Last year I bought an Erin Condren Life Planner. I didn’t know then how much more than just writing things down planning has become! Not only is it a great way to keep your life organized, but it’s also a creative outlet. Planner fans will decorate their weekly “spreads” with stickers, most of the time with themes or color schemes. I admit that it took me a while to get the hang of it. The first time I really dived into decorating, I had a lot of fun but it looked like a crazy mess! So I ordered some sticker sets online to help me out.
But shortly after, in one of my Facebook Planner groups, someone posted about making their own stickers.
So after a bit of researching I found that I could use my Cricut to make some stickers! All I needed to do was design them in the Cricut Design Space, print the design on some sticker paper, and then cut them out on my Cricut! So last Saturday I worked to figure it out by measuring the areas I wanted to cover, designing, printing, and then cutting.
And I knew this was going to be the start of a beautiful relationship.
Like seriously, I thought I already loved my Cricut and all that it can do but the more I learn the more I realize just how amazing this machine really is!
So why am I telling you all this? Well I wanted to share with you the knowledge that I learned so that you too can make your own planner stickers!
Here is what I’m going to show you how to make:
- Vertical boxes 1.5W X 1.88L
- Side checklist .4W X 1.88L with .3 diameter circles (but for this tutorial I did stars instead)
- Individual stickers .4 diameter (you can do circles but again I chose stars for this tutorial)
- Small pennant flags .5W X .5L
- Labels 1.5W X .25L
The dimensions I have listed are for an Erin Condren vertical layout. You can always tweak the sizes to fit your planner as there are a lot of amazing planners out there to fit anyone’s style and they’re not all made the same.
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- A Cricut (I have the Cricut Explore Air)
- Printable Sticker Paper
- A Printer (I have the HP 3755 and love it! I call it my awesome printer!)
- Cricut cutting mat
Next change the shape to 1.5″ width and 1.88″ height. Make sure you have the little lock symbol “unlocked” by clicking on it or else it won’t let you have the custom dimensions for width and height.
After that, make sure to change the image from a cut image to print than cut by selecting print. This is important because you’ll end up printing the images first with a printer and then putting the paper on your cutting mat to be cut with your Cricut.
Now unless you want to have a dark gray design for your sticker, I recommend changing the background to a fun pattern! You do this by going into the patterns tab and choosing from any of the patterns you have access to. Since I have Cricut Access (their monthly subscription service), I have access to any of the ones that have that green “A” in the corner. I thought this space/galaxy theme would be really cool so I chose that for a theme.
One of the boxes I wanted to make have the galaxy of a border so I grabbed myself another square and input the size to be 1.2″ width by 1.5″ height.
Next I changed the color to white so when I put the sticker in my planner It looks like a nice border sticker. After changing it to white, I highlighted the box and chose “flatten”. This assures that it’ll be printed and then cut correctly when I get to that stage.
I did the same to another box because I really like the way the bordered large vertical boxes look. Plus it makes it easier to write tasks for the day in.
To make the side checklist sticker, I grabbed a square, changed the size to .4″ width by 1.88″ height, then changed the background to the galaxy pattern to match the other boxes. I then added my checklist shapes. I wanted to keep with the galaxy theme, so I chose to insert a star, but you can use any shape for this though. After picking the star I changed the size to .4″. Since I didn’t have the little lock symbol unlocked, it changed the whole thing to be proportionate for me.
After you’ve sized your image, input it into the rectangle. It can fit about 5 of them in the row. Don’t forget to change the color! I chose white again to go with the rest of my color scheme. Once you’ve gotten them in position, highlight and then flatten it. Then you’ll copy and paste as many times as you’d like (I did 5).
To make the label stickers, grab a square again and change the size to 1.5″ width and .25″ height. You can then style the labels however you’d like using patterns and texts. I ended up making 7 copies each of labels that said “important”, “business”, and “to do.” Don’t forget to flatten before copying and pasting!
I wanted to make some small stickers that I could use throughout to indicate different daily tasks or just for additional decorating. I made some small star stickers by inserting the star image and sizing them to .4″ in diameter, then copying and pasting as many stars as I wanted.
Lastly, I wanted to make little pennants. On my planner I have pennants already on the paper but I like to cover them if they’re not the right color to match my color scheme for the week.
To make the pennants I clicked on “insert image” and searched “flag”. I selected a small pink one that was included with my Cricut Access.
Next I made sure to select the “eye” on the lighter pink “background” of the flag so I was only working with one layer, then I changed it to be a print image instead of a cut image.
I styled the flag by changing the pattern to the galaxy print and then changed the size of the flag to .5″ width and .5″ height.
Now I have a little pennant!
I copied and pasted the pennant flag so I could have two of them and then added a couple more stars. Next I selected ALL of the images and clicked “attach” on the layers tab. You don’t have to do this, but it helps if you want to keep your stickers in the exact placement that you have on screen.
After that, hit the green “go” button up top and follow the onscreen prompts to print the image and then cut it on your Cricut.
One thing to note, when your image prints, it’ll look like it’s “bled” out a bit. I admit when I first saw it I freaked out thinking that the stickers were ruined! Thankfully I learned it was just to more of a buffer for when the machine is cutting the stickers.
Also, if you’re wondering how the machine is able to know where to cut, if you see those little angles that were printed along with your image? The Cricut uses those to calibrate where to cut! How cool is that?
Et Voila! Here is the finished product of my lovely stickers in my planner (but before I filled it out!)
There are all kinds of stickers that you can make besides these kinds for your planner! You can make long checklist pennants, date stickers, half box stickers, and even stickers for the bottom of the page! The ideas are endless (and believe me, mine really are!)
Do you enjoy planning? What kind of planner do you have or would like to get? Let me know in the comments if you’d like to make your own stickers too!