Planning as a necessity is practical. Jotting down appointments, birthdays and to-do lists, keep you on top of things.
Planning as a hobby is downright EXPENSIVE.
Aside from laying out money for the planner itself, one of the biggest expenses hobbyist planners face are the sticker kits. Usually a planner picks a theme (seasonal, holiday, color scheme, etc) and buys a kit that will decorate her entire month spread or entire week spread.
These kinds of planner sticker kits are found mostly on Etsy because so many women have figured out how to use a special sticker software and cutting machine to print the stickers out themselves to sell. And the markup is INSANE! Some women don’t even print them out – they sell the digital download for the buyer to print out. So this would be a good time to tell you – if you’re buying stickers on Etsy, make sure they DONT say “PRINTABLE.” That means you have to print them from your own computer. I can’t tell you how many times I accidentally ordered or went to order a kit that was printable, just to realize it too late and get stuck with a digital copy and no sticker paper or working printer for that matter. But I digress.
The software and cutting machine I’m talking about here is the Silhouette Cameo.
Here’s a quick video that introduced me to the Silhouette and what it could do. (Featuring the Reset Girl herself!)
Is this a commercial for the Silhouette? Yeah, pretty much. But I honestly do believe that 95% of the girls making and selling planner stickers (and making quite the killing btw) use this system. Here’s how:
- You design the stickers on your computer using whatever software you like best (Photoshop)
- You implement the designs into the Silhouette software.
- You print them out on your printer on sticker paper (you need a good printer IN ADDITION to the Silhouette btw. Did I mention that?)
- You run it through the Silhouette to cut the stickers out for you, so they peel like actual stickers.
And that’s pretty much how these girls are doing it. Sounds easy, right?!
Well, it is definitely trickier than a simple four-step process. But one of the things I’d love to do in 2017 is give this a try. The initial investment for the machine, the software and starting supplies is around $300. That’s pretty expensive. But when you think of the money you’ll save on stickers (are you really buying $300 dollars worth of stickers you freak?! shhhhhhhh) it seems like a worthwhile effort.
Now, there are a TON of tutorial videos on YouTube for how to do it yourself or DIY. Regular planner girls just like you helping each other out – I love it! I truly believe that these videos are more helpful than anything that Silhouette could produce because you get such a variety of perspectives. Here are some video tutorials that I found to be helpful – and I encourage you to follow these girls on their social media accounts across the board. If they took the time to show you how this is done, chances are they have a whole lot more to offer for inspiration and education when it comes to planning.
Helpful YouTube Tutorials!!
You get the idea, right?
Pretty awesome once you get used to using the software and making a few rounds of your own.
Of course, if you already have a regular, plain old printer that works well, you can just buy yourself some sticker paper and cut them out after you print them. This is a good idea if you’re broke, only doing it for one very specific sticker you want for yourself, or just want to see how printed stickers would come out with your printer before investing in the Silhouette Cameo.
At any rate, this is something I’m definitely going to try in 2017, and I’d love you to try it with me! Happy planning! xo