of planner gals that we know-Planner Squad Facebook group!  Our Squadettes shared their best pens for planners.  Their recommendations come from the heart with their planner love and experience.

My best advice would be to see if any of your IRL (in real life) friends have any of the pens that you are interested in and give them a try!

If that doesn’t work out, my second bit of advice would be to ask online planner friends (like over in Planner Squad Facebook group!) for more detailed information.

The cost of planner pens can be anywhere from under a dollar to over a hundred dollars.  Regardless of price, you want to make sure that the planner pens that you purchase are going to help you rock your planners!

These recommended planner pens are listed in no particular order.  I did, however, save the best for last (and, yes, now I have that Vanessa Williams song in my head, thank you very much!)


Staedtler Triplus FinelinerStaedtler Triplus Fineliner


I have this set of Staedtler Triplus Fineliners and adore them!  I find that they work beautifully in all planners with little to no bleed through. I love the color selection and how smoothly they write.

PenGems  come highly recommended-and are gorgeous!!  I found myself drooling
while browsing their site.  So many pretties to choose from and such fabulous sparkle!

Sharpie Color Burst Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24-CountSharpie Color Burst Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24-Count


Sharpies are a classic and can work well in certain planners.  Some planner girls swear by them
and I can understand why-they are affordable and have a range of colors.

12 Glitter Gel Pens and 12 Refills For Coloring Books, Card Making, Scrapbooking, Drawing, Doodles12 Glitter Gel Pens and 12 Refills For Coloring Books, Card Making, Scrapbooking, Drawing, Doodles


Glitter gels never disappoint.  The flow of ink with just the right touch of sparkle
always brings a smile to my face as I use and when I look at my planner pages.

Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens, Medium Point, Assorted Colors, 14 CountPaper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens, Medium Point, Assorted Colors, 14 Count


Jenn swears by Papermate Inkjoy Gel Pens.  She has been known to say that if these pens were erasable that they would be perfect.  She states, “They are the smoothest writing pens I have ever used-and I am a pen junkie!”


Bic Usa Inc BICMSBAP81 19627 Bic Cristal Xtra Bold Pack Of 8Bic Usa Inc BICMSBAP81 19627 Bic Cristal Xtra Bold Pack Of 8


Nothing like a classic likeBIC Cristal!  I have used these pens since grade school.
Great pens that you can rely on!

Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens, Ultra Fine Point, 4-Pack, Assorted Colors, Black/Blue/Red/Green Inks (31276)Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens, Ultra Fine Point, 4-Pack, Assorted Colors, Black/Blue/Red/Green Inks (31276)


Pilot G-2 .38 are said to write incredibly smooth.  Pens that write smooth are one of my most favoritest things in the world so I am adding these to my planner wishlist!

BIC 4-Color Ball Pen, Medium Point (1.0mm), Assorted Ink, 3-CountBIC 4-Color Ball Pen, Medium Point (1.0mm), Assorted Ink, 3-Count


Now, talk about a true classic!  These pens were my absolute favorite to use as a kid-and I still love to write with one.  I remember feeling so cool when I could just push down that magic button and-Voilá-new color!  And taking apart the pen to check out the mechanisms kept me busy in class!



Sakura 30062 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, BlackSakura 30062 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, Black


Micron pens are super popular-and with good reason!  These pens also write incredibly smooth
(do you see a trend here?)  I love the pack shown above with its color choices!

Zig Memory System Millennium 5-Color Set, 5mmZig Memory System Millennium 5-Color Set, 5mm


I have heard great things about Zig Milleniums but have yet to use myself.  I would so great appreciate your feedback on these pens to be added here (with credit, of course!)

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point, Limited Edition Tropical & Assorted Colors, 24 PackPaper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point, Limited Edition Tropical & Assorted Colors, 24 Pack


Paper Mate Flair pens are another wonderful set!  I love the vibrant colors.

Pilot Metropolitan Collection Fountain Pen, Black Barrel, Classic Design, Fine Nib, Black Ink (91111)Pilot Metropolitan Collection Fountain Pen, Black Barrel, Classic Design, Fine Nib, Black Ink (91111)


I am not going to lie-fountain pens intimidate me!  They look stunning and write in such a spectacular way.  Perhaps this Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen would be a good starter?

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Primary, 10-PackTombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Primary, 10-Pack


Tombow Dual Brush pens are sweet!  Look at those bright colors-and there are so many more colors to choose from!  I love how they have two different size tips to work with-makes planning oh so more fun!

Tombow 62038 Fudenosuke Brush Pen (2 Pack)Tombow 62038 Fudenosuke Brush Pen (2 Pack)


Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens (which I can never say right!) are absolutely amazing!  When I first got them, I was like um, okay what’s so great about these?  And then, I wrote with them.  Aaah!  I love to use in all my planners, especially my A5 Carpe Diem.

Foray(R) Advanced Ink Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Needle Point, 0.7 Mm, Assorted Barrels, Assorted Ink, Pack Of 8Foray(R) Advanced Ink Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Needle Point, 0.7 Mm, Assorted Barrels, Assorted Ink, Pack Of 8


Thanita recommends these Foray Rollé from Destiny pens which look intriguing, don’t they?

#1 Recommended Planner Pens

Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens, Fine Point, Assorted Color Inks, 7-Pack (31472)Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens, Fine Point, Assorted Color Inks, 7-Pack (31472)


Hands down, Frixion Pens from Pilot are the #1 recommended by Squadettes (and yours truly!)  Frixions are my friends!  I tend to write at an incredibly fast rate and with that speed comes numerous errors.  Frixions to the rescue!!  Smooth writers with a variety of colors, Frixion pens just can’t be beat for the price.  Oh, and did I mention that they erase?  (And I’m not talking like old school erasable pens.  Oh no!  These babies erase completely.  They have also been selected as my older boys’ favorite pens.  If that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will!)

So, there you have it!  Are your favorite planner pens on this list?  If so, give them a shout out!  If not, please share-and let us know if we can give you credit (leave your blog and/or Etsy shop name, too!)

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Join Our Planner Squad Facebook Live Hop!


Join us for our very first Planner Squad Facebook Live Hop. Plus, learn about to do Facebook Live broadcasts.

Hey Squadettes!  Who is ready for some more planning fun on live social media?

Join Planner Squad on our very first Facebook Live Hop!  We are so excited to announce this extra special event.

Before we get to the nitty gritty, we will share more about Facebook Live and how a hop on this social media platform works.  It is truly a fantastic way to interact with other members of Facebook groups.

Planner Squad Facebook totally rocks!!  We love seeing your pictures of planning hauls.  We adore your posts about planner deals and great places to shop.  We read your questions and do our very best to answer (or find the information) to all your planner needs.

Now, we have the opportunity to do live broadcasts to our group-as a group!  Planner Squad will be scheduling dates and times with fun planning themes for members to sign up and share their planner love.  It will be similar to our Periscope hops-but directly to our Facebook group!  WooHoo!

How Does A Planner Squad Facebook Live Hop Work?

  1. Sign up for Planner Squad Facebook Live Hop-if interested in participating.  (Scroll down for form!)
  2. If not participating, skip to step 8.
  3. If participating, prepare according to our designated theme for your Facebook Live broadcast.  Create a bullet list of points to address if it helps guide your discussion.  Cards with information (and a bit of washi!) can be helpful to hold up and demonstrate your point or share a resource.
  4. Type title of broadcast in whatever word processing form you typically use.
  5. Copy & paste title of broadcast into new post to Planner Squad Facebook group when your turn. (These directions and picture are with an iPhone.)Follow these steps to start a Facebook Live to Planner Squad Facebook group.
  6. Tap “Live Video” when it is your turn to go live in hop.  You will get a 3 second warning and then you are live!
  7. Share your brilliant planner information with all Squadettes!
  8. Watch all Planner Squad Facebook Live Hop participants by looking for their notifications and cheer them on!

See how easy that is (I promise you-it is super simple!).  You got this.  Now, on to the nitty gritty!

Join us for our very first Planner Squad Facebook Live Hop. Plus, learn about to do Facebook Live broadcasts.

Planner Squad Facebook Live Hop for Friday, June 3

It is now time to R.S.V.P. to the first Planner Squad Facebook Live Hop!!

Who:  You!!  All Squadettes are invited to watch.  Only the first 4 to sign up will be added to list of participants.  (Sign up if interested-we often need substitiutes!)  Amy Milcic will be our host with Jenn Roberts as the rockin’ caboose.  You will not want to miss this!!!

When:  Friday, June 3 at 8pm ET

Where: Planner Squad Facebook group

Why: Because we all love planners!

How:  See steps above:)

What: SHOW US YOUR PLANNERS!  Each Facebook liver (um, that looks weird-let’s say participant) will have 10 minutes for introduction and to show us their (favorite) planners.  Ladies, we know how much we all love our planners but let’s not go over 10 minutes.  To quote our beloved Jenn, “Ain’t no body got time for that!”

Will YOU be one of the very first Planner Squad Facebook Live participants?  Let’s find out!  SIGN UP NOW FOR A WHOLE LOT OF PLANNER FUN!!

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Planners4Kids Review & Giveaway!

Planners4Kids creates custom planners for kids. Help your kids learn the benefits of planning-and enter to win giveaway!


I am so incredibly excited to share Planners4Kids and all that this amazing site has to offer!   You know that I am all about using and having fun with planners.  Now, I have found this rockin’ resource that brings the planner world to kids.

Through a social media connection, Tiffany (owner of Planners4Kids) and I started to chat.  I was intrigued by her site’s name and had to find out more.  I was so pleased when we formed a partnership to bring this review and giveaway for Planner Squad readers.

Tiffany creates customized planners for kids.  She recognizes the importance of being organized and wants to help kids learn this skill.  Planners4Kids makes it easy to teach kids how and why planning can be helpful and fun.

These planners are super cute!  I love how you have the choice of 3 different covers plus the option to upload a photo to really make the planner special for your kids.

Some more adorable features of these planners include:

  • coil binding
  • clear zipper pencil pouch attached to coil binding
  • sticker sheet of functional stickers
  • laminated covers
  • “How To Use Your Planner” to help you teach your kids
  • reinforced tabs for each month
  • jokes at the top of each month
  • 3 boxes on side of each monthly layout for notes, doodles, and extra fun
  • attached elastic band for closure

These planners are made with care.  I love the quality and sturdiness.  I have absolutely no concerns that my boys would damage these planners (and my boys are rough!).

Planners4Kids has a wonderful front section that you can use to help you teach kids all about planning. Also, a fun page for recording special all about me facts.


Here is my Smiley (7) with his customized Planners4Kids planner:

Planners4Kids creates custom planners to help kids learn all about planning.
Smiley with his customized Planners4Kids planner!

He absolutely adores his planner.  Smiley wanted a picture with himself and his brothers for his custom cover.  He is so excited to start planning.  In his words, “You know, now I have a way to organize my really busy life!  Like, when I need to play baseball and take care of my fish.”

Planners4Kids has a great monthly layout that is perfect for helping kids to learn all about planning.


Tiffany of Planners4Kids has generously offered to give one of our lucky readers one of these rockin’ planners!  Winner will have choice of cover and option to upload custom image.

Best of luck to all who enter!

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Color Crush Giveaway-A5 Planner Kit + More!

Color Crush Giveaway A5 Planner Kits + More!

Who is ready for another rockin’ Planner Squad giveaway!  Ladies, get those dancing shoes on because you are going to be doing a happy dance (or should we say Color Crush!)

Planner Squad is super excited to announce our latest giveaway.  We know that you love planners like we love planners.  We have heard your chatter over in our Facebook group about how much you are crushin’ on Color Crush.  (We admit-we also tend to blush when we look at a Crush!)

Disclaimer:  This giveaway for a Color Crush A5 Planner Kit + More is sponsored by Planner Squad.  This post also contains affiliate links which means if you decide to purchase through one of our affiliates that Planner Squad will receive a commission.  We use these funds to put back into Planner Squad to keep spreading the planner love!

Color Crush Giveaway Instagram Planner Kit + More!

Color Crush from Webster Pages has become one of my favorite planners.  I love the quality and style of these gorgeous planners.  I have a personal Color Crush planner in hot pink.  I love how easy it is to carry around.  I never worry that it will become damaged or fall apart.

I have a similar planner in A5 size.  My Carpe Diem A5 is also outstanding and I will be sharing a thorough comparison of both A5 planners in the very near Planner Squad future.

When I saw this stunning white Color Crush A5 Planner Kit on Blitsy, I knew that Planner Squad needed to have it as a giveaway.  These puppies were flying off the shelves and I was lucky enough to land one for Planner Squad.

To complete the giveaway, I had to throw in one of their pretty tassels and some fun stickers.

Color Crush Giveaway-A5 Planner Kit + More! Come & check out this gorgeous white planner.


Color Crush Giveaway-A5 Planner Kit  More!

One lucky Squadette will receive:

Color Crush Giveaway-A5 Planner Kit + More! 2 sets of inserts and dividers

The planner kit will have the winner set with plenty of inserts and dividers.  (I do want to point out that this kit runs from October 2015-December 2016.)

Color Crush Giveaway - A5 Planner Kit + More! tassel stickers enamel dots

I will be completely honest-I am going to have a very hard time letting this beauty go!  I have one of these on the top of my planner wishlist.  Enter to win and stay subscribed to Planner Squad.  We have many more giveaways like this coming soon!

Color Crush Giveaway - A5 Planner Kit + More! white front

Best of luck to all entrants!  Keep on rockin’ your planners!


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Planner Squad Weekly Challenge #4

Planner Squad Weekly Challenge #4

Who is ready for another PLANNER SQUAD WEEKLY CHALLENGE!  Get your planners ready & let the planner fun begin!

We loved seeing your PASTEL spreads and planner ideas last week.

Remember:  to enter the challenge and have a chance to win each week, you must add your link here!

Last week’s winner was Squadette Peony Joy!  Congrats & enjoy your new Pretty Lil’ Pocket Dori!  We can’t wait to hear how you love it.

We know how you love to play in your planners and share your fabulous creativity with all.  We gush to each other over your amazing spreads, stickers, and stamps.  We delight in your dashboards and designs.

And, like you, we love to win planner yummies.

Our goal for this Planner Squad Weekly Challenge is simple-provide a place for you to find inspiration and motivation.  To find new ideas and share your own.  To have a spot where others get your passion for planning-and where your hard work can be appreciated.

No worries if you are a planner newbie!  These weekly challenges are created to give everyone a chance.

The link that gets the most clicks will win.  Link ups do not have to be just planner spreads-GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR PLANNER SQUAD WEEKLY CHALLENGE!

Our challenges are open to all ages, levels, abilities, and skill.  Whether you are a glam or functional planner, you will have find Planner Squad Weekly Challenges to be doable and enjoyable.

Planner Squad Weekly Challenge #4 Instagram


Planner Squad Weekly Challenges-Rules & Tips

Either Jenn or I (Amy) will scope (that’s a live social broadcast on Periscope in case you haven’t joined the fun yet!) about our new challenge.  During these scopes, we will discuss the new challenge, as well as showcase entries from the previous week.

After the scope, we will make our Weekly Challenge + Link-Up post go live.  At that point, you will have the opportunity to upload your image(s) to Instagram, tag @plannersquad, and add to that week’s link-up.

Let’s make this a bit easier-here’s a list:

  1. Watch scope about #plannersquadchallenge. (optional but you’ll get to see one of our lovely faces and get more details!)
  2. Learn about Planner Squad Weekly Challenge during scope and/or on site.
  3. Create your spreads, clips, stickers, dashboards-whatever you want that relates to planners and our challenge.
  4. Take pictures of your creations and upload to Instagram.
  5. Tag @plannersquad and use #plannersquadchallenge.
  6. Add your Instagram link to our link-up.
  7. How to Share Your Instagram link:
    1. Post a picture of your challenge to your Instagram account. (Don’t forget to use #plannersquad and #plannersquadchallenge!)
    2. Click on the timestamp of your Instagram post
    3. Copy the URL address in the address bar
    4. Paste the URL you copied into the inlinkz “Link” section  (If you have more questions just comment below and we can help!)
  8. You can enter more than once!!
  9. Click around and get some great ideas from other Squadettes.
  10. The link with the most clicks will be our winner.

It is really as simple as that!  What a fun way to share your creative planning and enter to win prizes!


Planner Squad Weekly Challenge #4 Floral


We are keeping with our Spring themes and want to see what you have to share with FLORAL!

Don’t you just love all the pretty FLORAL themes in planner world?  How do you use FLORAL planners and accessories?

Please note-you are not limited to only planner spreads (although we love to see those too!).  Maybe you make clips and have some that you must share?  Are you working that green dashboard this month?  What about washi-or stickers-or other embellishments?

We can not wait to see what you to have to share with us from your planner goodies stash that is all about FLORAL.

This week’s winner will receive:

Planner Squad Giveaway 4


Swoon!  Look at these gorgeous planner stickers from Rose Colored Daze, Etsy shop owned by one of our very own Squadettes.  To our lucky winner with the most clicks on our link-up this week, Lauren will send her Pink Flamingo Kit of 6 sheets of planner stickers!  Enough planner goodness for a full week plus one sheet of decorative stickers.

Make sure to head over to Rose Colored Daze to check out all of Lauren’s planner goodies and show her Etsy shop some love!



Are you an Etsy shop or other business who would like to partner with us for these challenges?  Your shop will be showcased during our scope and in that weekly post.  Contact us at plannersquad@gmail.com to discuss.

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