One of the reasons why I was drawn to paper planners was the decorating options. It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for cute and I think it’s wonderful to be able to get a little creative in a planner.
Decorations are not necessary but it does help keep me interested in using a planner. It a lot nicer when there are adorable and colourful bits to look at 🙂
I usually start by thinking of a theme for the week. Sometimes it’s based on characters but for the most part, I am inspired by colours. Once I’ve decided on a theme, I’ll dig through my stash for washi tape, stickers and stamps to match.
I try to stick stuff where it won’t obscure too much of the daily segments. It’s more challenging with a pocket planner as the pages are smaller. Regular size washi tape and stickers do occupy quite a bit of space on a pocket. There are times when I need to add a tip in or an extra to-do note to extend the writing space.
Initially I wanted to use the personal sized Filofax solely as a blog planner but I don’t find myself using the spaces as efficiently so I decided to combine some elements of project planning and business in it. I am starting up a small tech company and my days are getting busier.
I find the process of decorating a planner to be quite therapeutic. I normally allocate about 20 minutes or so on a weekend to decorate the next week and try not to spend too much time on it. Same goes for the monthly pages. And I always look forward to how to decorate future pages.
How do you normally decorate your planner or do you not bother with cutesy knick-knacks? Do pop in and share and remember to check out my weekly pages on how I’ve decorated in previous weeks.