Happy Planner Printing Hack – How to Print Directly Onto Your Happy Planner Pages (Tutorial!)

Happy Planner users – rejoice! Long gone are the days of printing your decorative elements onto sticker paper. I have discovered a methodΒ that allows you to print directly onto your pages, and today I’m going to show you exactly how to do it with this Happy Planner printing hack!

Happy Planner Printing Hack

I love to decorate my Happy Planner. There are so many amazing weekly kits out there but since I do not have a sticker cutting machine (yet) it takes so much time to hand cut each sticker out and place them where I want them.

Then one day I was scrolling through one of my favorite planning facebook groups, and found someone had shared this awesome Happy Planner hack! I was so excited about it that I knew I had to share it with you!

(Thank you so much to Jing Pia Roan for allowing me to share this tutorial here on Planner Squad and for also allowing me to use her happy planner template files as well! You can find Jing online here and here.)

Don’t have a Happy Planner yet? You can get one here through Blitsy!


Happy Planner Printing Hack Tutorial

Step 1: Download Software, Templates, and Design

In order to get started, you will first need to download the FREE Silhouette Studio Basic Edition software. No, you do not have to have a Silhouette to do this tutorial – but you do need the software (or Photoshop).

You will also need to download these free Happy Planner page templates (courtesy of Jing) as well. You can find the free downloads here at our free printables page.

(For this tutorial you can either create your own decorative boxes and elements on your own, or I’ve created some you can use to practice with. These will be included in the download with the templates.)

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Step 2: Open Templates into the Silhouette Software

Find where you downloaded your template files and open them in the Silhouette Studio software. To do this click on “File>Open>Select File>OK”. Print this Template from the Silhouette Studio Software prior to decorating on regular computer paper.

(Tip: Make sure your image is not resized to fit the page. It should be printed at its actual, 100% size, which is 8.5×11)

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Step 3: Import Decorative Files to Library

Import all of your decorative elements to the Silhouette Studio Library. To do this click on “File>Import>Import to Library>Find File to Import>OK”.

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Step 4: Open the “Library” in Silhouette

Click on “File>Library>Library” to open.

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Step 5: Insert Decorative Elements to the Template

Find the decorative elements you wish to add to the template and double click on it. It will then be inserted to the file on top of your template. Click and drag to move the element where you would like it to print on the page. Do this for all of the elements until you have placed them all where you want them.

(Tip: Make sure the template is not selected with a border around it while adding your design. It will cause the design to not add correctly. Click somewhere in the grey area to deselect the template.)

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Step 6: Add a Page From Your Happy Planner to the Printed Template

Use your printed blank template and add a page from your happy planner so that it fits in the box.

(Tip: To make sure all of the lines add up perfectly, hold the page up to a light so you can see where the lines are. Some printers print differently so doing this will make sure you’ve lined everything up properly. If your printed template is not the right size, you will need to reprint and check your printer settings to make sure it wasn’t resized wrong.)

Once you have lined up the pages correctly, use washi tape to keep the paper in place during the printing process.

(Tip: I tape along the top and bottom instead of the sides like in the photo to keep from ripping the punched side of the paper).

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Step 7: Remove the Template

Click on the white page of the template to select only the template. Then press “delete”. Your design elements should be in place still, but the template boxes should disappear.

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Step 8. Print!

Put the template with the Happy Planner page taped to it, into your printer. Press File>Print, and print your design. Your design will print directly onto your happy planner page!

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Voila!

There you have it! A decorated Happy Planner Weekly Spread and it didn’t use a single sheet of sticker paper! Of course now you can add more fun elements to it to spice it up if you’d like, but this Happy Planner printing hack makes the process much easier and saves so much sticker paper!

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Did you try this Happy Planner printing hackΒ out for yourself? I’d love to see how it turned out! Share a photo with us on Instagram and tag @PlannerSquad! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Jenn is a Missouri homeschooling mom who loves to blog about it! She is a blogger, photographer, etsy shop owner, and virtual assistant. When she's not busy being a housewife or mom, you'll find her with a camera of some sort in hand, or dancing in the crowd while her favorite band performs on stage. Her favorite things in the world are spending time with her family, traveling, dancing, photography, and watching her favorite TV shows. Jenn was recently sucked into the world of planning when she purchased her first Happy Planner. Soon after she started making her own travelers notebooks (aka her "FunkyDori") and inserts to use with them. It's impossible for her to go to a store without checking out the sticker and washi tape selection. She looks at planning as a therapeutic way to start her week on the right foot, and exercise her creativity as much as possible.

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for the tutorial. It’s really helpful and easy to do! I have one question, though. The happy planner has four boxes across, and the template only has three boxes across. I’m confused as to how you’re getting it to print on all the boxes. Could you explain that for me, please?

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Just what I needed. It worked like a charm. I have tons of digital scrapbooking kits that will totally work to pretty up my planner!

  3. Hi there! I signed up to get the free printable pages for my Happy Planner, I verified my email but need a password to get the free printable pages. Where and when do i get that password (it was not included in the email)?

    • The password is in the confirmation email. Tomorrow afternoon the newsletter will go out and the password is in those emails also. Add a filter or check your spam folder to make sure you don’t miss the newsletters!

  4. I was not able to access the printable despite having the password…sad face! What am I doing wrong?

  5. I have followed the steps in this tutorial to the letter and I cannot get the selected images to drop into the template. It adds the image right over top of the template and there is no way to move it around. Any thoughts what I am doing wrong?

    • It’s not supposed to drop into the template. It’s supposed to drop on top of it, and then you move it where you want it to sit, then you delete the template before you print. Not sure why its not letting you move them around though, it should let you!

  6. I can’t wait to try this out. I really love this blog a lot! It has so much great information! I literally was planning to compile resources like the ones on your free planner list but said to myself… I love how she did it and I will simply show my support by directing people here. πŸ˜‰ Of course as soon as I figure out how to add links of my favorite finds you will be amongst those on the list. πŸ˜‰ I just started a Facebook page and wanted you to know you have been one of the first pages for me to spot light. Keep it classy. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for incorporating my favorite colors so its such a breeze to spend lots of time here. πŸ˜‰

    • AWww, You made my night! Thank you so much for your super sweet comments! I’d love if you stop by the facebook group and share the link to your new group with us!! Have an awesome weekend hun!

    • AWww, You made my night! Thank you so much for your super sweet comments! I’d love if you stop by the facebook group and share the link to your new group with us!! Have an awesome weekend hun!

  7. i love this! I was able to do it with the template and mini kit. How am i able to add in my own pictures? Do I just search online and add any jpg that i like?

  8. I was able to d/l the template and open it easy enough, but I need a tutorial on how to make images that will fit in the boxes on the template. I don’t know the size they need to be and I’ve never used the silhouette program, so I’m not sure how to use it to make pictures the right size. Please help. Thank you,

    • The happy planner size boxes are I believe 1.5×2.5″? You can grab a ruler to measure the boxes to confirm though πŸ˜‰ I use photoshop and clip art to make my stickers. You can also use free programs such as gimp, canva, or pic monkey. Make it a bigger size than what you need. When you’re done, save and then open the image you want to place in silhouette. You can resize the image you created within the silhouette program. The directions in this post tell you step by step how to do that. If you need further assistance with silhouette software I highly recommend doing a youtube search. I plan on doing more tutorials in the future as time allows πŸ˜€ Hope that helps some!

  9. This blog post is a blessing in disguise! Thank you for this tutorial πŸ™‚ I was looking for a post tutorial that demonstrates how to print directly onto The Happy Planner’s Notepaper. Maybe you can think about making a blog post on that soon if time allows?

    • Not that I am aware of. I’m only familiar with silhouette but I’m sure the same would apply there. Just open and drag/drop the elements using your explore software instead of silhouette.

  10. Ok you’re brilliant. Thanks for doing this. I stumbled on your page and just joined your mailing list. πŸ™‚

  11. I am trying to get the link to the printable template and it says the link no longer is available.
    I have been trying to do this on my Chromebook but the measurements seems to be off…and I can not download silhouette is there anyone who has another way to approach this problem. I have a visual impairment and printing directly to my Happy planner sheet would be of great help and a money saver.

    • I will check the link to see why it isn’t working. Sorry about that! When you print the image, make sure you are not resizing it to fit to page. Make sure it is printing at full size. Hopefully that helps!

  12. Don’t know if its a new version of the Silhouette program that I just downloaded or what but this hack doesn’t work. When I followed the directions of this tutorial it closed the happy planner template and opened the pictures in a different file.

  13. Hi! No matter what I do I can’t get the elements to be like individual boxes, the entire document just goes on top of the template. Like, I have the decorative elements, but how do you move them around? Is there another step that I just can’t figure out?

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