My Planner Decorating Process

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.

plannerbug - stationery for planners

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.

plannerbug - week 52 planner page theme

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.

plannerbug - editorial calendar on planner page

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.


  1. plue says:

    hm i decorate as I go through the week, I don’t normally plan out the theme or deco earlier, because I like the space for those “ooh, i want to write so much today” sorta thing. If I did, it’s mostly doing up the borders or allocate stamps/ stickers on things that’s already confirmed 😀

    and then when my week/ month is complete and I look at it, I’d think it’s a big pile of mess. truth is i’m not so much of a planner planner person hahahaha.

    • lyn says:

      I think I’m gonna start decorating as I go along too 🙂 So instead of having things pre-decorated at the start of the week, I will probably just add bits and bobs in the empty spaces. I’m still waiting on the weekly diary so I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet.

  2. Havok says:

    Your making a company! You’ve mentioned “business meetings” so often lately and I’ve always wanted to ask what that was all about, but figured you would share when you are ready.
    Congrats!! That’s a huge undertaking but we all know you’re organized enough to get through it!! 😀

    I’m still struggling to decorate my daily pages. Half the time they go without anything, and the other half of the time I feel obligated to put *something* on them, simply because I have so many stickers and washi and whatnots!
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    • lyn says:

      Yep, I formed my own company and it’s pretty exciting 🙂 But we are still in the early phases and are waiting on the technical bits to be completed. Should be getting a lot busier around mid year!

      I think I’m gonna change the way I decorate now that I’m using an MTN because the layout and use is slightly different.

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