Personal Planners are pretty neat because they are so flexible and you can create your own with the exact things you want in it. Another plus to them is that they are small and portable and you can take it with you on the go. My personal planner is more for goals, inspiration, motivation and journaling but I also like to keep just a small calendar in it for quick reference. The great thing is that in a vertical layout insert the Pop Fizz Paper stickers fit amazing!
In a personal planner you do not need everything that you would put in an Erin Condren so I use it for the highlights and the big things. There are certain stickers from Pop Fizz that fit this so well! Let’s walk through my favorites.
3 heart checklist half boxes: These are great because they give you color in your spread and a place for those key event items happening for the day. I love that they give you white space feel which is very much how I do my personal planner.
Appointment flags with border: These I use to mark work schedules and again they give you a small pop of color without being overwhelming. They allow for an open white space feel which is very important to me in spaces that are small.
Dots in multiple colors: I really like the multicolored dots. I would not use them that much in my Erin Condren but in the personal I use them for little to do lists and to highlight important events.
Half box checklist flags: I use these to denote anything I absolutely need to get done.
Decorative Full boxes: I use them to mark the weekend in the personal planner because I don’t like to take up space with the weekend banners.
Quotes and Habit Stickers: I use these in the notes (sidebar) section of a personal layout to continue with my theme of motivation since that is what my entire personal planner is about.
Other items: I do not always use these but sometimes I do (icons, page flags, and regular half boxes)
If you have been considering Pop Fizz Paper but were not sure because you have a personal planner well now you know that the stickers fit! They are gorgeous with so many options and one full kit of Pop Fizz Paper stickers will last you several weeks in your personal planner (depending on how you planner decorate of course).
Personal planners are interesting things. Everyone uses them for different reasons. Perhaps it is the size and the portable nature of it. For others they do not even keep a calendar in theirs they just use them to track health and fitness. While there are others who may use it for a smaller condensed calendar, fitness, goals and motivation. I tend to fall into this last category but I also keep a journal.
The Pop Fizz Paper Journal prompts are perfect for the personal planner size because they are a smaller font, they fit the page width perfect and they give you plenty of space to answer the prompt. Another issue I find that I have when I journal is that I do not always know what to write. Pop Fizz has solved this problem for me and given me a creative set of prompts.
Everyday I have something new and exciting to write about whether it be my birthday, the cast of Friends or even what I like about the color pink! (I can’t wait to get to that one).
When I set these up in my planner for the month I like to add a little pizazz and I simply use parts of the other kits that Pop Fizz Paper makes. So here is what I did for June, I wanted something summer like and bright so I used the June Journal Prompts and the Sunrise Palette set. I set this up by using the deco sheet with the watercolor accents and dots to jazz up the dates from the Prompts set. After that for the first two days I used a checklist flag and one of the quotes from the deco sheet. These fit in perfectly with the prompts. For the first prompt I picked the one about my birthday. To highlight the date of my birthday I used a half box and a star icon. I am a huge birthday person and I wanted to highlight the date of my birthday prominently. After this was all said and done I took to the writing and reflected on my birthday this year.
I am currently using the pen that was given out in the June Pop Fizz Paper planner kit because it is a gorgeous gem pen that writes so smoothly. The inserts in my personal planner are just from Michael’s craft stores and my favorite part is at the bottom. Every day they ask me what I am grateful for. I try to tie this into the journal prompt from the set as well as my writing that happened for the day. Its a very simple and easy to set up creative activity that helps me to keep my creative juices flowing and a place to reflect.
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In the Erin Condren Planners there are notes pages at the beginning of the month. I have found myself wondering what I want to do with these pages. This month I tried using the scrapbook papers from the May Planner Kit to give these pages functional purpose.
As I worked through my ideas I was reminded of things I liked as a kid, manipulative elements. I also decided that my goals were not things I wanted to broadcast to the world when my planner is open to my classroom.
To begin the process I measured the notes page and divided it into 4 quadrants and one long vertical section at the bottom. I chose the following four titles for the 4 sections:
For the vertical section I decided it would be my motivational quote area.
The four quadrants started out to where I was going to write on top of them and just glue them to the paper. I then changed my mind due to the privacy and chose to make them post it note style using a repositionable glue stick.
By doing them post it note style it allows me to decorate each quadrant and then write underneath them for privacy.
Here is how you can cut down the papers to fit your Erin Condren.
The quadrant squares are measured 3 ¼” by 3” (square) and the vertical section is measured 3 ½” long by 1 ½” high (rectangle) sometimes you may not get it exact or even exactly straight but that is ok you can trim later as needed.
You can then play around with fonts and colors to write your titles for each quadrant. I used sharpie markers and paper mate flairs.
This is a pretty quick project you can do to make the page more functional and hopefully it won’t go as an unused page in your planner in the future
Being relatively new to the planner world I have been trying to figure out what type of planner I am. There are many groups of planners the vertical girls (raise your hands), the horizontal girls (where are you?), the hourly planners (your turn!) but of course there are the non Erin Condren planners (all of you raise your hands). In addition to that we have a whole different group the white space planners and the non white space planners. When you are first learning to decorate your planner it takes some time to figure out what you like. This took me almost 2 months and even today I am still working on it.
I have discovered that I am more of a white space planner because I like checklist flags more than I like ombre heart boxes. I also really love half boxes or large label stickers. I tend to really like functional stickers and the great thing about Pop Fizz Paper’s planner kits is that there are plenty of functional stickers to do a perfect white space spread.
The new add on kit that you can purchase when you buy the Planner Kit or the Gimme Stickers Kit is great for those that want to non white space plan. I encourage everyone to get it though because for us white space planners it gives you more options and while you won’t use all of it it really jazzes up your white space spread.
The primary stickers I used from the kit are the Checklist Flags both full box and half box, Labels both skinny and large, Round Labels, Headers and a few full box checklists. I accented the design with some decorative as well as washi at the bottom of the spread.
One of the questions many of you may have is how did you do this with only enough headers for one checklist? Well this is simple many times planners (including myself) make too many lists of to dos that are just simply unrealistic. To not make this mistake I allowed myself one checklist per day. The three days I added in a second checklist using the full box checklist heart boxes was due to the fact that I blog and podcast and have specific things only on those days that need to get done. I always make sure to put in a spot for TV shows because as busy as I am I have to remind myself to have some fun every day. As for the weekend I went a little more decorative because I was trying to give myself some time off of being stressed. So to do this I gave myself minimal space to write in to do lists.
I did a few things different with this spread than I have done in my other ones. I decorated MDNs with washi tape. I wanted to tie in the colors of the spread by using coordinating washi. I also used hydrate stickers which I usually don’t use. I have noticed however that perhaps I need them to hold myself more accountable for my fitness goals. I also used the circle labels which are not included in all sticker kits (from other shops) but this is a feature I LOVE about Pop Fizz Paper. The circle labels make white space planning so much easier and they are designed beautifully. The side bar design I have done before but I love it even more with the half box checklists because it minimizes the weekly goals and forces me to pick just a few! My goal is to not over plan myself. In other words don’t over extend yourself Teresa!
I hope you amazing ladies got some ideas on how to do your white space planner spread or even just a planner spread using Pop Fizz Paper