I have jumped on the Happy Planner bandwagon. It was a long and arduous journey trying to find a planner/journal system that would work for me at work. I have always been a list maker and I’ve bounced around over the years with writing out my to-do list at times and typing it up on the computer each day at times. But I never saved my to-do lists and my job is really annually cyclical (i.e. You will find me doing the same thing this week that I did last year in the first week of June and next year, I will be doing the same thing in the first week of June. And I won’t do it again until next June.) So there was a real value to being able to keep my daily lists from one year to the next as I often can’t remember all the things that I need to do because I haven’t done them for a year.
But a typical planner or journal just didn’t work for me because I needed to be able to add pages based on the projects that I am currently working on. Then I wanted to be able to remove them after a particular project is done. I started with a good old 3-ring binder even though I didn’t really like it. I created and printed 2-sided pages to use for my daily pages and kept them on a clipboard (because you cannot write on a page in a 3-ring binder) and archived them into my 3-ring binder. It wasn’t pretty but it did the job while I researched other options.
Somewhere in my cyber searching for a better option, I came across Levenger disc systems. It’s a pretty pricey system so I looked at it for a while before I finally committed to it. I jumped all in, purchasing a starter system, a heavy duty punch and an extra set of 1.5″ aluminum discs. Before my Levenger items arrived, I happened to go to Michaels and saw the Happy Planner. For less than the price of the Levenger discs, I could have the most adorable planner with a nice hard laminated cover (that was one of my concerns with the Levenger system – but the cover on that one is nice and hard too).
I stood in the aisle at Michaels for a really long time trying to decide if the Happy Planner would really work for me. I didn’t really need the weekly pages and I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it but it was so stinking cute and the monthly dividers would save me untold hours designing something that I really liked. So I brought it home and deconstructed it, removing all of the weekly pages and moving what I call the “month at a glance” page to the back side of the calendar (because a weekly page begins there). I need a page per day as I have many projects and tasks going on at any given moment. So I created my daily pages (which I have now decided to change each month based on whatever theme I choose that month) and I created additional dividers for June and for my Facebook calendars that I use to keep up with my Facebook posts for work. I had already created my Facebook calendar pages so I just adjusted them to fit in visually with the look of the Happy Planner. I’m not sure if I’ve said this or not, but I am a graphic designer so all of this creating pages is just part of what I do all the time. And to have a planner that fits me just right is just such a delightful concept. And I really enjoy making fun stickers to use. It keeps my work life in order but in a fun way.
Then I started looking at social media and oh my goodness, there are the cutest weekly layouts out there. I made myself some planner sticker for my monthly pages, which I really enjoy doing. And I am thinking about creating some free planner stickers so my first step was figuring out what the dimensions of the pages are. I have a Big Happy Planner but I know that the Classic Happy Planner is much more popular. So I will probably create stickers with a variation for the Classic and a variation for the Big version.
I looked on Pinterest, thinking that a page layout with dimensions was something that I could easily find. I did find a couple of versions but they were just hand written on the pages and they had different dimensions. So I set up these diagrams so that I will know exactly the size of the stickers that I need to create.
If you have a Happy Planner and you like free printables, stay tuned as I will be working on them soon! For the time being, enjoy the diagrams below of the weekly page layouts. I may even start using my weekly pages at least occasionally anyway!