How to Make Pretty Envelopes for Your Planner

Need a great way to have extra storage in your planner? Check out this DIY tutorial on how to make pretty envelopes for your planners.

 

Do you need a great way to store and organize receipts and small notes in your planner?

Want a way to boost the use of your planner by making it more functional yet maintain its pretty?

Find out how to make pretty envelopes for your planner!  Super easy DIY project that you can do with only a few materials, a bit of time, and have creative fun.

 

What You Will Need to Make Pretty Envelopes for Your Planner:

1.  12 x 12″ Cardstock

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2.  Scissors

3.  Washi tape (or regular tape)

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4.  Glue stick

5.  Marker (optional)

6.  Paper clip (optional)

 

Steps to Make Your Pretty Envelopes

You can make your own pretty envelopes for your planner out of cardstock & a few other materials.

  1.  Select the 12 x 12″ cardstock that you would like to use for your pretty planner envelope.

 

It's easy to make pretty envelopes for your planners!

2.  Use a 6 x 9″ mailing envelope as a template.

 

You only need a few materials to make pretty envelopes for your planners!

3.  Gently open up mailing envelope at its seams and lay out on cardstock.

 

Check out this step-by-step tutorial on how to make pretty envelopes for your planners.

4.  Use a pencil to lightly trace the template onto cardstock.

 

Pretty envelopes for your planners are super simple to make & enjoy.

5.  Cut on traced lines.  Save those paper trimmings!  You can use those pieces in creative ways in your planners!

 

Have fun making your own pretty envelopes for your planners!

6.  Optional:  Draw light lines on cardstock where you plan to fold.

 

Get step-by-step directions & pictures on how to make your own pretty envelopes for planning.

7.  Fold cardstock along seams (two vertical on sides and one seam on bottom).  Use a ruler (or other straight surface) to press the seam and flatten.

 

Making your own pretty envelopes for your planners is fun!

8.  Use ruler again to make sure seams are flat.

 

Easily make pretty envelopes for your planners with this tutorial.

9.  Use a glue stick to apply a thin line of glue to outer edge of one vertical side.  Overlap the other side and press to adhere.

 

Pretty envelopes are fantastic additions to your planners.

10.  Use glue stick on bottom seam of the envelope.  Fold bottom side up and press to adhere.

 

You only need a few materials to make pretty envelopes for your planners.

11.  To make your envelope even prettier, use a few pieces of washi tape to reinforce the seams.

 

Make some pretty envelopes for your planners to increase storage options.

12.  Fold the top side down.  You can use a piece of washi tape to keep envelope shut.

Pretty envelopes are awesome for your planners & easy to make!

13.  A paper clip can also be a great way to secure your pretty planner envelope.

 

You can easily make pretty envelopes to enjoy in your planners.

14.  Use a punch appropriate for your planner to place holes in the envelope on the side (or bottom).  (Shown:  my A5 Carpe Diem, Stella, with Recollections punch.  Yes, I name my planners.  They are like good friends.)

 

And there you have it!  Rinse and repeat for as many pretty planner envelopes as you like! You can even make these envelopes to use outside of your planners.  The possibilities are endless!

How will you use your DIY pretty planner envelopes?

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5 Affordable Planner Bags for Planner Girls on a Budget

If there’s one thing all of us planner girls can understand and agree on, it’s that we love to bring our planners with us wherever we go. Not just our planners though. We need our favorite planner decorating essentials too, right?

Sometimes our standard purses aren’t enough to hold all of our planner goodies, so we need a good, reliable planner bag to get the job done.

Are you looking for a planner bag that is affordable and will fit your budget? Here's 5 to choose from! For more posts about planning visit www.plannersquad.com

5 Affordable Planner Bags for Planner Girls on a Budget

A while back we shared a post about some amazing planner bags that many planner girls out in the world of planning recommend. Unfortunately, though, most of these bags were top of the line. Because of that, they were pricey!

We’ve had a lot of requests for a planner bag that’s more budget friendly, but would still be perfect for bringing your planner and decorating essentials on the go. Today, we’re delivering!

Check out this list of five totally affordable and budget-friendly planner bags for planner girls on a budget!

Craftsman 12 in. Tool Totes

This super cute Craftsman Tool Tote pictured below was not originally designed with the planner girl in mind, but don’t let that stop you! Sometimes the best planner tools and supplies can be found when thinking outside the box!

The dimensions of this tote measures 12 x 11 x 19.5 inches, which gives plenty of room for a planner (or 6, let’s be real here). There are also plenty of loops (16 actually) that are perfect for holding pens, markers, scissors – you name it.

You can leave your ruler at home though because this tool caddy has a metal tape measure clip attached to one end. Perfect!

Not a fan of pink? No worries – we found this one in a couple other color options as well!

The price on this one last we checked ran for $21.99 and included free shipping. Totally affordable!

 Craftsman 12 in. Tool Totes – Pink

Personalized Fashion Organizing Tote Bag

The Personalized Fashion Organizing Tote Bag is very similar to the Craftsman tote with its outside pockets, but this bag is not as heavy-duty. It also does not have any storage loops on the inside, but with plenty of outside pockets (there’s 12 total!), it’s still just fine for storing your planning supplies.

The dimensions of this bag measure out to be 10 x 8 x 8 inches so you should have no problem stuffing the main compartment with all of your planners and stickers!

Perhaps my favorite part of this bag though is the wide variety of colors and styles available and you can get it personalized!

This tote is priced at only $10.95 and Prime friendly (personalization is more and makes it no longer eligible for Prime).

 Personalized Fashion Organizing Tote Bag – 12 Outside Pockets 10

Portable Hanging Toiletry Bag

With the Portable Hanging Toiletry Bag, you will be kicking all of your toiletries out so your planner goodies can move in!

This hanging bag measures at 9.45″ long, 7.87″ wide, and 3.74″ high and comes in two different feminine prints and colors. It’s made with a water-resistant fabric to help further protect your planner goodies from moisture.

The inside has multiple compartments that are the perfect sizes for storing washi, pens, markers, clips, and even stickers. The double hook makes it possible to hang the bag wherever it’s convenient and will keep your planner supplies held upright so they won’t fall out.

The price on this beauty? Only $11.99 and Prime friendly!

 Ac.y.c Portable Hanging Toiletry Bag/ Portable Travel Organizer Cosmetic Bag for Women Makeup or Men Shaving Kit with Hanging Hook for vacation (Blue Flower)

Go Beyond Makeup Organizer Bag

The Go Beyond Makeup Organizer Bag is made out of a durable polyester, so this bag is made to last! It has 13 compartments so you will be able to find plenty of places to cram full of all the washi and pens you would ever need.

Measuring at 11.6 x 6.8 x 3.6 inches, this bag is plenty big enough to store all of your essentials. If your purse is big enough, you could probably stick this organizer right inside!

You can grab the Go Beyond Makeup Organizer Bag in multiple colors (and even in 3-packs!) starting at only $7.95 (and yes, Prime friendly!).

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Pursetti Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote Bag

The last, but certainly not the least bag on today’s list is the Pursetti Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote Bag. This bag measures at a perfect size of 14.5″ L x 6.5″ W x 10.75″ H, so it’s not too big, and not too small.

It’s durable polyester makes it lightweight and easy to clean with a damp cloth. It zips closed so nothing will fall out if knocked over. 

Store all of your planner goodies in its 6 pleated, and 2 mesh pockets along the outside of the bag. Inside of the bag, you’ll find an additional 5 pockets for storage. This bag will hold a ton!

There are 3 different colors/styles to choose from. While this choice is on the more expensive side of today’s list, it’s still totally affordable at only $29.97 (current sale price) and again, Prime friendly!

 Pursetti Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote Bag with Multiple Exterior & Interior Pockets for Working Women, Nurses, Teachers and Soccer Moms (Purple Circle)


What do you think of our list? Do you have a planner bag that you’d recommend we add to the list? If so we’d love for you to share your recommendations in the comments below!

Or, tag us in a photo of your planner bag on Instagram!

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10 Unique Ways You May Love Using Your Planner

Lady T is sharing more great tips and ideas to inspire you for using your planners in new ways.  Make sure to grab your free planner inserts at the end of the post!

Discover these 10 unique ways you may love using your planner. Also, grab your FREE printable blog planner kit with stickers & inserts!

10 Unique Ways You May Love Using Your Planner

1.  Track your Mood

Tracking your mood daily.  With a simple emoticon, like a happy face, sad face, grumpy face, pissy face.  So, when your family says “You’ve been crabby lately,” you can flip open your planner, point out those happy faces, and reply, “Nope, I don’t thiiiiiiink so!”

 

2.  Gratitude 

I fail here a lot.  It’s not that I’m not thankful, but I need to be more disciplined in taking note of it. Go back over your past weeks and find what you were thankful for. Set a reminder for the next week ahead to send a card, email, or call someone just to thank them. It will go a long way for both of you.

 

3.  Health & Symptoms

I have Hashimotos and complicated migraines.  I can tell when my levels are off,  just by glancing in my planner.  Track your meds and symptoms. No, this has nothing to do with tracking my mood…grumble…see happy faces in my planner…(sticking out tongue).

 

4.  Volunteer Work & Donations

Everyone can help a little more. You’ve been meaning to…well, write it dow! Plan it. If you plan it, you will do it.  I have a monthly plan to donate things around the house.  I need to continually downsize and it’s a perfect time to share clothes, appliances, and toys not being used.

 

5.  Memories

Go back and note memories of the day in empty spaces in your planner. Those little tid bits that made you smile. This turns your planner into more than a planner.  It’s like a brief history of life’s little journeys. So, when your child asks, “Can we get a kitten?” and you reply, “I’m allergic, we can’t be in the same house.” and they reply back, “That’s ok you can sleep outside.” Yeah…priceless.

 

6.  Yard, Garden, & Indoor Plants

Time to spray? Water? Yep, it’s all in my planner! My cactus truly believed it lived in a desert until I started to water regularly.

 

7.  Household maintenance 

We know you schedule your cleaning and laundry, but how about changing air filters, washing outside windows, air-conditioning/heater maintenance, and cleaning out those house vents?  You can actually save your families lives by scheduling to clean your dryer vents and to change fire alarm batteries to help to prevent potential fires.

 

8.  Crafts 

I could collect Pinterest pictures until the cows come home but I’m on craft picture overload. I list the projects I plan to do, the materials required, and check them off the list. Typically, I will use the sidebar in my planner for this if I only plan one project for the week.  Yeah right!  Insert more sidebars here;)

 

9.  No Spend Goals

Do you find yourself a collector of crafting supplies, an Amazon junkie or a Target $1 bin dumpster diver? Me too. I have a huge tendency to overspend. Putting spend limits in my planner or no spend weekly goals in my calendar helps me keep some control.  Except when buying stickers from Planner Squad…it’s ok to get stickers from Planner Squad…I’m just saying…some things just shouldn’t be banned…

 

10.  Blog Stats, Posts, & Social Media

Are you a blogger, a pinner, or a socialite spinner? Use your planner for Blog stats,  Blog Posts, and Social media posts!  I have started using my Blog Planner Insert—designed especially for my planner for blog tracking.  It’s a tad easier if you track it in your planner or better yet if you try the Blog Planner Inserts  because there is more room for writing and tracking your posts.

The Blog Planner Insert set comes with adorable tracking stickers and a dashboard, too! You can punch and add them anywhere you want into your planner.

CLICK HERE OR ON IMAGE BELOW to subscribe to Planner Squad and get your FREE Blog & Social Planner Kit!

Discover 10 unique ways you may love using your planner. Plus, grab these free blog planner inserts and stickers.

 

Thanks for dropping in and again. This is LadyT, for Planner Squad. Let us know what you think Squadettes. Will this free blog planner kit help you?

 

 

 

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How To Use a Happy Planner to Journal for Therapy

Planner Squad loves to have our Squadettes share how they are using their planners.  It can be extremely helpful to discover how other planner girls creatively use their planners for function and fun.

Mayghan shares how her Happy Planner has helped her deal with some mental health and physical concerns.  Discover how she is using her planner to journal for therapy.  We greatly appreciate her willingness to allow us a sneak peek at her life and how planning has been a tremendous benefit to her overall well-being.

 

You can use customized inserts to help you journal for therapy in your Happy Planner.

 

I have to preface this post by saying that I have never done a blog post, but I shall do my best. I apologize for how personal this post may be compared to the ones that you normally read about all things planner related. But, this journal template came about due to a personal situation, so I thought it best to give it it’s due.

Due to some crazy life experiences, I attended some therapy sessions this past summer. I’ve lived in Fort McMurray, Alberta since 2012, and was evacuated with 88,000 other people this summer during “The Beast” of a wildfire that swept through our city. The company I work for encouraged every Fort McMurray employee to go to therapy if they needed it, and they would cover 4 sessions.

I still didn’t know if my home was standing or not (it turned out to be fine, there wasn’t even any smoke damage).  Also, I’ve had a chronic pain issue (pelvic floor injury) for 9 years and residual issues from an unprovoked bi-lateral Pulmonary Embolism on Christmas of 2014.  I figured it would be a good time to “check under the hood” so to speak. 

 

Find out how you can use customized inserts in your Happy Planner to journal for therapy.

Using My Happy Planner to Journal for Therapy

The first thing the therapist wanted me to do was to begin keeping a journal. She wanted to track my:

  • Emotional State
  • Mental State
  • Physical Activity
  • Pain Levels

I love the IDEA of journaling l for therapy but have never been able to make the habit stick.

I went back to my boss’s house (where I was staying during the evacuation) and sat down and thought. I had just recently purchased my first Mambi Happy Planner and was loving it, and I had seen templates online. But, nothing seemed to fit what I was looking for. 

So, I decided to make one for myself. I turned it into a nice little 8-page booklet using 2 8 ½” x 11” pieces of paper, printed them on both sides, and folded them in half. I even made a cover page, so I could keep track of which week it belonged to. And after I used my Mambi hole punch, it easily slipped into place in my planner.

 

Check out how to use a Happy Planner to journal for therapy.

 

I think I really surprised the therapist the next week when I returned. But, she loved it and encouraged me to continue the way that I was going.

My goal is that once I have several months worth of entries, I will take each category and put it into a spreadsheet to see the pattern. (If there is any interest in learning more about how to do this, let us know in the comments below!)

My activity and stress levels always increase my pain, so it will be interesting to see how that correlates on a graph. It will also be interesting to see how my emotional state corresponds with it. 

 

Learn about using a customized insert to journal for therapy in your Happy Planner by Mambi.

 

For the first time in my life, I’m actually consistently using a journal. I don’t feel pressure to write paragraph upon paragraph anymore. Just a few quick sentences and I’m good until the next day! 

 

 

You can use customized inserts to help you journal for therapy in your Happy Planner.

 

Click on the Image Below to Download Your FREE Printable Journal Insert!

Get free planner printables at Planner Squad. Subscribers get awesome planner inserts, stickers, & more-like these July monthly layouts for Happy Planner.

How would you benefit from using a journal for therapy?  

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Why Every Tomboy Needs A Planner

Find out why every tomboy needs a planner! Planners don't have to be girly or cute. Includes an awesome FREE printable pack of Tomboy-themed planner resources!

Planner Squad is happy to share this contribution from Lady T, an artist and graphic design specialist.  Find out why Lady T believes every tomboy needs a planner and check out these awesome free planner printables.


Hi! I am honored to share some insight with you today.  A planner is the perfect addition to every female’s life even if she can be found at a local bar, watching Monday Night Football with her brothers.

But, planners are dumb, right? It’s just a glorified diary, isn’t it? Only girly girls keep a diary! As a girl who likes to live life on the fly, forgets everything including her own

As a girl who likes to live life on the fly, forgets everything including her own birthday, and barely has time to slide mules on her UN-manicured feet while flying out the door…how can a planner help her?

Why Every Tomboy Needs A Planner

1. Planners come in fun designs to fit HER personality.

First, let’s start with the fact that there are so many planners out there! There is bound to be one that will fit the Tomboy personality. No PINK  and FLOWERS here, please!  Thanks to the

Thanks to the ever-growing planner craze, planners are available in so many patterns, colors, sizes and shapes. One type of planner will surely appeal to our tree climbing hero. Even Wonder Woman wears lipstick!

If you do not like the covers on your planners, make one yourself and change it. Yes, you can do that!

There are not enough Tomboy and masculine-themed Planner stickers out there. To remedy that situation, you will find a free Tomboy Hero printable pack that includes a planner sticker set and a new cover.

Just print the covers, place them back to back, laminate, trim and punch for your specific planner. This free Tomboy Hero printable pack works for a variety of planner types and sizes. More information is included with the set for printing options.

2. You can deck your planner out with stickers!

Remember the days of decorating your locker, three ring binder, and textbooks? Decorating my planner takes me back to my middle school days. I put hundreds of stickers on the cover! I would then take a marker and trace around them several thousand times. Oh and doodling! The Tomboy can do all of that if she wishes! Nothing like stepping back in time to childhood and making the planner process fun and inviting to use. Go crazy let your inner Garbage Pail Kid out! There is no wrong or right way to decorate your planner. It’s not a diary per se-more like a detailed journey of your life or a time capsule, if you will.

3.  Secretly you have been dying to get control of your life.

One day, this Tomboy even beat up a male classmate who was picking on her brother. Though she became more “girly” in college, buying makeup, jewelry, and an occasional dress (where is that anyway?), she grew up and continually tried to put organizational practices in place to no avail.

That was until she came upon a planner that had places for notes, birthdays, a week view, a month view, and structure. It was editable, it was fun, and it was supported by a community of amazing and passionate people—where life could be shared one sticker at a time.

Set aside ten minutes a day to use your planner.  In a busy Tomboy’s life, this small amount of time will help you learn to organize a little bit better and a little bit smarter.

How do I know using a planner can help you if you are a Tomboy? Because I am a one and I can’t live without it! Try it!

Check out these awesome Tomboy-themed resources for your planner!

Don’t miss these awesome FREE printable Tomboy resources for your planner!

Click on HERE or on the image above to check out these printable Tomboy planner resources.  Lady T provides instructions on how to size these printables to meet your needs.  You will find printable covers for Erin Condren and Happy Planner, as well as free printable planner stickers.  Subscribe to Planner Squad for exclusive access to these resources and all our freebies!


Find out more about Lady T!

Lady TPowers of Dunans, ( LadyT) is a college graduate with a Degree in Graphic Design as well as a self-taught artist of Cherokee and Irish descent. Born in the Chicagoland area―titled by land ownership in Scotland, she took to art as soon as she was able to hold a crayon. Throughout her childhood, she developed an appreciation for her majestic surroundings. “I would often sit in trees for hours with pencils and pad, or sit in a meadow with watercolor and canvas.”  Years of artistic expression made it clear that LadyT’s life would be centered upon her passion for art.  After high school;  where she participated in three years of extensive extracurricular graphic-design programs, she attended Graphic Art College where she got her degree and discovered more advanced graphics, illustration, writing and printmaking.

Much of her work is influenced with her native descent, however, this artist is extremely versatile in that she can accomplish most styles that she puts her hand to. A rare talent or a serious case of ADD or both! She has self-proclaimed herself a Bohemian artist.

Lady T is a professional artist full-time while dealing with disabilities. These disabilities are unfortunately many and consist of a brain Aneurysm,  IH, Fibromialgia, Complicated Migraines, Venous Angioma, Apnea, Asthma, Thyroid (Hashimotos) with two lumps, short term memory loss, vision and hearing loss, Arthritis, Double Carpel Tunnel, Tennis Elbow and the list goes on. She had a shunt placed in her spine over a three years ago to relieve the swelling in her brain to assist in relieving pressure placed on the eyes, ears and brain itself.  She was in danger of losing her eye sight permanently.  Why does she share this with you?  Because though she has under gone extensive medical and mental issues she daily finds new ways to cope and stay positive. She says she attributes this to the amazing people she surrounds herself with and the internal desire to make each day a new beginning.

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