According to Merriam Dictionary the meaning of Planning is “the act or process of making a plan to achieve or do something.” Using a journal or jotting down your plans into your planner is one way to plan your activities but taking up to the next level is called Creative Planning. So what is Creative Planning? It is the way where you put an effort on your planner by having a personal touch like designs such as stickers and washi tapes. It is one of the most popular hobbies as of now because it gives a different feeling and accomplishment as you did a specific page on your planner. You can try different styles like black and white, fairy theme, unicorn ones, gold ones or anything you wanted that makes it a very nice hobby since a lot of shops have been offering a lot of themed stickers for you planners but if you preferred to do DIYs on your planner, it is still okay as long as you are using your planner. Remember the best planner is the one that is functional!
So how did I end up with this hobby? As what I had said on my post about the PCPH Meet-up, I got into Creative Planning when I am searching some DIYs and stuffs on Instagram. I discovered washi tapes and then the Planner Community. I really enjoy this kind of hobby since it gives me a relaxation and break from my stressful 5th year College life. Seriously, it was stressing me out but just by having a hobby can make a difference. It will keep your mind into a different phase and stuffs for a moment.
So what are the basics of Creative Planning or what are the things that you needed when you are in this hobby?
First of, you need a planner and a pen. It is not important on what brand it is as long as you use it. There are actually different types of planner, a ring bound planner, disc types and hard bounds. For the size, it really depends on you. If you prefer on the go planners, you should use personal size ones or pocket ones but if you really like designing on bigger space, you need the A4 ones or large size planners.
Her are some of the sizes:
Then the design is actually up to you. You could write down first your plans on a paper so you could see whether you need to minimize or maximize your designs. You could use washi tapes, stamps, markers, themed stickers, ordinary stickers, card stocks or any material that you have. There is no restriction on your type of design since your the one who owns the planner! Do anything that you wanted and express yourself.
If you will ask me on how I feel in this kind of hobby, I will say that it is really addicting. You will always have a way on how you will design every week’s page on a different theme. Don’t worry if you haves seen others with beautiful designs ones. When I am skimming the pages on my planner and seeing my old IG post, it really made an improvement on how I design now. It takes time of course and passion to achieve the thing that you wanted. It is not important on how expensive the tools or the things to make it a great piece of work. You could do mix and match or try different kinds of styles. Of course you should not forget to have fun while doing this!
What’s my other story? As you know, I’ve been a fan of Anime and started collecting stuffed toys then I got into books. After some time, I started the hobby of Creative Planning this year 2016 of April. You can follow me on my Planner Instagram account ! My username is @crafty.yell.
What’s the planner that I am using? I am actually using an unbranded personal sized planner that I bought from Pandayan Bookshop for about Php 200 or $ 4 only. I just added the sticker on the front cover. (Recollections Bohemian Rub-on Stickers)
I am also using a passport size catdori from TheCatbx
What’s my style? I don’t have specific style but I prefer pink ones and pastel ones. Though sometimes it depends on my mood!
All pictures below are examples of my style! See more on my IG account @crafty.yell.
My First Works:
Drawn and Illustrated by me:
I also did some personal designs like this one. I did and draw this using Adobe Photoshop. I think, I’ll share this printable soon if you wanted it!
My latest one:
It is not just planning what I enjoyed but also collecting washis and stamps! Here are some of my stuffs.
What does my working table look like?
It looks a little childish one for the one whose going to be a twenty year old lady but who cares? (laughs)
My most memorable experience with this hobby? The PCPH meet-up since it is my first event related to it. I’ve met a lot of people there and it was so much fun! Read my blog here about the event. Unluckily there was an event about Planners just this month, it is a grand meet! I am still sulking whenever I see post related to it. Sigh!
That’s all for now! Just remember to enjoy and have fun! It is important and of course make your planner functional!