If you’ve ever scrolled through #planneraddicts on Instagram, you’ll know that using a planner is more than just scheduling and organizing each day—it’s a way of life. What is a planner exactly? A planner is a notebook filled with calendar dates designed to help organize and schedule day-to-day activities. Planners come in all shapes and sizes, as well as different layouts including monthly, weekly, and daily styles. In this post, we feature several planner styles: the Hobonichi daily planner and the Midori Traveler’s Notebook monthly and weekly planners.
Decorating your planner is a great way to be creative and show off your personality. Whatever planner you choose, we have just the right supplies to help you spruce it up. Read on to see what supplies we use to make planning fun and functional!
Sticky Situations: Washi Tape, Sticky Notes, and More
Washi Tape: Kurochiku Japanese Washi Tapes
Kurochiku Japanese Washi Tapes
Washi tapes are Japanese decorative tapes made of paper that showcase colorful patterns and designs. These Kurochiku tapes have some of the cutest prints we’ve seen. Use washi tapes to mark off sections in the planner, create eye-catching labels, and even add fun touches like the mini banner seen in the photo.
Sticky Notes: Vision Quest To-Do List Sticky Notes
Vision Quest To-Do List Sticky Notes
Forget your run-of-the-mill yellow sticky notes—these Vision Quest To-Do List Sticky Notes feature lovely and cute designs that will make even the most mundane of lists fun to write. They’re not just useful for to-do or grocery lists; you can write recurring tasks on them and move them from week to week as needed.
Page Flags: Beverly Kokosasu Page Markers
Beverly Kokosasu Page Markers
We can’t get enough of these adorable page flags. They’re perforated so you can tear off one piece as a page flag and the other as a pointer to the date or information. That way, you know exactly what to look for when flipping back to the marked page. They’re perfect to use as reminders for important events and dates!
Stickers: Pine Book Schedule Stickers
Pine Book Schedule Stickers
Stickers are great for adding a touch of whimsy to a planner, but for something slightly more functional, we recommend these dedicated schedule stickers. With designs for everything from books to sports to birthdays, the stickers can be used to mark daily occurrences and special events.
Glue Pens: Kuretake Zig 2 Way Glue Pen
Kuretake Zig 2 Way Glue Pen
For many, a planner is more than just a scheduling tool. It’s a keepsake that can be treasured forever. After a special occasion, we like to use this glue pen to stick ticket stubs, program cut-outs, or other memorabilia into our planner. Tape rollers and tape stamps are also great alternatives for this use.
Mightier than the Sword: Writing Instruments
Gel Pens: Uni-ball Signo Gel Pens
Uni-ball Signo RT1 Gel Pens
This cult classic needs no introduction. With its vibrant colors and smooth-flowing ink, it’s easy to see why the Uni-ball Signo is a planner favorite. Its fine tip makes it easy to write notes and reminders and even dabble in the occasional doodle. Best of all, the ink is archival so you can look back on the planner and enjoy the memories for years to come. We feature the RT1 line here because it’s super smooth and has a retractable tip.
Markers: Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Marker Pens
Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Marker Pens
If you’re looking for something bolder than a gel pen but fine enough to write with, the Stabilo Fineliners fit the bill. These pens are inkier than regular pens, perfect for outlining or underlining dates and making special events stand out in the planner. With an incredible range of 25 vivid colors, the Fineliners are more than ideal for color-coding schedules.
Multi Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto
Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto
Customizable multi pens are a planner must-have, and the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto tops our list. Choose from a variety of colored gel pen, mechanical pencil, and even eraser refills! Conveniently housing everything you need in one pen, multi pens make color-coding and organizing schedules a cinch.
Highlighters: Zebra Mildliner Double-Sided Highlighters
Zebra Mildliner Double-Sided Highlighters
More sophisticated than regular neon highlighters, the Mildliners give a soft wash of color to bring attention to important dates. Available in a variety of beautiful pastel colors, they’re the perfect hue to attract attention without being overwhelming. The double-sided chisel tip and fine tip allow you to circle, underline, or draw little clouds around words or dates with ease.
Correction Pens: Sailor Mini Correction Pen
Sailor Mini Correction Pen
To make your planner as flexible as your schedule, we recommend keeping this handy little pen for the times when plans change. This correction pen dispenses white ink to help cover up mistakes or changed plans. It’s also easy to write over after it dries.
Accessories and Beyond
Stamps: Pilot FriXion Stamps
Pilot FriXion Stamps
These cute little stamps help categorize activities in your planner. Designs range from items such as gifts and cake, to buildings such as schools and hospitals. If plans change, don’t fret—they feature the same FriXion ink that we know and love and are easily erased with the hard rubber surface at the other end of the stamp.
Paper Clips: Midori D-Clips Paper Clips
Midori D-Clips Paper Clips
These whimsical paper clips are available in a variety of cute designs, from animals to vehicles to fruits. We love using them to mark pages with important dates or information as it helps us flip back to those pages effortlessly.
Writing Boards: Kyoei Orions Shitajiki Writing Boards
Kyoei Orions Shitajiki Writing Boards
For those who write with a heavy hand, a shitajiki, or writing board, is a must. Planner paper is often thin and delicate, and it’s easy to create imprints on subsequent pages as you write. Pencil boards help prevent this kind of ghosting, keeping the planner clean and neat.
Pen Loops: Mark’s Animal Pen Holders
Mark’s Animal Pen Holder
If you don’t want a separate case to lug around writing utensils, a pen loop lets you keep a pen or two handy. These animal pen holders clip onto the planner securely, creating a convenient way to carry around a pen. These pen holders even support a good cause by featuring endangered animals. (A portion of the proceeds go to an environmental NGO.)
Pen-Style Scissors: Raymay PenCut Mini Pen-Style Scissors
Raymay PenCut Mini Pen-Style Scissors
These pen-style scissors are useful for cutting out pieces from recipes, maps, programs, and other memorabilia that you want to stick in the planner. Its slim profile and thin strap allow you to carry it on a key ring for easy accessibility.
Now that you have a run-down of possible supplies, how does decorating and organizing a planner look in practice? We suggest choosing just a couple of tools that you will use consistently rather than trying to cram everything in. This will help streamline your planning process and keep everything organized. See our recommendations in the planner profiles below!
Students can keep organized by using sticky notes, gel pens, highlighters, and stamps in their planners.
From soccer practice to piano lessons, students’ lives are filled with activity. To stay on top of all the extracurriculars as well as schoolwork, an organized planner is a must. We recommend pairing student planners with sticky notes, gel pens, and highlighters—these supplies do double-duty as they can also help students while they study!
Products Used: Midori Traveler’s Notebook Weekly Planner, Uni-ball Signo RT1, Zebra Mildliner Highlighters, Vision Quest To-Do List Sticky Notes, Pilot FriXion Stamps
Parents need a good multi pen and highlighter to juggle the whole family’s schedule, but cute accessories can make planning more fun.
Parents juggle much more than just their own lives; scheduling for a family is practically a full time job! A trusty multi pen, page flags, and highlighters are the bare necessities to help parents color-code and organize everyone’s schedules. To help make it more fun, we recommend cute stamps and stickers that are sure to brighten anyone’s day!
Products Used: Midori Traveler’s Notebook Monthly Planner, Zebra Mildliner Highlighters, Uni-ball Signo RT1, Pilot Coleto Customizable Multi Pen, Kurochiku Washi Tapes, Pilot FriXion Stamps, Pine Book Schedule Stickers
Working professionals should choose sophisticated planners and accessories, such as modern index tabs and sleek gel pens.
In the business world, staying organized is paramount. Use sophisticated index tabs to mark important pages and business-appropriate gel or multi pens to jot down deadlines and meetings. A pen loop will help keep everything in one place so you’re not constantly digging into a pocket or briefcase when you need to write something down.
Products Used: Midori Traveler’s Notebook Monthly Planner, Mark’s Animal Pen Holder, Pilot FriXion Biz Gel Pen, Metaphys Rin Index Film Stickers
Artist planners should have plenty of space for doodles. A nice set of drawing markers can help inspire productivity.
While artists can use their planners for marking deadlines, conferences, or shows, they can also use planners to help keep their creative juices flowing. Artists frequently use planners for doodle-a-day projects so we suggest stocking up on Fineliners. You’ll never run out of colors to play with!
Products Used: Hobonichi Techo Planner, Thehaki House-It Sticky Notes, Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Marker Pens
Travelers can reduce their load with a few key essentials: a good gel pen, glue pen, pen-style scissors, and cute washi tape.
Conquer daunting itineraries by laying them out in a planner! Washi tape is invaluable for designating sections for hotels, transportation, and food. You can keep all the extraneous details on sticky notes to avoid cluttering the planner. We also recommend having a pen-style scissor handy to cut out itineraries, brochures, or other items that you want to keep as souvenirs.
Products Used: Hobonichi Techo Planner, Kurochiku Washi Tape, Uni-ball Signo RT1, Kuretake Glue Pen, Raymay PenCut Mini Scissors, Vision Quest To-Do List Sticky Notes
Are you ready to become a #planneraddict? We hope we provided some fresh ideas and inspiration for how to decorate your planner. We’d love to hear how you organize your planner in the comments below!
|Product Type||Recommendation||Good For|
|Adhesives||Washi Tape||Kurochiku Japanese Washi Tapes||Students, Parents, Travelers, Artists|
|Sticky Notes||Vision Quest To-Do List Sticky Notes||Students, Parents, Travelers, Professionals|
|Page Flags||Beverly Kokosasu Page Markers||Students, Parents, Professionals, Artists|
|Stickers||Pine Book Schedule Stickers||Students, Parents|
|Glue Pens||Kuretake Zig 2 Way Glue Pen||Travelers, Artists|
|Writing Instruments||Gel Pens||Uni-ball Signo Gel Pens||Students, Parents, Travelers, Professionals, Artists|
|Markers||Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Marker Pens||Students, Artists|
|Multi Pens||Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto||Parents, Travelers, Professionals|
|Highlighters||Zebra Mildliner Double-Sided Highlighters||Students, Parents, Travelers|
|Correction Pens||Sailor Mini Correction Pen||Students, Parents, Professionals, Artists|
|Accessories||Stamps||Pilot FriXion Stamps||Students, Parents|
|Paper Clips||Midori D-Clips Paper Clips||Students, Parents|
|Pencil Boards||Kyoei Orions Shitajiki Writing Boards||Students, Professionals, Artists|
|Pen Loops||Mark’s Animal Pen Holders||Parents, Travelers, Professionals|
|Pen-Style Scissors||Raymay PenCut Mini Pen-Style Scissors||Travelers, Artists|
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JetPens Planner Accessories Pack
Still not sure what to pair with your planner? Check out our Planner Accessories Pack! This kit will help keep your planner cute and organized with a trusty multi pen, highlighters, correction tape, stickers, and sticky notes.