Planner Decoration that is Easy, Affordable, & Functional

This style of planner decoration is easy, affordable, and still functional! Plus, check out my amazing hack for using washi tape in your planner!

One of the things that amazes me most about the planner world is how everyone has their own style of planner decoration. Here I was thinking you just wrote down your appointments and that was it. Silly me, planners are for decorating! There seem to be two ends to the spectrum: glam planning and functional planning. I’m not even kidding, take a few moments and just search “glam planning.” Some people put in so much effort, but to me it looks way too complicated. (The planners look gorgeous, but sometimes I just don’t get how they still use it!) Once I jumped on the planner decoration bandwagon I realized that I lay somewhere in the middle of it all. I like my planner to be pretty, but still functional, and definitely affordable. Here’s how I do it:

Supplies

You won’t need too many supplies.

  • Your planner. I use this Happy Planner, but you can decorate any planner!
  • Scrapbook paper. I found the pack below for less than $5. If you need all the boxes every day, then you’ll want to make sure that you choose a pattern that can still be written on and read easily.
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter. It’s not mandatory, but it helps cut the paper super-straight.
  • Washi tape
  • Decorative stickers. These are totally optional, as you can create a super cute look without them.

This style of planner decoration is easy, affordable, and still functional! Plus, check out my amazing hack for using washi tape in your planner!

Directions for Planner Decoration

Once you select your gorgeous paper and complimentary washi tape, it’s time to get down to the really fun part. I swear, this is so relaxing for me. I love that it’s like a mini-craft project every week.

First, you’ll need to cut the scrapbook paper. Since the paper pad is 6” by 6”, I usually cut one double block, and 6 single blocks. Measure your planner to double check the dimensions, but I cut mine to be 1.5” x 2.5”.

This style of planner decoration is easy, affordable, and still functional! Plus, check out my amazing hack for using washi tape in your planner!

Lay out the blocks on your weekly view and play around with it until you find an arrangement you like. Then glue them down.

This style of planner decoration is easy, affordable, and still functional! Plus, check out my amazing hack for using washi tape in your planner!

Next you just add your washi tape. I run it all the way from one end to the other, at the top of the row. I also use one tape for the rows, and another for the bottom of the pages. The second tape design is usually glitter.

This style of planner decoration is easy, affordable, and still functional! Plus, check out my amazing hack for using washi tape in your planner!

Add stickers if you want to, and then you’re done! It’s that easy! You can still write in every block, and it looks really pretty! Here are a few of my favorite layouts so far:

This style of planner decoration is easy, affordable, and still functional! Plus, check out my amazing hack for using washi tape in your planner!

For the monthly view, I keep it much more simple. I run a patterned washi tape across the bottom of every week, and a glittered washi across the top of the pages.

This style of planner decoration is easy, affordable, and still functional! Plus, check out my amazing hack for using washi tape in your planner!

BONUS TIP: Washi hack!

Since most washi tapes can be rather wide and take up a lot of precious room in my planner, I simply cut them in half! Before I put them in the planner, I measure out how much I need, and I place it on the paper cutter. One zip down the middle and I have skinny washi tape! Some designs might look weird if you cut them in half, but this really helps with most. This works wonders for both the monthly view and the weekly view.

So there you have it: planner decoration that is easy, affordable, and functional! All of those things are a must for me. I know there are a ton of sticker kits available for purchase, or you can print your own, but for now this is totally working for me. I can still use my entire layout, and I can still use my color-coding system

What’s your style of planner decoration? Are you a glam planner or more functional? Tell me below in the comments!

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42 Comments

  1. Now this is impressive! You my friend have a knack for crafting and design that’s for sure!
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  2. This is such a great idea!!! I love scrapbooking and this reminds me a lot of that. I just don’t know if mine will turn out as pretty LOL

    • Thanks, Melanie! Scrapbooking has been something I’ve always wanted to try, but I’ve heard it can get so expensive. So I guess this is my way of mini-scrapbooking. 🙂 I’m sure yours will turn out beautiful!

  3. This is so cute! You did an awesome job decorating!
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  4. That is so cute!!!! I’d love to do that to my planner as it’s rather blah right now. 😀

  5. I love all the colors! Where do you get your washi tape?

    • Thank you, Elizabeth! I got them all at Walmart and Office Depot. We don’t have any fun craft stores in our small town. Although I have started ordering some from Etsy.

  6. This is so creative and cute! I feel like when I have kids this would be such a fun project for them!

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  7. This is such a great idea, if I could ever get time..ha blogging steals all my time !

    Thanks for sharing, cute project!

    Valerie

  8. I am impressed. Love your planner!
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  9. I’m loving this! I just got back into using my planner so I need to spruce it up!
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  10. This is so cute! I am always envious of all the cute planners I see on Instagram!!
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  11. I am quite the planner addict too, but I have never thought of using scrapbook paper! Does it make the pages too thick? I love the look of it but I need the practicality, lol.

    • I agree 100%! For me there is no point in decorating if I can’t use it, so I just have to be careful about the paper designs I choose. And as long as you use regular scrapbook paper and not card stock, it won’t add too much bulk. At least it hasn’t in mine for the past few months that I’ve been using it. The glitter washi adds more thickness than anything else.

  12. I’m not a huge glitter fan, but this planner looks very nice!
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  13. This is so cute! I love to scrapbook but my planner is pretty boring. I should start doing this!

  14. You have such great tips!! I wouldn’t have thought about decorating it like that!!!

    • That is so nice of you, Taylor! I wouldn’t have thought to decorate my planner either, but then I hopped on Instagram and was overwhelmed with so many different ways. So far, this is what’s working for me.

  15. I love the idea of using scrapbook paper! That makes a huge impact!
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  16. This is so cute! My planner is so blah right now. I’ve been looking for a way to spice it up!

  17. So pretty! My husband offered to get one of these nice planners…I totally need to take him up on his offer after seeing all of your beautiful pictures.
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  18. Very cool this looks like alot of fun actually I never really thought to decorate my planners. I did want to get some little stickers to mark off my workout days. Thanks for sharing

    • Before social media I wouldn’t have thought of it either. But after some trial and error I found what works for me. Definitely use awesome stickers for workouts! Thanks for stopping by, Ivanna! 🙂

  19. How fun! I love all of the accessories available for planners these days!
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  20. It does look like a lot of fun to color code and get creative with planner decoration 🙂
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  21. Where was all of this when I was a middle school girl?! I would have been ALL OVER IT! 🙂 And probably way more organized as a result! 🙂 You are sure tempting me to get a planner….
    The skinny washi tape hack is brilliant and works for other crafts too!
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    • Thanks, Erin! I really can’t get over how awesome this whole planner thing is. It’s a total game changer! Take the plunge!

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