How to Decorate Your Planner

The importance of visual appeal for your planner

When you need to use something every day, it helps when it looks nice. One of the many benefits of designing your own personal planner is that you can tailor it just for you so that it can inspire you and help keep you motivated while you tackle your goals.

Decorating your planner can also keep you engaged with your planner as an ongoing creative project. For a number of reasons, being creative is good for you and it also helps keep you excited to open up your planner every day. In this article we explore different types of planner supplies and ideas on how to make your planner beautiful.

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An open bullet journal planner decorated with Avery Hi-Liters and prismatic Avery Luxe Collection Ultra Tabs.
Color-code notes and add a bright splash of color with Hi-Liters.

Start with the perfect writing tools for your planner

Every time you write down a new note or add a new appointment is another flourish you’re adding to your planner. Choosing the right writing tools will help make sure that every new note you add also makes your planner more visually appealing.

Gel pens and ballpoint pens are great options for everyday use and daily goal tracking that work well with many different types of paper. Felt tip markers, brush tip markers and watercolor pens are great tools that can help you create bold headers and add beautiful artistic touches. Highlighters are also a good way to add color coding to any type of planner.

But you should also make sure that your writing tools are compatible with your planner paper. Some markers and fountain pens may bleed through or feather depending on the paper weight and material.

Colorful Avery planner stickers fanned out next to an open planner.
Planner stickers are the perfect way to give yourself an extra boost of positivity while organizing.

One of the many benefits of planners is that they can be flexible to adapt to the way you live your life. Although there are plenty of great dividers for planners, repositionable tabs make it easy to create your own tabs on any page.

It’s also important to choose repositionable tabs that will stay put and are durable enough to endure your day. After all, it won’t matter how beautiful your tabs look if they’re going to get folded and fall off in your bag.

However, that doesn’t mean that you will always have to sacrifice aesthetics for durability. For example, the Ultra Tabs Luxe Collection features on-trend colors and prismatic finishes that add a gorgeous look to your planner in seconds.

Use planner stickers to add instant pops of color

Planner stickers are a fantastic way to play with different fonts and add illustrations quickly and easily without having to set aside too much time. They also provide an organized palette for you to pull designs from and can also help inspire new planner ideas.

Many planner sticker sets are created with certain color palettes and moods in mind. Planner stickers are a fantastic way to instantly add color coding when organizing, make your planners more vibrant and keep you inspired. Learn how to use color like an expert with our article on innovative ways to organize with color coding.

An open planner surrounded with Avery planner stickers, Luxe Collection Ultra Tabs, and Marks-A-Lot markers.
Organize in style with eyecatching prismatic Ultra Tabs from the Avery Luxe Collection.

Make space in your planner for art supplies

You never know when inspiration will strike so it helps to carry some supplies with you just in case. Something small like a pencil pouch makes it simple to bring some writing tools and tabs along with you.

You can also add extra pockets to any planner anywhere with adhesive planner pockets. Having these planner pockets attached to an inside cover will also help keep them flat to store extra sticker sheets safely. You’ll want to make sure that your stickers stay fresh for when you need them.

Explore more ways to organize your life

You can also discover new ways to organize by browsing through various planner supplies to find planner accessories that are right just for you. We organized one page with all of our planner supplies in simple categories to help make it easier for you to get started.

Author: Ryan Han

If you have a question about an Avery product, there’s a good chance Ryan will know the answer. Originally hired in 2014, Ryan worked for years answering calls, responding to chats and collecting review data before he was given the opportunity to be a copywriter. With almost a decade’s worth of Avery knowledge, he now writes copy for product pages, articles, emails and wherever else a little punching up is needed. With a BA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach, Ryan loves any chance he can get to tap into his more poetic side. Whether it’s a motivational quote on a planner cover or waxing lyrical about the near-mystical reflective properties of a new holographic label, Ryan has been a steadfast fan of Avery Products and Avery people. In his free time, Ryan loves to try out new skills and hobbies. He drew a webcomic for a few years, can build a computer, placed eighth once in a Tetris tournament and is trying to learn Spanish so that he can have conversations with his girlfriend’s madre.