Glam Planning 101 – Making a Beautiful Weekly Spread

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It’s an art.  It’s a hobby.  It’s an addiction!  A sweet, wonderful addiction.  😉

If you are not familiar with the term, no worries – you’ve probably seen it all over or may be doing it yourself.

“Glam Planning” is simply decorating your planner.  

You can get as fancy with it as you’d like, or you can keep it sweet and simple.  It’s up to you.

Though my journey into glam planning started out simple, it has become a peaceful, relaxing, almost ritualistic thing that I do.  I take about two hours each weekend, gather my supplies, MAKE SOME TEA AND LIGHT MY CANDLES, and sit in my “woman cave” and get to work.

It is the most delightful thing. 😉

So let’s get started!

I’m going to take you through my whole process and show you how you can be a glam planner too!

Glam Planning 101

The Pre-Planning Phase

Before the actual “decorating” aspect of this activity, you will want to think about what exactly you are planning.

Are you using this for school?  For an all-in-one daily planner?  A blog planner?

It’s important to know what you want to keep track of so that you know what stickers you want to buy.  

  • How many checklists do you need?  Do you need a checklist for each day, or just a weekly check list?
  • Would you benefit from a habit checklist?  (There’s a sticker for that!)
  • Do you want to add meal planning stickers?
  • Do you need stickers for social media plans?
  • Do you need to track exercise?  Hydration?

There are stickers for just about everything out there.

Let me show you how I brainstormed this:

  • I decided that each day I would like a checklist sticker, with 5 or 6 lines and I would use one of my vertical boxes for that.  {There are three vertical boxes in the Erin Condren Life Planner for each day – not labeled – and a space at the bottom for notes.}
  • On that checklist would be my daily habits and whatever was of utmost importance that day.
  • In my middle box I would list other activities for the day, hydration checklist, meal planning stickers, or, sometimes, I would simply add a motivational quote.
  • In the third box I would write in what I had going on that evening.
  • At the bottom, on top of the provided lines, I would actually cover with another checklist for my bedtime routine.
  • I would use my weekly sidebar to write down my aim for the week, whether it be a beautiful quote or scripture to remember, a written checklist, or a bit of both.  Even a drawing.

Where To Find Planner Supplies

Now, just where can you find stickers?

Many places.

Michaels Arts & Crafts, Joanne’s Fabric, Hobby Lobby, and similar places obviously have aisles of stickers.

But when it comes to planner stickers with checklists my personal favorite place to purchase is Etsy.

Go to Etsy.com and search “planner stickers”.

If you have an Erin Condren Life Planner you can search “Erin Condren planner stickers” but most of the stickers made nowadays fit the Erin Condren very well.

Now please note:  some stickers are premade and will be mailed to you.  My preference is to buy printable stickers.  This means that when I purchase them, I will be sent an instant download that I can save on my computer and use again and again.

I simply put sticker paper in my printer and then print the pdf or file I was sent onto that paper, and voila! beautiful stickers.

And the really nice thing about having sticker paper is that you can print any image onto it.  So you can make your own stickers.  Gasp!

Another great place to find stickers is on Instagram.  Search hashtags such as #planneraddict #planner #plannercommunity #plannerstickers #erincondren, and at that point you can pretty much follow the trails to all sorts of planners Instagram accounts.  Most everyone that makes stickers advertises on Instagram, and you can also view planner’s spreads and ask them where they found their stickers.

Set the Mood

I’m not kidding about this.  Make this a beautiful, relaxing hour or two in your life.  Make a cup of coffee or tea, a plate of shortbread or grapes, light a few candles, and put on some soothing or inspiring music.  Retire into your woman cave.

Oh, dear me, why didn’t I mention chocolate?

Okay, go get chocolate.

Gather Your Supplies

Planning supplies - Glam Planning 101 - PlannerSquad

Now it’s time to get going!

Supplies you will need (at the very minimum):

  • Scissors
  • Stickers or sticker paper
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Markers or highlighters
  • Washi Tape

Supplies you may want to consider:

  • Glitter (It’s fun right?)
  • Shaped hole punch (for scrapbookers)
  • Edgers (again, like in scrapbooking)
  • Border stickers
  • Cardstock

Cut and Stick

Now comes the boring part (which is why it’s so important you have coffee, snacks and music!):

CUT CUT CUT.  

This may take a while depending on how many itsy-bitsy stickers you have.

Important:  Cut your stickers and lay them out how you want them FIRST before you stick them on.  Otherwise, you could end up having to peel them off.

How I Do It:  The first thing I do is stick on my washi tape.  I stick this over the “label” part of each vertical box.  The 2015-16 Erin Condren Life Planner has non-labeled “titled boxes” that you can use for titles, or, as in my case, you can cover with washi.  {Laying the washi tape on the bottom does a little something extra, I think; it’s a pretty background.}

Washi Tape first - Glam Planning 101 - PlannerSquad.com

Then you are ready to lay your stickers on top of that.

Laying out all your stickers - Glam Planning 101 - PlannerSquad.com

 

 

Now For the Fun Part

Once all your stickers are laid out like you like (this is often photographed and referenced in the description as #beforethepen) you will then want to fill it in.

I like to fill mine in with pencil and then go over it with pen or markers.  Mistakes are hard to cover and whiteout doesn’t always go with the sticker or background you may be writing on.

My personal favorite part of this “ritual” is filling in the sidebar.

Many choose to put a weekly checklist in the sidebar, but I prefer to use this space to practice my lettering (which is slowly coming along) and to write something beautiful and inspirational.

So there you have it!  A beautiful spread!

At this point you can add your bling.

  • Shiny hearts
  • Stars
  • Glitter
  • Little doodles in metallic pens
  • Random flowers

Whatever your little heart desires.

Now, take a step back, breathe it in, and admire your awesome craft.Glam Planning 101 - Planner Squad

Upload!

Wait!  Don’t go anywhere yet!  We want to see it.

Snap a picture of that baby and share it with the world!

You can upload it to Instagram and hashtag #plannersquad, and then use your Instagram link to upload it to our weekly linky party.

Also, share it on our Facebook group!

“Sharing is caring.”

Spread that planner love, girls!

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Thank you for joining me for Glam Planning 101.  I hope you turn your dreams into plans!

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Lindsey Marie is a passionate writer eager to touch hearts and minds. She loves to write about parenting, homeschooling, relationship building and living an inspired life at her blog, Project Love & Peace. As a Devoted Mommy to two, Happy Homeschooler, Scatterbrained Housewife, Avid Reader and Planning Addict she’s on a mission to find love and joy in the simple life and invites you to join her! She plans her “missions” using her Erin Condren Life Planner, making life beautiful one spread at a time. Planning has become a necessity and an art for this mom with ADD, and she knows there is no going back! So make your tea, light your candles, put on some music and Plan On!

Comments

  1. I can’t wait for your visit so you can help me get started on one of these! ?? I’m looking at supplies today!

  2. Lindsey!! I’m popping in to say Hi!! I love your site!! I will check it out a lot more as you know that Planners are right up my alley. haha!! Thanks for telling me about it! So excited and I am so happy for you! ‘Love you! xo Cindy @inspirememama 🙂

  3. Hi Lindsey,
    I just wanted to say hello My Dear Sister (noticed from your planner).
    My daughter turned me on to the GlamPlanner, so I really want to get started with this as well. So I am gonna try it. Thanks for the step by step lesson.

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