How to Use Your Printables Like a Pro

How to Use PrintablesYou have now amassed a nice collection of printables, or are about to make a big purchase.  Here is some expert advice on how to make the most of your planner printables.  The companion video is here.

What Products Are Best for Printing Out Printable Stickers?

You can use full page mailing labels like these, and then cut out, but I have a more economical and easier method.

I prefer to use a really good bright white paper copy paper.  I use Hammermill 28 lb. 100 Brightness Copy Paper and normally buy through Staples or Office Max, but I just price shopped and found an awesome deal that is WAY cheaper on Amazon delivered free.

This is the only paper that I use for Happy Planner inserts and stickers as it is silky smooth to write on, and thick enough to use double sided without bleeding. If you have looked at my spreads, you can see that this works well to match Happy Planner pages.

What About Cutting and Adhering Printable Stickers?

There are lots of choices for adhering the paper stickers to your planner.  I use a repositionable glue stick to adhere. My fave is this one.  This method is way cheaper than using sticker paper, and it lets you move things around if you don't get it straight the first time (trust me – I need to be able to reposition, LOL) without damaging the Happy Planner page.

Initially I was using the 28 lb. paper only for planner things, and a lighter weight for regular printing, but I love this paper so much that I switched and only use this now. My printer and other technology info is here.

My other tip is that I use a paper trimmer to cut wherever possible, especially if you are cutting out To Do clipboards or habit trackers.  If you are wondering which paper trimmer, I am a Fiskars girl.  I have the Fiskars® ProCision™ Rotary Bypass Trimmer  It is a 12″ surface, lightweight yet very heavy duty, and folds in half to store.  It has a self sharpening blade so you don't have to replace. When you are printing out inserts and trimming them for a classic Happy Planner, you can do 5-7 sheets at a time.  I also have a small 12″ portable trimmer that I keep nearby when planning and this is perfect for cutting rectangular stickers. Of course you can also use scissors.

I mentioned that I have an easier method…

I cut the whole row of To Do Clipboard stickers and adhere that (any 3 boxes on left page and 4 on right). Easy peasy and fast, and perfectly lined up. That is what you see in my spreads. You can also cut out individually to use on the sidebar and anywhere else on your page.


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How to Use Printable Stickers Like a Pro

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