planner update: switching to the happy planner

If you’ve visited my blog and IG before, you may know that I like journalling a lot. I used to make my own bulletjournal, both monthly and weekly spreads. However, last december I fell head over heels for the me & my big ideas happy planners.

There are so many beautiful planners out there, and I’ve tried various systems over the years. However, a lot of them just didn’t work for me. What instantly drew me to the happy planner is the thoughtful design. The planner opens 365°, and due to the disk binding system pages can be shuffled easily. Likewise, removable whole pages also allow for all sorts of mixed media work: printing, foiling, decorating up to the edges.

In addition I absolutely love the fact that they sell undated calendar setups. This means you can add the months and weeks at will, giving you free reign over making the planner work for you. I also loved the ton of goodies my planner came with – stickers, dividers, magnetic bookmarks and post its.

I’ve only used it for two weeks so far, so I am still figuring out how to make it work best for me. But I have to say it is simply beautiful and inspiring. Decorating has been a blast so far, but I am only getting started! In the future I might switch the clear pink discs for black ones, purely for aesthetic reasons. Some of the tabs might get a washi tape makeover as well, we’ll see.

Today I wanted to share the upcoming week’s spread before the pen. For decorating I used my fine-tec shimmer watercolors. The original color scheme (shades of yellow) wasn’t to my liking, so I decided to paint it gold. The paper is good quality, watercolors and inks don’t bleed through easily! I’ve also added my DIY watercolor stickers, some handlettering and photo stickers. The photo stickers are polaroid zinc prints, which I love to bits. Seriously, the zinc printer is one of my alltime fave birthday presents. I’ve used it countless times to print pictures I like. The best part is that the zinc photo paper doubles as stickers!

I am really enjoying the happy planner so far, and will definitely share my planner journey over the next weeks…

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