I have been using my Happy Planner for almost two months now, and I couldn’t be happier with it. I’m so entranced by the layout and how gorgeous it is. It’s turning me into a total planner addict. I’m even hooked on a few planner accessories that make everything easier (and prettier!). I’ve split these into two categories: the must-haves and the wishlist. While I’m focusing mainly on the Happy Planner, these accessories would work great with any planner that you use and love.
Pens – Of course you need lots of great-quality pens! My all-time favorites are these Pilot G2 gel pens. You can get them in just black, or you can go the vibrant route and get a variety of colors.
Dashboards – These are essential for helping me find sections of my planner quickly. I’ve got one dashboard in the middle of this week so that I can easily find today, and another dashboard at the beginning of my blogging section.
Expander discs – One of the best features of the Happy Planner is that it’s a disc-bound planner. So not only can you add and take out sections from your planner, but you can also swap out the discs. Want a different color? No problem. Running out of room like I am? No problem. I’ll be swapping my rings very soon for the next size up!
Dividers – Since I use my planner to organize everything in my life, the dividers are essential. I am using these in my blogging section, and I have plans to add more sections soon.
Hole punch & paper cutter – If you use a disc-bound planner, you’ll need a different hole-punch than a regular one. Happy Planner makes their own (and that’s the one I use), but I have seen other options on Amazon. If you make or download your own printables for any planner, you’ll want a punch so you can add them in. And of course, if your planner is a different size than regular paper, you’ll need a paper cutter. If push comes to shove, a craft knife and a ruler will work in a pinch.
Sticky notes – I use plain sticky notes for planning my blog posts, so I couldn’t live without them. Happy Planner also makes a sheet of sticky notes that fit onto the discs of your planner, and they come in cute designs. What do you use your sticky notes for?
Zippered pouch – This is extra handy to have when you take your planner with you. Use a zippered pouch to carry your planning essentials like your pens, sticky notes, etc. You might be able to find one that fits inside your planner, or you can find one that attaches to the outside with an elastic band.
6-Month Expansion Pack – This is just for the Happy Planner. The current planners being sold don’t start until July, and I just couldn’t wait that long to start using it. The expansion pack is a kit with stickers and blank calendar pages. I had way too much fun putting it all together.
Stickers – Who wouldn’t love tons of pretty stickers with inspirational quotes, decorations, and more? The Happy Planner stickers are amazing quality, and they’re affordable. You can use whichever stickers you want to add a little extra pizzaz to your planning.
Paper clips – I love these gorgeous hand-made paper clips from my friend Rachel at Adore Planner Co. Use them to bookmark important pages.
Carrying case – Depending on how avid of a planner addict you are, you might consider getting a carrying case. They’re large enough to hold your planner, pens, scissors, stickers, washi tape, and everything else you need.
Covers – Just in case you want a fresh look for your planner and don’t want to switch planners, just change out the covers. Many planner companies now make their own interchangeable covers. If you use a binder, insert a new paper on the cover or swap out the binder itself.
Self-inking stamp – This is a newer product from the makers of the Happy Planner. It’s a stamp with six lines and check boxes. Use it in your weekly layout to give yourself an organized and pretty to-do list. It looks like it covers a 1” by 2” area, so this would probably work in several planners. This is definitely on my wish-list!
Page protecters & pocket cards – Use the page protectors as scrapbook pages in your planner. Print some photos, add some stickers and pocket cards, and you’ve got a gorgeous layout of your memories!
Washi tape – I am new to using washi tape, but I’ve seen people use it for so many things! You can get it to coordinate colors and patterns with your planner. I’ve even seen sparkly washi tape, and I can’t resist that! I use it in the six-month expansion pack for the weekly layouts. The sections are labeled morning, afternoon, and evening, and that wasn’t what I needed, so washi tape to the rescue. Plus, it’s extra decoration!
So there you have it, all the planner accessories that I’m in love with! (You can get them from the Me & My Big Ideas shop online, or from a Michael’s craft store.) When I first found my planner I had no idea how many different accessories there really are. If you’re just getting started in the planner world (and yes, it really is it’s own world!), I hope this helps you feel a little less overwhelmed.
What are your favorite planner accessories? Did I miss any essentials? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Tell me below in the comments!
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