Use Cardstock in Your Planner with these 5 Easy Ways!

I love figuring out new ways to use my planners and planning supplies, like how to use cardstock in your planner. There are just so many tempting good deals on planner goodies that I have a tendency to get a wee bit obsessed when adorable materials are on sale.

Please tell me you know this type of planner girl fever.

Cardstock in your planner is such fun! Check out these 5 awesome ways that you can rock your planner with cardstock.

How can you use cardstock in your planner?

When you walk into a store that sells planning goodies and you armed with coupons or see those beautiful sale signs, you get a bit feverish.  And excited.  Like wanting to turn cartwheels in the aisle and do a little yodel.  

Okay, you might not be quite as weird as me, but the thrill is real!

Sometimes, planning supplies that you have been eyeballing for a while are reduced in price to make it worth your while. Other times, you happen upon a glorious new planning gem and it’s like you want to sing to the rooftops!

Ladies, these feelings are real.  They are genuine.  And these feelings are what I go through whenever I discover a new pad of gorgeous cardstock.

Feel free to insert whatever planning material that you are slightly obsessed with.  These feelings are not restricted to just cardstock!

I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would amass the collection that I have today.  And the collection continues to grow!  I mean, when you walk into the store and find anywhere from 24 to 36 pages of beauty staring up at you and waiting to come home so you can use them to prettify your planner, how can you say no?

There are so many fabulous ways to use cardstock in your planners!

Now, you may own more or less of cardstock.  That’s cool. There’s no need for cardstock comparison or jealousy. There is definitely enough cardstock to go around, my planner friend!

Then, you get home. You wonder what you are actually going to do with it.  In the store, it looked so pretty and needed you. And you needed it. But, then what?

Don’t just let your pretty cardstock sit there, alone and unused!

5 Easy Ways to Use Cardstock in Your Planner

1. Dashboards

Dashboards are super easy to make using cardstock.  With the right type of punch for your planner, you can easily create decorative dashboards.  Use a ruler to size your paper to fit properly in your planner.  A paper trimmer can be useful to help you cut straight lines.  Or a nice pair of scissors will do.

When you have your dashboard cut to size, punch and insert into your planner.

Use cardstock for interesting dashboards in your planners.
Cardstock on cardstock 🙂

2.  DIY Washi  Tape

Have you seen all that gorgeous washi tape out there?  Oh my stars!

If you can’t afford to have all the washi tape of your dreams, you can make your own!  Use a paper trimmer to correctly size and cut whatever cardstock you have on hand in place of washi tape.  A glue stick or glue dots can be used to adhere your DIY washi tape into place.

You can use cardstock for DIY washi tape!


Make your own washi tape using card stock! Great for themed planner layouts!

3.  DIY Inserts

Planner inserts are one of my most favorite planner add-ons ever!  These cute little babies can help you truly customize your planner.

Simply take a piece of your favorite cardstock.  Measure and cut to size.  Punch.  Decorate with stickers and stamps.  Use your favorite pens to jot down to-do lists, chores, errands, meal plans, and more!

4.  DIY Stickers

Have you ever seen some of the special pages in your cardstock pad collections?  Oooh!  They are so purty!

Choose a pack of cardstock for a beautiful planner layout theme.

Cut those sweet things out & glue them in as stickers!  Or use a decorative punch to make some super cute DIY stickers for use as decoration or functional purposes.

You can use a decorate paper punch to make DIY stickers out of cardstock.

Great way to repurpose cardstock trimmings.

Don't throw away cardstock trimmings! Use them to make DIY planner stickers!

5.  Pretty Planner Envelopes

You can make your own pretty planner envelopes out of cardstock.  They look so adorable and they really aren’t that hard to make.  With just a few materials and a bit of time, you can use up some of your cardstock stash for functional AND pretty planner envelopes!

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

What are some creative ways that YOU like to use cardstock in your planner?  Share your ideas in the comments below 🙂

How Changing How You Plan Can Help You Be More Productive

Hello! My name is Kristen Iness, and I am here to help you get more organized, and productive in your planner.

A lot of us have started using new planners recently, and we’re so excited to jump right into them. But I have some advice for you. STOP what you’re doing, and get out some note paper, before you put pen to planner!

How Changing How you Plan Can Help You be More Productive

Re-evaluate How You’ve Been Planning

Now is the perfect time to re-evaluate how you’ve been planning. Here are some things that you should consider



  • What has been working for me? This is self explanatory, continue to do what you’re doing, if it is helping you stay productive.
  • What HASN’T been working for me? Should be simple right? But this may take some thinking. You may be writing something down, or decorating a certain way. But out of habit you continue. Think about that and eliminate it .
  • Am I still a vertical/horizontal planner? You may be using a vertical planner but you may not need all the space a vertical has to offer, so horizontal will most likely work better for you. No need to use a bigger planner if you don’t have to.
  • Are there new routines that I need to add? Our routines change over time, sometimes in the span of a couple of months. This is something you need to add, so you stay on top of it.
  • Has my schedule changed? Its summer which means your work schedule may changed. This is an important thing to write down
  • My children (if applicable) are out of school, what are we doing? Any special trips coming up? Are they still doing lesson plans for the summer? Summer camp? Summer school? Add these to your list.

I’m sure there are a lot more questions you can ask, but before you jump into your planner think about how you used to plan, and change what needs to be changed.

You may be so used to your planning style, that its a habit to still plan that way, even though it may not be working.


Tips to Help You Get Back on Track and Stay Productive

If your planning style is not working, then you CANNOT be productive! Your planner is to help you stay organized and be productive. So here are some tips to help you get back on track

  • Categorize your priorities (important – least important) This will help you get the important things done first. When you get those out of the way, it will help you do the least important stuff, without having to worry about “what you didn’t do”
  • If you are using a vertical planner use each box as a different priority. This will stop you from jumping from box to box, and keep your priorities. contained. You’ll be more inclined to finish your tasks this way.
  • If you are using a horizontal divide your section into 3 sections. Same as vertical, it will keep your priorities contained.
  • Write down your most important thing you need to do first. This seems like common sense, but sometimes we just forget to write them down, and we just put them in where we have free space. Write these down first, you’ll most likely get them done before anything else
  • Then your least important things last.


This will help you stay organized, and productive. I can guarantee you will feel a lot better getting things done this way.